The Hierocracy is considered the failure of Vorinism, and is also called the War of Loss. During this time period, the ardents attempted to conquer the world and control the people, "for their own good."
Priests controlled what people learned, what religious paths they followed, and the overall doctrine. The priests claimed to see visions and prophesy, and claimed that the common people could not understand theology.
|“||They were taught to follow the priests. Not the Almighty or the Heralds, but the priests.||”|
These priests were eventually cast down by the Sunmaker.