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  1. Sustineri Veritatis The Sustainability of Truth 19th Harren’s Folly, 1792 Brothers in the common flesh of Horen and in the laurels of the office of shepherds over the flocks of Man: Grace and Mercy from GOD the Father and the Exalted, our Divine Informants. In our response to the Ecumenical Council of this age, Curandum Aengulis, we began by defining an articulated doctrine which stresses the condition of ecclesiastical authority; Sustainability. Let it be known that this doctrine, ‘the Divine Precedent from which the Church is preserved from error by treading in the path of orthodoxy steadfastly and with great regard for her traditions in ages past’ is not a new innovation. Neither is she promulgated by any Pontiff or Saintly Bishop in ages past or present. The doctrine of Sustainability is a living, breathing reality present in the very fabric of our Communion. We are a Church which shuns the revisionist claims of infallibility of office and absolute authority of mortal rank. However, we are a custodial estate, bound by our commitment to that truth we were appointed as shepherds to safeguard. This condition, our nature as humble toilers in the vineyard of the Lord, thus affords us the following merits: In that we are a Divinely appointed institution, created by the Will of GOD and entrusted with magisterial authority by our Fathers among the Saints, the Exalted Prophets, we were established in a state of absolute grace. Preservation from error was not the only emanation of this force- however from it, our ability to persist with the charisma of truth above us is evident. Let us then refer to the force behind this doctrine as gratia sustentans, our sustaining grace. Verily, my fellow clerics, it is through our custodianship of the office we have been entrusted with that we merit this gratia sustentans - without which our ecclesiastical body would be led astray into the condition established in Ad Defensionem Anima, beguilement. Recognizing that it is in preserving the traditions of ages past, in conforming to the interpretations of our earliest-most fathers, in stringently obeying both the Word and Deposit of Faith that we merit gratia sustentans and are thus preserved from error, be so entreated in these times of doubt and confusion to take comfort in Holy Mother Church. Out from the chasm of departure from tradition and blatant nova interpretatio GOD, in His excellent providence, has produced for us a great opportunity to recognize fault. In liberalizing the Faith we have received a Paternal Correction. Those events which have come to pass involving Gazardiel in the time of this council were so ordained out of direct need to admonish stubborn clerics who refused to recognize Holy Mother Church’s dogma. Inspired by this censure without bitterness or attachment to the wrongs of the past, let us converge. Let us preach the truth. Let us store up a treasure trove of gratia sustentans. Bless GOD. With contrite prayer, Abbot Bram Calistovich, O.W.F Abbot of Bl. Wigbrecht’s Abbey The constancy of the truth depends on the precedent of divine revelation, which the Church has continuously upheld since time immemorial. A word must be said on the nature of “truth.” It is a question that has become increasingly relevant in present discourse as events have shaken the world of faith in all of its facets. Truth is inseparable to wisdom which originates from GOD. Therefore, “truth” as such must be understood as Truth, the objective reality of which all things derive. In Aeterna Sapientia (1626), Bl. High Pontiff Everard IV stated that “The eternal wisdom is the momentum of the realm serving as the derivative of all existence and all things good.” It is our intrinsic inclination to seek what is good. Goodness is the fulfillment of truth and its divine manifestation to the mortal plane. Creation seeks to know what is good, what is wise, and essentially what is true. Truth, then, must be understood under the context of its originator. Through divine revelation, the Church was bestowed the sacred responsibility to maintain the truth. It is here where we inaugurate the notion of sustineri veritatis, or the sustainability of truth. Without such a principle, the Church could not simply exercise its apostolic authority. From prophetic revelation, the constancy of the divine, and the truth that derives from GOD, is made known to the conscience of creation. We must understand the truth as a kind of spark which, when enkindled, produces a flame. As noted in the “Message on Divine Peace” by High Pontiff Daniel V (1700), “How can we hide from this truth? What is there to turn to, but iniquity and darkness? The children of God were born to walk in His path of light, to stand together as brothers, strengthened by the divinity of the Godhead; unwavering and unafraid when facing the wickedness of Iblees. Yet, here we stand at a distance, this unity disrupted as we listen to the whispers of the Denier, the weaver of lies and the sower of hatred. We cannot surrender ourselves to these false perceptions and be blinded by enmity, or we shall be rejecting the lessons of the Virtues taught to us from the beginning.” The Church, thus, assumes a custodial role in maintaining such a flame, and thereby sustaining what is true. She is thus a witness to the timeless truth that must be sustained in the rapidly reactive ambience of societal attitudes. Our consistent call to arms against doubt empower the Church to face adversity. The divine precedent maintained in sustineri veritatis preserves the ever constant authority of GOD in our individual and collective conscience. Sustenance in ever changing times warrants a renewed commitment by the Holy Church and her ministers to harken the model of prophetic virtue. The Scrolls often remind us of the lonely burden of bearing witness to GOD’s divinity and wisdom. However, it is incumbent upon all of us, clergy and laity alike, to remain true to the cause of the truth. It is in truth that we find a fulfillment of life and stability against the erosion that relativism brings. In recent commentaries, notably by our brother in faith, Fr. Pius in “Tract II. The Church is the Sword of Owyn” (1782), we affirm that “The Church is the purifying Sword of Owyn. She loves her children, but she loves them in the Truth. She exercises his admonishing office, and perpetuates the Prophetic Office through the Scrolls and Sacraments, but also through the active teaching authority she possesses, chiefly vested in the Pontiff but in union with the Holy Synod.” It is in defense of the truth that the Church purposefully accomplishes her mission to preserve the presence of virtue in the faithful. In sum, the sustainability of truth transcends our worldly station. It is, in fact, a transcendent commitment obliged to us at baptism to bear witness to the divine mission. With fidelity, Fr. Benedict of Muldav, O.W.F. Bishop of Petrovic, Archdiocese of Jorenus
  2. Aengulic Arrangements Sustainability: "The Divine Precedent from which the Church is preserved from error by treading in the path of orthodoxy steadfastly and with great regard for her traditions in ages past.” In my fraternal correction targeted to those of my brothers in the cloth— Ad Defensionem Anima, I exhorted the faithful clergy of the grave danger that Aengulic Connection posed to the Souls of Man. Given the fact that my brothers and sisters are gathered in council I suspect it is expected of me to continue in my plea for orthodoxy in the tradition of opposition to this practice. If you do recall, and I pray the words of my exhortation are still fresh in the minds of my brethren here gathered in reading, I began defining the state that I found both myself and our Holy Institution: Beguiled. We are thus, together, conditioned. Poor Bishop Benedict himself now comes to me with long bags in his eyes tainted by char from wrestling with these matters from the cluck of morning to the burning wick of nightfall. Be this condition so ordered, let me reiterate my concerns in a spirit and with an effort for the preservation of sustainability in our body. It is well known in the annals of Aengulic lore that the famed Aengul Gazardiel was a figure of ill repute. Not only did this figure, this created form, born out of the emanations of GOD’s potency, facilitate the power source of the great soul-consuming contraption, made by wicked and warped Dwarves in a bygone era, which created a dimension which imprisoned the Defiler. Nay, the Aengul was known to have the ability of reversing the tether tied to them which allowed for Gazardiel to control his mortal practitioners. This account must be known to be veracious as in the aisles past from which we fled the city in which this massacre occurred, the souls, and the device were all located. The Aengul aided Dwed in their soul sucking mission. The Aengul reserved their tether, controlling their adherents. What is a tether? A tether is the link formed between the created Aengul and the created Man through which power is channeled. Before a practitioner calls upon the aid of the Aenguls for power they must first become ‘connected.’ This connection process is akin to our Canonist baptism, a sacrament of great importance. It is through this connection that those who make vows link their soul to an ethereal cord which is connected to the Aengul. Think about it. If one was to preform a puppet show and they had only a few cloth implements and manipulated them before the masses with their bare hands it would appear quite *****, no? Certainly unnatural or contra naturam to say the least. If then, some fine strings held up the hands and feet, the actions could be done with full immersion of the onlookers who see only the magic of movement and not its source. We know its source. We know from which means power is sourced. We know how this comes to be. Connecting one’s immortal soul to an Aengul, handing over the greatest possession of Man, the immortal and eternal in exchange for the powers of the Aengulic ranks. This was always seen as a harsh and deviant thing. I challenge this point not. We do not give up our souls to any created being. Our souls belong to GOD alone. Furthermore, -and this can be attested to by any master practitioner capable of performing this Rite- if someone wishes to sever their connection, to break the cord of control: they are forever pained, a pain not of the flesh but of their very souls. In becoming ‘disconnected’ as it were, damage is dealt the soul- this is seen as a great negative to Aengelic practitioners who wish to prostitute themselves to various powerful bodies and find that as they loose themselves from one and attach themselves to another they, after disconnection, find the process of connection hard and not painless. Be that as it may, we must not discount the adverse effects that this process has to the mind of our flocks. After all, we are the guardians of the sheep, are we not? We are those with the good old shepherd’s crook, with which we are tasked to guide. Do we not hear the great trauma inflicted on those who loose themselves from their Aengelic arrangements in the confessional? This change, this loss greatly pains them… in many cases this pain persists for the rest of their lives. Verily brothers, we know all too well that Creator Clerics were the only permissible devotes of power and their status was highly contested at the time and following their exile. The fact that we would now permit Aenglic clerics and the like without regard for our history is absurd. SO THEN, I see it fitting that I again stress to all who read this letter that Aenglic Connections are not to be sanctioned within the Holy Canonist Church. IN THAT, Aenguls as created beings are given dominion over the souls of Man through connection, IN THAT, the process of Aengulic Connection creates a link which imposes harm on the soul, IN THAT, this unnatural deviancy can impose intense trauma if severed, IN THAT, Aenguls have been known in history to abuse this connection, I SEE IT RESOLVED THAT we shepherds ban this arrangement from our hallowed institution henceforth and forever. Abbot Bram Calistovich, O.W.F
  3. Bl. High Pontiff Jude and the Venerable Elder Vladimir shake their head at the debate, “Vladimirism will one day reign.” they nod, going back attend to celestial things.
  4. Abbot Bram forgives the pious Pius and receives him warmly.
  5. Notes that the common translation does accommodate a rigid translation of the Flexio, it being the ablative.
  6. Abbot Bram would correct the Father, reminding him that the plural is not employed.
  7. [!] A letter is sent out to the High Pontiff of the Canon and Curia of the Holy Canonist Church [!] Ad Defensionem Anima To the Defense of the Soul “But there are yet faithful. And they are assailed by twenty four false prophets, in their hands twenty four falsehoods, bearing the mark of sin. And their lies are lifted up in worship, for the servants of Iblees proclaim them truth.” Beguiled: To be captivated in irrationality and led astray. Dear Fathers and Brothers within the Communion of GOD, I warn you against the guileful nature of those who seek to pass off a nova interpretatio in a dogma well-defined in ages past. I write to you now concerning the recent promulgation from the Auditor of the Tribunal in which the disciples of Xan are branded no different than the mendicant almsgivers in the purity of their Faith. For if there is no contradiction in the faith of the disciples of Xan and the most precious Faith of the Canon, this becomes a fact of reason. For the potential for either to merit the same virtue to attain the highest Skie is equal for both parties. Some would describe the Void as a place where there is no reason, we are being dragged into the Void by this missive- and I would like to make it clear that I will not be dragged into the abyss of perdition! I will not! In accord with the Rule of Blessed Wigbrecht, I will reprove the wicked. When the Aengulic disciples wish to attain power from the celestial forces they form a connection to them. This connection is one which links the immortal soul of the practitioner with the power of the Aengul. Through this tether, unnatural power can be wielded by the disciple- power which is contra naturam. No Cannonist under any circumstance is to suffer their souls to be meddled with. The fact that the Auditor alludes to this in his mentioning of “an ember of Aengulic power close to their soul'” and does not immediately bristle with this reality is cause for great concern. I pray that this decision is reversed in union with the prayers of the pious Friar Boniface. Abbot Bram Calistovich, O.W.F
  8. Abbot Bram would give a nod following his reading of the brother Friar’s comments on the recent promulgation. “I wholeheartedly agree. This new interpretation and laxity of faith is a departure from the clear teaching of the Church in ages past. In their veneration and service to the Aengulic forms, descendants are tethering their immortal souls to power they can never understand. This aught to be condemned as a dangerous and repulsive practice.”
  9. Fair point, I took this into consideration and updated the redlines. Thank you!
  10. That’s a great suggestion! I do agree that a lowered benchmark for creation befits the oil, thank you!
  11. Contrabass Concoction Gold Potion by ArtLanding “Ah! Here is one for the senses.” Beros would begin to laugh at his own joke, unclipping a short yet stout bottle from a nickel brewing stand. The liquid therein encased was as thick as honey, full of small bubbles, and writhing about as if it would succeed in its struggle to slide out would it not be for the bottle’s plump cork. “Contrabass Concoction. A real treat and difficult to procure these days at least. The secret weapon of the Dwarven Quoire and the envy of Canonist cantors, at least the Ruskan ones. For those wishing to chant or belt out some harmonious litanies you can not find a more desirable drought. The oil, when taken in the proper quantity allows for one to speak, sing, chant, ye name it- all in Basso Profondo, a deep tone.” The aging alchemist raised the bottle up a bit, watching his apprentices’ eyes follow the vial with absolute attendance, “Hmm, a singer in our midst have we… well fine, take it.” Description & Effects: A honey-like salve, an oily balm, the Contrabass Concoction is quite the unconventional brew that one might imagine themselves indulging in. This thick golden oil is the product of many hours of labor at the hands of perspicacious alchemists. It seems to be in perpetual motion, forming bubbles and oozing about in its given container, eager to enter the mouths of worthy choir-persons. This concoction has a profound effect on the vocal abilities of those whose lips have graced it; On consumption, those who partake of this oil find their voice lowered several octaves to the range known as Basso Profondo. Unlike most unctions this oil is quite unorthodox in that its coating of the throat must be kept current at all times during performances. Once the oil is washed down from the throat there remain no lingering octave effects. However, after only a few sips of the concoction the user would be graced with the ability to speak, sing, chant, shout, and even whisper in this low basso profondo tone. This effect remains only for as long as several saliva-filled swallows permit, around 10 OOC minutes. This is due to the fact that the oil is easily corrupted by salvation. Failure to not use this concoction correctly will not only impede one’s choral solo. If a steady lather is not kept on the throat for the entirety of one’s attempt at singing Basso Profondo, vocal pain would begin. Within only a few minutes of strenuous attempts at singing, vocalists would find their ability to sing greatly impaired for a brief time. Recipe: Base: Lard 1x Sound 1x Connection 1x Order 1x Strength 1x Slowness REDLINES: -Tier One -Effects only last four emotes where each emote is a separate action. To continue after this sum is reached, reapplication is required to sing in a similar manner. -Does not require ST signing.
  12. Nims' Beard Nims’ Beard pigment on parchment Sign: Fire Symbol(s): Impediment x1 Lethargy x1 Appearance: A thin orange fungus that resembles a ginger Dwarven beard. “Hairs” from this fungi spread like wildfire once in a warm damp environment. The fungus will only grow on organic matter, mostly vegetables, hanging up and down from such plants in patches. Entire swathes of land are sometimes overtaken by invasive fungi as hairs are blown about by the wind or carried away by passing animals from one plant to another. This creates sections of the swamps which appear to be sickly with an amber hue, brining the trained eye to attention. Location: Nims’ Beard is usually found growing about the verdure of most swamps and bogs. Wherever the conditions of warm and damp are met in the wild, these fungi can usually be discovered lest it not be too exposed to the sun. These fungi prefer shade and resist the sun at great lengths, preferring to grow on the bottom of plants which are exposed to light or, as in many cases, cling to flora and vegetables growing under the canopy of trees. Harvesting: Because of the potency of the colored spores which cling to Nims’ Beard and the encasement, a thick amber liquid which causes mild irritation on contact with skin, contacting this fungi without proper attire is ill-advised. Nims’ Beard is usually gathered by those wearing gloves and clothes they do not care to have dyed orange. The entire fungi can be utilized for its spice, dye, or reagent purpose so all is usually captured and in great quantity so as to avoid repeat trips which lend to the potential to dye oneself or their clothes pretty good. Raw Effect(s): Oftentimes when refined, Nimb's Beard is used for skin dying oils, as it is quite difficult to remove its amber hue from one's skin. When raw, avoid contact with the skin, the oil of this fungus causes a burning sensation and inflammation to plague any affected area. The Fungus is known to change tint depending on what color the organic matter it grows on is. Nims’ Beard can be added to food items as a hot spice. REDLINES: -This plant should be gathered through RP, but does not require an ST approved item. -When processed for its Symbols, this reagent will lose all of its raw effects and harvested capabilities. - Nims’ Beard dye effects are not permanent and after 1 OOC day of moderate washing the orange stain will be removed. - Nims’ Beard in its raw form can not be used to inflict permanent damage to the tongue, it is a mild spice.
  13. Yes! There is a modified copy of my original potion in the index. The description given there is too ambiguous about the creation of the oil and its addition to food and drink among other things. The oil should not be added to food that would render it useless. However, it can be added to drink as long as it is in equal parts. The recipe in the index is also skewed from the original, it does require different quantities and symbols than those given to produce the given effects in the spirit of equivalent exchange. Another important RP aspect is that the consistency and color are different in the index log. This is important to keep in mind as the unction is meant to be visible if added to drinks, there would be an off appearance if half of one’s drink has sludge floating atop it. This clarification serves to rewrite the potion given there and stress the original appearance and use of the concoction.
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