The Bringer of the Word was first in the lands of the North. His disciples (The Cleric Kethen and a dozen others) brought the word to the Lands of the South and East.
The Bringer of the Word was The Son of the Primal Deity BA’AN.
He brought his message to the peoples that the Primal Deity had returned and the false Spirits had been cast down. His was the only font of life. He wrote down his message in The Book. Included in the Book were the work of the four primary Disciples, expressing the hows and whys of proper living under BA’AN.
With the Book under their arms, they brought the Word to the Hundred Tribes. The tribes were lost without their tribal spirits. The suggestions for proper living became the foundation for The Law in the Land of the Hundred Tribes. From The Law came the Lands of Corbis, Alaba’am and Chekk’ka.
The Followers of The Book and The Word follow the path of prayer and devotion, the giving of gifts to friends and the poor, the supporting of the elders, and the slaying of the those who worship the old Gods/ demons over BA’AN. Also the Book suggest to “walk the path of the Bringer”, so those who can will often pilgrimage to the various venerated places the Bringer preached the Message of the Word.
Priests of all stripes wear sashes. There is no ranking here. The priest who convince others to follow him through his personality and his wisdom is the most senior priest. (inject military prowess and this is the same pattern that the 100 tribes used to determine leadership).
The Followers of The Book and The Word find the Northerners weak, as they do not properly follow the tenants of The Disciples and the Word of the Bringer. The Followers have to pass through this so called civilized mess on their way to the venerated places of the Word. There is much talk among the Holy Men of the Followers that the Right Path must be brought to the Northerners.