Tough Traveling: High Priests
The Thursday feature “Tough Traveling” is the brainchild of Nathan ofReview Barn, who has come up with the excellent idea of making a new list each week based on the most common tropes in fantasy, as seen in The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynn Jones. Nathan has invited anyone who is interested to come play along, so be sure to check out the first link for more information.
This week’s tour topic is: High Priests
HIGH PRIEST is nearly always evil, either on his own account or on behalf of the dark lord.
Sword of the Bright Lady by M.C. Planck
Christopher wakes up in a strange world and pledges his service to the Bright Lady, becoming a priest in training. The high priests who have the responsibility of overseeing his progress aren’t the kind who are evil or working under any dark lord, though they do become quite exasperated and vexed by Christopher’s shenanigans.
Age of Iron by Angus Watson
Druids are a priestly caste in the world of Age of Iron. There are all kinds of druids — healers, soothsayers, magicians and more. Some are good, some are bad, but the most bloodthirsty and depraved of them all is Felix, the druid who serves King Zadar, a cruel Dark Lord if there ever was one.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
There are high priests and there are high priestesses. The Mists of Avalon has both, if you count Taliesin, the Merlin of Britain and old Archdruid of Avalon as a high priest. Then of course you have High Priestess Viviane, the revered Lady of Avalon who is the maternal aunt of Morgaine and Arthur.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
The high priest of the Faith of the Seven is known as the High Septon. The qualifications for this job include being a greedy, pompous and corrupt fat fraud, since after the last one died in the riot of King’s Landing, the Queen has been displeased with all his replacements thus far for being much too ethical and good for her liking.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
It is quite surprising how many High Priests tend to serve a Dark Lord. The corrupt church had Lord Prelan Tevidian at its head, but as one of the chief lieutenants of the Lord Ruler, he was a target of the Steel Inquisitors who wanted to get rid of him and seat Head Inquisitor Kar in the High Priest position instead.