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Destructio Ecclesiae Darfesium, or the 21 Theses for the Dissolution of the Darfeyist Church

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The Destructio Ecclesiae Darfesium, or the 21 Theses for the Dissolution of the Darfeyist Church, was a theological and political treatise against the tenure of High Pontiff Paul III, a former high-ranking member of the anti-Carrion party, by the duo Raevir monks Basil of Sabris (Naumarian: Vasili van Zabris) and Simon of Khazaw (Naumarian: Symeon van Khazaw). Both monks were former courtiers of King Francis I of Oren who escaped the infamous Franciscan Massacre, orchestrated in part by Paul III, known then as John of Darfey. The published theses were supported by Peter I, who had grown to disfavor the pontiff, and had him defrocked thereafter- however, Basil and Simon were assassinated a few years later by supporters of John of Darfey and the anti-Carrion coalition.

 

(OOC: Full credit to @Esterlen who wrote this, posting it here for easier access.)

 

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DESTRUCTIO ECCLESIAE DARFESIUM, OR THE 21 THESES FOR THE DISSOLUTION OF THE DARFEYIST CHURCH

 

WRITTEN BY THE HANDS OF

BROTHER BASIL OF SABRIS

BROTHER SIMON OF KHAZAW

 

PUBLISHED BY

HIEROMAR LUDOVAR THE ELDER, SSE

 

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The following text outlines the articles and arguments for the utter dissolution of the present ‘Church of the One True Faith’, in favour of a new, Reformist, caesaropapist Church of free investiture designed by, officiated, operated and sponsored by the monarch of Oren, free of popery and corruption.

 

i. The sloth and ignorance of the Church.

ii. The nepotism and favoritism of the Church.

iii. The intrigue and corruption of the Church.

iv. The worldly ambitions and whims of the Church.

 

v. The Church Militant as a threat to the state and a threat to peace.

vi. The unlawful deposition and poisoning of Lucien II.

vii. The unlawful deposition of Pius II.

viii. The cowardice in sight of a united pagan invasion on Oren soil.

ix. The propagation of sectarian violence for personal agendas.

x. The regicide of King Francis I without trial or due cause.

xi. The murder of Lord Chancellor Wilfriche Buron without trial or due cause.

xii. The murder of Lord Baron Lorethos Basileus without trial or due cause.

xiii. The murder of Damon Kovachev without trial or due cause.

xiv. The murder of King Francis’ lowborn courtiers; numbering roughly nine innocent fellows and one priest of the faith, without trial or due cause.

xv. The attempted murder of Siguine Barrow, ward to King Francis I, the attempted kidnapping of Roy Carrion, and the wanton assault of the remainder of King Francis’ court without trial or due cause.

xvi. The abuse of clerical powers to administer an unlawful regency over Oren

xvii. The abuse of legislative powers upon the election of Lucien II to instate papal laws contrary to precedent doctrine.

xviii. The falsification of Church doctrine to support political agenda.

xix. The enticement of secular bodies to break their oaths of fealty to the monarch in favour of lesser oaths to the papacy for which such secular bodies were granted worldly gain.

xx. The facilitation of schismatic sects contrary to Church doctrine.

xxi. The bastardization of Lucienist doctrine writ by the hands of the most holy St. Adrian and St. Thomas.

 

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EXORDIUM

 

The Reformist Movement pens this theological writing in the year of our Lord, 1459.

 

May the Creator bless Oren and give her guidance to show the truth.

 

We do this day prepare this text with the intent of categorically condemning the ‘Church of the One True Faith’, itself presently a bastion of idolatry and popery, in the hope that our words, delivered to us through intense theological study, do sway those readers of it towards our beliefs. For when it comes to perceptions of our faith, there are but three types of men in this realm; those who grimace at the fall of our True Faith, those that are ignorant to its principles, and the College of Bishops. To rectify the wrongs committed by the three pontiffs past and their cohorts, a purge of the College along with their Lucienist scullions and title-bearing papists is in order. We hereby define and condemn the Darfey Papacies as follows:

High Pontiff Regulus I
High Pontiff Pius II

High Pontiff Paul III (Darfey)

 

It is the belief of our Reformism that upon the unlawful deposition and poisoning of Lucien II, the last legitimate and godly High Pontiff, by his treacherous confidant the Archbishop of Herendul (Who succeeded him as Regulus I), the Lucienist faith and the legitimacy of the Church was put to rest. As such, the Darfey Papacies are considered illegitimate by Reformism. They are so called because of the nature of the plot to depose and slay Lucien II, which was orchestrated by John Jrent of Darfey, later Paul III.

 

The Darfey Papacies are hence somewhat reminiscent of the Iniquitous Pontificates of old, defined by Radomir I, and while both collectives share many similarities, (In that they are both three pontifical terms defined by sin and avarice) it is the contention of the author that the former’s crimes exceed those of the latter ten-fold, for while the latter were indeed heinous, their times as High Pontiff damaged the Church’s reputation to a recoverable point, whereas these new Darfey Papacies have broken the Church beyond all semblance of repair and increased its worldly and political power, rendering their ill decisions permanent and unfixable. For this reason, the Iniquitous Pontificates were able to be resolved with little to no bloodshed while retaining the integrity of the Church through the efforts of Saint Lucien the Good, however to resolve the Darfey Papacies the Church itself must be fully dissolved and purged.

 

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THE FOUR PRIMAL CONDEMNATIONS

 

i. The sloth and ignorance of the Church.

 

Of all which can be condemned of the Darfeyist Papacy, it is universal among men of all castes, creeds, and class that the clergy has grown apathetic to the spiritual needs of its people. The commons and lords alike have grown illiterate in ecclesiastical affairs; whether for the Darfeyist regime to prosper under the ignorance and damnation of its denizens or out of their own incompetency is left to debate among even the Reformists. For not only does this High Pontiff refuse to show his own person, he also utterly refuses to increase the ranks of his Church, preferring to remain categorically complacent in that respect as the numbers of his loyal clergy continue to barely surpass double digits. Men have been denied communion with God due to said negligence, an act so foul given the Church’s sole duty to foster intellectual and spiritual growth of their peoples.

 

The proof is among the denizens of the Imperium itself, but even those in Darfey’s cradle are nescient of the Faith. Look only to the Grand Commander Jack Rovin, a high ranking agent of Darfeyism, in his pitiful attempts at excommunicating a heathen race in the Lucienist Issue of 1459, and his bastardization of the sacrament of matrimony by forcing Lucienist Sergeant Quinlan Campbell into a forced marriage with a dark elf (Itself a direct violation of the original Lucienist doctrine) as punishment of supposed crimes. If the Commander of the Church’s stained swords has such a primitive, barbaric sense of the Faith, the commons and lords alike whom are more distant from Darfey’s taint must anguish in their depravity.

 

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ii. The nepotism and favoritism of the Church.

 

While High Pontiff Lucien II ‘the Unready’ fumbled with his administration of Faith and maintained poor relations with the Crown, his piety and allegiance to the word of God can be commended. The standing Church, on the other hand, owe their allegiance to solely Darfey. Countless preachers and progressors in the Faith have come and gone under the Darfey Papacies; Wilfriche Buron, responsible for revitalizing the Faith in the Western half of the Kingdom of Oren, Balthazar Basileus, leader of the pilgrimage graced by Godfrey’s spectre, and Cordal Winter, so pious that he was granted glimpses of the Seven Skies before his passing. Yet all were shunned in the lieu of Horen (Henry of Kaldonia) and Winter (Regulus I) agents, none which have presided over a mass or contributed to the Faith before their elevation in status. The only among them to have any merit in theological affairs was High Pontiff Pius II, who was quickly deposed in Darfey’s continued ambitions. A Church which puts its political agendas over competency, piety, and decency is a Church corrupt to the fiber of its being.

 

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iii. The intrigue and corruption of the Church.

 

A church is an institution laid with mortar and stone, firm and resounding. It should act as an unwavering beacon, firm and tall above the squabbles of humanity. It has no use for cloaks and daggers; for to shroud its magnificence would conceal its righteousness and daggers are tools of the craven and underhanded, not those inspired by God and his works.

 

Unfortunately, our ‘church’ is no church, and Darfey must don his cloak and sport his dagger to achieve wicked ends. From the orchestration of sectarian violence to the murder of kings and courts, the Darfeyist regime is built on the blood and gizzards of innocents. Concrete evidence exists of Darfey’s plots in the countless graves, yet his and his ilk are pardoned to only continue to sully the Church name deeper in the dirt. However, Darfey does not always act in death. Only look to the sham he pulled on our own Imperial Crown Prince, Robert Chivay, wedding him to a lowborn tavern wench under the guise of a Horen claimant, potentially sullying the entire Imperial line and conducting in high treason. He has yet to be punished for his heinous crime against our very Imperial crown, willing to bow to none.


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iv. The wordly ambitions and whims of the Church.

 

A proper conclave of the True Faith must remain impartial with the sole goal of promoting intellectual and spiritual discourse. However, the Darfeyist Church has forgone its clerical designation in lieu of worldly pursuits. The three pontiffs past have neglected the entirety of clerical resources and land grants doled by their state, utilizing them to manipulate the political mechanisms of the realm in a matter which all clergy swore to avow. Darfey, much like the Owyn he condemned, is it guilty of the crime of puppeting the state to his bidding to promote his personal agendas; agendas which see a lax church which reaps tithes used to conspire against its crown, which silences those that oppose its corrupt practice with blood and steel, and one that is empowered in the ignorance of its denizens and lets them languish in their nascienity. The church was designated to serve the Oreni people by granting them knowledge of the Skies above, yet Darfey uses it as a ploy for his plots.


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THE SEVENTEEN DETERMINATE CONDEMNATIONS

 

v. The Church Militant as a threat to the state and a threat to peace.

 

The author of these theses asks for what reason an armed and militant body which is beholden only to one man and not by any virtue of extension to the Emperor is permitted to remain unmolested in the Empire. The Poor Fellows of St. Lucien, the respective Church Militant referred to in this writing, owes no allegiance to the Crown and instead pledges its fealty and goodly service to none but the head of the Church, the High Pontiff, who himself proclaims openly in his ‘canon laws’ to owe his own allegiance to ‘no man living’ as the voice of God. For this reason it must be asked what exactly would happen in the event that the whims of the High Pontiff, who has already indubitably shown himself to not have scruple with involving himself in the politics of man, clash with the whims of the Emperor, to who himself we all owe our allegiance?

 

The fact that several thousand sworn swords do the bidding of the Church and the Church alone is something that should by no means be tolerated in this Empire. For when ‘God’, as Darfey would acclaim himself the avatar of, clashes against the ruler for the sake of political gain, the realm is torn asunder by conflicting oaths. Brothers will be pitted against brothers for the sake of greed, and as in the case of King Francis I, it is entirely possibly that the Church will prove victorious and hence dismantle the state, killing hundreds of thousands, destroying stability and greatly weakening the human race. This is a possibility the authors of these writings seek entirely to avoid, and it is our belief that the only way to fully avert it is by removing from the Church what armies it has.

 

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vi. The unlawful deposition and poisoning of Lucien II.

 

It has been found that those who did the bidding of Darfey conspired to unseat High Pontiff Lucien II throughout the majority of the latter half of his pontificate, grasping blindly at straws as a condemned soul grasps at anything that might save it, so they might have found a thin legal pretext to depose their Holy Father. As a High Pontiff (Acclaimed by the Darfeyists themselves as the autocratic voice of God) traditionally serves until either death or resignation, this was an utterly unprecedented maneuver, however the motives behind it were clear. Lucien II’s pontificate was an obstacle between Darfeyism first gaining ground in the realm of man at the time, and as such it was decided by them that he was to be removed through whatever means possible. Though deposition of a lord by those supposed to be unfailingly loyal to him, legal or otherwise, is always a most concerning thing especially given the circumstances and that they acted against the one who they had called the avatar of God, what was to come was a far more shocking development.

 

When he would not willingly abdicate and found support in the form of the Crown, High Pontiff Lucien II died under suspicious circumstances. A man known for his Varodyr sturdiness, who was in his estimated mid-twenties at the time of his election to the papal seat suddenly took ill and died within a matter of three days. All records of his ailment and health complaints were destroyed, and immediately after the bishop-electors elected the Archbishop of Herendul, Regulus I, to the pontificate. Some would have the audacity to acclaim it a sickness of the bowels and belly, but it is almost a known fact in most circles that Lucien II was poisoned. By whom is the question - to which I put to the reader - who had most to gain from the Holy Father’s demise?

 

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vii. The unlawful deposition of Pius II.

 

Pius II was the sole Darfey pontiff who achieved his seat through diligence and hard work. It is for this reason that our condemnation of him is somewhat lessened, in that he was well-known for taking an active hand in Mass, writing, charity and preaching, and almost certainly was deserving of his position as Holy Father. However despite all this, he was an instrument of Darfey, and like all tools could be easily replaced with little expense. Through Pius II, Darfey’s work was done, and thinking him a malleable and pliable halfwit, his election to the pontificate was secured after Regulus’ resignation. After his election, however, Pius II’s outlook changed. He no longer did the bidding of Darfey and in fact took a course of action contrary to what Darfey had planned, and so he had become in that respect a liability.

 

For which reason he was deposed ‘legally’ by the electors and cast aside to die, itself an action absolutely unfitting for one who they had acclaimed not a month prior as the avatar of God on our plane of existence. There was no cause to it apparent but that he no longer did as the Darfeyists compelled him to, and after his demise the road was paved for Darfey himself to assume his incumbent papacy as Paul III. This in itself should stand as testament to the fact that those who do not act as the tools of Darfey will have themselves no hope of possibly advancing in the Church. It is also perhaps ironic that Pius II was the only Darfey pontiff to prove an active part of Church life who upheld all its doctrines and provided spiritual guidance to the people - it is for this reason, combined with his swift deposition, that we have come to the belief that diligence is contrary to the Darfeyist way.

 

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viii. The cowardice in sight of a united pagan invasion on Oren soil.

 

The sole function of Church Militant is to defend the Orenian people from pagan and heretical interests. When the Order of St. Lucien had come to its second round of blows with Dwarven aggressors under Zion, a pact encompassing virtually the entirety of heathen and heretical presence in Anthos, they chose to abandon the very principles of their oaths and declared neutrality. There is an understanding that the Lucienists felt underappreciated and held tensions with the Ruskans; but the petty whims of the Lucienists and the Darfey Church did nothing when the Orcs interrupted a mass of the true faith by putting Vekaro to the sword, did nothing when priests were slain in the streets, and acted in utter cowardice in their moment to rise and fulfill their clerical duties by defending the pious they were sworn to protect. Later in the war, they allied with said heretics against the current throne and its pious defenders. Even if they found High Pontiff Joshua’s appointment an act of heresy, the barbaric Orcish spirits and dwarven blasphemies are far greater in magnitude and severity as infidelities against the Creator, and recognizing them as legitimate befouls the nature of our absolutist ‘true’ faith.

 

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ix. The propagation of sectarian violence for personal agendas.

 

Under the Darfey reign, the Church holds paramountcy in the dogma of faith. At any point the High Pontiff may adjust the Faith as he sees fit; yet instead of mending the faith to be unified, the Darfeyist Popes have largely acted to promote sectarian violence. Sects had existed long before, particularly under the reign of St. Lucien I the Good were the Kaedrini and Orthodox sects authorized, and even before the Hansetian sects acknowledged. Yet no pope has promoted senseless violence in the name of sects as Regulus, who authorized an entire war between the Order of St. Lucien and the Jolly Band of Ruskans, for the sole purpose of inflaming tensions between the groups to boil over into Zion, and later the usurpation of King Francis. Regulus did unite the sects, but it seems that was a temporary ploy in order to pacify the rising, and valid, demand of Wilfriche Buron. Pius and John of Darfey both later evoked the sects, mayhaps to abuse them once more for personal gain.

 

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x. The regicide of King Francis I without trial or due cause.

 

Arguably one of the most heinous and deplorable crimes of the Church under a Darfeyist regime, at the close of the pontificate of Regulus I, the Church at Darfey’s direction conspired with Decterum turncloaks to murder King Francis I while he held neutral peace talks with Syrio of Alras. Having broken a thin and then-unbeknownst legal pretext, that being that the monarch of Oren must be crowned by the head of the faith, the Church rose its banners in open rebellion against King Francis, joining the pagan Zion alliance, and refused to end its war when he showed genuine contrition for his actions. Upon the Church’s refusal to rejoin the human people it was sworn to defend and cease supporting the paganism of Zion, Francis’ counsellors advised that he crown an antipope, Joshua I, a request he complied with in what was seen as a great error at the time. The victims of the killings at court engineered by the Church that followed are known as the Franciscan Martyrs, to whom King Francis lends his name.

 

His murder was conducted by Lucienist templars and Decterum traitors in his throne room without a trial for the supposed crimes he had committed or in fact a judicial execution. Not only was this regicide committed without trial or justice, it was also committed for blatant political gain. The Church knew that in lieu of the pagan invasion of Oren they would prove victorious if armed conflict came to pass, and so they decided to instate a blatant power grab and endeavour to instate an illegitimate regency by killing the sovereign. It is well-documented that the Crown’s support of the anti-papacy of Joshua I was a foolhardy and reckless move, however it is less known that this only occurred after the Church refused to end its rebellion when King Francis pleaded with them to, before which the justification (Of which little was required, for the act was an undeniable grasp for power) entertained by the rebellion was nothing but an extremely weak and archaic legal pretext which would not have held up in the eyes of any law, especially since forgiveness and absolution is preached by the hypocritical lackeys of John of Darfey. The fact that the Church was allowed to turn against the state in such a fashion sets an alarming precedent, and one wonders what would become of it were it to happen today under Peter I.

 

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xi. The murder of Lord Chancellor Wilfriche Buron without trial or due cause.

 

In the massacre at the court of King Francis I, many of his officers of state and vassals were slain in the ensuing chaos for no crime but having remained loyal to the Crown over the Church. These are the men who, like the authors of these writings in the event of a theoretical future struggle between the Church and the Crown, would remain loyal to the secular authorities to whom they by every law owe their allegiance and their swords. While oaths to God trump oaths to any man living, it is the contention of this writer that oaths to the monarch should by all rights be placed above oaths to any ecclesiastical authority, for if such were not true we must question why we are not instead ruled by the papacy.

 

One such individual, who remained loyal to his ruler as opposed to the head of the faith, was the Lord Chancellor, Wilfriche Buron, who was slain at court moments after Francis himself, without trial and utterly extrajudicially. A condemnable sin, and one orchestrated without remorse by the architect of this attack, John of Darfey. The Reformists hold belief that Wilfriche was directly targeted due to his clerical work. A progressive reformer who sought to unify the faith and the sects, it was Wilfriche Buron who dismantled the idolatry of the ‘Cult of Horen’ which worshipped the Horen lineage, particularly Godfrey, which besmirched the ultimate nature of God the Creator. It seemed this upset John of Darfey, a man known for his radical Horenist beliefs, whom most likely had Buron killed on account for dismantling his heretical practice.

 

Wilfriche is a direct foil to the Lord of House Winter, who turned his cloak and betrayed all of his oaths to his liege and lord master on the command of Darfey. This particular lord still remains a vassal of the Empire, under the Chivay dynasty, to this date, and since he has perpetrated such crimes once before, we must again call into question what scruple would possibly stop him from committing them again, this time to a more beloved monarch - Peter I. It is for this reason that we cannot attribute anything to the Winter name but treachery and murder. There is no grandiose and honorable Winter legacy or century-spanning prestige - there is either slothful inaction, or bloodthirsty intrigue. For what reason His Imperial Majesty tolerates these sinful snowflakes is beyond this humble writer.

 

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xii. The murder of Lord Baron Lorethos Basileus without trial or due cause.

 

Another loyal vassal of King Francis I was Baron Lorethos of the House Basileus, whose loyalty to his liege in lieu of the Church’s betrayal cost him his life, slain brutally and extrajudicially without trial or due cause moments after Wilfriche Buron. Whereas Buron was raised in the Orthodox tradition, Baron Lorethos was a Heartlander and had little to no association with House Carrion or King Francis’ line, proving that his killing was irrespective of his sect. His sole crime in the eyes of Darfey was his opposition to the Church’s bloodshed and his honor towards his liege, and for that he lost his life.

 

As he was the unassuming head of a noble house, comparable to many such men today, we use his example as one of where disobedience to John of Darfey and faithfulness towards a ruler will get the good Imperial man. We may pledge our undying fidelity to the Crown all we desire, but if something is not done about the matter of Darfey, we will all end up slain as Lorethos is for upholding our oaths and defending our liege.

 

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xiii. The murder of Damon Kovachev without trial or due cause.

 

Perhaps one of the most detestable murders of the Franciscan Massacre was the slaying of Damon Kovachev, the son of Rikard Kovachev, an unarmed page of thirteen who was at court to squire for Ser Fredek Royce. When the killing of the loyalists began, the Lucienists turned their blades on any Raevir present at court, among their victims the boy Damon who was, on the account of an eyewitness, ‘struck about the head by an Adunian templar’s spiked mace three times, his body falling to the ground and crushed by the sabatons of the wild and stampeding soldiers’.

 

This murder cannot be justified by any precept of even Darfey’s skewed canon law. An innocent child slain as a result of his cloak-and-dagger intrigue is now in the Seven Skies while we are charged with bringing justice to those who slew him.

 

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xiv. The murder of King Francis’ lowborn courtiers; numbering roughly nine innocent fellows and one priest of the faith, without trial or due cause.

 

Upon the extrajudicial slaying of the majority of the Francis’ court, those who remained loyal to their deceased king fled to Mt. Augustus, where they holed up and endured a week-long siege. It was broken when they sallied forth into the Lucienist forces and died heroic, martyr’s deaths, preferring to die for their king than submit to Darfeyism. It is for this reason that these ten individuals as well as the four victims mentioned prior are known as the Franciscan Martyrs, venerated in the Reformist Communion for having given their lives as a sacrifice against the deplorable movement of Darfeyism.

 

Once more, they were slain without trial and extrajudicially, their only ‘crime’ in the eyes of their detractors being their undying devotion to their sovereign, the same attribute which is expected by every single Imperial subject today.

 

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xv. The attempted murder of Siguine Barrow, ward to King Francis I, the attempted kidnapping of Roy Carrion, and the wanton assault of the remainder of King Francis’ court without trial or due cause.

 

There are those whom survived the butchery served at the ilk of the Church, Order of St. Lucien, and the Ruthern host; namely Roy Carrion and Siguine Barrow. The latter had only survived due to the efforts of two Decterum converts who had the fifteen year old boy spirited away in defiance of Mad Ailred’s wicked whims, while the former had been saved on the mercy of a wayward Orc of the Lur clan whom deplored the dishonor and disdain occurring in the halls of Vekaro’s keep. The day of the Franciscan Massacre was a day where even Orcish savages had found our acts deplorable. Yet Winter agents along with the Order of St. Lucien had continued to hunt down and kidnap the young Roy Carrion due to his value as son of the recently deceased King Heinrik.

 

Various courtiers also made their way out of the fighting and fled the city, only to band together in the triumphant victory at Mount Augustus. All survivors of the Franciscan Massacre have been doled a crime at Darfey’s hands; a crime unanswered by the Imperial banners of justice and the god-fearing men of Oren whom seek to rest peacefully knowing that assault in the sanctity of one’s home is a crime condemned and punished. Lest we become an arbitrary lot abandoning the principles and legislation which regulate our Imperium, we must serve a justice that has been long ignored, a justice best served by the utter dissolution of the Church and its cronies.

 

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xvi. The abuse of clerical powers to administer an unlawful regency over Oren.

 

Likewise the Church’s rebellion proved a rather fruitful endeavour on their part, thereafter permitting them to instate a sham regency in which each member was a known puppet of Darfey who would follow his every order. In truth Darfey was King of Oren for a year in all but name, however during this interregnum the realm was beset by anarchy. Despite the crimes of any dynasty, the deposition of a king, emperor or any ruler is a significant matter (And one the Church have proven they are fond of) and is inevitably an illegal one. Despite the Church’s claim to be a wholly separate entity from the state, and their claim to be an apolitical entity at that, the Darfey regime did administer a wholly unlawful regency council on the realm of Oren, depriving and further denying it of a monarch, using the military might of their papacy to do so with the blood of children on their hands.

 

This is a direct violation of the precept that the Church and state are separate, and as a result we must call into question why John of Darfey believes it is righteous for the Church to interfere with the affairs of the state, but upon the vice-versa occurring, it is a most grievous sin in the eyes of God. This is simply a further testament to his corruption and hypocrisy. Just as the Church deemed it fit to interfere military with the realm of man in what it unjustly perceived as blasphemy, we as Reformists deem it fit for the monarch to interfere military in the affairs of the Church when it perceives the latter entity to be the embodiment of corruption.

 

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xvii. The abuse of legislative powers upon the election of Lucien II to instate papal laws contrary to precedent doctrine.

 

After the election of Lucien II to the papacy, it was decided that as part of the terms of Darfey’s support for his pontificate (A promise which eventually expired nonetheless) he would acquiesce to several of his and Archbishop Castus’ demands, amongst them the instatement of a number of unprecedented canon laws which would permit the College of Bishops to unseat a High Pontiff without cause if they deemed it fit. This in itself was an utterly unwarranted and as before mentioned, unprecedented change, with the express purpose of solidifying Darfey’s control over the Church from an early stage.

 

By maintaining the votes of all of the electors (Of which there are two, both bought) through bribes and other enticements he continues to stifle the Church to this day. No decisions were to be made without the approval of his creatures, the College of Bishops, who owe their allegiance to him alone. When Lucien II lost Darfey’s favour, they removed him. When Pius II lost Darfey’s favour, they removed him. And when Darfey’s ambitions shot high enough to the papal seat itself, his cronies elected him to it.

 

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xviii. The falsification of Church doctrine to support political agenda.

 

Through countless rhetoric above, the Reformists have proven the inconsistencies in Darfeyist thought, yet they are other particular cases where the corrupted Church has gone back on their esteemed doctrine in order to fuel their political agenda. The first appearance of John of Darfey to the known world has him naming Augustus Blackmont a saint in his discourse with the newly crowned Heinrik and Lord Flay’s eyes a holy relic. When St. Augustus began to be used as a rallying cry against Darfeyism, however, he ordered his hounds, the Lucienists, to proclaim St. Augustus a fraud and a heresy. Who truly is the fraud here, John or August?

 

Another issue of contention is the proclaimed papal infallibility, yet the Darfeyist Pontiffs consistent denial of their predecessors work denies the very nature of their infallibility. While the reformists hold to the belief that Regulus had unified the sects out of appeasement to the growing anti-Darfey sentiment, his successor blatantly restored the issue of sects in utter contention with Regulus’s decree. The Darfey papacy is notorious for their debacles in switching their religious doctrine to match their political agenda; an act of sacrilege and wanton power-lust.

 

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xix. The enticement of secular bodies to break their oaths of fealty to the monarch in favour of lesser oaths to the papacy for which such secular bodies were granted worldly gain.

 

As mentioned in the prior bullet sixteen, the Darfeyist agenda revolves around a tangle of church and state. For the time of Darfey’s regency, every noble house was sworn to the church regency, an act which violates the tenets of Oreni feudalism and Church authority. We can assume some form of coercion or bribery was involved in order to subdue the lordlings into bending towards men sworn to avow secular politik. Yet, we can only find the hard truth of Darfey’s tactics in subduing loyal lords into his illegitimate fold if he is put to justice and testimonies provided.

 

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xx. The facilitation of schismatic sects contrary to Church doctrine.

 

The ‘Cult of Horen’ has been touched upon and given some regard in the other bullets of this dissertation. Along with the Archbishop of Herendul, Castus, later Regulus I, in his early days Darfey was a strong proponent of this blasphemous cult which, in its idolatry, regarded those sanctified monarchs of the line of Horen as gods in human form. This in itself was a sub-sect of the approved of Imperial Traditionalism, and the first Holy Father who sat the papal seat with these tolerated sects was Radomir I. While during his reign the doctrinal differences between the sects were mostly minor and did not contain the propensity for violence that they do now, his turning of a blind eye to the radicalism of the Cult of Horen is seen by these authors as folly. To worship figures of Horen lineage as divine deities defiles the notion of the Creator’s divinity, by comparing his paramountcy.

 

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xxi. The bastardization of Lucienist doctrine writ by the hands of the most holy St. Adrian and St. Thomas.

 

The tenets of the doctrines of the Lucienist faith were laid down to us and written by the hands of St. Adrian and St. Thomas, its founders. They preached a number of dogmas and doctrines, among them papal infallibility, clerical marriage, the supremacy of man over the lesser races and the sanctity of marriage. Since then the Church of Darfey, in accordance with its most loyal servants, the self-proclaimed Lucienists, has adopted these teachings. In these times, of these doctrines, only papal infallibility is retained and only because it suits the agenda of Darfey. To further that agenda, even Darfey would forsake that as well. The Lucienists marry man to dark elf and slay clergy who wed, itself an immediate blasphemy towards their own faith, for Lucien I was wed and possesses descendants in this realm to this day.

 

But perhaps they cannot be held fully accountable for their straying from these doctrines, for while St. Adrian and St. Thomas imparted the scripture of Lucienism towards the people they did so in the belief that the holder of the papal seat would always be virtuous, selfless and without sin, a sentiment that we can say now is undeniably false. The High Pontiff is no more infallible than any man, least of all the aforementioned saints who expected none of these travesties to come to pass - and to the matter of caesaropapism the Emperor is the only head of the Church this Reformist Movement will consider godly and just.

 

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CLAUSULA

 

The twenty-one articles that have been writ by our hands have left us weary and calloused, but we are by no means dissuaded from our goal, for we are well aware that ours is the work of God and God alone. We have delivered our arguments against the sedition of John of Darfey and his corrupt and irredeemable Church, who has himself already committed unpardonable crimes against the Chivay dynasty and in fact the realm of man as a whole. There is nothing that we of the Reformist Movement advocate more than the utter purging of the Church and the establishment of the monarch of Oren as head of the faith. Darfey and his associates must be burnt at the stake for their crimes, as we know surely here and now that they will be barred entrance into the Seven Skies on account of their vices. We implore any reading this who we may have convinced with our articles to cast aside the Darfeyist traditions of old and adopt the Reformist faith for the sake of, if not your own souls, those of the country. There is but one God, and his name is the Creator. There is no man pure enough alive, Pontiff or otherwise, who can act as an avatar in his name. We shall do as our conscience dictates us in these matters and let God alone judge the righteousness of our deeds!

 

For the Imperium,

 

BASIL OF SABRIS

SIMON OF KHAZAV

 

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Nothing but lies and slander, Franz deserved nothing better than to burn in hell in all eternity, he was a false king, an excommunicated man. 

 

Franz was known under another name, perhaps Simon or Basil would like to enlighten the people of what name he went under. And what he did under that name, perhaps then people would know the real reason on why he was removed. Furthermore, the Chivay Empire died after they removed their main supporters the Church of the True Faith to what might one ask? To treason lead by this so-called Cannonist church, the venom stemmed from within. 

 

Most of your points are also falsehood, for example, the one about the college of Bishops unseating High Pontiffs this was, in fact, a law of the first Church, only your feeble dead cousin Franz when he was called “High whatever he was called” revoked that right. And by rights, it was returned when he was thrown out of the chair of the Papacy because of his utterly heretical laws he put in place.. For example, the one that says his SONS after him inherit the papacy. If that is not a reason for killing Franz, I do not know what is. Franz was a heretic and he was removed from the bosom of the people of God.

 

Moreover the original church and traditions never stated that the High Pontiff is infallible this is a fabrication of your current Church. Furthermore infallibility of a High Pontiff is a joke to anyone and everyone a Church preaching that is a laughing stock based on history itself! The Curia or the College of Bishops were infact were the check and balance of the High Pontiffs. 


Moreover you mock the Church's belief in the Horenic Bloodline being blissed by God by choosing them and favoring them over all others. Was it not you Sigmundians who claimed that Prophet Sigismund to be the Eternal and Everlasting Divine Emperor, after his death only to have that scroll torn apart a few days later because everyone in the Empire laughed in your faces. 

 

This reformist church you so call Cannonist is nothing but a shadow of the glory of God that was the Church of the True Faith. A mere sham, a weak, incompetent little cesspool of idiots and beggars. The scrolls you hold are false fabrications nothing more. 

 

We do not even need to argue, as everyone can see how much and how big of a failure the false Church has become. 

 

Gods reckoning, the end of days.. is upon us soon you shall see the Truth when Gods light shines. 

 

 

 

  John II Of Darfey

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8 hours ago, Sultan said:

Nothing but lies and slander, Franz deserved nothing better than to burn in hell in all eternity, he was a false king, an excommunicated man. 

 

Franz was known under another name, perhaps Simon or Basil would like to enlighten the people of what name he went under. And what he did under that name, perhaps then people would know the real reason on why he was removed. Furthermore, the Chivay Empire died after they removed their main supporters the Church of the True Faith to what might one ask? To treason lead by this so-called Cannonist church, the venom stemmed from within. 

 

Most of your points are also falsehood, for example, the one about the college of Bishops unseating High Pontiffs this was, in fact, a law of the first Church, only your feeble dead cousin Franz when he was called “High whatever he was called” revoked that right. And by rights, it was returned when he was thrown out of the chair of the Papacy because of his utterly heretical laws he put in place.. For example, the one that says his SONS after him inherit the papacy. If that is not a reason for killing Franz, I do not know what is. Franz was a heretic and he was removed from the bosom of the people of God.

 

Moreover the original church and traditions never stated that the High Pontiff is infallible this is a fabrication of your current Church. Furthermore infallibility of a High Pontiff is a joke to anyone and everyone a Church preaching that is a laughing stock based on history itself! The Curia or the College of Bishops were infact were the check and balance of the High Pontiffs. 


Moreover you mock the Church's belief in the Horenic Bloodline being blissed by God by choosing them and favoring them over all others. Was it not you Sigmundians who claimed that Prophet Sigismund to be the Eternal and Everlasting Divine Emperor, after his death only to have that scroll torn apart a few days later because everyone in the Empire laughed in your faces. 

 

This reformist church you so call Cannonist is nothing but a shadow of the glory of God that was the Church of the True Faith. A mere sham, a weak, incompetent little cesspool of idiots and beggars. The scrolls you hold are false fabrications nothing more. 

 

We do not even need to argue, as everyone can see how much and how big of a failure the false Church has become. 

 

Gods reckoning, the end of days.. is upon us soon you shall see the Truth when Gods light shines. 

 

 

 

  John II Of Darfey

 

 

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