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  1. PEACE AND BLESSINGS PONTIFICAL LETTER THE EXCOMMUNICATION OF HEINRIK SARKOZIC HIS HOLINESS PONTIAN IV, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Visigia, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD does decree… Most Beloved Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction. We write this declaration from Our most Holy Office with naught but sorrow to address the crimes of a man we once held in high esteem as a pious exemplar of the Holy Canonist Faith. Verily, We once looked up to Duke Heinrik Sarkozic, Our kinsman, for having risen to the position of Duke and having brought the Adrians back together after a long period of hardship for our people. However, it saddens Us greatly to admit that in recent years such admiration has completely vanished, and to admit that We are of the belief that the power he has drawn towards himself has gone to his head and made him mad. Certain vile crimes on his end have come to light, crimes We shall try to detail down below here: Firstly, We need to make note of it that the aforementioned Heinrik Sarkozic does the bidding of the Azdrazi, harbouring them within the city of Velec, and even having gone as far as to trick Us into meeting with him and one of his Azdrazi associates, under the pretense that it would only be the two of us meeting. Secondly, he has made himself guilty of consorting with known heretics, namely those of Godfreyist origin, who deny the status of Exalted Sigismund, and has even gone as far as to harbour them within the city of Velec and tolerate their blatant heresies. These Godfreyist heretics were clear on it that they were not in communion with the Holy Mother Church and yet, despite having been supported by the Holy Mother Church from day one, the aforementioned Duke did nothing in opposition to this mockery of faith, as his oaths bid him to do as a member of the Church of the Canon. Finally, We have received letters related to the Duke's infidelity towards his then-living wife, Austina of Aldersberg. Instituted by Our Divine Creator himself, Holy Matrimony is one of the most sacrosanct of sacred ceremonies. It is not to be taken lightly or wantonly, but reverently, discreetly and soberly. The duke has proven that he has no respect for the rite of Matrimony. In light of all this, We, the Pontificate, declare the man known as Heinrik Otto Sarkozic to be excommunicated and anathematized from henceforth, hereby spiritually amputated from the Canonist Church until such a time that he submits himself to Our judgment at the Holy See and repents of all of his vile crimes. To the Adrians, however, We say this: We recognize you are innocent of the crimes committed by your elected Duke and liege lord, and as a result wish to stress that there is no interdict on the Adrian lands. Mass and other sacraments served for the spiritual edification of the Adrian people may continue on without issue. FIDES RESTITUENDA FAITH MUST BE RESTORED
  2. PEACE AND BLESSINGS WRIT OF APPOINTMENT RESTRUCTURING THE SYNOD HIS HOLINESS PONTIAN IV, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Visigia, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD does decree… Most Beloved Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction, Our Vice-Chancellor has abruptly disappeared without a word, although it saddens us all. We pray that Father Viktor is in good health, wherever he may be. The Mother Church will conduct an investigation to his most unfortunate absence. Yet it must continue and find a replacement for this most vital of offices. After careful consideration and examination, we have found an able and willing replacement. His Eminence, Father Teodosio Phokas, who we once appointed our Chamberlain was nominated and approved by the entirety of the Curia. So it is through our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that We appoint Teodosio Phokas Our Vice-Chancellor. This leaves the office of Chamberlain vacant, fear not, for We too have a replacement. His Eminence, Antonius of Saint Caius is henceforth our Chamberlain. Together with the Curia, his abilities and good record has been examined and found to be most worthy. The Pontificate wishes him the best in his newfound responsibility. FIDES RESTITUENDA FAITH MUST BE RESTORED
  3. POENITENTIAM SERVIVIT A PENANCE SERVED ENCYCLICAL OF HIGH PONTIFF PONTIAN IV 14TH OF OWYN’S FLAME, 1915 TO THE VENERABLE BRETHREN, THE ARCHBISHOPS, THE BISHOPS, AND OTHER LOCAL ORDINARIES IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE AEGISIAN SEE Venerable Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction. Many years ago the young Kasimir var Ruthern of Haense committed a murder, and for this act he was entrusted into the care of the Mother Church. His punishment for this crime was ten years of penance to the Mother Church. After having been assigned such, he took to work diligently and created an organization that is valuable to the Mother Church, from nothing. Now, his penance is complete, and he is absolved of his sins by Our decree. The young man is a well versed warrior, has expressed his wishes to retire from the dangerous lifestyle and return to his family and to Haense. He has nominated Ser Philip to succeed him as Grand Inquisitor, We find the skilled knight a prudent choice and gladly appoint him the new Grand Inquisitor. We wish Kasimir var Ruthern a healthy and good life with his family and to Our new Grand Inquisitor, we shall watch closely! FIDES RESTITUENDA FAITH MUST BE RESTORED
  4. THE DUCHY OF ADRIA The coat of arms for the Duchy of Adria FOREWORD The Duchy of Adria, most commonly called Adria, is an entity that has existed throughout the ages. The current leader of Adria is Duke Heinrik I Sarkozic, at his side exists the Council of Orel, each councilor leading a specific sphere. Adria was first founded in the 14th century, arguably reaching its prime and fall in Ves in the 17th century. Despite the way it fell in Ves, there are many who still fondly remember the time of Adria and Ves. Adria mostly welcomes all races, as long as they cause no trouble. GOVERNMENT The government of the Duchy of Adria is rather unique, as it is ruled by a Duke, who is elected by a special duma, whose electors are the leaders of the various leaders of the Karovic houses. The Duke of Adria is accountable to the Franciscan Articles, a legal document which details the laws, privileges and bylaws of the Duchy and the Duke. The Duchy of Adria is considered feudal elective, oftentimes called a ‘Dumacracy’ either way, Adria has a unique government as the Duke-elect has the liberty to do much himself, but some things require the approval of the duma, such as; declaring war or the creation of new taxes. THE DUCAL DUMA The Duma is an assembly of estates tasked with carrying out judgement on matters pertaining to the Duchy. It consists of two representatives from every demesne within the Duchy, and the City of Velec has four representatives. The head of the Duma is the Chancellor, appointed by the Duke and who by all means is his representative, including in the Duma. The Duma has the final say on laws, wars, alliances, and treaties. The Duke and Chancellor listening to a citizen address the Duma. THE FREE CITY OF VELEC Between the temperate eastern coast and sky-biting peaks of the Arentanian Alps, the tips of the Blackwoods’ many conifers hide the settlement of Velec. Grown organically from the various refugee camps established after the Acrean rebellion, the town stretches lazily through the valley of the Reden river. Its fields are sown in the fertile ground low down and its relatively humble ducal palace, St. Emalyne, reigns above it on rocky cliffs. Between these two limes, the various districts of the town were erected. A view into Velec with Varoche district and Lil’ Raev in full view Franciscan Square The bustling heart of the town. It’s where you will find the town hall, the all-important tavern; The Basking Turtle and the marketplace, where you’ll find many diverse stores and stalls, each selling a variety of goods, such as; baked goods, books, potions, ingredients and of course armour and weapons! Finally, the aviary and bank are found in the Franciscan square just by the town hall. Lil’ Raev The timber-built quarter of Velec is mostly reserved for the Host of Saint Arpad. The architecture there is remarkably Raevir, hence the name; Little Raev. The quarter has a handful of stalls, a blacksmith and Saint Waldo’s boarding house where weary travellers might get themselves a drink, some food and a good bed for the night and continue to explore Adria the next day. Church District Just past the bridge from Franciscan Square is the Church district which contains the Church of Our Mother of Paradisus, an attached graveyard and a few houses easily capable of a large family. Further east lies the festival grounds. Foundry District The district that houses all the industry and artisans in Velec. Here you’ll be able to find a lumber mill, the ‘iron will’ forge, and the famed cannon foundry. Otherwise, there are elegant houses in the area, which all sport at least four floors. Right by the gate is the Hospital of Saint Catherine, which also houses the Saint Catherine’s Medical Society. Inside the hospital is what is expected. Opposite the Hospital, one will find Ser Tybis’ Bastille, the home of the Greycloaks, Adria’s first line of defence and law enforcement. The large area has a sizable training field, stables and a barracks, which are off-limits. Varoche District Heading in the opposite direction, south. One will reach Varoche district, the well-to-do quarter inside the city and the rural outskirts around St. Catherine’s Gate. Beginning with past the walls, the estates there are reserved for those well-off, two prime examples being the namesake of the district the Varoches and then the Alderbergs. The outskirts are the majority of timber and hay. The places of interest there are the Boring Boar and the hunters guild. A quiet night in the Foundry District CULTURE Through many years of displacement and tribulation, the term ‘Adrian’ has come to refer less to a unified language and culture than an eclectic melting pot. Even back in the forgotten city squares of Belvitz or Ves one could have expected merchants conversing in pidgin, Imperial heralds prattling off edicts in half-understood Flexio, and humble farmers and laborers speaking their ancestral tongues. Without the social mortar of shared origin, Adrians are left to define themselves by shared expressions and observances. The archetypal ‘good Adrian’ is a studied legalist, patron and participant in the arts, and an inveterate drunkard all at once. A rich tradition of theater is woven into the history of the nation, cemented into legend with the blood of the martyred The Adrians pride themselves on their defense of liberty and the rule of law. The Gradic Rights, originally a charter of privileges for the citizens of Belvitz, have become enshrined in popular consciousness as an assurance of the rights for every free citizen. The enclave of Lil’Raev home of the Raevir people beneath Ivanovich GUILDS With serfdom eliminated from the City of Velec and only a few landowners in Adria, many citizens turn to the guilds, each specializing in a craft or trade. As members of the guilds, citizens are afforded special privileges and protections under their guild. As of writing this there exist six guilds; the Cooks, merchants, smiths, medics, hunters and apothecaries & alchemists guilds. Each of the guilds have a unique history and way of operation, but they all wish to participate in the Adrian society and develop its economy. MILITARY SERVICE In a bountiful land such as Adria, there are bound to be problems that arise which require a firm hand to resolve. It is the Greycloaks, the ducal retinue, which see to the protection of the free city and its citizens. They are entrusted to keep the peace and often venture out of the safety of the city to face the threats head-on! Becoming a Greycloak is easy, one must merely speak to the Marshal. Candidates need not have prior experience, the capable officers will rise to the task and train the new Greycloaks. The Greycloak Watch; The O'Rourke Reforms - The Greycloak Watch - The Lord Of The Craft A contingent of Greycloaks assembled at the city hearth, before the city’s completion CIVIL AND COURT SERVICE There can be no doubt that no city or fiefdom can be led by one man or woman. The free city of Velec is no different, the leader of Velec is elected by popular vote every four years, named the Maer. The Maer then appoints capable stewards and clerks, to help in the running of a bustling city. To keep the Maer in check are the Aldermen, elected and selected members of the city’s population. The first one will without a doubt see when entering the city, is Saint Emalyensburg, the ducal keep. The ducal household requires servants of all types to see to the proper function of the keep and household. In the keep exist smaller administrative offices, such as the Lady Concierge, Lords and ladies-in-waiting, which include specific titles such as; the Court Screamer, bard and vintner. Many find purpose and fulfillment in these humble offices. Denizens of Adria in St. Catherine’s Square during the 1912 Municipal Elections RELIGION Canonism is the one and only faith in Adria, all others are considered heretical. It encourages its faithful to live a Virtuous life, which means staying true to its moral laws revealed in the Scroll of Virtue. The Church always encourages those passionate in faith and studious to further learn of God and become priests, who through dedication to God may become bishops and cardinals. The Duke of Adria being crowned by the High Pontiff. LOCATION AND CONTACT Adria is located within the close region of the major Almaris avenues, situated along the Eastfleet-Vienne Kingsroad. If following the northern Eastfleet road after entering the Eastfleet warp, it can be reached within a short one to two minutes run. [1687, -8] PLAYERS WHO CAN ASSIST Beamon4 (Heinrik I - Duke of Adria) Illuminare (Sigismond Varoche - Lord Chancellor of Adria) GajaTheMessiah (Stefan Euler - Maer of Velec) Vylkmir (Charles Varoche - City clerk) Jonificus (Mithius Dalma - Alderman) Smol_bean0 (Allessandra de Vend - Governess) Nectorist (Joseph Vasile - Marshal of the Greycloaks) Asutto (Alysanne O'Rourke - Sergeant of the Greycloaks) An invite to the Adria discord https://discord.gg/E22wtWVgxQ
  5. "To His Serene Highness, Prince Robert II, May His Light guide you in your new reign. Truly your people welcome it. We must come and see Joannesport and Calmest. It has been many years since We stepped a foot into your city, ever since the death of Prince Fredetick, who now rests in the Fourth Sky among the blessed. We have passed by this desecration of the terra before, but never approached it and ventured into it. Truly Exalted Owyn was with your men that day, I dare not even conjure up in my mind what was found there - We will dispatch Our Auditor, Father Armand ( @Mordhaund ) and Grand Inquisitor Robert ( @Boknice275 ) who are most familiar with these things. We would come investigate alongside the them, but alas the duties of the Holy Office have taken us elsewhere. We thank you for this letter and in the meantime pray for you and yours. As a pledge of Our love to you and your people, from the depths of Our heart, We impart, in Our Creator, the Pontifical blessing. Pontifex Maximus, Pontianus Quartus"
  6. PEACE AND BLESSINGS THE TWENTIETH GOLDEN BULL OF JORENUS 12th of Harren’s Folly, 1912 HIS HOLINESS PONTIAN IV, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Visigia, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD does decree… TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION I - RESTRUCTURING THE SEPTARCHY SECTION II - CURIA APPOINTMENT SECTION III - DIOCESAN APPOINTMENTS SECTION IV - PROCURING OF FLORENTINE SECTION V - REAFFIRMING OF DEUTEROCANONICAL TEXTS SECTION VI - BEATIFICATION SECTION VII - VENERATION SECTION I - RESTRUCTURING THE SEPTARCHY It is with a mournful heart that We recall the death of Her Eminence, Matriarch Katerina of Jorenus, at 117 years of age. Completing her first thesis in the year 1854, and many more works proceeding afterwards, she spent the majority of her life in faithful service to the Mother Church. In recognition of this, and the diligence and excellence with which she performed her duties both as Matriarch Jorenus and Pontifical Chamberlain, the Holy Mother Church in its entirety thanks the good Mother Katerina for her leal service, knowing that her presence will be dearly missed. KATERINA CARDINAL JORENUS 1877-1910 It is, therefore, through Our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted, that We appoint His Grace, Bishop Iosif, to succeed the late Matriarch Jorenus. As a result, he shall be styled His Eminence and be known as Iosif Patriarch Jorenus from henceforth. The Pontificate also wishes to appoint Father Antonius of Barrowton (often called Tonito) to the Septarchy, for many years he has guided the misled denizens in the far reaches of humankind. His efforts in the remote lordship are applauded and encouraged to be imitated by our clergy. IOSIF CARDINAL JORENUS 1912- ANTONIUS CARDINAL SAINT CAIUS 1912- SECTION II - CURIA APPOINTMENT Furthermore, with the passing of the good Matriarch Katerina to which We paid tribute in the previous section, it leaves the venerable office of Pontifical Chamberlain vacant. To assume the office of Pontifical Chamberlain, We appoint Teodosio Cardinal Tyria. He shall be tasked with managing Church finances, Canonist wayshrines, churches, and land owned by the Holy See. TEODOSIO PONTIFICAL CHAMBERLAIN 1912- SECTION III - DIOCESAN APPOINTMENTS With the recent developments taken into account, and to honor the hard work shown by the following priests, We consider it fitting to make further appointments to diocesan territories: DIOCESE OF BURON - Encompassing the Commonwealth of the Petra, to be shepherded by his Grace, Bishop Victor of Blackwater. @Nectorist DIOCESE OF GELIMAR - Encompassing the Kingdom of Aaun, excluding Florentine, to be shepherded by his Grace, Bishop Theodore Barclay. @Liokv SECTION IV - PROCURING FLORENTINE One year ago the Pontificate received a letter from His Majesty, King Charles I of Aaun. His Majesty expressed his gratitude to God and the Pontificate. Verily had the Mother Church been good to him and his people. To further thank Us, the King granted us possession over the municipality of Florentine, which existed as a free city in the past in Oren but had since become largely abandoned. The City of Florentine will hereby be the direct possession of the Supreme Pontiff, to be administered as the Pontificate sees fit. It is Our endeavour to see the near-empty city restored to life so the merchants and artisans can live a peaceful and virtuous life without the fear of war at their borders. We invite all those who fled the city or are without a home to come to Florentine and participate in its restoration and development. Let it also be known that the Pontificate seeks qualified citizens to assume leadership offices in the city. SECTION V - REAFFIRMING OF DEUTEROCANONICAL TEXTS Many years ago the deuterocanonical status of various texts was brought into question. These texts are; the Aengulica Hierarchia, the Proverbs of Exalted Godfrey, the Hymn of Owyn and the pearl and finally the Book of Availer. The Pontificate had brought up these books for discussion during the Ecumenical of 1891, yet not much was achieved then. We then investigated these books ourselves. The Aengulica Hierarchia which was translated by Father Seraphim of Lora in 1773, achieved deuterocanonical status during the reign of Saint High Pontiff James II and has for that reason been found to be deuterocanonical. The Proverbs of Exalted Godfrey were translated by Father Humbert. Having been approved as deuterocanonical by Blessed High Pontiff Daniel VI, whose reign lasted from 1720 to 1737, it wasn’t published until the assumption of the Immaculate Throne by Saint High Pontiff James II in 1753. If there was doubt before, let it be known now that the Proverbs of Exalted Godfrey are deuterocanonical. The Hymn of Owyn and the Pearl is claimed to have been authored by the Saint High Priests Clement and Evaristus, later to be translated by Father Otto of Jorenus in the mid-1740s. It details the travels of Exalted Owyn, but by the author's own words is believed to have little to no historical significance. To Our knowledge, this text was never proclaimed deuterocanonical and must be examined further by a committee. Finally the Book of Availer whose author is the Wandering Wizard, Availer. Before the Scroll of Gospel it existed as the early history of the Descendant races. Naturally, the Gospel is more complete, but the Book of Availer is still an important book as some of our beliefs to this day are said to originate from this book. This book has been a subject of discussion since before Our Pontificate and must be examined further by a committee soon. SECTION VI - BEATIFICATIONS It is through Our Apostolic Authority that We affirm the following beatification… BLESSED PRINCE FREDERICK I OF SEDAN Beatified in recognition of his martyrdom, having given the ultimate sacrifice in the early years of the Serheim Crusade by giving his own life to protect the Vicar of God from harm. SECTION VII - VENERATIONS It is through Our Apostolic Authority that We affirm the following veneration… VENERABLE KING JOHN I OF BALIAN Made venerable for having been a pious and just man throughout his life and reign. VENERABLE EIRIK BARUCH Made venerable for defending High Pontiff Everard VI’s life during the Michaelite Schism. VENERABLE MATRIARCH KATERINA BARBANOV-BIHAR Made venerable for diligent service to the Mother Church for sixty years. Remembered well for being the first Matriarch of Jorenus and the second female Cardinal of the Church. VENERABLE BODBMAKOS Made venerable for his heroic and pious lifestyle, performed quests for whoever asked, slew vile darkspawn and lived a celibate life. THE HOLY MOTHER CHURCH OF THE CANON Under GOD, maintained by His Holiness Pontian IV THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS THE PENTARCHY OF PONTIAN IV VIKTOR CARDINAL NESCIA @Borin Archdiocese of Nescia ARMAND CARDINAL ALLOBROGUM @Mordhaund Archdiocese of Allobrogum IOSIF PATRIARCH JORENUS @Nolan_ Archdiocese of Jorenus CYRUS CARDINAL ALBAROSA @MCVDK Archdiocese of Albarosa TEODOSIO CARDINAL TYRIA @Greener Diocese of Tyria ANTONIUS CARDINAL SAINT CAIUS @Reckless Banzai Screamer Diocese of Aquila THE CURIA THE VICE-CHANCELLOR Viktor Cardinal Nescia @Borin AUDITOR OF THE TRIBUNAL Armand Cardinal Allobrogum @Mordhaund PRELATE OF THE PRIESTHOOD Cyrus Cardinal Albarosa @MCVDK PONTIFICAL SECRETARY Ottomar von Alstreim @Ramon PONTIFICAL CHAMBERLAIN Teodosio Cardinal Tyria @Greener GRAND INQUISITOR Ser Robert @Boknice275 MONSIGNORS The Right Reverend, Msgr. James Alstion @LithiumSedai The Right Reverend, Msgr. Ser Vladimir @Dyl CANONIST DIOCESES PATRIARCHATE OF JORENUS Encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska & the Kingdom of Norland, to be shepherded by Patriarch Iosif Cardinal Jorenus @Nolan_ DIOCESE OF HENRIKEV Encompassing the entirety of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to be shepherded by Patriarch Iosif Cardinal Jorenus @Nolan_ DIOCESE OF VALWYCK Encompassing the lands to the north and east of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to be shepherded by Patriarch Iosif Cardinal Jorenus @Nolan_ DIOCESE OF REINMAR Encompassing the lands to the south and west of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to be shepherded by Patriarch Iosif Cardinal Jorenus @Nolan_ TITULAR DIOCESE OF LEUMONT Encompassing the city of Leumont and the region of the Kingdom of Norland, granted to Patriarch Iosif Cardinal Jorenus @Nolan_ ARCHDIOCESE OF ALBAROSA Encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Aaun and the Commonwealth of the Petra, to be shepherded by Archbishop Cyrus Cardinal Albarosa @MCVDK DIOCESE OF GELIMAR Encompassing the Southwestern half of the Kingdom of Aaun, including Velen, Minitz, Florentine and Oltremont, to be shepherded by Theodore Bishop Gelimar @Liokv DIOCESE OF BURON Encompassing the Northeastern half of the Kingdom of Aaun and the Commonwealth of the Petra, to be shepherded by Bishop Victor of Blackwater @Nectorist ARCHDIOCESE OF NESCIA Encompassing the southern region of the northern continent, including the lands of Sedan and Du Loc, to be shepherded by Archbishop Viktor Cardinal Nescia @Borin DIOCESE OF AQUILA Encompassing the lands of Sedan and Barrowton, to be shepherded by Archbishop Viktor Cardinal Nescia @Borin ARCHDIOCESE OF ALLOBROGUM Encompassing the Kingdom of Balian and the lands of the Southern Continent, to be shepherded by Archbishop Armand Cardinal Allobrogum @Mordhaund DIOCESE OF TYRIA Encompassing the lands of Balian, to be shepherded by Teodosio Cardinal Tyria @Greener FIDES RESTITUENDA FAITH MUST BE RESTORED
  7. at least humanity knows what happened to their progenitor :)
  8. ORDO DIACONORUM SANCTISSIMUS RULES FOR THE DIACONATE IN THE CANONIST CHURCH ENCYCLICAL OF HIGH PONTIFF PONTIAN IV 12TH OF SUNS SMILE, 1910 TO THE VENERABLE BRETHREN, THE ARCHBISHOPS, THE BISHOPS, AND OTHER LOCAL ORDINARIES IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE AEGISIAN SEE Venerable Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction. The Holy Order of Deacons formed soon after the formation of the Canonist Church and has always existed as a step below the priesthood. When first created the diaconate was a transitory rank, one held a specific time before being ordained a priest. We must admit that the order is one of the least well-known, yet also wish to stress it should not be underestimated, for it is just as crucial as the role of a pastor. The diaconate consists mostly of married men and women with full-time careers, as all Canonists are called, the deacons serve with a unique authority and humble power. You might be wondering, having read that the diaconate exists mostly of married men and women with full-time careers of their own, what the tasks of the average deacon are. In the simplest of terms, the deacon is the assistant of a priest in a certain diocese. A deacon may receive the blessing of his superior to perform sacred ceremonies in their absence, and as a requirement before being proclaimed, one needs to maintain a virtuous life with no public notoriety. It is up to the aspiring deacon’s spiritual superior to educate them further on what it means to be a deacon in person, and We strongly urge any interested Canonists to reach out to their diocesan priests. Our reason for writing this Encyclical, however, is a desire to set a specific set of rules for the diaconate so that all deacons, as well as Our ordinaries, may properly and without hesitation perform their functions. These rules, in accordance with Our wish, can be found below. I. §1. Once approval of the Holy See has been obtained, it is within the power of each Minister within their own diocese to approve and ordain candidates to the diaconate §2. The diaconate may not be conferred before the completion of the twenty-first year. §3. Candidates must be trained for the diaconal office and put to a test and will be educated to live a completely Virtuous life and be prepared to fulfill their functions. §4. Candidates enter acolyteship, much like priests, where they will receive a mentor, once the mentor is satisfied with the candidate's knowledge, they may be tested. §5. Older men and women, single or married, can be called to the diaconate. The latter is not to be admitted unless there is certainty not only about the spouse’s consent but also about their blameless Canonist life and that those qualities will neither impede nor bring dishonour to the spouse's ministry. §6. Let care be taken that deacons do not exercise a profession which in the judgement of the local minister is unfitting or impedes the function of the sacred office. II. §1. Any deacon who is not a member of a religious family, must be enrolled in a diocese. §2. The bishop must issue proper sustenance to the deacon and their family if married. §3. The diaconate has been authorized by the Supreme Pontiff to attend such functions: Assist the bishop and priest during sacred ceremonies To administer baptism solemnly In the absence of a priest, to assist and bless marriages in the name of the Holy Mother Church by direction from the bishop or pastor. To administer and to officiate funeral services Reading from the Holy Scrolls during sacred ceremonies To preside at the worship and prayers, when the priest is not present To carry out in the name of the Church, the duties of charity. To guide in the name of the parish priest and bishop remote communities. Promote and sustain the Canonist activities of laymen. Any other functions directed by the deacon's superior. All these duties must be carried out in communion with the bishop and his presbytery. III. §1. Those deacons that serve the Church, must abstain from all vice and endeavour to be pleasing to God. For this reason, they must surpass all others in the liturgical life, in the love for prayer, in divine service, obedience, charity and chastity. §2. Deacons must not neglect their studies, particularly the Sacred Ceremonies. In such a way that they can explain God’s virtue to the rest and daily become more capable of instructing and strengthening the minds of the Canonists. §3. The diaconate is bound to show reverence and obedience to the bishop; the bishop should in God, highly esteem the deacons and love them with the love of fathers. §4. If for just reason the deacon for much time lives outside his own diocese, he should willingly submit to the supervision and authority of the local minister. §5. Let the deacon exercise their diaconal ministry under the authority of the bishop §6. Sacramentally all deacons are equal. However, they are ranked and served by seniority according to their ordination. §7. As with bishops and presbyters, there exists a hierarchy. Only to be elevated by the deacon’s own ruling bishop. A senior deacon of a cathedral or leading church may be appointed protodeacon (first deacon) and claims precedence when serving with other deacons, regardless of the date of ordination. The chief deacon who is attached to the bishop is named archdeacon. Both positions assume responsibilities, such as finance, secretarial duties, the training of new deacons and priests, etc. Protodeacons and archdeacons are both permitted to wear a burgundy-coloured Skufia. Protodeacons and archdeacons are permitted to be ordained priests but remain permanent deacons. §8. Revisions, innovations and addendums to these norms may be decreed by the Supreme Pontiff ad hoc or by a diet of bishops. IV. §1. Deacons are permitted to wear a black cossack with a cincture or band cincture around the waist. The local custom will also have to be observed in the matter of apparel. §2. For Sacred Ceremonies, the deacon is vested in either the dalmatic or sticharion, depending on local customs and religious family. §3. Deacons are styled appropriately as ‘The Reverend Deacon’ or ‘Deacon’ with the name following after. It is acceptable and common to use the first name, rather than the last name. Deacons are only ever called ‘Father’ if they are also ordained priests, in such cases full titles being ‘The Reverend Father Deacon’ or ‘Father Deacon’ with names following after. After issuing these regulations, We desire from Our heart that the deacons in performing their functions will follow the rules laid out. The Pontificate orders that what has been established by “motu proprio” valid, all things to the contrary notwithstanding. FIDES RESTITUENDA FAITH MUST BE RESTORED
  9. Always had an interest in stuff like this. I'd love to learn more!
  10. The Vicar of God, High Pontiff abroad in Formosa, to rest his weak old bones took a moment to comment on the thesis "Canonist theses' purpose is to publish ones research into the faith, and develop ideas and ones findings. Not to lodge complaints or even compliments, for the exploration of the faith. But acolyte raises a valid point: where is the clergy in Petra? We have made it clear that we seek prospective acolytes to become priests, for without them the Church will surely die! Yet when myself and Cardinal Viktor went to Petra some years ago to do exactly that, we were not welcomed at all, in fact we felt ill treated to say the least and unwelcomed. This event does not mean we have a disdain or hatred for the good Petrans, in fact we wish to improve relations and settle priests there. But the fact of the matter is that we will force no priests to a place they do not want to be, and allow them somewhat to choose their own mission. And so far we have no priests willing to settle in Petra, wishing to tend to the Canonists elsewhere. We have learned however that there are two new acolytes from Petra. They shall be watched with great interest We gladly accept constructive criticisms and wish to improve the religious health of all Human princedoms."
  11. PEACE AND BLESSINGS LEGENDA SANCTORUM; OR, THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS VOL. III For the Keeping of the Histories of the Canonist Faith: The Canonized, Beatified, and Venerable Written and Promulgated by High Pontiff Pontian IV C.1907 FOREWORD Most Beloved Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction. Canonist laity, monastics and the priesthood all rely much upon the deceased, for sacred ceremonies and even merely to recall history. It has been 90 years since High Pontiff Jude II released the second volume of the Legenda Sanctorum, which was much inspired by the work of His Holiness, Daniel VI. In those 90 years, many have ascended to the Immaculate Throne, and, during those Pontificates much changed. It is a shame to say that Canondom has relied on dated records, where those newly hallowed remained unlisted and thus unknown to the greater Canonist population. We rely on the blessed dead; they are our history and remind us how we should live our lives through their virtuous lives and deeds. Having gone through all decrees and Golden Bulls prior and during Our Pontificate, We have collected our hallowed dead in a singular place once again, making the older Atlases essentially obsolete. For this volume We have decided to list all of our deceased in alphabetical order, We have also ever-so slightly made changes to how the old biographies were written, as the Church has learned more about the life of the hallowed dead or simply worded better for ease of reading, many of the pre-modern canonizations had an archaic form of common, making it hard to read and comprehend, naturally these versions exist in older volumes. 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 Deceased Canonists are traditionally sainted if he or she has lived a tremendously pious life and has proven he or she is in the highest skies by performing miracles posthumously. They are often attributed symbols to identify with. ST. ADRIAN OF LEUVAARDEN - OPEN BOOK Patron Saint of Statesmen, Lawyers, and Politics ST. ALEXANDER FREDERICK OF FURNESTOCK - MURAL CROWN Patron Saint of Democracy, Imperials, Rights, Lovers and the Impoverished ST. AMYAS OF YORE - WILD HERB Patron Saint of Medicine, Healing, Botany, and Wild Herbs ST. ANDRIK VYDRA - FLEUR DE LIS SCEPTER Patron Saint of Victory, Military Excellence and the Schism War ST. ARIANNE OF VES - OAK TREE Patron Saint of Archers, the Forest and Servitude ST. ARPAD OF VILACZ - DANCING BEAR Patron Saint of Focus and Vitality ST. AVENEL OF BELVITZ - OPEN EYE Patron Saint of Magicians, Alchemists and Engineers 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. CAROLUS OF CARRENHALL - BLACK RAVEN Patron Saint of Selfless Service, Protection of Children and Sacrifice for One’s Family ST. DANIEL OF AL’KHAZAR - WOODEN STAFF Patron Saint of Peace, Cities, Pilgrims, and Travel ST. EDMOND OF LACHSIN - KNIGHT ON 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 ST. FOLTEST OF AELDIN - TREBUCHET ENFLAMED Patron Saint of Bastions and Siegeworks 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. HARALD OF VUILLERMOZ - SILVER EAGLE Patron Saint of Priest Combatants and Demonic Banishment ST. HENRY OTTO OF ALBAN – WOODEN SCALES Patron Saint of Commoners, Justice, and Fatherhood ST. HIGH PONTIFF DANIEL I OF ABRESI - AN AGED SCROLL Patron Saint of Scholarship, Canonist Coalitions, Fidei Defensors, and Literature ST. HIGH PONTIFF EVERARD II - THE CHECKERED EAGLE Patron Saint of Forethought, Divine Retribution and Pontifical Statehood ST. HIGH PONTIFF LUCIEN I OF ULMSBOTTOM – KAEDRENI CROSS Patron Saint of Crusaders, Change, and the Family ST. HIGH PONTIFF SIXTUS IV OF FELSEN – BRASS BELL Patron Saint of Theologians ST. HIGH PRIEST CLEMENT OF PARADISUS - LEFT HAND HOLDING LAUREL BRANCH Patron Saint of Twins, Mercy, Bakers and the West Winds ST. HIGH PRIEST EVARISTUS OF PARADISUS - RIGHT HAND HOLDING LAUREL BRANCH Patron Saint of Twins, Chastity, Butchers and the East Winds ST. HIGH PRIEST EVERARD I OF AL’KHAZAR – RED CROSS Patron Saint of Holy Tradition, and Those Persecuted for their Faith ST. HIGH PONTIFF JAMES II OF REZA - CROSSED GOLDEN KEYS Patron Saint of Glaziers, Sufferers of Paralysis and Epilepsy and Seekers of Angelic Intercession ST. HUMBERT OF BAR – COLOSSUS Patron Saint of Regents, Perseverance, and Defiance against Evil ST. JOHANN OF REINMAR - CRACKED AXE Patron Saint of Reinmaren, Waldenian Princes and Axemen 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. KING CAIUS OF THE WESTERLANDS - CLOWN Patron Saint of the Westerlands, Humor and the Fight Against Undead ST. KING OTTO II OF HAENSE - OPEN HAND Patron Saint of Crusaders, Family and Charity 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 ST. MALCOLM OF FJORDHEIM - VIPER Patron Saint of Daelanders, Storms and the Conversion of Heathens ST. MICHAEL OF CORDOBE – WHITE BULL Patron Saint of Passion, Exiles, Service and the Eighteen Years’ War ST. NAFIS OF AL-DIRAHK - UNCUT DIAMOND Patron Saint of Farfolk, Fishermen, Diamonds, Converts and Revolution ST. NICOLAS ‘THE MARTYR’ OF NEW REZA - BROKEN BREASTPLATE Patron Saint of Armorers, the Faith Militant and Canon Law ST. NOAH OF PETRUS - EGG Patron Saint of Bishops, Mayors and Confessors 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. PIUS OF SUTICA - ELVEN EAR Patron Saint of Confession, Elven Converts and Parish Priests ST. PRINCE OTTOMAR OF MERRYWEATHER - RED RAVEN Patron Saint of Children and Sutica ST. PUBLIUS OF KAROVIA – BRONZE CHALICE Patron Saint of Military Officers, Mercenaries, and Deacons ST. RICHARD OF ALDERSBURG - GOLDEN CIRCLET Patron Saint of Bastards, Transmutation, Bravery and the Desert ST. RICK FELDER OF KAEDRIN - BARKING DOG Patron Saint of Heroes, Bannermen and the Fight Against Setherien 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 ST. TARA OF PARADISUS - PEONY FLOWER Patron Saint of Captives, Wives and the Wilderness ST. THEODOSIUS OF ISTIAM – GRAY PIGEON Patron Saint of the Hussariya Cross, Messengers, Falconers and Fowlers, Translators, and the Raevir People ST. THOMAS OF AGER - HUMMINGBIRD Patron Saint of Stonemasons, Builders, Swamps, Glades and Diligence ST. THOMAS OF GAEKRIN – WHITE ROSE Patron Saint of Virtuous Leadership, Discipline, Frontiersmen, and Kaedreni Peoples ST. TOBIAS OF ROSEMOOR - BLUE RIBBON OR BLUE STRIPES Patron Saint of Emperors, Restorers and Benefactors ST. TOBIAS OF SARKOZ – SILVER COMET, GOLD COINS Patron Saint of Merchants, Comets, Wealth, and Charity ST. TYLOS OF KALDEN - WHITE STALLION Patron Saint of Stonemasonry, Cavalry and Lost Causes ST. WALDO THE WAYFARER - LIGHTHOUSE Patron Saint of Architects and Those Who Are Lost 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 being prayed to by the faithful. Bl. Adaldag Wanderfoot, monastic martyr of Rosenyr. Bl. Adelran Coulthard, first commandant of the Holy See. Bl. Aldric del Riviere, dedicated Holy Knight, martyred in the diet of Karosgrad. Bl. Andrew Vydra, Fidei Defensor and champion of the Schism War. Bl. Aran Talraen de Rennes, devout Arch-Seneschal and patron of the Church. Bl. Ari Horen, companion of the Ex. Godfrey and pious Empress. Bl. Baldwin Ashford de Bar, commandant of the Lotharingians and Tarchary Crusader. Bl. Bionn of the Black Sepulchres, renowned Commander of the ancient Order of the Black Sepulchres, Saviour of Canonist Lahy. Bl. Brother Fabian the Lesser, companion of St. Daniel, dedicated life to translating Holy Scrolls. Bl. Charles Polycarp Horen, hieromonk who avenged Savoyard abuses against the church, engineered the Johannian restoration and imperial reconstruction of Felsen. Bl. Claudius Bracchus, a prince-bishop of great renown. Bl. Damon Kovachev, Franciscan Martyr. Bl. Dmitri of the Dreadfort, Franciscan Martyr. Bl. Duncan Lysander, companion of the Ex. Sigismund and architect of the Krelmstad. Bl. Edmund Myre, Count of Myreton and missionary to the pagan swampfolk. Bl. Edward of Kingston, chaplain of Kingston and renowned matchmaker. Bl. Emperor John VI Horen, last Emperor of the Sixth Orenian Empire, murdered in the Coup of Adelburg Bl. Empress Adeline of Alstion, maiden Empress, dedicated life as a patron of the Church and the poor, funding many monasteries and churches. Bl. Enoch, noble hieromonk and missionary to the elves. Bl. Father Amadeus D’Aryn, renowned statesman and cardinal of the Church, was martyred in the diet of Karosgrad. Bl. Father Basil, devoted priest and cardinal Allobrogum, was martyred at the hands of the Azdrazi. Bl. Father Carlos of Cordoba, inspiring past of redemption through penance, martyred in the diet of Karosgrad. Bl. Father Jago Brownfolk, through penance found faith, becoming Bishop of Korvassa, martyred in the Inferi War. Bl. Father Otho of Valwyck, bishop of the Mother church, martyred in the diet of Karosgrad. Bl. Father Seraphim of Leora, prolific author and heresiologist, translated the Aengulica Hierarchia. Bl. Francis Karovic, Franciscan Martyr. Bl. Francisco Altamirano, selfless dedication to the protection of his flock from heresy and eventual martyrdom at the hands of Red Hyspians. Bl. Fredek Royce, Franciscan Martyr. Bl. Fyodor Carrion, created a harvest system in the Kaedreni wastes, traveled to the Isle of Rhen and assisted in construction of Cathedral of the Magian Flame. Bl. Gaius Marius, first Hochmeister of Hanseti Bl. George Ashford de Bar, keeper of the holy primates and simian zoo of Cyriaum. Bl. Gwenael Ashford, progenitor of the de Bar line who recovered the relics of St. Amyas. Bl. High Pontiff Adeodatus I, companion to the Ex. Godfrey and beloved Pontiff. Bl. High Pontiff Clement II, mender of the Evarasite Schism. 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 Daniel IV, author and opponent of the schismatic Lotharic Communion. Bl. High Pontiff Daniel V, benevolent Epulonist loved by the laity. Bl. High Pontiff Daniel VI, mender of Heartland Schism and reformer of Canon Law. Bl. High Pontiff Everard IV, prolific author and theologian Pontiff. Bl. High Pontiff Everard VI, prolific clergyman and crusher of the Michaelite Schism. Bl. High Pontiff Jude I, strong militant Pontiff and fervent ecclesiastical reformer. Bl. High Pontiff Jude II, peacemaker between all Canonist princedoms, pious and scholarly, martyred at the hands of radical heathens. Bl. High Pontiff Lucien III, enthusiastic converter of heathens and martyred by Urik’Azog. Bl. High Pontiff Lucien V, formed the Canonist League, uniting faithful against schismatics, mentored St. Caius I, eventually converting him and ending the Owynist Schism. Bl. High Pontiff Owyn II, martyr at the hands of Courlandic heretics. Bl. High Pontiff Pius II, martyr in defiance of Darfeyist plots. Bl. High Pontiff Pontian II, revitalized the Pontifical archives and contributed to Canon Law. Bl. High Pontiff Siegmund I, renowned for pursuit of theological understanding and writing, staunch champion of Canonist Orthodoxy. Bl. High Pontiff Sixtus III, maintained peace and neutrality amongst the clergy in tumultuous times. Bl. High Pontiff Tylos II, petitioned for peace countless times, during the Sinner’s and Brother’s Wars Bl. Humpfrey of Belvitz, Bishop of Villavia. Bl. Hunwald Coalmein, companion of the Ex. Sigismund and St. Theodosius, pious peasant. Bl. Istvan Ivanovich, missionary to pagan magi. Bl. Jack Rovin, a commander of the Order of St. Lucien. Bl. James Hightower, restorer of the Kingdom of Salvus. Bl. Jan Jeremi, founder of the Burgundians and savior of Canonist Lahy. Bl. Jan Kovachev, veteran of the Eighteen Years War. Bl. John Sigismund Horen, second Emperor of the Fifth Empire, patron of faith and warden against pagan invaders. Bl. Jon Renault de Savoie, Prince of Savoy. Bl. Jon of the Whirlwind, Fransciscan Martyr. Bl. Jorji Fisher, companion of the Ex. Sigismund, famed exorcist. Bl. Josephine Aleksandra Tuyvic, lived modestly, spread Canonism to nobility and commoners, martyred at the hands of the Anathemata. Bl. Laurens Bracchus de Ruyter, virtuous knight, martyr at the hands of Elven sorcerers Bl. Leon of Amaury, a pacifist surgeon-monk who first settled Lesser Tarchary. Bl. Mauricio of Azog, orcish champion fighting in the pits of hell against forces of Iblees. Bl. Melchior Guillen, monastic martyr of Rosenyr. Bl. Mother Maya Barbanov, a steadfast priest of the modern Canonist era. Bl. Patrick Denims, companion of the Ex. Godfrey and patron of the Church. Bl. Peter Pavel, Franciscan Martyr. Bl. Peter ‘the Goatherd’, Franciscan Martyr. Bl. Radovid of Blaviken, dwarven missionary to the elves. Bl. Rafael de Cordobe, pious clergyman. Bl. Richard Ashford de Bar, discovered the holy city of Junavos. Bl. Richard Horen, brother and companion of the Ex. Godfrey and pious Duke of Marna. Bl. Robert II, third Emperor in the Year of Four Emperors, abdicated in favor of younger brother and chose to take the cloth. Bl. Robert Lothar Barbanov, virtuous patron of the Church. Bl. Sigismund III ‘the Golden’ of Hanseti-Ruska, pious monarch and steadfast Fidei Defensor. Bl. Stephen, a Franciscan Martyr. Bl. Stephan Himmel, Tarchary crusader who was turned to stone in martyrdom. Bl. Temp Thersist, pious officer of the White Rose. Bl. Thomas Denims, companion of the Ex. Sigismund and sworn monk renowned for his talent and contributions to architecture. Bl. Uthor Silverblade, companion to the Ex. Godfrey and a virtuous grand knight. Bl. Vladimir ‘the Golden-Handed’, renowned theologian of Ruskan Orthodoxy, devoted mentor to acolytes. 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. Wigbrecht Schulze, monastic martyr of Rosenyr. Bl. Wilhelm of Hermann, knight of the Black Sepulcher, Tarchary crusader. Bl. William Horen, final Emperor of the First Empire, companion and spymaster of the Ex. Sigismund. Bl. Zacarias Mosquera, pious Prelate to Radomir I and founder of the holy site Cavan. 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. Adeline of Helena v. Adrian of Kaedrin v. Alexander de Stolistes v. Alistair ‘the Savage’ v. Anne Augusta v. Baldir Toov v. Bishop Konstantin Barclay v. Borys Jazloviecki v. Charles Greymane v. Corwin von Alstreim v. Edgar Sarkozic v. Ernst Barclay v. Farley Stafyr v. Father Anders Kortrevich v. Father Anton Barclay v. Father Arthur v. Father Benedict v. Father Francis v. Father Humbert of St. Jude v. Father Ioannes v. Father Javier v. Father Paco v. Fiske Vanir v. Friar Boniface v. Helen of Carolustadt v. Henri de Guise v. Henry Marshall v. High Pontiff John I v. High Pontiff Pontian III v. High Pontiff Tylos I v. Hugues Sarkozic v. Ivan var Ruthern v. Jasper Sarkozic v. Joseph Clement Sarkozic v. Jurgen Barclay v. Jurgen von Herrick v. Julia of Haense v. King Georg I of Sutica v. Leric Tresery v. Lily Ashford v. Lorik v. Lucien of Reza v. Marcus de Rubrum v. Marie Palaiologina v. Marie Vyronov v. Marius Baruch v. Maxim Attenlund v. Olivia v. Olivier de Savoie v. Pertinax Horen v. Primrose Kortrevich v. Prince Frederick I Joannes v. Queen Johanna I of Sutica v. Remus Lucien Ashford de Bar v. Roland Ashford v. Richard Palmer v. Segari v. Sigismund of Couentre v. Theophilos Komnenos-Arianites v. Tuvya Carrion v. Ulrich von Alstreim v. Wilhelm Otto Morovar THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS The Canonized are those who have lived a life of exemplary piety, characterized by virtue and faith in the Lord our God, as well as the revelation of at least two miracles done by their hand. 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: 1. 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. 2. Upon the Exodus, clergy rushed to Aldersberg to preserve what works they could before looters preyed on the chaos. When they 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. Canonized in the Golden Bull of Cavan ST. ALEXANDER FREDERICK OF FURNESTOCK MURAL CROWN Patron Saint of Democracy, Imperials, Rights, Lovers and the Impoverished A Johannian scion, an Imperial Prince to the Empire of Man, and the father of Emperor Alexander II, St. Alexander spent his childhood as the only living Johannian on the continent of Atlas. Through a band of Raevir Cossacks and the Republic of Holm, St. Alexander spent his formative years learning of compatriotism and the principles of democracy. The prime of St. Alexander’s life was spent fighting the Vaeyl insurgency to the south of the continent, bringing the faith of the Canon to the farthest reaches of the world. Under careful scrutiny, he took the mantle of Lord Privy Seal to Aurelius I and formed the Imperial Parliament, which was the first representative body of its kind and guaranteed a place for the Holy Mother Church within the decision making of the Empire. Later in life, his sister Princess Amelia witnessed the saint whispering to a candle, which scorched his eye and required its removal. The following week, St. Alexander abdicated all his material wealth and his birthright, the Principality of Alstion, to take the cloth and serve as solitary Canonist preacher to the Earldom of Nordengrad. He later served in the Bishopric of Cyrilsburg as captain of the Palatine Guard. Though initially secretive about the conversation, as he neared his death St. Alexander reported that the candle had spoken with the voice of GOD, commanding him to leave his throne and devote his life to the Church. St. Alexander eventually returned to the Holy Orenian Empire in extreme age and frailty, and yet was elected to the seat of Helena and served the Church’s interests in the Imperial Senate - the direct continuation of his own representative body. He died a centenarian, officiating the union between Joseph Clement de Sarkozy and Anne Augusta Helene, thus creating the House of Novellen. He famously had six consecutive wives up until his death, and was regularly found sleeping as a vagrant on the streets of Helena. Miracles: 1. A Helena vagrant and former companion of St. Alexander was wounded by a criminal wielding a rusty blade, much as the saint was wounded in battle against the Vaeyl. Though he did not seek medical treatment immediately, the vagrant reported that he saw an apparition of his late friend on a corner he once frequented. With this warning, the transient sought out a clinic immediately; miraculously, he arrived in time to prevent the onset of tetanus. 2. After St. Alexander’s passing and subsequent replacement in the Senate, High Pontiff James II became skeptical of democracy, worrying it was a source of secularism. While drafting a public statement against the institution, the flame from St. Alexander’s candle leapt from its source and incinerated the thesis instantaneously. Recognizing the sign as GOD’s support for Alexander’s legacy, His Holiness shifted stances and called the First Diet of Helena, implementing democracy within the Church. Canonized in Tredeciumus Aurea Bulla Hellenam 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: 1. A lame boy was brought before the tomb of St. Amyas and at once managed to kneel, the function in his legs restored. 2. The body of St. Amyas was immaculate upon his death, and said to smell distinctly of rose petals. Pre-Modern Canonization ST. ANDRIK VYDRA FLEUR DE LIS SCEPTER Patron Saint of Victory, Military Excellence and the Schism War Born Andrik Vydra and known regally as Andrew I, the Saint is remembered as the King of Akovia and later, a King of Oren. During his time as Sovereign of such a Kingdom, Oren went through vast reforms under his rule which led to a nature of prosperity which had not been known and would not be known for years before and after. He is too remembered for his involvement in the Schism War, his great faith and bravery in battle leading to the victory of the Canonist League and the disbanding of its schismatic counterpart, Godfrey Horen ceding the City of Petrus to the Saint and after, a peace treaty signed, leading to a reformed and united Kingdom of Oren. He would pass on in the year 1498 at the age of thirty-seven, leaving a legacy of a man beloved by his people; one of piety and of devotion to his duty as a crowned Sovereign. Miracles: 1. In battle at Milvian Bridge, facing innumerable foes of all races and the Undead armies of the Enemy himself, the forces of Saint Andrik would achieve victory and the Saint would leave the field unharmed, despite having faced many of those foes at once as a lone combatant. 2. As an Akovian peasant, Saint Andrik would stand before the near entirety of Humanity in the confines of the Cloud Temple, of which all would bend knee to him, seeing his Holy Mandate to be one of truth; to unite mankind. Within hours, all temporal rulers would recognize him as the King of Oren. Canonized in Tertia Aurea Bulla Albarosa ST. ARIANNE OF VES OAK TREE Patron Saint of Archers, the Forest and Servitude St. Arianne Helvets was born in 1729 in Ves, the capital city of the Kingdom of Kaedrin, to King Adrian Helvets and Queen Annabelle Lorin Sparrow. She was kept within the palace for a majority of her time, and often wreaked havoc among the palace staff with her little childish shenanigans and fiery spirit. To the displeasure of her mother and amusement of her father, Arianne often dirtied her dresses with her roughhousing or wild adventures in the royal gardens. She was a curious and lively child; there was hardly anything that could keep her from having her fun. Despite Arianne’s ungovernable behavior, she was a good and loving daughter. Her love for her parents and her siblings is immense, and shall always remain that way. Arianne’s parents ensured that she was raised with proper education on etiquacy as well as other arts, which the young princess did her best to follow; not wishing to disappoint her mother and father. As Arianne came of age, she was betrothed to Prince Andrik Petyr, the son and heir of King Andrik III of Haense. In time, Arianne would have become Queen of that country when Prince Andrik acceded to the throne of Haense. Arianne’s path led her elsewhere, however, as she disappeared a few years after the betrothal was announced. No one truly knows where she was during these years, but when she returned, her archery and woods skill had significantly increased. By this time, Prince Andrik had become King Andrik IV and married Maya of Muldav and Arianne, feeling guilty for having missed her opportunity to become Queen, swore her life in service to Haense. The rest of her life was devoted to doing good wherever she could, volunteering as a medic with the Haeseni army during the time of the Scyfling invasion, showing kindness to Scyfling refugees and assisting them with integrating into Haeseni life, and protecting the Barbanov children. In 1768, Arianne Helvets died shielding Princess Amelya Barbanov and Prince Godfric Alimar from Scyfling arrows. It is said that in her last moments, she prayed on the Lorraine Cross she wore around her neck, one that her mother had given her as a child. Miracles: 1. A Haeseni woman, a mother, discovered that she had lumps in her stomach that could not be removed without killing her. Resigning to her fate, a death by illness, she prayed to Arianne Helvets that her death be quick and painless, and that her children would not suffer much after her passing. The next morning, when the woman went to be checked by a medic, the lumps had vanished entirely and the woman was cured. 2. In the years following the Scyfling War, a Scyfling hunter in the Wickwood was hunting when a Haeseni moose charged him. With no chance of escape and his death seeming imminent he prayed to Arianne Helvets, whom he had met when he was a young boy, and the moose stopped in its tracks. Instead of killing the hunter, the moose fell to the ground dead, and the hunter was able to take the carcass back to his family to feed them for many weeks. Canonized in Quattuordecimus Aurea Bulla Providentia ST. ARPAD OF VILACZ DANCING BEAR Patron Saint of Focus and Vitality Arpad Vsevolod Ivanovich was born in 1591 in the northern reaches of Tahn, the largest of the Isles of Axios. Reflecting his House's long-lasting feud with the Kings of Haense, who claimed dominion over the entire North, Arpad's upbringing was harsh from an early age, and tailored towards martial pursuits and opposition of his Barbanov nemeses. Arpad was still a child when the Great Northern War saw the collapse of his hated opponents in Haense and the installment of his House as Arch-Dukes of Ruska under Courlandic conquerors in 1604, and barely a man when their fortunes reversed several years later and the resurgent House of Barbanov reclaimed Hanseti and Ruska in the wake of the successful Greyspine Rebellion. Forced into exile, Arpad put his martial expertise to use in the various bloody conflicts that marked the early seventeenth century, pledging his blade to the infamous House of Romstun and their benefactors, Carolus and Canonius Pertinaxi. His career as a bloodied mercenary culminated with the Coup of Adelburg in 1638, which saw Romstun forces breach the Imperial Orenian palace and slaughter the Orenian court, seeking to dismantle the dysfunctional Empire and crown Canonius as Aurelius, King of Renatus. Arpad himself faced the juvenile Emperor, John VI Maximilian, in single combat; the young monarch was no match for Arpad, and in a bout of bloodthirst which came to forever stain the annals of history, Arpad beheaded the child-Emperor. Though he at first considered this act righteous and not worthy of punishment, Arpad and his soldiers paid homage to Pontiff Everard IV and accepted his indulgence in exchange for pledging to the Third Crusade, protecting the Orenian Heartlands from a mass pagan incursion and partaking in the pacification of Santegia and Norland. In the realms of Atlas, following a decade of service to King Aurelius and a failed attempt to reclaim the throne of Ruska, Arpad had an epiphany: in the offices of his hold, Castle Vilacz, a specter of his victim, John VI, appeared before him dressed in holy light. The martyr did not chastise Arpad, and in an act of GOD's mercy, forgave his murderer. Such was the remorse of Arpad at this humbling sight that he vowed to fully repent for his crime and abandon his life of senseless war. Though by that time he was a decrepit, old man, his pious inspiration restored his strength and vitality, enabling him to commit to an array of charitable deeds, raising many roadside chapels and churches and personally aiding in the restoration of many neglected holy sites. In 1661, Arpad surrendered all his earthly riches and embarked on a holy pilgrimage. It was reported that, upon coming across a pagan raiding party, though he was fatally struck with an arrow, he passed away only after completing his pilgrimage. Canonized by Siegmund I ST. AVENEL OF BELVITZ OPEN EYE Patron Saint of Magicians, Alchemists and Engineers The origins of Avenel Synali are murky at best with the earliest tales of the elven wizard appearing way back in the midst of the Schism War in the County of Aldersberg living under the regime of House de Savoie. He is a recurring figure in history, going by a variety of aliases such as Lars, Klaus of Heldenburg and Zadrick of the Wyrd and would attempt to hide his elven features, a product of his time where Elves were often burned at the stake by humanity. Not too many individuals bore witness to his facial appearance though he did not hide that he was an elf and would inevitably share his tales with those in the new communities that earned his trust. He would go on to serve in various positions for his knowledge of the void and material world, serving as court wizards to the likes of Gereon de Savoie and for a brief two months Emperor John IV “the Young” during the tumultuous time of the Year of Four Emperors. Despite this setback, he would become an Imperial knight of the Order of the Red Dragon and the first-ever Knight-Enchanter of the Imperium. But as humanity would rebuild and be dismantled in a cyclical manner, Avenel would remain in the world cursed by his immortal life and unable to truly settle with generations of mankind living and dying before him. Avenel grew to further distrust and loathe other elves who dabbled in heathen practices and abused what powers the void had granted them. It was during his time in the Westerlands aiding Saint King Caius against the swarms of undead that Avenel’s personal philosophy began to open up to more spiritual beliefs. After the sundering of the Westerlands at the hands of Mordring and her army of iniquity, Avenel would finally forsake the void in its entirety and focus himself solely on the study of GOD’s spoken creation, inevitably becoming the forefather of engineers with the invention of the automaton. In Avenel’s final years, he made his residence in Belvitz, Adria where he led a new life in rejection of the void and its horrors and offered knowledge and apprenticeships to those who took interest in his craft with the belief that alchemy would advance the humanity that had adopted him into its fold. Miracles: 1. Upon his deathbed, it is said by witnesses that the body of Avenel was illuminated in a radiant light just before he passed on and when his mask had been removed, there appeared to be a heartlander male instead of an elf; leading for many to believe GOD had turned Avenel into a human, granting him what he had wished for most, so that he could reunite with his friends in the Seven Skies. 2. There are tales of a once mighty and fragile Cathedral made of glass, whose windows were never shut. Upon the howling of the wind, the resonance would dance amidst the hallowed hall of the Creator, a hymnal from Father Nature himself. Unfortunately, though it was said to have been located within the continent of Almaris. One day, amidst holy prayer beneath the rosy stained panels, a band of rusted and most violent clockwork-men descended upon the Temple. Envious of the Cathedral’s blessed artifice, the constructs began to hurl ore to shatter the magnificent glass structure. The helpless monks huddled amongst themselves and began to pray for salvation against the machines. To their consternation, the saintly figure appeared before them shining a glorious holy light that refracted through the shattered glass and what remained untouched. The clockwork men dropped to their hinged knees as their obedience vessels overflowed with the lifeblood of the Four Prophets themselves and declared: “Statement: These units serve an awesome Subject=GOD. Exclamation: Amen.” Too did the rhythm of their ticking chassis begin to synchronize to the chant of the Monks: “Hymnal: Hallelujah.” The dancing of the lights began to narrow upon the humbled constructs, heating them with the fury of Owyn himself. The once-violent creatures were rendered to a heated goop, only to be cooled by the very winds which resonated Nature’s Hymn. As it settled, it was discovered that the chassis of the constructs had transmuted into a pile of grails, the mask of Avenel himself lying in the center. Canonized in the Seventeenth Golden Bull of Jorenus ST. CATHERINE OF FELSEN PAIR OF GLOVES Patron Saint of Integrity, Innocence, Refugees 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: 1. 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. 2. A family of demons which had made their residence in Felsen sought to unleash havoc upon the funerary procession of Catherine. 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. Canonized in the First Golden Bull of Carolusstadt 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 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 ward father, St. Otto, took to the North, marshalling 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 scores 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 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 the construction of 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, 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: 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. 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. Canonized in the tenth Golden Bull of Holofernes ST. CAROLUS OF CARRENHALL BLACK RAVEN Patron Saint of Selfless Service, Protection of Children and Sacrifice for One’s Family Carr, or Carolus, was born on Athera in the far north where the Slesvician peoples once called Scylfing or Gorundyr originate from. His was a simple birth amongst the tribes most of which were subjugated by the Imperium soon after. While many tribes still held steadfast in their old ways and refused imperial rule some integrated and cast away their past. It was so that his family happened to be integrated, moving to the imperial capital of Petrus of which he called his home for most his youth. The family peddled and traded goods as such being raised in this environment gave him a penchant for the coin. In reality, the man in his young teens hoped to return to the north, to be free and unrestrained as they once were. During a seemingly normal day, the young Carr was ferrying goods only for his path to be obstructed. Infront a host of horses of which a young boy sat at the forefront. The two looked at another and both bore each other a surprisingly similar resemblance. In a move that many questioned at the time, perhaps a twist of fate, the young boy introduced himself as Karl and it was not long until Carr was his friend. There was a seemingly imperceivable trust between the two, the Crow and the Raven. In times of adulthood, he had served Karl for many years and become one of his most loyal lieutenants. The two were raised by one eccentric Otto the bald which was formative to both their character and skillset as the olden man treated them both with equal interest. During these days they had long since moved north to Ambrosia (later Ayr) of which Otto held his seat. In this north, Carr and Karl were often found attempting to unite the Northmen and Carr was engaged in diplomacy with many of these tribes. With time many joined beneath the young crows banner as a result. It was not long after that the fledgling state of Haense was founded by the newly proclaimed Karl Barbanov, Otto ‘the Bald,’ Carr Colborn and one Tarcell Othoman. Carr’s claim to fame comes from his extensive work upon fledging Haense’ infrastructure and economy. He created numerous highways to cut through the hinterlands and expanded the weak mining industry to produce on par with their southern neighbours. The fortune he amassed became notorious throughout the realm, and he was one of the richest, and for a time the richest, peers of Oren, owning a fat monopoly upon Haeseni trade and goods. Having long since squired his knightship was completed after he led a band of Volik tribesmen to clear out the nearby Greater Vanderfellian Troll lair. These beasts had been an unstoppable menace upon the local tribes as well as the fledgeling trade route, earning him only further respect. As a result, his family did well as his stalwart reputation as the first knight of Haense and eventually as count brought them to newer heights yet they remained humble. The man was also known as an amateur historian and chronicled numerous novels covering his family’s history and the history of the highlander peoples. Following his death at Adria, he left much of his wealth to the state, and his funds later maintained Haense from total financial disaster during the end of the War of the Ducal Coalition. When a sum of his vault came missing, it created a craze throughout the hinterlands, with numerous treasure-seekers, or Geltisaar, settling throughout Carr’s former trading posts, hoping to find the hidden gold upon his former estates. Miracles: 1. Cleansing the North of the tribes of Trolls with nothing but a handful of men. Through strength which no humble man could possess, he would often fight the trolls single-handedly. As a result, he was knighted as the first knight of Haense. 2. He tamed a giant eagle, which was said to be untamable. It was said that God smiled down upon him, granting him the ability to tame the beast. Upon taming the beast, he commanded the eagle to fight against enemies of the Faith. 3. As a member of the House of Colborn, and a scion of the Scyfling culture, Carr was able to convert the Scyfling peoples to Canonism. This allowed for the spread of Canonism in the Northern realms, which had been mostly pagan until then. 4. He was martyred, along with the remainder of the soldiers of Haense when the Savoyards attacked the Cathedral of Adria. Carr and his retinue fought to the last man at the entrance to the Cathedral, allowing for the women and children sheltering within to escape. Canonized in Decima Aurea Bulla Providentia 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. Oftentimes, 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: 1. 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. 2. The footprints left behind in St. Daniel's travels throughout Krugmar never faded, despite the region's volatile sandstorms. Canonized by St. High Priest Everard I 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: 1. 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. 2. 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. Canonized in Golden Bull of Cavan 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: 1. 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. 2. 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. Canonized in First Golden Bull of Owynsport SAINT FOLTEST OF AELDIN AN INFLAMED TREBUCHET Patron Saint of Bastions and Siegeworks Saint Foltest of Aeldin, known for his steadfast service to God in virtue among those of the Kaedreni culture, Foltest remains to be a figure of much import and inspiration. Through his life, he was known to defend God’s Creation, both Man and land, with great devotion, from threats heretical, undead, and so on which hindered the influence of God on His terra. Characterized by selfless sacrifice and bravery, in ages past, accounts tell of his rescue of Canonists from the burning Brelusian Cathedral which threatened to kill all inside, the Saint fearlessly entering the maw of flames so as to save the congregants within from an untimely demise. Too, many accounts of his victories in battle against those aforementioned heretical and daemonic foes continue to be told among the Kaedreni to this day, his life known as a heroic one and one molded by virtue. Miracles: 1. During his rescue of the congregants within the Brelusian Cathedral, a miracle occurred. As the flames continued to ravage the Church’s structure, Foltest of Aeldin would exit unhindered and uninjured by the flames which would have singed his skin at least or killed him at worst. 2. A lone, Kaedreni soldier, surrounded by demonic foes during a battle against the Inferi Incursion, prayed to Saint Foltest for his intercession (whether that be strength and defense, or safe passage to the Seven Skies). Upon this prayer, his sword began to glow a bright white, allowing him to cut each demon in one strike, saving him from such a grim death. Canonized in Prima Aurea Bulla Providentia 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: 1. Godwein's axe nor shield has never dulled, even after consistent use centuries from his death. 2. Godwein's body is miraculously preserved, and its fungal growth still living, despite lacking a host to draw nutrients from. Canonized in Golden Bull of Dibley 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: 1. 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. 2. 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. Pre-modern Canonization ST. HARALD OF VUILLERMOZ SILVER EAGLE Patron Saint of Priest Combatants and Demonic Banishment Saint Harald was born in the city of Reza as heir to the holdings of House Vuiller. However, at the age of fourteen,, the young Vuiller instead joined the armies of man and traveled His terra in defense of the faithful. During these years, Harald’s interest was piqued by the clergy of the realm, as the boy found himself among the worshipping laymen in the cities his army visited. In each city, the aspiring priest visited the Church amid throngs of visitors. Yet, in the meantime, he dedicated himself to the virtuous work taught in the Scrolls through other means, as a soldier. Taught the values of a good Canonist by his faithful family, after each and every battle, Harald dedicated time to the burial of his fallen brothers in arms, even those he had never met. After sixteen years of service and the death of his parents, Harald was beckoned home by his sister. After the burial of his parents, he returned to Haense’s capital and was met with nothing but animosity from the Brotherhood of St. Karl, the order he wished to join. Unbeknownst to him, he had been thrown out of the city because his sister was accused of witchcraft and therefore, the city did not want her kin within their walls. As he had done for years on end, Harald once again prayed to God for guidance and he received a vision from the Lord. It showed him a man speaking Ibleesian tongue and so, Harald tracked this man down who had cursed his sister. However, it was too late for his beloved sibling. Having been informed of her trial, he arrived just in time to hear her sentenced to death and witnessed her “execution” by drowning. Yet, he too witnessed her soon swim away, having released herself of the rocks bound to her person. Over the years after, Harald successfully cleansed his family name, rising to Chaplain in the Brotherhood of St. Karl and being ordained by Boniface Cardinal Ves. He donated his ancestral home of Vuillermoz to the Church, and it became their Holy State in the continent of Arcas. Though thereafter he sought only to closer study of the Scrolls, his prowess in battle once again manifested when a demonic host attacked the city of New Reza. While he saw great success in his fights against many demons, one too strong reared its head. An epic battle between Harald and the demon ensued, yet despite this promising beginning, Harald was raised high in the air by the demon’s voidal magic, twisting in pain. His form began to turn to stone and in these final moments he yelled, “In GOD we trust as He shall bring our souls to the Seven Skies in eternal peace with His love!” However, being viciously attacked by Harald’s brothers-in-arms, the demon was struck dead and Harald fell through the air. Yet in this moment, one of his most memorable miracles occured. A beam of light struck the petrified man, causing his body to float carefully to the ground undamaged. Canonized in the First Golden Bull of Providence 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: 1. 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. 2. 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. Canonized in First Golden Bull of Rhodesia 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: 1. 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. 2. 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. Canonised in First Golden Bull of Johannesburg HIGH PONTIFF, SAINT EVERARD II THE CHECKERED EAGLE Patron Saint of Forethought, Divine Retribution & Pontifical Statehood Born Edmond de Montfort, the nephew of the late Saint Daniel I would grow up to rise swiftly through the ranks of the Church and, upon the death of his predecessor, Blessed High Pontiff Daniel II, would be elected the Vicar of God, the last of which to be raised to such a throne unanimously. Known for his stable rule, Saint Everard II would serve as an exemplar to his successors bringing about what would be considered one of the longest Golden Ages the Church had ever known. Dubbed ‘the Watcher’ and ‘the Wise’, he was well regarded among clergy and laity alike and would greatly impact the world stage at large throughout his Pontificate. Responsible for such things as the restoration of the Horen dynasty with the coronation of John I, the founding of various missions to both Elven and Dwarven nations, as well as being the first among Pontiffs to codify Canon Law, His Holiness’s works would affect the Church and all fellows of Canonist faith for centuries to come. However, among those who supported him, there were dissenters who objected to his expansionist policy and Pontifical restoration, most notably John Turnball. While the majority of the schismatics would be arrested and executed at a Diet called by John I himself, those remaining would assassinate him in 1537, causing the abrupt end to his twelve year long reign. He passed on at the age of forty and would leave behind him a legacy of piety, stability, and the Everardine Age. MIRACLES: 1. During what is known as the Redmarck massacre, where the entire Adrian retinue were murdered by the de Sola’s, the High Pontiff would leap from the highest point of the castle and land safely despite its immense stature, going on to report it to the authorities. 2. In Luciensport, the Archaenguls Michael and Gabriel would descend from the heavens before the High Pontiff, requesting aid in their fight against Iblees. Afterwards, witnesses reported that for an entire week, Saint Everard was illuminated by golden, heavenly light. 3. Everard II would stand between John of Carnatia and his army, and Augustus Valkenwrath, the mayor of Alsace, during the citys’ sacking. As the High Pontiff spoke unto the men, it would alone freeze the troops of John of Carnatia, allowing the people of Alsace the time to flee. Canonized in Tertia Aurea Bulla Albarosa 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 1. 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. 2. 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. Canonized by High Pontiff Owyn I 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: 1. 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. Canonised in Fourth Golden Bull of Rhodesia HIGH PRIESTS, SAINTS CLEMENT AND EVARISTUS OF PARADISUS LEFT HAND BEARING A LAUREL RIGHT HAND BEARING A LAUREL Patron Saint of the Keepers of the Canon, Patron Saint of the Keepers of the Canon, Twins, Mercy, Mercy and the West Winds Twins, Chastity, Butchers and East Winds Born of the same womb, the brothers, Saints Evaristus and Clement’s tales are known widely within the Church as the first heads of faith; the joint bearers of the Laurel of which would be passed throughout generations to their successors, the many High Priests and High Pontiffs of centuries to come. Anointed dual High Priests by the second Prophet, Exalted Owyn, they would be bestowed the Laurel and therefore charged to guide the faithful in that manner which God did ordain righteous, “Owyn obeyed the command of GOD and anointed the brothers Evaristus and Clement, who jostled in the same womb, as joint bearers of the laurel of Horen.” (Gospel 5:3). Evaristus and Clement would be entrusted too with the Scroll of Virtue and Spirit respectively, becoming Keepers of the Canon, a title all their successors would share. It was at the command of Exalted Owyn that the High Priests would guide man as shepherds over their flock and would form at the Prophet’s behest what was the early Church, ordaining the first Priests of the Canon which would travel to convert and teach those who the two Saints could not reach, “At Owyn’s command, the brothers set shepherds over the flock of men, and so created a priesthood for their instruction, in anticipation of the second son of spirit.” (Gospel 5:5) It would be Saints Evaristus and Clement who would be responsible for the early, wide spread of the Canon’s teachings, ensuring not only that God had faithful but learned faithful who knew truly the Word of God and that way of life which He does deem virtuous. Miracles: 1. It is recorded, after the sacking of the Priestly See of Pontian I, that upon their relocation, the bodies of Saints Evaristus and Clement were discovered to be incorruptible, their earthly forms unravaged by the centuries of assumed decay since their deaths. 2. After the man James had been anointed by Exalted Godfrey as Pontifex over the Church (Gospel 6:59-61), the apparitions of the first High Priests descended from the heavens to the residence of the newly made Vicar of God. It was then that they offered him their blessing and guidance. 3. It was the toll of child birth which brought a young mother to the brink of death, bearing twins. Yet, after her family prayed to the Saints who had jostled in the same womb, Saints Evaristus and Clement, the pair of infants were delivered safely and the mother saved from that grim fate, going on to raise her children due to the pair of Saint’s intercession. Canonized in Octavus Aurea Bulla Helenam 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: 1. 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. 2. 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. Canonized by Prince-Archbishop James I HIGH PONTIFF ST. JAMES II OF REZA CROSSED GOLDEN KEYS Patron Saint of Glaziers, Sufferers of Paralysis and Epilepsy, and Seekers of Angelic Intercession St. High Pontiff James II was born as Godric Virosi in Reza in 1712. Although his family were glaziers, among his distant relatives were Cecil Virosi (scribe to Ex. Godfrey) and Bl. Fabian the Lesser (spiritual brother of St. High Pontiff Daniel the Great). He was sponsored for seminary in compensation for refitting the stained glass of the Basilica of the Fifty Virgins in the wake of the War of Two Emperors. He began his clerical career by publishing the lost works of his ancestors. After being ordained, James II was appointed Bishop of Jorenus, then swiftly promoted to cardinal and Vice-Chancellor. He was elected to the pontificate in 1753, taking the regnal name James II after the first High Priest to receive the title ‘Pontifex’ from Ex. Godfrey. His first act as High Pontiff was to depart the continent, traveling to Athera on a three year pilgrimage. While there, he recovered the lost original copies of the Scroll of Auspice. Upon returning to Helena, he devoted much of his life to a meticulous translation, compared against the work of St. High Pontiff Daniel and Bl. Fabian the Lesser. His early reign was marred by a difficult relationship between crown and laurel, as some members of the priesthood believed the emperor was complicit in the death of James II’s predecessor. This led him to a public confrontation with Peter III in the streets of Helena. After a private conversation, the future saint campaigned to correct the disharmony between their offices, issuing many golden bulls to clarify their respective roles. He renewed the practice of referring to the emperor as his twin brother, in the model of Evaristus and Clement. After restoring the Church’s relationship with the crown, James II went to work reforming the Church. He began by publishing a complete translation of the Holy Scrolls, making scripture available to the public for the first time in the Church’s history. During the Inferi invasion of Arcas, he witnessed several visions of the Archangel Michael, receiving from him a miraculous banner marked with the Argentate Star, and a gold coin bearing the archangel’s symbol. James II conferred the banner upon Philip Augustus, appointing him pontifical gonfalonier. At the last battle of the Inferi War, heeding the petition of the High Pontiff, the Archangel Michael interceded on the side of the Descendants. Among the aforementioned accomplishments, the High Pontiff also restored the institution of the Holy Palatinate, coronated four human monarchs, and presided over the peaceful separation of the Holy Orenian Empire and the Kingdom of the Haense. James II’s palsy developed into full paralysis, and he passed away peacefully on the 7th of Horen’s Calling, 1802 at the age of 90. His was the longest reign of any High Pontiff to date, at exactly 49 years. Miracles: 1. Upon James II’s death, an unearthly quiet fell over the room, and the distant voice of the Archangel Michael was heard shepherding him into the Seven Skies. 2. A glazier fell and broke his back while repairing the windows of the Basilica of St. Heinrik after the Diet of Karosgrad. On the advice of Philip Augustus, the glazier prayed for the intercession of the late High Pontiff. Upon waking the next morning, he found himself miraculously cured. Canonized in Octavus Aurea Bulla Providentia 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: 1. 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. 2. 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. Canonized in the Sixth Golden Bull of Johannesburg ST. JOHANN OF REINMAR CRACKED AXE Born Johann Erich Barclay in 1826, Johann ascended to the position of Duke of Reinmar at the mere age of 4, after the previous Duke of his father, Erich Barclay, died as a result of a unsuccesfull hunt. Almost the entirety of the Barclay’s youth was spent in study and training, which resulted his overall life to be one of arduous duty and stoicness. Around the age of 14, the Barclay would enlist in the Brotherhood of St. Karl, beginning his journey through the ranks of the Haeseni army. At the mere age of 18, following the retirement of Ailred Ruthern, Johann became the 5th Barclay Lord Marshal of Haense and only a few years laters, the continent of Almaris would be plunged to the longest and most brutal conflict it had yet to see. During one of the Brotherhood’s mining trips across the mines of Almaris, the force of Haeseni would by accident arrive at the coronation of the Prince of Savoy, Olivier Laurene, where the infamous Michaelite Schism took place. Leading the force of around 2000 Haeseni, Johann was chiefly responsible for securing the High Pontiff, Everard VI and escorting him to Haense safely. The Barclay patriarch would also during this incident denounce and disinherit the false-pontiff Michael I, who had previously been of the House of Barclay. Shortly after this, the Sinner’s War would begin, which saw Johann lead the Brotherhood of St. Karl through the entire conflict, which spanned multiple decades. During this time the Barclay Marshal would be responsible for conducting multiple smaller-scale raids into Orenian territory as well as boosting the Haeseni army’s numbers to considerable heights. Johann also partook in all of the field battles during the Sinner’s War, where most notably he led the Haeseni forces during the Battle of Karosgrad. While the Sinner’s War was raging, the Barclay also led multiple exploration parties into the Voidal Hollow, where the Brotherhood would battle the Ibleesi forces and cultists. Also notably towards the end of the Sinner’s War, Johann and his wife, Georgina Barclay, would embark on a pilgrimage accross the war torn continent, visiting places such as Savoy and Oren, while carrying no weapons nor armour. After the end of the Sinner’s War, Johann would continue to reign both as Duke of Reinmar and Marshal of Haense for almost a decade, before deciding to abdicate after a tenure spanning a little over 4 decades. During his way back to his home in Reinmar after having sent the King of Haense a letter of abdication, the Barclay was murdered by unknown bandits. Miracles: 1. During a patrol of His Holiness Pontian IV’s crusade, a rally of Barclay men was struck down in surprise by the darkspawn themselves. In a series of unfortunate events, the Count of Minitz Leon Barclay was removed from his horse by the darkspawn and held to the wet soil with no chance of fighting once more. Alas, in the midst of this defeat, a bright line is said to have shone from the Skies and a voice of the Blessed Johann belting forth to the Barclay soldiers; an urging voice of might and combat, encouraging the troops to fight through the creatures of the dark. It was then, as the light faded once more, that the Barclay soldiers rose and defeated the darkspawn in swift precise swings. 2. In the events of the Orenian anathema of Philip III and Anastasia I, the Blessed Johann was ambushed by two Orenian soldiers with naught but a broken axe by his side. It is said the Blessed Johann overcame these Orenian soldiers, and by the end of the fight his axe had been healed from its splintered state. His axe still lay in the crypts of the Barclay; whole as a newly made weapon, never rusting till this day. Canonized in the Seventeenth Golden Bull of Jorenus 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: 1. 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. Canonized in the Fourth Golden Bull of Mount Saint Humbert 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: 1. 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. Pre-Modern Canonization ST. JUDE OF PETRUS INKWELL 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: 1. 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. Canonized in the Fifth Golden Bull of Mount Saint Humbert 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: 1. 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. Canonized in the Fourth Golden Bull of Jorenus 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: 1. 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. Pre-Modern Canonization ST. KING CAIUS OF THE WESTERLANDS CLOWN Patron Saint of the Westerlands, Humor and the Fight Against Undead Caius Horen was born during the Fifth Empire during the reign of John III to the small Barony of Senntisten. A rather sickly and craven boy, Caius’s father, Arch-Chancellor Leopold of Marna, constantly threatened to have him live the remainder of his youth at a monastery. This threat of losing freedom and family spurred Caius into working as diligently as he possibly could. He undertook squirehood and worked fervently in his youth for the bustling administration as an assistant. Eventually, he earned his spurs yet had not seen any battle. The Arch-Chancellor could not remain in Johannesburg forever. Having discovered a necrotic portal to the Drakaar Mordring’s realm, the Sunless Sanctum, the men under Leopold’s employ moved westwards in order to establish the fortress of Death’s End. Suddenly, Caius was stripped of his warm heartland home and thrown into the frigid wastes which were brimming with undead. This did not stop his endeavours to prove himself to his family and peers - it made him work even harder. Leopold was not yet convinced of his son’s valour and thus entrusted to him the sacred duty of “Door Boy” to prove his worth. While in the fortress, Caius flawlessly managed its keys and locks in order to sift out possible assassins and nefarious agents. While on the battlefield, Caius took arms with his fellow Companymen and conquered his fears when he fought knee deep in snow to protect Humanity and all which was sacred. As the Westerlandic Prince, Caius also engaged in numerous diplomatic missions throughout the world in hopes of acquiring aid to combat the undead threat. Over time, the soldiers of the Westerlands began to truly see Caius for what he was: a hero to be loved. It was why there was no conflict for Caius’s succession to the Westerlandic Throne. Following the destruction of Johannesburg, Leopold had schism’d from the Church of Canon due to his disdain that the Church had propped up Courlandic usurpers. After his father’s abdication, Caius would remedy the schism and return the bustling Owynist sect to the Canonist fold. The situation in the Westerlands deteriorated, however, and Caius utilized his newfound charisma and courage to keep the morale of his troops high in those deathly wastes. Though a man of the people, his benevolence did not make him feared by would-be schemers. Courlandics who were spiteful of his lineage and the self-indulging eunuchs within Caius’s own council began to chip away at the man that was Caius. Soon, Caius and his only son would become the victims of attempted assassination. His son was not so lucky. Driven to the point of insanity, Caius adorned himself with clown’s makeup and vanished from the Westerlands as the eunuchs slew one another and the walls began to crumble. The Westerlands had perished, and Caius had gone into exile. Two decades later, a band of Lucienists were fleeing North from the ruined husk of Johannesburg. Pursuing them was an endless horde of necrophages which demanded their flesh. Those Lucienists took shelter in the cold and desolate ruins of Senntisten where they discovered a clown sitting lonesome atop a throne. The figure introduced himself as Caius and with a chuckle he aided those men in the barricading of his fortress. A great battle ensued and many lives were lost; though, the living won the day. Unfortunately, Caius had taken an arrow through the ribs and in his final moments he had returned to reality. That clown had been replaced with a man accepting his fate, one who had performed one final blessed deed to protect those who would oppose evil. And so ended the tale of Caius Horen. Miracles: 1. A Rhodesian peasant was accosted on his travels by what he recalled as a robed skeleton that demanded a blood tithe from him in exchange for his life. The peasant attempted banter with the necrotic but the dark entity was insistent and came close to cutting down the Rhodesian. The peasant dipped his head low, unable to make visual contact with the empty sockets of this dark foe and fell to prayer, asking for GOD to send the Lord of Laughter to make light of this situation and save his life. Just as the robed skeleton had finished its malevolent monologue, a round red rubber ball appeared on its noseless face. The peasant looked up then, and through finding some humor in this despair he reached out to squeezed the red ball and it honked. Believing the peasant was of powerful sorcery, the necrotic opted to flee before more was done to his being. 2. Far across the sea in the land of Gaekrin, a Lector Novitiate was tasked with the sacred responsibility of managing the keys and locks of Ard’Kharyll. When distributing keys to a Father Lector during a tour of the greater fortress, the door to the Lectorate’s orphan nursery inexplicably became jammed. The Novitiate, in embarrassment, muttered how King Caius never had to deal with such a problem. The Father Lector reached for the door knob to inspect it; suddenly, it began to glow. The Lector released an eldritch howl of pain as their true, dark form was revealed! The necrotic became stuck to the knob and that shriek gave way to burning embers as the creature was turned to ash. The Novitiate, awestruck, opened that door with ease. It appeared that Caius had not only protected Lectors from betrayal, but also the babes the creature sought to feast upon. Canonized in Tertia Aurea Bulla Jorenus ST. KING OTTO II OF HAENSE OPEN HAND Patron Saint of Crusaders, Family, and Charity St. King Otto II, born Prince Otto Georg Barbanov, served as a courtier in the restored Haeseni court of Stephen I and worked as a diplomat under the Palatine Saint Henrik Bihar. He was known for his humility and strict adherence to moral doctrine, which clashed greatly with his cousin’s more extravagant court. Otto maintained a close circle of advisors and friends, mostly of ordained clergy, which included the future pontiff Everard IV. In his father’s three months as King, Otto served as crown prince with dour respect, creating the record-long sixteen-hour hymn for his elevation as heir. Otto ascended to the throne of Hanseti-Ruska in 1627, and his reign saw Haense continue the economic and cultural boom it experienced under Stephen. Otto, as a committed Canonist, created many royal hospitals and institutions of faith within Haense, as well as the first irrigation system stretching across the Rothswald and Wickswald. Lavish donations were bestowed upon canonist charities and orders within Haense, and Otto encouraged a theological revival in Haeseni sciences. To pay for much of this, Otto II cut down spending on the armed forces and military. Haense maintained relatively peaceful throughout his reign, except the brief of Vasiland by dwarven forces in 1635, where the army faced a considerable loss when allied with a coalition of fellow imperial vassals and dwed loyalists. Otto also joined the Third Crusade as one of its main leaders, alongside the monarchs of Marna and Renatus, successfully besieging and capturing the pagan capital in the process. The historical and spiritual memory of King Otto II remains an important fixture in the lives of the Haeseni and the Most Holy Church. Unlike many of his predecessors and successors on the throne of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, Otto II is largely remembered for his fidelity to family life and took his vocation as a husband and father with high regard despite the tumultuous interwars of his era. Over a century later, High Pontiff Everard V beatified the late king in 1718 in the Fourth Golden Bull of Jorenus, recognizing his stalwart efforts in service to the faith and his virtuous character as a man who upheld the standards of Genere Vitae (1623). Miracles: 1. During the Rubern War, also known as the AIS war, the Imperial army suffered countless defeats. These continuous defeats significantly harmed morale of the soldiers, leading to numerous desertions and a constantly decreasing chance at victory. Yet another defeat seemed imminent in 1742, when reports of a sizable AIS army reached the Haeseni capital of New Reza. Having no choice but to sally forth and attempt to repel the invaders, the commanders all invoked the name of Otto II, the Norland crusader who had beaten them over a century ago, and took to battle. Rather than the defeat they had been expecting, the Imperial army totally routed the AIS force, giving the Empire their only major victory of the entire war. 2. Again, during the Rubern war, a lone soldier found himself caught behind enemy lines after the Imperial loss at the Battle of Adria in 1753. Fearing for his life, the soldier prayed to Otto II, hoping that his prayers would bring him safe passage back to Haense. He was discovered just before his arrival at New Reza, and many arrows were shot at him to kill him. The arrows however were miraculously stopped in mid-air, and the soldier was able to enter the Haeseni capital and avoid capture and death. Canonized in Octavus Aurea Bulla Providentia ST. KRISTOFF OF HANSETI ROSARY Patron Saint of Martyrs, Victims of Strife, and Bishops Kristoff of Hanseti began his journey as a humble initiate to the Order of Saint Amyas. Alongside the Imperial legion, he aided in the coup of the Chivay Empire. After tragically losing a hand and an eye, he quickly realized that a soldier with a missing eye and hand was not a very useful soldier, so he decided to retire as a knight and found a calling in the newly independent Church of the Canon. He rose quickly to become the bishop of Petrus, most notably known for unrelenting bravery and piety against decadence, which led him to his eventual martyrdom at the hands of Dunamis raiders, in his very own cathedral. Miracles: 1. 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. Canonized in Fourth Golden Bull of Saint Humbert ST. LOTHAR OF BALIAN LORRAINE CROSS Patron Saint of the Lorraine Cross, Princes, Courage, and Heraldry Born in the year 500, as the Prince of Balian. Lothar is most notably recognized as the warrior-philosopher behind the Lorraine Cross. The Prince in his time elaborated to his companions and courtiers on his banner, 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: 1. 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. Pre-Modern Canonization ST. MALCOLM OF FJORDHEIM VIPER Patron Saint of Daelanders, Storms and the Conversion of Heathens Known as Maèl Col in his native tongue, Malcolm was a man of Drakkmar descent, from one of the southern tribes in Fjordhem in Aeldin. He was the youngest son of a prominent chieftain by the name of Seighin. As a chieftain’s son Malcolm took many concubines and wives when he came of age, most of them were plunder-wives from the Imperial lands. It was his lust for women that led him to finding GOD. As he led a detachment of raiders from his father’s tribe to the Aeldenic Tribe he came across a small monastic community, thinking this was a abbey filled with monks he came about his normal process of pillaging whatever he could find, although when he came face-to-face with women in habits, Malcolm could not resist but to pursue his carnal desires. He had his host of northmen line the nuns within the main cloister, he inspected the women for their age and beauty and when he found the youngest and most beautiful of the nuns in the convent he decided to take her as one of his concubines. The young woman, being a GOD-fearing nun refused his attempts at coaxing her into sexual thralldom, she ran into the inner sanctum of the monastery, the quaint church. Malcolm pursued her, in his wrath breaking many of the saint’s statues within the monastery. When he got in the church he charged forewards, towards the altar as the young woman was against the wall of the tabernacle. He raised his axe to cut the woman down as he approached, but as feet touched the dais in which the altar stood a bolt of lightning stroke Malcolm, sending him flying backwards, yet it did not kill him. This was his first encounter with GOD. After this encounter with the divine Malcolm became a GOD-fearing man, being baptised in a country church near the monastery he had attempted to raid. There he went ‘missing’, his fellow Drakkmar thinking that he had gotten lost in the wilderness in church for the nun he lusted after. Malcolm spent eight years amongst the Imperials, learning flexio and matters of the faith, translating the Holy Scrolls into the Drakkmar language so that, one day, he may return and preach the Good News to his people. Malcolm was tonsured and ordained a priest after those eight years, many of the bishops and priests thought him to be a lawless savage as the Drakkmar were known to be, thus the bishop postponed his ordaining for many years. When he was ordained a minister of the Canon he had a burning feeling within him, his charism was to be a preacher, and he would preach the word of GOD to his countrymen. Malcolm took a wagon to Rhysten, and from there he hired a group of fishermen to take him to the southern reaches of Fjordhem, near Varnhag where his father’s chiefdom was located. When he set his foot upon the cold shores of Fjordhem he trekked for one day and one night before finally locating his tribe. He saw a group of women washing their clothes upon the local river, and amongst them was one of his concubines, Anne which, by Drakkmar custom and tradition, was now a thrall. When he approached her she recognised Malcolm but she still remember the day he had taken her from her home and forced himself upon her. She started to throw rocks upon Malcolm, swearing at him and vexing him, to show that he was pure of heart and repentant he kneeled and touched his heart, his heart then transporting itself out of his chest, rays springing from it and a tongue of flame above it. Anne, being a devout Canonist, recognised that this was a miracle from GOD himself and agreed to help Malcolm in his task to convert the Drakkmar. Anne took him to his brother, Padraig, which was now chieftain after his father’s passing. Padraig was, at first, happy to see Malcolm back, but once he heard that he had left the many gods of the Drakkmar for the singular GOD of the southern folk he went into a rage. The court priests attempted to out perform Malcolm by using magics and vile trickery to deceive the population into thinking that their gods were true. Malcolm simply tapped his walking stick upon the ground, the wooden stick turned into a viper and swallowed both heathen priests whole. The people of Malcolm’s tribe were surprised and many converted. A few weeks later the irminsul was teared down and a church was built in its place as his tribe completely converted. After many months of preaching and converting some nearby tribes the Synod of Ecclesiastes in Nova Horos elevated Malcolm into the ranks of a Bishop. It seemed that all of Fjordhem would convert to the light of GOD, yet the most powerful chieftain, Goedenfryk, thought that Canonism was an effeminate religion of the south, and thus, thinking the minor chieftains weak invaded their land. Malcolm knew this was to happen, as a dove sent from the Skies foretold it. Malcolm called for his flock’s many chieftains and told them that they must go south, for GOD himself commands it. The chieftains mumbled and some roared, cowardice was not their way, many wanted to stand and fight, be martyred and go into the Skies as Saints, yet Malcolm grew ireful with Holy Wrath, and with a south commanded them to do as GOD wished, the chieftains complied and took their longships and fled south. Only Malcolm and a few huscarls remained behind. Goedenfryk’s host came upon the now deserted lands of the Canonist tribes, plundered their goods that were left behind and burnt down their wooden churches. When a band from Goedenfryk’s tribe found Malcolm in his priestly robes and the baptised huscarls they charged them, but the huscarls, filled with holy zeal pushed the small raiding party back, yet more were to come. Soon a bigger party, headed by Goedenfryk himself came to meet Malcolm and his band, the archers shot at them and the tribesmen finished the now dying huscarls, only Malcolm was left. He was captured and led to Tor Lethe where the Drakkmar worshipped their gods and their now-gone witcher king. Goedenfryk decided to blood-eagle Malcolm in order to appease their barbarian gods. Malcolm remained calm, serene, asking GOD to forgive them for they did not know what they did. As Goedenfryk started the blood-eagle it is said that Malcolm didn’t squirm nor shout out in pain, he only smiled and looked upwards at the skies. His blood dripped from his back as his lungs were pulled from his chest to create a blood-eagle, Malcolm silently passed away, his soul being transported into the Skies to dine in milk and honey with the rest of the Saintly host. The heathens would later take Malcolm’s head and keep it in vile and cruel mockery of his martyrdom. Malcolm’s converted tribe, inspired still Malcolm’s many lessons and teachings and still adherent to Canonism and the name of GOD, would flee to the Southern mainland in exile. The tribe would become a nomadic community of travellers, and their descendants would form the first wave of the Daelish. Canonized in the Fifth Golden Bull of Mount Saint Humbert 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 Pontifical 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: 1. 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. 2. 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. Canonized in Second Golden Bull of Johannesburg SAINT NAFIS OF AL-DIRAHK UNCUT DIAMOND Patron Saint of Farfolk, Fishermen, Diamonds, Converts and Revolution Nafis of Al-Dirahk, born Nafis Yar in the Caliphate of Khalestine, was an orphaned boy born of Qalasheen descent, taken under wardship by House Kharadeen. With this background of a patriotic upbringing, Saint Nafis himself grew too to take pride in his nation and nationality, aspiring therefore to take up arms as a soldier for the Caliphate. This he did, involving himself in the purges of monsters and dangerous foe of the Vailorian Khalestine. Yet, even in times of peace, Nafis sought no rest, instead providing for his family by means of fishing at docks or by ship. It was thereafter that he would serve, only briefly, among the ranks of the Order of St. Lucien, departing from the Order then to instead become a mercenary at the Duke War’s conclusion, later forming his own mercenary company dubbed the Hallowvale Contracting Mercenary Company, it’s ranks filled with many who he fought alongside in the Kingdom of Oren, along with disenfranchised Qalasheen. This would lead to Khalestine coming under the rule of the recently formed Kingdom of Vandoria which was led at the time by Frederick “Decimus” Rovin, once a pupil of Nafis. Despite his many successes, Saint Nafis was nevertheless captured by Urguan during the Eighteen Year’s War, held for four years and only to be released as Imperial forces advanced, freed from his prison by said Imperial forces. It was then that he returned home to Vandoria, only to be awaited by the Grand Empire of Vanderguan which had become successor to the late Kingdom after House Winter, Kharadeen, and the Dwed had united to form this new state. This angered Nafis, proceeding to lead a rebellion against the Dwed, named the Qalasheen Spring. After little success, with the employing of guerrilla warfare, it was Nafis and the rebellion which came out as the victors, the Saint taking the seat of Lord Protector over the restored Kingdom of Vandoria thereafter. With the Caliphate dismantled by his hand and reformed into a Sultanate, the newly made Lord Protector enshrined Canonism as the state religion, having been introduced to the faith and baptized by High Pontiff Lucien III during the Dukes’ War, after he had conquered Vandoria. Nafis would later die of Black Lung, old in age, his impact and legacy lasting, those accomplishments among them being the Sultanate, his actions as Lord Protector which would later affect the spread of Canonist rule for the better, and his legacy continued by his son and daughter, Almas Yar-Lowedge and Rakim Yar. Miracles: 1. In battle, the son of Saint Nafis, Rakim Yar, adorned the metal mask of Nafis, which the Saint had worn in combat with the undead. It was then that Rakim was hit by an arrow from the enemy which pierced through the mask and knocked him unconscious, only to wake at the battle’s conclusion, unharmed and his armies victorious. 2. A group of soldiers, stranded in the dead, tainted River Piscatoris, prayed to Saint Nafis for his intercession, soon to receive a bountiful catch of monkfish which swam in from the sea. Free of taint among dead and impure waters, the catch provided enough food for them to find their way safely home. 3. With an unfair tax levied upon Canonist Farfolk residing in Emir Osman al-Mubak’s nation, a missionary of the one true faith would seek audience with the Emir on numerous occasions to request the removal of this tax, rejected each time with the threat of death at the last. After the missionary prayed to Saint Nafis however, Emir Osman was found dead with diamonds pouring from every orifice of his body. Replaced by a new Emir, the tax would be removed and the Canonist Farfolk compensated with those diamonds from the body of Osman. Canonized in Prima Aurea Bulla Ves SAINT NICOLAS THE MARTYR BROKEN BREASTPLATE Patron Saint of Armorers, the Faith Militant, and Canon Law Nicolas Barclay was born in 1778 in the city of New Reza on Arcas. An energetic and rebellious child, he spent his youth climbing the trees of the Wickwood and fishing with his grandfather, Osvald Anton. After a prank gone wrong where he almost deafened his younger cousin, Nicolas was tasked by his family to accompany his cousin, Brandt, on a holy quest to recover the bones of Saint Tylos from their final resting place and bring them to the new continent of Almaris. It was that holy quest that set Nicolas on his path with the Holy Mother Church. He would go on to become a Knight of the Order of All-Saints and eventually be promoted to the position of Equester-Imperator and Praefectus Castrorum upon the reformation of the Order of All-Saints into the Order of Exalted Owyn by High Pontiff Owyn III, whom he also served as Pontifical Secretariat. It was in this position that he would eventually be slain standing against the combined might of the Imperial State Army, Haeseni Royal Army, and the Crow Knights as they stormed the Basilica during the Red Diet of Karosgrad in 1806. Miracles: 1. When the Battle of Reinmar was at its end and the cousin with whom he had undergone the journey to retrieve the relics of Saint Tylos in life, Ser Brandt Barclay, lay mortally wounded Saint Nicolas appeared to comfort him during his last moments and ushered him into the Seven Skies. 2. Once when a Holy Dame of the Order of Exalted Owyn lay wounded and her compatriots were told she would not make the night all prayed to Saint Nicolas, in response to which he appeared and healed her. The Holy Dame in question would later go on to become the Apostolic General of the Order of Exalted Owyn. Canonized in Nonus Aurea Bulla Jorenus SAINT NOAH OF PETRUS AN EGG Patron Saint of Bishops, Mayors, and Confessors Saint Noah knew humble beginnings, born to a rancher near the renown city of Petrus. There, in that city which served as the capital of many of the great Human Kingdoms and Empires, he became a watchman, dedicated to the city’s protection. Yet, it would not take long before he was inspired to take up the cloth; a natural inclination, surrounded by the Canonist faith in such a city as Petrus. There, he would be ordained and serve many years as a clergyman in the Duchy of Adria before being appointed it’s Bishop, administering the Episcopal See for many years as it’s shepherd. He was known to be a dedicated and virtuous man, as well as a famous Epulonist, committing his time foremost to the people of which he served, even being elected Mayor. In this dedication to his service, he would find himself devoted to the selfless defense of the Brelus Cathedral during the city’s sacking. For this, he was lashed in retribution by Augustus d’Amaury, yet in strenuous will, survived this terrible injury and continued to serve his flock, even being granted the honor of becoming the personal confessor to Bl. John Sigismund. MIRACLES: 1. A starving family, having had a barren harvest before winter’s beginning, were practically dying. However, after the father had prayed to St. Noah of Petrus, unofficially confessing his sins in preparation for looming death, the next morning when he and his family awoke, they would find that their hens had produced dozens upon dozens of eggs over night, feeding them for the next week and allowing the father the strength to head to the far away market in the village over to purchase food to allow them to survive to the winter’s end. 2. Having taken on a penance of his own, a man was going on a pilgrimage, trekking to each Cathedral on the continent. As he walked the longest road of his journey to his final destination, the man was exhausted and so, knowing him to be one associated with confession, prayed to Noah of Petrus. Upon waking up to continue his pilgrimage, the man found a basket filled with eggs and a Bishop’s crozier, allowing him a full meal and an aid so that he could make it the last way. Canonized in Octavus Aurea Bulla Helenam 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: 1. 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. Canonized in Golden Bull of Luciensport 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 Holy Orenian Emperor, reigning from 1456 to 1462. Succeeding him as Emperor would be his nephew Robert I Miracles: 1. 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. Canonized in the Sixth Golden Bull of Johannesburg ST. PIUS OF SUTICA ELVEN EAR Patron Saint of Confession, Elven Converts and Parish Priests Malgath, or Pius, was born 1610 in Taliyna’maehr, and was a Priest and a High Elf convert to Canonism. Pius of Sutica formed, along with Bl. Seraphim and Fr. Griffith of Gwynon, a spiritual movement called the ‘Tractarians’ - a name coming from ‘Tracts for the Times’. Pius rejected any form of rank besides Priest, for he believed that true spiritual reform did not come through high politics and Cardinalship, but rather through stirring the hearts of men as a humble parish Priest. His Holiness James II said the following about Pius: “An example of humility whom I wish to emulate and a teacher to whom I submit.” Pius of Sutica was known as a theologian and authored many spiritual and theological works. His texts and scriptures can be divided into the following categories; Commentary on Sacred Scripture, The Epistles, The Tracts, The Theses and Homilies, History, Liturgical and Devotional, and The Apologies. His works and interpretations of The Holy Scrolls, led to the betterment of Our faithful - laity and clergy alike. In 1803, Pius experienced a serene and happy death, and to the Church he said: “I am your brother and your friend. I will never cease watching over you.” To his friends he said: “I shall spend my time in heaven doing good on earth.” Miracles: 1. A Priest and a Canonist woman were in Church, the Priest having trouble getting that woman to confess and looked to St. Pius for guidance. With the blessing of the canonized Priest, all the sins of the penitent were revealed to the confessor, to which he recited one by one and proceeded to absolve her of all sins revealed to him. It is by the account of the woman that when departing from the Church, her pockets were filled with the petals of roses, a sign of Saint Pius which We shall pay heed to in the future. 2. A suicidal man, a sinner in despair, prayed for St. Pius’ help in his moment of need while in isolation in the desert. As he prayed, a shower of rose petals fell upon him from the sky, though their origin was not visible or clear to the man. Upon seeing this, the man ran to the nearest cathedral and confessed his sins to the local priest. With his sins forgiven, he converted to Canonism and enjoyed the rest of his days as a pious and devout Canonist. Canonized in Duodecimu Aurea Bulla Providentia ST. PRINCE OTTOMAR OF MERRYWEATHER RED RAVEN Patron Saint of Children and Sutica Prince Ottomar of Merryweather, born Ottomar von Alstreim, was raised in the recently established colony of Fausten, belonging to the Sutican Crown of Atheran Salvus. The news of his birth was met by celebrations and earnest prayers for his continued health among the Canonists of Sutica, both in the polity’s Arcasian heartlands and her overseas domain: the infant was bestowed the substantive title of Prince of Merryweather, created to commemorate the recent Sutican victory in the war against Oren and the established Peace of GOD among the Arcasian Canonists. The title, in effect, named Ottomar the future successor to the Crowns of Sutica and Atheran Salvus, as King Corwin I of Sutica had no children of his own. These celebrations were of short nature. Mere months after Ottomar’s birth, the King of Sutica was overthrown in a treacherous coup of the Sutican Uialbenites, fearful of Sutica’s newfound commitment to Canonism and its values. The eventual knowledge imparted upon him of the loss of his rightful inheritance, however, did not disturb the child, whose mental development and earnest piety and devotion from his earliest days of conscience were nothing short of a miracle. It was said that Ottomar could recite the Canon from memory before learning to walk, and that between the ages of three and five he had obtained a grasp on matters of history, theology and architecture envied by many adults of the colony. At the age of seven, after a thorough study of the incoming reports of the plights and pogroms of Canonists under the rule of Uialben usurpers in Sutica, Ottomar reportedly was so moved that he requested of the loyalist authorities of Fausten to ferry him over to Arcas, to parley with his people’s Elven enemies. The deputy governor of Atheran Salvus, compelled by the Prince’s fervor and unusual intelligence, and with the reluctant consent of Ottomar’s parents, approved an expedition of seventy-seven sailors and cuirassiers. Invoking the Saints and braving the numerous shipwrecking storms of the Terran oceans, the expedition arrived in Arcas in late 1790, in the heat of the Inferi War. Dressed in Royal Alstreim regalia and carrying a tome of the Holy Scrolls, Ottomar disembarked with his entourage of guardsmen in the Sutican port, kept at immediate swordpoint by an angry and alarmed militia of Sutican mixbreeds, Uialbenites and Human apostates. Without fear and with utmost confidence, the child-Prince recited excerpts from the Canon, informing the Uialbenite mob that Divine will demanded the return of the Sutican Crown and an immediate end to their persecution of Canonists. When the mob sneered and raged at the child’s words, proclaiming that “Sutica belonged to no valah'', Ottomar simply replied, unwavering: “Sutica belongs to GOD.” Such was the outrage of the assembled crowd at these words that they immediately beset upon the Salvian cuirassiers with steel and magicks, striking down the seven-year-old Ottomar and most of his guardsmen. In the ensuing chaos, the Prince’s body was recovered and spared from desecration by the surviving sailors who then immediately weighed anchor. Their testimony was that the child-Prince suffered his martyrdom stoically, without a single tear, as the Uialbenite mob tore at him. The Infant-Martyr’s body was transported back to Fausten, reported to have remained incorrupt throughout the entire voyage and in the following years. Miracles: 1. The Uialbenite usurpers, following the vicious murder of Prince Ottomar, sought to utilize the architectural plans for a new Sutican capital devised for the upcoming exodus to Almaris by King Corwin, altered by the Infant-Martyr in Fausten during his studies of architecture and seized in various forms from both the King’s quarters and the Prince’s Atheran entourage of guardsmen. However, when the Uialbenite council unveiled the blueprints, intent on removing from them the plans for a grand Sutican basilica, the ink reportedly turned into flowing blood, staining the prints before dissipating entirely, leaving blank papers in its stead. The council was instead forced to raise an infamously dysfunctional makeshift city, known to have contained many weak points which eventually aided the Canonist Reclamation’s capture of the city. 2. During the Sutican Rebellion, instigated against the Canonist government of Queen Johanna by apostates and overseas Uialbenites, the loyalist garrison at the Rhine found itself encircled and besieged by rebels. Cut off, the desperate men of the Banardian Brigade prayed to the Infant-Martyr for relief; mere hours later, as the garrison was about to break ranks, a reinforcement banner of Haeseni knights, reportedly compelled by an unshakable urge to set off towards the Rhine instead of encamping at Osanora, arrived at the most opportune moment for the defenders to break the siege. A pitched battle between the Haeseni and the loyalists, and the rebels, Rustlers and Uialbenites ensued. The rebel commander, Corbin Wick, was reportedly struck off his steed by a mirage of a childlike figure descended from the Skies, resulting in his capture and subsequent execution. Deprived of his leadership, the rebel force was routed; only a single rebel Elf survived and fled the field of battle. Canonized in Tertia Aurea Bulla Jorenus 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: 1. 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. RICHARD OF ALDERSBURG GOLDEN CIRCLET Patron Saint of Bastards, Transmutation, Bravery and the Desert Born Richard Ashford de Bar in 1422, not much is known of the saint, but we know that he joined the Order of Saint Amyas and revitalized it, he is also remembered well for his valor in the taking of Junavos. He was a great patron of holy works and deeds. And toppled the Caesaropapist regime of old. St. Richard would pass to the Seven Skies in 1475. Miracles: 1. When buried Saint Richard wore a coronet made of iron, when later found beneath Adrianople it had transformed into a band of gold - King Guy now wears the blessed Circlet of Saint Richard as his crown. 2. When fighting in the desert sands of Junavos Richard de Bar was caught out in a sandstorm with several men, yet when the storms seemed at their most vicious and threatening to overwhelm the group they fell to their knees and began to pray. Instantly they cleared around the figure of Duke Richard and he led the group to safety from the fatal sandstorm. Canonized in Golden Bull of Luciensport ST. RICK FELDER OF KAEDRIN BARKING DOG Patron Saint of Heroes, Bannermen and the Fight against Setherien There is sparse documentation that has remained on the origins of the Kaedreni man known as Rick Felder except for surviving writings belonging to him or the lingering tales surrounding this older hero of Imperial Oren and Kaedrin. Rick Felder was born sometime in the First Empire where he’d pursue a military career under House Valois and then the Salvus Shields beginning at the age of 17. It wasn’t until he was recruited into the Order of the White Rose under Saint Peter and Saint Thomas did he find a truly calling path to pursue his deeds to come. Rick Felder participated in the sacking of Malinor, joined the vanguard in battle against the dwarves at Nation’s Crossing, had reportedly saved Saint Thomas from an elven assassin and was rewarded for his deeds in battle by Emperor Horen V. What separated Rick Felder from some of his contemporaries however was when Rick Felder participated in the first Marked missions to explore the frozen north, the drakaar Setherien’s domain. When Exodus happened, Rick Felder chose to stay behind in the realm of Anthos in order to continue the fight against drakaar who he had multiple incursions with throughout the remainder of his years. With the White Rose gone, Rick Felder would serve as a military spy to the Prophet Sigismund when humanity was brought back together after Exodus and later a tactician for King Heinrik Carrion. Rick Felder would join arms with his fellow White Rose man-at-arms veteran Blessed Jack Rovin in the Order of Saint Lucien where he’d lead expeditions into the north on a holy crusade to smite Setherien’s forces and find a weakness to the drakaar. Rick Felder was responsible for the tactical planning behind much of humanity’s land reacquisition in the fight against Setherien allowing both halflings and mankind to resettle lands formally lost to Setherien’s Black Scourge. He would also rediscover the Golden Lance and ensured the proper ballista use that would slay Setherien once and for all in the realm of the Fringe. There is little writing of Rick Felder after this battle with many assuming the hero had fallen into obscurity once his life’s work was completed though many of his descendants would rise throughout human history participating in some more of our race’s greatest moments. Most credit is often given to the Order of the Golden Lance for Setherien’s death but the Greater Houses and families of long lineage in humanity often retell the story of Rick Felder being the true hero against the drakaar. He’s most noted for being a White Rose veteran, a Knight Commander and Holy Ser in the Order of Saint Lucien and for his tireless efforts to protect the realm of the descendants from the great bane of the era. In his era he was most often referred to as ‘The Super Soldier’ and was dearly loved by his people. Miracles: 1. During the many skirmishes with Mordring’s Minions, the men of the Death’s End Company would often find themselves outnumbered and on the defensive. One such skirmish, however, came to be known as the “Battle of the Bridge'' whereby the company was nearly entirely wiped out by an undead horde so massive it would have required a nation to repel it. One lowly soldier was reported to have knelt in prayer as that horde swelled across the bridge; he prayed that the Super Soldier, Rick Felder, might aid them in repelling the attack. Screaming did that spirit of Rick Felder manifest before the routing men, glorious and golden. The spirit harked and raved that only cowards flee and that humanity itself depended on the success of the soldiers that day. Overwhelmed with piety and bravery, the Death’s End Company rallied and engaged in a counter charge so ferocious that the necrotics themselves turned in terror. The day was won due to the intervention of the Super Soldier. 2. During the collapse of the Imperium Quintus, the men of the Empire sought to destroy their own capital with the aid of a Thanhic Explosive. Though the aftermath is well documented, little was known about what happened within the city in the hours prior. One such tale describes how a soldier of the Johannesburg Guard sought to die with his city in an act of solidarity and defiance against the Courlandic usurpers. As the clock’s hand neared devastation, that soldier closed his eyes in prayer so that he could face death bravely. Rick Felder’s spirit manifested before the guardsman and spoke with a booming voice. He said that Humanity still needed heroes and that his life would be wasted in an act of pride: work still had to be done. That soldier, awestruck, heeded the advice of the Super Soldier and fled the city moments before being caught in its frigid desolation. He eventually moved to Metz and served as a medic for many years, using his second chance to ensure that others did not perish before their time. Canonized in Tertia Aurea Bulla Jorenus 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: 1. 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. Canonized in the Fourth Golden Bull of Jorenus 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: 1. 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. Canonized in Second Golden Bull of Jorenus SAINT TARA OF PARADISUS PEONY FLOWER Patron Saint of Captives, Wives, and the Wilderness A figure known from Scripture, Saint Tara of Paradisus was the wife of Saint Joren of Paradisus. To be a devoted wife, the woman born in Aaun was known for her virtuous disposition and kind hearted nature and so, caught the eye of Saint Joren who would later marry her, “It came that Joren Son of Horen found a wife of virtue and dignity, who came from Aaun. Her name was Tara, and her kindness warmed the halls of Joren’s keep, and he resolved to wed her.” (Gospel 4:6-7) However, accepting Harren’s invitation to be wed to her in the Holiest of cities, it was known to be a trap and Saint Joren and Saint Tara would be beaten, chained, and captured. It would be seven years later, upon the defeat of Harren by the second Prophet, that they would be freed by Exalted Owyn, Saint Tara having held resolve in her captivity through prayer and faith. MIRACLES: 1. Upon her being taken captive by a malicious man, a young girl would pray to Saint Tara of Paradisus. Upon the fourth night of prayer to her, the young girl would fall asleep, to be met by the apparition of Saint Tara in her dreams. When she awoke in the midst of twilight, she would find the door to her room unlocked, freed from her captivity and allowing her to escape and flee to home. 2. A woman’s husband had been taken by forces unknown and had disappeared months prior, leaving the wife alone to raise three children. One night however, after a prayer to Saint Tara, she would too be met by the woman once held captive in her dream, yet not personally. Instead, she would be led along the roads outside her village by a petal from a peony flower, to a window of a rundown house. There, she would see her husband inside, only to wake up soon after. Reporting this immediately to authorities, they would be terribly skeptical but nevertheless pursued it in a lackluster fashion to calm what they thought were a raving woman’s leads. They would find this house however, as directed, and too, her husband inside, allowing him to be returned to his wife and children. Canonized in Octavus Aurea Bulla Helenam 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. St. 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, St. Theodosius was regarded as the 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: 1. 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. Pre-Modern Canonization ST. THOMAS OF AGER HUMMINGBIRD Patron Saint of Stonemasons, Builders, Swamps, Glades and Diligence A ward of Exalted Sigismund, St. Thomas Denims studied architecture and faith alongside the prophet’s middle child, Prince Fyodor. Together, the two restored Adunian-occupied Kaedrin from pagan influence, removing its idols and stone fortresses in favor of natural landscapes and shrines of the true faith. In the process, young Thomas received a calling of faith and joined the Church, becoming an Augurist monk. He served the Church throughout the crises leading up to the flowering of Canonism under his pupil, Daniel the Great, and participated in the battle against Setherien. In addition to the construction of Flotstad, the home of St. Wilfriche, he was also chief architect of the first pontifical estate of Cyriaum. St. Thomas passed not long after, respected as a pious brother of the faith who devoted his life to the art of architecture in his Creator’s honor. He is the patron saint of stonemasons, builders, swamps, glades, and diligence. His symbol is the hummingbird, as his restoration of swamplands caused their native hummingbirds to return. Miracles: 1. When St. Thomas passed in the land of Athera, the hummingbird garden found in the pontifical estate of Cyriaum mysteriously vanished with him--the legend being that the garden and its fauna joined him in the Skies. 2. In the swamp pits of Mardon, local friars begged and prayed for intercession by Bl. Thomas for aid in fighting marsh fever and restoring the land. During their next mass, a caravan of architects and artisans arrived bearing holy tools known to be his, and offered to drain the swamp, upon which Adelburg was later built. Canonized in Eleventh Golden Bull of Helena ST. THOMAS OF GAEKRIN WHITE ROSE Patron Saint of Virtuous Leadership, Discipline, Frontiersmen, and Kaedreni Peoples Born Thomas Chivay in 1362, Famed for being one of the co-founders of the Order of the White Rose, as the Order’s Grand Marshal, he sought to bring an end to the power and influence of the pagan Elven nations. With approval from the High 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. St. Thomas would pass to the Seven Skies in 1435. Miracles: 1. 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. Canonized in Golden Bull of Cavan SAINT TOBIAS OF ROSEMOOR BLUE RIBBON OR BLUE STRIPES Patron Saint of Emperors, Restorers, and Benefactors A man known for his steadfast dedication to virtue and faith, Saint Tobias of Rosemoor was born to Exalted Sigismund and one of his father’s successors on the throne of the Holy Orenian Emperor. Characterized by his devout faith, he is remembered fondly by the Church as an Emperor dedicated to Her wellbeing, making a historic donation to Her, that being the granting of land from the Imperial State to the Mother Church in the “Donation of Tobias''. It would be, after thirteen years adorning the Crown once worn by Exalted Godfrey, that Saint Tobias would abdicate his throne which would pass on then to his son, Alexander I. It would be the remainder of his life that he would devote to the mission of avenging his son as well as fighting against the forces of the Undead. Through prayer and faith, he would persevere and pass on forty years after his abdication in the year of 1520, at the age of one-hundred and twelve years lived. Miracles: 1. As a man surrounded by undead awaited death by their grievous hands, a bright light would shine before him. From that light grew the apparition of Saint Tobias, a saving grace sent from the heavens. Before these undead foe, he raised an illuminated hand, sending each fleeing for their graves. Saint Tobias would disappear thereafter, the man saved and allowed to live another day. 2. A Church in the countryside was surrounded by demonic forces. The laity within cowered in fear, praying for their saving. Soon enough, it was reported that a blue ribbon flew through an open window and floated throughout the hallowed chamber as if carried by a supernatural breeze, guiding the laymen to a more secluded door which allowed them to escape without hindrance from near death. Canonized in Octavus Aurea Bulla Helenam 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: 1. 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. 2. 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. Canonized in Golden Bull of Cavan SAINT TYLOS OF KALDEN A WHITE STALLION Patron Saint of Stonemasonry, Cavalry, and Lost Causes A man of common birth, Saint Tylos Barclay would be of little renown until the war which would consume much of his lifetime. The War of Two Emperors would see Tylos of Kalden become a soldier, pledging himself to the Emperor, Joseph I, joining among his armies to battle against the Pertinaxi-Horen dynasty. Devoting the entirety of his savings to purchase armor and a horse, Saint Tylos would set out with little else to war and would fight in many, resulting victories for the side of Joseph. Befriending many fellow men of the Josephite forces along the way, such as the future Lord Protector, Adrian de Sarkozy, all these men would soon be tested as their successive victories would eventually come to an end. As the forces of Oren sieged the Capital City of the Empire of Renatus, Helena, they would soon see defeat as they were successfully pushed back by the Pertinaxi forces. Upon this defeat, the banner of Joseph I was weakened, various states once devoted to the Orenian side, now deserting it. With this, the Pertinaxi armies tore through the countryside of Joseph I’s Empire, yet Saint Tylos, ever brave and devoted, dedicated himself to, along with fellow troops, to an offensive of guerilla warfare. This effort would be relatively unsuccessful, being vastly outnumbered, yet their self-sacrifice would do immense good, even allowing the citizens of Reza the time to evacuate before a Renatian attack. Upon the conclusion of the War of Two Emperors, Saint Tylos would once more dedicate himself to battle, joining under the banner of Ludvig VII in Kalden. While once more the greater war would be lost, in his own acts of heroic bravery and battle, Saint Tylos would act as an exemplar of virtue in such times of bloodshed. Nearing the end of his life, he would give up sword and shield to instead take up the mission of recovery, riding throughout the countryside and spreading the word of God whilst aiding in the healing of the nation. He would pass on after decades of devotion to this final work, ending a life of virtue and dedication in service. Miracles: 1. As the city of Reza was expected to be besieged by Renatian forces, Saint Tylos and his small contingent would devote themselves to helping in the city’s defense and the citizenry’s evacuation. Beginning construction on an outer wall, they would soon be faced by a deficit in resources. Readying himself for a night of slumber, the Saint would lay his cloak over the small pile of rocks. Yet, upon rising the next morning, after a night of prayer, revealed under the cloak would be a miraculously large pile of stones, allowing the construction on that outer wall to be completed. 2. During the latter years in Arcas, at the height of the Inferni Incursion, the apparition of Saint Tylos appeared on a white steed within the confines of the city of New Reza, a miracle witnessed by many within the former capital of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Canonized in Prima Aurea Bulla Providentia ST. WALDO THE WAYFARER LIGHTHOUSE Patron Saint of Architects and Those Who Are Lost Very little of the life of Saint Waldo is known. Due to the unremarkable youth of the man and his unwillingness to later document such a time in his life. Saint Waldo was born in Athera, under Savoyard rule, and was raised in a tavern known as the Dragon’s Scale, a tavern known to house and host street urchins and monster hunters of renowned fame. Is was through this background that Waldo was able to befriend the leader of the guild that encompassed most patrons of the tavern, a man named Letho, and designed and constructed for him and his men, rich with the rewards attained through their service across the Continent, a new fortified headquarters in the middle of the developing village, along with a new tavern, called the Gryphon’s Wing. It is said that when the village was attacked by a crackadonk, whose fire razed the majority of the village to the ground, the headquarters of the guild was the only building to remain standing, and in quite good condition, as if it hadn’t been touched by the beast. As word of this tale spread, Saint Waldo’s building expertise was highly sought after, both by Lords seeking to expand their villages and personal keeps, and mercenary groups looking for blueprints for their own headquarters. Another common commission for the man were intricate signposts, as well as landmarks and lighthouses, so that travelers may have an easier time finding their way. However, the most ambitious projects of Saint Waldo’s were those of great cathedrals and basilicas, which he would always pray in as soon as they were consecrated. As Saint Waldo’s wealth grew, he seeked to educate others in his building prowess, teaching multiple apprentices throughout his life in order to preserve the architectural style that he had developed. His life did not last long after his newly-found fame, however, and the man died in a construction accident in his mid-thirties. While he was mourned heavily by those who were lucky to receive blueprints from him, his apprentices, many of whom became masters through his tutelage, continued to spread the man’s influence throughout Athera and the continents to come. While Saint Waldo has been deceased for centuries, it is believed by scholars that his architectural style lives on. Through examining and comparing paintings of towns, cities and keeps that Saint Waldo and his students had constructed, these learned men have found many similarities between these ancient constructions and the constructions of two men of this time; Olivier I of Savoy, and Frederick I of Oren, who designed and aided in the construction of their capital cities of Saint Luciensburg and Vienne respectively. Many details from Saint Waldo’s time could be found in these constructions, with modern details added in. Miracles: 1. In the early days of the newest iteration of the Kingdom of Oren, whilst Frederick I and his contractors and builders constructed what would become the royal capital of Vienne, one of the first details the Monarch ordered be built was a statue to Saint Waldo outside of the city gates. As the final detail was chiseled into the statue, all men and women who aided in the construction of the city felt a great fury and energy in their hearts, using such to construct the entirety of the city and palace in a fortnight, a speed never documented before for a city so large. 2. In the royal city of Karosgrad, within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, as the royal contractors and demolition workers worked on leveling the old, outdated palace to make room for the Morrivi Prikaz, one of the contractors who aided in constructing the city of Vienne called for all workers to join together and pray to Saint Waldo. The group reportedly prayed for three hours, before returning to the site and leveling the old prikaz, once again in an unprecedented time. 3. Following the fall of the Kingdom of Oren and the rise of the Harvest Confederacy, the Confederacy set out destroying the buildings of the Kingdom and Empire past which had fallen into disuse, including the city of Vienne. As the city was razed, the statue of Saint Waldo stood as it always did, resisting picks, hammers, and even controlled explosions which the Confederacy used to topple the statue. Today, the statue of Saint Waldo still stands, while many parts of the old city do not. Canonized in Quindecimus Aurea Bulla Jorenus 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: 1. 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. 2. The week following Wilfriche's death, three sets of twins in Ancien were born with black mace birthmarks. Canonized in Council of Fursten
  12. PEACE AND BLESSINGS THE EIGHTEENTH GOLDEN BULL OF JORENUS 8th of Tobias' Bounty, 1907 - 6th of Grona and Droba 460 E.S. HIS HOLINESS PONTIAN IV, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Visigia, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD does decree… TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION I - ON THE ATRUS COVENANT SECTION II - ON THE AZDRAZI SECTION III - BEATIFICATIONS SECTION IV - VENERATIONS SECTION I - ON THE ATRUS COVENANT After what seemed like continuous diplomatic discussions, and a steady effort of the Kingdom of Balian to garner men in defense of its territory against the looming threat that is the undead dragon Cloudbreaker and its minions, Our most Holy Office is pleased to endorse the summit called by Balian and the establishment of the ‘Atrus Covenant’ to mark the important occasion. As a result, We, in Our capacity as the High Pontiff and Vicar of GOD, strongly encourage the Canonist Princes around the world to be in attendance, as, similarly, We call those that find themselves capable of wielding a sword to support this righteous cause to be of assistance there. We pray that, with the Lord our God as their benefactor, and Saint Lothar to guide their blades, the united forces of those that shall come to Balian’s defense succeed in driving the enemy off. SECTION II - ON THE AZDRAZI All of Canondom has been made aware of the Azdrazi attack on the royal family of Aaun - yet there are common people that have lost those most dear to them, horrible murders performed by the blood-lusting lizards. Once these killings are complete, their agents, the Heralds, sweep the evidence away, the very same Heralds who have at times infiltrated the governments of Canonist Princes, whispering evil thoughts into their ears to steer the faithful to their liking; away from the Lord’s Virtue as revealed through the Holy Scrolls. This reveals to us that the Nephilim cannot be trusted. They are all too eager to announce to all that their duty is to be the protectors of humanity, but when the good people turn their back they kill, lie and try their damnedest to keep Azdromoth’s agents hidden. Whilst it has taken Us a long time to come to this conclusion, to which We regrettably admit, We have found that after the recent worrying events their corrupting and self-righteous presence can no longer be ignored. For this reason, in memory of Our predecessors that maintained such and in hopes of protecting the good Canonist faithful that would otherwise have been corrupted, We officially declare the Azdrazi Inquisition is to be reinstated immediately. We, in Our capacity as the High Pontiff and Vicar of GOD, humbly implore all those of the faithful that find themselves virtuously inspired to be of assistance to this cause and wish to be of service to reach out to the Grand Inquisitor, Kazimir var Ruthern, or others of the Inquisition. We pray that, with the Lord our God as their benefactor, and the Holy Martyrs to guide them, the forces that take up arms to rid Humanity of this plight be successful in their righteous pursuit. SECTION III - BEATIFICATIONS It is through Our Apostolic Authority that We affirm the following beatifications… BLESSED EMPEROR JOHN VI HOREN Beatified for his brave and pious conduct against the pagan invasion of Oren and his martyrdom at the hands of Pertinaxi conspirators during the Coup of Adelburg. The spectral vision of John VI appeared before Saint Arpad in his own office in Castle Vilac and forgave him for his grave sins against him and the Empire, which convinced Saint Arpad to renounce his sinful life and embark on a path of righteous piety. BLESSED GAIUS MARIUS Beatified for guiding a lost Haeseni squire on his knightly trials after having been prayed to. Bl. Gaius Marius guided the young squire towards the beast he needed to slay for his trials and once it was slain appeared to the squire in full Teutonic fineries and guided him back home to safety. SECTION IV - VENERATIONS It is through Our Apostolic Authority that We affirm the following venerations… VENERABLE BORYS JAZLOVIECKI Made venerable for standing steadfast against the Michaelite schism in Savoy, one of the few vassals to do so; fearing not for his life, but how the faithful of Savoy were being led astray. VENERABLE ULRICH VON ALSTREIM Made venerable for standing steadfast against the Michaelite schism in Savoy, one of the few vassals to do so; fearing not for his life, but how the faithful of Savoy were being led astray. Died a martyr fighting the Anathema at Haverlock. VENERABLE CORWIN VON ALSTREIM Made venerable for assuming the Sutican throne and reforming the trade nation into the Kingdom of Sutica, officially converting the Kingdom to Canonism and leading the nation into prosperity. VENERABLE KING GEORG OF SUTICA Made venerable for spearheading the Canonist Reclamation of Sutica alongside Queen Johanna, ousting its pagan usurpers and restoring Canonist rule over the Kingdom in his lifetime. VENERABLE QUEEN JOHANNA OF SUTICA Made venerable for spearheading the Canonist Reclamation of Sutica alongside King Georg, ousting its pagan usurpers and restoring Canonist rule over the Kingdom in her lifetime. VENERABLE BISHOP KONSTANTIN BARCLAY Made venerable for having been martyred whilst investigating rumors of Azdrazi activity. VENERABLE FATHER IOANNES Made venerable for his great contribution to the Mother Church as Priest-Lector, aiding in countless missions against heresy and evil THE HOLY MOTHER CHURCH OF THE CANON Under GOD, maintained by His Holiness Pontian IV THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS THE PENTARCHY OF PONTIAN IV VIKTOR CARDINAL NESCIA @Borin Archdiocese of Nescia ARMAND CARDINAL ALLOBROGUM @Mordhaund Archdiocese of Allobrogum KATERINA CARDINAL JORENUS @MissToni Archdiocese of Jorenus CYRUS CARDINAL ALBAROSA @MCVDK Archdiocese of Albarosa TEODOSIO CARDINAL TYIRA @Greener Diocese of Tyria THE CURIA THE VICE-CHANCELLOR Viktor Cardinal Nescia @Borin AUDITOR OF THE TRIBUNAL Armand Cardinal Allobrogum @Mordhaund PRELATE OF THE PRIESTHOOD Cyrus Cardinal Albarosa @MCVDK PONTIFICAL SECRETARY Ottomar von Alstreim @Ramon PONTIFICAL CHAMBERLAIN Katerina Cardinal Jorenus @MissToni MONSIGNORS The Right Reverend, Msgr. Father Jordan @LightTheTrainer The Right Reverend, Msgr. James Alstion @LithiumSedai The Right Reverend, Msgr. Ser Vladimir @Dyl CANONIST DIOCESES PATRIARCHATE OF JORENUS, encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska & the Kingdom of Norland, to be shepherded by Matriarch Katerina Cardinal Jorenus @MissToni DIOCESE OF HENRIKEV, encompassing the entirety of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to be shepherded by Matriarch Katerina Cardinal Jorenus. @MissToni DIOCESE OF VALWYCK, encompassing the lands to the north and east of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to be shepherded by Iosif Bishop Valwyck @Nolan_ DIOCESE OF REINMAR, encompassing the lands to the south and west of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to be shepherded by Katerina Cardinal Jorenus @MissToni TITULAR DIOCESE OF LEUMONT, encompassing the city of Leumont and the region of the Kingdom of Norland, granted to Matriarch Katerina Cardinal Jorenus @MissToni ARCHDIOCESE OF ALBAROSA, encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Aaun and the Commonwealth of The Petra, to be shepherded by Archbishop Cyrus Cardinal Albarosa @MCVDK DIOCESE OF GELIMAR, Encompassing the Southwestern half of the Kingdom of Aaun, including Velen, Minitz, Florentine and Oltremont, to be in Sede Vacante DIOCESE OF BURON, encompassing the Northeastern half of the Kingdom of Aaun and the Commonwealth of the Petra, to be shepherded by Archbishop Cyrus Cardinal Albarosa @MCVDK ARCHDIOCESE OF NESCIA Encompassing the southern region of the northern continent, including the lands of Sedan and Du Loc, to be shepherded by Archbishop Viktor Cardinal Nescia @Borin DIOCESE OF AQUILA, encompassing the lands of Sedan and Du Loc, to be shepherded by Markos Cardinal Aquila @bugbytes21 ARCHDIOCESE OF ALLOBROGUM, encompassing the Kingdom of Balian and the lands of the Southern Continent, to be shepherded by Archbishop Armand Cardinal Allobrogum @Mordhaund DIOCESE OF TYRIA, encompassing the lands of Balian, to be shepherded by Teodosio Cardinal Tyria @Greener FIDES RESTITUENDA FAITH MUST BE RESTORED
  13. In the Montfort Residence deep within Karosgrad, the High Pontiff received the news of the summit. Slowly Pontian's face contorted from a smile into a frown. He had had many long conversations with Lord Ledicort Vuiller regarding this threat and had even urged what allies the Church had and its own forces to join together to face this threat of evil! Yet after all this, he and his allies remained unmentioned and uninvited. This was sadly something the Pontiff had become accustomed to, a sigh escaped him and he returned to work on the new Atlas of Saints, a true masterpiece in his eyes.
  14. MANUS INANUS ON IDLE HANDS ENCYCLICAL OF HIGH PONTIFF PONTIAN IV 13TH OF HARREN’S FOLLY, 1905 TO THE VENERABLE BRETHREN, THE ARCHBISHOPS, THE BISHOPS, AND OTHER LOCAL ORDINARIES IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE AEGISIAN SEE Venerable Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction. Often do We think about our youth, how We spent time in the imperial capital, escaping from Our mother’s grasp to explore the Orenian countryside, completely alone and learning of Oren’s past. We truly believe these experiences made Us the man We are today. We explored the remnants of Esbec, where once Our family had housed itself. We had a calling for the unknown, the old. It was around the same time We met Cardinal Fiodor, a man We much admired and who mentored Us in Our youth. Not long after meeting the Father We found the Church calling Our name, why exactly We came to this conclusion We have never quite been able to answer, but in the end We are delighted to serve God and His Church. Not long after becoming the acolyte of the Father Fiodor, he ascended the Immaculate Throne and became known as High Pontiff Tylos II, later to be enrolled into the list of the Blessed in the Seven Skies. Quickly after We completed our studies and joined Providentia, our superior clergyman being Venerable Father Francis. It was here We found a mission for Ourselves, something to do that furthered the goals of the Church. The Emperor of Oren, Philip III had been excommunicated, and this act did not make it easy for a young clergyman in Oren; the Church of the Canon was seen as hostile and most Orenians did not approve of the Church’s actions, at the time We did not understand the whys and hows, yet in hindsight, it was the best choice Our predecessors could have made. We busied Ourselves, attempting to preach to those who would listen and celebrate the sacred ceremonies that only a select few approached Us to perform, gladly too We did. The prefecture of Providence had also decided to lock a few of the interior doors to the Basilica, disallowing the clergy from using the entire temple. Realizing this We dispatched letters to the diocesan coadjutor, Henry Herring, a government official appointed to oversee church affairs in Oren. Our communications to the man went well and he seemed all too eager for us to cooperate, but alas he disappeared and all progress seemed lost. Around the same time We too were elevated, but to become Archbishop and Cardinal of Albarosa, happily We accepted, but with the Metropolitanate empty, as Cardinal Francis had passed from disease some time earlier (God bless his venerable soul), it left Us to handle both dioceses until a replacement for the good Father Francis was found. We made a survey of the Albarosan territories, speaking to the nobles and people that would listen to us, so We could gauge how Canonism was received in the region. It went better than expected. With the disappearance of this diocesan coadjutor We soon replaced him on the Prefectural Committee of New Providence, permitting Us to open the doors to the Basilica for all the Canonist faithful once more. We did not want to tell Our life story within this letter, but it felt vital to impart some of Our own experiences to better tell you, Venerable Brethren, of Our concerns. We fear that Our brothers have become idle without a mission of their own. Furthermore, We believe that this is because Our Ordinaries believe that they cannot commit themselves to the community they shepherd. We believe this unwise and an unwarranted assumption from the past. Clergymen should and must be involved in the affairs of the secular, to a balanced degree. One should not have the aspirations for secular titles, but instead to help the Virtuous in one's community and further Canonist goals. We have once served in the New Providence prefecture and in a similar manner and as a result believe that Our ordinaries should become a cog in the greater machine of the secular. Not for the sake of ambition or glory for oneself, but for the glory of God. We are not implying that the Venerable Brethren must become members of municipal governments, but rather that they need to make use of their hands; open a store, learn new arts, go on adventure, and most importantly take the time to teach their flock of His Virtue as is right. We write this because, though We fear not for the future of the Holy Mother Church, which has Our Lord as its stalwart protector and shall undoubtedly withstand the test of time as it has many times over, We do have the belief that the presence of active clergy within their communities will see the Holy Mother Church, and the Canonist Flock, to a better future in the many days ahead. FIDES RESTITUENDA FAITH MUST BE RESTORED
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