The position was established by the Senate at the Winter Solstice summit of 379YE. The Seer of the Gateway exists to ensure the safety, and record the experiences, of citizens returning from a past life vision.
The Seer of the Gateway has four main responsibilities.
- To safeguard the well-being of visionaries and guide priests partaking in True Liao.
- To record the visions, and experiences, of visionaries and guide priests.
- To publish and disseminate their records and any conclusions.
- To purchase liao and other paraphernalia to support the above.
The Seer of the Gateway may remove up to five Thrones each season from the Virtue fund without requiring a vote. To use this power, the Seer of the Gateway must still place a judgement before the Synod, but it is considered to pass automatically at the point it is presented. Judgements to remove money from the Virtue Fund are in addition to any existing judgements they have raised normally.
When using this power, the Seer of the Gateway should still indicate the group or individual that is to be rewarded.
The Seer of the Gateway is appointed by the Assembly of the Nine, and serves until they die, step down or are revoked.
Any Imperial citizen may hold the title.
The Seer of the Gateway serves until they die, step down, or are revoked.
They can be revoked by the General Assembly or the Assembly of the Nine.
The first Seer of the Gateway was Livia of the Spire of the Celestial Cascade of Urizen, appointed in Winter 379YE by the Assembly of the Nine. No other candidates were considered. Livia is a skilled Torchbearer with years of experience helping visionaries to recall every last detail of their vision, as well as dealing with the side-effects of the process. Even before being appointed to the title, she would often approach visionaries to ask for permission before their vision, and wait for them to emerge afterwards.
In the Spring of 380YE Livia struck a publication deal with the Spider's Vantage Spire of Redoubt, who published her accounts of visionaries' experiences across the Empire. You can find the existing Echoes of the Labyrinth texts below; the Spider's Vantage Spire have let it be known that they intend to publish more after each Anvil summit.
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|Winter 376YE -
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