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  1. Imperial Writ of Appointment for the Officership of Field Marshal, 1718 Issued and Confirmed by His Imperial Majesty the Holy Orenian Emperor Joseph I Leopold, 16th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1718 TO OUR BELOVED SUBJECTS, It has pleased the Imperial Throne to raise Our leal vassal, Alexander Vladov, to honored command within Our realm. Accordingly, and with the grace of God and the attentions of Our realm, We do confer the rank of Field Marshal of the Imperial Army upon Alexander Vladov, in trust to Our throne for the duration of their loyal service. This shall confer the authority of military command, organization, and leadership within field operations, upholding with such the Imperial Codes and Laws, and be maintained while said individual is an abiding citizen. IN NOMINE DEI, Emperor Joseph I
  2. Imperial Writ of Appointment for the Officership of the First Marnantine Brigade, 1718 Issued and Confirmed by His Imperial Majesty the Holy Orenian Emperor Joseph I Leopold, 16th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1718 TO OUR BELOVED SUBJECTS, It has pleased the Imperial Throne to raise Our leal vassal, John d’Arkent, to honored field command within Our realm. Accordingly, and with the grace of God and the attentions of Our realm, We do confer the rank of Commander of the First Imperial Brigade upon John d’Arkent, in trust to Our throne for the duration of their loyal service. This shall confer the authority of military command, organization, and leadership within field operations, upholding with such the Imperial Codes and Laws, and be maintained while said individual is an abiding citizen. IN NOMINE DEI, Emperor Joseph I
  3. Imperial Succession Amendment Act, 1718 Issued and Confirmed by His Imperial Majesty the Holy Orenian Emperor Joseph I Leopold, 16th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1718 The heirs and successors to patrimony must be defined as those persons who can not be disinherited, but by the legally established causes of disinheritance state by the Imperial Codes, which means having the right to receive the legitimate patrimony of their predecessor. Within Section 2, Sub-Section 2, it is stated that “Inheritance within the Holy Orenian Empire, including all fiefdoms and lordly realms excluding dominions, provinces, and military commanderies, follows a semi-absolute agnatic primogeniture”. It is decided now, by Imperial decree and amendment, that the Holy Orenian Empire shall adopt a semi-absolute agnatic-cognatic primogeniture succession, to extend the right of a place in the Imperial succession to his daughters, granddaughters, and any other females of the House of Marna who are eligible to hold a place within the legal line. A further amendment is made by His Imperial Majesty, stating that any female included within the line of Imperial succession that marries and takes the name of her spouse, mothering children who take her husband’s name as well, will be excluded from the legal line as to maintain the line of House Marna and it’s rightful rule in the Holy Orenian Empire. If a female of the House of Marna subsequently marries a man who takes on the name of the Imperial family, she will maintain her place in the succession. This does not extend to her husband, who will be given no right to a Imperial title or place in the succession. In this sense, the Empire identifies as obligatory heirs those listed below: The male children and male descendants with respect to their parents and male ascendants. In the absence of the above, parents and ascendants regarding their male children and male descendants. In the absence of the above, the female children, their children and descendants In the absence of the above, parents and ascendants regarding their female children and female descendants. Mention should finally be made of the case contemplated that a testator of a will or legacy who, in order to conserve the company or in the interest of his family, wishes to preserve undivided an economic exploitation or maintain control of his legacy thereof, may appoint a ‘manager of estates and patrimony’ to divide the patrimony, providing that their legitimate payment is made to the other interested parties. Therefore, the testator may entrust, for the event of his death or abdication, the power of making the partition of his patrimony to any person who is not one of the co-heirs. In the event of mortis causa inheritance, this capacity will be enacted by a magistrate or judge of the empire. However, it is necessary to consider that the testator of the will or legacy can not deprive the heirs of their legitimate patrimony but in the cases expressly determined by law. Heirs subject to a condition of the will of the testator are not entitled to partition of the patrimony until this condition is fulfilled. However, co-heirs may request this partition to secure the right of the former should the condition be fulfilled. If the condition is deemed impossible to be fulfilled, this partition of the patrimony shall be divided by the co-heirs. IN NOMINE DEI, Emperor Joseph I
  4. Imperial Letters for the Barony of Caer Bann, 1718 Issued and Confirmed by His Imperial Majesty the Holy Orenian Emperor Joseph I Leopold, 16th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1718 TO OUR BELOVED SUBJECTS, It has pleased the Imperial Throne to reward the service of Our leal subject, Richard of the House de Reden, with a tenure in fealty to Our Imperial Crown. Accordingly, with this grace of God and the counsel of Our court, We do enfeoff Richard of the House de Reden the Barony of Caer Bann, a role they and their legitimate issue shall hold in trust to Our throne for the duration of their loyal service. They are enjoined to maintain the law of Our realm, to abide peacefully by Our rule, and to rise to Our defense when necessary. In return, and as a sign of Our august graciousness, We do privilege their head to levy law and taxes upon their vassals. IN NOMINE DEI, Emperor Joseph I
  5. Imperial Writ of Ennoblement for the House de Reden, 1718 Issued and Confirmed by His Imperial Majesty the Holy Orenian Emperor Joseph I Leopold, 16th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1718 TO OUR BELOVED SUBJECTS, It has pleased the Imperial Throne to raise Our leal vassal, Richard de Reden, to distinguished rank among Our subjects. Accordingly, and with the grace of God and the attentions of Our realm, We do confer the status of nobility upon the House de Reden, in trust to Our throne for the duration of their loyal service. Its dynasts are enjoined to marry within their status, and similarly to disown such relations as shall displease Our rule. In return, and as a sign of Our graciousness, We do privilege their head to petition Our court, and to hold land in homage to the Holy Orenian Emperor. IN NOMINE DEI, Emperor Joseph I
  6. THE HONOURABLE 1ST MARNANTINE BRIGADE ‘JOSEPH’S LIONS’ “Persist, or perish.” For old Adria, Auvergne and Illatia, and even the brethren of Ves; years of subjugation and punitive strife thinned the ranks of the people of the Empire’s breadbasket. Of them no mind was heeded by any man in the iniquitous Pertinaxi war machine, for their vision was that of red mist and the ghosts of their enemies long since passed. And so it remained, that was until the Pertinaxi sought to lead the flock too far astray from the precepts and principles that mankind and GOD’s Ministry held in their hearts. From such gore arose the most brutal yet righteous companions. Many years of malice have bred now those that seek, ‘till death, retribution for the injustices of Aurelius’ line against them. Amongst them, no confusion as to whether some nephew of Antonius ‘the Arbitrary’, or if the line of Marna, ought reign. Heartlanders beheld a sea of fire now upon plains that once hosted gold fields. Days grew dim and the nights long from the ashen cities and skies. Men rallied to end the madness, and these men were those taking up arms for the Imperium Marna. Parading often and almost omnipresent in their fulfillment of duties, bearing the once playful moniker of ‘Lions’ for how vigorous and proudly they served. --- Duty The First Brigade is assigned specific duties the Colonel is obligated to organize and execute. They are all, however, sworn directly to the Emperor, and to them, his word is law. The protection of the Emperor, his kin, and his Council. The protection of the Emperor’s emissaries and operatives. Maintaining order within the Imperial demesne. Maintaining the defense of the Imperial demesne. Defeating the enemies of the Emperor on the field, in the form of infantry vanguard. The performance of duties with tact, reception of insult with grace, and refrain from the wanton giving of offense. --- Rank The command of the First Brigade falls upon the Commander, who assigns and dismisses officers at will. It is not uncommon for the First Brigade to take on young men to train with them from childhood, and serve as pages. Senior Command Commander Supreme officer Lieutenant Secondary officer Junior Command Master-At-Arms Disciplinary officer Quartermaster Provisionary officer Sergeant-At-Arms Small unit commander & tertiary officer Soldiery Knight Errant Knighted soldiery Corporal Veteran soldiery Man-At-Arms Standard soldiery Initiates Recruit Initiate soldiery Page Assistants to the soldiery --- Oath Once a draftee is deemed fit by the senior command, he is brought before the Emperor to swear his oath of allegiance, till such a time that the Emperor releases him, or he dies. If I should falter in my course, send me never to the skies above. If I should die before my charge, bestow unto me His blessings. For now, I march into a valley through which there is no path. And the stones cascade behind me, to seal my retreat. Though in this valley, I find my Brothers; Now I am named Guardian to the Sovereign of Man. Should I falter, my shield shall turn to ash; But I shall not falter. --- Application I. Name: II. Age: IIa. Date of Birth [If Known]: IIb. Location of Birth [If Known]: III. Race [Human/Elf]: IIIa. Culture [Heartlander, Highlander, Wood Elf, etc.]: IV. Status of Blood [Nobility, Gentry, Commoner, Former Nobility, etc.]: V. Place of Residence: VI. Martial Knowledge [Trained in Weaponry, Archer, etc.]: VII. Skilled Labor [Farmer, Lumberjack, etc.]: OOC MC Name: Discord ID:
  7. Imperial Letters for the Barony of Nobleton, 1718 Issued and Confirmed by His Imperial Majesty the Holy Orenian Emperor Joseph I Leopold, 16th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1718 TO OUR BELOVED SUBJECTS, It has pleased the Imperial Throne to reward the service of Our leal subject, Richard of the House of Noblen, with a tenure in fealty to Our Imperial Crown. Accordingly, with this grace of God and the counsel of Our court, We do enfeoff Richard of the House of Noblen the Barony of Nobleton, a role they and their legitimate issue shall hold in trust to Our throne for the duration of their loyal service. They are enjoined to maintain the law of Our realm, to abide peacefully by Our rule, and to rise to Our defense when necessary. In return, and as a sign of Our august graciousness, We do privilege their head to levy law and taxes upon their vassals. IN NOMINE DEI, Emperor Joseph I
  8. Imperial Writ of Ennoblement for the House of Noblen, 1718 Issued and Confirmed by His Imperial Majesty the Holy Orenian Emperor Joseph I Leopold, 16th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1718 TO OUR BELOVED SUBJECTS, It has pleased the Imperial Throne to raise Our leal vassal, Richard Noblen, to distinguished rank among Our subjects. Accordingly, and with the grace of God and the attentions of Our realm, We do confer the status of nobility upon the House of Noblen, in trust to Our throne for the duration of their loyal service. Its dynasts are enjoined to marry within their status, and similarly to disown such relations as shall displease Our rule. In return, and as a sign of Our graciousness, We do privilege their head to petition Our court, and to hold land in homage to the Holy Orenian Emperor. IN NOMINE DEI, Emperor Joseph I
  9. PANDECTARVM JOHANNES FREDERICVS IMPERATOR The Holy Orenian Empire’s Code of Laws, be they Civil, Criminal or Natural Exordium, or A Formal Introduction The Ten Tables, or Civil Law Lex Piscatoris, or Civil Law Addendum Lex Lotharingium, or Government and Succession Law Lex Aristocratia, or Estate and Noble Law Lex Arcania, or Magick Law Amendments Lexicon EXORDIUM ON IMPERIAL AUTHORITY Excerpt Upon the Nature of Imperial Authority It is the crown of piety that adorns the Emperor above all other ornaments of kingship. Wealth vanishes; glory perishes, but the gift of God-given government is eternal, and it sets its possessors beyond the reach of oblivion. By the hand of Holy Pontiffs, the Emperor is bestowed a dignity beyond all honors, for it is a dignity bestowed by God. His soul is rendered pure upon ascent and thenceforth reflects the state of his dominions; if sallow be his domain, his spirit languishes in its equal. He weighs the sins of man, and is thus burdened to toil towards a realm kin to the heavens. By the nature of his body, the Emperor is alike to other men--but by his authority, he is above all others, and no man can claim greater jurisdiction. The Imperial Office is that of the Lord’s viceregent in this world, and is wholly unbound by common or temporal law. He is inalienable and indomitable, as he must be so as to govern justly and fairly. In receiving this dignity, the Emperor is compelled to emulate He who granted it, for though all men serve him, he is servant to God. Earthly pomp degrades the majesty of his office, as do wickedness and laxity. To afford wisdom and mercy akin to the Lord’s is the Emperor’s greatest faculty; he is credited greater capacity than any other to work justice. Yet no man is his judge, and God his only confessor. The Emperor is eminent in all things; he is above the sun that retreats before darkness, and the seas which accede to the ravings of the stars. He is greater than the winds which toss without abandon, and the earth that lays indolent still despite calamity. The Emperor is Oren manifest: successor to its prophets and master to the world, the sovereign of all humanity who provides that esteemed folk with just governance. -Prince-Father Charles Polycarp, Metropolitan of Felsen, 1527 ADDENDUM ON THE RIGHTS OF MAN Humanity, created by God in the image of His Prophets, is bestowed upon through His Divine Power the guaranteed, inalienable rights of Man, held above all law and rule. Through the power the Imperial Crown, they are enforced and protected immaculate and indefinite, only transgressed by committing mortal sin. The Rights of Man include; THE RIGHT TO LIFE, so no man will ever be taken to the Skies so soon. THE RIGHT TO LIBERTY, so no man will ever be bonded by the shackles of slavery. THE RIGHT TO TRIAL, so no man will ever be wrongly accused when not charged by a trial of their peers. These rights are the backbone of human liberty and law, preventing the slip of chaos as seen in time immemorial, acting as a shield before the dark arrows of tyranny and selfish ambition. All sons of the First Prophet, no matter of blood, language, or culture, carry upon them these golden laurels of freedom, through right of birth and sapienic kinship. -Emperor Joseph I, 1718 THE TEN TABLES On Defining the Tables The activity of the Ten Tables is to elucidate our wishes for the dispensation of justice within our realm. At our charge, its precepts are enacted, and in our absence, they shall service the state in contending against iniquity. We thus commit our servants to see to its righteous execution, in accordance with the three principles of law: to live virtuously, to trespass no one, and to give each his due. Thus we adjudge all crime as injury against the well being of one of seven parties, each the subject of an equal number of preceding Tables: the individual, property, the state, the faith, the public morality, the public order, and the imperial office. Proximately, the ninth table concerns inchoate offenses, and the tenth legal defenses for mitigation of punishment. Of the offenses enumerated herein, with the exception of those intolerable crimes classed as high treason, each is classified according to its degree, of which there exist three, and upon which culpability and just punishment shall be evaluated. The applicable sanction for each crime and degree of injury are recorded within the table the crime is located. These degrees are: The third degree offense, of the least severity. The second degree offense, of middling severity. The first degree offense, of the greatest severity. Of the offenses enumerated herein, each is assigned specific punishment according to its severity, of which that exists four, and which the plaintiff evaluates and chooses the appropriate sentence. The applicable sanction for each crime is recorded within the table the crime is located. The assigned classes of punishments are: Infractions, of least severity, include the appropriated sentences: monetary fine up to two thousand mina, confinement to prison for up to two annum, designated service to state or faith for up to five annum, removal of up to two fingers to the second knuckle, removal of up to two teeth, removal of up to two toes of the same foot, removal of one quarter-inch of the ears if elven, partial removal of a tusk if orcish, removal of the beard if dwarven, removal of one inch of the tail if feline, or branding by hot iron on the chest or buttocks. Misdemeanors, of middling severity, include the appropriated sentences: monetary fine up to fifteen thousand mina, confinement to prison for up to ten annum, designated service to state or faith for up to twenty annum, removal of up to five fingers to the third knuckle, removal of up to four teeth, removal of one eye, removal of up to five toes on different feet, removal of one entire ear if elven, removal of one tusk if orcish, removal of the beard if dwarven, removal of up to three inches of the tail if feline, or branding by hot iron on a limb, chest or buttocks. Felonies, of great severity, include the appropriated sentences: monetary fine up to fifty thousand mina, confinement to prison for up to lifetime, designated service to state or faith up to lifetime, removal of up to an entire hand, removal of the entire bottom jaw, removal of both eyes, removal of the penis if male, removal of an entire foot, removal of both ears if elven, removal of both tusks if orcish, removal of the beard is dwarven, removal of the tail if feline, branding by hot iron on a limb, chest, buttocks, or face, execution by hanging, or execution by beheading. Treason, of intolerable severity, includes the appropriated sentences: execution by hanging, execution by beheading, execution by scalding tar, execution by scalding milk, execution by scalding water, execution by drowning, execution by burning stake, execution by flaying, execution by impaling, execution by brain wracking, execution by arbalest, crossbow, ballista, or other projectiles, execution by horse or oxen trampling, or execution by leeches. Customarily, the sentenced is dragged by horse on a wooden skid to the site of their execution. Where the victim of an injury is legally entitled to a trial, he may elect for a trial of civil remedy or criminal indictment. If he elects for a trial of civil remedy, it is the judge's duty to prescribe a financial penalty to allay the damage done. If he chooses a trial of criminal indictment, it is the judge’s duty to prescribe the harshest possible punishment upon the offender. Within each table, the method of selecting a trial’s plaintiff is defined. Injury against the Person Battery Where an individual intentionally commits upon another an act of violence which brings about no incapacitation or lasting injury, this shall be battery of the third degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual intentionally commits upon another an act of violence which brings about lasting but not permanent injury, incapacitates for any length of time, or utilizes a dangerous weapon, this shall be battery of the second degree, a felony. Where an individual intentionally commits upon another an act of violence which brings about permanent injury, this shall be battery of the first degree, a felony. Murder Where an individual intentionally commits such an an act of violence upon another which brings about their death, with no premeditation of the act and under such circumstances as a reasonable person would be incited to fatal violence, this shall be murder of the third degree, a felony. Where an individual intentionally commits such an act of violence upon another which brings about their death, with no premeditation, this shall be a murder of the second degree, a felony. Where an individual intentionally and with premeditation causes the death of another, this shall be murder of the first degree, a felony. Manslaughter Where an individual unintentionally but negligently commits such an act that brings about the death of another, this shall be manslaughter, a misdemeanor. Mutilation Where an individual intentionally or negligently commits such an act as to bring about the superficial disfigurement of another, or the removal of a single digit, this shall be mutilation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual intentionally or negligently commits such an act as to bring about the crippling disfigurement of another, or the removal of multiple digits, this shall be mutilation in the second degree, a felony. Where an individual intentionally or negligently commits such an act as to bring about the dismemberment of another, the destruction of an eye, castration, or other irreparable loss of an appendage or organ, this shall be mutilation in the first degree, a felony. Kidnapping Where an individual intentionally abducts, restrains, or confines another individual against their will without physical harm, sexual violation, or endangerment of the victim, this shall be kidnapping in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual intentionally abducts, restrains, or confines another individual against their will, and in the course of this brings about physical harm, sexual violation, or endangerment of the victim, this shall be kidnapping in the first degree, a felony. Defamation Where an individual knowingly disseminates false information about an individual, without intent to harm the reputation of that individual, this shall be defamation in the third degree, an infraction. Where an individual knowingly disseminates false information about an individual, with intent to harm the reputation of that individual, this shall be defamation in the second degree, an infraction. Where an individual knowingly disseminates false information about an individual, with intent to harm the reputation of that individual, in a public space or by distribution of printed materials, this shall be defamation in the first degree, a misdemeanor. Impersonation Where an individual intentionally assumes the identity of another individual for any purpose except the carrying out of high treason, this shall be impersonation in the second degree, an infraction. Where an individual intentionally assumes the identity of another individual in order to carry out high treason, this shall be impersonation in the first degree, a felony. Injury against Property Theft Where an individual intentionally deprives another of moveable property without the consent of its owner, and this property totals up to two hundred minas in value, this shall be theft in the third degree, an infraction. Where an individual intentionally deprives another of moveable property without the consent of its owner, and this property totals greater than two hundred but not less than one thousand five hundred minas in value, this shall be theft in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual intentionally deprives another of moveable property without the consent of its owner, and this property totals greater than one thousand five hundred minas in value, this shall be theft in the first degree, a felony. Burglary Where an individual unlawfully enters a property with intent to commit a nonviolent crime, this shall be burglary in the second degree, an infraction. Where an individual unlawfully enters a property with intent to commit a violent crime, this shall be burglary in the first degree, a misdemeanor. Robbery Where an individual intentionally deprives an owner of his moveable property through violence or threat of violence, and this property totals up to one hundred fifty minas in value, this shall be robbery in the third degree, an infraction. Where an individual intentionally deprives an owner of his moveable property through violence or threat of violence, and this property totals greater than one hundred fifty but not less than one thousand minas in value, this shall be robbery in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual intentionally deprives an owner of his moveable property through violence or threat of violence, and this property totals greater than one thousand minas in value, this shall be robbery in the first degree, a felony. Vandalism Where an individual intentionally or negligently damages or defaces the property of another, and this damage totals up to one hundred fifty minas in value, this shall be vandalism in the third degree, an infraction. Where an individual intentionally or negligently damages or defaces the property of another, and this damage totals greater than one hundred fifty but not less than three thousand minas in value, this shall be vandalism in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual intentionally or negligently damages or defaces the property of another, and this damage totals greater than three thousand minas in value, this shall be vandalism in the first degree, a felony. Arson Where an individual intentionally or negligently damages or defaces the property of another through fire, and this damage totals up to two hundred minas in value, this shall be arson in the third degree, an infraction. Where an individual intentionally or negligently damages or defaces the property of another through fire, and this damage totals greater than two hundred but not less than four thousand minas in value, this shall be arson in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual intentionally or negligently damages or defaces the property of another through fire, and this damage totals greater than four thousand minas in value, this shall be arson in the first degree, a felony. Fraud Where an individual intentionally or negligently fails to abide by the terms of a written or verbal contract, misleads regarding its terms, or provides insufficient consideration for its completion, and this damage totals greater than one hundred but not less than one thousand minas in value, this shall be fraud in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual intentionally or negligently fails to abide by the terms of a written or verbal contract, misleads regarding its terms, or provides insufficient consideration for its completion, to the detriment of another, and this detriment totals up to five thousand minas in value, this shall be fraud in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual intentionally or negligently fails to abide by the terms of a written or verbal contract, misleads regarding its terms, or provides insufficient consideration for its completion, to the detriment of another, and this damage totals greater than ten thousand minas in value, this shall be fraud in the first degree, a felony. Trespassing Where an individual intentionally enters the property of another which a reasonable person would consider to be restricted, this shall be trespassing, a misdemeanor. Poaching Where an individual intentionally or negligently hunts a beast or bird within the borders of a reserved wood, and the value of of these creatures totals up to five hundred minas in value, this shall be poaching in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual intentionally or negligently hunts a beast or bird within the borders of a reserved wood, and the value of these creatures exceeds five hundred minas in value, this shall be poaching in the first degree, a felony. Injury against the State Treason Where an individual knowingly carries out an act of criminal insubordination or disloyalty intended to subvert the authority of an agent of the state, or commits such an action with intention to harm the state, this shall be treason in the second degree or petty treason, a felony. Where an individual knowingly aids or abets enemies of the state, participates in armed conflict or espionage against the state, attempts or conspires to the usurpation of the government, or attempts or conspires to murder a member of the imperial government, this shall be treason in the first degree or high treason, punishable only by execution as listed. Sedition Where an individual intentionally commits conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or Emperor, this shall be the crime of sedition, a felony. Contraband Where an individual knowingly possesses illegal substances, literature, or items, this shall be the crime of possession of contraband in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual knowingly sells, markets, purchases, or transfers ownership of illegal substances, literature, or items, this shall be the crime of possession of contraband in the second degree, a felony. Where an individual knowingly manufactures illegal substances, literature, or items, this shall be the crime of possession of contraband in the first degree, a felony. Obstruction Where an individual interferes with, obstructs the progress of, or otherwise hinders government officials and prosecutors during the apprehension or investigation of a criminal or criminal activity, this shall be the crime of obstruction, a felony. Tax Evasion Where an individual fails to render full payment in a timely manner for a lawfully enacted metropolitan, baronial, comital, or civil tax, this shall be the crime of tax evasion in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual fails to render full payment in a timely manner for a lawfully enacted imperial, principial, archducal, ducal, or gubernatorial tax, this shall be the crime of tax evasion in the second degree, a felony. Where an individual fails to render full payment in a timely manner for a lawfully enacted wartime tax or mandatory tithe, this shall be the crime of tax evasion in the first degree, a felony. Absconding Where an individual fails or intentionally avoids surrendering oneself to the custody of Imperial officials at the appropriate time, this shall be the crime of absconding, a felony, and in the case of the awaiting of trial immediately confirms guilt, dismissing the need for lawful hearing. Bribery Where an individual persuades another, to act dishonestly or otherwise, with the gift of money or other inducement, this shall be the crime of bribery, an infraction. Extortion Where an individual intentionally threatens another individual for obtaining money, titles, or other benefits for oneself, this shall be the crime of extortion, an infraction. Perjury Where an individual intentionally misleads, deceives, or withholds pertinent information from an interrogating agent of the law, this shall be perjury in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Where an individual intentionally misleads, deceives, or withholds pertinent information from an interrogating agent of the law during the course of a criminal or civil trial, this shall be perjury in the second degree, a felony. Where an individual intentionally misleads, deceives, or withholds pertinent information from an interrogating agent of the law during the course of a trial of high treason, this shall be perjury in the first degree, charged with the punishment of treason. Impersonating an Agent of the State Where an individual intentionally assumes the identity of a government official or noble lord, this shall be the crime of impersonation of an agent of state, a felony. Injury against the Faith Blasphemy Where an individual intentionally speaks sacrilegiously or in contrary to the teachings or dogma of God or the heavens, this shall be the crime of blasphemy, a felony. Apostasy Where an individual intentionally abandons or renunciates the teachings or dogma of God or the heavens, this shall be the crime of apostasy, a felony. Heresy Where an individual intentionally believes or partakes in false teachings or dogma of God or the heavens, this shall be the crime of heresy, a felony. Atheism Where an individual intentionally rejects the existence of God or the heavens, this shall be the crime of atheism, a felony. Evangelization of False Faiths Where an individual intentionally spreads and converts other individuals to the belief of a faith in contrary to that the Canonist faith, this shall be the crime of evangelization of false faiths, a felony. Evangelization of Heresy Where an individual intentionally spreads the false belief of unorthodox and untrue dogma or teachings to other individuals, this shall be the crime of evangelization of heresy or false doctrines, a felony. Devilry Where an individual intentionally and actively participates in the worship of demons and devils, evangelizes the worship of demons and devils, or encourages the growth of devilic cults, this shall be the crime of devilry, a felony. Injury against Morality Indecency Where an individual intentionally and deliberately dresses in an immoral or obscene fashion, usually in a sexual manner, this shall be the crime of indecency, an infraction. Gambling Where an individual intentionally partakes in unsanctioned betting in games or events, usually for the reward of money or property, this shall be the crime of gambling, an infraction. Deviancy Where an individual intentionally acts in unusual or accepted standards, especially in social or political behavior, this shall be the crime of deviancy, an infraction. Witchcraft Where an individual intentionally partakes and practices the dark arts, such as blood magic, or other sacrilegious activities, this shall be the crime of witchcraft, a felony. Fornication Where an unmarried individual intentionally fornicates another individual in a public or private location, this shall be the crime of fornication, a felony. Adultery Where a married individual intentionally fornicates with another who is not the spouse, this shall be the crime of adultery, a felony. Abomination Where an individual is directly descended from multiple races, namely kha’ or orc, or is the offspring and product of a close consanguineous fornication, such as inbreeding between siblings or between offspring, this shall be the crime of abomination, a felony. Consanguinity Where an individual intentionally fornicates or has immoral relationship with one’s close family, such as with father, with mother, with siblings, or with offspring, this shall be the crime of consanguinity, a misdemeanor. Miscegenation Where an individual intentionally fornicates with one not of his race, such as man and elf or man and dwarf, this shall be the crime of miscegenation, a felony. Injury against Order Vagrancy Where an individual intentionally lives the life of a vagrant, participating in improper begging, and illegally staying in residences and towns, this shall be the crime of vagrancy, a felony. Loitering Where an individual intentionally travels indolently and pauses frequently for socialization in order to disrupt trade, commerce, or business, this shall be the crime of loitering, an infraction. Concealment of Identity Where an individual intentionally conceals or hides oneself’s identity to an agent of the law, this shall be the crime of concealing one’s identity, a misdemeanor. Vigilantism Where an individual intentionally apprehends, convicts, or punishes another individual of a crime but is not an agent of the law or given permission by the Imperial Office, this shall be the crime of vigilantism, a misdemeanor. Disturbing the Peace Where an individual intentionally and deliberately hinders or interrupts the common peace by embellished performance or immoral behavior, this shall be the crime of disturbing the peace, an infraction. Injury against the Imperial Office Injured Majesty Where an individual intentionally and deliberately defames the Imperial Office or Imperial House, this shall be injured majesty, a felony. Harmed Majesty Where an individual unintentionally physically harms a member of the Imperial Office or Imperial House, this shall be harmed majesty in the second degree, a felony. Where an individual intentionally physically harms a member of the Imperial Office or Imperial House, this shall be harmed majesty in the first degree, charged with the punishment of treason. Imperial Homicide Where an individual intentionally or unintentionally murders a member of the Imperial Office or Imperial House, this shall be the crime of Imperial Homicide, charged with the punishment of treason. Inchoate Offenses Conspiracy Where an individual knowingly signals intent to commit a crime at a future time, this shall be the crime of conspiracy, a felony. Incitement Where an individual intentionally incites or encourages another individual into committing a crime, this shall be the crime of incitement, a felony. Attempt Where an individual actively attempts, but fails to commit, a crime, the individual shall be held liable with a mitigated punishment according to the crime which was attempted. Legal Defenses Ex turpi causa non oritur actio Where an individual accusing another of a crime where evidence was obtained through criminal means, the individual accused is not held liable. Volenti non fit injuria Where an individual consents or actively places oneself in a position of harm or danger, that individual may not bring claim against another party in tort or delict. In pari delicto Where the individual held liable for a crime and the party convicting the individual for a crime is deemed both at fault, whether for the same crime or similar, both the individual and the convicting party shall not be held liable. Duress Where an individual commits a crime intentionally, but under reasonably proximate threat of force equal to or lesser than the severity of the crime committed, that individual shall not be held liable. Rather, the individual responsible for the threat shall be held liable. Entrapment Where an individual is encouraged or compelled by an agent of the law to commit a crime they otherwise would not have intended to commit, that individual shall not be held liable. Infancy Where an individual is below the age of twelve years and commits a third degree or lesser crime, that individual shall not be held liable. If the individual commits a second degree or greater crime, the individual shall be held liable with mitigated punishment or lesser conviction. Necessity Where an individual is compelled by a circumstance beyond his control to, as a last resort, commit a crime in order to prevent a more injurious outcome, that individual shall not be held liable. Provocation Where an individual is invoked or compelled by another individual to act with a sudden or temporary loss of self control and commits a crime as a response, the individual shall be held liable with mitigated punishment or lesser conviction. Incapability Where an individual is physically or mentally unable to meet the requirements given by law for punishment or conviction, the individual shall not be held liable. Immunity Where an agent of the law, in the course of their duties and acting within the bounds assigned to them, is compelled to commit a violation of the law, that agent shall not be held liable. LEX PISCATORIS Criminal Procedure Habeas corpus Habeas corpus ad deliberandum et recipiendum Where an individual is charged with a crime, the individual cannot have his Holdings, or Liberties, or free Customs disseized, or be outlawed, or exiled, or otherwise destroyed; but by lawful judgment of the Courts, or by the Law of the land. Habeas corpus ad deliberandum et recipiendum Where an agent of the law, in course of their duties and acting within the bounds assigned to them issues a writ for bringing an accused from a different county into a court in the place where a crime had been committed for purposes of trial, or more literally to return holding the body for purposes of "deliberation and receipt" of a decision. Also known commonly as extradition. Habeas corpus cum causa Where an individual is charged with a crime, the individual has the right to call upon a barrister to defend his cause in the higher courts. Weights and Measurements Length The standard unit of length shall be the digit, equaling the width of the man’s middle finger. An alternate unit of length shall be the inch, equaling the width of a man’s thumb or the total length of 3 barley corns. An alternate unit of length shall be the foot, equaling the length of a general boot or the total sum of 12 inches. An alternate unit of length shall be the yard, equaling the length of a single man’s pace, the reach from nose to fingertip or the total sum of 3 feet. Land The standard unit of land shall be the acre, equaling around 500 square feet of a general boot or the land able to the plowed by a single ox in one day. An alternate unit of land shall be the furlong, equaling around 660 square feet of a general boot or the land able to be plowed by two oxen on one plough in one day. An alternate unit of land shall be the bovate, equaling around 15 acres, 7500 square feet of a general boot or the land able to be plowed by one ox in a single harvesting year. An alternate unit of land shall be the carucate, equaling around 120 acres, 60,000 square feet of a general boot or the land able to be plowed by eight oxen in a single harvesting year. Currency The standard unit of currency shall be the mark or mina, with a width of three digits and made of silver, bearing the symbol of the Holy Orenian Emperor on the head side and the symbol of the Aengul Dragur on the tail side. An alternate unit of currency shall be the shilling, with a width and three and a half digits and made of silver, bearing the symbol of the Prince of Alstion (if vacant, then the Holy Orenian Emperor) on the head side and the symbol of the Prophet Horen on the tail side. A shilling is worth 5 minae. An alternate unit of currency shall be the crown, with a width of four digits and made of gold, bearing the symbol of the Prophet Owyn on the head side and the symbol of the Cross of Lorraine upon the tail side. A crown is worth 50 minae and 10 shillings. LEX LOTHARINGIUM Affinity and Consanguinity Consanguinity is defined as two or more persons being related through a common ancestor, commonly through the same parent or grandparent (see Lexicon). Any and all matrimonial or sexual affinity between two persons with first degree of consanguinity, that being brother and sister, daughter and father, son and mother, niece and uncle, or nephew and aunt, is prohibited within Imperial and Pontifical Law. Any and all matrimonial or sexual affinity between two persons with second degree of consanguinity, that being a first cousin and a first cousin, is lawfully permitted in most cases. Any and all matrimonial or sexual affinity between two persons with third degree or higher of consanguinity is allowed without reserved or special restriction. Marriage Marriage is defined as the sacred and legally recognized union between a male and female of the same race, irreversible and unbreakable unless under special petition by the High Pontiff (see Lexicon). All marriages require the consent of the man and the legal patriarch of the woman participating in matrimony. If this patriarchal prerogative is withheld and the marriage proceeds, it is to be considered unlawful and null. In the case of marriages of the princes, landed lords and their immediate male heirs, express permission to marry must be sought from and granted by the Crown. If this Imperial prerogative is withheld and the marriage proceeds, it is to be considered unlawful and null. Inheritance Inheritance is defined as receiving money, property, or title as heir from the death, abdication, or otherwise of the incumbent holder (see Lexicon). Inheritance within the Holy Orenian Empire, including all fiefdoms and lordly realm excluding dominions, provinces, and military commanderies, follows semi-absolute agnatic primogeniture. The firstborn son of a titleholder would inherit, followed by the sons of the firstborn, and so on and so forth. The secondborn would follow, followed by his male progeny, and continuing down the line of sons and their progeny of the titleholder. Succession would then fall to male siblings of the titleholder and their male progeny, to uncles and their male progeny, to great uncles and their male progeny, and so on and so forth. However, if no males of main paternal line of the titleholder’s house exist, succession would fall to the sons of females. If none exist, the title would revert to the liege. Line of Imperial Succession The Line of Imperial Succession is maintained separately by the Imperial Chancery, which can be seen here. List of Reigning Holy Orenian Emperors The List of Reigning Emperors is maintained separately by the Imperial Chancery, which can be seen here. Provision and Regency Regency is defined as a person or persons chosen to administer an estate or office because of the incapacity of the current office holder, such as infancy, incapacitation or absence (see Lexicon). A designated regent is chosen by the capable lord, to administer and rule in the name of the lord or his heir in the case of incapability of the office holder. The person or persons designated to rule as regent is to be defined and listed with the will of the office holder. If no designated regent is chosen and an office holder becomes incapable to rule, a regent is chosen by the Imperial State, to administer the estates as seen fit by the Crown. Succession Crisis A succession crisis is defined as a person or persons challenging a current incumbent lord for his or her office, through proper sanguineous claim and support of fellow noblemen and noblewomen (see Lexicon). A succession crisis, if brought forth, is be first solved by the constituent parties through nonviolent and nonaggressive means. If the constituent parties cannot resolve their matters through nonviolent and nonaggressive means, the crisis is to be brought forth to the Imperial State, to be decided on and resolved. If any violent and aggressive actions occur between the constituent parties, it is to be considered a breach of the law of the Imperial State, to be seen as treason and the offending parties charged as seen fit by the Imperial State. Imperial Diet A diet is defined as an assembly of lords, gentry, and clergy gathered for a purpose, typically to solve an outstanding issue or crisis between the body members (see Lexicon). A diet may be called any lord, excluding gentry and clergy, and held at any location within the borders of the realm. A diet, to be considered such, must have the numbering of at least three different lords, gentry, or clergy of different affiliations. Inter-vassal Conflicts An inter-vassal conflict is defined as two or more direct vassals or fiefs sworn to the Imperial State entering a state of warfare and armed conflict, while maintaining loyalty to the sovereign and Imperial State (see Lexicon). All inter-vassal conflict is prohibited within the realm, unless by sanction by the sovereign and Imperial State through the signing of a Pacta Conventa. A Pacta Conventa is defined as a sanction given by the sovereign and Imperial State for allowance of an inter-vassal conflict, typically outlining specific restrictions and duties upon each party involved and swearing each party to uphold their loyalty and duties to the Imperial State (see Lexicon). All inter-vassal conflicts may be ordered to stop by order of either the sovereign or the Imperial State as a whole, on threat of being charged of treason. All inter-vassal conflicts are barred from the use of external allies and non-human mercenaries, as only human-led factions either sworn to the Imperial State or in affiliation with the Imperial State may be called into a war. LEX ARISTOCRATIA On the Estates and Nature of the Nobility, the Clergy, the Gentry, and the Bourgeoisie The Nobility is defined as the body of all individuals holding heredity or honorary noble or lordly titles, typically holding land in tenure to the Imperial Office or other lord (see Lexicon). Nobility rank is given to every direct member of the noble title holder’s house, to be called lord or lady respect, and henceforth passed between kin. Nobility rank includes the following sovereign positions and peerages: Emperor, defined as a sovereign or monarch of an empire, above the royal office of king, referred to as His or Her Imperial Majesty (fm. Empress) (see Lexicon). In relation to the monarch, siblings, offspring, and offspring of their male offspring carries the rank of Imperial Prince and is to be referred to as His or Her Imperial Highness. King, defined as a sovereign or monarch of a kingdom, above the princely office of prince and below the imperial office of emperor, referred to as His or Her Majesty (fm. Queen) (see Lexicon). In relation to the monarch, siblings, offspring, and offspring of their male offspring carries the rank of Prince and is to be referred to as His or Her Royal Highness. Grand Prince, defined as a sovereign of a principality or individuals of direct relation to an emperor or king, above the ducal office of duke and below the royal office of king, referred to as His or Her Serene Highness (fm. Grand Prince) (see Lexicon). In relation to the Grand Prince, siblings, offspring, and offspring of their male offspring carries the rank of Prince and is to be referred to as His or Her Serenity. Archduke, defined as a sovereign duke holding more than one ducal title, referred to as His or Her Grace (alt. Grand Duke; fm. Archduchess, Grand Duchess) (see Lexicon). Duke, defined as a sovereign lord of a duchy, above the comital office of count and below the princely office of prince, referred to as His or Her Grace (fm. Duchess) (see Lexicon). Count, defined as a sovereign lord of a county, above the vicecomital office of viscount and below the ducal office of duke, referred to as His or Her Right Honorable (fm. Countess) (see Lexicon). Viscount, defined as a sovereign lord of a viscounty, above the baronial office of baron and below the comital office of count, referred to as His or Her Honorable (fm. Viscountess) (see Lexicon). Baron, defined as a sovereign lord of a barony, above the gentry class and below the vicecomital office of viscount, referred to as His or Her Lordship (fm. Baroness) (see Lexicon). The Clergy is defined as the body of all ordained ministers of the Canonist Church, including the High Pontiff (see Lexicon). Clerical rank is only given to the officer holder, with successor chosen by the Pontifical Throne. Clerical rank includes the following: High Pontiff, defined as the elected head of the Canonist Church, Vicar of God, and leader of the faithful, referred to as His Holiness (see Lexicon). Pentarch, defined as one of the five members of the ecclesiastical synod which elects the High Pontiff, referred to as His Eminence (see Lexicon). Patriarch, defined as a senior member of the Canonist Church, given responsibility over an Patriarchate, an administrator that oversees the clerical dioceses within non-human regions, referred to as His Beatitude (see Lexicon. Archbishop, defined as a senior member of Canonist Church, given responsibility over an Archdiocese, a Bishop who reigns over multiple diocese, referred to as His Excellency (see Lexicon). Bishop, defined as a senior member of the Canonist Church, given responsibility over an entire diocese or ordained holy orders, referred to as His Grace (see Lexicon). Priest, defined as the ordained members of the Canonist Church, typically placed in parishes or members of ordained holy orders (see Lexicon). The Gentry is defined as the body of all ignoble knights, holding the non-hereditary title of Ser and typically holding land in tenure to the Imperial State or other lord (see Lexicon). Knightly rank is only given to the officer holder, and henceforth is only granted by the Imperial State, namely the Holy Orenian Emperor, the Grand Knight of the Empire, and the Imperial Archchancellor. Knightly rank of the ecclesiastical nature (Holy knights) granted by the Church of the Canon, while recognized as a form of gentry within the Empire, are typically landless and second in precedence to Imperial knights. The Bourgeoisie is defined as the body of ignoble free, property-owning citizenry not bounded by contract or tenure to a lord or sovereign, typically residing within a free imperial city (see Lexicon). The Bourgeoisie rank is given to all property-owning persons who do not hold noble, clerical, or knightly rank, excluding those persons bound to the soil of a fief or estate. Rights and Privileges of the Nobility The right to hold noble title within the Imperial State, regarded in high degree with both the title holder and the title holder’s family, to be known by their respective titles. The privilege to hold landed secular peerage appertaining to their estates within the Imperial State, the created nature of peerage conveyed through Imperial Letters, issued singularly by the discretion of the sovereign. The right to hold estates within the Imperial State, to manage and steward the allotted land as seen fit, and to pass forth their granted estates to their progeny and family. The right to organize a force of armed men within their estates, to train and fit their militia as seen fit, and to protect their estates with their militia. The right to call a diet of lords, gentry, and clergy within their estates, to call petition to the Imperial State, and to congregate with their fellow peers. The right to organize marriage between their houses with their peers, bounding lords together through the holy matrimony. Duties of the Nobility The duty to maintain their estates, manage them with good nature and uphold the law of the Imperial State within their estates, and to prohibit any estates’ decline into decadence and debauchery. The duty to maintain the faith of Canonism within their estates, to maintain orthodox views, and to uphold clerical teaching and law within their estates. The duty to never draw arms against the Imperial State, to maintain the peace and law of the Imperial State, and to hold utmost loyalty to their sovereign and the Imperial State. The duty to answer all calls to arm by the sovereign and Imperial State, to defend the Imperial State from all exterior and interior threats, and to combat all hostile forces in conflict with the Imperial State. The duty to maintain a force of five-hundred soldiers of foot if the baronial rank, a force of one thousand soldiers of foot if the comital rank, a force of two thousand soldiers of foot if the ducal rank, and a force of four thousand soldiers of foot if of the princely or royal rank. The duty to seek the permission of the sovereign for the case of the marriages of landed lords and their heirs. Rights and Privileges of the Clergy The right to hold clerical title within the Imperial State, regarded in high degree with the office holder, to be known by their respective titles. The privilege to hold landed clerical peerage appertaining to their estates within the Imperial State, the created nature of peerage conveyed through Imperial Letters, issued singularly by the discretion of the sovereign. The right to hold estates within the Imperial State and to manage and steward the allotted land as seen fit. The right to evangelize with the populace of the Imperial State and with any populace abroad, to travel the Imperial State as seen fit, and to be welcomed into any estate under the protection of the Imperial State. The right to congregate in a diet, to deliberate and converse within the diet, and to join in a petition to the Imperial State. Duties of the Clergy The duty to maintain their estates, manage them with good nature and uphold the law of the Imperial State within their estates, and to prohibit any estates’ decline into decadence and debauchery. The duty to maintain the faith of Canonism within their estates or their designated parish, to maintain orthodox views, and to uphold clerical teaching and law within their estates or designated parish. The duty to never draw arms against the Imperial State, to maintain the peace and law of the Imperial State, and to hold utmost loyalty to their sovereign and the Imperial State. Rights and Privileges of the Gentry The right to hold knightly title within the Imperial State, regarded in high degree with the office holder, to be known by their respective titles. The right to hold estates within the Imperial State and to manage and steward the allotted land as seen fit. The right to organize a force of armed men within their estates, to train and fit their militia as seen fit, and to protect their estates with their militia. The right to congregate in a diet, to deliberate and converse within the diet, and to join in a petition to the Imperial State. Duties of the Gentry The duty to maintain their estates, manage them with good nature and uphold the law of the Imperial State within their estates, and to prohibit any estates’ decline into decadence and debauchery. The duty to maintain the faith of Canonism within their estates, to maintain orthodox views, and to uphold clerical teaching and law within their estates. The duty to never draw arms against the Imperial State, to maintain the peace and law of the Imperial State, and to hold utmost loyalty to their sovereign and the Imperial State. The duty to answer all calls to arm by the sovereign and Imperial State, to defend the Imperial State from all exterior and interior threats, and to combat all hostile forces in conflict with the Imperial State. Rights and Privileges of the Bourgeoisie The right to hold burgher title within the Imperial State, regarded in high degree with the office holder, to be known by their respective titles. The right to not be bounded by estate or lordly vow, to be free men within their own right, and to travel the land of the Imperial State as seen fit. Duties of the Bourgeoisie The duty to maintain utmost loyalty to the Imperial State and sovereign, to never draw arms against the Imperial State and sovereign, and to uphold the law of the Imperial State. The duty to maintain their faith of Canonism, to never deviate from their faith, and to uphold clerical teaching and law. LEX ARCANIA On Defining the Lex Arcania Magicka, or the Practice of Magic, is defined as the explicit use of voidal properties in order to manipulate the natural world, conjecture voidal energy into the natural world, or the manipulation of the natural mind and soul through the use of voidal energy (see Lexicon). Magicka encompasses all use of voidal energies, including the use of aengulic powers or druidic powers, and henceforth falls under the jurisdiction of the Lex Arcania. On Identifying Magicka and Its Use Where an individual deliberately creates fluid elemental objects or energies through the use of voidal energy, commonly conjectured through staves or other magical objects, this shall be defined as the Magic of Elemental Evocation. Further defined, where an individual uses Elemental Evocation for the production of fire, evoking fire or the creation of other inflammatory objects, this shall be defined as the Sect of Fire Evocation. Further defined, where an individual uses Elemental Evocation for the production of water, the production of ice, evoking water, evoking ice or the creation of other aquatic objects, this shall be defined as the Sect of Water Evocation. Further defined, where an individual uses Elemental Evocation for the production of earthen objects or the manipulation of earthen objects, this shall be defined as the Sect of Earth Evocation. Further defined, where an individual uses Elemental Evocation for the production of wind or aerial objects, this shall be defined as the Sect of Air Evocation. Further defined, where an individual uses Elemental Evocation for the production of electric currents, the manipulation of electric currents, or the creation of charged electricity, this shall be defined as the Sect of Electric Evocation. Where an individual deliberately manipulates pure voidal energy in order to create tools, weapons, or other solids, this shall be defined as the Magic of Arcanism. Further defined, where an individual uses Arcanism for the creation of projectiles, typically used in offensive measurements, this shall be defined as the Sect of Arcane Projectiles. Further defined, where an individual uses Arcanism for the creation of solid shields, typically used as a defensive measurement against offensive actions done upon the individual, this shall be defined as the Sect of Arcane Shielding. Further defined, where an individual uses Arcanism for the creation of weapons or tools, including such for both martial reasons and domestic reasons, this shall be defined as the Sect of Arcane Weaponry. Further defined, where an individual uses Arcanism for the creation for artistic objects or the production of arcane fog, this shall be defined as the Sect of Arcane Art. Where an individual deliberately creates semi-sentient beings or other mimics of living creatures through the use of voidal energy, this shall be defined as the Magic of Conjuration. Where an individual deliberately manipulates voidal energy for the creation of solid elements for the use in domestic settings or the creation of new properties in pre-existing objects, this shall be defined as the Magic of Transfiguration. Further defined, where an individual uses Transfiguration for the creation of natural objects for use within domestic settings, this shall be defined as the Sect of Transmutation. Further defined, where an individual uses Transfiguration for the creation of magical storages through the use of precious or semi-precious gems in order to manipulate the properties of a natural object, this shall be defined as the Sect of Enchanting. Further defined, where an individual uses Transfiguration for the creation of wards in order to deliberately halt spells or other magical entities, this shall be defined as the Sect of Abjuration. Where an individual deliberately manipulates the position of an object and creates unnatural movements with said object, this shall be defined as the Magic of Telekinesis. Where an individual deliberately manipulates voidal energy in order to translocate a natural object into the voidal plain and later return said natural object back into the natural world, this shall be defined as the Magic of Translocation. Where an individual deliberately manipulates the voidal plain in order to translocate themselves from one location to another location in the natural world, this shall be defined as the Magic of Voidal Shifting. Where an individual deliberately attempts to manipulate or influence the mind of an individual in order to fabricate sense or emotions, this shall be defined as the Magic of Sensory Illusion. Where an individual deliberately attempts to manipulate or influence the mind of themselves in order to increase intelligence or personal awareness, this shall be defined as the Magic of Cognatism. Where an individual deliberately attempts to manipulate or influence the mind of an individual in order to fabricate or change thoughts or memories or sending messages through telepathy, this shall be defined as the Magic of Mentalism. Where an individual deliberately creates symbols, letters, or words imbued with voidal energy in order to manipulate or enhance pre-existing worldly objects in the intent of increasing their potency or abilities, this shall be defined as the Magic of Runesmithing. Where an individual deliberately animates a pre-existing unanimate humanoid object with voidal energy in order to perform servial tasks in direct contract to its creator or otherwise, this shall be defined as the Magic of Golemancy. Where an individual deliberately attempts to sever or remove the voidal connection of a magic user through the use of their own voidal powers and energies, this shall be defined as the Magic of Antiism, or Anti-Magic. Where an individual deliberately attempts to manipulate energy given or borrowed from a separate magical being, typically classified as lesser daemonic creatures, this shall be defined as the Magic of Deitism. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate energy given or borrowed from the lesser voidal beings and spirits, this shall be defined as the Magic of Shamanism. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate energy given or borrowed from the daemonic beings Cerridwen (High Imp. Ceridunius), Cernunnos (High Imp. Cernunnus), and Nemissae (High Imp. Nemisia), typically in use of manipulating natural entities in the world, this shall be defined as the Magic of Druidism. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate energy given or borrowed from the daemonic being Tahariae (High Imp. Tahariae), typically in use of personal healing or otherwise, this shall be defined as the Magic of Clericism. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate energy given or borrowed from the daemonic being Metztli (High Imp. Metsilius), typically in use to manipulate time and space within the natural world, this shall be defined as the Magic of Munism. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate energy given or borrowed from the daemonic being Xan (High Imp. Janus), typically in use to manipulate or remove corrupted voidal energies, this shall be defined as the Magic of Xanism. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate energy given or borrowed from the daemonic being Aerial (High Imp. Aeria), typically in use to manipulate or remove corrupted voidal energies, this shall be defined as the Magic of Ascendedism. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate energy given or borrowed from the daemonic beings Keldrith (High Imp. Keldrian), Rellenia (High Imp. Rellenia), and Tariel (High Imp. Tarius), typically in use to reanimate creatures or beings, this shall be defined as the Magic of Wilvenism. Where an individual deliberately attempts to manipulate energy given or borrowed from a separate magical being, however corrupted and powered through the use of occultism or other blasphemic details and typically classified as lesser or greater daemonic creatures, this shall de defined as the Magic of Dark Deitism, or called the Dark Arts. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate dark energy given or borrowed from lesser voidal beings and spirits, this shall be defined as the Magic of Dark Shamanism. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate dark energy through the sacrificial rituals using sangeious materials, typically blood, this shall be defined as Blood Magic. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate dark energy in order to reanimate dead creatures or otherwise or draining the current force of life from a pre-existing creature of the natural world, this shall be defined as the Magic of Necromancy. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate dark energy in order to manipulate another individual and their current state typically through the use of a doll or other mundane object, this shall be defined as the Magic of Soul Puppetry. Further defined, where an individual attempts to manipulate dark energy given or borrowed from the daemonic being Setherien (High Imp. Setherius), typically in order to corrupt objects or creatures of the natural world, this shall be defined as the Magic of Draakarism. On the Ten Laws of Magicka As determined by the congregation of mages pre-existing, all magicka and its use is subservient to the Ten Laws of Magicka, defining what is proper and what is considered unsuited within the Imperial State. Of the laws that ensure, the punishments are not categorized but rather determined through the judgement of the Imperial Arcane Specialist, and as such the severity and selection of said punishment is entirely determinate upon each specific case. The Imperial State may mandate more regulation of magicka and its use by through individual acts and edicts not defined by the Ten Laws of Magicka. The Ten Laws of Magicka ensues the following, The First Law of Magicka, where an individual is forbidden to kill another individual, unless through the defense of the individual from harm, with the use of magicka. The Second Law of Magicka, where an individual is forbidden to alter their own physical appearance where said individual is unrecognizable with the use of magicka. The Third Law of Magicka, where an individual is forbidden to alter the mind of another individual, unless through the use of sending messages between said individual with the use of magicka. The Fourth Law of Magicka, where an individual is forbidden to practice or perform any magicka defined under the Dark Arts. The Fifth Law of Magica, where an individual is forbidden to create unregistered magical objects not approved by the Imperial Arcane Specialist. The Sixth Law of Magicka, where an individual is forbidden to alter with permission another individual’s property with the use of magicka. The Seventh Law of Magicka, where an individual is forbidden to actively worship the daemonic being in contrarian to the Canonist Imperial State. The Eighth Law of Magicka, where an individual is forbidden to perform unregistered magical research no approved by the Imperial Arcane Specialist. The Ninth Law of Magicka, where an individual is forbidden to use of perform any reanimating magicka, specifically the Magic of Necromancy and the Magic of Wilvenism. The Tenth Law of Magicka, where an individual is forbidden to harbor unregistered magical entities not approved by the Imperial Arcane Specialist. AMENDMENTS The Citizen Safety Act, 1572 Any suspicion of association or indirect contribution to rebels to the Imperial State can result into unwarranted searches, arrests, or calls to trial. Any indirect involvement or contribution to the procedures, mandates, and organizations of rebels of the Imperial State shall be seen as Treason (Ten Tab., Sec. 4, Part A). Any former organization once aligned or in collaboration with rebels to the Imperial State may be placed under special monitoring by the Imperial State. All citizens of the Empire must provide proper proof of citizenship and permanent residence when asked so by the Imperial State. Authorization Act of Military Organizations, 1587 No military organizations or bodies may be formed within the boundaries of the Empire without consent of the Imperial State. All military organizations or bodies must carry proper legal documentation when asked so by the Imperial State. Any military organizations or bodies not without the proper legal documentation when asked so by the Imperial State shall be charged with Impersonation of an Imperial Agent (Ten Tab., Sec. 4, Part J). Imperial Decency Act, 1588 No Human may marry, have extramarital relations, or breed with a non-Human individual, lest charged with Miscegenation (Ten Tab., Sec. 4, Part I) and Abomination (Ten Tab., Sec. 4, Part G). All Elves holding civil office within the Imperial State must have top ¼ of their ears clipped or covered completely. All Dwarves holding civil office within the Imperial State must have beards cut to an appropriate level. All Orcs are barred from holding civil office within the Imperial State. LEXICON ABSTAIN - Formally declining to vote or partake in a motion, neither taking for or against; ANTHONY I PETER - Anthony Peter of House Pertinaxi, referred to as Anthony the Tyrant, twenty-third reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; ARRAIGNMENT - The formal reading of criminal charges during a trial; ALEXANDER I - Alexander of House Carrion, referred to as Alexander the Careless, ninth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; AUGUSTUS I GODFREY - Augustus Godfrey of House Pertinaxi, referred to as Augustus Sisterlover, twenty-second reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; AURELIAN I CHARLES - Aurelian Charles of House Pertinaxi, referred to as Aurelius Canonius, twenty-firt reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; BARON - Sovereign lord of a barony, above the gentry class and below the comital office of count, referred to as His Lordship (fm. BARONESS); BISHOP - Senior member of the Canonist Church, given responsibility over an entire diocese or ordained holy orders, referred to as His Grace; ARCHBISHOP - Senior member of the Canonist Church, overseeing multiple bishops and dioceses; BORIS I - Boris of House Carrion, referred to as Boris the Desired, seventh reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; BOURGEOISIE - The body of ignoble, property-owning free citizenry not bounded by contract to a lord or sovereign; CLERGY - The body of all ordained ministers of the Canonist Church, including the High Pontiff; CONSANGUINITY - Two or more persons being related through a common ancestor, commonly through the same parent or grandparent; CONSORT - Spouse of a reigning lord or monarch, but does not hold direct claim to the noble, royal, or imperial title or any status equivocal to that title; COUNT - Sovereign lord of a county, above the baronial office of baron and below the ducal office of duke, referred to as His Right Honorable (fm. 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They convey all the rights and privileges of a landed duke, however are only extant for the life of titleholder, reverting to the sovereign on death; DUKE OF SENNTISTEN - Traditionally, the second legitimate son of the sovereign; DUKE OF FURNESTOCK - Traditionally, the third legitimate son of the sovereign; DUKE OF CORAZON - Traditionally, the fourth legitimate son of the sovereign; IMPERIAL FREE CITY - A city which is not bounded by aristocratic or feudal law, its populace not held in contract or tenure to the Imperial State or other lord, and has the power to elect by citizenry vote its executive and formal leader in the form of a mayor or other allocated title; IMPERIAL LETTERS - Writ by which a landed peerage is created for a secular or clerical estate, able to be issued singularly by the sovereign, without which a titleholder cannot be considered legitimate; IMPERIAL OFFICE - Emperor and direct bureaucracy composing the administration; INDICTMENT - A formal charge of a serious crime; INHERITANCE - Receiving money, property, or title as heir from the death, abdication, or otherwise of the incumbent holder; INTER-VASSAL CONFLICT - Two or more direct vassals or fiefs sworn to the Imperial State entering a state of warfare and armed conflict, while maintaining loyalty to the sovereign and Imperial State; JOHN I FREDERICK - John Frederick of House Horen, referred to as John the Relentless, tenth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; JOHN II SIGISMUND - John Sigismund of House Horen, referred to as John the Quarreller, eleventh reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; JOHN III OWYN - John Owyn of House Horen, referred to as John the Lion, twelfth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; JOHN IV AUGUSTUS - John Augustus of House Horen, referred to as John the Young, thirteenth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; JOHN V GODWIN - John Godwin of House Horen, referred to as John Lackland, sixteenth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; JOHN VI MAXIMILIAN - John Maximilian of House Horen, referred to as John the Unfortunate, eighteenth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; JOSEPH I LEOPOLD - Joseph Leopold of House Marna, twenty-fourth and current reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; KING - Sovereign or monarch of a kingdom, above the princely office of prince and below the imperial office of emperor, referred to as His Majesty (fm. QUEEN); TSAR OF URGUAN - Ruler of the Tsardom of Urguan; KNIGHT - An individual awarded a non hereditary title by the sovereign in recognition of merit or service, referred to as Ser. HOLY KNIGHT - A knight sworn to the Church, taking the vows of poverty and chastity as well as the normal servitude, referred to as Holy Ser. MAGICKA - The explicit use of voidal properties in order to manipulate the natural world, conjecture voidal energy into the natural world, or the manipulation of the natural mind and soul through the use of voidal energy; MARRIAGE - Sacred and legally recognized union between a male and female of the same race, irreversible and unbreakable unless under special petition by the High Pontiff; MAYOR - Elected or appointed head of a town or city, namely Imperial Free Cities, which can be from the nobility, clergy, gentry, or bourgeoisie and typically holds the position for a temporary amount of time (alt. MAER); NOBILITY - The body of all individuals holding heredity or honorary noble or lordly titles, typically holding land in tenure to the monarch; PACTA CONVENTA - Sanction given by the sovereign and Imperial State for allowance of an inter-vassal conflict, typically outlining specific restrictions and duties upon each party involved and swearing each party to uphold their loyalty and duties to the Imperial State; PENTARCH - One of the five members of the ecclesiastical synod which elects the High Pontiff, referred to as His Eminence (alt. CARDINAL); PETER I - Peter of House Chivay, referred to as Peter of Kaedrin, fifth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; PETER II SIGISMUND - Peter Sigismund of House Horen, referred to as Peter the Troubadour, seventeenth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; PHILIP I FREDERICK - Philip Frederick of House Horen, referred to as Philip the Arrogant, fifteenth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire. PRIEST - Ordained members of the Canonist Church, typically placed in parishes or members of ordained holy orders; PRINCE - Sovereign of a principality or individuals of direct relation to an emperor or king, above the ducal office of duke and below the royal office of king, referred to as His Serene Highness (fm. PRINCESS); IMPERIAL PRINCE - Individuals of direct relation to an emperor (fm. IMPERIAL PRINCESS); CROWN PRINCE - Heir presumptive of a kingdom or empire (fm. CROWN PRINCESS); PRINCE OF ALSTION - The firstborn legitimate son or otherwise heir apparent of the reigning sovereign of the Holy Orenian Empire, replaces Crown Prince in the Holy Orenian Empire; REALM - Collection of all fiefs, crown domains, provinces, free cities, sworn vassals, dominions, and protectorates under a kingdom or empire; REGENCY - A person or persons chosen to administer an estate or office because of the incapacity of the current office holder, such as infancy, incapa or absence; ROBERT I - Robert of House Chivay, referred to as Robert the Quadroon, sixth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; ROBERT II HENRY - Robert Henry of House Horen, referred to as Robert the Monk, fourteenth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; SIGISMUND I - Sigismund of House Carrion, referred to as Sigismund Soothsayer, fourth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire and Prophet of Faith; SUCCESSION CRISIS - A person or persons challenging a current incumbent lord for his or her office, through proper sanguineous claim and support of fellow noblemen and noblewomen; TITULAR - ‘By Title’, a hereditary title not bounded by property, land, or wealth (ex. KING PATRICK I OF HOLM); TOBIAS I - Tobias of House Carrion, referred to as Tobias Rosebud, eighth reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; VETO - Power of the Imperial Office to repeal or deny any legislation; VISCOUNT - Sovereign lord of a viscounty, above the baronial office of baron and below the comital office of count, referred to as His or Her Honorable (fm. VISCOUNTESS); WILLIAM I - William of House Horen, referred to as William the Weak, third reigning monarch of the Holy Orenian Empire; WRIT OF ENNOBLEMENT - Writ by which an ignoble family may be elevated to a noble family, able to be issued singularly by the sovereign, without which a family may not be considered noble;
  10. SECOND TREATY OF VIRA’KER WE, the Bodies of Representatives from Our Fair Nations, do solemnly declare the following decrees as correct and true; The Holy Orenian Empire and the Sable Principality of Vira’ker do solemnly declare a pact of non-aggression between both nations; The Holy Orenian Empire and the Sable Principality of Vira’ker do solemnly declare a pact of alliance for the duration of the war against the Pertinaxi rebels; The Holy Orenian Empire and the Sable Principality of Vira’ker do solemnly declare an establishment of embassies between each nation; The Holy Orenian Empire does solemnly recognize the ’s independence from the High Elven people; The Sable Principality of Vira’ker does solemnly recognize Joseph de Marna as the rightful Emperor and denounces the Pertinaxi Dynasty; SIGNED, Joseph I, Holy Orenian Emperor Daichia Jusmia Nimloth, Regency Council
  11. “I’m disappointed in you Varon, thought better of you. Atleast this war shows me who the true friends are.” says Emperor Joe.
  12. “Hah! You opened your legs more than the Ves guards let raiders and Owynists in. Any children that came from your bosom is a petri dish of who the father is.” comments a more decrepit Fred of Marna.
  13. “The legitimate Johannian line ended with John VI, with Charles Elliot, even with the rumors of his suspicious and supposed baseborn birth, surrendered any claim his line had when they surrendered the crown to the Pertinaxi. John VI even named the Marnantine line through Frederick of Marna as the legal successors in both legal and blood right.” Emperor Joseph shakes his head, “This false pretender who clings to the teet of the Pertinaxi will see his rightful due of fire and sword.”
  14. @KosherZombie @Lyonharted™ @skuke101 THE TRAGEDY OF GHANEM THE WISE OR THE TWELFTH RESPONSE OF EMPEROR JOSEPH “To Mister Arthos Devereux, I write to thee with heavy hand in regards to the recent ultimatum of the Curonian government directed to myself, the Imperial State, and the people of the Holy Orenian Empire, with you yourself a prime instigator and author of the document. It is in these pretenses that I lay before you my decision to the terms of independence and in relation to the Kingdom of Curon to our union of humanity. But first, Mr. Wright, I must ask you one question: Have you heard the tragedy of Ghanem the Wise? It is a story from my Shafei youth, about a diligent qali sheepherder named Ghanem and his children Istifaan and Al-Seanniya. Ghanem was known throughout the land for his wisdom and knowledge, and many of his village looked to him for guidance in times of trouble or danger. He was so well-known, in fact, that even the tribal chief and local emirs would come to his house to pay respects and ask for his words upon subjects of ruling, politics, and war. In every court of the lands he lived in he was always an honored guest and elder, and to many his word was law. When the local chief died without heirs, the people went to elect the wise Ghanem as their ruler- but through claims of humility and old age, he refused, and instead he convinced the elders to place his own sons Istifaan and Al-Seanniya as leaders of their tribe. His sons were young and not as experienced as their father, as so they relied heavily on their father for support in their tenures. From the very start, Ghanem sat at every council and every deliberation with his sons, at first advising and guiding his sons. The tribe prospered and the people were happy. One day, from the northern steppes, tarchars of Togai Bey raided and pillaged the lands, slaughtering many of the villages of the desert qali. From the Ar-Jubal to the River Pelos, they descended upon the peoples, killing many and enslaving the others. The chiefs Istifaan and Al-Seanniya summoned the council to decide what to do, with some wanting to join their qali brothers to drive off the horde and others wanting to flee or bend to the invaders. The brothers desired to join the amassing army of allied tribes to fend off the horsemen, but Ghanem, who claimed to have known the bey Togai in his youth, proclaimed his intent to find peace between them and the raiders. Both brothers grudgingly agreed, and allowed their father to visit the bey in an offer of peace. The friendship proved true and peace was made between their one tribe and the horselords, but upon full neutrality from their bloody wars with their neighboring peoples and kinsmen. The chiefs fought this, for they saw it as a betrayal of their brothers, but the influence of their father was immense, and the councillors looked to Ghanem before their elected chiefs. Istifaan accepted bitterly while his brother Al-Seanniya lashed out, storming out of the council room in rage. Yet the decision stood, and the tribe came under tribute to the tarchar suzerain. All around them, qali village after qali village fell, and Togai Bey advanced his conquests mercilessly and without restraint. Everytime the tarchars came to the village Ghanem the Wise came to meet them, and with his honeyed words and silver-tongue he convinced them to spare the village each time. With this responsibility came great power, and soon both chief brothers were seemingly ignored as the people came to Ghanem for their woes and not them. The meek Istifaan grew resentful yet could not bring anger against his father, while the bold al-Seanniya eventually left his village with loyalists of his own to help defend his brothers of the desert villages. Istifaan wished to join him and told his father, but Ghanem forbid such. While the village survived for some years and those around did not, Ghanem being an older man of his day passed away in the mid-summer’s night. The village was distraught and mourned for their lost elder, and with Al-Seanniya gone in exile to fight for the cause of the qali, Istifaan took full control. But while Ghanem was wise in life and led his village to glory, he let not his sons command and gain the respect of rule. Many doubted his worth, and when the tarchars eventually came down to his village, Istifaan had not the words of Ghanem to help him. Unprepared and without their allies around them, the village came under sack numerous times, before eventually being massacred in the bloodlust of Togai Bey. Ghanem was wise in life, but never thought of the future. He knew of his skills in diplomacy and personal connection with the killers, and used such for his advantage, but thought not of when he was gone. Instead of allowing his sons to drive off the attackers when the qali were strong and plentiful, he hid behind his friendships and personal relations; things which his successor did not have. Instead of establishing a future for his people without the need of his involvement, he made himself the cornerstone, and when such stone fell from the arch, the entire foundation came tumbling down. Our chance to finally change the world and yet, like Ghanem, you see only in the present and not the future. You see me as some great tyrant, an interloper on your sovereignty, yet time after time I have met with your emissaries and king, and time after time have I made concessions, from the further declaration of rights to multiple marriages with my house. But like qali against the vile Togai Bey, every tribe must band together else eventually, else no matter in a year or thirty, all will fall under their wretched grasp. That is why to this decree, I say this: our Revolution is a Revolution of all humanity, and therefore requires all to its banner to fight against the Pertinaxi dogs. You may threaten me with war, and while you chant peace, I know your ultimate desire: the self-preservation and validation of your position, to not be shunned and retain yourself as elder amongst your people. You see the world through the hole of a shoe rather than the full landscape before us, and when you have passed and the new generation has taken its place, it shall fall like Istifaan on the Field of Araf. I was once like this, absorbed in the now and not of the bigger painting before us. I have seen the previous lives of those long past in my dreams, and I have seen the danger this behavior and thought provides. From the Haeseni king Stephen who thought only of his realm and left his compatriot Robert de Marna to death and the cur of Mardon on the throne to King Arn and the destruction of his very realm. This provincial thinking, where we see only one part of humanity and not the whole, must end. We must create a world from the ashes, not allow the same tarchars to raid and divide us like cattle. We must stand united. That is why I, Emperor Joseph, respectfully decline your ultimatum and request of independence. Seek the true wisdom of the future and not false self-preservation and come together in common liberty against the dark heart of the Pertinaxi. I know any previous relation means nothing now, but if not through such, do it through the thought of the days long past your time. Yours sincerely, Upon the day of our Lord GOD, 27th OWYN’S FLAME 1717 Joseph I, Holy Orenian Emperor”
  15. @Piov THE CIRCULAR LETTER “To Mister George d’Alimar, Upon our chance meeting near the Lake Melida, where we fished for the Haeseni bass and spoke much of politics. Such came the topic of forgiveness, and as promised, I wish to enlighten thee with the words of Our Prophets. Let us recall the Parable of Owyn and the Snake; There once lived an honorable farmer who grew tomatoes and a snake which lived in his fields. The farmer had many fields and could only tend to one at each time. The red snake, sly and clever, would go where the farmer was not able not see and eat from his harvest. On the first day the farmer saw this, he exclaimed, “You foul beast, you take what is not yours!” The farmer chased the red snake throughout the fields, but when the snake would hide under a rock, he molded and shed his red scales to now have green scales. When the farmer found the green snake, he asked, “Fair green snake, have you seen a red one of your kind?” But the deceitful snake replied, “Red worms are vile, sir, and this one never runs in their lot.” The farmer believed the snake and continued searching, eventually going to bed empty-handed. On the second day the farmer returned to work in the fields, and again caught the snake eating from his tomatoes. “You foul beast, you take what is not yours!” The farmer would exclaim and chase the snake about the fields. Again, the sly snake hide under a rock in the field and molded his skin, this time as blue as the sky above. When the farmer found the blue snake, he asked, “Fair blue snake, have you seen a green one of your kind?” But the deceitful snake replied, “Red worms are vile, sir, and this one never runs in their lot.” The farmer again believed the snake and continued searching, eventually going to bed empty-handed. On the third day, the farmer returned to work in the fields, and again he caught the snake eating from his tomatoes. “You foul beast, you take what is not yours!” The farmer would exclaim and chase the snake about the fields. This time, the Prophet Owyn rode on his horse Laroi near the fields, where he saw the farmer searching frantically. He called out, “Tiller of the crops, what are you doing?” The farmer turned about and replied, “I chase the vile snake, who takes from the wealth of man and gives not in return!” Seeing the nobleness of his cause, Owyn helped the farmer search the fields, while the snake, now hiding under a rock, shed his blue hide for that of gold. Owyn and the farmer found the golden wyrm, where upon Owyn asked, “Snake, was it thee who ate from the man’s harvest?” The farmer then interjected, “Nay! The snake which ate from the baskets of yonder was blue, not of this golden hue!” The snake agreed. But Owyn, clever in the Light of God, upturned a nearby rock, revealing the decaying blue skin of the snake. The Prophet said, “Oho! A snake of any color is a snake itself, and no matter the banner it retains it remains all the same.” With the Prophet’s wisdom, the farmer captured the vile snake and prevented him from harming his harvest again. Yours sincerely, Upon the day of our Lord GOD, 17th HOREN’S CALLING 1717 Joseph I, Holy Orenian Emperor”
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