Over the long years, it has grown overly large and has ceased to function effectively. Even though the Emperor of Cantha, highest authority of the nation, has sensed the corruption spreading in the bureaucracy, and is doing his best to stem the tide, even he can only do so much.
Interestingly, according to the Japanese Guild Wars website, the head of the Celestial Ministry is known as the "Mist Oracle" or "Oracle of the Mists". Statements on the website can be interpreted as meaning either that Suun is the nominal head of the Celestial Ministry, but has become a powerless figurehead, or that the Celestial Bureaucracy is headed by a second, "false" Oracle of the Mists.
The Celestial Ministry is organized into five divisions, each in charge of different tasks to help the functioning of the Empire. The original four divisions are named after the four natural elements, and over several hundred years, took on tasks that the Celestial Ministry can't handle. They also administer mysterious powers associated with their respective elements. The newest division is the Ministry of Purity, which was created with the specific purpose of cleaning up the Afflicted.
While the citizens have great love of their Emperor, the bureaucracy that runs the government is seen as an ill-favored existence.
The Ministry of Fire
The oldest of the four Ministries, it is in charge of the court and the laws. Criminals found guilty are punished with the flame.
Mythical power: administers sun-rise and sunset.
The Ministry of Earth
Record keepers, city planners, and accountants. "The Ministry of Earth is the Paperwork", as the saying goes. The Ministry of Earth often starts new public projects before the previous ones are completed, and the projects often benefit individuals or groups closely associated with the Ministry of Earth. It is one Ministry of bad reputation.
Mythical power: administers hunting, agriculture, and mineral resources.
The Ministry of Water
In charge of water supply to the cities, irrigation, and fishery. Additionally, the ports of Cantha are jointly administered by the Ministry of Water and the Ministry of Wind. The quarrel over jurisdiction is the source of endless conflict.
Mythical power: administers the amount of rainfalls and the moon's rise and set.
The Ministry of Wind
Rules over all trade, on land or over the sea. If ship captains pay taxes to the Ministry of Wind, they can get the wind to blow in the direction they want, or at least that's what the Ministry of Wind claims. The ports of Cantha are jointly administered by the Ministry of Water and the Ministry of Wind.
Mythical power: administers wind and hurricanes.
The Ministry of Purity
- Main article: Ministry of Purity
This newest ministry was founded by Minister Reiko in 1077 AE in response to the plague, caused by Shiro Tagachi's brief return from the dead, that continued to fester throughout Cantha. Although their original mission was simply to eliminate all traces of the Afflicted from the empire, some high-ranking members have expanded their campaign to purging Cantha of everything they consider evil.
The following are known members of the Celestial Ministry:
- Junior Minister Jejiang
- Minister Baasong
- Minister Jaisan (Minister of Earth)
- Minister Khannai
- Minister Nai (Minister of Water)
- Minister Onghsang
- Minister Reiko (Minister of Purity)
- Minister Tahlen
- Minister Tao (Minister of Wind)
- Minister Zal (Minister of Fire)
A list of other Celestial Ministry NPCs:
- Note: Minister Cho is the "Minister of Cultural Affairs". His ministry is not part of the Celestial Ministry.
For a categorical list of all members of the Celestial Ministry, see Category:Celestial Ministry.