Estril Rituals And Practices
Initiates of Estril are required to spend a week in darkness and alone. They’re blindfolded and lead to a room with no light sources. A priest comes in to feed them once a day and provide water twice a day. While in the room, known as Estril’s Darkness, they are to meditate on the duties of the goddess, the importance of such duty, and what it means to the priesthood. At the end of the week, they undergo a very strenuous review by a priest. This review includes numerous tests intended to determine how fit the candidate is, if they pass, they’re allowed to become initiates, and wear light gray cloaks. They are then assigned a mentor. That mentor teaches them about the priesthood, its history and its beliefs and is constantly testing them, both mind and body. That mentor is responsible for determining if the initiate is accepted into the priesthood and preparing for their first soul reaping. Priests of Estril are not known for being invited to social functions, but everyone knows of their importance and all Kinships ensure they have some available, for when the need arises. They’re usually consulted by leaders and the priesthood of Baridon both when determining appropriate punishments for law and oathbreakers.
Services: During services, priests preach about the importance of being just and punishing those deserving of such. Rather than focus on the soul culling aspects of Estril’s priesthood, they bring attention to Estril’s role in helping protect the faithful for evil, and ensure just treatment of the faithful. Priests are known for telling stories that show the value of fairness, often quizzing the faithful during the telling of said stories. All services are started and ended by the faithful and priests performing the Sign of Estril, a gesture intended to ward evil off.
The Sign of Estril - The Sign of Estril is performed by both the faithful and her priesthood. To do so, the faithful holds the right index finger up between the eyebrows, pointing and facing towards their left side. They then draw the shape of a tear in the air, ending by touching the spot between the eyebrows. When a priest performs the sign on someone, it’s considered a blessing against evil and the unjust, in such cases the priest’s index finger is closer to the faithful’s face than the priest’s, and he ends the sign by touching the spot between the eyebrows of the faithful.