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Purohita was the title of the highest-ranking priest associated with the Protectorate regime in Taglios during Water Sleeps and Soldiers Live. It meant "Royal Chaplain" but the office carried considerably more influence than a chaplain's traditional role. The Purohita was "the true voice of the priesthoods at court", and spoke on behalf of all the religions. The post of Purohita, and its first officeholder Arjana Drupada, were forced upon the Radisha Drah (the princess) 20 years before Soldiers Live (that is, during her political maneuverings of She Is the Darkness), at a time she was making desperate concessions in order to gain support.

The Purohita was one of the coveted positions of the Privy Council, but the ultimate authority always remained in the hands of "the Protector" Soulcatcher, the foreign sorceress behind the sprawling Protectorate. After Drupada was neutralized by Sleepy in Water Sleeps, his successors held the office, each for less than a year, for the next three years. As Soulcatcher "had little patience with the men who occupied" the position, they were dismissed or killed in quick succession. Then, Selvas Gupta became the new Purohita and lasted at least one full year before the opening of Soldiers Live. Soulcatcher would soon nevertheless demand that Mogaba, her Great General, dismiss Selvas Gupta from the position, or kill him if he resisted. After Soulcatcher was overthrown and Taglios was returned to native hands (namely, the Radisha and Aridatha Singh) it was not recorded in the Annals what became of the office of the Purohita.

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