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  1. Julius wonders why it is selfish to think a princess should be taught manners rather than swordsmanship.
  2. "Excellent to see the Judite Rite communicated so majestically by a young Acolyte!"
  3. ((I have returned lol)) A tiny seven year old boy, a poor, scrawny wretch in rags, enters the office. He seems nervous and carries with him a prayerful respect; he carries a Rosary which he prays with a tender affection as he waits. After being called up, he answers the questions. Well, what’s your name? ‘Julius Rosarii Sancti Christophori, sir. Or just Julius Rosarii. I want to be a missionary and a martyr! Can you help me?’ He pleas with a perfect innocence. Aye. And from whence do you hail? ‘I’m from the capital, sir.’ Alright, alright, that’s a fine place this time of season. How many years have you lived? ‘Seven – and a half! Honest!’ Got it. Your ethnicity, good man? I can’t make it out. ‘Savoyard.’ Mmm. I never would have expected it. Are you literate? ‘Yes, the same priest who taught me catechism taught me reading!’ Good, that won’t hurt you. Do you have a wife at home, or children? ‘No. Consumption took my family to our Master. My mother said, don’t fret. And, taking up an icon of Saint Julia, said: ‘behold thy Mother.’ Mother Julia is my Mother and protectress! That’s what my name means: Julius of the Rosary of Saint Kristoff.’ They call Sixtus the Third ‘the Lewd’ for having two bastards. Don’t be like him. Have you got anything against taking oaths? ‘No, I belong to God!’ You’re all set. I’ll have this filed away to the Prelate at once. He’s up the mountain inside Varoche Palace. Short trip.
  4. "Gaudete in Domino semper; iterum dico, gaudete!" Father Humbert, O.S.J. chimes with joy from the Skies. "But why is divorce permitted? Marriage is a sacramental and cannot be undone - it is like saying one can be unbaptised. Annulment is a recognition of the Sacrament's invalidity. I suppose the High Pontiff can alone be reserved that right, he being God's vicar and imbued with the Prophetic authority. So that makes sense. God keep the Pontiff that this isn't abused for political purposes!"
  5. Population: 31,211,117. (Cities: Capital - Arpinium, Minor Cities: Arretium, Narbo, Capua) and then in turn two, 31,835,339. Leader: First Philosopher Marcus Didius Gracchus, Second Philosopher Spurius Furius Cato. Army: (Commanded: Marcus Tullius Longus, or maybe not.) 6x Hastati, (Irregulars.) 60,000 men. UPKEEP: 2,000 G. Navy (Commanded: Aulus Furius Cato) Monitor, Gladiator. Monitor, Invicta. Frigate, Imperium. Frigate, Probitas. Frigate, Virtus. Frigate, Regina Maris. 5x Transport ships. UPKEEP: 2,000 G and 1 V. Air Force (Commanded: Aulus Furius Cato.) Destroyer, Pietas. Destroyer, Honestas. Corvette, Fortis. Corvette, Filii Infernus. Corvette, Domina Fortunae. Corvette, Numeria. UPKEEP: 0. Education: Research slots = 5. INDUSTRY: 2x V Mine 2x V Refinery 1x Steel Mill 1x Military Factory 2x Civilian Industry (1042 G each) TAXATION: 6,000 G from 30 million people. ECONOMY: 15% Trade bonus. 4 Trade partners. 4 financial districts (16,000 G/turn) 2 trade depots. (Arpinium, 2,000 G/turn , Narbo, 2,000 G/turn.) Income on turn two: 44,000+2000+16,168-6,000=27,084 G. 4 V - 2 V = 2 V. Treasury: 56,168 G. Tech: Radio 1890 Antibiotics 1889 Research: Improved Vitraium mining 1891 Improved Naval Hulls (?) Tanks (?) The Philosophate 1889-90 (Double Post.) With Rue my Heart is Laden! An insistent knock. Young Lucius Gracchus, his head throbbing with a hangover, could hardly be motivated to answer it. An insistent knock. And again. And again. And again. ‘Coming!’ The teenager groaned, his austere room strewn with glasses and empty wine bottles; he had no servants. Stumbling over, he trudged to the door and opened it, slowly. Then he gasped to see a Hastatus at the door – a centurion! ’Art thou the Younger Gracchus?’ The grizzled veteran asked with a grin he could not suppress, freshly adorned with a wreath he must have earned by courage in the Seven Days’ Dialogue. ’Yes. What in Neptune’s arse is it?’ ’Oh, nothing sir. A gift from thy noble brother.’ ‘Oh, what?’ Bham! It took a single strike of the truncheon to knock young Gracchus out. Suspicion had grown around the young man since his absence in the Dialogue. Now, without his brother’s knowledge, he was placed in the hands of the Hastati, and closely interrogated. Torture was used – all this with the alleged approval of the Elder Gracchus – although only Numeria knew that she had stolen his Seal and lied to the Imperator! All this was going on without the Head Philosopher’s permission, and those that did it were convinced they were doing the right thing. A deep investigation revealed the supposed staunch neo-Aurelian to be an ardent Communist! The news was presented to Marcus on 4th July, 1889. Indisputable evidence put into his hands, he was filled with rueful tears. ‘With rue my heart is laden,’ he confessed privately to his wife. ‘Gods relieve me of this vale of tears called leadership!’ Halfway between a sickening feeling of betrayal and a grief as deep as the ocean, he sent the order for his trial. What followed would be one of the most famous trials of all time – a trial that just so happened to come in the same year as the commercially available radio. The Trial Lucius Gracchus was forced to wear a business suit for the trial – his Philosopher’s toga denied him. ’Please, my lords. Mercy! I am only young. I know the Communists, I can help you destroy them!’ Lucius Gracchus was a pathetic sight. What else could be expected? He was only a boy. Composed at the start of the trial, by the end of it he was begging for mercy. His own brother was his judge – a right reserved in treason trials for the Head Philosopher. A ‘right’ the ancients called it – but a ‘burden’ it more was! But not only was Lucius tried for treason – he was also blamed for the poisoning of the Imperator, and for the publishing of the incendiary false Dialogue. In short, he was on trial for attempting to turn the entire nation to anarchy. ’Quintus Fabius Antonius,’ Marcus commanded in utmost formality, with immense willpower keeping out the tears. ‘Read thou me the statement of 2nd February 1887 made by Lucius Didius Gracchus, when I offered mercy to someone who had been spreading Communist propaganda.’ ’Brother, thou shewest mercy by being harsh on these dogs. For surely the Reds deserve nothing but the worst death for being against every aspect of the Aurelian Philosophy. They are dogs – they have no truth, no morals! Serve they only to be shot as an example. Thou wouldst massage them with oil, but they should be beaten with fists. Better to be the hammer than the evil – remove these pests with all of thy might.’ The deafening silence was penetrated only by the sound of a lightly ticking clock, which said death would wait a moment more. ’Please, Marcus...’ The traitor sobbed. ‘...Mercy.’ ’That mercy that was decried by thy own counsel is suppressed and killed. Thou must not dare for shame to talk of mercy! Thou knave: that didst bear the bottom of all my counsels, that knewest the very bottom of my soul, that almost mighst have coined me into gold, which thou hast practised on me for thy use! Can it be possible than foreign hire could out of thee extract one spark of evil that might annoy my finger? Tis so strange! So constant and unstopped didst thou seem...that this thy fault have left the kind of blot to mark the full-fraught man. And best endued...with some suspicion.’ A dreadful tear ran down the Philosopher’s face as he spoke, his countenance one of weary wrath. ’Hear thy sentence.’ He resolved bitterly, now not able to stop yet more tearings from spilling down upon his face. ‘Thou art sentenced for high treason, murder and forgery. Go thou to thy death – the taste whereof God give thee patience to endure...This I pray.’ As soon as the sentence had been pronounced, Marcus Gracchus went into a silent room and wept out a heartful of tears. Lucius was then taken out and shot. Devastated by the trial, Gracchus – for it is no longer necessary to say Elder or Younger; Marcus or Lucius – was allowed a month of public mourning. This was probably a very unwise thing to do. But tradition was tradition, and had he not gone along with it, Marcus would have been seen as wretchedly impious. Thus, the elder Cato took over the business of government. When Gracchus returned, he found that the Philosophate officially had a standing army, antibiotics had been invented, and that he had officially been given the hereditary honorific, Magnus. He was now Gracchus Magnus: a step, some might say, toward monarchy...And he isn't happy about it! Scientific Wonders After the intention of penicillin, it is implemented across the Philosophate’s health service and proscribed for serious bacterial illnesses. But not only that. Arpinian businessmen go around the world and sell the drug at a premium price – with its true origin kept secret! [Mod for CASH] An official radio service begins which broadcasts music, recorded versions of Aurelius’ Dialogues, football results, and news. Colonial Adventures After the failure of the colonial expedition, research is put into inventing hulls that withstand the torrid waters and can penetrate into the oceans in search of new land. [Mod – I have two turns on this one.] With the advent of a standing army, effort is put into developing a tank of their own, the Aurelius T-90. It is priorities a cavalry-like mobility and gun potency over armour. [Mod] Mission to the Nazr The mission to the Nazr Dynasty is a great success. Their religious texts and information are brought home and intensely studied. ACTIONS -A brigade of TRIAII are raised (REGULAR INFANTRY). (1 MP, 4000 G.) For the first time in history, these are to be fully professional troops. -Two further heavy factories are built. (15,000 G.) -Two vitramite refineries and mines are built. (20,000 G.) Remainder: 2,168 G.
  6. Population: 30,599,134. (Cities: Capital - Arpinium, Minor Cities: Arretium, Narbo, Capua) Leader: First Philosopher Marcus Didius Gracchus, Second Philosopher Spurius Furius Cato. Army: (Commanded: Marcus Tullius Longus, or maybe not.) 6x Hastati, (Irregulars.) 60,000 men. UPKEEP: 2,000 G. Navy (Commanded: Aulus Furius Cato) Monitor, Gladiator. Monitor, Invicta. Frigate, Imperium. Frigate, Probitas. Frigate, Virtus. Frigate, Regina Maris. 5x Transport ships. UPKEEP: 2,000 G and 1 V. Air Force (Commanded: Aulus Furius Cato.) Destroyer, Pietas. Destroyer, Honestas. Corvette, Fortis. Corvette, Filii Infernus. Corvette, Domina Fortunae. Corvette, Numeria. UPKEEP: 0. Education: Research slots = 5. INDUSTRY (2 buildings): 2x V Mine 2x V Refinery ECONOMY: 15% Trade bonus. 4 Trade partners. 4 financial districts (16,000 G/turn) 2 trade depots. (Arpinium, 2,000 G/turn , Narbo, 2,000 G/turn.) Income on turn two: 20,000-3,000=17,000 G. 2 V - V = 1 V. Treasury: 25,000 G. Tech: Radio 1890 Vitraium mining 1891 Antibiotics 1889 THE PHILOSOPHATE THE SEVEN-DAY ‘DIALOGUE’ It was supposed to be the greatest historical discovery in a thousand years. A lost Dialogus of Aurelius, entitled On the Gods. And it sent the entire island into frenzy. ‘The worship of the gods is utterly alien and barbaric, and distracts from the supreme and unknowable, the One. I utterly deplore their temples, and spit on their statues.’ This direct quotation from Aurelius would wreak havoc among rich and poor, good and evil, men and women – all men and every man. Around 800 years ago, the Philosopher’s Council had ruled that worship and temples to the gods were not only permissible, but admirable. With that decision seeming to be utterly at odds with the original philosophical teachings, the whole edifice of the Philosophate seemed shallow. A pathetic few spoke out against the authenticity of this ‘lost’ document, but found themselves utterly ignored by the great many. The circulation of the Dialogus was almost instant. No sooner had a famous historian published it, than it was to be found as commonly as the daily newspaper or matchday program. The streets, which had known no major outbreak of violence in decades, were turned into rivers of blood as mobs broke into the temples, murdered the priests and destroyed the statues. The staunch traditionalist First Philosopher, M. Gracchus, normally so resolute, heard of his with horror, and, himself unsure of the truth of the matter, sealed himself in his room for seven days, seemingly an utter wreck. Marcus Gracchus and his neo-Aurelians still wear the traditional toga, and demand the same of the other Philosophers. This vacuum in leadership, however brief, provided a window for less scrupulous forces to act. Numeria, the wife of M. Gracchus, seized upon the situation with her powerful network of spies. Having connections with the criminal element of the city, gangs loyal to her sprouted from the ground and seized the material wealth of the temples, fighting gangs loyal to Second Philosopher S. Cato. Worryingly, the new professional football clubs had themselves become politicised and the younger Gracchus, still believed to be a loyal supporter of his elder brother, went mysteriously silent. People are still not sure what he was doing... ...It was obvious that the military had to step in, because the civilian police force had collapsed utterly. But that represented a very serious crossing of the Tiber. The military had not played a role in politics for almost a thousand years: it was supposed to be entirely subservient to, and consistent of, the citizenry. Everyone knew that the navy and air force were loyal to Cato. But what of the army? God alone knew! Marcus Longus, Imperator (Field Marshal) of 50,000 Hastati, was not a Philosopher, and thus his political leanings were impossible to know. The situation (it is said) solved itself when Longus conveniently caught a sudden and fatal illness, dying on the fifth day of Marcus Gracchus’ absence. Longus’ successor, Gaius Flavius Nero, did not share his hesitation. Nero thrust into the capital with a soon-evident resolution: to restore order! After a day taking control of the telegrams, he sent a decree warning of the maxim gun if the streets were not cleared. In some places, he was heeded. In others, gunshots were necessary to clear the streets, purely warning shots. But one street, the Via Virti, remained in uproar. Nero, still reluctant to put the bayonet and machine-gun on the area, tried to break up the violence by concentrating the police and sending them in. Frustrated, he was about to give the order to fire en masse. Nero’s Hastati trample through the streets. He was stopped by Marcus Gracchus, Spurius Cato in tow. ‘Thou art a Tribune to Imperator Longus?’ Gracchus asked with an awesome stoicism that seemed to contradict his previous panic. ‘I regret to report that Longus is dead, sir.’ He replied, grimly smiling, impressed at the Philosopher’s ability to remember his name and rank – a Tribune was just a staff officer. Gracchus gave the nod. Leading his lectors and bodyguards to the scene of unrest, they blared their famous bagpipes. Even the most riotous laid apart their arms at the sight and sound of the noble Philosopher and his bodyguard! He surveyed the once-belov’d streets, now piteous wrecks strewn with the wounded. The shop windows were smashed. It was a scene of the utmost degeneracy...And Gracchus spoke with all the moral force of Aurelius. ’Men, brothers and countrymen: I have failed you. I should not have stood apart from government and caused such chaos. I beg your forgiveness, but I also demand your ears! Because you have been misled. In the five days you have been smashing the images of the gods, you must have wondered what it is I was doing. Well, I will show you.’ He took the supposed treatise of the great Aurelius, and, there and then, to horrified gasps, ripped up the pages in front of their eyes. ’I have been studying these so-called words of Aurelius. They are lies. Bold-faced lies. You see this word? Sanctitas? Such a word is a product of the 19th century. The treatise is full such anachronisms that prove that this is the worst of the very recent past. I do not know who has lied to you, or why. Perhaps they see it all as a joke – a nihilist’s way of watching the world burn. But it was certainly not myself, nor Cato.’ ’Thou wouldst make yourself a king!’ A voice jeered. Gracchus smiled, and asked that he step forward. After some whispers, a dirty old man, his face covered in blood and his breath smelling of the sewers, trudged forward, unimpressed. Asking for water from one his lectors, Marcus Gracchus there stooped down and washed the man’s feet. In a strictly hierarchical system, it was an extraordinary statement of humility and selfless service. ‘Haven’t we all forgotten what it was about?’ Gracchus questioned. ‘We’ve forgotten to love one another, and to grow in virtue! Tribune Nero, mark thou my order: I want the army withdrawn immediately. Civilian rule will resume, at this very moment.’ Order was restored on the 12th January, 1888. Within three months, historians ruled that the Dialogue was entirely fabricated...But no one could trace the fabrication to any one person. Questions of Longus’ death, and what exactly Lucius Gracchus was doing during all this remain up in the air also. There is an important change. The Philosopher’s Senate was in ruins. For the first time, the business of government would be conducted in the open air: with the public free to view. Marcus Gracchus thus boastfully defends his brother, backed up by his political rival, Spurius Cato. The state treasury is found to be strangely enlarged...M. Gracchus is quick to give the money back to the temples. One might suppose that the only good thing that may be taken from this is that the Arpinians know they have a competent Imperator – and one loyal to the state! Perhaps a standing army is not so wretched an idea? The total death toll is 876. Marcus Didius Gracchus is saluted by soldiers as he passes. FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOUNDED Strangely enough, the newfound sport resumed the next day...In the newly founded Association Football League, the two professional teams crush all opposition except one another. More and more teams go professional, and by the start of the league next year, 5 of the 12 league teams are, with a further 6 semi-professional. Only one team, Arretium United, remains amateur, and would-be pundits squarely expect them to finish bottom in the next year. Hopefully, with state backing and newly-set rules, the newly founded League will generate yet more money... [Mod, 300 G invested.] Hooliganism is fiercely put down and consistently campaigned against. Gestures such as shaking hands before the match and the national anthem being played at halftime hope to increase unity. [Mod] Arpinum Rovers celebrate winning the very first league title. OTHER ACTIONS -Academics are sent to the distant country of Tierra Roja to discover their new religion. [Catostrophy] -Spurius Furius Cato, in an impassioned speech, blames overpopulation and the lack of new arable land for the recent unrest. In response, a naval expeditionary force, including 1 transport ship, 5,000 Hastati, a frigate, monitor and escorted by 2 corvettes, taking with them a large number of families, ventures south in order to find new lands to settle, trying to establish an outpost in the first uncolonised and fertile land they can find. [Mod, 2500 G] -In the Unemployment Reduction Act, one new steel mill is constructed,[2,500 G, one steel mill] as well as a military factory. [7500 G] -A sensible new law investing money in civilian industry, practically non-existent until now. [10,000 G, 2 civilian industry.] -The remainder of the treasury is put into repairing the damage of the Seven Day Dialogue Riots! Aurelians and Aurelian-sympathisers around the world are asked to contribute to a relief effort to further repair damage. [Mod] -A son is born! Gaius Didius Gracchus was born healthily shortly after the end of the troubles. Far from leaving their child to wet nurses, Marcus Gracchus and his wife rear the child themselves to begin with. Gracchus was worried when his wife began to tell the boy that he was destined to succeed his father, and than he was a special man set for greatness, as well as lavishing him in luxury, and so withdrew the child back to the nurses, to Numeria’s unfaltering anger. After an household row the child was returned to the mother’s care, after she swore by oath to raise the child in the proper, frugal Aurelian way!
  7. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT OF THE FIFTH ARPINIAN COUNCIL. MADE BY A. TULLIUS. CLASSIFIED. GRACCHUS, ELDER: SONS OF OUR VENERABLE CITY! THIS IS THE FIRST COUNCIL OF THE KIND THAT HAS BEEN CALLED IN 300 YEARS, UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SUPREME GOD. AS SUCH, YOU MIGHT ALL BE WONDERING WHY I, WHO AM SO YOUNG AND NEW, HAVE THOUGHT TO DO SO. CATO, ELDER: IF I MIGHT INTERRUPT THE HONOURABLE AND HONEST PHILOSOPHER? GRACCHUS, ELDER: OF COURSE. CATO, ELDER: I HAVE COME TO PRESENT THEE A GIFT. GRACCHUS, YOUNGER: TENNIS BALLS? WHAT MANNER OF GIFT! HAST THOU NO SENSE OF VIRTUE, MAD OLD MAN? CATO, ELDER: HAST THOU NO SENSE OF HUMOUR, GUTLESS BOY!? I GAVE HIM A GIFT AS MATCHING HIS YOUTH AND VANITY. FOR HE IS SURELY A CUCKOLD OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. I AM AFEARED THAT THE HONOURABLE PHILOSOPHER, WHO PROFESSES MANLY VIRTUE AND STRICT AURELIANISM, WEARS NOT THE TROUSERS IN HIS OWN HOUSEHOLD! THE GIFT WELL BECOMES HIM. I GIVE HIM ALSO A DIADEM, FOR HE WISHES TO MAKE OF HIMSELF A KING. GRACCHUS, YOUNGER: THIS IS UNCALLED FOR. YOU BASTARD CUR! CALLEST THYSELF PHILOSOPHER – LOVER OF TRUTH AND JUSTICE? I TELL THEE, THY JEST WILL SAVOUR BUT OF SHALLOW WIT, WHEN THY FAMILY ARE MADE TO WEEP MORE THAN THEY DID LAUGH AT IT! I WILL MAKE THEM WEEP OUT OF TERROR. GRACCHUS, ELDER: PHILOSOPHERS, RESTRAIN YOURSELVES. FOR WHEN THE LAWS FALL MUTE, ARE WE ANY BETTER THAN THE BARBARIANS? GENTLEMEN, IN THIS MODERN AGE OUR CITY IS AT STAKE. ARE WE PHILOSOPHERS, OR BRUTES? GRACCHUS, YOUNGER: HOW DARE THOU STRIKEST ME? I AM NO BOY, I WEAR THE MANLY GOWN! MY TOGA MAY BE NEW BUT IT’S OF COMMON LINEN, NOT OF LICENTIOUS AND DAINTY THINGS! GRACCHUS, ELDER: PHILOSOPHERS, PLEASE, I BEG YOU! VARIOUS MEN: ****-JUGGLING DOG! DRIVE THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE! LONG LIVE GRACCHUS! HOW DARE THEY DO THIS AT COUNCIL, INSULT THE MANHOOD OF OUR LEADER! THOU BASTARD PIG! WHICH ONE OF YOU TAKES TRANSCRIPTS? DRIVE HIM OUT! CATO, YOUNGER: STOP TAKING TRANSCRIPTS. THIS CANNOT BE MADE KNOWN. GIIVE THOU ME THAaTT TYPEWRITERs> STMFDFNDAF DVDVMBFSBNFBNBFSNB FSJDSVNSDVSDJV ------- I II IVI X CCCMCIXVIVIVIX £$£$£$£Q£%DSGSFGGRSHRSFGVCXVCVCX CX XCDSBSFBGSEFSD ADG(IJG(IJDSBBSB(UNSSNU( GRACCHUS, ELDER: GIVE ME THE TYPEWRITER. I HEREBY SUSPEND THIS COUNCIL, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. I HAVE WRITTEN IT, SO SHALL IT BE. DEPART! CATO, ELDER: HOW VERY KINGLY OF THEE... CATO, YOUNGER: THAT’S ENOUGH, FATHER. PHILOSOPHATE OF ARPINIUM Population: 30 million. (Cities: Capital - Arpinium, Minor Cities: Arretium, Narbo, Capua) Army: 5x Hoplites, (Irregulars.) UPKEEP: 3,000 G. Navy (15 NP): Monitor, Gladiator. Monitor, Invicta. Frigate, Imperium. Frigate, Probitas. Frigate, Virtus. Frigate, Regina Maris. 5x Transport ships. UPKEEP: 2,000 G and 1 V. Air Force: (6 ASP) Destroyer, Pietas. Destroyer, Honesta. Corvette, Fortis. Corvette, Filii Infernus. Corvette, Miles Fortunae. Corvette, Numeria. UPKEEP: 0. Education: 10, Research slots = 5. INDUSTRY: V Mine V Refinery ECONOMY: 15% Trade bonus. 3 Potential Trade partners. 6 buildings: 4 financial districts (16,000 G/turn) 2 trade depots. (Arpinium, 0 G/turn, 1,000 per trade partner, Narbo, 0 G/turn.) Income on turn one: 16,000-5,000=11,000 G. 1 V - V = 0. ‘Darkness to Darkness’ For the first time since he was a little boy, the leader of the only philosopher-state in the world was in tears: a pathetic sight. The rabble-rousing of the Elder Cato and his minority, as well as his own younger brother’s combative tendencies, made the meeting a disaster before he could even unfold his dreams for re-invigorating the Aurelian state. Instead, the meeting had descended into a brawl. Since Councils were so rare, once every age, even, it was supposed to be a big statement. O, and how it was that! But a statement of failure, recklessness and factionalism – the very opposite virtues that Gracchus held dear from his close reading of Aurelius’ work, Res Publica. And the accusation of crypto-monarchism hit the staunch traditionalist deep. ‘I lurch from darkness to darkness...’ Gracchus lamented. His wife, seeing him in such a state, wrapped him up in a bubble of sweetness, but in truth her heart was cold. She is an actual monarchist: she wants her children by the Elder Gracchus to succeed him with supreme power – a power she intends to exercise, of course. Uttering sweet little consolations into her husband’s ear, she persuaded him to seek a personal reconciliation with Cato – and to cancel the Council, during which he had intended to ban Communism, democracy and monarchism as a matter of dogma. Numeria’s Machiavellian mind breathed a sigh of relief: her scheming for monarchy could yet continue. The Elders of Cato and Gracchus were reconciled after Gracchus promised to give Cato a second role to him. Cato apologised for his accusations. But the disaster of the Council still revealed that factionalism was internally tearing at this once-known beacon of stability. Could the Aurelian state survive the challenges of modernity, if even here councillors were throwing bricks at one another? Fortunately, the transcript remained secret...The average person had no idea any Council was even attempted. The business of government continued the next day, as if nothing had happened. ACTIONS -Lovely messages are sent to the Nazr Caliphate. The Elder Gracchus sends an essay, personally and beautifully written, explaining how similar their philosophies and manners are. Offers are made for a trade partnership. -Trade offers are alike send to The Grand Principality of Cumberland and The Republic of Jurevin. -1 Vitramite mine and 1 refinery are built. -Secret action. -1,000 gold kept in the treasury as surplus. -The first two professional football clubs, Arpinium Rovers and Arpinium United, come into existence... -Arpinium begins to research radio technology as a widespread form of long-distance communication. -She only begins to look into better techniques for mining and refining Vitramite. -And, finally, antibiotics.
  8. Discord: You have it Name of Nation: The Philosophate of Arpinium. Type of Government: Oligrachy of Philosophers, aka neo-Aurelianism or Philosophism. History/Culture: In antiquity, a remarkable man was born in the city-state of Arpinium. This state was once a major sea power and a pioneer, but had fallen into decline under the democratic system. This man, called Gaius Tullius Aurelius, called out the hypocritical demagogues, advocated for monotheism and espoused a philosophy antithetical to the ruling elites. By popular demand he was put to death, but his philosophy lived after him, spreading throughout the world: one man commented that all philosophy thereafter was ‘footnotes to Aurelius.’ Gradually, his successors and pupils took over every aspect of government and education. And never have they looked back. This ultra-hierarchical, anti-materialist, anti-egalitarian ideology is bizzare to many, and utterly despised by both liberals and communists. Over the next centuries, Arpinium dominated the humanities and their study around the world. The Arpinian philosophers, rhetoricians and historians are still the base of education in much of the world. The city has had two major crises, but the island enjoys a remarkable stability. The first was in the 11th century, there was violence in the streets and constant gang violence that threatened civil war. THe issue was whether the old polytheistic gods were supreme, or there were no such gods. In 1171 at the First Arpinian Council it was defined that the gods existed, but that they were subordinate creations of the supreme God; the ‘unknown God, also known as The Good. The second was in the present century. Many of the philosophers had become corrupt, unbelieving and lived in luxury, which strictly went against the original teachings. This caused massive discontent. Now, the neo-Aurelians rise. Living strictly according to the highly ascetic rule, the current council largely belong to this strictly orthodox and highly fanatical movement, and harshly persecute Communism and other foul ideologies wherever they can be found. The society is very hierarchical and is governed by a small caste of hereditary philosophers, numbering 51. These men are expected to live by the most rugged rule, and are taught philosophy from a young age. The society grants many protections to women at all levels, except that of government: women never have been admitted into the philosopher caste, although there have been women who have held influence through marriage and family ties. The idea of women being in government is considered utterly absurd. The Philosophate was the first state to abolish slavery. No man owns another, but instead there are castes running through society. The society is very moralistic with monogamy and no divorce except in the case of adultery. Starting Points: (30) Size: 2 Aviation: 2 Military: 5 Industry: 1 Development: 4 Economy: 6 Education: 10 Notable Characters: Marcus Didius Gracchus: A man of remarkably young age, head of the Philosopher’s council. He is a man full of fervour, who lives a strict moral life, and is regarded as very honourable, if naive. A neo-Aurelian, he despises Communism and Democracy, and is friendly toward the Nazr and their Mysticism, considering it very similar to Aurelainism. Gaius Didius Gracchus: The brother of Marcus...A secret Communist and subversive who wants to bring down the system from the inside! He is even younger than his brother though, so he hasn't achieved such a prominent position...yet. Numeria: The wife of Gracchus the Elder. A beautiful and intelligent woman, and also downright evil – a Machiavellian figure, she stoops to levels her husband would not, unknown to him. Many have died of ‘natural causes’ in suspicious circumstances. Spurius Furius Cato: See as the chief enemy of the neo-Aurelians, head of a faction called the Catonists. An old man tired of their moralising and reformist antics! He wants to go back to the lax softness of the 18th and early 19th centuries, a fervent capitalist with a lot of liberal influence. At least, unlike the younger Gracchus, he opposes the neo-Aurelians openly. He also wants a standing army, an idea that sickens the neo-Aurelians. His strident manner has almost seen him ejected from the Philosophers, but he has too many prominent friends. Including... ...Aulus Furius Cato, his son, who commands the navy! National Idea: Far and wide: Since Aurelian philosophers pretty much invented the humanities, and since Arpinian educators have always been famous, Aurelian ideas exhibit an awesome influence. Many crypto-Aurelians and open Aurelians can be found among prominent capitalists, university professors, priests and other powerful men, giving Arpinium a ‘lobby’ throughout the world, and allowing them to exhibit their influence without shedding blood. Hence, they avoided getting involved in the Great War. Unique Units: Hoplites (Irregulars): having no standing army, the Arpinian buys his own equipment and serves a temporary term in the army. Map Position: See above. Proof you’ve read the intro and the rules: Exists only at and for the Englishman’s pleasure.
  9. A Guide to Confession for Laymen, Religious and Priests Written for the Judite Monks by Father Humbert, O.S.J. Father Humbert, O.S.J. was a monk, priest and cardinal who spent up to 18 hours a day in the Confessional, on at least one occasion falling asleep there, clearly showing his great devotion to the Sacrament: he would literally beg people from the bottom of his heart to come - on his knees - and even rebuked proud princes in the harshest of terms, all but dragging them to the Confessional. He wrote this guide for the Judite Monks, who would have confessed their sins weekly. ‘Note that I use the word ‘Confessor’, not ‘priest’ - for priests must also go to Confession! And indeed have greater reason to.’ Examination of Conscience I: Be not afraid. Thou hast sinned, but it is not the end. Take heart, for even Horen sinned. God’s mercy endureth forever, and there is no offence too great for His forgiveness - no wound beyond the great Physician’s skill. What unfathomable goodness! What brilliant light! What a depth of justice! Therefore fear not, and be ashamed of thy sin, but not of thy repentance. Go to Confession at least once a year - and let no man say ‘I confess my sins before God, having no need of a priest.’ Wouldst thou mock at God? He hath instituted this Sacrament as the means of forgiveness, and if thou hast any sense, thou wilt drink this bottomless cup of mercy. For I hath observed that we have only a limited time on this earth, but an eternity in the Skies. Prepare accordingly. II: Before going to Confession, it is imperative that thou thoroughly examine thyself in the light of God. Therefore, firstly, go to the Altar or to the household shrine and humble thyself profoundly before God. Implore the aid of all the Saints, that the courage of the martyrs, the purity of the virgins and the dedication of the holy priests might be thy ally in the great outpouring of mercy which thou art about to receive. Ask Saint Julia to take dominion over thy heart, in order that thou mightest be in the same disposition as her. It is useful to do this examination every night, and just before confessing. Examine thyself according to the virtues and the sins: III:Substantial Sins, or Those Crying out to Heaven for Vengeance: Rape, sodomy, adultery, incest, spilling seed, racial interbreeding; fornication. Murder, attacking the innocent and defenceless; defrauding labourers of their wages. Theft - unless the penitent is impoverished, in which case it is no longer reckoned substansial. False witness, especially in court. Apostasy. IV: Sins Against the Seven Virtues: Humility: Have I been prideful or vain? Have I been smug or superior? Have I refused to forgive? Have I not respected or obeyed my father/husband/officer/mother, or some other in authority over me, insofar as he does not cause me to sin? Liberality: Have I refused to help those in need? Have I been covetous, greedy or stingy? How? Chastity: Have I dressed or acted immodestly, in a way that could tempt others? Have I deliberately tempted myself sexually? Have I offended against purity and chastity? Have I been unfaithful to my spouse? Meekness: Have I been cruel, angry, or peevish? How? Temperance: Have I over-drunk or over-eaten? Am I a drunkard or a glutton? Have I put temporal desires before God? Have I failed to keep penitential fasts? Brotherly Love: Have I been envious, hateful, or held grudges? How? Diligence: Have I been slothful and lazy; have I neglected my duties of work, family and prayer? How? V: Against Faith Have I taught or accepted error or Heresy? Have I indulged in superstitious practices, such as palm reading? Have I used the name of God or an holy person irreverently, in cursing or swearing? Have I failed to go to Confession at least once a year? Have I lied in Confession, deliberately omitting sins? Have I failed to perform the proscribed penance? Basic Guidelines for Confessors I)Charity. Do not view each Confession as a chore, but see in each man a potential Saint. For the greatest proof of God’s glory is the raising of the most dreadful sinner to the glory of sanctity. Therefore, be ever-mindful, for the soul thou must most tenderly care for may become a great Saint, and thou shalt have to answer for thy negligence to the Great Judge. II)Do not be judgemental. Each man has his fault. Even if thou art revolted by what thou hearest, remain silent and stoic as he unfolds his sins. Speak in a reassuring voice of the evil of sin, but most of all the greatness of God’s mercy. Thou shalt catch more flies with honey than with vinegar - so it is with the salvation of souls! III)Remain mostly silent until giving advice. Simply nod curtly and reassuringly for them to continue - for he is confessing to God through thee. IV)The Seal is inviolate. A priest must resolve to die before he gives up that which is revealed in the secrecy of Confession. If he is not willing to, he should never have become a priest. If he already is, he had better pray for the grace of courage! V)When giving advice, be totally frank. Confessing Sins Confessor: In the name of the Father, and of Horen, and of all the Exalted. Penitent: Bless me (OR pray for me), Father, for I have sinned...It has been (x) days since my last Confession. These are my sins... Advice This can be short or long. I hath spent hours with the same penitent, for truly, truly I write, that one repentant sinner causes more joy in the heavenly court among the Angels and Saints, than all the earthly palaces in the world! For God can save the sinners we are, but not the Saints we pretend to be. The advice should focus on how to combat the specific sins the penitent hast committed. They should be filled with the light of Scriptural and spiritual quotation, and totally tender and kind in tone; although we may out of kindness rebuke a brother who repeatedly falls into the same sin. Penance Traditionally, a penance is a short set of small prayers. But the state of our times requires often more creative approaches, and these special penances are the most effective in draining out sin. Do not be afraid, Confessor, to be extreme, and demand whatsoever is needed to tackle the problems at the root. Useful penances include: i)’Adopt a patron Saint.’ So many are without, that they deprive themselves of superabundant graces! The stories of the Saints are the true exposition of Scripture and a great way to connect with the faithful. ii)’Adopt a prayer rule.’ If thou art not praying regularly, thou art going into battle against armoured knights armed with nothing but a twig. But armed with God’s help, there can be no number of knights that can hope to even dent thee. Therefore, pray throughout the day. iii)’Humiliate thyself.’ If the penitent struggles with pride, make him humble himself: make him shave half of his beard off, or make a woman shave her head, make people wear beggar’s clothing, etc. iv)’Whatever it takes.’ If it takes demanding a radical lifestyle change to make someone give up sin, then prescribe it. If thou art a penitent, listen to the priest and resolve to do the penance, even if it completely changes thy life. A doctor of the body prescribes medicine. The Confessor, the doctor of the heart, prescribes his own form of medicine - penance. Question: What if the penance prescribed is sinful? Then the absolution is invalid. Find another Confessor. Absolution Confessor: Dost thou resolve to do this penance here proscribed, rebuking all past sins and vowing never to sin again? Penitent: I do. O God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. May I never offend Thee any more. O may I love Thee without ceasing, and make it my resolve to do in all things Thy most holy will. Confessor: God, the Father of mercy, hath, through the authority of the Prophets, instituted a sacred priesthood for the administration of the Sacraments and for the remission of sins. In union with the Exalted, Saints and Angels in the Skies, and all the faithful departed, and on the authority of said priesthood, I do absolve thee from thy sins in the name of the Father, and of Horen, and of all the Exalted. Thy sins are all forgiven: go in peace! Penitent: Thanks be to God!
  10. I am touched by these responses, thank you all! The feelings are mutual.
  11. Just a polite notice that I’ll be leaving lotc. Cheers to all the staff and players, particularly the Savoyard lads if any of you are still about, there were some good times. I 99% of the time played scholar types so if there was anyone who actually read or enjoyed my long writings I appreciate it. Basically, I had grown bored of RP, but then playing a priest had renewed my interest so I became active again, but since I’ve grown very busy, and I don’t think I can really sustain it. LOTC has become a drain and distraction from God (I was baptised a few months ago.) So now I’m focusing on living out a virtuous life, in my prayer, studies, family, work and friendships. And when I do have free time in the home I don’t have enough of it to create a character, plot his development and have any kind of complex RP, I’d rather just wack on a single player game tbh and have a pint... Terr-ah. (Piov already took Benedict XVI!!!!!!)
  12. ((Thanks Roki lol I have to show you these https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A1sbp9inQ7BN5p4ktKdbsJLJ5sr2tv66lSW1-m66QPI/edit
  13. THE PATH TO SAINTHOOD. Daily Meditations of Father Humbert, O.S.J. Edited by Cardinal Philip Pius Coppinger, Cong. Orat. Father Humbert, O.S.J. (1696-1731), or Humbert the Slave of God, was a great mystic, scholar, preacher and monastic. Arguably one of the greatest spiritual writers of the last century, he converted from a debauched life to live a remarkably strict ascetism and state of ‘Divine Slavery’ in which he renounced his own desires entirely. These proverbs are drawn from his sayings, writings and work, and can be considered the masterpiece of Judite spirituality. He who follows these maxims will not have to fear Hades, for his soul will be in paradise, with the Angels and Saints of our Lord! Father Humbert, O.S.J. ONE: Horen’s Calling I: God alone is sufficient, God alone is necessary; God alone can make Saints of us. Therefore the man who has God lacks in nothing, and possesses in everything; he who does not have God wants in everything, and possesses in nothing. II: Since God is omnipotent and omnibenevolent, nothing should worry us. Hope and pray, for the Good will win in the end. III: God would not permit thee to suffer a temptation which could not, with His help, be overcome. IV: To go into any trial without the armour of silent prayer, is to fend off a cavalry charge alone and with a twig. V: There is infinitely more joy in the Skies among the Angels and Saints at one repentant sinner’s soul, than at all the palaces, armies and empires in the whole world. VI: God can save the sinners we are, but not the Saints we pretend to be. VII: If thou dost not see God in the beggar, drunkard and gangster, thou wilt not see Him on the altar. VIII: The greatest testament of God’s glory in modern times is the conversion of the abominable public sinner to holiness. Therefore love sinners and wrap them in sweetness, for they can always be Saints-in-waiting. IX: Abandon all worry and resign yourself to God’s care. Say three words in all things: ‘Fiat voluntas Tua.’ (Thy will be done.) X: Imitate the virtues of Saint Julia: Angelic sweetness, ardent charity, blind obedience, constant mental prayer, sublime purity, divine wisdom, heroic patience, lively faith, profound humility, and mortification in all things. XI: Go to Confession. XII: God is so good that He permits us to live and even attain salvation in spite of our own evil. XIII: Say only that which is true, necessary and beautiful. XIV: Do only that which is true, necessary and beautiful. XV: Pray only that which is true, necessary and beautiful. ((St. J.H. Newman)) XVI: God has created thee to do Him some definite service. He hath committed some work to thee which He has not committed to another. Thou hast thy mission. Thou mayst not know it in this life, but thou shalt be told it in the next. Thou art a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. XVII: He has not created thee for naught. Thou shalt do good; do His work. Thou shalt be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in thy own place, whilst not intending it you thou do but keep His commandments. XVIII: Therefore, thou shalt trust Him, whatever thou art, thou canst never be thrown away. If thou art in sickness, thy sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, thy perplexity may serve Him. If thou art in sorrow, thy sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. XIX: He may take away thy friends. He may throw thee among strangers. He may make thee feel desolate, make thy spirit sink; hide thy future from me. Still, He knows what He is about. XX: Do not fear men. What can they do unto thee? Kill thee? This is nothing; fear Him who can decide your fate for eternity. XXI: But our God is a merciful God; therefore trust and love Him also. Fear not men and love God above all things. XXII: It is thereby better to spend a minute meditating on the glory of the Saints and Skies, than ten hours on the horrors of iblees and Hades. XXIII: Cultivate in thyself love, wisdom and fear: so that if mean and base men shall cut thee into a thousand pieces, each and every one of them shall love thy butcher. XXIV: For the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but the love of God is the beginning of light. Exalted Owyn. TWO: Owyn’s Light I: Remember, Canonist soul, that thou hast: God to worship, God to yield to; God to love and desire. The Skies to gain, the Void to avoid; II: The Saints to venerate, the martyrs to imitate, the Prophets to heed, the virgins to honour, the Confessors to call; the Rosary to pray; III: Truth to preach, Good to do, trespasses to forgive, Charity to show; enemies and friends to love. IV: Remember, therefore, that thy true citizenship is in Heaven: God wants thee, and he wants thee a Saint. Be ever a foreigner to the world, and the closest son of the Skies instead. V: In that regard be thee LITTLE as children: for to he that is little, mercy shall be granted: but the mighty shall be mightily tormented. VI: For justice is perpetual and immortal: and those who account themselves righteous in this world shall have God as their judge in the next. But those who are innocent and childlike, shall be called of God. VII: I have heard enough of the so-called ‘rights’ of man: let us now speak of the rights of God. VIII: Go to Confession. IX: Strive not for the wealth of this world. The true wealth is God’s alone to grant (Virtue 2:5), and the man burdened not by greed shall surely have greater odds of being in union with Him. X: Do not be afraid to resign all things to God, and all prayers to thy Patron Saint. For to be the abject slave of God, is greater than to be the Chamberlain of the Emperor himself, and we come to Him best through our Saints. XI: The intention matters. Do a little kindness for the greater glory of God: offer to the stranger a small smile, pray to bless each man you see; tell those around you how much you love them. XII: Without God nothing is possible: with Him alone, all things are possible. XIII: Even the most virtuous friend will disappoint: God alone cannot disappoint, if we truly want salvation. XIV: Truly, I say that thou art a soldier in the most important war of ages. And it is no earthly foe I speak of: it is desire, greed, iniquity, unkindness, and iblees, that thou canst defeat only by adorning thyself with the armour of God. XV: Yet in the battle against the occasion of sin, it is the cowards who flee sin who are the victors; and those that invoke God that alone triumph. ((Ratzinger))XVI: Truth is not decided by a majority vote. XVII: The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent: He will never desert His Church no matter how despairing the situation may seem. He may allow fools to govern her, degenerates to preach her and cowards to protect her, but He will never abandon His covenant with the Prophets. XVIII: From Saint Jude we know: A lifetime of kicks and beatings, of stones and shite being thrown at thee, and at pure infamy and bile being spoken of thee: my friend, this is as nothing to a mere moment with God. XIX: When shalt thou begin to do good? XX: God has no need of men: rather, we have need of Him. ((St. Philip)) XXI: Obedience is the true holocaust; the true sacrifice we offer to God in our hearts. XXII: If God be with us, who can be against us? XXIII: Thou must die. XXIV: In this fact, not our will, but His, be done. Exalted Godfrey praying. THREE: Godfrey’s Triumph *Edited, see Confessions of Father Humbert, 1.1: the original quote is in the first person. I: Let us not say ‘I’, except to pray, teach and self-admonish. II: Lean not on thy own understanding, but trust in the LORD. III: See in each man a potential Saint. ((Augustine))IV: Say: ‘O God, my Lord and Master, why have I loved, why in my whole life have I ever desired, anything but Thee? Why have I wandered for all but Thee? O, spirit of God, love of God, mercy of God, reside in me, and have pity on me, the most wretched sinner!’ V: Penance, penance; penance. *VI: We know ourselves too well to see virtue in ourselves; God’s grace alone can save us. The fact that God does not just strike us down to Hades for our misdeeds, but instead gives us a chance to repent, makes us living proof of His mercy. *VII: Let us be His conquests: once His enemies, now his loving slaves. VIII: The Saints do not say: ‘witness my virtue’ - rather ‘witness the glory of God,’ for God works in and through us if we allow Him. IX: Read and imitate the lives of the Saints. Adopt a Patron Saint. X: He who commands must first learn how to obey. XI: God has fashioned us two ears and two eyes, but only one mouth: let us therefore hear twice as much as we shout. XII: Go to Confession. XIII: It is better to give someone than the Plague than to lie to them. XIV: TO those who gossip, if you can afford it, buy a chicken. Pluck the feathers, and scatter them in the square, and try to get them back. Then you will know that what is released is only retrieved with great difficulty. ((Newman))XV: Say: ‘MY Lord, I believe, and know, and feel, that Thou art the Supreme Good. And, in saying so, I mean, not only supreme Goodness and Benevolence, but that Thou art the sovereign and transcendent Beautifulness. I believe that, beautiful as is Thy creation, it is mere dust and ashes, and of no account, compared with Thee, who art the infinitely more beautiful Creator. ((^))XVI: To possess Thee, O lover of souls, is happiness, and the only happiness of the immortal soul!’ XVII: Obey the Bishop as if he were the Lord, obey thy father or husband as if he were a Prophet; obey thy Emperor as if he were a Saint - but above all, and first, obey God. XVIII: He is Wisdom and he is Love - how canst thou want for more? XIX: God knows thy greatest happiness: thou dost not. XX: All things are for the greater glory of God: He sustains and maintains all things. ((St. Philip))XXI: We must therefore give ourselves to God altogether. XXII: Go to Confession. ((Newman))XXIII: O most tender and gentle Lord , when will my heart have a portion of Thy perfections? When will my hard and stony heart, my proud heart, my unbelieving, my impure heart, my narrow selfish heart, be melted and conformed to Thine? ((^))XXIV: O teach me so to contemplate Thee that I may become like Thee, and to love Thee sincerely and simply as Thou hast loved me. Saint Theodosius. FOUR: Tobias’ Bounty I: Generosity to widows is obedience to God. II: Despise not the poor, for God is the author of them all; and beggars now live and reign with Him in heaven, whilst Emperors are sent reeling in their own iniquity to Hades. III: The highest good is the salvation of souls. IV: Sainthood, for ourselves and others, is our one and only goal. V: If every Canonist family prayed the Rosary every day together, the entire world would be saved. VI: Go to Confession. ((Righteous John)) VII: When God is in our heart, we are contented with everything: what has been discomfort to us becomes the greatest comfort, what was bitter to us becomes sweet, poverty becomes wealth, our hunger is satisfied, and our sorrow turns into joy! VIII: If a man marries the spirit of the age, he shall find himself a widower in the next. IX: When thou receivest praise from others, do not consider this as the just esteem rendered to thyself, but attribute the praise solely to the kind heart of the man who grants it to you. X: Better is wine drunk with humility, than water drunk with pride. ((St. Cyril)) XI: Thy accumulated offences surpass not the multitude of God’s mercies; neither do thy wounds surpass the great Physician’s skill. XII: True happiness is interior. XIII: The most important fast is the fast of rejecting evil, holding thy tongue, banishing lust and speaking, breathing and thinking only goodness. XIV: It is necessary to have icons of the Saints in all parts of the home, for they remind us of the glory He can raise us to, if we but say ‘Non nobis, Domine.’ XV: There is nothing so repulsive to iblees as humility: there is nothing so pleasing to God as lowliness. XVI: If thou believest what thou wouldst choose in the Canon, and reject that which displeases thee, it is not the Canon thou believest in, but thyself. ((St. Bridget))XVII: Let he who is intelligent have all the more reason to fear and love God, for He will not have ignorance as an excuse for negligence. XVIII: Therefore, when God shall judge thee, he will not ask which books of Malin thou hast read, how many law-books thou canst quote, or what histories thou dost know, but Love shall be the whole syllabus. XIX: Thou wilt catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. So it is with souls! XX: Be kind to all men, but harsh with thyself. XXI: Love is the only thing worth living for. XXII: God loves us more than all the mothers and fathers in the world love their children, all siblings love one another, and all friends sacrifice for each other. For God is the author of all these loves in the first place: they are a reflection of the divine love. ((Chrystostom))XXIII: Be ashamed when thou sin, not when thou repent. XXIV: The Emperors have the power to raise armies: the Church has the power to forgive sins. Which, I pray thee, is greater? Blessed Jude I. FIVE: Sun’s Smile I: Go to Confession. ((Chrystostom))II: Hades is paved with the skulls of priests. III: God and His Saints are with you always: you need only invoke His help and their prayers. ((Aug.))IV: A man has as many masters as he has vices. V: I have observed, friends, that we are either slaves of iblees through vice, or slaves of God. I was of the former, now I consecrate myself to the latter. VI: Better to die than to sin. ((St. Gemma)) VII: I would gladly give every drop of my blood to please God, and to stop sinners from offending Him. VIII: Behave in church so that people might know Whose house it is; treat the Altar so that they might know Who dwells there. IX: Better to be least in the Skies, than the first in Hades. X: Make, first of all, a study of the lives of the Saints. XI: Never forget his [Kristoff’s] name, and constantly invoke it, for if his Faith was so strong, by the grace of God and his intercession, so too may it become readily renewed in us. XII: The daemons are still terrified of Saint Kristoff to this day. XIII: If Saint Catherine was not too good to work at the feet of beggars, why thinkest thou to be so? XIV: If thou hast sinned, turn to Saint Catherine for aid, if thou dost not wish to be refused. XV: If the world was run by Saint Catherine’s example, there would be no war. XVI: Julia called herself ‘ancilla Domini’ - the handmaid of the Lord. But a less sensitive translation might better render it ‘slave’; as showing total belonging and consecration to Him, which we also ought to practice. XVII: Saint Jude knew...To look inward, humble thyself and practice mortification is the greatest crown of glory. XVIII: This is what makes Jude our Glorious Patriarch: not any earthly deed, but the spirit he embodies. XIX: Humbert’s last words: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all men of goodwill.’ XX: We owe God our all. XXI: I recognise only one ‘human right’ - the right for a man to be treated as if he is an immortal soul and not a means to an end, for this is our duty not only to charity, but the substance of truth itself. XXII: People complain that we Judites say the same thing, over and over again. ‘Go to Confession, pray, give alms.’ If we say them always, it is only because they are always true! XXIII: It is much better to trust in the Lord than to hope in Mankind. XXIV: How much better to trust in Him than in princes! Saint Emma. SIX: Harren’s Folly I: What shall it avail a man, if he gain the world, but lose his immortal soul? II: Whenever thou thinkest evil against any man, turn thy thoughts into a prayer. III: Whenever thou wouldst take the name of our Lord our God in vain, turn it into a prayer for deliverance. ((St. Philip))IV: An excellent way to preserve ourselves from vice is to say, each day ‘to-morrow I may die.’ V: Persevere in an holy cheerfulness. ((St. Philip))VI: He who cannot suffer a loss of honour, cannot advance in things spiritual. ((^))VII: Humbert used to say: the sanctity of a man lies in the breadth of three fingers. VIII: Love to be unknown. IX: There is not a time in which prayer is not useful. X: Imagine thyself as the servant to all, and treat each one as if they were God in person. XI: The head of the Church, contrary to popular belief, is not the Pontiff. It is God. XII: The Prophets sinned. XIII: Beware of those who profess to be holy warriors as a cloak for their iniquity. XIV: If husband and wife do not sacrifice for one another, they will not grow in love. Love thy spouse more than thou lovest thyself. XV: A shrewish woman, however beautiful, will soon make thee miserable: so it is with a brutal man. XVI: Therefore, in courtship, maintain a distance from one another, and consider the soul first, for as saith the Prophet: ‘The man who gives thee ten roses in courtship will give but one after he has won thy heart.’ XVII: Religion is not a subjective sensibility personal to a single man, but objective truth. XVIII: Neither, however, should it be a matter cold and emotionless - instead, the Divine Light should conquer us and work within and through us. ((Sheen))XIX: Not an hundred men hate the Church, but thousands hate what they think the Church is. XX: It is profitable for us to acknowledge that our forefathers were greater men than we, in order that we might we spurred onto heroic emulation. XXI: O God, give the earthly kings and emperors the grace to remember that they are but dust, and to dust they shall return. XXII: Confession is a fountain of mercy - an outpouring of love! I beg thee, I entreat thee, and I beseech thee at thy feet to repent now, for God alone knows the hour. XXIII: Father Humbert ended all letters: ‘Thy humble slave in God, Father Humbert, O.S.J.’ XXIV: Never speak in thine own defence unless absolutely necessary. SEVEN: Sigismund’s End Saint Julia. I: As for the enemy, fear them not. (Delivered to soldiers.) ((Cato the Elder))II: Turn this over in your minds: if you do a bad deed to obtain a temporal thing, the thing shall quickly fade and the bad shall stay with you forever. But if you obtain something through virtue, the virtue will never leave you. (Same speech as above.) III: Go to Confession. IV: In thy prosperity, take not away that praise which is due to Him alone. V: Yet remember that to be yet alive is a mercy of God, and so do the same even in the darkest depths - since alive we have the chance to become Saints! VI: Better is one hour prayed fervently, than all seven mouthed idly! VII: Diligence is a virtue, but without Charity, it is nothing. For I have seen men slave themselves to wealth, to drink and to honour, and so make themselves miserable. Remember, therefore, for what you work! (Pointing to the Skies.) VIII: The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. IX: Let no man say ‘I confess my sins before God, I have no need of priests.’ What madness is this? God instituted Confession; by rejecting it, thou makest a mockery of Him. God has desired, for reasons beyond our understanding, that this Sacrament would be His outpouring of mercy. X: I beg of you, let me return to the Confessional! I esteem one Confession, one human soul, above all this earthly veneer! (Said he at a political meeting.) XI: God bless you and keep you! (Said he to brigands who chucked rocks and shite at him, which he, kissing, blessed.) XII: When there arose a certain petition, at the time of this postulancy, calling him unworthy to be a Brother of Saint Jude, Humbert signed it. XIII: Beware of those who use ‘love’ as an excuse to tear down the law of God - as if they, in their pride, had a better idea of Love than our God, who is Charity itself. (Deus Caritas Est.) XIV: Despise not the old; distrust not the young. For God is the author of old and young age alike! XV: Whenever thou shouldst have a bad thought: lust or greed or unkindness, immediately think: ‘Glory be to the Father, and to Horen, and to all the Saints’ and write these words into thy heart! XVI: Better to be the just man gaoled, than the unjust gaoler. For the unjust man is the base slave of evil; the just man is truly free from passion. XVII: After a controversial but correct ruling: If the world be against truth, I am against the world. XVIII: To... murderously pursue war without any attempt at a peaceful solution, surely makes men son of Krug, not of Horen. (Epistle to the Lotharingians on Peace) XIX: For how shall we be justified in our Covenant if we behave with the same iniquity - nay, worse, than other races? (Ibid) XX: Consider peace. Consider forgiveness. Consider sweetness. And live them. XXI: The Lord ruleth me: I shall want for nothing. He makes me down to lie, in pastures green, he leadeth me, the quiet waters by! XXII: Forgive them that wrong thee, and God will be inclined to forgive thee. XXIII: Seeing a Novice help an old lady cross the street: Such is the kingdom of God on earth! XXIV: The year is up, but not the time thou hast to do good!
  14. A rather sad but kindly looking man walks in. He is dressed plainly and utterly without ostentation, and, although young, he walks and talks as if an older man, with an immaculate politeness. Well, what’s your name? Edmund Jutkiewicz, sir. Aye. And from whence do you hail? Reza. Alright, alright, that’s a fine place this time of season. How many years have you lived? Twenty-three. Got it. Your ethnicity, good man? I can’t make it out. Probably because I am half Marian, I should suspect. My father was Marian, and my mother is a Courlander. Mmm. I never would have expected it. Are you literate? Yes. Good, that won’t hurt you. Do you have a wife at home, or children? No. They call Sixtus the Third ‘the Lewd’ for having two bastards. Don’t be like him. Have you got anything against taking oaths? No. You’re all set. I’ll have this filed away to the Prelate at once. He’s all the way off in Pembroke, at least a day’s trip. Give him a while.
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