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  1. ”I knit this for you.” To his surprise, the stoic young Empress had done something profoundly charitable. Meeting her by chance before the shrine in the Golden City, Daniel hesitantly accepted the gift: an acorn hat, made of a pure violet color, knit by the hands of Adeline. The girl took often to making a cynical, yet childish mockery of his tonsure, calling it a bald spot, to which he characteristically responded that it was an act of mortification. Here she had done what he thought she was nigh incapable of, and the act left an indelible mark upon his heart. In the recovering years following the War of the Two Emperors, Daniel had taken to seeing Adeline as his very own daughter. To his understanding, the war years had left an irrevocable maturity in the young girl, and she had certainly not had many courtiers to teach her in the art of anything besides warfighting and diplomacy. Their very first meeting was when the High Pontiff, then Guy Haas, had joined Othodoric Helvets on diplomatic parley to plead the Renatians for peace. There the pair stood, dumbfounded, as a girl no older than ten coldly gave them welcome. On the trip, Guy had taken to noting that many in the Imperial Court were of Adeline’s age – and yet she would later lament to him personally that she was incapable of making a single friend out of the lot. As the war years passed, and people new the uncomfortable peace that followed, Adeline had taken to making additional trips to Varoche Palace. Daniel himself began to see the young girl, frigid as she was, to be his very own ward child. He brought her in tow to meetings of the Curia, he tutored her in the histories of men, and tried to some result to impart what religion he could into her. In the High Pontiff’s eyes, the future of humanity stood before him in a young lady’s court dress, and he would not let her fall further under the influences of the increasingly weak Cascadian court. In their later days, the young Empress now Empress-Dowager, had taken to laughter and shy smile. It was enough for him. Within the halls of Varoche, the news of the tragedy reached Daniel by morning. Not one to air out publicly the more melancholic thoughts which torture poets, he dismissed the Curia, and took with broken spirit to his bedchambers. That would be the last they would see him for some time.
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  4. REFORMATION OF THE SEPTARCHY 14th of Harren’s Folly, 1724 HIS HOLINESS DANIEL VI, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Visigia, Keeper of Varoche, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD doth decree… Dearly beloved, brethren clergy and lay faithful, greetings in the Lord. In the governance of a community with universal mandate, it is an utter impossibility, that the Head of the Elect should expect to be permitted the power to appear in all provinces at all times. Our Church ranges from northern Nenzing to southern Ravensburg, from the golden plains of Ves now even unto the shores of Omeryn. By the good graces of God, our faith still lives. Nigh the end of the War of the Two Emperors, and the schism which it brought along with itself, the Church was rendered the humor of fools; the faithful did not hear mass, the religious orders did not sing their hours, the vocation of the priesthood went without candidates. A crisis of faith, it might be correctly called, a Church without its shepherds. The prayers of the faithful have gone answered by their ever faithful Lord, and so has the Church seen an exponential increase in vocations to the priesthood. Fervently, the priesthood has even taken itself to lands untrodden, such as Llyria - and so has the Empyrion been baptized by Our leal servant Fr. Cassian. For this great act, We award Our leal servant Fr. Cassian with an assignment to the cardinalate. He shall take for himself the name Cassian Cardinal Omeryn, for his province which he shall govern with faith and charity. By Cardinal Omeryn’s ascendency, the College of Cardinals reaches divine completion, with seven men belonging to its body. It is not since the seventeenth century, in the days of Our predecessor Clement III, that the Church could say with such joy that a SEPTARCHY governed in unity with the Holy Father. In the ancient days of antiquity, the septs were awarded with reverence and fealty for their profound office. It is by Our teaching authority that We wish to explicate to the clergy and lay faithful the designs of the Septarchy and the cardinals who compose the body. In many ways, it could be said that the High Pontiff sends cardinals from his side; meaning, that the High Pontiff delegates to the cardinal his own powers, derived from his own authority as High Priest and Vicar of God. When a cardinal is assigned to a province, he carries with him a delegation from the High Pontiff, whether particular or not. He is granted imperium in a province, as if he exercised the authority of the High Pontiff himself, when following the particular or general mandate which he has been given. There are a number of delegations by which a cardinal may be sent from the side of the High Pontiff. A nuncio is a diplomat carrying with him the authority of the High Pontiff in matters of foreign affairs, in the pursuit of some particular or general purpose. Similarly, a messenger is sent for the simple purposes of carrying a letter bearing the Pontifical seal. A judge is a cardinal sent for the purposes of adjudicating a dispute between ecclesiastical persons. In like manner, an inquisitor is sent for the purposes of investigation into matters pertaining to the Church. It is generally understood that upon the fulfillment of a particularly delegated mission, the mandate of the cardinal in that province has ended. However, cardinals may be sent for unspecified and general mandates, giving them imperium over a province of the Church. In this particular province, the cardinals bear the authority of the High Pontiff himself, and generally work in tandem with the local prelates and ordinaries for proper governing of the ecclesiastical province and for implementing the mandates of the High Pontiff. These cardinals bearing general imperium often return to the Chair of St. Daniel for the election of a successor to the High Pontiff, should one die; viewing their general mandates null and void. As of seventeen twenty-four, the SEPTARCHY is composed of the following cardinals. Siegmund Cardinal Cascadia (LoLzboi, or @LoLzboi) Lochlan Cardinal Ves (Herathus, or @Herathus) Ernst Cardinal Avalain (Froschli, or @Froschli) Sinjun Cardinal Helena (_Bueno_, or @NordLord) Humbert Cardinal St Jude (Thesmellypocket, or @thesmellypocket) Siguard Cardinal Reza (Ave_Imperium, or @Imperium) Cassian Cardinal Omeryn (Lukariatias, or @Lukariatias) Apostolic benediction. Amen.
  5. Sitting in his study within the Palais Varoche, Daniel received a brisk knock on the door. He rose up from his desk, welcoming the guest, a Pontifical nuncio by the name of Sinjun. With the cardinal’s arrival, so too was brought the news of the Empyrion’s baptism into the Church. With pleasant surprise and light perplexity, the High Pontiff returned to his former preoccupation. With Sinjun’s dismissal, he prepared vellum and pen, and took to writing letters.
  6. ”Another Helenan! Good man, Mister Crow! You’re back off to home.” The cleric sends the transcripts for Cardinal Vsenk (LoLzboi, @LoLzboi, or LoLzboi#4696), Cardinal St. Theodosius (_Bueno_, @NordLord, or Zed#4474), and Bishop DuPont (key_of_solomon, @Ambduscias, or hunter#6957).
  7. ”Raevir, eh? Not many of the likes of you to go around anymore. Urchins, the whole lot! Bar Cardinal Vsenk, of course... don’t let him know I said that,” the young clerk meanders on, before finding his bearings. “Alright, Mister Thernov. You’re off to Haense, Reza to be exact. Look for Cardinal Reza.” (Ave_Imperium, @Imperium, or Ave_imperium#4314)
  8. ”A Courlander!” The clerk exclaims as he writes, taking the time to then examine the boy as he mentions his age. “Fifteen? And literate? Ah, that’s good enough – age of reason, and all. I assume you’ll do just fine. Tell you what, I hear Courland’s been needing a priest! You’re off to Helena, then!” (LoLzboi, @LoLzboi, or LoLzboi#4696)
  9. “A Helenan! About time!” The clerk approves of the interview, sending the transcripts off to Cardinal Vsenk (LoLzboi, @LoLzboi, or LoLzboi#4696), Bishop DuPont (key_of_solomon, @Ambduscias, or hunter#6957), and Cardinal St. Theodosius (_Bueno, @NordLord, or Zed#4474). The clerk sends the Jrent’s transcript off to Bishop O’Malley for further instruction. (Herathus, @Herathus, or Herathus#6850).
  10. LEGENDA SANCTORUM; OR, THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS A GOLDEN TOME BEARING WITNESS TO THE EXALTED, SANCTIFIED, BEATIFIED, AND VENERATED WITH LIVES OF THE SAINTS, MEMORIALS TO THE BLESSED, AND TRIBUTE TO THE VENERABLE FROM THE FIRST DAYS OF MAN TO THE YEAR SEVENTEEN TWENTY-FOUR VOL. I AS PROMULGATED BY HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL VI c. 1724 PREAMBLE In our time, there has gone a great lessening in reverence for the saints. In many ways this might be attributed to the lack of a proper book by which the faithful may learn of their lives, and the miracles by which they proved themselves. The last edition of a legenda was published nigh half a century ago by Bl. High Pontiff Jude, without inclusion of any of the so necessary hagiographies, the tales which give the saints their lasting power. With the intentions of remedying this great problem, and for an increase in the faith, knowledge, and morals among the clergy and lay faithful, a new edition of the Legenda Sanctorum shall be published, and promulgated with Pontifical imprimatur. DANIEL VI THE EXALTED PROPHETS The Prophets, or Exalted, are determined by the Canon and are noted for receiving their respective Scrolls from the Aenguls Artifai and Tesion, along with innumerable acts of faith, good works, and miracles. HOREN I “THE FATHER” – GOLDEN LAUREL Patron of Humanity, Covenants, and Humility. OWYN I “THE PURIFIER” – FLAMING SWORD Patron of Purity, War, and Fire. GODFREY I “THE REDEEMER” – SILVER SCEPTER Patron of Dominion, Glory and Justice. SIGISMUND I “THE PRESERVER” – IRON GLOBUS CRUCIGER Patron of Clairvoyance, Wisdom, and Sight. THE CALENDAR OF SAINTS This is the calendar of saints. Their lives may be found in the last chapter of this book. One is traditionally canonized if he or she lives a supremely pious and virtuous life and has proven he or she is in the highest skies by performing miracles posthumously. Thus, they are often attributed symbols to identify with. ST. ADRIAN OF LEUVAARDEN - OPEN BOOK Patron Saint of Statesmen, Lawyers, and Politics ST. AMYAS OF YORE - WILD HERB Patron Saint of Medicine, Healing, Botany, and Wild Herbs ST. CATHERINE OF FELSEN - PAIR OF GLOVES Patron Saint of Integrity, Innocence, Refugees, and the Vessian People ST. CHARLES OF PETRUS - GOLDEN CROW Patron Saint of Strength, Fortitude, and Prisoners of War ST. DANIEL OF AL’KHAZAR - WOODEN STAFF Patron Saint of Peace, Cities, Pilgrims, and Travel HIGH PONTIFF, ST. DANIEL I OF ABRESI - AN AGED SCROLL Patron Saint of Scholarship, Canonist Coalitions, Fidei Defensors, and Literature ST. EDMOND OF LACHSIN - KNIGHT OF HORSEBACK Patron Saint of Knights, Hospitality, Baronial lords, and the Auvergnian People ST. EMMA OF WOLDZMIR - WHITE SWORD Patron Saint of the Schism War, Soldiers, Loyalty, Valour against Odds, and Adrians HIGH PRIEST ST. EVERARD I OF AL’KHAZAR – RED CROSS Patron Saint of Holy Tradition, and Those Persecuted for their Faith ST. GODWEIN OF HUNTSHILL – OAKEN SHIELD Patron Saint of Honesty, Woodworkers, and Skin Afflictions ST. GODWIN OF PARADISUS – SKULL Patron Saint of the Deceased, those Haunted by Poltergeists, and Heartlanders ST. HENRY OTTO OF ALBAN – WOODEN SCALES Patron Saint of Commoners, Justice, and Fatherhood ST. HUMBERT OF BAR – COLOSSUS Patron Saint of Regents, Perseverance, and Defiance against Evil ST. JOHANNES OF AESCULUS – GREEN STAFF Patron Saint of Missionaries to Foreign Lands ST. JOREN OF PARADISUS – IRON SHACKLES Patron Saint of Mountainfolk, Winter, the Imprisoned, and Highlanders ST. JUDE OF PETRUS – INKWELL Patron Saint of Scholastics, Authors, and Monasteries ST. JUDITH OF CZENA – COWL Patron Saint of Wayward Women and Nuns ST. JULIA OF PARADISUS – GOLDEN RINGS Patron Saint of Mothers, Matrimony, and Exorcism ST. KRISTOFF OF HANSETI – ROSARY Patron Saint of Martyrs, Victims of Strife, and Bishops ST. LOTHAR OF BALIAN – LORRAINE CROSS Patron Saint of the Lorraine Cross, Princes, Courage, and Heraldry HIGH PONTIFF ST. LUCIEN I OF ULMSBOTTOM – KAEDRENI CROSS Patron Saint of Crusaders, Change, and the Family ST. MICHAEL OF CORDOBE – WHITE BULL Patron Saint of Passion, Exiles, Service and the Eighteen Years’ War ST. OTTO ‘THE BALD’ OF VANDERFELL – BALD EAGLE Patron Saint of the Schism War, Ward Fathers, and Haeseni Peoples. ST. PETER OF GAEKRIN – FLAMING ROSE Patron Saint of Military Orders, Victory in Battle, and Plight against Heathens ST. PUBLIUS OF PETRUS – BRONZE CHALICE Patron Saint of Military Officers, Mercenaries, and Deacons ST. ROBERT OF METZ – CHICKEN LEG Patron Saint of Poetry, Feasting, and Inquisition ST. RUDOLPH OF MARKEV – SILVER KEY Patron Saint of Redemption, Musicians, and Beggars HIGH PONTIFF ST. SIXTUS IV OF FELSEN – BRASS BELL Patron Saint of Theologians ST. THEODOSIUS OF ISTIAM – GRAY PIGEON Patron Saint of the Hussariya Cross, Messengers, Falconers and Fowlers, Translators, and the Raevir People ST. THOMAS OF GAEKRIN – WHITE ROSE Patron Saint of Virtuous Leadership, Discipline, Frontiersmen, and Kaedreni Peoples ST. TOBIAS OF SARKOZ – SILVER COMET, GOLD COINS Patron Saint of Merchants, Comets, Wealth, and Charity ST. WILFRICHE OF HANSETI – BLACK MACE Patron Saint of the Teutonic Cross, Brotherhood, Chancellors, Opposition of Setherin, and Franciscan Martyrs THE BLESSED One is beatified if he or she lives a wholly pious and virtuous life and is either martyred for his or her faith, or posthumously performed a miracle upon a High Pontiff's prayer. Bl. Gwenael Ashford, progenitor of the de Bar line who recovered the relics of St. Amyas. Bl. Baldwin Ashford de Bar, commandant of the Lotharingians and Tarchary Crusader. Bl. George Ashford de Bar, keeper of the holy primates and simian zoo of Cyriaum. Bl. Richard Ashford de Bar, discovered the holy city of Junavos. Bl. Otto II Georg Barbanov, Norland crusader. Bl. Robert Lothar Barbanov, virtuous patron of the Church. Bl. Lorethos Basileus, companion to the Ex. Godfrey and commander of the Twilight Army against Witch Queen Dawn Perea. Bl. Claudius Bracchus, a prince-bishop of great renown. Bl. Laurens Bracchus de Ruyter, virtuous knight, martyr at the hands of Elven sorcerers Bl. Hunwald Coalmein, companion of the Ex. Sigismund and St. Theodosius, pious peasant. Bl. Adelran Coulthard, first commandant of the Holy See. Bl. Leon of Amaury, a pacifist surgeon-monk who first settled Lesser Tarchary. Bl. Rafael de Cordobe, pious clergyman. Bl. Patrick Denims, companion of the Ex. Godfrey and patron of the Church. Bl. Thomas Denims, companion of the Ex. Sigismund and sworn monk renowned for his talent and contributions to architecture. Bl. Jorji Fisher, companion of the Ex. Sigismund, famed exorcist. Bl. Melchior Guillen, monastic martyr of Rosenyr. Bl. James Hightower, restorer of the Kingdom of Salvus. Bl. Stephan Himmel, Tarchary crusader who was turned to stone in martyrdom. Bl. Alexander Frederick Horen, legal reformer and Bishop of Courland. Bl. Ari Horen, companion of the Ex. Godfrey and pious empress. Bl. Charles Polycarp Horen, hieromonk who avenged Savoyard abuses against the church, engineered the Johannian restoration and imperial reconstruction of Felsen. Bl. John Sigismund Horen, second Emperor of the Fifth Empire, patron of faith and warden against pagan invaders. Bl. Richard Horen, brother and companion of the Ex. Godfrey and pious Duke of Marna. Bl. William Horen, final Emperor of the First Empire, companion and spymaster of the Ex. Sigismund. Bl. Istvan Ivanovich, missionary to pagan magi. Bl. Jan Jeremi, founder of the Burgundians and savior of Canonist Lahy. Bl. Francis Karovic, Franciscan Martyr Bl. Damon Kovachev, Franciscan Martyr Bl. Jan Kovachev, veteran of the Eighteen Years War. Bl. Duncan Lysander, companion of the Ex. Sigismund and architect of the Krelmstad. Bl. Zacarias Mosquera, pious Prelate to Radomir I and founder of the holy site Cavan . Bl. Edmund Myre, Count of Myreton and missionary to the pagan swampfolk. Bl. Peter Pavel, Franciscan Martyr. Bl. Jon Renault de Savoie, last prince of Savoy. Bl. Jack Rovin, a commander of the Order of St. Lucien. Bl. Fredek Royce, Franciscan Martyr. Bl. Wigbrecht Schulze, monastic martyr of Rosenyr. Bl. Uthor Silverblade, companion to the Ex. Godfrey and a virtuous grand knight. Bl. Aran Talraen de Rennes, devout Arch-Seneschal and patron of the Church. Bl. Temp Thersist, pious officer of the White Rose. Bl. Adaldag Wanderfoot, monastic martyr of Rosenyr. Bl. Noah of Petrus, Bishop of Brelus. Bl. Andrew Vydra, Fidei Defensor and champion of the Schism War. Bl. Nafis Yar, conqueror of Vanderguan and missionary to the Rassidi. Bl. Dmitri of the Dreadfort, Franciscan Martyr Bl. Edward of Kingston, chaplain of Kingston and renowned matchmaker. Bl. Enoch, noble hieromonk and missionary to the elves. Bl. Foltest of Aeldin, defender of the Brelusian Cathedral. Bl. Humpfrey of Belvitz, Bishop of Villavia. Bl. Jon of the Whirlwind, Fransciscan Martyr. Bl. Bionn of the Black Sepulchres, renowned Commander of the ancient Order of the Black Sepulchres, Saviour of Canonist Lahy. Bl. Peter ‘the Goatherd’, Franciscan Martyr. Bl. Radovid of Blaviken, dwarven missionary to the elves. Bl. Stephen, a Franciscan Martyr. Bl. Wilhelm of Hermann, knight of the Black Sepulcher, Tarchary crusader. Bl. Vladislav ‘the Vile’, companion of St. Wilfriche and conqueror of Setherinites. Called ‘the Vile’ by Setherinic forces who cursed his cunning and guile in battle. Bl. Vytenis of Luciensport, Tarchary crusader and standard-bearer of the Nauzica Brigade, died in martyrdom. Bl. High Pontiff Adeodatus I, companion to the Ex. Godfrey and beloved Pontiff. Bl. High Pontiff Pius II, martyr in defiance of Darfeyist plots. Bl. High Pontiff Sixtus III, maintained peace and neutrality amongst the clergy in tumultuous times. Bl. High Pontiff Daniel II, helped end Chivay caesaropapism alongside High Pontiff Saint Daniel I, led the inquisition against Kaedreni heretics and patron of the Tarchary crusades. Bl. High Pontiff Everard II, reformer of ecclesiastical law and staunch inquisitor. Bl. High Pontiff Lucien III, enthusiastic converter of heathens and martyr by Urik’Azog. Bl. High Pontiff Owyn II, martyr at the hands of Courlandic heretics. Bl. High Pontiff Clement II, mender of the Evarasite Schism. Bl. High Pontiff Everard IV, prolific author and theologian Pontiff. Bl. High Pontiff Jude I, strong militant Pontiff and fervent ecclesiastical reformer. Bl. High Pontiff Daniel V, benevolent Epulonist loved by the laity. THE VENERABLE The venerable are those who the Church chooses to memorialize for their good deeds in life and for their beneficial acts towards the faith. v. Lily Ashford v. Roland Ashford v. Marius Baruch v. Adrian of Kaedrin v. Alexander de Stolistes v. Alistair the Savage v. Charles Greymane v. Gaius Marius v. Segari v. Richard Palmer v. Pertinax Horen v. Lorik v. Baldir Toov v. Alistair ‘the Savage’ v. Tuvya Carrion v. Fyodor Carrion v. Sigismund of Couentre v. Vladimir ‘the Golden-Handed’ v. Hugues Sarkozic v. Olivier de Savoie v. Brother Fabian Virosi v. Helen of Carolustadt v. Leric Tresery THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS WITH DETAILED ACCOUNTS OF LIVES, AND MEMORIALS TO ATTRIBUTED MIRACLES ST. ADRIAN OF LEUVAARDEN – OPEN BOOK + Patron Saint of Statesmen, Lawyers, and Politics Born as Hadrien de Sarkozy, Saint Adrian was born in the Viceroyalty of Leuvaarden in the far off continent of Gaekrin. Raised in a household of middling burghers, Hadrien’s youth was marked with a characteristic rivalry with his elder brother and passionate ambition. His renown grew when he was sent to the continent of Asulon and read about potential legal work, posted by Velwyn Ashford (Later High Pontiff St. Lucien of Ulmsbottom). Hadrien set out for Asulon with meager supply and ended up in the Duchy of the Holy Lands, where he found work under Seneschal Ashford, acting as an advisor, barrister, and political theorist. His work found himself managing the many accounts and ledgers of the Order of the White Rose, and his stellar diligence and natural talent caught the eye of Velwyn’s other companions, prominently Thomas Chivay (Later St. Thomas of Gaekrin). He was quickly promoted to the rank of Conseiller and acted as a personal advisor to both Thomas and the Senior Command of the Order. His political works condemned the unholy city of Crestfall, and he personally participated in rooting out heretics among the city’s populace. When the Empire of Oren came to the continent of Anthos, Hadrien’s reputation as an able advisor had grown throughout the Empire. Countless sought his political expertise as he forged treaties, documents, and alliances throughout the realm. Hadrien also endeavored to promote a new Kaedreni culture in the kingdom, patronizing countless musicians and artists, whose works would spread throughout the newly conquered frontier. St. Adrian, above all others, that established a true Kaedreni culture among its people – a culture of nationalism, pride, and civic duty. What St. Adrian is most renowned for among the Canonist communion is his role in being the chief architect of Lucienism. His creation of the papist doctrine exemplified and outlined the theological goals of High Pontiff Lucien I, and its influence spread quickly throughout the Imperial west. Lucienism is regarded as a pillar of the Canonist faith due to his defiance of caesaropapism and the Horen cult. Thus among Canonist theologians, St. Adrian is praised for his philosophical and dogmatic contributions. Along with his involvement in the Kingdom of Kaedrin, Hadrien was also awarded other titles in the Empire. He was granted the title of Lord Privy Seal in the Emperor’s Council; and the County of Norfolk in the Prince-Archbishopric of Savoie, where the city of Aldersberg was established. Aldersberg would become a bountiful and industrious city, its inhabitants raised under the care of Lucienist teachings and Sarkozy protection. Hadrien was also one of the few lords in Orenic history to be a direct papal vassal, and it was he who also swore his devout faith to Lucien and championed the High Pontiff’s full papal authority as a separate body from the state. Lauded for his diplomatic ability, religious scholarship, political philosophies and diligence with the quill, St. Adrien worked tirelessly in service to the Pontificate, the Kingdom of Kaedrin, and most of all his faith. He would remain a devout follower of the church and capable statesman until his death in 1419, butchered by an unknown burglar in his own office. Miracles: When St. Adrian was found slain in his office in Ard Kerrack, he had with him a ceremonial golden shortsword, bloodstained after an intense struggle against his killer. When the guard went to alert their superiors, they returned to find the blade cleaned of all its stains and resting in the crease of an open book, revealing the building projects for Lucienist churches throughout the frontiers of Kaedrin. Upon the Exodus, clergy rushed to Aldersberg to preserve what works they could before looters preyed on the chaos. When the entered St. Adrian's chambers, the various books there began to fly about in his room in a heavy gale. As they landed, only one tome was left open, a scripture detailing a pentarchy. Later, the Holy Oren Empire would split five-ways. ST. AMYAS OF YORE – WILD HERB + Patron Saint of Medicine, Healing, Botany, and Wild Herbs Little is known about Saint Amyas' early life, but what is known is his family's lowborn background. Born in a household of merchants, the young Amyas quickly grew disillusioned with the decadence of the Perea kingdom of Salvus and found himself disowned by his father when he refused to work in the family business. Mustering what money he could from a mother's farewell gift, Amyas became an apprentice physician in a wandering caravan. The novice apothecary's talents grow exponentially over time due to his genuine passion in medicine. During the wars against the Perea regime, Amyas found ample work in tending to those wounded and maimed by bandit, orc, and man alike. His selflessness enabled him to become a pioneer in his field, devising the triage method of healing and various poultices to remedy the wounds of war. These growing talents would be put to test during the Great Plague of Asulon. A calamity which killed over a tenth of the human population, the Great Plague of Asulon was characterized by a pandemic of countless ailments, but none as feared as the wicked rotbrain. The virus was notorious for inducing mind-numbing agony and savagery to those afflicted, who often were kept together in cages and treated as animals for their conditions. In the bustling city of Solace, Amyas, in a routine trip through the quarantines to treat the infected, was once forced in the quarantine by two guards, who refused to let the doctor out. Amyas spent ten days among these sick, three without food or water, yet despite the circumstance, Amyas continued his treatments whilst praying to God for freedom. When another apothecary of his caravan finally managed to bribe the guards into letting Amyas go, Amyas was miraculously found free from all affliction despite his vulnerable state. Taking this as a sign from God, Amyas enlisted among the clergy and became a prominent monk. Spending his days administering last rites to the terminally ill, healing the sick despite prejudice and quarantine, pioneering new methods of medicine, and selflessly risking his life for the damned wherever he went, Amyas became the embodiment of the godly physician. Miracles: A lame boy was brought before the tomb of St. Amyas and at once managed to kneel, the function in his legs restored. The body of St. Amyas was immaculate upon his death, and said to smell distinctly of rose petals. ST. CATHERINE OF FELSEN – PAIR OF GLOVES + Patron Saint of Integrity, Refugees, Innocence, and the Vessian People Saint Catherine was born Catherine Francesca Horen, youngest daughter of Emperor John Frederick Horen. Raised in a time of war, Catherine strove to reach out to the people of Felsen, giving them food and clothing when there was none. After the rise of the Flays, their attack on Felsen, and the near-death of her brother, Emperor John Sigismund, Catherine was so moved by the chaos and damage that had been caused she took both an oath of honesty and an oath of purity - deciding she would remain true to not only herself, but to God. In her office as Imperial Princess, Catherine was known as a benevolent caretaker of refugees. The Dukes’ War which had occurred around the beginning of her life left many poor Adrians without food and shelter, and so Catherine used all in her might to bring the later generations into the city of Felsen, even keeping some of them in Anpalais itself. Whilst still young, Catherine would marry the Archchancellor Stephen de Beaufort. Together they vowed chastity, and their wedding bed never was shared, for the mutual increase of virtue and faith of both man and wife. In the years to come, Catherine would stand alongside her brother through the highs and lows of his rule, and became a strong and stalwart figure in the city of Felsen, her actions dictated only by compassion and truth. Her vows were left unbroken, passing away at the age of 50. Miracles: It is said that upon her death, Catherine looked not a year past thirty. Even years after her burial, her body did not decay, the deceased woman looking to be slumbering in the casket. A family of demons which had made their residence in Felsen sought to unleash havoc upon the funerary procession of Catherine’s. In doing so, the leader of the devils went to topple her perfumed casket, only to remarkably find that on touching it he and the rest of his pack had become humans. ST. CHARLES OF PETRUS – GOLDEN CROW + Patron Saint of Strength, Fortitude, and Prisoners of War Son of Emperor Alexander Carrion, Charles’ early life was turbulent and chaotic. The most blessed Duke Karl Barbanov was renowned for his settlement and civilization of the Dwarven North, carving out an expansive realm that restored Northern and Carrion culture after the calamities of the fourth empire. In many ways, St. Karl’s life was a testimony to the resilient spirit of the Highlander man, that despite whatever setbacks of his forefathers he had found triumph and glory in his Orenian conquests and occupations. Yet, vastly different from his peers who aspired to worldly glory, the lord Karl sought the acquisition of virtue, holiness, and god-given governance. His private life, work for Canonism, and eventual martyrdom distinguish him above his peers and afford him reverence as a holy saint. Born to the Emperor Alexander and his first wife, the Waldenian princess Anabella Rovin, the young Karl would find himself caught in the turmoil of his parent’s disastrous union and the downfall of the Fourth Empire. Spirited away from the fallen city of Petrus, he was reared among various holy figures such as St. Emma, St. Otto, and St. Daniel the Reader throughout lands such as Woldzimir, Aesterwald, and Karovia. Through these titans of faith, the young Karl earned a deep respect for church tradition and the importance of religious unity. After Petrus was retaken and the Schismatic-Renatian front collapsed, St. Karl’s wardfather, St. Otto, took to the North, marshaling the armies of Oren to subjugate its dwarven holds and bring the splinter-states of Aesterwald into the fold. Through the diplomatic handiwork of his mentor, Karl would come to inherit the estate of Ayr and use it to press onwards to the dwarven citadel of Hiebenhall. At the thick of the night, the young Karl with the aid of four score Vladovic bannermen, took the castle in a legendary display of grappling and sabotage. Not long after, the dwarves were forced to cede the North to the Reformed Kingdom, its jewel lost to the young lord’s clever machinations. Yet despite being surrounded by countless heathens, St. Karl did not succumb to altering the dogma of faith to appease the various Faolain and wildling factions of the north. His first missive upon taking the castle of Hiebenhall was that to send a chaplain to sanctify the dwarven hold. His first construction was that of St. John’s chapel, built by his own hand; Karl was renowned for his immense strength and often accompanied his men in harvesting timber and laying down supports. Through the rigor of construction his seat of Siegrad around the Castle Siegrad, Karl instilled zeal, diligence, and prudence among his soldiery and citizenry. Each were obliged to carry prayer books and learn the articles of the faith; St. Daniel the Reader marveled at the transformation which had took place over the decades, proclaiming Siegrad a holy center of faith. Over time, the many sons of schismatics and pagans had become devout Canonists, multiplying the strength of both the church and its patron, Oren. His exploits as Duke range from his fondness for children, establishing countless orphanages, to ensuring justice for the commons against tyrannical bureaucrats, to even maintaining the High Pontiff as his personal confessor. Yet the legendary life of the ‘Boulder of Barbanov’ came to a swift end at the face of natural disaster. The massive worm of Athera, long dormant, arose and devastated the continent in a tempest of rage. When the North looked to fall, St. Karl’s soldiers, the Brotherhood of the Golden Crow, kept vigil and held fast to ensure the citizenry of Siegrad could flee and take refuge in the boats to come. The great worm made a fierce adversary for the burly Barbanov, though he would not yield before the monstrosity. Instead, he elected to utilize his first inheritance, that of his late grandfather, the Emperor Tobias, to defeat the creature; a cache of explosives leftover from the golden emperor’s ardent passion of siegecraft. Jumping into the belly of the beast, the young Karl clutched the worm’s innards and perished in an explosion of gore. Martyring himself for the preservation of All-Athera, St. Karl lived on as a hero to the sons of Canonist world, an apostle in the holy succession and tradition of the Highlander St. John. He is often evoked by smallfolk against pestilence and plague given his triumph over the great worm of Athera, a hardy northman renowned for his sense of justice, temperance, and holiness. Miracles: Late one night, a Haensetic monk found himself lost in a blizzard with no torch, lantern, map or compass. As the night grew colder and colder, thinking he’d freeze, the monk prayed to St. Charles for veneration, and in the distance saw a flash of golden light. The cawing of a crow soon followed after, and the monk followed the sound to the safety of his monastery. The Brelus granaries had faced consistent pestilence by locusts, mice, and maggots due to its poor conditions. However, after an icon of St. Karl was kept to keep vigil over the grain, it was found that no pest bothered the stores again. During the Siege of Kraken's watch, a contingent of Gold Corps soldiers were trapped beneath the rubble by a huge piece of shrapnel. The Serjeant leading the company prayed to St Karl to lend him strength, and managed to lift the huge boulder off of his comrades, saving the lives of nearly two score of men and his descendant Petyr Barbanov. ST. DANIEL OF AL’KHAZAR – WOODEN STAFF + Patron Saint of Peace, Cities, Pilgrims, and Travel The legendary Saint Daniel is celebrated throughout the Canonist community as a model monarch and pilgrim. Born as the third among brothers, St. Daniel was not expected to inherit, and thus his father had introduced him to the world of theology in hopes of finding a vocation for the pretender. Yet in a stroke of misfortune, the princeling's elder brothers fell ill to a sweeping plague, and Daniel took upon his father's mantle as King of Oren. He never forgot his theological training, however, and found himself engrossed in matters of faith. Daniel Horen's first act as King was shifting his capital away from the traditional Horen seat of Jrent to a small fishing village northwest, in hopes of being closer to the holy sites of Aegis and finding the lost city of Paradisus. This village, under his competent administration, became the bustling metropolis of Al'Khazar, the jewel of Aegis and city of world's desire as a center of commerce, culture, and prestige. Yet he never forgot his faith in his fortunes; he financed and led the construction the grand King's Road, a highway from the Cloud Temple to Al'Khazar in hopes in popularizing the tradition of pilgrimage and travel. But despite his success as a monarch, Daniel loathed to sit in his palace, an ardent admirer of the world around him, often slipping the guise of a beggar at dusk and blending in with his subjects. After twenty years of peaceful reign, the burdens of statecraft began to take a toll upon Daniel's ability to spread the word of God, and he promptly abdicated. Lacking sons at the time, Daniel yielded his throne to his seneschal, and the Sheffield regime henceforth commenced as Daniel retired to his estate in Alstion. Though never officially ordained in the Temple of the Faith, many contemporaries dubbed 'Good King Dan" as a missionary due to his nature of converting countless peoples in his voyages. A popular cult revolved around the former king as he traversed the land spreading the faith to the remote corners of the world, one famous pupil of the cult being St. Everard. After years of wandering, preaching, and delivering the faith, St. Daniel passed away in his sleep. Four hours after his death, he was canonized, with throngs of faithful rushing to Horen's Cathedral in Al'Khazar claiming miracles on behalf of St. Daniel. Often times, St. Daniel of Al’Khazar is referred to as “St. Dan”, to reflect his folksy nature and distinguish him from High Pontiff St. Daniel. Miracles: St. Daniel's wooden staff is said to have miraculous powers; during the 5th Great Drought of Kramoroe, it was used by a priest of the Canon to find fourteen wellsprings, which saved the city. The footprints left behind in St. Daniel's travels throughout Krugmar never faded, despite the region's volatile sandstorms. HIGH PONTIFF ST. DANIEL I – AN AGED SCROLL + Patron Saint of Scholarship, Canonist Coalitions, Fidei Defensors, and Literature Born Siguine Barrow, he was led immediately into the spiritual life by the Franciscan martyrdom and the Darfeyist plots to seize the Church. Together with Basil of Sabris, caesaropapism in the Church was undone, leading to great fame for the young scholar. Siguine was then elected to the seat of High Pontiff, taking for himself the name Daniel. Whilst on pilgrimage, warfare erupted, led by the schismatic Kingdom of Aesterwald. In regency, St. Humbert led the initial efforts against the schism until St. Daniel returned. The Schism Wars were a concerted effort to destroy the unity of the Church by maleficent heretics and pagan allies. In combating this schism, Daniel played an essential part: he formed together a united coalition of Canonist kingdoms, namely those of Akovia and Savoy, and led the war effort as its spiritual head. The crusade was a smashing success, and the Aesterwaldian schismatics had rather blown their city apart, than have the humble Daniel step victorious foot inside. When the Canonists of the Schism War finally declared victory, Daniel leapt at the opportunity to properly elaborate and adapt the Canon. He translated the Canon from Flexio into the common tongue, leading to a renaissance of religious knowledge and devotion. Praised by many at the time for his deep passion for academia, he was given the epithet ‘The Reader’ by his fellow clergymen, and is responsible for the texts still used today. Miracles: A bishop who had suffered from a stroke was struck by an inkwell that sat on a shelf above him during an earthquake. When the quake ended, his speech had completely returned to him, and he could speak in both Common and Flexio fluently. A monk by the name of Augustine had said his evening prayers before taking to rest from his transcribing of texts, in which he invoked the intercession of St. Daniel. When he awoke, he and several of his brothers miraculously found that a floating quill had been working on manuscripts the whole night long. ST. EDMOND OF LACHSIN – KNIGHT ON HORSEBACK + Patron Saint of Knights, Hospitality, Baronial lords, and the Auvergnian People Known in life as Ser Edmond Brunswick, the Auvergnian rose to become a veteran of many wars, serving the empire loyally and virtuously. Ser Edmond began his fortunes as a soldier in the Order of the White Rose. In the battles that brought him to, Edmond became renowned for his mercy, earning him the ire of many a bloodthirsty compatriot. His reputation for valor preceded that of his mercy, however, and he was quickly knighted by St. Peter, King of Kaedrin. After his knighthood was consecrated, Edmond retired from the life of combat, choosing instead to settle the Auvergenian people in homesteads on the Kaedreni frontier. As a landed knight, he took all his friends and his enemies in good will. He practiced humility and hospitality as a landowner, offering the native elves of his lands amnesty and protection from marauding Orenian soldiers. When called to war once more, this time against the Urguanian dwarves, Edmond heeded the call. He acted as the epitome of all virtues of a good knight and soldier until his final days, perishing on the battlefield. Miracles: During a chivalrous duel between two knights, one of the knights attempted to cheat by poisoning the end of his blade. In the midst of the fight, he somehow managed to cut himself, mumbling in Auvergnian until his death, which was not a tongue he had known prior. After his death at the Battle of the Bridge, an Urguanian flanking maneuver was revealed to Orenian commanders by his sword alighting in flame, and levitating towards the direction from whence it was planned. ST. EMMA OF WOLDZMIR – WHITE SWORD + Patron Saint of the Schism War, Soldiers, Loyalty, Valour against odds, and Adrians Born into the Vladov house, Emma often prayed for something greater than the chaotic life brought upon her and her family. One particular evening as she drifted off into sleep, it is said that she dreamt of a grand battle, shouting at the top of her lungs trying to aid the armies, but either side only continued fighting in their rage, witnessing the death of every single soldier in the slaughter. When Emma awoke, she found that her following years were haunted by this one dream, and was motivated to learn to take up the sword and shield. The more she trained, the more her faith grew, realizing that to fight for GOD was the key to victory. Through a series of chance encounters, Emma found herself becoming the commander of the Canonist forces at the high tide of the Schism Wars. With nothing but her faith in GOD and her sheer willpower, the woman went on to bring victory to the Canonists. Miracles: During the bloodshed of the Ducal War, an Adrian maiden with her babe was tangled up in the battle of Barrowyk. A single arrow shot out from the sky, striking the cobblestone beneath the maiden’s feet, splitting the ground in two. She fell from the battlements, only to discover a hidden escape route beneath the keep. In the nascent stages of the Dukes’ War, Adrian soldiers implored the intercession of their patron St. Emma. It is said that in an apparition, Emma then revealed herself to the soldiers, leading to zealous tumult and fervor. The apparition then led the troops in battle against the excommunicated Titus de Sola, having for themselves a crushing victory. HIGH PRIEST ST. EVERARD I OF AL’KHAZAR – RED CROSS + Patron Saint of the Holy Tradition, and those Persecuted for their Faith Born in the late 1200s as a prince of the antique House of Hightower, Saint Everard is widely known for his active resistance and persecution against the Iblees cults and Sheffield regimes. Among the unsophisticated clergy of High Priest Bernard's peerage, Everard distinguished himself as as scholar and keeper of holy rites, a traditionalist through and through. He was a disciple of St. Daniel, establishing various enclaves of his faith in the Oren frontiers and helped standardized the Church in a time of uncertainty. Yet, while the city of St. Daniel, Al'Khazar, was aflame with pro-Iblees sentiment, its very King conducting in the black worship, Saint Everard remained steadfast in his communion, performing secret vigils and taking to exile to insure the faith would survive against the onslaught of the Undead. Tortured, branded, and persecuted, the mythic Hightower never submitted nor faltered in his dogma, refusing to accept Iblees as anything more than a wicked fallen Archdaemon. His adherence to traditional Canonist sentiments and devotion to his Creator have exemplified him as a model for all the priesthood to follow, as Everard kept his faith and vows despite the world around him crumbling to ash. He passed in his sleep in 1320. Miracles: A group of Aegan clergymen were traveling north to administer the faith, when a Red Cross appeared in the night sky. Being students of St. Everard, they took the sign as an omen and turned away later to discover an Undead warlock nearly crossed their path. Undead prophets stumbled upon the tomb of St. Everard and attempted to resurrect him with their dark arts. Their attempts were a miraculous failure, as their lightning spells were reflected back to their caster, and their hexes proved useless. ST. GODWEIN OF HUNTSHILL – OAKEN SHIELD + Patron Saint of Honesty, Woodworkers, and Skin Afflictions As a youth, St. Godwein was reared in the Asulonian badlands, a noble refugee from the destruction of Aegis. Losing his family at an early age due to the bandits so common in the region and period, "Honest Godwein" took up his hatchet and swore to his Creator that he would live on and prosper, but through virtue and honesty, not through sin as those that took his family away from him. The young Godwein opened a woodworking business, exporting fine frontier timber with the merchants who traveled all across the human realm. His merchant contacts informed one day that one of Daniel's grandsons, a certain Godfrey Horen, had come into power. An ardent admirer of the selflessness and traveling spirit of St. Daniel, Godwein set out for Arethor upon hearing this news and swore utter loyalty. Aiding his king and later, Emperor, in combating heresy in reuniting the human kingdoms, Godwein became a beloved figure in the court of man, who was reputed to have never told a lie in his life. In an attempt to conduct in theological discourse with the Mori'quessir on a voyage to Menocress, Godwein was afflicted with a fungal growth upon his visage. Many physicians grew concerned as the blemish grew and grew, until it encompassed half his face. Yet, it is said that in response to this life-threatening illness, Godwein went to St. Everard's Church and prayed deeply for three days and three nights, and the growth did not grow anymore. Recognizing the ultimate power of God and his institutions, Godwein poured countless resources in aiding the poor and the priests of the faith. He passed away quietly, keeping his word with his Creator by going from a common lumberjack to a Marquis of the Empire without betraying his principles and living an exceptionally earnest life. Miracles: Godwein's axe nor shield has never dulled, even after consistent use centuries from his death. Godwein's body is miraculously preserved, and its fungal growth still living, despite lacking a host to draw nutrients from. ST. GODWIN OF PARADISUS – SKULL + Patron Saint of the Deceased, those Haunted by Poltergeists, and Heartlanders The second of the three sons of Horen, Godwin and his brothers took it upon themselves to collect the scattered peoples of Humanity after the murder of Horen and his wife Julia at the hands of Krug the Betrayer. Godwin established the kingdom of Aaun within the valley of Jrent, and this became the most prosperous of the brother’s three kingdoms. Aaun continued to progress and flourish under his reign, but this was tragically brought to an abrupt end when Godwin was murdered by his own brother, Harren, at the beginning of a twisted conquest; Harren smashing Godwin’s skull. This would eventually lead to the rise of Owyn, son of Godwin, and the fall of Harren. Miracles: Due to the violence of his death, it is said that Godwin appears as a ghost to the children of humanity to guide lost souls to the Skies. It is said that a malevolent spirit plagued a homestead of a Savoyard family, leading to the disappearance of one of their small children. In her grief, the mother of the family invoked St. Godwin’s litany for a succession of seven days. On the seventh prayer, St. Godwin revealed himself to the family, casting out the demon and returning to them their lost child. ST. HENRY OTTO OF ALBAN – WOODEN SCALES + Patron Saint of Commoners, Justice, and Fatherhood Henry Otto Barbanov was a headstrong, proud figure of his house. Alongside his cousin, King Stephan, the city of Alban was built- starting as nothing but a mere war camp out in the wilderness of Tahn’s snowy wastelands. Guided by only his faith and his loyalty to his people, Henry reinspired the noblemen, gained the admiration of the common men and women, and worked towards progress, laying the foundations for a promising future for the kingdom of Haense. He was often keen to stop corruption and decadence within court and amongst commonfolk, constantly finding a way to maintain the balance, and was thus often referred to as ‘Henrik the Humble’. Miracles: In the midst of a particularly harsh winter in the early years of Markev, a farmer of seven years and father of seven children wept and asked for veneration from Henry to give his starving family strength to survive the winter. When he awoke the next morning, the wheatfields had suddenly become abundant with grain, with cows and sheep grazing about the fields. A falsely accused gentryman was led to court by corrupt bailiffs in the city of Felsen. The wicked judge provided him with no trial, and demanded of him an unfathomable sum of his property, knowing that it would impoverish the man. In his prayers, the gentryman begged the intercession of St. Henry, and the symbolic scales of the courtroom were lit aflame. The judge, cowed by this feat, immediately fled and the gentryman was freed. ST. HUMBERT ‘THE TITAN’ OF BAR – COLOSSUS + Patron Saint of Regents, Perseverance and Defiance against Evil Despite being born into the Savoy cadet branch of de Bar, Humbert rather quickly took the cloth, delving deeply into the scholarly works of the faith and prospering underneath the tutelage of Pontiff Daniel I, and thus quickly became the Pontiff’s Vice-Chancellor. When Daniel I had gone on pilgrimage, and the Schism Wars erupted, it was Humbert who stepped into the limelight, fervently defending the faith in the Pontiff’s absence. He declared himself regent, and called on Savoy, Akovia, Adria, and the proto-Haensic states to rally together to fend off the schismatic threat. Such bold strokes earned Humbert the title ‘Titan of the Faith’, and he was recognized as the second most influential clergyman of the Schism War. Miracles: A heartlander nobleman and a clergyman had gotten into a heated debate over the causes of the Schism War, a hundred or so years after it took place. In the heat of the moment, the nobleman caused an idol donning the titan of Humbert to be knocked over, broken in two. When the nobleman went to pick it up, however, the idol resealed itself, the symbol glowing faintly for a fleeting moment. A rampaging olog came to cause destruction to a hamlet of pious Canonists. Invoking the intercession of St. Humbert, it is said by legend that the reeve grew to a colossal height of nine feet, and grew for himself the strength of a bull. The reeve then sallied forth from his home, giving the olog a wholloping, and rescuing the village from his devastation. ST. JOHANNES OF AESCULUS – GREEN STAFF + Patron Saint of Missionaries to Foreign Lands and those Falsely Accused Johannes Vos Bracchus IV de Ruyter , son of Saint Publius Bracchus, was already an eminent scholar of law and theology before his decision to become a priest in 1501. Proving himself to be indispensable to the Pontifical court, Father Johannes quickly rose to the Diocesan seat of Courland, and held a variety of other positions such as Auditor of the Tribunal and Dean of State. During his first few years post-ordination, he developed a method for standardizing citations from the Holy Canon. Bishop Johannes’ legal abilities were also brought to the notice of Emperor John I Frederick, who appointed him High Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. In 1545, High Pontiff Lucien III appointed him Archbishop of Cistercia, charging him with the task of converting heathens in Vandoria. However, after High Pontiff Lucien III’s death, Archbishop Johannes and Archbishop Oliver Blackwell-Greymane both nominated themselves to sit upon the Immaculate Throne. Archbishop Oliver, soon to be known as High Pontiff Tobias I, won the Synod of 1546, and the rift between these two clergymen would continue for the foreseeable future. Archbishop Johannes was soon excommunicated and thrown in prison, for allegedly speaking against the new High Pontiff in private and plotting against him. In 1551, the destitute Father Johannes was found dead in his cell, supposedly due to starvation. Soon after, High Pontiff Daniel III lifted Father Johannes’ wrongful excommunication, and posthumously apologized for his mistreatment. Miracles: Whilst on a mission to a settlement of Norlanders, a pair of Judite monks were harangued by the local warlord. He seized the men, and planned for their execution by a blot. Begging the intercession of St. Johannes, they were miraculously freed of their chains in the dead of night, and fled the village with their lives intact. ST. JOREN OF PARADISUS – IRON SHACKLES + Patron Saint of Mountainfolk, Winter, the Imprisoned, and Highlanders The third and youngest son of Horen, Joren established the kingdom of Edel upon the scattering of Horen’s people. When Harren attacked the kingdom of Aaun and murdered their brother, Godwin, Joren took it upon himself to provide sanctuary for Godwin’s only son, Owyn, and named him ‘Prince of Alstion’. Upon Harren’s treacherous capture of the uncle and nephew, Joren cast Owyn into the sewers of the holy city’s ruins, saving his life. Joren would spend many years trapped as a political prisoner in his own brother’s keep, each day praying and remaining strong in his faith. It was this act of sacrifice that paved the way to Owyn’s rise in power as ruler of Idunia, where he finally defeated Harren and freed Joren from his shackles and the years of imprisonment. Miracles: When the dwarves had kidnapped a platoon of Canonist soldiers in the midst of the Schism War, the soldiers found themselves deep in the mountains with nothing but the chains that bound them. However, on the seventh night of their capture, an apparition of St. Joren revealed itself, blinding the Urguanite captors. The apparition did then free the men with a swipe of its hand, and led them to their freedom. ST. JUDE OF PETRUS – INKWELL AND QUILL + Patron Saint of Theses, Scholastics, Authors, and Monasteries Born in Petrus, Jude began his holy journey at a young age, becoming a deacon in the holy city of Cyriaum. Dedicated to his studies and the spread of the faith, he quickly became the first abbot of the Cyriaum monastery, where he personally taught those who flocked to the Church. He soon developed a strong friendship with H.P. St. Daniel I, and rose to be a bishop of the faith. As the Schism Wars began, Jude was unafraid to defend the Canonists from the schismatic threat, becoming the first warrior monk amongst the Church’s ranks. However, Jude was most well known for his numerous published theses and sermons. Out of the thirty-five he had written, only twenty-four have been discovered thus far, but each of them stand as powerful, thought provoking pieces to guide the future generations of Canonists and clergymen. His writings were so influential, that near the end of his life, Jude managed to convert hundreds of heretics, most notably an entire band of orcish apostates. Miracles: After the fall of Adria in the Ducal War, the Belvitz church had caught fire in the midst of a chaotic raid, leaving nothing but rubble and ash. However, a wandering monk sifted through the wreckage of the abandoned city, and discovered a locked away chest. When he opened the box, he discovered seven of Jude’s theses, completely unharmed and undamaged. ST. JUDITH OF CZENA – COWL + Patron Saint of Wayward Women and Nuns Sister Judith Ann of Czena rose to prominence in 1648, when Archbishop Elphias of Metz (later High Pontiff Jude I) appointed her Abbess of the Annsden and Jorenus Abbeys, and Mother Superior of the Sisters of Annsden. Beginning with a meager band of sisters, Mother Judith established a strong following of monastic women, using her abbeys to educate and enrich the lives of those all across Haense. On several occasions, local girls of poor reputation were placed under her care to repent and reform, each of which returned from the Abbey with newfound faith in GOD and His word. When monastic clans of tonsured sisters in Belvitz, Evereux, and Jorenus were consolidated under the Order of Blessed Catherine, Mother Judith was the obvious choice to be appointed Holy Mother of the Church of the Canon. For three decades, Holy Mother Judith fervently promoted works of the faith both within her monastic sisterhood and secular localities. She found herself active as a healer in High Pontiff Jude I’s holy war for Halsworthy, and in the Cyrilsburg mayoral elections. While a competent stewardess of her lands, however, the sisterhood gradually fell out of popularity, and Holy Mother Judith abdicated from office in the 1680s and perished soon after. Miracles: A nunnery in Belvitz was taken by the flame of arson by a heathenous troupe of Reiver bandits, and the nuns therein were forced to flee. After seven days of prayer invoking the intercession of St. Judith, the nuns returned to their former home, and miraculously found it perfectly rebuilt, as if the lick of the flames had never touched it. ST. JULIA OF PARADISUS – GOLDEN RINGS + Patron Saint of Mothers, Matrimony, and Exorcism The wife of Horen, Julia was a gentle soul who was devoted to her husband, children, and the Lord. After her husband embarked on his journey to the Grotto of Gamesh, pious Julia was left with her young children to tend to the camp of Horen. It was then that Iblees, in disguised as Horen came to the camp, trying to lull the people down a path of sin and iniquity. Before he had the chance, however, it was Julia who stepped forth, seeing Iblees for what he truly was: the Deceiver, and she cast him out from the camp. She would go on to defend her children from the iniquity of Saul, preserving the holy bloodline of Horen. Miracles: When a disguised necromancer tried to corrupt the flesh of an expectant mother, a bright light erupted from her golden wedding band about her finger. When the light faded, the necromancer was blinded, and its true form was revealed, allowing the woman time to escape. Months later, the woman birthed triplet sons. ST. KRISTOFF OF HANSETI – ROSARY + Patron Saint of Martyrs, Victims of Strife, and Bishops Kristoff of Hanseti began his journey as a recruit of the Order of Saint Amyas, and alongside them and the imperial legion, aided in the coup of the Chivay Empire. After he tragically lost his hand and an eye, he decided to retire from his time as a knight and join the ranks of the now independent Church clergy. He’d rise to become the bishop of Petrus, most notably known for unrelenting courage in holiness, which lead him toward his eventual martyrdom at the hands of Dunamis raiders, in his own cathedral. Miracles: When a humble monk of the faith was being robbed by a highwayman, an idol of Kristoff fell from the monk’s satchel. A blinding light erupted from the idol, blinding the bandit; allowing for the monk’s hasty escape. ST. LOTHAR OF BALIAN – LORRAINE CROSS + Patron Saint of the Lorraine Cross, Princes, Courage, and Heraldry Born as the Prince of Balian in the year 500, Lothar is most notably recognized as the warrior philosopher behind the Lorraine Cross. He elaborated on his campaign banners, explaining that the Cross of Lorraine is a variation on the normal two-barred cross, consisting of one vertical bar pierced with two horizontal bars in the upper half. The upper horizontal bar represents the Seven Skies, the lower represents the World, and the emptiness beneath them is the Void. Miracles: Soon after the death of Lothar, a raging orc wandered into a village on the countryside, causing havoc. One such event that came of this, was the orc’s theft of a nun’s Lorraine cross and rosaries. The orc tried to bend the golden cross, but again and again, it did not bend or break, and in fact broke his hands after his seventh attempt. HIGH PONTIFF ST. LUCIEN I OF ULMSBOTTOM – KAEDRENI CROSS + Patron Saint of the Kaedreni Cross, Crusaders, Landholding Clergy, and the Family. Born as Velwyn Ashford in the dreary penal colony of Ulmsbottom, Saint Lucien’s background was that of the son of an exiled patrician. His father, a courtier, had been banished from the royal court of Pampo Perea under dubious circumstance, and at the first opportunity young Velwyn hired passage on a slave galley from Ulmsbottom to the Teutonic state of Hanseti. There he began a new life for himself, quickly rising through the secular ranks of the Teutonic Order, building his assets and reputation until he was eventually appointed Landmeister (or governor) of the city of Dresden. In addition to this, for a brief time he acted as an ambassador from the lands of Hanseti to the court of Renatus, where he was exposed to the religion of the Renatian people. His tenure ended when Hochmeister Mirtok of Hanseti betrayed Godfrey of Renatus in the Salvite Wars, Ashford being quickly pronounced persona non grata and recalled. Ashford found himself unable to cope with the dilemma which he then faced - to him, Renatus had been a land of opportunity and moral principles, whereas his own realm of Hanseti had exemplified only betrayal and warmongering justified as pragmatism. He resigned from his post as Landmeister and was baptised into the Church of Oren, disappearing for a certain time. He reappeared around the time Godfrey unified the human realms into the Holy Oren Empire, having undergone a religious epiphany and joined the clergy. With Thomas (Later St. Thomas of Gaekrin) and Peter Chivay, he was one of the three founders of the Order of the White Rose, a religious military order which was the first and most powerful organization to espouse the more zealous principles of the Empire - the subjugation of nonhumans, the establishment of religious uniformity and the destruction of monsters, rebels and dissidents. It would later grow to become one of the most formidable forces in the history of the Empire, establishing the Kingdom of Kaedrin and almost entirely conquering the elven lands. In addition to his post as Seneschal of the Order of the White Rose, he was instated as the Bishop of Crestfall and Pontiff of the Church by the High Pontiff at the time, Adeodatus I the Simple. Under his proselytization, the Diocese of Crestfall would be scoured of infidels and heretics. In 1395, Adeodatus would resign from his position as High Pontiff and Velwyn Ashford would be elected in his place, taking the papal name of Lucien. Taking a far more active role in the operation of the Church than his predecessors, Lucien I proved to be one of the most devout leaders of the Faith in recorded history, casting aside the lax and corrupt precedent which had been maintained by James, Pius and Adeodatus. Upon the arrival to the promised land of Anthos, Lucien would be granted the northern fief of Savoie, becoming Prince-Archbishop of Savoie. A staunch defender of the family unit, the High Pontiff would become a model for virtuous and righteous families, providing charity and patronage to households with children. During his reign, he called the First Crusade on the Orcish Lands and established the Order of Saint Amyas, charging Guy Varodyr with the post of Grand Master. This First Crusade was a great success, many of the pious riding south to secure their place in the Seven Skies by fighting the orcish infidel. Varodyr would establish the fortress of Antrim before being forced to retreat when the crusade achieved its ultimate goal reclaiming the relics of St. Lothar, known more commonly as St. Lorraine. Known for the copper Kaedreni cross he bore, he resigned in 1420 upon leaving for Aeldin during the Exodus, having restored the good name of the Church as a pious and selfless organization which protected family values. Lucien died some time in the 1430s, his relics being recovered by Arjen de Sarkozy on an expedition sponsored by Radomir the Ecclesiarch. Afterwards, they were transferred into the custody of his grandson, Olivier, where they remain to this day. Miracles After kissing the hand of Lucien’s cadaver, a married couple of fifty-one and fifty-five were able to conceive and successfully raise a healthy child despite years of infertility. Saint Lucien’s crozier and Kaedreni cross, fashioned out of lead and copper respectively to show his humility in regards to his predecessors, were both buried with him in his tomb. When Arjen de Sarkozy exhumed his relics, the knight found that both the crozier and the cross had been transformed into solid gold. Alarmed by this discovery, he transferred both artifacts into the custody of the Church. ST. MICHAEL OF CORDOBE – WHITE BULL + Patron Saint of Passion, Exiles, Dutiful Service, and the Eighteen Years’ War Miguel Cortez was born the son of a Canonist convert on the island of Cordobe. He and the other Canonists of the island were driven away and forced into the sea by the pagan inhabitance. He eventually fled with the Cordobonese converts, led by Blessed Rafael de Cordobe, across the ocean to Vailor, landing in Luciensport. Everard II welcomed them with open arms and they in return, aided him in the construction of the fledgling Papal State. Later in life he, along with his Uncle Rafael, formed the backbone of what would become the Inquisitorial Tribunal, formed to combat pagans, protect the Pontiff, and purge heretics. Miguel fought many battles against endless foes, participating in holy war against the Dwarves and the Qalisheen, and purging both the Xanist, and Clerical heretics from human lands. He was also responsible for capturing the renegade Abbess, Lorina Carrion for the breaking of her vows, and her conversion to the Qalisheen faith. Miracles: While hunting the rogue Lorina of Ruska, Michael and his inquisitors were lost in the deserts of Khalestine. After seven nights of wandering, Michael had a vision in which a purely white lion came to him in the night and led their party to the city of Al'Wakrah, where they learned of the oathbreaker's whereabouts. While the Pontiff Lucien III lay dying in his bed, following the Battle of Marnadal, Michael placed his hands upon a stab wound inflicted by the Azog berserker. After a prayer to God, Michael transferred the suffering of the wound to himself and therein he suffered for three nights. ST. OTTO ‘THE BALD’ OF VANDERFELL – BALD EAGLE + Patron Saint of the Schism War, Ward Fathers, and Haeseni Peoples Otto was born into the Rovin family, but during the Schism Wars he was forced from his home of Vanderfell. It was after this incident that he worked relentlessly, finding himself at the center of the chaotic papal court, becoming a strong, guiding voice. With the Pontiff’s guidance, he soon succeeded in reclaiming his homeland upon the end of the wars. Again he worked tirelessly, and realized a new purpose: to help the ruined countryside destroyed by the Schism Wars. He rebuilt and established settlements for the peoples who were without a place to call home, bringing stability back to a people who had nearly forgotten the meaning. It was through these efforts did the beginnings of Haensetian states begin to form. Along the way, he took Saint Charles into his care, and groomed him to be the next Duke of Vanderfell. Miracles: Near the end days of Vanderfell, a human child was kidnapped by a dwarven ex-soldier and his elven concubine. As they ran through forests, trying to flee from the Vanderfell soldiers that pursued them, they found themselves hopelessly lost, tailed by an eagle, and wound up right back at the front gates of the city. ST. PETER OF GAEKRIN – FLAMING ROSE + Patron Saint of Military Orders, Victory in Battle, and Plight against Heathens The second of the co-founders of the White Rose, Peter was the Order’s leader. Passionate and outspoken, Peter was relentless in his efforts to better the world and end the iniquity of the world’s heathen religions alongside his brother Thomas. He would go on to become the King of Kaedrin, and eventually the Emperor of the Imperium. Miracles: An elven heathen attempted to wander into the capital of Kaedrin to convert and corrupt devout Canonists that resided there. But as the elf passed by a bush of roses, the buds erupted into flames, singeing him greatly, and he thus fled. ST. PUBLIUS OF KAROVIA – BRONZE CHALICE + Patron Saint of Military Officers, Mercenaries, and Deacons Born of a mercenary and a baron's daughter, Publius Bracchus had been driven from his country estate by bandits into service of the Reformed Kingdom of Oren, before beginning a long and illustrious career in the military. Following an enduring service leading the Second Akovian Regiment until its reformation under Vanir rule following the death of King Vydra, he shortly was enrolled into the Order of Saint Amyas. During that service, Publius helped improve the reputation of militant holy orders by insisting on repentance and confession rather than execution for the sins of non-humans, and he was soon made privy by King Olivier de Savoie. Serving as the first Lord Steward of Felsen, Publius enjoyed a reputation of being both kind-hearted and highly motivated, often promoting the values of Canonism to the metropolitan city. His faith, like many others, was tried by the Duke's war - even losing a cousin he had sided against, Count Jace Bracchus, after Jace was caught in an extramarital relationship with a nun. Following Jace’s execution, it is said that Publius had made many offerings to the church on his own behalf, hoping to preserve his soul. Never losing heart, Publius then intervened against the genocide of Highlanders and the Raev by offering refuge to all clergymen of Adria and old Haense following the death of Siguine Barbanov. Protection of the clergy led to a broader protection of Highlander laity, who had been mercilessly killed due to racial hate from Savoyard and Lotharingian Heartlanders. After undoubtedly saving many lives, his son Deacon Aemolius' death in a raid led him to defend all members of the church. Growing older, more of Publius’ children would join the church and also form the de Ruyter family in respect to their mother's culture, as his second wife's children were designated the heirs of the Barony of Aesculus. Amongst such descendants were Saint Johannes de Ruyter, Lord Magistrate Laurens de Ruyter, Blessed Ser Laurens de Ruyter, and High Pontiff Pontian the Second. Serving as the first Arch-Chancellor of the Quintus under Emperor John Frederick, Publius played a key role in mending the rifts of humanity, often citing its chosen status aneath the Canon as the primary reason for political unity. These efforts came in a timely fashion during perhaps one of the most pivotal wars in history - the Eighteen Years’ War. Battling pagans and heretics alike from Vandoria, Urguan, old Haria, and many other long-extinct nations, it is said Publius Bracchus eventually retired due to old age. Appearing only once after his retirement from the privy council as he assailed Rocco Romstun for his repeated disrespects of the passing Emperor John Frederick, it is said that he died of natural causes in the Anpalais palace soon after having an audience with Emperor John Sigismund. Miracles: During a pilgrimage to the ruined Temple of Exalted Horen in Atlas, an Adrian traveller in dire need of water stumbled across an empty chalice within the Elven forests. After requesting intercession from Saint Publius, the chalice soon overflowed with water, allowing the pilgrim to proceed with his journey. ST. ROBERT ‘THE FAT’ OF METZ – CHICKEN LEG + Patron Saint of Poetry, Feasting, and Inquisition Christened Robert Rovin upon his birth in 1595, this portly scholar became a monastic after offering his vows to High Pontiff Everard IV in 1629. Succeeding a pilgrimage throughout the entirety continent of Axios, where he discovered bastions of Xionism and other vile heathenry, Brother Robert returned to Adelsburg to be appointed Titular Bishop of Metz and Grandmaster of the Order of Saint Lucien in 1633. His Grace Robert Rovin, after several years of loyal service in the Order of Saint Lucien, led the Order in a successful crusade against the Kingdom of Santegia in 1639. Eventually overburdened with his multiple prominent positions within the church, Rovin was replaced by Grandmaster Rakim Yar and appointed as Grand Prior. Upon relocation to the continent of Atlas, Grand Prior Rovin quickly went to work exploring its uncharted wastes, exploring the ruined Temple of Exalted Horen and unearthing its ancient secrets. Maintaining the faith amongst these emigrants from Axios for several decades, Grand Prior Rovin wrought the destruction of the City-State of Halsworthy during the 1655 Crusade, and the Global Assembly via the execution of its undead chairman, Lotte Baptiste, in 1660. In 1662, High Pontiff Jude I appointed Rovin as Coadjutor Bishop of Rhodesia, and promoted him to Auxiliary Archbishop after the disbandment of the Order of Saint Lucien in 1667. Unfortunately, Archbishop Robert’s girth was the source of considerable health issues throughout his tenure as a clergyman, and he passed away in his sleep in 1670. One of humanity’s foremost poets during the 17th century, Robert was responsible for the Hymn of the Fat Monk and the Hymn of Exalted Godfrey, and his written work A Holy Man’s Perspective of the War and a Prayer to Resolve Haense’s Sin was lauded by contemporaries as an exemplar of rhetoric. Miracles: A pious baron had assembled his courtiers and subjects for a feast in St. Robert’s honor. Marauding reivers then assaulted the manor house, causing a tumult which ended the festivities; miraculously, however, the reivers then did find themselves growing absurdly fat, rendering their weapons useless. In his good will, the baron invited the obese bandits to the feasting table, and all partook once more in jovial harmony. ST. RUDOLPH OF MARKEV – SILVER KEY + Patron Saint of Redemption, Musicians, and Beggars A quiet, introspective minister of middling origin, many of the personal details of Rudolph Wagner’s life are lost to time. The majority of knowledge about his life comes from his written works, and the public records of the Holy Canonist Church. By the time of Rudolph’s ordination in the mid-to-late seventeenth century, he was already an established Highlander tradesman for several decades. In 1686, he published his first political treatise, Pax Cordis(Common: “Peace of Heart”), which was immensely popular amongst clergymen of the time. In 1689, he gained his first official post within the clerical hierarchy, as Bishop of Cyrilsburg. Following the deposition of High Pontiff Siegmund I, Rudolph was promoted to Archbishop of Jorenus and Pontifical Secretary under Blessed High Pontiff Daniel V in 1693. It was during his tenure as Pontifical Secretary that Archbishop Rudolph published the compilation of his life’s theological work, Hymnal and Prayers of the Canon. A collection of hymns, parables, and prayers, Hymnal and Prayers of the Canon quickly proved to be a valuable tool in both liturgy and the education of the faithful. Tragically, Rudolph resigned from his clerical posts due to poor health in 1700, and died soon after due to gout. Miracles: A group of monks preparing for their evensong chant found that their rubrics had been destroyed. Without their breviaries, the chant was damned to disharmony, as the men had not yet memorized their parts. Invoking the intercession of St. Rudolph, the brothers miraculously found that their song chimed with heavenly beauty, angels themselves partaking, and each remembered his due part. HIGH PONTIFF ST. SIXTUS IV OF FELSEN – BRASS BELL + Patron Saint of Theologians A heartlander of burgher stock, Benegar Gotthold began his career on the docks of Felsen. As tranquil and content a soul as young Benegar possessed, several decades worth of charter fishing in the Imperial capital left this impoverished amateur scholar yearning for a more spiritually fulfilling vocation. Thus, in his mid-forties, he was frocked as a priest in 1562. Proving himself to be a well-read and well-travelled zealot, Father Beneger was quickly appointed to the Diocese of Erochland and Electoral Synod of High Pontiff Theodosius I. Later, he was sent to oversee GOD’s flock in the marshy Archdiocese of Erochland, a position in which he would remain until the death of the High Pontiff. Despite his inexperience as a member of the clergy, Cardinal Benegar had gained the respect of his fellow electors, allowing him to collect a majority of votes in the Synod of 1567 over opposing candidate Fabian ‘the Lesser’ Virosi. Upon coronation, High Pontiff Sixtus IV hastily set to work establishing doctrinal traditions that would last for decades to come within the Holy Canonist Church. His Apostolic Constitutions, spanning such subjects as liturgy, canonization, and the Holy Canon, reaffirmed the strength and unity of the Canonist faithful, and were lauded by his colleagues as unmatched works of theological significance. However, following his reforms, High Pontiff Sixtus IV retired a mere decade into his reign, content to retire from public life to continue his studies in solitude. For two decades, High Pontiff Emeritus Sixtus IV remained an advisor to future clergy until his ascent to the Seven Skies in 1597. Miracles: A pompous heathen chieftain, when a missionary had entered his lands, demanded a contest between the Canonist missionary and the local warlocks. In his amusement he ordered that the warlocks cast a spell on the books which the missionary carried. If the books were burnt, then the missionary would be cast out; if the books survived, the chieftain and his people would convert to the Canonist faith. The warlocks threw balls of fire at the books, but were confounded when they realized their magic did nothing against them. The chieftain then fulfilled his promise, converting to the faith. The books which the missionary carried were tomes of St. Sixtus. ST. THEODOSIUS OF ISTIAM – GRAY PIGEON + Patron Saint of the Hussariya Cross, Messengers, Falconers and Fowlers, Translators, and the Raevir People Born Bogdan, St. Theodosius was a companion of the Exalted Siegmund. In his early days, Siegmund commanded that Theodosius take the vows, in order that the Kraltan people have a priest for themselves to celebrate the necessary rites. Theodosius proved to be the most ardent of all apostles, famous for his large-scale baptisms. At his height, Theodosius baptized several thousands, most of whom came on pilgrimage to Kralta for the sacrament. In his later years, Theodosius was regarded a patriarch of Ruskan Orthodoxy, the particularly Raevir rite of the Church. In this capacity, he functioned with his characteristic zeal, ensuring with diligence that the faith was promulgated and defended. Miracles: St. Theodosius lived well into his old age. After having celebrated mass, and departing by the narthex of the cathedral, he was taken up in spiritual ecstasy. The townspeople were confounded when they witnessed hundreds of pigeons uplift St. Theodosius, carrying him bound towards the heavens, never to be seen again. ST. THOMAS OF GAEKRIN – WHITE ROSE + Patron Saint of Virtuous Leadership, Discipline, Frontiersmen, and Kaedreni Peoples One of the Co-Founders of the Order of the White Rose, Thomas Chivay, as the Order’s Grand Marshall, sought to bring an end to the power and influence of the pagan elven nations. With approval from the Pontiff himself, Thomas embarked on a twenty year’s journey to convert heathens across all of Anthos by any means necessary, spreading the faith with zeal. Miracles: A priest who had been blinded by an orcish clan stumbled into the church of Kaedrin, praying fervently through the night before falling asleep, exhausted. When he awoke, his blindness had been cured, and his first sights was that of a white rose in the stained glass of the cathedral. ST. TOBIAS OF SARKOZ – SILVER COMET, GOLD COINS + Patron Saint of Merchants, Comets, Wealth, and Charity Born as Toveah Goldman, his name anglicized from its Sarkozic root, St. Tobias is renowned for his immense fortunes. Ledgers indicate his wealth spanned beyond mortal comprehension, dizzying sums that definitively marked him as the richest human in the realm. Yet, Toveah was not born this wealth; a humble and impoverished manservant to Hadrien de Sarkozy, later known as St. Adrian, Goldman distinguished himself in the Count of Norfolk's council through his legendary stewardship. The Goldman Company helped settle and administer the Pontifical lands held by High Pontiff St. Lucien, enabling countless institutions of the faith to prosper. It is said Goldman had the Minas Touch; every business he ran prospered and returned its investments tenfold. At first, Toveah embraced his worldly wealth, erecting statues of himself of gold and being indulgent with his newfound wealth. But after assuming a monopoly on the Abresian port of "Tov Avev", Tobias had a religious epiphany. Realizing his great bounty would never satiate him as it was a worldly desire, he quickly took upon a vow of celibacy, and tirelessly worked to satisfy his spiritual desires. Patronizing countless religious institutions, from the St. Bogdan's Cathedral in Kralta, the Kaedrini Orphanages, the Hammerspoint Observatory and the Pontifical Palace in Savoie, Saint Tobias had distinguished himself by his utter devotion to charity, foregoing family, status, and prestige for the betterment of Anthosian society. Yet, the selfless Tobias later in life began to succumb to a lethal disease, ballooning his weight and forcing him to consume thrice his normal appetite at particular intervals less he pass unconscious. To eat so lavishly was to suffer for Tobias, who bemoaned this wealth could not go towards charity; one day when a Hansetian family of refugees approached the benevolent Tobias begging him for foodstuffs. Tobias, in his charity, gave his meal to the family, before realizing that he had missed his feeding interval. He passed into a coma and later perished, dying in ultimate altruism. His will dictated that his enormous fortunes did not go to his distant kindred, but rather various institutions of the Church and state, demonstrating the epitome of charity in both life and death. A common myth around St. Tobias is that he comes to give good children gifts with his "little goblins" during the month of Joma. Miracles: During the reign of High Pontiff Owyn I, the attempts at demolishing the ghost town of Aldersberg were met with failure due to various Adunian raiders harassing the peasantry. Praying to Tobias for intercession, High Pontiff Owyn found the next day that a silver comet had struck and demolished the city in one blow, while also providing countless minerals and precious metals for the commons and Church. Upon a naval excursion to Hammerspoint, a group of sailors and clergymen alike were met with a vicious storm that lasted for twenty days. Nearly out of supply and facing mutiny, a silver comet soared through the sky pointing north. The captain swung north at behest of his chaplain, and found a small island littered with fresh fruit, meats, and coins bearing the image of St. Tobias. ST. WILFRICHE OF HANSETI – BLACK MACE + Patron Saint of the Teutonic Cross, Brotherhood, Chancellors, Opposition of Setherin, and Franciscan Martyrs St. Wilfriche was born to a Hanseatic yeoman and his wife under the Kingdom of Hanseti in 1426. His early life was characterized by brutal strife as both Blackmont and Sethrenic forces ravaged his homeland. It was not long before Wilfriche was orphaned and his homeland destroyed, claimed by the Black Scourge. He managed his way south to the bustling town of Kralta and sustained himself through ill-means, but eventually was caught stealing two loaves of bread from a local bakery. The boy was apprehended by the local militias and brought forth to be judged by the Marquis of Raev. The traditional punishment for theft in the empire was a hand, but the exalted Siegmund took pity on the Hansetian in rags and ordered him instead to serve under the Bishop Bogdan, later canonized of St. Theodosius, as an Acolyte to atone for his theft. Wilfriche thus grew up in the ornate and mystic rites of the Ruskan Orthodoxy, undergoing a clerical education and becoming an ordained clergyman. Wilfriche and his trusted companion Blessed Vladislav, son of St. Theodosius, left Kralta to minister their faith in the newly settled Kaedrini region after the ascension of their mentor. The pair became well-loved by the Raevir colonists as beacons of faith under the reign of the apathetic High Pontiff Regulus. However, these Kaedrini backwaters were infamous for Setherinic raiders and cultists. Under St. Wilfriche's leadership, the Ruskan fellowship erected a mighty holdfast known as the Flotstad and surrounding it the village Flotsam. The Flotsamites grew to be the first bulwark against Setherinic invasion and were instrumental in reclaiming Hanseti from Setherinite clutches and defeating the foul Daemon. Wilfriche fostered a strong brotherhood bound by creed through the Jolly Band and was characterized by his jovial and amiable spirit, making friends with countless Anthosians. St. Wilfriche was also characterized as an ardent theologian, publishing countless articles on the faith and spreading the missives among its communion. He stood against the sectarian communalism of Oren, recognizing the blasphemies in permitting sects to possess dogmatic differences. Approaching the High Pontiff, he managed to list a series of grievances and help unite the faith into one universal dogma, marking him a pioneer of Canonism. However, the Order of St. Lucien soon attempted to check Wilfriche's rise in influence and power by petitioning to the High Pontiff to declare war on the Flotsamites for claims of vigilantism and banditry. Regulus accepted the prospects of civil war, and the two parties battled it out until a white peace was declared. Wilfriche later became Lord Chancellor to the King Henry and King Francis before being slain in the Franciscian Massacre. His power in the ministries were notable as he swayed the stalwart cynic Joseph Lane to erect an Abresian Church by purging the Abresian sewers of an unholy plague festered by cultists, spread the faith through mass baptisms, arranged feast days, and led battles against the Zionist menace before his death. His symbol is a black mace due to his purification of various Setherinite maces and also his Orthodox vows, which forbade clergy from bearing bladed weapons. Miracles: A man possessed by Setherin was clubbed once about the head by Wilfriche's mace. After rising from the blow, he was exorcised of his demons. The week following Wilfriche's death, three sets of twins in Ancien were born with black mace birthmarks.
  11. The young clerk, tired by his labors, blinks in confusion as the foreigner barges in. ”The tavern’s by the square! Certainly you’ve the wrong address!” After sending the elf out, and taking down Ide’s name, the cleric’s eyes widen with surprise. He rises from his seat, giving a quick salute and a bow of the head to the prince. ”P-Prince Haraccus!? Forgive my ignorance, your serenity, I did not see your face. Are you not a prince? Are you sure about this?” With consternation, the clerk hesitantly sits down, taking Ide’s information as any other applicant. He sends this one off to the High Pontiff himself! The clerk sends this boisterous young one off to Archbishop Siguard! Let the cold tame him. (Ave_Imperium, @Imperium, or Ave_imperium#4314) Rising from his desk and rushing for the fireplace, the cleric reaches for a poker. He brandishes it, swinging for the cretinous fiend! ”Out, I say! Out with you!”
  12. The clerk in his wise nature sends this one packing to Bishop Lochlan, at least until Llyria grants a chapel! (Herathus, @Herathus, or Herathus#6850)
  13. 25 minas an irl month pension, join today


    1. Destroyer_Bravo


      I want backpay of 100 minas then, pay up admins or I riot

  14. TO JOIN THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE CANONIST CHURCH c. 1724 You find yourself on the outskirts of the Golden City, the heartland jewel of humanity. The morning sun has risen, the starting bell for travelers everywhere, and they file in and out of the gates of the Old Wall. Staying back for a moment to stare, perhaps in a dayhaze, you notice a group of clergymen decked in their cassocks as they are. There it is, you say to yourself: I’ve made it. Entering through the gates in the train of the clergymen, you realize that Ves has gone through great changes since you last made the trip from whatever corner of the world you rose up from. The soldiers wear burgundy uniforms, the colors of the Caer Bann mercenary company, first brought into the city by the Prince-Procurate Hadrian; much of the decadent eccentricities of the Republic have been lost, clerics of all types taking their place. Your baggage train takes a right at the Old Wall, heading for a short time down Roger Road, before making another right and down once more through another gate in the Old Wall. Out towards the suburbs, a noticeable decay is seen; long abandoned houses, the occasional rat, streets overgrown with nettle and vine. Regardless, the train of clergymen continue on until they hit Alfred Avenue, and making a left. The trip lasts but a short walk before you reach a court. At once, the contrast between this house and the rest is made; it is lit with warming fire and torch, and people- mostly priests- come to and fro. The clergyman’s baggage train stops, and you decide that this is the address which you had sought after. Approaching the building, you find a plaque outside its front door, which reads: HAAS RESIDENCE DIOCESE OF VILLAVIA BEQUEATHED UPON THE ASCENSION OF DANIEL VI 1720 With the assurance that this is indeed the end of your trip, you enter through the front door. Immediately, you are taken aback by how cramped it is; the air is stuffy, and a clerk works the desk of the parlor which situates itself at the front of the building. It’s clear this was once a residential home, and the diocese has made no further attempt to remodel it away from those specifications. The clerk raises his head away from the piles of paperwork, adjusting his glasses to make out your person under damp torchlight: what a sorry sight to see, after your miles of journey! You croak out that you’re here to take the vows, and the clerk issues forth an exhausted sigh. Another one. Very well, you wretched refuse of the world, let’s hear it then, the clerk says, turning his chair at an angle. He grabs a free piece of parchment from the relatively clean side of his desk, and the pen, and its trusty companion the inkwell. He lightly dips the tip of the feather, before slapping it to the page, leaving a dark smudge. Thus begins your interview. Well, what’s your name? (ANSWER) Aye. And from whence do you hail? (ANSWER) Alright, alright, that’s a fine place this time of season. How many years have you lived? (ANSWER) Got it. Your ethnicity, good man? I can’t make it out. (ANSWER) Mmm. I never would have expected it. Are you literate? (ANSWER) Good, that won’t hurt you. Do you have a wife at home, or children? (ANSWER) They call Sixtus the Third ‘the Lewd’ for having two bastards. Don’t be like him. Have you got anything against taking oaths? (ANSWER) You’re all set. I’ll have this filed away to the Prelate at once. He’s a sleepy cardinal, about to hit his centennial. Give him a few days. At that, your interview finishes. You take a few minutes to awkwardly peruse the shelves, before the clerk sends you back from whence you came, out through the front doors, and another poor soul takes your place. As you leave, it's still morning. You release an exasperated sigh, hoping that your intense dread of every wasted day soon comes to an end. Shuffling your way out of the decrepit suburbs of Ves, you find yourself at the Bird and the Bard. If you take to drinking, you would sit yourself at the counter, and order a glass of Aeldenic red from the patron Lithren. It’s dark and dusty inside the tavern, and you struggle to make out her countenance: is she really a bird?
  15. viros.... wake up!!!

    1. Publius


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

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