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MARTYRDOM OF FRIAR BONIFACE

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Alexandria Karina watched the execution of the Friar from the walls of the courtyard to the Ekaterinburg Palace.  Although her features remained stoic, her eyes were solemn as they lingered upon the delicate and aged figure of Boniface; the man that had inspired the Princess in her youth to become more giving to the Haeseni people.  In her hands was the Lorraine Cross of Pontian III, which had once been gifted to her father as he laid in his deathbed, before having been passed to her.

 

As the rope went taught and the crows flew, her thumb brushed over the lapis gemstone of the cross.

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“I hope Godan find it in his heart to forgive you Boniface, so you might be allowed to enter the Seven skies.. You fell to far from where you once stood unable to accept and see that the world changed before you. Your crimes against the Holy Mother Church and its noble flock was your undoing. But with the love i know my father held for you i shall pray for your soul even if your crimes shall never be forgotten by the noble flock as you lied to those we swore to serve leading them away from Godans light. I shall pray for their souls as well and that they might once more find his eternal light.”

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”Aesh Dea. Aeimon-Barog.” murmured Jean softly, his mind churning as it sought a middle ground between James and Boniface. 

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“Good riddance, that man was so full of himself.” Lajos would say upon hearing the news.

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“Insults or not, speak or stay silent.” Theodosiya Vyronov said in a calm tone while reading her books, going on to say. “The man has died and all should say nothing of a dead man, let the dead rest and the living push forward.” The woman finished, going back to her studies, while doing so she sipped on a wine glass filled with carrion black.

 

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Tanith learns the news of Boniface’s passing from her friends Celestine and Mr. Rat. She receives the news with great sadness. In the short time they’d be acquainted, Tanith had known Boniface as a kindly old man had who often showed her sympathy and support when it seemed like no one else would. Although she could not describe herself as Canonist, she found a measure of peace in what the old Friar had taught her about the Faith.

 

That night, she lights a candle for him in her home – in hopes the light will help his soul find its way home in the afterlife.

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Margaret Alimar received the news in her home from her son, Lothar, who had been tasked as a jury member. The young man spoke the news quietly to his mother, a woman who for years had been bedridden with illness. She considered herself quite a religious woman, and had kept tabs on the old friar. She knew him in her youth, as he had frequented Ves during it’s days as the holy see. The woman was always fond of the talkative friar, and she admired his gusto, and his strength to speak out against what he believed to be wrong. He had married her to her late husband and dearest love, Godfric, and now the news of Boniface’s passing struck close to old wounds of the heart. The aging woman wept for the man, praying for his eternal soul.

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Manfried Cardinal St. Julia was present at the execution of Boniface and despite his distaste for the man and the actions he had devolved into in the past months or so, the Cardinal’s gaze still held a notable solemnity as he stared at a venerable Friar he once and in some ways still did admire. The Friar’s numerous Theses had reached Manfried in his early teens and was one of the reasons why the now Cardinal alongside his friend Griffith approached His Eminence Arthur to join the clergy as an Acolyte. Despite the conflict which was caused by Boniface’s writings the months before his death, the feelings of admiration for the past Boniface who he did admire were not dirtied.

 

And so, as he sat in the cramped tower he called home, Father Manfried contemplated why he would do this. He thought if whether mental illness reached him in the twilight years of his respectable 97 but he quickly threw that thought away. After a few others presented themselves to the Prelate, he came to his conclusion and while it would not affect his final opinion on Boniface, it drew out more mercy from the Cardinal and so he prayed for Boniface that night. Prayed for a man who had dedicated his life to the Church and yet found himself straying from the true path in a great bout of blind fervor which pitted himself against a Church he said he wished to protect. “God have mercy on his soul.” he said for the excommunicant Boniface before going to bed. The snap of Boniface’s neck and the thought of the 41 Theses he so vehemently regarded as false in line with Father Pius’s Apology haunted him that night. But the aging Cardinal, despite his disappointment on how far Boniface had fallen, too contemplated on the good things Boniface had done. The beloved teachings he had spread despite the presence of the controversial and too heretical ones. Besides, if Manfried believed one corrupt Priest could not dirty the entire Church, he would find it hypocritical to allow the Theses of these latter months to dirty the entire batch. “God have mercy on his soul.” he murmured in slumber, “God have mercy on his soul.

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