The Trailokya Trilogy Companion is a continuing online manuscript that illustrates and explains some of the details of the story, helping readers to keep things straight while they travel through the series. Readers can view this live companion book on Wattpad (either using the website or an app for their phone) absolutely free.
The companion is organized in alphabetical sections for convenience. In each section, the entries are organized like a dictionary along with original artwork and excerpts from the Trailokya Friday blog posts. In the coming weeks and months the blog will feature specific entries, to give you a taste of what is available in the companion.
The shadowalker term for priest.
Duta have a separate language from the common tongue among the various beings of Trailokya, so Danava are no different. After all, they are the fallen version of the angelic species. Many of the words in ancient languages were likewise adopted by the soul species, and have bled over into the spaces of their realm, Samsara. The above entry in the companion is definitely one of those terms.
Vratin is a latin word meaning priest and originates from the danava tongue of the princes of Jahannam. The term absolutely is derogatory. That doesn’t stop it from being adopted into other cultures as common vernacular. That, of course, amuses the danava. They very much enjoy the appropriation of their culture by souls, as it suggests small inroads into conquering the lesser beings of the Seven Planes.
It’s no secret that danava despise everything to do with Zion, even themselves for having lost their access to the higher kingdom. Priests are especially vexing, as they stand for a link between Samsara and Zion, something that keeps them from achieving a launch point that would give them and advantage in the war. It is not known that they would be able to breach the barriers Zion, though they can access Astral like mortals but manipulate it to such affect that they can do real harm to others they meet there.
As the above suggests, priests make themselves particularly problematic for danava. Most of what they do is window dressing, but they do keep the idea of Zion alive among their followers, whatever incarnation that is. One right that seems to still work for priests is exorcism. It spans all cultures and races, taking various shapes, but achieving the same ends. Danava take the bio-vessels of souls in order to work their heinous deeds. That process allows them to pose as whichever targeted species and execute maximum damage. This is why many of the people who have been taken over die. The atman is almost always removed, stolen to Jahannam, to accommodate that of the danava or marditavya. Without an atman, the bio-vessel ceases to function.