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  1. “Furthermore, I consider that Sutica must be destroyed.” Voryn Ravexi had commented to his clansmen following a prayer gathering, only then to hear news of the declaration of war. It brought a joyous smile to his lips, for the Mortal King truly was, as the youth say, based.
  2. Valens Ith’ael stood alongside his compatriots, owning the faintest semblance of a smile that threatened to dispel the illusion of stoicism. “Through decisive action shall the poison what courses through veins of silver be cleansed, and with it the rot which plagues our blessed cihi excised that silver shan’t be tarnished. Maehr’sae Hiylun’ehya.”
  3. A missive is posted onto the noticeboard in Haelun’or’s square, nailed over a copy proclaiming the recent act. It read the following in an elegant, cursive script. Woe upon we blessed sons and daughters of Larihei - we children of silver. I weep for us, I weep for our purity, polluted from within by the poison sown by the malignant hands of dark mages and their sympathizers. A shadow creeps over the Silver City; the selfsame curse of Izalith that had brought our nation low twicefold, and yet so do the 'blessed' guardians of the Maehr'sae Hiylun'ehya sleep, favoring lethargy and nepotism over the righteous path. Our Okarir’tir is but a mouthpiece for the far-reaching tendrils of Gehenna, be warned and beware, for none but they themselves undermine our sacred laws and with this piece of legislation do they only endeavor to protect those who tug the marionette’s strings from harms way. We stand for the downfall of one guardian of silver, flawed as he may be for his methods and callous hand. Why then do we stand for the putrid stench of a Shade to remain welcomed behind our walls of silver? Beware the puppetmaster. Beware Nerithil Valarieth. Beware those ‘ata who enable him to spread his poison. - Valens Ith’ael
  4. ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ INTRODUCTION The House of Ravexi is an ancient Dark Elven lineage tracing their heritage back to the original dedicants of Veluluai in the form of Ilithis Voryn, who is regarded as the first to take the Ravexi name and is subsequently revered as the ancestor of pursuit. While their ultimate course of action became the abandonment of Magara’lin following the death of Luara’s Chosen at the hands of the Azulites, they have upheld themselves throughout the centuries since as a people known for their staunchly traditionalist values and stringent adherence to the old beliefs which they cling to. Their relevance in the modern era stems from the deeds performed by Koltira Ravexi, a paragon who worked hand-in-hand with Khel Oussana to lay the foundations for a modern Dark Elven people, and through the exaltation of the ancestors have they come to act in the methods of the Father; an unflinching adherence to the virtues of law, diligence and a tireless ambition for power and glory. CULTURE RELIGION The Ravexi vehemently oppose what they call modernist poison that has seeped into the very roots of Dark Elven society -- the intermingling of their own culture with that of orcish savagery, what became so commonplace following the deceit of the Laurir’ker and their barbarity. That being said, their view upon the so-called ‘spirits’ is simple; rejection. Yet they, as many other of their kind do, pay reverence to the Goddess Luara. To them, she is just that, a goddess, and to pair her alongside a menagerie of savage idols is a disservice they rarely do abide by. She has no equal, and to even suggest such is to profane against the mercy she granted to the ancestors during the days of the Shrieking Night. To them, Orcish spirits do not belong, and are ultimately a perversion of a people’s indigineous faith brought about by race-traitors who sought power by lavishing lesser beings with deference and subservience, selling out their people for profane and dark magics what allowed for them to bring forward the resting souls of the dead to dance to their tune and speak their poison. Alongside their worship of the Moon Goddess is their respect for the ancestors. They hold true to tradition, and strictly so, in refusing to recognize any pantheon of greater ancestors, nor by exalting those unworthy of praise. The Ravexi consider three ancestors to be exalted for their deeds in life, thus deemed worthy of sainthood as living manifestations of the Goddess’ will and blessings upon her wayward children. These are named the Father, the Mother and the Zealot. Koltira Ravexi, who above all others of his name made power and strength his duty and chose the path of leadership and domination. Veluluai, who gave birth to the modern Dark Elven people, delivered them into the light of the goddess and built for them a homeland to call their own. And lastly, Khel Oussana, who delivered his people from their ignorance and ushered a return to a place in the sun not held back by the ravings of lunatics and degenerates. Besides the ancestor-saints, personal shrines are often erected in Ravexi households to less recognized ancestors; warriors of renown, orators of exceptional skill and generally speaking other figures whose blessings might be sought after for one purpose or another. All in all, an emphasis is placed on the veneration of their ancestor-saints over the Goddess Luara, whose worship is delegated to a more all-encompassing service wherein the Ravexi pay homage to her through their deeds in lieu of prayer, dedications and shrines erected in her name, reckoning that so long as they do not squander or take for granted the blessings of clarity, then they are in her favor. Another belief is the Ravexi ideal of the noble spirit, and the belief that those who commit worthy deeds in life are destined to be reincarnated after their death, that the soul is given form again in the lineage of their descendants, giving way to a prophetic tradition and various superstitions regarding the circumstances of one’s birth. VALUES The Ravexi strive to emulate their patron ancestor, Koltira, whose deeds are said to have embodied the strength of their name as a reincarnation of the spirit of Voryn himself. That being said, they are not ones for virtues others might praise; humility, temperance, charity. To a Ravexi, power is the most noble of ambitions and thus do pride, determination and cruelty take center stage as things to be admired. Because of this mentality so prevalent among the Ravexi, they are generally regarded by others with more kindly sensibilities as arrogant, malicious and power-hungry. All of which could be said to be true, though perspective would have that the Ravexi see their worldview as a necessity and that they fill a critical role in Dark Elven society, believing that without the stern hand of Koltira to guide them, the weakness of modernity and degenerate values have corrupted and brought low a people who were strong underneath the iron-fisted hand of their forebear. FAMILY The Ravexi do not respect the traditional patriarchal-matriarchal power structure of most family groups. Instead, in the vein of their patron, it is ultimately power that dictates Ravexi leadership and Ravexi patriarches tend to rule with a callous and iron-fisted touch. Because of this, kinslaying is commonplace and blood-brothers will often partake in an affair known as the mei'tabar 'paikahrendrid or Ahrendrid’s Duel; these bouts of sanctioned, ritualistic conflict end in the death of the losing participant, who is thereafter considered to have been feeble in body and spirit alike. While the duel is typically reserved for sons attempting to supercede their fathers or otherwise assert dominion over the Ravexi, it is often invoked over grudges or simple feelings of hatred and distrust due to the belief that whomever is slain is torn from the wheel of reincarnation, that their deeds shall go unsung and they will ultimately wither away in the void, and as such is favored as a means of vindication. Courtship and marriage are treated with a laissez-faire hand, and so long as the partners are both of pure blood, then there is typically no protocol or intervention on behalf of the patriarch. The rearing of children is a communal affair, and they are typically taken from their parents at the age of six to be brought up by a godparent chosen by the patriarch of the house, believing it to help seed the callous and militant Ravexi outlook on life. Not all members of the House are of the blood, and the Ravexi have been known to absorb and integrate other clans into their fold through marriage, treaty or so forth. PHYSIOGNOMY The House of Ravexi are known for their homogenous appearance, the result of a stringent policy of purity of blood, of which they pride themselves for their pedigree as pureborn Dark Elves so far as history is recorded. Ravexis are recognized by two features -- their eyes, which are almost always a stark, sanguine crimson, and their hair, which is as black as ebony. Ravexi skin-tones range in the lighter, more ashy and grey tones found amongst the Dark Elves. The Ravexi are very much dedicated to martial tradition, and in line with their kin, tend to be on the more robust side physically, given to a proclivity for physical training, internal-familial competition, spartan lifestyle and selectiveness in marital pairings. OOC - JOINING RAVEXI Joining Ravexi is a simple process. To play a blood member of the family, express interest with a PM to my inbox, or @AntonVoron - additionally, House Ravexi accepts adoptees (so long as they are pure Dark Elves and mesh well with the group) and this avenue of entry can be discussed in the same way OOCly, or be approached in roleplay by seeking out the family in Renelia.
  5. ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ INTRODUCTION The Order of Kheltiruai-- so named after the Great Ancestor Saints Khel, Koltira, and Velulaei -- is a militant religious institution. Officially a division of the Renelian military, the order serves a function that transcends martial responsibility and functions, in essence, as a sister order to the naeri priesthood of the Kervira. Encompassing a caste of militant soldier-priests who carry out the divine will of the temple, their goddess and the choice ancestral patrons to which they harken and pay reverence to for their selective worthiness in the eyes of the virtuous. To many, they are a righteous caste, men and women who devote their lives in service to a purpose greater than themselves, and to others they are brutes who enact the judgement of their faith and carry with them divine wrath for all those who would have the audacity to so much as question the divinity of Luara or the tenets by which they abide. DUTIES BY SWORD AND WORD The Order of Kheltiruai fulfills a broad niche in Renelian society. A cadre of warrior-priests and ascetics, they serve the will of the ‘temple’. What they define as the temple is unclear, and while many would point to the Naeri Priesthood of Renelia, they in truth only pay lip service to the priestesses as they believe themselves and their charge to serve to a greater end in pleasing the goddess. The core function of the Order is simple - to maintain the moral and spiritual integrity of the Renelian people, and in doing so, ensuring the strength of the nation as a whole. To this end, the Kheltiruai employ their zeal as a means to bring the word of Luara to the ignorant, and to those who would refuse to walk in her light, or worse yet to harken to heretical beliefs, they are unafraid to engage in inquest and burn heresy out by root and stem. They do not always act as inquisitors and clerical judges, however, and believe firmly in the idea that a people must be shepherded by those who know better, hosting ceremonies, religious festivities and rites, and so on to strengthen their bond with the people, and thereby the people’s bond with the goddess and the ancestors. Yet, their spiritual purpose is a broad one and not restricted to sacred violence or upholding the word. Knowledge is considered next to godliness, and for that do they strive to preserve and record what they consider pertinent to the Dark Elven people and to their faith. To that end, they are authors, record-keepers and archivists, whose diligence is unmatched amongst their people. Their secular duties are largely tied to the military, of which they are partnered to as spiritual guides and soldiers both. As they shepherd the citizenry, so too do they shepherd the faithful on the battlefield, leading ceremonial processions and blessings in the name of the goddess on the eve of war. It is not uncommon to see members of the Order throwing themselves into the vanguard of military engagements, and their willingness to throw down their lives in the defense of their faith and their nation is only eclipsed by their contempt for those who would dare to lift a hand against the chosen of the goddess. BELIEFS THE GODDESS AND THE THREE The Order could be considered heterodox by some circles, especially those who have conformed wholly to the spiritual pantheon of Orcish belief that has been brought into Dark Elven society. As a result of their Ravexi founders and their beliefs, the Order instead touts a more monothiestic leaning, recognizing only the goddess (and as a goddess, not a spirit, a classification they consider as blaspheming against the goddess’ stature) while forsaking the praise and blessings others would grant to what they deem false spirits and demons. To the Kheltiruai, Luara is the Goddess; supernal in her nature and glory, that none might question. Her visage is the moon, and there are no others deserving of worship and exaltation as she for her role in delivering the ‘ker from their madness and uplifting them into her enlightenment. Beneath the Goddess are the Three; the chief Ancestor Saints who are said to have acted in accordance to the Goddess’ word as shepherds for her people. These are the Zealot, the Father and the Mother; Khel, Koltira and Veluluai respectively. While they are considered ancestors and given venerence much in the same way, they are held on a higher pedestal from mere household spirits and for their deeds are considered true paragons of virtue and godliness. THE ZEALOT - Khel Oussana is regarded as a cunning and vicious soul who was determined to earn his people their place in the sun; a traditionalist who sought to enforce the mandate of the ancestors and instill fervor in his followers established the framework for most all that came after him. He embodies the virtues of piety, cunning and duality. THE FATHER - Koltira Ravexi is regarded as a callous, albeit dutiful leader who sought to emulate Khel in preserving the legacy of their people and ensuring the continuation of a self-reliant Dark Elven culture. He was known for his unflinching nature, harsh treatment of dissidents and adherence to the law. He embodies the virtues of ambition, diligence and lawfulness. THE MOTHER - Veluluai is regarded as a benevolent and wise teacher who sought after knowledge above all things, and in her quest for her knowledge, she led her people to the enlightenment of Luara and true understanding through the eyes of their goddess. As the quintessential founder of the Dark Elven people, she embodies the virtues of wisdom, forbearance and sacrifice. OATHS OF THE FATHER The Kheltiruai are bound by a strict codex that they are sworn to upon entry into the Order; what is known to them as the Oaths of the Father, a dedication to Saint Koltira, serve as guidelines for both the execution of their duties beneath the temple, as well as their lifestyles as a whole, for members of the Order are held to a greater standard than their secular brothers, and are expected to live in the emulation of the virtues of the Ancestors to provide an example from which the people of Renelia might take heed and mold themselves after. I. THE OATH OF SUBMISSION - In service to the Temple, I must entrust myself, both body and soul, to the guiding hand of the Goddess and the Ancestors, that I shall never lift a hand against them, and in accepting my mask my fate forevermore is bound to them. For my service, my gift is the dirt, yet never shall I complain that I am given to this purpose, for I am the chosen of the nation and her gods. II. THE OATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS - In service to the Temple, I must always strive towards godliness. For there is no greater shame than to don the mask, and to sully its value through misdeeds. For we are watched by the Goddess and by the Three, we are chosen by them, therefore are we obliged to do right by the Ancestors, to protect their honor all the same as our own, for I am the safekeeper of the virtue of the nation and her gods. III. THE OATH OF VINDICATION - In service to the Temple, I must work to punish the wicked, the blasphemer and the apostate. The raving lunatic, the uncouth mongrel and the salacious lecher, all are enemies of our people, and for their crimes only the judgement of the Ancestors can make right their atrocities. Never shall I abide by them, never shall I let their deeds go unanswered. For the virtue and strength I have been bestowed, always must I answer, for I am the sword of the nation and her gods. IV. THE OATH OF PROSELYTIZATION - In service to the Temple, I must endeavor to spread the word; what is written and what is truth. For the greatest curse to ever grace our people has been ignorance, and I mustn't allow it to take root ever again. In my service to the Goddess and to the Three shall I walk and shall I speak, to all, those who will open their ears and those who will not. Breath is wasted not when it is dedicated to the ancestors, for I am the voice of the nation and her gods. HIERARCHY THE HIGH EXEMPLAR The High Exemplar is the head of order, appointed by the Tribunes from the Tribunes, their word is undisputed and while they typically act by the grace and agreement of their fellow tribunes, ultimately hold the final say in all matters. Acting with temporal and spiritual authority alike, they are expected to embody the wisdom and ferocity of the ancestors and guide their flock in battle and in the gleaning of spiritual providence alike. They answer directly to the governance of Renelia. THE TRIBUNES The Tribunes are the highest rank attainable within the order apart from the High Exemplar (who is pulled from the rank of the Tribunes), of which are always three. The three tribunes each embody one of the patron Ancestor Saints, two male and one female to represent Khel, Koltira and Velulaei respectively. They hold the final say within the order and deliberate on matters pertinent to its functions. In the embodiment of the venerated ancestors, each tribune is expected to uphold the qualities of their namesake, and the masks they don are subsequently hewn in the likeness of whomever they stand to represent. THE EXEMPLARS Chosen from among the most pious and devout of the Temple Knight, Exemplars have proven themselves not only capable of great feats of religious wisdom, but of cunning leadership, and great valour in battle. These priestly leaders stand out from the ranks of the Temple Knight, distinguished by their silver masks -- radiant and shimmering as the full moon -- they act as the officers of the order. Exemplars are permitted the freedom to run their own functions within the temple. The Keeper of the scrolls for example manages the order’s vast libraries, a role taken up by an Exemplar with a keen passion for knowledge. THE TEMPLE KNIGHTS The Temple Knight are the sacred guardians of the order and its clerics. Clad in armour of gold and masked in the visage of their ancestors, they watch with vigilance, and strike with zeal and fury. They make up the bulk of warrior-priests within the order, and in addition to being versed in the use of maces and spears, they are themselves skilled theologians. When not guarding the Tribunes, enforcing the morality of the order, or defending the temple, the Knights can often be found in meditation -- contemplating the great mysteries and communing with the ancestors. THE CURATES Curates are the initiated novices of the Kheltiruai, being those who have yet to prove through meditation, training, and loyalty, their worthiness to don the ancestral masks of the temple. The Curates will often tutor under senior members of the order, while performing tasks of humility, giving alms to the poor, and acting as the arm of charity of the order. The life of the Curate is one of honourable service, a test of piety, and a sacrifice of the decadent. CEREMONIES CEREMONY DESCRIPTION KA’BIRA The first and last days of the year A ceremonial festival in which the priests of the Order lead the faithful in a mass animal sacrifice for the appeasement of the ancestors. The doorways of ancestral tombs are marked with the hallowed moon, painted in the blood of the sacrifices. Bowls of yams, gold and gems are left within the interior halls. Prayers and blessings are made in honour of familial ancestors culminating in one last demonstration of faith and reverence towards The Three -- a rhythmic and powerful prayer given to thank them for their guidance in this life and their previous. The streets become a hallway of incense, ash flowers, and banners, feasting and dancing are common place. MAKHNA’NUTA On the eve of a great battle A ceremony for good fortune in battle, wherein the warriors gather around a three-faced shrine and lay their weapons down at its base. Here they call upon the ancestors -- both great and small in their clerical importance -- for their strength and cunning. Prayer is offered to Luara, beseeching her protection, and the warriors’ faces are finally painted in the blood of a sacrificial animal. MAB’RUKHI For the joining of partners The Mab’rukhi centres around the honouring of one's ancestral line through its expansion, but so does it demand veneration and respect be paid to that of one’s spouse to be. Each partner will begin the evening with a dedication to their ancestors: an elaborate gift to their long dead relatives in the form of art, a shrine, pottery, or for the poorer something woven or crafted crudely. Next, the partner makes a dedication to the ancestors of their spouse to be. This dedication reflects the trade of the partner: a warrior might gift a finely decorated ceremonial blade to prove their capability to protect, a potter an urn, and so on. Once this process of veneration is over both partners stand before the priest. There they vow to ‘Love one another’, to ‘honour one another and their ancestors combined’, to ‘protect one another till death depart us’, to ‘share one another’s belongings and earnings’, and ‘to keep such a vow until age lay infirm, or the honour of such a vow be broken’. Here the priest ties a sacred silk around the wrists of both partners, tying them physically together -- it is a tradition to maintain this through the celebration and dancing, taking it off only when consummation has taken place. MO’LADT For the health of an unborn child A ceremony generally performed in the month preceding the birth of a child. The mother is led in a procession by priests of the Order where they are ultimately brought before a shrine dedicated to Veluluai. There, they are placed in the center of a ritual glyph drawn up in the blood of a mare and incense is burned while they are made to fast for twelve hours. At the end of this period, they are fed the raw heart of the sacrificial mare and choose their child’s name, which then receives priestly blessings of protection. DAM KHE’SHUTA For last rites and burial The Dam Khe’shuta is a ceremony involving the funeral ceremonies and burial traditions - upon the death of an individual, their body is taken and the organs are removed and cremated by priests, whereafter the skin is dried out before being wrapped in linen and resins. The deceased then receives several blessings before being taken on procession to a three-faced shrine. Here, their families and friends are invited to offer gifts to be carried into the hereafter for a period of three days before they are ultimately given to a fire and their ashes are entombed within sacred urns and placed into familial mausoleums for safekeeping. RECRUITMENT ENTRY To those wishing to submit their application to The Order of Kheltiruai, they must first meet these base requirements. I. Be of full blooded Dark Elven descent II. Be devout believer in Luara and the Ancestral Saints III. Be of upstanding moral character Form: OOC IGN: Timezone: Discord: IC Full Name: Gender: Are you of full Dark Elven descent?: State your reasoning for application as complexly or simply as you desire:
  6. Begovars of the Csertan glanced over the document, scratching his head. “They will fight for the fact that these words are all Karamani, but many are similar if not the same as the Kadaksleri language. And changing their word for thief to Konchak? Surely, these western Turkin don’t think us so stupid not to notice their petty insults? Mayhaps I wounded Başıl’s pride during the Matrak. Oh well! I say to him once and I say again that he will realize the folly in his struggle against modernity and the light of Ilah.”
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    A response is delivered by Konchak rider to the Adrian camp, brought into the hands of Dima. Ən əziz ortaqum, Salamlar, İskəndər Bey, Kadakslərin Ortaq. Peace be upon you and your house. Sag Olun, Təşəkkür edirəm, Shokran, we thank you. əlhəmdulillah! It pleases us most greatly to have received this invitation, to come and sit upon your assembly and to honor our great ancestors and the Ever-Forgiving by imparting our wisdom to you and yours. You are a most hospitable lord, and one my kun will gladly honour with our presence at your Khuralmak. Inşallah, with the wise counsel of the electors and the grace of the One, you shall sit the throne of Beg and guide your people to a most prosperous future. To such a thing I shall pray for, and drink to your good fortunes. For it is the one who takes initiative, who shall reap the fruits of his labors. To the indolent and the indulgent, there are no gains to be had. Məsələm, Ortaq, Ilahın nurunu tapsın. Ilahın təhlükəsizliyində, Seyit Styzigan Qan Csertan Begovars Sharohan
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  9. THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE HALLOWED FLAME ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ =THE ORDER’S HISTORY= The Hallowed Flame has its origins in the Commonwealth of Kaedrin of the Savoyard Kingdom of Oren and early Johannian Empire; founded in the year 1520 by the Count of Roseden, Arstan Bedell, at the behest of Magnate Cantonus Chivay, a zealous Owynist warrior caste was established as the vanguard of the Commonwealth. Embracing the fiery sun of their lord Owyn and his dogma as the basis of a new creed, the Order was established as a militant force dedicated to the pursuit of justice, and those ideals laid out before them. The first founding of the Order was comprised of the wilted remnants of the Flaming Rose, and other true-hearted Kaedreni men who served with zeal at the behest of the Chivay Lord of the Commonwealth. However, as the early months of the Order panned out, dissent and mutiny arose amongst the ranks in the form of a certain Hadrian Chivay. Following the assassination of Cantonus Chivay, the title of Grandmaster fell upon his shoulders, and the Order subsequently stagnated following the excommunication of its founder at the hands of the Canonist Church as the result of an incident involving the murder of a Carrion claimant to the Imperial Throne. Its men scattered to the wind, and the Order reduced to a husk, it was dissolved in 1533. Recently, however, the Order has been given new life in order to serve as the militant hand of the one true Canonist Church in an era of renewed strife, standing in opposition to the schismatic Pontiff of the pretender Marnas in support of High Pontiff Siegmund I. In contrast to its earlier iteration, the newly established Order touts the philosophy and virtue of the Imperial Cult, espousing a mixture of traditional Owynist belief and reverence for the cleansing fire of the Prophet alongside the exaltation of the Dragonblooded and the divine right of the House of Horen through Pertinax the Dragonknight, serving to that end in both the protection of their church, as well as their divinely-anointed Emperor, Godfrey III. Injustice across the Empire is met with fire and steel, and those who would dare threaten the virtuous are put to the stake. Yet, their righteous crusade for the purging of all that is wicked and unjust does not end with the Marnantines rebels that threaten the unity of mankind. Maleficarum do not find solace in the wake of their march, nor do cultists of vile practices and dark creeds. Many a blasphemer has been put to the stake - burned aloft for all to spectate - at the hands of the most just. In this day and age, faith wanes and rising to supplement it is the zeal and piety of the Dragon’s adherents. A new age dawns, and it dawns in fire. =TENETS OF THE ORDER= The Order of the Hallowed Flame prides itself in discipline, and in this discipline comes a strict dogma in which each man is required to adhere to. I. REMAIN ETERNALLY FAITHFUL TO HOREN’S COVENANT AND THE HOLY FIRE It is they, Blessed Horens, that guides the realms of man, and their Holy Fire that assures our salvation when we pass on to the otherworld. Never lose faith in the Dragonsblood and Its’ Flame, for to do so would spell doom. Without faith, we cannot ever hope to succeed, and we shall fail as those who came before us have. Faith is our weapon, so wield it true. II. TOLERATE NOT THE IDOLATOR NOR PAGAN, FOR HE IS UNCLEAN Each man is required to show no sympathies towards those of nonhuman faith, unrenounced of vile origin. And why would they? Owyn led man against the Harrenites, and so have generations of Horen seen to the curtailing of fell realms since; it is foolish to believe one could redeem themselves. III. BRING HIS LIGHT TO THE DARK FOR THERE ARE SOULS TO BE SAVED If the basis of our order is built upon the reverence of Horen and the Hallowed Flame, then we must hasten to spread his teachings across the realm. And to those who openly shun his ways, they are no better than the mongrels who lay with elves and pray before trees. Death to him, in the most righteous of fire. IV. RESPECT YOUR BROTHERS, WHO LIVE AND DIE BESIDE YOU At the core of any order is tried-and-true camaraderie. Fight not amongst yourselves, but find it within to make brotherly ties with your fellow soldier. For mutual respect and friendship make a man fight harder on the field to battle, in defense of their comrade. V. NEVER FALTER IN THE FACE OF THE ENEMY To parade fear in the ranks, and to quiver before a foe is the greatest dishonor known. Have faith, for the Fire safeguards us against sword and lance. Falter not, and remain as a redoubt before your foemen and you will have no trouble in dispatching them. =RELIGIOUS DOGMA= NO EVIL CAN SURVIVE THE HOLY FIRE; THE HOLY FIRE ENLIGHTENS, IT BURNS AND IT CLEANSES. BEHOLD THE FLAME OF GRACE AND MERCY MADE MANIFOLD Ever-evident, both through namesake and nature, is the Order’s veneration of the Hallowed Flame; the primordial light bestowed upon Mankind through their covenant with GOD and his earthly agents. All that stems from that light and covenant is revered as being a thing of great divinity; the dragonsblood of the Horen, bound with primordial fire and the right of Emperors, the words of Exalted Owyn, and the ever-cast shadows of Humanity’s most watchful guardians. They offer their prayer to it all through fire and flame: prayer, sacrifice, and carrying out Exalted Owyn’s work in purifying all of GOD’s creation. It is those duties that compelled GOD’s most leal followers to join together and combat the decaying moral front that beset the edges of society; faith in the purifying light of creation and the mandate of GOD and Exalted Owyn alike. It breeds the necessity of deed over word, and of stringent measure before saccharine words and preaching; for, as the ancient and self-evident words go, soft time breeds weak men; hard times breed great men. Intolerance of false idolatry and pagan veneration is inherently necessary to maintain the goodwill of GOD and his Prophets, be they Dragonblooded Horen or the immaculate Owyn. The enemies of duty and faith are manifold; from the perfidious and scheming Dwarven Merchants, revering bones and dust, to the idolatry of the Elven Druidics who revere aspects of the Lord GOD’s creation rather than Him and all that represents the eternal light he bestowed upon the mortal planes. Worse, yet, is the man who turns on his blood and fails to supplicate themselves before their Rightly Divine liege-lord Horen; for it was them GOD laid the Crown of Humanity on the brow of, and none other. Much like the treasured sons and brothers of Owyn, the holiest rite one can enact in the eyes of the Brotherhood is to offer tribute to the Lord in Heaven; there is nothing that appeases our vengeful GOD more than the death of the foeman and give unto the fields of man his ashes as nutrient. It is known to the Brotherhood that the last noises that escape the enflamed witch & pagan mouths are nothing short of the tongue of God. =HIERARCHY OF THE ORDER= -SENIOR COMMAND- GRANDMASTER Incumbent: Friar Tuck [Key_of_Solomon] The Grandmaster holds supreme command over the entirety of the Order, whose orders are to be followed without question and doubt. This office is to be held until death, and provided that the Grandmaster had not designated an heir, the Chapter Masters shall convene and appoint another through discussion and vote. -HIGH COMMAND- CHAPTER MASTER Incumbent: Francois de Vignoble | Sigismund Bedell The Chapter Masters are the appointed commanders of the Order beneath the supervision of the Grandmaster, always chosen from among the anointed knights of the faith. Holding authority over all other knights as well as enlisted members of the Order, they oversee pay, discipline and equipment across the board. Entrusted with leading men during times of war, drilling the soldiery and ensuring a standard of quality is maintained within the Order, they sit as advisors to the Grandmaster and offer their counsel in matters of faith, tactics and war. HOLY KNIGHT Anointed Knights of the Canonist Church, Holy Sers of the Order of the Hallowed Flame make up the core veterency of the Order, expected to be competent in both war and in faith. It is considered a high honor within the Order, and commands a certain level of respect in itself. They hold the authority to call upon a small detachment of Ordermen to serve at their behest, and are expected to take charge in the absence of ranking superiors. -ENLISTED ORDER MEMBERS- MAN-AT-ARMS The Man-At-Arms is the rank-and-file soldier of the Order. Equipped with castle-forged steel and a higher salary than that of their footmen counterparts, they have been enlisted into the ranks for a significant amount of time, and are often promoted on the basis of merit or loyal service. FOOTMAN The Footman is the entry-level enlisted soldier. Given a bunk, an annual salary and armed with mail and steel, these men make up the backbone of the order and are by far the most numerous amongst its ranks. Discipline is expected, and those who step out of line are punished severely. ((To join the Hallowed Flame, contact either @Ambduscias or myself on the forums, or on discord at Hunter#6957 or Bagley#5680 respectively. Credits to Ambduscias for the post.))
  10. Ilathenar made a thinking face, scratching his head as the Uradir made his speech. “Blessed, true born-- Durion? This one must be delusional. It was Durion Uradir who betrayed the people of Haelun’or in his lust for power in attempting to seize the authority of the Sohaer, trying to starve the citizenry to force them to bend. Impure filth, through and through, be he an Uradir or no. Surely, his spawn are no less tainted and power-hungry.”
  11. quiet and whisper don’t work why try to fix something that isnt broken, also give us back emote colors for non-vips the worst feature of the chat system of lotc’s largest competitor is the fact that everyone has the same chat color lol
  12. Imagine being this unapologetically and blatantly biased. LotC staff needs to be put in the basement.
  13. “The Silver Elves are mutants warped by the taint of the so-called Golden Pools. Their forebears baptized themselves in cursed waters, and when Larihei and her followers emerged, they wore that very curse upon their skin and in their souls. Their bodies were left feeble and misshapen, their minds clouded by conceit, and the basest notions of common sense had abandoned them. And when their transformation became complete, Larihei spoke to her flock of degenerate mutants, ‘procreate among thineselves, and let not the bloodline of the purest stray’. Rejoice, this is the result of centuries worth of inbreeding, my friends!” A tattooed Ithelanen read aloud amidst a crowd of his fellows, including the majestic Cao Cao Shen. @Ambduscias
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