Our ranks are established for the easy recognition of a person's degree of involvement in the endeavors of The Sundered Guard on Thestra. They do not imply personal superiority, and the opinions of every member, regardless of rank, are wanted and respected.
When a person seeks entry into The Sundered Guard, they become known by the title of Yeoman. Such a person is not yet a member of our brotherhood, having to still discover for themselves whether or not the Guard is right for them, and having to prove their commitment to our family's ideals if so. Once invited to walk the path towards kinderedship, a Yeoman will be paired with a mentor from the Order of the Fox, who will be in charge of guiding and encouraging them through their exploration of the Guard.
This is an introductory period, for the Yeoman to get acquainted with the community and vice versa, and it is to last no more than three months. During this time, the Yeoman is expected to seek their place within the Guard's efforts, and to choose which of the Orders will be their primary home. This choice is an important one, as it has the potential to greatly color a member's experience with the Guard.
At the end of this initial period, the aspiring member's status will be decided based on the subjective impressions of their mentor, the leadership of their primary Order, and the rest of the Inner Council. They will either be offered a full invitation into The Sundered Guard of Thestra, or asked to consider hard whether the Guard is truly right for them.
More information regarding the mentoring program can be found here
, and further description of the requirements for membership will be detailed soon.
Once a Yeoman accepts the invitation to fully join the Guard, they will become known as a Pathfinder, and will be pronounced a full member of our Thestran family in a ceremony under the moonlit sky. A Pathfinder has full access to all the benefits and opportunities the Guard offers, and will be expected to represent the ideals of the brotherhood at all times. Pathfinders form the bulk of our kinderedship, and each one should exhibit a concentrated effort in at least one of the Guard's Orders.
A member who has shown exemplary dedication to the Guard and its ways will be celebrated as a Tracker. This is a position of recognition, and though it is accorded no extra privileges beyond those granted to Pathfinders, the Trackers will always be the first ones counted on to take care of the brotherhood's needs.
Seekers are the lieutenant officers of The Sundered Guard. They are the secondary leaders of their Orders, under the direction of that Order's Protector. They are entrusted with assisting the administration of the guild, and with inspiring their Order's efforts. Seekers are chosen by the Protector they will be primarily assisting.
The six Protectors, one for each Order, are the captains of The Sundered Guard's branches and the leaders of this Chapter. Together, they make up the Inner Council of the Guard. They are each charged with organizing and motivating their Order's efforts, and with maintaining and fostering the Guard's identity and community.
The Guardian is a single person responsible for driving the guild forward and for coordinating the endeavors of its six parts into a cohesive whole. This is a rotating guild-leader position, and it is bestowed upon a single Protector once every month, with each Protector acting as the Guardian twice in a single year. This rotation is in place to distribute the burden of leading the guild evenly among the members of the Inner Council, and to provide a regular change of flavor to the Guard's direction. During a Protector's time as Guardian, they are encouraged to organize guild-wide events and direct the community's focus towards any needs they may see as requiring attention.