At the head of theouterchurch sits THE EMPEROR . The Emperor is both the commander and the preparer of the Outer Church. It is the duty of the Emperor to decide in what direction the Outer Church and all of it's various functionaries and laity's should go, and to lay out a course of action to follow that direction.The Emperor is the "Point of First Contact" with the Outside and the Faithful of the Outer Church. It is the Emperor who travels directly into the Abyss, and prepares the way for the Faithful to follow It into said Abyss. This position is analogous to the Pope in the Catholic Church. Also like the Pope, the position of Emperor is for life. Unlike the Pope, it is NOT an electoral position, nor does it have any prerequsities beyond the desire to be Emperor itself. In order to be Emperor, one must locate the current Emperor, and remove It from the Throne by any means necessary.
(Good luck with that.)
The Duty of The Emperor:
The Emperor decides on the course of the Outer Church. In the over-all sense, the Outer Church moves away from the bulk of society. Hence the name. It exists outside societal norms. The Emperor decides exactly where and how the Church as a whole does this. One Emperor may view the Outer Church as a cult of sadistic pain-fetishists, whereas the next may view it as a philosophical movement dedicated to undermining the intellectual underpinnings of society as a whole. Regardless of the individual choice, each Emperor is responsible for keeping the various functionaries beneath It in line, and seeing to it that they direct the faithful in ways according to It's Will.
The Role of The Emperor:
Much like the Pope, The Emperor provides a visible example for all of the Faithful. It is the Emperor who acts as the model representative of behavior for all of the functionaries and laity's of the Outer Church. A crude Emperor may wallow in scatological excesses, while a subtle one may be nearly invisible, known more by the effects of his or her passing than by the actual presence. Either way, in any form, it is expected of both the laity and the functionaries to follow the example set by the Emperor in their day to day lives.
It goes without saying that the Emperor demands absolute obedience, and has the power to declare any of the myriad individuals and philosophies that comprise the doctrines of the Outer Church valid or invalid on a whim.
2. THE HIEROPHANTS
Directly beneath the Emperor sit the Hierophants. Since The Emperor is frequently insane (at least by current standards),their proclamations may be somewhat...difficult...to understand.The Hierophants interpret both the Emperor's actions and the chaotic whims of the Outside for the dual purposes of maintaining the entropic purity of the Outer Church, and for clarification of the Emperor's decrees to the masses. If the Emperor is the "Point of First Contact", then the Hierophants act as "lenses" to both focus the raw entropic power of the Emperor AND to shield the other functionaries and laity from the sheer magnitude of the Outside's vast and unthinkable terror. Hierophants are expected to have a certain degree of psychic fortitude, as, obviously, dealing with the Emperor on a regular basis can be somewhat debilitating. To become a Hierophant, one must simply declare oneself to be one. The position itself is so highly demanding that no one who isn't competent to perform the role can do so for long.
The Duty of the Hierophants:
Hierophants reflect and refine the themes and directions set forth by the Emperor in a fashion that can be more easily understood by the laity of the Church. They also act as apostles and disciples to the Emperor, and spread It's teachings to all of the functionaries and laity of the Church itself. Hierophants are considered to be the Emperor's Voice, and as such, have a duty to speak in that Voice clearly and in a fashion that may be Understood.
The Role of Hierophants:
Hierophants are teachers,instructors, and interpreters. They guide the lesser functionaries and laity along the path set by the Emperor, and provide a more understandable and accessible reference point for said laity.
Hierophants should be questioned by the laity, in order that their teachings and interpretations may be more clearly understood.
3. THE CARDINALS
Cardinals have little similiarity to their namesakes in the Catholic Church. Each Cardinal in the Outer Church is a law unto themselves. In the Outer Church, a Cardinal is someone who has chosen to focus themselves on one aspect of their entropic being completely and totally, and serves as a sterling example of that aspect for all around them.One Cardinal may serve as simple a concept as Lust, and stand at the head of a pornographic empire of perversion, while another may serve such an esoteric and occulted aspect that no onebut that Cardinal really understands what he or she is doing. To become a Cardinal, one must be Recognised either by the Emperor directly, or by a majority decision by the existing Hierophants. Obviously, those Cardinals Recognised by the Emperor take precedence over those Cardinals who are "voted in". In order to gain either form of Recognition, an individual must spend years devoting him or herself to an ideological concept and becoming a virtual avatar of that concept. The concept must also be one that is acceptable to the nature of the Outside, it almost goes without saying.
The Duty of the Cardinals:
Each Cardinal has a different duty, but all share the similiar goals of being a sterling example of a single focused aspect of the Outside. What that is, is up to the individual Cardinal.
The Role of the Cardinal:
The Cardinal acts as a direct agent of entropic chaos in the world. Individuals my or may not choose to follow the Cardinal's example.
4. THE ARCHOS
Hierarchs act as Bishops for the Outer Church. Each geographic area has it's own little mini-Emperor,the Matriarch or Patriarch, depending on the whim of the individual. Much like the Emperor, the Archos' word is Law within his or her area...but much like the Hierophants, the Archos are responsible for interpreting and delivering the Will of the Emperor to their flock.
The Duty of the Archos:
Each Matriarch or Patriarch of the city is responsible for caring for their laity in ways that the Emperor would approve of and in ways that are conducive in bringing more into contact with the Outside. They are responsible for providing methods for the laity to partake of the interpretations of the Hierophants. They are also responsible for seeing to it that any doctrinal lapses are punished.
The Role of the Archos:
The Matriarchs and Patriarchs of the Outer Church act exactly as their title suggests...they are the Mother and father of the Church within their territory. They are expected to teach, nurture, reward good service, and punish bad service.
5. THE ECCLESIASTICS
The Ecclesiastics are the priests of the Outer Church. They ditate the proclaimations of the Patriarch or Matriarch, deliver sermons on the Outside, offer help and guidance to the individual laity, take confession, and provide a "local" example for the laity to follow.
The Duty of the Ecclesiastics:
Much like their counterparts in other churches, priests have a responsibility to spread the doctrines of the Outer Church in any fashion they see fit. Obviosuly, this may not follow the "usual" actions of those other priests. One ecclesiast may sell drugs to party-kids, another may run an up-scale prostitution ring for politicians and clergymen, while yet another may run a book-club at the local community college that focuses on "banned" or "forbidden" materials.
The Role of the Ecclesiastics:
The Ecclesiastics are the "foot in the door, so to speak. They pick and chip away at society to allow spaces for the Outside to creep in. They help the laity make the correct choices and perform the proper actions.
6. THE OTHERS
There are several positions that fall outside the normal hierarchy, an act as a supplement to it. There are the Archimandrites, who head the assorted Orders, Cults, and Brotherhoods within the Outer Church; there are the Vindicati, who act as the "military" wing of the Church; and a whole legion of other individual titles asumed by splinter-sects and sub-cults within the Outer Church. The above hierarchy is the main leading body, however, and all of the devotees of the Outer Church recognise it's Authority, whether openly or subconsciously.