Generally speaking, a hierophant is a person who brings religious congregants into the presence of that which is deemed holy. The word comes from Ancient Greece, where it was constructed from the combination of ta hiera, “the holy,” and phainein, “to show.” A hierophant is an interpreter of sacred mysteries and arcane principles.
The Hierophant is also one of the cards in a Tarot deck, sometimes used for both playing games and divinatory purposes. See the version of the Hierophant from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck on the right.
In the World of Darkness, a Hierophant is title for the leaders of the Followers of Set. The Hierophants, also known as Eternals, rule the clan in the absence of their founder Set. These vampires became the ruling body of the clan, and decide on behalf of their founder in all important decisions.
Historically, there was a total of thirteen Hierophants. Seven of them were active during their foundation,after Set had vanished, while six others lie still in torpor in sunken Tanis. Even though the share the same goal of bringing back Set to this world and balancing Ma’at again, they often can’t find an agreement on how this can be achieved. Of these thirteen Hierophants only a few are known by name:
- Libellus Sanguinis III: Wolves at the Door, p.95-97
- Players Guide to the Low Clans, p27