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  1. [!] A letter arrives to Joseph Clement de Sarkozy’s office as he prepares for trial. Your Excellency, As you requested, I looked over the documentation which your office provided. I find that while we cannot allow you to prohibit Cardinal Ves from accessing his diocese in Ves, it is the crown’s prerogative to prevent him from entering their other dominions. With the exception that Boniface is permitted into the Holy See to attend meetings of the Synod called by the High Pontiff or Vice-Chancellor, we otherwise find no ecclesiastical impediment to limiting his access to Helena. However, I would counsel you to be sparing in your use of this authority, and to recall that use of excessive force against a cardinal may incur excommunication. Please advise your guards of this. Exalted Siegmund established the offices of the Emperor and the High Pontiff as “two in harmony, like unto Evaristus and Clement”. We must strive for accord between our authorities whenever possible. Your fellow servant of GOD, James II
  2. ((Transcript of IG event follows) The sun beams happily upon Helena as festivities for St. Julia’s day take place. Men gift their wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters trinkets and fruits, and throughout the realm sermons are dedicated to St. Julia, the wife of the first prophet. In the Basilica of the Final Revelation, High Pontiff James II addresses his congregation.” ”Dearly beloved, It is an honor to address you on this St. Julia’s Day. Rarely do I have occasion to address such a gathering of the faithful outside of ceremonial occasions. I will take the opportunity to elaborate on today’s namesake, who I hope you will find as impressive as I do. Our Lady is a woman of high repute: she is the first woman mentioned by name in the Holy Scrolls, the wife of Exalted Horen, the first woman to be married, and the first mortal to perform an exorcism, thereby casting Iblees out of her husband’s camp. St. Julia bore Exalted Horen three sons of flesh, who were Harren, Godwin, and Joren. However, the Gospel also tells us she would bear him three sons of spirit: the Exalted Owyn, Godfrey, and Siegmund. This is a unique and significant doctrine. St. Julia was not merely a vessel for Exalted Horen’s worldly heirs: she is the spiritual mother of the three prophets following him, and therefore the spiritual mother of the Church. This is why she is called “Our Lady”. She is, in a very real sense, the mother of the Church. St. Julia, then, speaks to the higher purpose of women in the Church and the world. Too often, I see some who relegate women to an inferior role. Our faith does not agree with this. Our Lady’s role, though not identical to her husband’s, was equal and complimentary. God created the first man and woman together; we are the same substance, each designed to support the other in different ways. Our Lady represents the greatest realization of her gender’s complementary role. While Horen fasted and received the Virtue, St. Julia cast Iblees from their camp. When, by deceit, Iblees invaded the camp with the reprobate Saul, the holiness of Horen and Julia’s marital tabernacle protected their children. This is to say, while St. Julia’s power derived from Exalted Horen’s authority, it also justified it. Authority must extend “over” something, in order for it to be rightly called authority. By obeying her husband’s command, by bravely defending her children and her people, St. Julia both ennobled herself and glorified the authority which God gave to Exalted Horen and to her. St. Julia is the patron of mothers, marriage, and exorcism. Some may find this portfolio eclectic. Upon further examination, however, one sees that exorcism reflects the virtue St. Julia most represented. By obedience to God through Exalted Horen, she manifested great strength and cast out evil. The same is possible for us, as we show obedience to God through St. Julia’s spiritual children, the Exalted Owyn, Godfrey, and Siegmund. There are further examples of feminine manifestations of virtue: St. Tara, who loved her husband and did not flee when Harren attacked their party; St. Emma, who took up the sword and shield in the defense of the Church; St. Judith, who established the tradition of female monasticism in our faith. On this St. Julia’s day I hope you will consider the women in your life who, because of their devoted and constant presence, you may have overlooked. Men, thank your wives and mothers. Women, thank your sisters and daughters. Gratitude is the command of God. Now, let us conclude with a prayer.” After the mass, the parishioners gather before the Immaculate Throne, speaking with James II. He professes that St. Julia is one saint he calls on often in his prayers, due to her unique role in the faith.
  3. EIGHTH GOLDEN BULL OF HELENA The 14th of Owyn’s Light, 1754 HIS HOLINESS JAMES II, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Visigia, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD does decree… TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION I - EXHORTATION SECTION II - DIOCESAN RECONSTRUCTION SECTION III - CURIA APPOINTMENTS SECTION IV - CANONIZATIONS SECTION V - BEATIFICATIONS SECTION VI - CAUSES FOR VENERATION SECTION VII - AUTOPSY AND LICENSURE SECTION I - EXHORTATION Dearly beloved, we are blessed beyond measure to address the faithful for the first time as High Pontiff James II. We are honored by your devotion, and that God guided the hands of our cardinals so. As always, the forces of Iblees seek to subjugate and terrify the servants of the Lord. But they shall not prevail. This world is the patrimony of the virtuous; our blood is the blood of the first man and woman, who God breathed life and light into. Though our battle is a hard one, the Scroll of Virtue promises that God remedies all ills. Though men fail, God is good and keeps his word. Thus we call the attention of the faithful to the wedding of Anne Augusta and Joseph Clement. Together they shall bear the crown of Exalted Godfrey, and be a testament to the lasting strength of God’s promises. And so we charge the faithful to remember their forebears, those saints who kept faith in good times and bad. We hope to serve you long and well. SECTION II - DIOCESAN RECONSTRUCTION We, the High Pontificate, do establish the following dioceses and appoint their shepherds accordingly: THE ARCHDIOCESE OF EVARISTIA - Encompassing the dioceses of Helena and Jorenus, as well as the surrounding countryside. To be administered by His Eminence, Arthur Cardinal Helena (Neon123) THE DIOCESE OF HELENA - Encompassing the City of Helena and surrounding countryside, stretching from Lake Ari to the northwestern forests of Westmarch, and south towards the Urguanian Mountains. To be administered by His Eminence, Arthur Cardinal Helena (Neon123) THE DIOCESE OF JORENUS - Encompassing the City of Reza and its surrounding countryside, stretching from central River Rubern to glacial Nenzing. To be administered by His Grace, Bishop Bram of Jorenus (PuritanPope) THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CLEMENTUS - Encompassing the dioceses of Avalain and Ves, as well as the surrounding countryside. To be administered by His Eminence, Rodrigo Cardinal Avalain (Froschli) DIOCESE OF VES - Encompassing the village of Brandybrook, the City of Ves and surrounding countryside, stretching from the northern tip of Mont St. Catherine to the eastern half of the River Rubern. To be administered by His Eminence, Boniface Cardinal Reza (OldTortoise) DIOCESE OF AVALAIN - Encompassing the snowy northeastern regions of Curonia, and the pine forests north of Mont St. Catherine, as well as the region of Suffolk. To be administered by His Eminence, Rodrigo Cardinal Avalain (Froschli) PRELACY OF COURLAND - To be administered by His Eminence, Rodrigo Cardinal Avalain (Froschli) SECTION III - CURIA APPOINTMENTS The Curia shall receive and affirm the following members. VICE-CHANCELLOR - HIS EMINENCE, Rodrigo Cardinal Avalain AUDITOR OF THE TRIBUNAL – HIS EMINENCE, Boniface Cardinal Ves PRELATE OF THE PRIESTHOOD – HIS EXCELLENCY, Arthur Cardinal Helena PONTIFICAL CHAMBERLAIN - HIS EMINENCE, Jasper Cardinal Renzfeld SECTION IV - CANONIZATIONS Dearly beloved, we, the Canonist Church, we have seen fit to canonize the following individuals. ST. CLEMENT OF PARADISUS. The twin of St. Evaristus of Paradisus, and joint bearer of the Laurel of Horen as one of the two first High Priests of the faith. He was responsible for bearing the Scroll of Spirit after Exalted Owyn’s passing. Symbolized by a left hand holding a laurel branch. ST. EVARISTUS OF PARADISUS. The twin of St. Clement of Paradisus, and joint bearer of the Laurel of Horen and one of the two first High Priests of the faith. He was responsible for bearing the Scroll of Virtue after Exalted Owyn’s passing. Symbolized by a right hand holding a laurel branch. ST. NOAH OF PETRUS. Born of a rancher, Noah became a Petrus watchmen and later the Bishop of Adria. A famous Epulonist, he organized springs fairs and served as mayor. During the Sack of Brelus, he defended the city’s cathedral and was whipped by Augustus D’Amaury in retribution. He survived and became the personal confessor to Bl. John Sigismund. Symbolized by an egg. ST. TARA OF PARADISUS. The devoted wife of St. Joren of Paradisus, who with her husband was held captive by Harren. Symbolized by a peony flower. ST. TOBIAS OF ROSEMOOR. The son of Exalted Sigismund, who drove the Adunians from Oren and rebuilt the capital. After being elected Holy Orenian Emperor, he distinguished himself as the first emperor to donate independent land to the church in the Donation of Tobias. Abdicated his throne to fight the undead and avenge his son. Symbolized by a blue ribbon or blue stripes. SECTION V - BEATIFICATIONS Dearly beloved, we, the Canonist Church, we have seen fit to beatify the following individuals. BL. ANDRIK VYDRA. Led the Canonist League to victory in the Schism War. BL. ALEXANDER FREDERICK. An imperial prince and father of Alexander II, who humbly resigned the high honor of Lord Privy Seal to devote his life to the church as leader of the Palatine Guard and Bishop of Cyrilsburg. He faithfully represented the Canonist faith in the imperial senate. BL. HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL IV. A prolific author and staunch opponent of the schismatic Lotharic Communion. BL. HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL VI. Mender of the Heartland Schism and reformer of the Canon law. BL. MAURICIO OF AZOG. An orcish champion and Canonist who is said to have entered the pits of Hell itself, and did battle successfully against the forces of Iblees. BL. ROBERT II. The third emperor in the Year of the Four Emperors, Robert II abdicated in favor of his younger brother and chose to take the cloth. SECTION VI - CAUSES FOR VENERATION V. MARIE PALAIOLOGINA. The duchess of Mystra, a vassal of the Kingdom of Santegia who refused to participate in her liege’s war against the Order of St. Lucien and the Church. She offered safe harbor and refuge to Canonists in the realm of Santegia during the war. SECTION VII - LICENSURE AND AUTOPSY Dearly beloved, with the abominable murder of our predecessor, Pontian III, and the subsequent desecration of his body by those who would falsely call themselves healers, we have found it necessary to restrict autopsy only to those faithful who have been examined by a member of our Curia. Thus, forwith we forbid the dissection or dismemberment of the corpses of descendants, except for legitimate medical purposes which cannot be achieved except by such means, and only when performed by an individual authorized to perform autopsy by the High Pontoff himself, the Vice-Chancellor, the Auditor of the Tribunal, the Prelate of the Priesthood, or the Pontifical Chamberlain. Violation of this prohibition shall be considered a grave sin, and if unrepentant, grounds for excommunication.
  4. Writ of Annulment of Marriage for Tobias Staunton and Genevieve Merentel We find, upon sworn affidavit by Tobias Staunton and Genevieve Merentel, that their marriage has remained unconsummated since its celebration in Year of Our Lord 1751. Therefore, we, High Pontiff James II, acting pursuant to the doctrine set forth in the Fourth Golden Bull of Helena, do grant their petition for an annulment. We enjoin the faithful of the world to consider their respective honors intact. Both individuals are free to remarry in the Canonist faith, although we further enjoin them to seek the sacrament of matrimony more carefully in the future. IN NOMINE DEI ET HORENUM
  5. The Pontifical Enthronement of 1753 7th of Horen’s Calling, 1753. Rain falls in Helena, as a vibrant procession of church functionaries make their way to the Basilica of the Final Revelation. Against the grey sky and slow drizzle, black-coated priests, white-shod acolytes, scarlet cardinals, and noblemen in every color march deliberately to their destination. They are accompanied by the cloying scent of ancient churches and the low drone of monastic chants. For the fifth time in fifty years, the peasantry of Oren hear the bells of their cities toll in the announcement of a new High Pontiff. The doors of the Basilica of the Final Revelation open, and its nave admits as many as the building can hold. Outside, a crowd gathers to watch the mystical, almost arcane ceremony which would ensue. Jasper Cardinal Renzfeld, for the third time in his life, stands before the gathered faithful aside the Pontiff-Elect. He begins the Prayer of Penitence: "Almighty and most merciful Creator, we have wandered and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things that we ought to have done; and we have done those things that we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us sinners. Spare those who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to mankind in Horen our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Creator, for his sake, that we may live a disciplined, righteous and godly life, to the glory of your holy name. So say we all." . Now Godric of Helena turns to the clergymen, garbed in a white frock and fresh laurels. And Cardinal Renzfeld continues; “With the Lord Creator our witness and guide, it has been divined that the Godric of Helena, born Godric Virosi, has been willed to fulfill the seat of the Church Pontificate. Do you heed the call of Our Creator to bear this vocation? “I do so believe.” “You have been ordained in our church, your household names forsaken and your life devoted in sole service to the teachings of our Creator. The vows of your past vocations remain firm; now you must make the declaration of assent.” The cardinal then reads the Assent, preserved from years past. “The Church of Faithful is the One, Holy and Rightful Church of the Creator , worshiping the one true God, The Creator. It professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scrolls and set forth in the Faithful creeds, which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation. Led by the Holy Light, it has borne witness to Faithful truth in its historic formulates, the Articles of Faith, The Book of Saints. In the declaration you are about to make, will you affirm your loyalty to this inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in bringing the grace and truth of Horen to this generation and making Him known to those in your care?” “I, Godric of Helena, do so affirm, and accordingly declare my belief in the faith which is revealed in the Holy Scrolls and set forth in the Faithful creeds and to which the historic formularies of the Church of The Creator bear witness; and in public prayer and administration of the sacraments, I will use only the forms of service which are authorized or allowed by Canon.” replies Godric. Do you accept the Holy Scrolls as revealing all things necessary for eternal salvation through faith? "I do so accept them." "Will you be diligent in prayer, in reading Holy Scrolls, and in all studies that will deepen your faith and fit you to bear witness to the truth of the Word?" "By the help of God, I will." "Will you lead your people in proclaiming the glorious Word of Horen, so that the good news of salvation may be heard in every place?" "By the help of God, I will." "Will you teach the doctrine of Horen as the Church of Faith has received it, will you refute error, and will you hand on entire the faith that is entrusted to you?" "By the help of God, I will." "Will you be faithful in ordaining and commissioning ministers of the Church?" "By the help of God, I will." Will you be gentle and merciful for Horen’s sake to those who are in need, and speak for those who have no other to speak for them? "By the help of God, I will." "Will you endeavor to fashion your own life and that of your household according to the way of God and make your home a place of hospitality and welcome?" "By the help of God, I will." "Will you work with your fellow servants in the Church for the sake of the kingdom of God?" "By the help of God, I will." "Will you accept the discipline of this Church, exercising authority with justice, courtesy and love, and always holding before you the example of Horen?" "By the help of God, I will." "Will you then, in the strength of the Holy Light, continually stir up the gift of God that is in you, that the good news of God may be proclaimed in all the Realm?" "By the help of God, I will."" "Speak thus then the oath of the Pontificate, with the conclave and God as witness." "I vow to change nothing of the received Tradition, and nothing thereof I have found before me guarded by my God-pleasing predecessors, to encroach upon, to alter, or to permit any innovation therein; To the contrary: with glowing affection as her truly faithful student and successor, to safeguard reverently the passed-on good, with my whole strength and utmost effort; To cleanse all that is in contradiction to the canonical order, should such appear; to guard the Holy Canons and Decrees of our Saints and Pontiffs as if they were the divine ordinance of Heaven, because I am conscious of Thee, whose place I take through the Grace of God, whose Vicarship I possess with Thy support, being subject to severest accounting before Thy Divine Tribunal over all that I shall confess; I swear to God Almighty and the Favored son Horen that I will keep whatever has been revealed through Horen and His Successors and whatever the Saints and my predecessors have defined and declared. I will keep without sacrifice to itself the discipline and the rite of the Church. I will put outside the Church whoever dares to go against this oath, may it be somebody else or I. If I should undertake to act in anything of contrary sense, or should permit that it will be executed, Thou willst not be merciful to me on the dreadful Day of Divine Justice. Accordingly, without exclusion, We subject to severest excommunication anyone -- be it Ourselves or be it another -- who would dare to undertake anything new in contradiction to this constituted Tradition and the purity of the Faith and the Faithful religion, or would seek to change anything by his opposing efforts, or would agree with those who undertake such a blasphemous venture." As his oath come to close, Jasper washes the face of Godric and anoints his forehead with scented oils. "Cleansed of worldly taint, you are reborn in the Creator's vision. Your heart blessed in the eternal compassion and truth of Horen; your soul aflame with the benevolent justice and fervor of Owyn; your body awash with the incredulous miracles and charisma of Godfrey; your mind attuned to the unworldly wisdom and vigor of Sigismund." Cardinal Renzfeld then garbs the anointed in the pontifical cloth, and bestows the pontifical ferula. "By this you are known to all as preserver of truths and lord spiritual." Cardinal Renzfeld then retrieves the ring of St. Lucien, before sliding it upon the right ring finger of the anointed, and afterward, takes the pontifical mitre and rests it upon his brow. "I announce to you a great joy: We have a High Pontiff! The Most Eminent and Most Reverend Lord, Godric of Helena. High Pontiff of the Canonist Faith who takes to himself the name JAMES II."
  6. Godric casts his vote.
  7. Synod of 1752 16th of Harren’s Folly Godric Cardinal Reza speaks to the gathered faithful in Helena: “Dearly beloved, it is with deep sorrow that I am enjoined again to announce the death of the Vicar of GOD. His Holiness Pontian III has been murdered, and grave sin lays upon the hearts of those responsible. I weep for the state of our church and our realm, and pray that GOD welcomes Pontian III happily into the bosom of the Exalted. I pray that in this time of trouble, Horen will give us the mercy to forgive our enemies; Owyn, the righteousness to deliver retribution; Godfrey, the justice to see punishment is meted out fairly; and Sigismund, the wisdom to determine the culprits and restore our Church. The High Pontificate is in a state of sede vacante, and it is my duty to see it filled.” The Vice-Chancellor sends word to the Synod to convene in Helena. On their arrival, he informs them the entire body of the Church is eligible for election, and commences another prayer. List of Electors: Jasper Cardinal Renzfeld [xboxersz] Boniface Cardinal Ves [ReveredOwl] Godric Cardinal Reza [Viros] Arthur Cardinal Helena [Neon123] Rodrigo Cardinal Curonia [Froschli]
  8. Sun’s Smiles ,1747 Issued by Vice-Chancellor Godric Cardinal Reza on behalf of Arthur Cardinal Helena A painting from an unnamed Artist, ca. 1746 ... Arthur, the newly minted Cardinal Helena, seeks time to reflect upon his relationship to God in the Cloister Garden. However, to his astonishment, it had fallen deep into disrepair--perhaps comparable to a trebuchet ridden battlefield, rather than the garden of the Empire’s Basilica. “This Cloister is a disgrace and unfit for purpose. Surely the seat of the Empire, and soon to be home of the Holy See, deserves far better?” The Cardinal says while looking around himself. Arthur then places a quill to parchment drafting a call for builders, in a holy competition. ... “Citizens of the Empire, GOD calls upon you with perhaps the holiest task the city of Helena has ever seen; The Basilica of the Final Revelation has fallen into a state of decay and is in dire need of renovation. The timing could not be more prudent, for it seems that Helena is undergoing modernization. I, Cardinal Arthur, reach out to the four corners of the Empire, in search of our nation’s finest builders. This service to GOD will be rewarded generously in coin. I imagine that the number of applicants for such a feat will be great in number, which is why I have decided to propose a great competition. Those interested will meet together with myself and my fellow clergymen- there you will be tasked to construct in the name of our Holy Mother Church. The rules are simple; The man with the greatest creation gets the job and the accompanying mina!” Signed, His Eminence Arthur Cardinal Helena GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
  9. Godric Cardinal Reza rises from his seat and utters another prayer. He nods to each of his colleague electors and slips his ballot into the receptacle.
  10. Synod of 1744 1st of Sigismund’s End Godric Cardinal Reza speaks to the gathered faithful in Helena: “Dearly beloved, I announce with great sorrow that His Holiness John I has passed out of our realm, and now joyfully into the bosom of GOD. The High Pontificate is in a state of sede vacante, and it is my duty to see that it is filled. I pray that the Exalted will guide our hand in choosing the new High Pontiff, that Horen lend us his mercy, Owyn his purity, Godfrey his justice, and Sigismund his wisdom.” The Vice-Chancellor sends word to his two remaining colleagues in the Synod that they should convene in Helena in order to conduct the vote. On their arrival, he commences another prayer. List of Electors: Cardinal Renzfeld [xboxersz] Cardinal Vez [frill] Cardinal Reza [Viros] ((Only the aforementioned may post in this thread. Voting will conclude when all have cast their votes.)
  11. We find, upon sworn affidavit by Her Highness Ester Rose Devereux and Colonel Darius Sabari, that Richard I Henry, also called Vladrick Hieromar, did attempt the murder of his putative wife by plunging a dagger into her heart. This sinful act, committed unrepentantly, indicates a disregard for the marital bond as well as a consistent and mortal danger to Her Highness. Therefore, in the name of High Pontiff John I and acting pursuant to his authority and policy in this matter we, Vice-Chancellor Godric Cardinal Reza, formally dissolve the marriage of Richard I Henry, Prince of Rubern, and his putative wife, Ester Rose Devereux. We enjoin the faithful of the world to consider the virtue of Ester Devereux to be intact, and her children of this marriage to be legitimate, as they were the product of a putative marriage which could not be fully carried out due to mortal danger to one party on behalf of the other. However, the union from this time forward is completely dissolved. Ester Devereux and Richard I Henry are free to remarry in the Canonist faith, although we further enjoin Richard I Henry to seek and obtain forgiveness for this act of violence. IN NOMINE DEI ET HORENUM Vice-Chancellor Godric Cardinal Reza
  12. This is a well written post, but I don’t think all forums need to be a platform for discussing all issues. We should restrict LotC’s scope to LotC and related topics. Besides, political discussion can take many forms, including advocating certain things the majority of people find distasteful (violent revolutions, genocide, eliminating age of consent laws, executing heretics, etc.). If we allow political debate, we get into the dangerous territory of forum moderators deciding the Overton Window for legitimate discussion. Either that, or we allow members to openly advocate those things on the forum, which would reflect poorly on us for new members. I sincerely doubt anyone is anyone is going to change their strongly held beliefs based on a forum post on a fantasy Minecraft roleplaying server. It would just be an avenue for more toxicity. In summary, I’ve been in communities with rules against political discussion that function perfectly well. This should be one of them.
  13. Jus Bellum Justum The Conquest of Heathen Nations and the Righteous Rule Thereof Posthumously Published from the Collected Works of Monsignor Fabian Virosi the Lesser Foreword and Postface by Godric Virosi Foreword I am honored to present this unpublished thesis found in the estate of my great-grandfather, drafted by his great uncle Monsignor Fabian the Lesser. The archaic prose and discussion of contemporary events indicates it was written in response to the Eighteen Years War and the Empire’s rule over the Dominion of Malin (later the Principality of Laureh’lin). While I am not a scholar and cannot speak to why my honored ancestor did not complete and publish this document, I hope you will find it edifying regardless. Jus Bellum Justum Often it has come before the authorities of the Pontifical Court that a petitioner questions the righteousness of war in the Canonist faith. Such appeals represent several of the more vital theological questions facing the Mother Church, namely: (1) What circumstances permit a Canonist state to wage war? (2) What is the role of a Canonist conqueror in governing heathens? (3) To what extent should heathens be permitted to maintain their culture and religious practices, where they conflict with Canonist principles? These issues, as with all matters of sin and virtue, find their answers in the reading of the Scripture. In addressing the righteousness of war, we will first look to the admonition against violence in the Canticle of Patience. Here, the Lord commands that the virtuous “shal[l] not raise a hand in wrath, nor in envy, nor in any kind of sin.” He thus indicates that violence, or the raising of the hand, is not sinful under circumstances where it is not connected to the other sins, such as wrath or avarice. The astute religious scholar will then determine that it is permissible for a Canonist state to wage war where the war’s essential goal is a virtuous one. This requirement is further clarified in the Canticle of Fidelity, which advises us that the Lord “has ordained the nature of all things” and “ordered the estates of the men of the earth.” Similarly, He orders that we “keep fast to thy word and thy station, and aspire not to greatness among men, but to My glory.” Here, God decrees that He has instituted the estates of the world, and they ought not to be overthrown for personal achievement or acclamation among men. However, we are not left impotent before evil leaders; in the Book of Owyn, the Exalted Owyn dissolves the sinful Kingdom of Idunia at the command of God. Accordingly, and following the example of the Second Prophet, a Canonist state may wage aggressive war where its enemy has fallen so thoroughly into sin that is unrecoverable by peaceable means. Regarding the role of a Canonist conqueror over heathens, we will next move from the Scroll of Virtue to the Scroll of Gospel. It is written in the Book of Provenance that the four sons of the first man and woman were born as such, and assumed the following roles: Malin, father of elves, inhabited the forest, and made it a sanctuary for the beasts and fruit-bearing trees; Urguan, father of dwarves, resided in the mountains, and concerned himself with the wealth of the earth; Krug, father of orcs, roamed the desert, and sought a strength to surpass all being. This pattern of domicile and ambition is repeated thrice, but diverges with the Exalted Horen, father of men. The Scripture assigns our great ancestor no particular habitat, and his lack of temporal ambition is specifically acknowledged. He is described in middling terms, “neither tall nor short, frail nor fierce” and having “wisdom and restraint,” seeking only “to praise God.” Evidently, Exalted Horen’s most important traits are not his environment or ambition, but his desire to glorify God. Notably, however, the Lord does not rebuke the three other sons for their worldly ventures, despite the fact these do not involve His explicit praise. Instead, in the next verse, He is “pleased to lay His favor upon the sons of His first man and woman”. The Lord grants to each of the four a language and a tribe of seven thousand alike to them with no further commands--the only indication of sin manifests as Iblees begins to ascend the planes, while Horen’s brothers brothers take concubines and begin to speak less with God. This indicates that their original roles--to make the forest a sanctuary, to harvest the wealth of the earth, and to seek strength--were not inherently sinful, nor did they invite the whisperings of Iblees. Only failing to keep the holiness of matrimony and neglecting prayer allowed Iblees to ascend. Later, after the fall of the four tribes and the war against Iblees, the Aengul Aeriel gathers the brothers before him and “alleviate(s) the pain of their imperfections”. However, God intervenes before Horen’s pain can be healed--instead drawing Horen up to the Seventh Sky, where he is “promised the Skies”. This statement is theologically complex; its meaning has been debated for many centuries. Oral history records that mankind would “walk the Seven Skies”. Since this is not stated in the Scripture, however, it is only a guide for interpretation. Leaving aside more detailed interpretations, the verse’s general sentiment is obvious: mankind is entrusted with a higher spiritual role than other races. Contrary to some thought, however, this author finds no evidence in the Scripture that humans are declared morally or physically superior to their more earthly brothers. Indeed, in the Canticle of Fidelity, the Lord states that “all virtuous paths are equal in mine eyes, and all shall be awarded not according to station, but virtue” while promising that “the highest reaches of heaven shall be open to the virtuous king and servant alike”. God rewards all virtue, and He appears to make no distinction in the actions of the virtuous merely by their descent. Similarly, the Book of Provenance records that when the first woman refused to leave her children, the Lord “uncovered the imperfections of the Sons, so that she would know her folly”. This indicates that all four brothers contained inherent imperfections--humanity’s aspect is no more physically righteous than the appearance of elfkind or dwarfkind, although Krug’s kinslaying marked his race especially. Thus, the Lord assigns mankind’s leading role in spirituality as an obligation and responsibility, rather than a privilege or inherent superiority. This information is vital in considering recent human conquests. The acquiry of temporal dominion over elven and dwarven subjects invites us to justify ourselves and to analyze their role in greater Orenian society--and as always, these decisions must be inspired by the Law which God has given us. It is clear that adherence to the Virtue is mandatory for all people, man and elf alike. Thus, both humanity and foreign races are spiritually obliged not to blaspheme, covet, commit sexual immorality, lay idle, commit sinful violence, break an oath, or judge their own virtue. However, the Lord places additional restrictions upon the behavior of mankind in particular: the Covenant of Horen commands us to instruct the other races in Virtue, the Covenant of Owyn to remain pure of faith and blood, and the Covenant of Godfrey to reject the dominion of magicians and foreigners over man. These commandments are specifically designed for the spiritual purity of humanity. Other races, however, are under no obligation to instruct others in the Virtue, nor to remain pure of faith (the Canticle of Temperance commands all not to lay with other tribes), nor to reject the dominion of magicians or foreigners--the Lord has neither commanded nor advised them to behave in this way. Because of this, and because He permitted them in the beginning to pursue their temporal ambitions, we may interpret that He has allotted for the tribes of Malin, Urguan, and Krug a more earthly position, without ascribing to them any inherent inferiority. However, it is notable that while the Lord obliges humanity to reject the rule of foreigners, He does not oblige foreigners to reject the rule of humanity. This, combined with the Covenant of Horen, indicates that it is permissible for humans to rule over foreigners when necessary for their spiritual welfare. And while God permits non-humans to falsely worship Aenguls, Daemons, ancestral spirits, wooden totems, and altogether imaginary beings, He does not permit them to trespass the commandments of the Virtue. Thus, where a nation regularly permits the sins of blasphemy, or fornication, or falsehood, the virtuous are commanded to see to its rectification. In the Canticle of Patience, the Lord commands that we shall “not raise a hand in wrath, nor in envy, nor in any kind of sin”. Where the hand is raised with virtuous intentions, such as the rescue of ignorant subjects from the sinful commands of their leaders, it is permissible in the eyes of God. Each soul rescued from the depths of the Void is an act of supreme charity and patience. Once a sinful government is dissolved and its inhabitants brought under the wing of a more virtuous leadership, the new ruler is obliged to act with the wisdom and restraint of the first king of men, Horen. Expecting foreign races to think or act like humans is entirely unjustified--the Lord designed the races with particular attitudes and ambitions as is appropriate to their role. Rather, the duty of a conquering king is to ensure that his foreign subjects act only in accordance with the commandments of the Virtue. Postface From my ancestor’s scattered notes, I have found that this thesis was also intended to address the legitimacy of war between Canonist states, and whether Canonist states should necessarily seek political union with each other. Unfortunately, the draft is far too fragmented to continue without further consultation with the Canonist Church. In the future, I will pursue my ancestor’s priestly vocation, and continue his work.
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  15. viros.... wake up!!!

    1. Publius

      Publius

      don’t do it viros. he is trying to get you to resubmit your canonist magic...

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