In a modern context, the hierarchal community of kzinti (technically the Kzin Hierarchy) that protects kzinti culture and religion while providing a sense of community to all kzinti. It is split up into three parts, each with slightly overlapping missions. The 'priesthood' of the Cult of the Fanged God act as kzin community leaders, providing representation for individual communities and thus individual kzin in the operation of the Patriarchy. The Houses retain the old Patriarchy's feudal structure, representing the series of hereditary families that make up the kzinti. The Conservators are a mertiocratic cabal dedicated to maintaining, archiving, and adapting kzinti culture and act essentially as librarians. The Hierarchy is lead by a single non-hereditary ruler, called either the Matriarch or the Patriarch depending on her/his gender, elected by the representative 'priesthood.' The Kzin Patriarchy is currently ruled by Patriarch Speaker-Rrit.