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  1. STATEMENT FROM THE HOLY SEE OF THE HIGH PONTIFF EVERARDUS SEXTUS Addressed to the Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and the Laymen of the Church of the Canon. On Recent Events. Most Beloved Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction. This evening, while officiating a wedding in the Basilica of the Argentate Star, Our person was attacked by three assassins intent on sending us on Our final journey to the Seven Skies. These assassins broke near every sacred command by GOD while doing so. They attacked Us on consecrated ground, in a church, disrupting a sacrament, and using dark magicks. Thankfully, the assassins left Us with only minor wounds. However, neither ourselves, Our secretariat, or other priests in attendance would be standing alive here today without the quick action and defense of the citizens of the Holy Orenian Empire and the soldiers of the Imperial State Army. We wish to bestow our heartfelt thanks to these people who risked their lives for Our person and Our fellow clerics. We know that you, faithful Canonists in Oren, have never forsaken the Holy Mother Church. Nor, too, has the Church forsaken you. We promise that We will never abandon the faithful citizens of the Empire, just as we will never cease attempting to mend the divide between the Crown and the Laurel. Those who attempt to divide us shall fail, for We shall not be cowed into silence by threats of death. In honor of the defense of Our person, the clergy, and the Basilica, we wish to bestow upon Sir Jarad Vuillerian membership within the Order of the Black Sepulchre, an association of Holy Knights made up of laymen who have demonstrated exceptional service to the church. Its name derives from the ashen urns carried by wandering templars of yore. There is no greater honor for a layman of the Canon, and we are joyful to be able to give this honor to Sir Jarad, in recognition of his deeds on this day. We cannot continue without mentioning Father Juliet, who We had ordained just earlier this Saint’s Day. Their willingness to push Us out of the way of the attacker’s arrows, and to take the shot intended for Us, is but one of many acts of bravery that kept Us alive. May Father Juliet serve as an example for all Canonists, not just priests, through her selflessness in the face of great adversity. We would also honor Baron Otto Morovar of Haense, one of the first men who, literally, jumped to their feet to rescue Us from Our attackers. We know not what would have happened had he, nor any of Our other defenders, not been present at the time of the attack. It is in times like these that Our true friends make themselves known. Two people who were once separated by war have united in defense of Us and the faith. We shall continue to pray for all of Canondom, and thank all who have wished Us well during these times. May God bless you all. Pontifex Maximus, Everardus Sextus
  2. In Servitude of God A man dedicating his life to God henceforth. Circa 1837 / 389 E.S. To commit yourself entirely to God is to live according to His virtue in its entirety. Forsaking the pleasures that God has granted for a simpler life, of both hardships and struggles. To serve God is to promulgate His virtue through deeds and dialogue. As a servant of God, it is your responsibility to preserve the integrity of the flock. There are many ways to serve God, such as some listed below. For those graced by God with a skill of the sword, they may put it to use serving the Supreme Order of the Exalted Owyn; protecting the Church from any dangers that may come. For those graced by God with a skill of the quill, they may wish to take vows and serve as a monastic; living a virtuous life as they promote God's word through theses and exemplary deeds. For those graced by God with a skill in speaking, they may wish to become a cleric; preaching the Lord’s word and performing sacraments as they shepherd the faithful towards the green pastures that the Lord God has given unto us. As God is without doubt, the most merciful and the most righteous, there are some that will try their best to deceive His flock and to attack His holy institution. However, time and time again has shown that if the faithful are able to collaborate together to become one united flock in times of trouble, we not only persist but we thrive, as we should always. As Canonists, it is not only our responsibility, but it is our duty and obligation to protect each other and most importantly our faith from any that wish to impose upon our traditions and our values. While the Church has witnessed the widespread population of lands owned by Canonists, the clerics that shepherd these faithful are drawn thin. For those devout in faith, we encourage that you come to your local church and join. You will find fraternity, respect, and most importantly, faith and virtue. Anders Cardinal Jorenus, Patriarch of Jorenus, Prelate of the Priesthood 9th of Gronna ag Droba, 390 E.S. You visit your local church, a familiar place where you’ve made peace with God many times before. You would think to yourself, ‘If my life were any different, I could have been a potter… or even a weasley merchant.. But God has been there for me, and I need to be there for him.’ You would approach an office desk with an aged man occupying it. He would smile warmly at you as his wrinkles would distort, making smiles of their own. ‘Might you be interested in joining the Church?’ the priest would bestow a hopeful gaze that felt almost as if he was seeing right through you. ‘Yes, I think it’s finally time.’ you’d remark, your mind racing through the future possibilities that this career under God might entail, ‘Splendid, you’ve come to the right place. I just need to ask a few questions.’ he would say to you, smiling all the while before he begins his questioning. What is your baptismal name? (Your answer) Your age? (Your answer) You’re right in front of me.. but for record’s sake, what is your race? (Your answer) Do you have any family? (Your answer) How do you wish to serve God? (Your answer) Where would you prefer to be assigned if accepted? (Your answer) The cleric’s smile would twinkle as he shakes your hand, dismissing you. ‘You will surely hear back soon. God be with you, child.’ As you leave, you smile knowing that life will finally be better now with God at your centre. [OOC] You may contact Crevel in-game or on Discord at Crevel#9266 regarding your application after completing it here.
  3. ♰ To Pledge Oneself to GOD ♰ A devout Canonist receiving the rite of Ordination, circa 1850 | 403 ES “To commit yourself entirely to God is to live according to His virtue in its entirety. Forsaking the pleasures that God has granted for a simpler life, of both hardships and struggles. To serve God is to promulgate His virtue through deeds and dialogue. As a servant of God, it is your responsibility to preserve the integrity of the flock.” - Venerable Cardinal Anders, former Prelate of the Clergy There is no calling more virtuous than pledging oneself to GOD and embracing His love and virtue. Each Canonist has their way to show devotion to GOD. The Holy Knight fights for his faith against those who threaten to destroy it. The humble farmer works diligently to feed his children. The Priest preaches and shares the love of GOD. Of those ways to show one’s devotion, the one this letter concerns is the Priest. Our Priests of the Canon are successors to the ancient Priests of Owyn. those virtuous Harrenite freemen and the modern Priest may have little in common, but they share a deep love for GOD and His word. When Owyn anointed the brothers Evaristus and Clement as bearers of the laurel of Horen, he made a promise to Humanity. A promise that there will always be a Church, and there will always be a Keeper of the Canon. I do not take this promise lightly, nor will I stop protecting the promise made by Owyn so many centuries ago. We priests of the Canon bear a great burden: the burden of our flock, the burden of our promise, the burden of our faith. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now, I will not say otherwise: the job of a Priest is not an easy one. It requires deep devotion and constant humility. There are times you question why you got ordained, and your faith will falter at times. But, it is also a deeply rewarding, deeply spiritual calling. So I ask of you: does that sound like something you want? Is that the path GOD has put you on? Be you Human or Orc, male or female, there is a place for you in the Clergy. Francis Cardinal Albarosa, Archbishop of Albarosa, Prelate of the Clergy 6th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1850 You push open the large, wooden door to your local Church and step into the foyer. Murals and stained glass windows line the sides of the room, breathing colour into every corner. Most of the individuals portrayed in the Murals you recognize: the Exalted, High Pontiff Saint Daniel I, Saint Jude, Saint Julia, Saint Catherine, and many more. Those devout Canonists you’ve looked up to all your life. You know this is the right decision. As you approach the desk, the middle-aged lady sitting at it offers you a kind and warm smile. One of the first female Priests. “Do you want to join our Church?” She asks, hope in her eyes. You offer a nod and she cracks a big, bright smile. “Wonderful,” she exclaims. The Priest takes out a piece of paper and pen, and then she looks up to you with big, happy eyes. “I’ll ask you a few questions, dear,” she chimes, before starting: Alright, what is your Baptismal name? (Your answer) Ah, a truly beautiful name. And, how old are you? (Your answer) I know you are right in front of me, but for the record, what is your Race? (Your answer) Once again, for the record, are you male or female? (Your answer) Do you have any family, dear? (Your answer) Hmm, and how do you wish to serve GOD? (Your answer) Where do you wish to be assigned? (Your answer) She smiles as she shakes your hand. “I am sure we will hear back quite soon, dear,” she assures you. You exit the Church with nervous excitement. A new chapter of your life is about to begin. [OOC] Please contact me on Discord at Kaiser Jacob II#1965 or in-game regarding your application after posting it here. Thanks!
  4. TERTIA AUREA BULLA JORENUS THE THIRD GOLDEN BULL OF JORENUS 7th of Sigismund’s End, 1853 | 7th of Joma & Umund, 406 ES. HIS HOLINESS EVERARD VI, 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 - Opening Prayer SECTION II - Synod Appointments SECTION III - Curia Appointments SECTION IV - On the Supreme Order of Exalted Owyn SECTION V - Marital Dissolution SECTION VI - Canonizations ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┛ SECTION I O Lord, we beseech Thee mercifully to receive the prayers of Thy people who call upon Thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same. Amen. SECTION II It is through Our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that We make these affirmations, alterations, and additions to the College of Cardinals. We decree these appointments… TMR, His Eminence, Fr. August Cardinal Providentia TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Jordan Cardinal Jorenus TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Francis Cardinal Albarosa TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Alfred Cardinal Nescia TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Fiodor Cardinal Allobrogum SECTION III It is through Our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that We make these affirmations, alterations, and additions to the Curia. We decree these appointments… Vice Chancellor, His Eminence, Jordan Cardinal Jorenus Prelate of the Clergy, His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Providentia Ecclesiastical Auditor, His Eminence, Alfred Cardinal Nescia Pontifical Secretary, The Reverend, Presbyter Ileana Pontifical Chamberlain, His Eminence, Fiodor Cardinal Allobrogum Apostolic General, Her Excellency, Faux Amati The Holy Mother, Her Excellency, Lotte-Adelinda von Alstreim SECTION IV In recent years, it has been brought to Our attention that the Supreme Order of Exalted Owyn has suffered in activity and loyalties, with some knights forgoing their oaths to Our Church and faith in favor of secular ambition. As a result, Our Curia have begun the process of reforming the order. More details on this effort shall be published as they are determined. SECTION V It is with great sorrow that We write this, for after great conversation with Ser Viktor Baruch of Haense, We have learned of the true state of his union with Eugenie Cecile de Savoie, a marriage that has survived even attempted assassinations. However, the course of their marriage has been determined, so We will be guided by what lies ahead of Us. With the testimony We have received, We find that their marriage has no bright future and that the best option is to announce dissolution. Therefore through Our Pontifical authority, We declare the union between Viktor Baruch and Eugenie Cecile dissolved, on account of the latter’s abandonment of her marriage and duties as a wife. Their children shall remain legitimate in Our eyes. Should either party desire to remarry in the future, they must seek Our permission before doing so. SECTION VI Through Our Apostolic Authority, and with the approval of a majority of the College of Cardinals, We hereby Canonize the following: ST. RICK FELDER OF KAEDRIN 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. MIRACLE 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. MIRACLE 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. ST. KING CAIUS OF THE WESTERLANDS 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. MIRACLE 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. MIRACLE 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. ST. PRINCE OTTOMAR OF MERRYWEATHER 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. MIRACLE 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. MIRACLE 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. THE HOLY MOTHER CHURCH OF THE CANON Under GODAN. maintained by His Holiness Everard VI THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS AUGUST CARDINAL PROVIDENTIA Metropolitanate of Providentia FRANCIS CARDINAL ALBAROSA Archdiocese of Albarosa JORDAN CARDINAL JORENUS Patriarchate of Jorenus ALFRED CARDINAL NESCIA Archdiocese of Nescia FIODOR CARDINAL ALLOBROGUM Archdiocese of Allobrogum THE CURIA JORDAN CARDINAL JORENUS Vice-Chancellor of the Church of the Canon FRANCIS CARDINAL ALBAROSA Prelate of the Clergy of the Church of the Canon TR PRESBYTER ILEANA Pontifical Secretary of the Church of the Canon ALFRED CARDINAL NESCIA Ecclesiastical Auditor of the Church of the Canon FIODOR CARDINAL ALLOBROGUM Pontifical Chamberlain of the Church of the Canon THE HOLY DAME FAUX AMATI Apostolic-General of the Supreme Order of Ex. Owyn LOTTE-ADELINDA VON ALSTREIM Holy Mother of the Canonist Church CANONIST DIOCESES METROPOLITANATE OF PROVIDENTIA Encompassing the city of Providence, to be shepherded by Metropolitan August Cardinal Providentia. PATRIARCHATE OF JORENUS Encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska & the Kingdom of Norland, to be shepherded by Patriarch Jordan Cardinal Jorenus. DIOCESE OF HENRIKEV, encompassing the entirety of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to be shepherded by Patriarch Jordan Cardinal Jorenus. DIOCESE OF VALWYCK, encompassing the lands to the north and east of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to be shepherded by Karl Otto Bishop Valwyck. DIOCESE OF REINMAR, encompassing the lands to the south and west of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to remain in sede vacante. TITULAR DIOCESE OF LEUMONT, encompassing the city of Leumont and the region of the Kingdom of Norland, granted to Patriarch Jordan Cardinal Jorenus. ARCHDIOCESE OF ALBAROSA Encompassing everything beyond the Capital City of Providence that is within the Holy Orenian Empire, to be shepherded by Archbishop Francis Cardinal Albarosa. DIOCESE OF ROCHEFORT, encompassing the Municipality of Redenford, and the surrounding lands including the County of Halstaig, to be shepherded by Archbishop Francis Cardinal Albarosa. DIOCESE OF BURON, Encompassing the Municipality of Dobrov and the surrounding lands, to be shepherded by Vinzant Bishop Buron. ARCHDIOCESE OF NESCIA Encompassing the southern region of the northern continent, including the land of the Vasoyevi, Sedan, and Du Loc, to be shepherded by Archbishop Alfred Cardinal Nescia. DIOCESE OF AQUILA, encompassing the lands of Sedan and Du Loc, shepherded by Jeremi Bishop Aquila. ARCHDIOCESE OF ALLOBROGUM Encompassing the entirety of the Principality of Savoy and the lands of the Southern Continent, shepherded by Archbishop Fiodor Cardinal Allobrogum. DIOCESE OF SAN LUCIANO, encompassing the city of San Luciano, shepherded by Markos Bishop San Luciano. DIOCESE OF FREIMARK, encompassing the County of Freimark and surrounding lands, shepherded by Fiodor Cardinal Allobrogum. ☩AD MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM☩ FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
  5. ENCYCLICAL LETTER POENITENTIA INCOMPLETA AN INCOMPLETE PENANCE OF THE HIGH PONTIFF EVERARDUS SEXTUS Addressed to the Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and the Laymen of the Church of the Canon. On Recent Revelations. HIS HOLINESS EVERARD VI, 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. "The Lord saw the penance of Owyn, which was the death of the unrepentant. And Owyn was made again as the light of his blade, and the great city was destroyed." (Gospel 5:19-20) Most Beloved Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction. Ever since the proclamation of the false Pontiff Christoff, Our mind has been focused on one thing: penance. All men commit sins, and God forgives all men who confess and do penance to atone for their sins. When the Prince of Savoy and Holy Orenian Emperor and Empress broke from Our flock, We gave them an opportunity to confess their sins and do penance, which they did. Their walks to Karosgrad shall be spoken of for decades to come, and shall serve as a warning to all who dare to divide God’s church. Yet in the days following the Imperial walk of penance, We have been made aware of a letter from the Empress to a known Azdrazi, one Antonius Vilac, in which she attempts to hire the Vilac to assassinate the Duke of Adria, Philip Aurelian. Given that the letter was made public by an Azdrazi, We did not believe it immediately, for We know of the animosity between Canonists and followers of Azdromoth. It is for this reason that We Ourselves conducted an investigation into the allegations in the letter, speaking to trusted individuals with knowledge of these affairs and putting together the different components of the alleged plot. We can now declare that We believe the contents of the letter to be the truth, that the Holy Orenian Empress attempted to conspire with an Azdrazi to murder her father-in-law, the Duke of Adria. Not only this, but We believe that Emperor Philip III and the Imperial Vice-Chancellor Olivier Renault are complicit in this plot, for soon after the death of the Duke, the Prince proclaimed Philip as Emperor. The timing of such events and others cannot be coincidences, and so We charge the aforementioned three with conspiring with an Azdrazi in the attempted murder and overthrow of the Duke of Adria. We cannot, in good conscience, continue to support an Imperial regime which has murdered innocents. The Holy Orenian Emperor is the temporal successor of the Exalteds, expected to be the paragon of virtue in Canondom. These revelations, however, convince Us that the opposite is true. Therefore, We declare that Emperor Philip III, Empress Anastasya, and Vice-Chancellor Olivier Renault are branded EXCOMMUNICATE and ANATHEMA. This excommunication is not extended to the common citizenry of the Empire, who have committed no wrongdoing and are innocent in this affair. Those who have remained pure in soul and action may continue to receive Church services and sacraments. Whenever one confesses to the sin of murder, the most common penance We give is for the penitent to surrender themselves to the authorities, to take responsibility for their actions. But what penance can be given when the authorities themselves are the murderers? For this, there is but one penance: to give up one’s authority. So shall We declare for the previously mentioned excommunicants: your penance shall be to abdicate or resign your positions of power. You have committed a great sin, through which you have resigned your right to lead others. Surrender your authority, and this excommunication shall be lifted, so that the Empire may be ruled by just and righteous leaders. Refuse, and We shall consider it the duty of every Canonist to see you removed. We were friends with the Duke of Adria, having met him on many occasions when We were first elected. We were saddened to hear of his passing, and shocked to hear the accusations against his own kin. We can only hope that his soul may now rest in peace, knowing that the people who plotted his murder shall face justice. Pontifex Maximus, Everardus Sextus
  6. ENCYCLICAL LETTER HUMILITAS OCCIDIT SUPERBIAM HUMILITY CONQUERS PRIDE OF THE HIGH PONTIFF EVERARDUS SEXTUS Addressed to the Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and the Laymen of the Church of the Canon. On Recent Excommunications and Interdicts. HIS HOLINESS EVERARD VI, 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. "So I am the Most High, and in pursuit of My Virtue, I bid my faithful this: You shall not judge your own virtue, be it great or small, for all fall short of Me." (Virtue 7:8) Most Beloved Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction. There are two parts to achieving full forgiveness for one’s sins. The first is the confession, in which the penitent clearly states the sin they have committed and announce that they seek forgiveness. The second part is the penance, during which the penitent performs some deed to counter the evil created by their sin. For a thief or one who takes, their penance might be to return or to submit to the authorities. For greed, the penance might be to give to charity. For pride, a sin for which even We are guilty and have confessed to, the penance We were given was to dine with the poor of Canondom, to remember that We are Man just as they are Man. When both of these have been completed, it is then that the confessor offers ablution and pardons the sinner for their transgressions. For the sin of schism, which We have stated is one of ultimate pride, We gave what We believe to be a fitting penance. The Prince of Savoy, responsible for leading his countrymen away from the light of God, wore humble clothing, walked from San Luciano to Karosgrad, braved insults and projectiles flung by faithful Canonists, publicly confessed his sin to Us in the sight of all, and performed the remainder of his penance swiftly and without hesitation. The confession and the penance have been completed, and now the responsibility falls to Us to finish the sacrament. We find Olivier II’s penance acceptable to God, and so hereby lift the excommunication We placed upon him at the onset of the schism. With this also comes the withdrawal of the interdict placed upon his country. To Our Savoyard clergy who had withdrawn with Us to Haense, We say to you now, return home! Tend to your flock, and guide them back into God’s light. Remind them that God has forgiven their sin and given them a new chance to serve Him. Furthermore, We see it fit to withdraw the interdict upon the Holy Orenian Empire as well. Their government and their people have condemned their schism and the false Pontiff Christoff, and have reaffirmed their loyalty to the one true Mother Church under Our leadership. We see no reason to further punish the innocent people of the Empire, and so We declare the interdict over Oren to be withdrawn. Orenian clergymen are urged to continue performing services for the common people of the Empire. May God’s flock suffer no more. For the Emperor and Empress, however, their excommunication shall remain in place until their penance has been complete. This is not an act of revenge, as some would call it, but an act of justice and prevention, to ensure that no further attempts to undermine God’s authority will be made. We have every faith in their Imperial Majesties’ commitment to fulfilling the penance We have issued for them and completely mending the divide in Our church. We shall pray for both Savoy and Oren, as We pray for all Canondom, that all may feel the love of God. May God bless you all. Pontifex Maximus, Everardus Sextus
  7. Friendship and GODani ____________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Hello, I am Dosiya Therese Kortrevich, and I am nine years old. I love GODani very much and he is my best friend. My best friend wants everyone who loves him to be friends. I am sad that everyone who loves GODani is fighting. GODani would be very sad I think. I am going to celebrate Tuvmas. Tuvmas is very rare. I was told rare means special. So it is special. For Tuvmas I am going to ask St. Tobias for a doll of Saint Emma, Saint Tylos, Saint Tara, and Saint Jude II. But I am going to ask him that he does not even have to give me the dolls if he makes everyone friends. “And I am the Lord GOD without peer, and My power is the only power, and My eternity is the only eternity, and all the aeons of the Virtue shall sustain the righteous.” (Virtue 5:9) We are all under GODani. So we should not fight about GODani. GODani loves us all. I hope Oren and Savoy and Haense and everyone can just be friends again. I like Oren because it has pretty flowers and pretty dresses. I like Savoy because the buildings are very pretty. I like Haense because I live here and everyone is very nice and they can fight very well. When James II went to the Seven Skies he wrote something very nice for the old King and Emperor. I think we should listen to it because it is very wise. I was told that wise means very smart. “To Josef I & Joseph II: Wear those crowns I set upon your heads and love each other as brothers.” Please let us be friends again. Your Friend, Dosiya
  8. ENCYCLICAL LETTER LEX ORDINEM FERAT LAW SHALL BRING ORDER OF THE HIGH PONTIFF EVERARDUS SEXTUS Addressed to Emperor Philip III and Empress Anastasya. On Imperial Penance. HIS HOLINESS EVERARD VI, 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. "So I am the Most High, and in pursuit of My Virtue, I bid my faithful this: You shall not blaspheme My Word, nor any thing that is holy." (Virtue 1:8) Most Beloved Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction. We thank you for your letter, and for your reaffirmation of Our status as the one and true High Pontiff of God’s Church. As We wrote in Our letter to the Prince of Savoy who, just this Saint’s Day, undertook a walk of penance and was forgiven for his transgressions, your sin was one of ultimate pride and ambition, unbecoming of the temporal successor of the Exalteds. In this role, you have failed. As fidei defensor, you have failed, choosing instead to abandon the faith that you swore to uphold but a few Saint’s Days ago when We crowned you. With this addressed, We shall move to the contents of your letter. We find it unbecoming for a penitent to request their own penance, but shall offer a response to each of the proposals that you have made to Us. On the first point, the offer of land, We have no interest in owning land outside of the capital cities of the nations of Canondom. In New Providence, We have the Basilica of the Argentate Star and the Pontifical residence behind it, Haense has given us plans for a Pontifical residence, and Savoy will be soon to follow. Not only this, but in order to populate this new Church settlement, We shall have to recall clergy from their postings throughout Canondom, which would only serve to impede the Church’s mission to serve the Canonist people. Your second proposal, a confession of your sins to Us, is a requirement of any penance and so We shall accept. We must, however, deny the third proposal from your letter. We crowned you both, and We reaffirmed your status as Holy Orenian Emperor and Empress through Papal Bull, as is Our right as the Vicar of God. Our titles, however, are affirmed only by God alone, who chose Us through Our election by the College of Cardinals of His Church. Your betrayal hurts Us more than the betrayal of the Prince of Savoy, given our shared responsibility as the successors of the Exalted. While you serve as leaders of the Holy Orenian Empire, We serve as the leader of the one true Church. You are the Crown to Our Laurel. In order to prevent such future betrayal, an effort must be made to secure the Church’s position within the Empire. Before your true penance begins, We would ask that August Cardinal Providentia be given a seat upon your Council of State, to speak on Our behalf when needed and to serve as spiritual advisor to you. Once this has been done, We would have you both walk to Karosgrad in the same manner as the Prince of Savoy. Wearing humble clothes and with no fanfare, save a few guards for your safety, you must walk from New Providence to Karosgrad. Canonists who remained faithful may choose to throw waste or jeer at you, but you must not resist. Only by this act of humility may you both atone for your sin of great pride. Once you have arrived before Us, you shall kiss Our ring out of respect to Our position as the true Vicar of God. You will then condemn the false Pontiff and seek forgiveness for your sins, upon which We shall list the remainder of your penance. Once all this has been done, then We shall lift the excommunication upon you and withdraw the interdict upon your country. We pray We shall see you soon, and hope that with your penance, the divide in Our church shall finally be healed. Pontifex Maximus, Everardus Sextus
  9. ENCYCLICAL LETTER AD PAENITENTIAM A PRINCIPE THE PENANCE OF A PRINCE OF THE HIGH PONTIFF EVERARDUS SEXTUS Addressed to Olivier Laurene. On the de Savoie’s penance. HIS HOLINESS EVERARD VI, 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. “The Lord saw the penance of Owyn, which was the death of the unrepentant. And Owyn was made again as the light of his blade, and the great city was destroyed.” (Gospel 5:19-20) Most Beloved Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction. There are two truths that all men must live with: our own mortality, and our capacity for sin. Some sins are greater than others, a fact that men have known since the beginning of time. In Our opinion and that of Our most learned scholars, there is no greater sin than that of blasphemy against God and blasphemy against the Church. Such a sin is the highest form of pride and ambition, one that causes men to forget about their most sacred vow: loyalty to God and His Church. You are guilty of this sin. You interrupted your own coronation at Our hand to denounce Us and call Us a false Pontificate. Your soldiers drew steel against Us, and would surely have murdered Us if not for the intervention of the soldiers of the Brotherhood of Saint Karl. If only all Canonists were so devoted to their faith! If only you had followed their example, and known better than to betray Us, who have only ever sought the betterment of all Humanity, who are your spiritual Father and God’s chosen shepherd over all Humanity. All men commit sin, and God grants the sacrament of confession so men may seek repentance for their sins. Despite the grave nature of the sin you have committed against Us and against God, We have seen fit to offer an opportunity for repentance. In the way that your sin was one of ultimate pride and ambition, so too shall your penance be one of ultimate humility. You are to walk from San Luciano to Karosgrad, where We shall await you with all the citizens of Hanseti-Ruska and Our new Fidei Defensor. You shall walk barefoot, and wear nothing but a sackcloth robe, an outfit commonly worn by members of Our clergy who undertake a vow of poverty. Along the way, you may be greeted by faithful Canonists who chose not to betray their Church or their God. They will shout insults and throw waste at you. You are not to resist. Upon arriving and kneeling before Us, you shall kiss Our ring, and We shall make known the rest of your penance, intended to prevent any future attempt at such chaos. Only through this incredibly humbling endeavour shall you learn to never again allow your pride to cause you to betray your God. Remember that it is through Him that you have your power. If you are to do this and the remainder of your penance which We shall reveal to you, then We shall consider your sins forgiven and recognize you as Prince of Savoy, to be crowned and recognized by Our Church and welcomed with open arms back into Canondom. Refuse to do so, and you shall remain outside of God’s light, where the darkness of Iblees shall overtake you and damn your soul to eternal suffering. May God grant you the wisdom to accept the mercy We offer to you today. Know that We shall pray for you to rejoin Our flock. @Publius Pontifex Maximus, Everardus Sextus
  10. PONTIFICIA BULLA FIDEI DEFENSORIS PONTIFICAL BULL OF FIDEI DEFENSOR 6th of Horen’s Calling, 1850 | 6th of Wzuvar & Byvca, 403 ES. HIS HOLINESS EVERARD VI, 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 faith has been tested over the events of the last Saint’s Day. Men who We considered faithful friends, men We crowned as sovereigns but two Saint’s Days ago, have now betrayed not only the trust of their faithful Canonist people, but also of their Lord God. We have asked Ourselves why God would allow such evil to persist, to cause suffering upon Us, who were elected to fulfill His will here in this world. It is the same question that many of the faithful have asked when they have undergone some suffering, be it physical or spiritual in nature. However, as the Catechism teaches us, We remember that evil is not caused by God, but by the absence of Him, and so it is unfair for Us to blame Him for what has transpired. Indeed, there are times when suffering occurs so that our faith may be tested. This is one such time. When the sin of schism has overcome the leaders of Savoy and Oren, the true faithful have shown themselves: the Kingdom of Haense, who saved Our life when threatened by schismatics in the Savoyard court, the House of Barclay, who have denounced the false bishop Christoff as a traitor to their family, and the countless faithful families who have condemned the schism and spoken out against its leaders. Our faith may be tested, yes, but it has never been stronger than in this moment. Countless generations of Holy Orenian Emperors have long been entrusted with the defense of the faith and the Church. The title of fidei defensor has come to be synonymous with the title of Emperor. However, there have been instances in our history where one other than the Emperor has been charged with the defense of Canonism. King Marius I of Haense was granted the title following the fall of the Fifth Empire, and carried out his duties to the best of his ability. Therefore, it is with strong conviction that We hereby declare that the title of Fidei Defensor shall be stripped from the schismatic Emperor Philip, and bestowed upon the faithful King Sigismund III of Hanseti-Ruska. It was by his actions and by the actions of his soldiers that We have survived to this day, and with Us, the true Church of the Canon as ordained by the Exalteds. We shall continue to pray to God that those who have been blinded by sin shall soon see the light of redemption, and will turn their backs on the false Pontiff and return to the one and only true Mother Church. May God bless all those who have remained faithful, for surely their reward in the Seven Skies will be plenty. ☩AD MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM☩ FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
  11. QUINDECIMUS AUREA BULLA PROVIDENTIA THE FIFTEENTH GOLDEN BULL OF PROVIDENTIA 14th of Sun’s Smile, 1849 | 14th of Tov & Yermey, 402 ES. HIS HOLINESS EVERARD VI, 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 - Opening Prayer SECTION II - Synod Appointments SECTION III - Curia Appointments SECTION IV - Call to Council SECTION V - On the Holy Orenian Empire SECTION VI - On the Inquisition SECTION VII - Venerations ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┛ SECTION I O God, lead us from darkness to light, From death to eternal life in the Seven Skies. May there be peace among all peoples, And may Your love bless us all, Amen. SECTION II It is through Our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that We make these affirmations, alterations, and additions to the College of Cardinals. We decree these appointments… TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Casper Cardinal Providentia TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Jordan Cardinal Jorenus TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Francis Cardinal Albarosa TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Alfred Cardinal Nescia TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Fiodor Cardinal Allobrogum SECTION III It is through Our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that We make these affirmations, alterations, and additions to the Curia. We decree these appointments… Vice Chancellor, His Eminence, Jordan Cardinal Jorenus Prelate of the Clergy, His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Albarosa Ecclesiastical Auditor, His Eminence, Alfred Cardinal Nescia Pontifical Secretary, The Reverend, Father Ernst Pontifical Chamberlain, His Eminence, Fiodor Cardinal Allobrogum Apostolic General, Her Excellency, Faux Amati The Holy Mother, Her Excellency, Lotte-Adelinda von Alstreim SECTION IV It has been some time since the last Council was called in the days of High Pontiff Owyn III. Since then, however, it has come to Our attention that there are important matters that require input from all of Our clergy. As such, we hereby issue a call to Council to all members of Our clergy, from priest to Cardinal. Further details shall be announced soon. SECTION V Over the past few months, there has been much confusion on the Church's position on the conflict between the former Emperor Philip II and his grandson, Emperor Philip III. We write this to clear any remaining doubts in the minds of Canonists: We re-affirm Philip III's position as the rightful Holy Orenian Emperor, crowned by Us and given the favor of the Seven Skies to be the temporal successor of the Exalteds. We look forward to the future that His Imperial Majesty shall take humanity. SECTION VI The Azdrazi Inquisition, initiated by Our predecessor Tylos, has done good work in uncovering these creatures which hide in plain sight. Through the work of faithful Canonists, we now have the names of many Azdrazi and Heralds. We urge all good Canonists to be ever watchful for these people, and report them to local authorities for apprehension. They are: Antonius Vilac, Valens Itha’ael, Octavian Vinmark, Simon Pruvia, Draakopf Doomforged, Tobias Sarkozy, and Ri’Haskir. So ends this stage of the Inquisition, which shall henceforth be diverted into an investigation by the Office of the Auditor for further administration and surveillance. SECTION VII Therefore, through Our Apostolic Authority, We affirm the following veneration. VENERABLE FATHER, BASIL, Made Venerable for his faithful service to God, dedication to his flock in his station as Basil Cardinal Allobrogum, devotion to the faith and martyrdom in his pursuit of justice through the Azdrazi Inquisition. THE HOLY MOTHER CHURCH OF THE CANON Under GODAN. maintained by His Holiness Everard VI THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS CASPER CARDINAL PROVIDENTIA Metropolitanate of Providentia FRANCIS CARDINAL ALBAROSA Archdiocese of Albarosa JORDAN CARDINAL JORENUS Patriarchate of Jorenus ALFRED CARDINAL NESCIA Archdiocese of Nescia FIODOR CARDINAL ALLOBROGUM Archdiocese of Allobrogum THE CURIA JORDAN CARDINAL JORENUS Vice-Chancellor of the Church of the Canon FRANCIS CARDINAL ALBAROSA Prelate of the Clergy of the Church of the Canon TR FATHER ERNST Pontifical Secretary of the Church of the Canon ALFRED CARDINAL NESCIA Ecclesiastical Auditor of the Church of the Canon FIODOR CARDINAL ALLOBROGUM Pontifical Chamberlain of the Church of the Canon THE HOLY DAME FAUX AMATI Apostolic-General of the Supreme Order of Ex. Owyn LOTTE-ADELINDA VON ALSTREIM Holy Mother of the Canonist Church CANONIST DIOCESES METROPOLITANATE OF PROVIDENTIA, THE HOLY SEE Encompassing the seat of the Fidei Defensor and the Holy See, to be shepherded by Metropolitan Casper Cardinal Providentia. PATRIARCHATE OF JORENUS Encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska & the Kingdom of Norland, to be shepherded by Patriarch Jordan Cardinal Jorenus. DIOCESE OF HENRIKEV, encompassing the entirety of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to be shepherded by Patriarch Jordan Cardinal Jorenus. DIOCESE OF VALWYCK, encompassing the lands to the north and east of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to be shepherded by Karl Otto Bishop Valwyck. DIOCESE OF REINMAR, encompassing the lands to the south and west of the Capital City of Karosgrad, to remain in sede vacante. TITULAR DIOCESE OF LEUMONT, encompassing the city of Leumont and the region of the Kingdom of Norland, granted to Patriarch Jordan Cardinal Jorenus. ARCHDIOCESE OF ALBAROSA Encompassing everything beyond the Capital City of Providence that is within the Holy Orenian Empire, to be shepherded by Archbishop Francis Cardinal Albarosa. DIOCESE OF ROCHEFORT, encompassing the Municipality of Redenford, and the surrounding lands including the County of Halstaig, to be shepherded by Archbishop Francis Cardinal Albarosa. DIOCESE OF BURON, Encompassing the Municipality of Dobrov and the surrounding lands, to be shepherded by Vinzant Bishop Buron. ARCHDIOCESE OF NESCIA Encompassing the southern region of the northern continent, including the land of the Vasoyevi, Sedan, and Du Loc, to be shepherded by Archbishop Alfred Cardinal Nescia. DIOCESE OF AQUILA, encompassing the lands of Sedan and Du Loc, shepherded by Alfred Cardinal Nescia. ARCHDIOCESE OF ALLOBROGUM Encompassing the entirety of the Principality of Savoy and the lands of the Southern Continent, shepherded by Archbishop Fiodor Cardinal Allobrogum. DIOCESE OF SAN LUCIANO, encompassing the city of San Luciano, shepherded by Christoff Bishop San Luciano. DIOCESE OF FREIMARK, encompassing the County of Freimark and surrounding lands, shepherded by Fiodor Cardinal Allobrogum. ☩AD MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM☩ FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
  12. ENCYCLICAL LETTER PAX DEI ET TREUGA DEI PEACE AND TREATY OF GOD OF THE HIGH PONTIFF EVERARDUS SEXTUS Addressed to the Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and all the lay faithful. For the Cause of Martial Cessation and Unity Throughout Canondom HIS HOLINESS EVERARD VI, 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. “You will know him, for with peace he gathers the sons of Horen, where the sword has divided them.” (Gospel 7:53) Most Beloved Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction. Before We were elected to inherit the laurel of the Exalted, Our predecessor High Pontiff Tylos sought to further unify the Canonist princes in their shared faith. His mission was a unified front of all such sovereigns, to serve as a deterrent to heretic and pagan invaders of Canondom, and to bring peace between Canonists. We share Tylos’ dream, to bring peace to all descendents of Horen through our shared faith in God, for our God is peace, as Our predecessor Jude II made known in the Encyclical Letter “Deus est Pacem”. It is for this reason that We applaud the work of Our Princes in Hanseti-Ruska and Savoy, for their treaty of peace and defense, grounded in their shared identity as brothers in God. We are reminded of the words of Johan Cardinal Allobrogum during a sermon on Canonist unity, “Let all men set aside their swords, and work to build love between Canonist brothers and sisters”, as God intended. We are also reminded of the words from the Scroll of Auspice, “And by God’s will I redeem you of your failures, and send you to work Peace upon it.” God is peace, and by this treaty, Hanseti-Ruska and Savoy come ever closer to fulfilling the will of God. Therefore, building upon the fraternal love between the Canonist Princes of Hanseti-Ruska and Savoy, and following the example of Our namesake Everard IV, We declare the Peace of God, that no arms be raised against our brethren in humanity and the Church. We extend this proclamation to protect all Canonists: the meek, the civilian, men and women of the Church, and their property. All adversity and hostility are hereby condemned under penalty of admonition. The will of God for His chosen people is supreme, and those who act in defiance of this declaration condemn themselves to the Void. Furthermore, We declare a Truce of God, reaffirming Our Church’s standing prohibition on armed conflict between the levies of Canondom. We are all called to remember who our true enemies are: not our brethren in God, but rather the heresies and evils of Iblees. Henceforth, let it be known that disagreements between Our people must be solved through law and consultation, and that the Church makes herself available as a mediator when it is necessary. Heed that none among us ought to be filled with wrath; those who strike first, rejecting the will of God shall be rebuked and damned. To Our clergy: Your service has never been more important. Our God is Peace, Love, and Mercy, and it is we who must deliver that message to our flocks. We offer a spiritual wealth for which there is no worldly substitute. When you work, do so with the knowledge that We go with you. To Our laymen, know that We work for the greater good of all Canonists, that the will of God, and therefore of Peace, shall be realized and come to pass. The quadricentennial of the Revelation of Exalted Sigismund shall soon be upon us. During this most holy year, let us pray for the strength to seek Peace in all things, to show Mercy to those who have wronged us, and to Love our brothers as we love ourselves. Written in and published from the Pontifical Residence in Karosgrad, given to all Our flock on the 17th of Sigismund’s End/17th of Joma & Umund, in the year of our lord, 1846/399 ES, the eleventh of Our Pontificate. ☩AD MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM☩ FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD UNITATEM IN DEO, THE VICAR OF GOD Sanctitas, Papa Everardus Sextus
  13. [!] Letters would arrive to each member of the Supreme Order and General of the armies in Canonist nations. [!] A MISSION FOR THE FAITHFUL CANONISTS Dear brothers and sisters in arms, I have witnessed a vile crime being done within the Providence Basilica. A dwarf has been desacrating an altar and as I wanted to escort him he held a bomb; we can not let such crime go unpunished. Which is why we have his Holiness's permission to capture this man if the Imperial State Army has not already. For that I would like to inform all the Canonist nations that the man must be captured at once for he must face Canonist trial. The dwarf has injured me and was threatening to blow up the Providence Basilica with the Cardinal Providentia and faithful Canonists being present. The criminal goes by the name Keorn, if that sounds familiar to some; this is the man that MUST be found before it is too late. Once you find this man; try to capture him - if force is being used by the criminal, try to finish him but be careful while doing so. One the criminal is captured; bring him to your dungeons so he may be escorted to the Holy See for a Canonist Trial and if need be a trial done by the Empire. May GOD grant you all strength and courage in this endeavor. His Excellency, The Equester-Imperator to the Supreme Order of Exalted Owyn Holy Sir Philip Hughes de Rosius,
  14. Ser Fiske’s Travels or An Unfinished Tale of Pilgrimage [[OOC: About a year ago or so, I chose to take my then main character, Ser Fiske Vanir, on a pilgrimage. Not just your typical 'im on holiday/hiatus, thus absent' pilgrimage, but one I roleplayed planning in advance with the help of VIROS (Whom I wish to once again thank), who was High Pontiff back then. We wrote up places for my character to visit and three relics to retrieve. I would then write a story out of this journey, though I'm afraid I never quite got around to finishing it. And now, with it being a year since I started writing this, my character long since then pk'd, I do not think I intend to finish this story anymore. Perhaps I will one day, but for now I decided I would post it for eager readers in it's unfinished form. With that in mind, I hope you enjoy the part of the tale I did end up writing!]] The Serpent as it sails through frozen waters, the icy mountains of Serrimor in the background. Ser Fiske ‘the Daring’. That’s what our pilgrim Vanir had been knighted as last month on Arcas. Since that night in the throne room of King Josef of Haense, things had gone fast. He had planned his journey long in advance, with the help of the High Pontiff. All he waited for was for himself to be finished with his squireship and to be knighted. After such had happened in the latest court gathering, he’d said farewell to his friends and family in the Haeseni capital, before retreating northward to his castle in Vasiland so he could prepare for the journey. He and his crew loaded their supplies aboard and then boarded his private sailing ship, The Serpent, as they set sail northwards past Valwyck, through the icy waves. As they began passing the frozen shores of Serrimor after a few days of sailing, he turned to what would be his confidant on this journey: his travelling journal. Prologue It has been about a month and a half now since our departure from Arcas, and think we can see the northwestern tip of Aeldin on the horizon now. Initially, the weather conditions were very favourable for us, the wind in our sails as he we sailed north from Haense, past Serrimor and the southeastern shores of Atlas. The large stretch of eastward sailing from there to Aeldin was a different story though, as the wind was no longer in our backs. The journey was slow and took longer than expected or at least hoped. Our supplies have run low, near the point of rations, but we will be able to restock soon upon our arrival in Aeldin. One good thing about the length and low intensity of the trip was that I got a lot of time to think and read. About the places I’m visiting and their Saints, but also about why I’m going on this pilgrimage. I guess there’s multiple reasons for it, that I’m just now really coming to understand. Late last night, we docked in this harbor town called Reden, the first place we spotted here on the coast of Aeldin. A few of my crew stayed on the ship while me and some others went to the local tavern to get our bearings and to get a proper bath. We returned to the ship around midnight, refreshed and having found the market square where we could restock our supplies. Sadly that’s where disaster struck though this morning. We’d bought all the supplies we needed to refill our stock no problem, but when I wanted to buy a map of the waters between Fjordhem and the mainland, I suddenly realized I had been pickpocketed and my pouch with minas was gone. We looked around for a bit to find the culprit, but couldn’t find anybody of suspicion. After that I decided we’d go back to the ship and we’re now on our way to Powys where we’ll probably arrive tomorrow around noon. I know God has His ways to try His servants and challenge them, but this just felt like punishment. Perhaps He wants me to learn a lesson about greed and temperance, or maybe that I shouldn’t be so reliant on money on my pilgrimage. But I don’t know. The White Cliffs of Powys Chapter 1: Ulmsbottom Upon seeing them, I was blinded by them in the morning light of the rising sun. The white cliffs of Powys! They are truly a sight to behold, beautiful and towering chalk cliffs that rise out of the sea like a wall. We docked in Powys like the High Pontiff had suggested me to, and it immediately became apparent why he’d done such. Powys seemed like a much safer harbortown than Reden and with an even bigger market. I suppose it would have been wise to follow the plan laid out for us by the Pontiff, but that’s all in hindsight. We simply stretched our legs for a bit in Powys and asked for how to find the Monastery at Ulmsbottom, as well as delivering a letter His Holiness had given me to a priest at the local cathedral. The man seemed ecstatic to receive a letter from the High Pontiff himself, albeit it wasn’t for him but for a man called Friar Griffith, who wasn’t present at the time. While walking through some fields after I left the cathedral on my way back towards the harbor, a most curious figure blocked my way. He was a robed figure with brown hair and a black, wreathed apparition. The figure asked where I was going, to which I stated I was going wherever the good Lord’s grace led me. Then the robed man said to me, “Wherever you go, or whatever you attempt, Iblees will resist you.” For a moment, I stood in silent surprise to these words, before I remembered the prophetic saying, and said, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear what man can do unto me.” Then, to my utter confusion, the robed figure disappeared from my sight in the blink of an eye, and soon I resumed my way to the harbor, and to Ulmsbottom. When we came to the rocky island of Ulmsbottom, some guards welcomed us on the dock, and invited me to come with them to meet the overseer of the penal colony that the monastery was part of; warden Bedwyr Hughes. The warden was a middle-aged man with one of the biggest moustaches and some of the thickest eyebrows I have ever seen in my life, giving him a stern and imposing look. After talking some with the man however, it turned out he was a calm, temperate and kind soul, and we quickly hit it off. He showed me to a guest room in his home where I could stay, and then took me to the old Ashford House, now their family chapel, where Pontiff St. Lucien was born and where they kept much imagery and many relics of this holy man. I asked for a moment of privacy, as I knelt down in prayer by the shrine dedicated to the Saint, and stayed there for a while in silence, taking in the scent of the little bit of incense that burned inside the little chapel. I prayed at length for the well-being of my family, both the living family members I left behind at home, but especially the ones that were no longer with me for they died when I was young, especially my parents. After all Saint Lucien was the patron Saint of the family. In prayer I asked St. Lucien, as well as GOD himself, to look kindly upon my relatives in the Seven Skies despite what mistakes they might have made in life, and furthermore I pleaded to be blessed with a good family of my own in the future. The front courtyard and entrance of the Reformative Monastery of HP St. Lucien I Once I was finished, warden Hughes joined me again and he took me to the Reformative Monastery of High Pontiff Saint Lucien. Upon getting there, accompanied by some of my crew and some of his guards, we found the monastery seeming deserted. We figured the monks were all at mass, for we didn´t know the time of day, and so he simply accompanied me to the reliquary to show some of the relics the monks held of their patron Saint. After some time of being there and still not having seen a single monk however, we got curious as to their whereabouts and began looking for any of them. We were just looking around the monastery´s training grounds, where I had hoped to join them for a drill session as is tradition for pilgrims, when we heard the monastery´s bells being rung. The warden, who was very well-acquainted with what certain ways of ringing the bells meant, told me that someone had just passed away. Therefore we headed to the monastery’s infirmary, not in a running hurry, but with slow, solemn steps, as I was instructed was part of the ritual the monks upheld in such a situation. When we came close to the infirmary, we could clearly make out the litany of the Saints being sang in chant by a choir of monks, and upon entering, we saw that the monks had all lined up in an orderly fashion to say their farewell to their deceased brother. A priest of the monastery came to the doorway to meet us and we exchanged a few words. He welcomed me to their monastery and apologized for the circumstances in which we joined them. He told us that a catechumen, not a monk, had suddenly passed away due to illness, which the priest explained to me was most terrible, as the poor soul had died before being able to receive baptism. Feeling sorrow for the poor soul, I in turn asked if I was allowed to also say a few things for the deceased catechumen, and the priest happily obliged. When it was my turn to kneel beside the deceased brother wrapped in stainless white sheets, I did not say a farewell, but instead laid my hands onto the man’s chest and closed my eyes in earnest prayer. I called upon Saint Lucien, the Exalted Horen, and GOD, to save the catechumen. Then, after my extensive prayers, to which the monks silently bore witness, I rose up a little and gazed upon the countenance of the deceased, waiting for the result of my prayer and the mercy of the Lord. After about ten minutes had passed, the warden placed a hand on my shoulder and said that while my gesture was of great symbolic significance and also greatly appreciated, it was time to move on. I thought he had a point, but waited yet some more time for GOD’s answer to my prayers. Scarcely had the space of two more minutes passed, when the dead man began to move a little in all his members and tremble with his eyes open for the practice of sight. The monks came closer to gaze upon the catechumen who they had formerly left dead in surprise, exclaiming loud praise to the Lord in ecstasy and immediately baptising the man afterwards. I stayed the night at the monastery then, together with warden Hughes and our men, and joined the monks in prayer the next morning, before being invited to furthermore join them in breakfast and their combat drills as was custom for pilgrims to Ulmsbottom. The High Pontiff had warned me already that these men were excellent martial artists, and I found myself easily outmatched by their champion in a friendly spar, as he had projected. We had a good laugh about it however, before I asked to talk to the man from the day before, who was recovering in the infirmary. I talked for a long time with the man, who’s name he told me was Bohemund and he said he was grateful for the mercy the Lord had had upon his soul, and thanked me for pleading patiently for it in prayer. Toward the end of the afternoon, one of the warden’s men told me it had become time to head back to the penal colony town of Ulmsbottom, and so I said my farewell to Bohemund. Upon coming out of the infirmary however, I was not only greeted by the warden and our men, but furthermore by a trio of priests, the headmaster of the monastery and two others, bathing in the golden light of the sun that stood low above the horizon already. They said to me that they wished to thank me greatly for the service I had provided the day prior with my prayer for the brother in the infirmary, and that they wished to give me something to take home with me from my pilgrimage. Then, from under a white cloth, they showed me an iron manacle, linked to a chain by a bolt. I had seen it the day prior in the reliquary, and they confirmed that it was one of their relics, once worn by Saint Lucien, then still known as Velwyn Ashford, as he ventured from Aeldin to Oren on a slave galley. I thanked them greatly for their holy gift and the many blessings that followed, assuring them that their gesture would forever stay with me. After saying farewell to them, we then left for the warden’s home in Ulmsbottom, where me and my crew stayed a few more uneventful days before setting sail for our next destination. Chapter 2: Wycke Shortly before me and my men were about to set off to Fjordhem, a dove delivered an envelope from home, containing some money along with a letter, a response to a letter I had sent home when I first arrived in Aeldin. I had told about how my money was stolen, and now my fiancé and family had backed me up by sending me some. I had prayed for my family to Saint Lucien, and suddenly a sign of support from my family came from my faraway home. It felt almost like a miracle from the Saint, and it made me realize that while you can’t rely on money, you can rely on your family and GOD. Having some funds on me ended up making a great difference to the events that followed. As I had been warned by not only the High Pontiff back in Arcas, but also the Warden about the treacherous waters around Fjordhem, I decided to hire one of the Fjordhemian former pirates that lived at the penal colony to serve as an aiding navigator. With this new addition to my crew, I bid my farewell to the Warden before setting off to the northeast, to the cold and windswept land of Fjordhem. We charted our course to sail towards the town of Austbo on the island with the same name, planning to dock there briefly before then sailing to the mainland of Fjordhem at the nearby destination of Wycke. At first, things were fine and we experienced smooth sailing. For those who have not seen navigation maps of Aeldin, there is a strong west to east current that flows along the northern shore of the continent, and for us this meant that we were making fast progress. Furthermore, the weather was amazing, it was cold and a bit windy, but the sun burned bright and warmed us, not to mention the wind was in our sails! It seemed like we were going to reach Austbo a day or two sooner than expected, and, all of us being in good spirits, we decided to keep going throughout the final night rather than anchoring, to see how fast exactly we could get there. Our navigator Bram, a tall, strong blonde Fjordhemian with bright blue eyes, said he’d never experienced sailing this smooth going to Fjordhem, and he joked we might set a record. As the island of Austbo became visible on the horizon, it was early in the evening, and as we were planning to sail throughout the night to get there quickly, we had a fast meal before intending to return to our positions. However, as we were briefly sitting down to eat some of our provisions, The Serpent calmly sailing forward in the sunset, the precariousness of the Fjordhemian weather first showed itself to us as the wind suddenly died down. After our meal, I instructed my men to get to their oars, having realized we’d need to cover the final stretch rowing. With our progress slow now, I kept a constant eye out for the next change of the weather to see if the wind would return. I did not have to wait long to spot the first signs of change, as a thick pack of clouds appeared from the northwest on the horizon. We were relieved at first, though it did not take long for us to realize that we were finding ourselves in the calm before the storm. The shore of Austbo during a nighttime storm Shortly after the fall of dark, it had gotten much colder. The strong wind had returned, but this time it came from the north and wasn’t helping us get to the island. As we continued rowing, the sky only turned darker as the moon and stars began to be hidden behind dark clouds. With the town of Austbo in sight on the shore in the distance, we heard the first signs of a thunderstorm in the north. The waves became rowdier by the minute and if it wasn’t for our Fjordhemian navigator, we would have crashed on various rock formations that pierced the water. Soon the rain started pouring down upon us and between it and the towering waves, we no longer had sight of neither the town nor the shore itself. As we were going through the ever increasing storm blind at this point, the Fjordhemian navigator and I myself agreed that it would be best to steer clear from the shore rocky for now and instead set course northward to avoid being blown off course too far south. For hours upon hours, my crew and I braved the relentless storm, gliding up and down waves that must have been higher than houses in our ship that seemed very tiny all of the sudden. We were tired and weary as it must’ve been in the middle of the night at this point but we constantly needed to put in all our energy to keep the ship under control. It seemed like there was no end to this storm. Our ship was getting damaged, not too badly at first, but as more and more damage started mounting atop of one another, the condition of the ship got seriously worrying. As this wild ride in the night dragged on, my crew became increasingly tired and less able to weather the storm. A big wave that crashed onto the ship nearly caused one of the rowers to fall into the water, only staying on board with the help of two others. As the night dragged on towards the morning and the storm yet showed no sign of ending, our ship and my crew were in a dire state. Having lost all hope, I kneeled at the helm, soaked by salty seawater, and began praying to Saint Malcolm. Why would he do this? The patron Saint of storms, pushing us to our limits on my pilgrimage to him, with a storm so fierce it would make even the hardiest of seamen afraid. I prayed to him to aid us, he had tested us, and we had resisted the storm so far, had we not? With faith in the Lord, I begged him to save us, before promptly needing to return to the helm to guide us along a tall and rough wave. By the time morning came not long after the prayer, the thunderstorm had stopped. And while it still rained heavily, the sunrise managed to show through the clouds, revealing the main island of Fjordhem looming in the distance. As the storm further calmed, we dared to venture closer to the shore of the island. It took a while before our Fjordhemian navigator recognized a part of the shore so he could tell us where we were, then telling me to throw the helm around as it turned out we’d been blown a fair bit off course and Wycke was the other way. Around mid-day however, we came near the capital of Wycke, and a large fishing vessel came out to guide us into the harbor. We had made it at last. The Serpent being guided into the harbor of Wycke. Later that day, we had docked the ship properly in the cove the capital city of Wycke was situated in, and we went into the town to orient ourselves and buy new supplies while some of our men stayed behind to repair the ship and rest. The High Pontiff had told me that Wycke was not a big city, and it seems like he was right. He’d told me it would have a population of about twenty thousand people however, which seemed less accurate. Instead much of the town was deserted, with many buildings either boarded up or crumbling. As I stood in the middle of a small square, trying to determine where the centre of the town would be where the shrine to St. Malcolm was to be found, I suddenly felt a tug on my coat. Upon turning around, I was greeted by a thin, raggedy man, begging for money. After I gave him two golden minas, I asked him for his name and where I could find St. Malcolm’s shrine. The man introduced himself as Ailbert and said that in gratitude for my charity, he would take me to see the shrine. On the way we passed some more boarded up houses, which I asked him about. Ailbert said that things weren’t going well for Wycke. He told me that a series of cold winters and a lack of much fish to be caught drove many people to emigrate to the mainland of Aeldin, or pursue piracy, which in turn caused more to leave as the limited fishing industry that remained came in increasing danger. At that point we came to the shrine and Ailbert bid me farewell as he went to buy food with the minas I’d given him. I blessed the poor man before turning to the shrine. Pontiff James II had written down that upon arrival, pilgrims would offer the shed skin of a viper to the shrine as was custom. Until now I had been unsure of how I would get the viper’s skin, but it seemed that an entrepreneurial local merchant had made use of this tradition, as I spotted a shop nearby that had snake skins hanging in the window. I bought one and offered it to the shrine of the holy man, something that was supposed to grant me immunity from the bite of a viper, though like the High Pontiff, I was not too sure if that is just folklore or a miracle the Saint will grant me. I made a brief prayer at the shrine to Saint Malcolm, thanking him for allowing us to weather the storm of the night before, after which I paid a visit to the local cathedral. There I prayed for the rest of the afternoon and spoke to a few priests before I made my way back through the half-empty town, past the shrine to Saint Malcolm. I went back down to the harbor, to check on my ship before joining my men in a local tavern to get a quick meal before hitting the hay early, exhausted from the sleepless night before. The next day we all slept in, having a minor breakfast late in the morning before I set out to make my way back to the cathedral, having agreed to meet up with a priest just before noon mass, to talk about planning a missionary trip to a local heathen tribe. The next day me, the priest and some of my men set out into the mountains of Fjordhem, travelling inland on foot for two days before entering the lands of the Damnonii tribe, a group of pagans who were slowly being converted to canonism. The tribesmen were an interesting folk and though they were pagan, they were surprisingly tolerant to our missionary visit, most likely because of the gifts we brought along. We gave them many furs which they clad themselves in extensively, along with some other gifts like preservable food, a bronze cross and one of the Holy Scrolls, which two young tribesmen who I was told were learning to read happily took from us. We stayed with the Damnonii for a few days, in which we preached the gospel to them and me and my men learned about some of their curious culture. The Damnonii covered themselves in blue and green bodypaint, which they offered to me and the other members of the mission as well, but I politely declined because I feared it had some pagan meaning. They also did a lot of wrestling while wearing nothing except a wool skirt. We helped them herd their sheep when needed, and at the end of our stay, four of the tribesmen, including the two young ones that were learning to read, agreed to convert to Canonism. I helped the priest with the baptismal ceremony which we conducted in a nearby creek. The countryside of Fjordhem where the Damnonii herd their sheep. Afterward the baptism, they wished to thank us, saying they had a gift for us in return. Their chieftain told us that in a recent war with another tribe, they had confiscated what they thought was something us canonists would like. To everyone’s surprise, he suddenly gave us what the priest said was the lost half of an important relic of Saint Malcolm. He handed us a brass serpent curled underneath a cross of the same material, part of the Brazen Staff of the Saint, is what I would be told later. I must say I grew quite fond of these odd people in the few days we stayed with them, even if they were weird pagans. The fact that they allowed men of GOD into their midst, showing us kindness and to an extent even accepting and joining us, showed me that even if some of GOD’s children are misled, they are often still good and pure of heart. When we headed back, St. Malcolm must’ve been proud of us, for the whole two days of travelling back to the coast, a warm sun shone upon us rather than the rain and wind that were commonplace here. After our trip to the Damnonii, we did not stay in Fjordhem for much longer, for winter was approaching. The last day I spent praying in the cathedral, until the priest that had gone with us came up to me and offered me the repaired staff of Saint Malcolm to take back to Arcas with us. He said the Bishopric was very pleased with our conversions, and that the Bishop was honored to have a pilgrim sent by His Holiness in Wycke. Thus they wished to thank me by giving me the relic cross which they had put back on the pine staff that it once sat on before being lost when a group of missionaries died in a blizzard. I thanked the priest and his bishop to no end, before leaving the cathedral at the end of the afternoon. Walking back down towards the harbor, I offered a bronze coin to the shrine of Saint Malcolm as according to custom, something he supposedly used to ward off pirates, before leaving again for the harbor, continuing on my pilgrimage back to the mainland, to Gaekrin. Chapter 3: Ervemark To our luck and delight, we experienced no stormy weather nor extraordinarily choppy waves as we sailed back to the Aeldinian mainland. The Serpent tore through the waves with the wind in our sails. As we realized we’d get to the port city of Ervemark sooner than expected, we came to the conclusion Saint Malcolm had to be with us now, shepherding us from potential storms just as we had shepherded the sheep of the Damnonii a few days ago. After leaving Wycke in the morning, we docked at the castle town of Sverngard in the evening, then six days later we caught sight of Ervemark. The so-called ‘City of Flames’ lived up to its name at the first sight of it. Upon docking in the harbor we had trouble keeping our eyes off the view of this beautiful city in the distance. Its architecture was quite refined indeed, but what made the look of it all the more special was the material from which the finest of buildings was constructed: a reddish stone much like marble, that shone warmly, invitingly and purely beautiful in the late afternoon sun. The harbor of Ervemark was full of life, bustling with incoming and outgoing merchant-folk as well as some upper class looking ladies and gentlemen, sipping wine, playing music and singing to their heart's content as they floated about the harbor in small yet beautiful and luxurious sloops. We ended up docking in a somewhat remote corner of the port before walking the boulevard, a broad street along the docks that was overshadowed by cliffs with ruins on top of them and buildings inside them. We searched for a place to stay the night and have dinner which we did with little effort.. A view of the port of Ervemark. . . .
  15. Disappearance of a Cardinal 397 E.S. It is under unfortunate circumstances that we announce that Anders Cardinal Jorenus has disappeared. It is unknown what the circumstances were for vanishing. His stave was discovered in the graveyard alongside his wet klobuk. It is suspected that the incident occurred in the middle of the night when many were distracted in their own homes, kept in by the rain. It is with high hopes that the cardinal may be found. If you know anything about their disappearance, please send all information to His Holiness Everard VI. [OOC] Obituary of Anders Kortrevich (Do Not Metagame) Anders Kortrevich 355 E.S. - 397 E.S. Prelate of the Priesthood Cardinal and Patriarch of Jorenus Bishop of Henrikev Anders Kortrevich, pious in his actions, was a family man.. who saw all of Hanseti-Ruska’s faithful as his children. He saw fit to engage in decades-long fasting, and assisted in feeding the faithful as a father feeds his children. It is believed that in this persistence, he had obtained a miracle from God Himself; being able to harvest wheat with his stave as if it were a scythe without losing its durability. With this miracle, Anders was able to bake thousands of loaves of bread that was used to feed the people of Hanseti-Ruska. A miracle that he informed his colleague Cardinal Francis of. He had been given the belief that he was hand-picked by God to protect the faithful after surviving the destruction of Krusev in his youth, vowing to himself to live a life of piety and reverence to God since. Anders was a royal alderman for a short time, believing that that was the best way to serve the faithful. Believing there were better ways to be helpful, he did not run a second term, opting instead to become a priest, which he would serve for the rest of his mortal life. One day in his office, he had received a ‘prophetic’ vision that detailed the burning of a pyre with Elves on it. His companions in the vision, a Champion of Xan and a Canonist apparition, he initially believed this to solely be regarding the need for the Xannites and the Church to make amends to fight against Azdromoth and his followers. However, his opinion of the vision soon became more inclusive of the Principality of Savoy after its formation, noting their execution of Elves by pyre, and especially their Azdrazi presence. He was quite average in his anti-Azdrazi duties but unfortunately for the Church, his lack of knowledge about Heraldry tattoos allowed him to unwittingly let a Herald be free of public scrutiny. Surviving the vicious attack on his life by the vampire, Ser Vukosav, early in his cardinalship alongside the death of the former High Pontiff Tylos I, Anders had only reinforced the belief in his mind that he was truly destined by God to accomplish something of note. Although, he was still unsure of what. A few years later, after praying in Savoy’s Basilica, he was approached by a Dame who gave him three prophecies and a saint’s relic to deliver to the world. While he was mostly skeptical about the Dame who claimed to be sent from God, there was an itch in the back of his mind that this was what he was destined for. Delivering the ring to the High Pontiff, and delivering the prophecies to the Church’s curia and cardinals, Anders felt that he had served his divine purpose. It was in his final years of life, following the heartfelt death of his cousin Jan Otto Kortrevich, that Anders was wrought with guilt for not being able to alleviate Jan of his sins. Feeling personally responsible that his cousin most likely did not reach the Seven Skies, he had entered into a depression of sorts. On his death day, he came to the Haeseni graveyard for a moment of tranquility. However, he would instead come across Emelya Eloise Kortrevich, a daughter of Jan’s, who would go on to accuse Anders of flirting with Tatiana, Jan’s wife, and speaking poorly of Jan after his death. This left the cardinal severely heartbroken, putting him into a cardiac arrest. Not given proper attention amidst a tense situation, Anders perished with his own failure as his last thoughts before death. With his body missing, it is publicly unknown about his status except for the very few who witnessed it. Dedicated to God until the very end, he would have found peace in his final hours even while wrought with heartbreak. Amin.
  16. ✠ FROM A SQUIRE TO A HOLY SIR ✠ [!] THE COAT OF ARMS OF HOLY SIR PHILIP HUGHES DE ROSIUS [!] This is my story on how I got from being a squire, to a Holy Sir; my struggles in my training and how I succeeded in my final quest. The story of how a eighteen year old boy became a Holy Sir in the Most Holy and Supreme Order of Exalted Owyn. ✠ THE SQUIRE DAYS ✠ I, Philip Hughes de Rosius; remember it as if it was yesterday. I sent my letter to the Holy Mother Church to become a Squire to the Most Supreme and Holy Order of Exalted Owyn. It was during the Social Season that I got to hear of me being accepted into the Order; and I was quite surprised. I went to Dobrov for my first Squire training; a duel it was - while having Holy Sir August Jazloviecki as my trainer and Knight during a duel against a fellow Squire; I was the victorious one. It took up to five years of training to get to my final-quest; I obtained four of the five rings that were necessary to do so; which were Swordsmanship, Horsemanship, Blacksmith, and Education on the Scrolls. But first I had to write a thesis as tasked by Holy Sir August Jazloviecki. The years were long; but GOD gave me my strength to hold on to the tasks that had to be done. The motivation for my final quest was GOD, my wife Elaine and my newborn daughter Genevieve de Rosius; I simply could not allow it to let them down if I had failed on my final quest. Before my final quest; I had spent a few days of training with Holy Sir August in preparation of my final quest. [!]A painting of a Harpy that was flying towards Holy Sir Philip while he was on his horse. [!] And so I arrived with Holy Sir August in the lands where a strange creature had been seen. I was riding off on my own as Holy Sir August told me to discover what this creature was; and so I did. A peasant came to me and told me that there was a monster that had killed his wife; and so I followed the peasant into the mountains and we discovered a strange creature. It was a creature with the head and wings of a bird but the claws of a beast; I charged at it and started to fight against this monstrous being; and so the harpy clawed my right arm and right leg, but I did not give up. I swung my blade at the harpy it’s body and head, until it would finally give up. And so it did; The harpy fell down and a large screech would have been heard from the mountains. The harpy was suffering from utter pain, and I decapitated it; showing it a quick mercy. I bound the head to my horse to drag it to the location where I had to show it as proof of my kill; and so I did. Then, the final quest was concluded and I had to wait for me to be knighted by His Holiness High Pontiff Everard VI. ✠ THE KNIGHTING ✠ As word got to the High Pontiff; a time and date for the knighting was made. A few of House de Rosius and my distant relatives came to attend. As I was nervously waiting for the High Pontiff to arrive; I started to do a prayer for him and me family to remain as faithful as they are now. Then His Holiness had arrived; and so he told me to kneel to knight me. His Holiness then told me to recite the oath; and so I did: “I vow to never falter, to obey and guard the laws of GOD, who is the one true Creator. I vow to be the sword and shield of the Church of the Canon and her faithful, to fight for them when they cannot protect themselves. I vow to resist the temptations of Iblees and strike down those who have fallen under his dark rule.” When I had recited it, His Holiness High Pontiff Everard VI told me; “Then rise, Philip, and join your brothers as Holy Sir Philip the Kind, and be as loving to all as our God is. Vy are an Equestor of the Supreme Order of Exalted Owyn and the Church of Canon, sworn to protect the people of the Canonist faith. Vy shall be fair and just, defending the innocent no matter their rank: Beggar and bishop alike.” And so I became a Holy Sir and Equestor of the Church, it was GOD and my faith that has inspired me to reach such. For it is GOD that we defend for and for GOD who we fight. This was my story; on my journey from a Squire to a Holy Sir and Equestor of GOD and the Church. Signed, Holy Sir Philip Hughes “The Kind” de Rosius
  17. “Peaceful Rest of the Papa” Arms of His Holiness High Pontiff Tylos I Time has passed, and enough for someone close to High Pontiff Tylos I to ask - what in God's name happened to that man? Some must have wondered, some had already gone to his office, some to his ‘sweet home’, and some most likely didn’t care. The usual feelings of mortals, which were expected at all times, must have wandered gloomily through the streets, corridors, rooms, and chambers, but, did any feeling fulfill its mission? As much as Alfred Barclay wanted to become independent and abandon what he had wanted from his early days, he knew he must not do it in a simple way. As the days passed, contemplating further plans for the Church.. it came to him after a long time. Only God knows what disease caught him unprepared at that moment, but that insidious smile that Alfred had every day was different from the previous ones. A smile that could even reveal the fate of this man who will come before God very soon.. Sooner than someone would actually think. But Alfred knew there was no going back, as there used to be. Death was useless to avoid, he knew, for it catches everyone, but he also knew that there was no need to be afraid of death. What is death, if not a path to the Skies? What is a peaceful death, if not a path to God? He found the strength to go to the room, and take two envelopes from the drawer, which he had kept for a long time, it would seem. Anyone who came across these envelopes could see the following.. “A letter to the family” To my beloved Barclays, It's been a long time since we last saw each other as a family, I know that.. I feel guilty, and it eats inner me day by day. But what should a busy man do, faced with all sorts of obligations? Leaving all this is easy, but the Church is at stake, my dear ones, and I ask you to forgive me. Either way, I feel weaker considerably, and it gets worse day by day. I will certainly not last until next year, so my dear ones, I am sending you this letter, as a collective, as a family ... Let this be our last farewell. Yours only, Alfred Barclay “A collection of works of Alfred Barclay” “Life is a river that flows fast and you never know what tomorrow brings. Once you get to the ocean of death, upstream you can’t, no matter who you are. Then the sea wind takes you so you rise into the high clouds. You fall like an ordinary drop of rain; you reach the new river again. So you run again; carry those currents and swirling whirlpools of happiness and sorrow. You don't go where you want, you float where you have to, for you are bound by the threads of the rainbow. As you follow your selfish desires, they carry you like a rotten branch. And you always have to go downstream, because all the rivers flow to one side. Sometimes you're at the top, sometimes you're at the bottom, and downstream a waterfall awaits you. Then you soon flow into the ocean, and then you become a drop again.“ “Death is not beyond me. It is in me from the very beginning: it grows with me at any time. One day, I pause and it grows further in me until the whole sprouts me, and reached the edge of me. My ending its real beginning is; when she reigns further alone.“ “Goodbye, dear, goodbye; you, my friend, were everything to me once. Arranged parting without our will promises a meeting, doesn't it? Goodbye, dear, without hands, without letters, don't let your eyebrows ache to die is nothing new in this world, but living is not much newer either.“ “It was something beautiful so it passed - Or it was just a dream - More beautiful than the stars, more beautiful than the roses And the smile of mountain fairies. The nights were moonlit, beautiful And full of hot joys. The gardens were full of scents, And the roses were blooming white. There was laughter, long looks What do they know but to cut out, There was happiness, sighs of sorrow, And the anthem to the magical Arcas. She was a soul full of suns And fiery longings, which shine Sometimes like the sky a firefly shines Then he dies and dies. It used to be. Darkness is everywhere now And the pain that burns and burns. It was a dream, it was a story On one of the most beautiful evenings.“ “To meet people means to walk in its footsteps, to eat at its table, to find out what it hopes for, what it believes in. However, first of all, you should know that we are not going on a journey to interpret our truth, but to meet someone else's.” And, there it goes.. The flame of another soul that has fulfilled its mission is extinguished and is now preparing for a new path, but the path that leads it to infinity and freedom. Leaving the envelopes on the table, with a faint smile, Alfred prayed for the last time and lay down on the bed, jumping on the path without going back, but also on the path to eternity, to God, for it was his mission since his early days.. REQUIESCAT IN PACE High Pontiff Tylos the First 1820 - 1835 (b.1753)
  18. EXALTED SIGISMUND’S DAY FAIR Haeseni Canonists celebrate a religious festival, 342 ES To the faithful Haeseni flock, The Reverend Archbishop Yaromir of Henrikev and Grand Maer Franz Barbanov invite all believers to join in the Exalted Sigismund’s Day celebrations! The High Pontiff shall begin the day with a prayer over the Exalted Sigismund’s grave, which shall then be followed by festival games which offer prizes, free food and drink, and a Haeseni Saints trivia! GODANI JEST WIELKI Signed, The Most Reverend Yaromir, Archbishop of Henrikev His Highness, Franz Leopold Barbanov, Duke of Schattenburg, Grand Maer of Karosgrad
  19. THE PRINCELY ARCHDIOCESE OF ALBAROSA AN ARCHBISHOP'S ADRESS FROM THE DESK OF, Cardinalis Pelagius Albarosa Let it be known, this very document is to be deemed outdated as per the publishing of the Third Bull of Providentia, released to the laymen in the 15th of the Sun's Smile, 1807. Although, by comission of the Prince-Archbishop, Cardinal Albarosa himself, a revised and up to date version of the Archdiocese informational documents will be distrubuted to the good Canon masses in coming time.
  20. HOLY NOTICE The banishment of the foul beast. As Tuvsmas night ended, reports of a Poltergeist haunting the Basilica of Karosgrad sounded across Almaris. A call for aid was sent out and the Palatine Guard Order of the All-Saints answered that call. The Order settled in the church district of Karosgrad, readying themselves for the battles to come. Multiple times, the noble flock of Godan tried to rid the Basilica of the foul beast, but it's retreat was always temporary. Thus, Lay-Cardinal Johan Vuiller and Cardinal Alfred of Jorenus gathered the local priests and Holy Knights readying themself for a final confrontation with the phantom. Upon entering the Basilica, they could feel the thick air that had settled within. The flock moved deeper into the halls of Godan. Attending the Cardinals were Father Alfred Barclay, Father Otho, Grandmaster Theophilos Komnenos, Holy Sir Nicolas Barclay, and Holy Sir Toni. A lone member of the Haeseni Royal Army guarded the door, making sure no one else could get hurt as the exorcism took place. The Cardinals and priests, having readied themselves with prayers and chants, began the rite, and the two Cardinals made their way towards the altar. While doing this, the Holy Knights kept close to the pious fathers, protecting them from the foul demon. The battle stretched over many hours before the Cardinals were finally able to get to the Altar, and, once there, Cardinal Jorenus readied the church bells as Lay-Cardinal Johan readied a bowl with a mixture of the holy waters of gamesh, alcohol, and an elixir. He placed his aurum cross in the bowl, setting it ablaze. Lifting the bowl up towards the roof of the Basilica, he turned to the poltergeist, which took the form of a large serpent. As Cardinal Jorenus rang the bells, the Holy Knights surrounded the serpent while the fathers chanted and the Lay-Cardinal moved closer to the serpent with the holy flame. The holy chants were heard by Godan, and the serpent began to fade away. Almost victorious, Cardinal Johan emptied the bowl on his Aurum trident, allowing the holy flame to cover the weapon. He hurled the weapon towards the serpent, and the creature vanished. It's inner demons seemed to do the same, and the air lightened, the ectoplasm from the Poltergeist disappeared and with it, the seemingly lost souls that filled the Basilica found their rest, leaving Godan's terra once and for all. Singed~ Lay-Cardinal Johan Vuiller of Aquila, Horens Giant Knight-Regent of the Palatine Guard Order of the All-Saints Holy Sir Head of House Vuiller. Knight of the Black Sepulchre & Cardinal Judge Headmaster at the University of St. Sixtus Protector of the Church of the Canon and its faithful
  21. A Thesis on Love ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Maybe a few months ago, I attended the consecration of Karosgrad and the consecration of the Basilica of the Ascent of Ex. Godfrey. Truly beautiful events to remember forever. However, the Eminence, also my friends, Cardinal Manfried and Bishop Benedict, touched on a very interesting, at the same time extensive topic of love. Both times, a strange thought passed through me, which quietly whispered to me to ask myself a little, what love really is. To be honest, I did not give any concrete answer to the questions asked by the Eminence, which after the event in Providence made me think more deeply about this topic, which can be talked about reasonably. GOD with his companion of Humble servants, looking at the world And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. The sentence that I will always say to anyone who is worried about love. Starting to talk about love is similar to painting, or for example writing a composition or a song, there are so many ideas on the subject but again, how to start is a question. Love is a beautiful and pleasant feeling that is present in everyone's life. As long as a person lives, he feels the need to love and be loved, because without love his life would be empty and completely worthless. There is no person without at least a speck of love in his heart, otherwise, it is not a human being. The moment where love reached its climax We usually love people who are close to us and who surround us, but that is not the only kind of love we can feel. There are other kinds of love that move us and fill our life. There is love for the homeland, our city and homeland, and many more. The person carries each of these loves deep inside and does not allow anyone to endanger them. But, as beautiful as love may seem, we must remember that love is not always so sweet and beautiful. Gospel 1:43,44: ‘43 The first man held GOD with great fear and marvel, and did as he was bid, and rose to the Sixth Sky beneath the throne of the Lord. ‘44 But the first woman loved her children even greater than GOD, and would not leave. The first woman, a caring mother, did not want to leave her children, her four sons whom she loved more than God, and this angered God. After the fatal decision of the first woman, God showed her all the imperfections in her sons, which made her cry rivers of tears and mourn. She wept because she saw that in fact all things were imperfect before God, forcing her to follow the first man and ascend to the Sixth Sky. It is natural for the mother to act as the first wife did. Motherly love is, in addition to God's love, the greatest treasure of this world that one can possess, and that is why it should be admired and guarded from various evils. We have touched the beautiful side of love, which, thanks to God and his works, circulates through us all our lives. I mentioned God, who is responsible for us, for our successes and our endeavors, as well as the love we possess and from which we are happy and positive. Virtue 1:5,6: ‘5 And I have also breathed life into your heart, and the hearts of your children. ‘6 But the first woman loved her children even greater than GOD, and would not leave. Does God expect progress from us? Of course. But we are His children and He loves us all equally. I saw a father who had a little crazy son. The boy had a runny nose and he constantly wiped it with his sleeves, but his father hugged him, kissed and caressed him like other children. Thus, God, as the Good Father, loves not only His good children, but also those who are spiritually weak, because of which, of course, he suffers, but he is even more interested in them. No one can even comprehend how much God loves man! His love cannot be compared to anything! She is immeasurable, there are no limits! It is so great that a man, if he feels even a crumb of so much of His love, cannot bear it and his clay heart melts and melts like mud, because it is clay. Although we humans on this planet cry out for love, we need to remember that God is watching us, and does not want to see us grieve over one foolishness. His love passes through us, his fire of love flows through our veins and burns in our hearts, making us his beloved sons. Although we humans on this planet cry out for love, we need to remember that God is watching us, and does not want to see us grieve over one foolishness. His love passes through us, his fire of love flows through our veins and burns in our hearts, making us his beloved sons. In the most difficult and beautiful times, it is the love of God that warms us, it is the one that pushes us forward even when we are at the full bottom of the pit, and it is the one that tells us that before God we are all the same and that there is no judgment without God. With this short sentence, I just want to repeat and finish - brothers, sisters, people of this world, never forget the one who raised you when you needed it, never turn against him and against his decision, and most importantly, never to allow God’s crystal of love to cool for you, for the Lord encourages us in every new step and encourages us in every moment. - Humble Servant, Father Alfred
  22. Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche Holy Order of the Black Mace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZGMqKLGFpA “In hoc signo vinces” HISTORIA THEOCRACIA MILITIUM ♔Command♔ High Pontiff The High Pontiff has absolute and supreme authority over the Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche. His Holiness, Sixtus IV Holy Knight Commander The Knight-Commandant is selected by the High Pontiff from among the Knights. He is the direct commander of the Order and manages their day to day operations. Holy Ser Edward d’Ambray 'the Austere' ♘Holy Knights of the Black Mace♘ The Holy Knights of the Black Mace are chosen from the current serving cadets as seen fit by the Holy See and Holy Knight Commander. Holy Knights are sworn to uphold the Palatine Code. Knights are expected to maintain the laws of the Church as well as those of the Imperium. A high priority is set on the members of the Church and its beliefs. As the members of the Black Mace are knights of the church they are title, "Holy Ser". Knight Banneret Bannerets serve as the leaders of the Order taking charge of a division of knights. Holy Dame Aquila Elendil 'the Humble' Holy Ser Alexander Gotthold 'the Ardent' Holy Dame Karina Gotthold 'the Beast' Knight Knights are the backbone of the Order. They are experienced in matters of protection. Each knight is expected to mentor a Cadet. Some knights may also choose to specialize with the inquisition and learning to keep heresy at bay. Holy Ser Maximillian Dawnstead 'the Truant' Holy Ser Alexander ‘the Savage’ Knight Errant Knights Errant are up-and-coming knights. They are the young blood continuing their education in the Church. No longer a cadet, they are more autonomous. Holy Ser Vaerath Leydon Knight Cadet Knights in training under the banner of the Holy See. They are yet to be fully initiated into the Order. Cadets are expected to follow the orders from those above them and to learn the ways of the Church. It would be beneficial to seek a brief mentorship with a priest. Cadets are expected to complete five trials. Pierre de Robineau Dorm Amador Dane Lester ♖Inquisitors♖ Canonists that serve as inquisitors are specially trained and qualified to root out heresy and find the unholy throughout the world. Many are to be feared as they can be ruthless in achieving success in the name of GOD. “Ordo ex chao” Superior The Superior is charged with maintaining the inquisition. A Superior is the most experienced of inquisitors as is to be expected of their position. Typical duties other than rooting out heresy can be more formal such as presenting investigations to the Synod and as simple as keeping the training of inquisitors and external aid. Inquisitor Tasked with rooting out heresy. An inquisitor might find himself working anywhere in the world seeking the unholy. Sometimes that which is unholy is to be destroyed other times, a more kind approach may be taken such as turning that which is unholy back into GOD’s light. Acolyte The title bestowed upon someone seeking to become an inquisitor. Following along with an experienced inquisitor to learn the ways and traditions. “Pro deo et patria” ♘Holy Knights of Visiga♘ The Palatine Code All members of the Order are expected to follow the stations and tenets as well as take the oath. I. STATIONS i. Stand as guardians of the High Pontiff and Holy See. ii. Protect the Creator's faithful from evil, whenever possible. iii. Hunt all worshippers of evil and practitioners of darkness. iv. Keep watch in the lands of the Holy See, and uphold peace and order. v. Be the Vanguard of any Holy Crusades and Inquisitions. vi. Carry out the sentences of those convicted of crimes against the Faith and the Holy See. II. TENETS i. Share, with tolerance and understanding, the word of the Lord. ii. Maintain a powerful and unwavering faith in the Creator and His word. iii. Seek to embody Horen's Virtue and Owyn's Spirit. iv. Strive to deliver upon the faithful the embodiments of Godfrey's Gospel and Siegmund's Auspices. v. Obey, without question, the hierarchy of the Order, and ultimately word of the High Pontiff. vi. Embrace our fellow Ordermen as Brothers, and treat them as such. vii. Know to violate the Palatine Code is to be stripped of his rank and to be exiled in disgrace. III. Oath If I should falter in my course, send me never to the skies above. If I should succeed, bestow unto me His blessings, forevermore. For, now I march into a valley through which there is no path. And the stones cascade behind me, to seal my retreat. Though in this valley, I find my Brothers; Now I am named Guardian of His Flock. Should I falter, my shield shall turn to ash; But I shall not falter. Testaments of Faith FIRST TRIAL : SACRED URN The creation of the Sacred Urn, holder of the martyr's ashes, is first amongst the tests. The Urn must be fired and molded by the squire himself, all resources and tools must be chiefly his own work. After, a bishop of the Canon must approve and give his blessing, lest the squire remake the Urn. SECOND TRIAL : TONGUE OF FIRE To speak the Creator's Will is to have a Tongue of Fire, the tongue which breaks all barriers of language and communication through His Power. In order to be considered to become a Knight of the Black Mace, one must convert a heathen, one who has not had the joy to hear the Canon, and bring him fully into the fold of our community. THIRD TRIAL : SWORD OF OWYN The Creator’s Wrath brings fear and awe across the plains of existence, in every heart and mind of every being which has walked and thought. Through discipline and faith, one may acquire the Creator’s Blessing in the art of combat, to spar and wield the weapons of His Divine Will. FOURTH TRIAL : HOLIEST DUTY The Vicar of GOD is the chief priest, representative of His Divine Will. Through his words mark the words of GOD Himself, and so the tasks delivered by him also Divine in nature and spirit. Accomplish the task given by His Holiness moves one ever further in achieving the ashes of the sacred. FIFTH TRIAL : ARMOR OF FAITH To truly believe in the Grace of GOD is to have true faith in Him. The test of faith marks a man from the commoner to the most devout. Weapons of the Faithful Fill out the following application and send it to the Knight-Commandant in the Apostolic Palace next to the Cathedral of St. Thomas. IC Name: Age: Race [Human/Elf]: Status of Blood (Nobility, Gentry, Commoner, etc.): Place of Residence: Martial Knowledge (if any): Skills: OOC MC Name: Skype ID:
  23. Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche Holy Order of the Black Mace “In hoc signo vinces” History of the Order ♔Command♔ High Pontiff The High Pontiff has absolute and supreme authority over the Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche. His Holiness, Sixtus IV Holy Knight-Commandant The Knight-Commandant is selected by the High Pontiff from among the seven Knights. He is the direct commander of the Order and manages their day to day operations. Holy Ser Edward d’Ambray ♘Holy Knights of the Black Mace♘ The Holy Knights of the Black Mace are chosen from the current serving squires and from within the Faith Vigilant as seen fit by the Holy See and Holy Knight-Commandant. The title is not honorary as it is confirmed by an oath to GOD in defense of the Holy Palatinate. Holy Knights are sworn to uphold the Palatine Code upon taking the Knight’s Oath. "Virtus junxit, more separabit" Holy Knight The knights are servants of the Church’s will. They are entrusted with serving as the officers of the Holy Order of Saint Wilfriche which in turn is entrusted with the defense of the Faith, its priesthood, holdings, and the virtue of the realm. Knights exercise their charge through inquisition, crusade, and diplomacy as required and authorized. Holy Ser Maximillian Dawnstead Holy Dame Karina Gotthold Squire Squires are both the servants and the students of the Holy Knights. They clean their armor, feed their horses, polish and sharpen their blades, serve their meals, and so on. In return, the squires are trained in swordsmanship, horsemanship, the faith, and other essential aspects of Holy Knighthood. ♖Inquisitors♖ Canonists that serve as inquisitors are specially trained and qualified to root out heresy and find the unholy throughout the world. Many are to be feared as they can be ruthless in achieving success in the name of GOD. “Ordo ex chao” Superior The Superior is charged with maintaining the inquisition. A Superior is the most experienced of inquisitors as is to be expected of their position. Typical duties other than rooting out heresy can be more formal such as presenting investigations to the Synod and as simple as keeping the training of inquisitors and external aid. Procurator Serve as prosecutors and investigators during inquisitions. Procurators also have the ability to begin investigations of their own if they believe that they have found heresy or anything that might be in question. However, to act upon it, much like regular inquisitors they must bring the information to the Superior though a Procurator can take the information to the Synod as well. Inquisitor Tasked with rooting out heresy. An inquisitor might find himself working anywhere in the world seeking the unholy. Sometimes that which is unholy is to be destroyed other times, a more kind approach may be taken such as turning that which is unholy back into GOD’s light. Acolyte The title bestowed upon someone seeking to become an inquisitor. Following along with an experienced inquisitor to learn the ways and traditions. ♖Faith Vigilant♖ Canonists finding themselves serving within the Faith Vigilant will be the guardians of the Church. They will act as its defenders and avengers. And when required they will be its militant arm to do battle for GOD be it in holy crusade, inquisition, or fighting GOD’s enemies. These honorable soldiers are the vanguard of the Church. “Pro deo et patria” Marshal Commander of the Faith Vigilant. A loyal canonist and protector of the Faith. The Marshal is selected out of the ranks or appointed by the Commandant or Holy See. Sergeant Sergeants serve as the Vigilant’s trainers and most experienced soldiers. They can be relied upon in near any situation to get tasks done and to make sure that standards are kept perfectly. Sergeants can lead detachments of the Vigilant throughout all the dioceses. Chevalier The sacred footman of the order are well experienced in their roles. Serving as guards of the Palatinate and defenders of the Faith. Chevaliers are learned men of the Faith as are all men of the order. An expectation of these men are that they shall know verses from the scriptures. Footman Newly initiated members of the order. They can find their path within the branch of the Faith Vigilant or the Inquisitors if they so decide. ♘Holy Knights of Visiga♘ The Holy Knights of Visiga is an order of honorary knights. This goes back to the days of the Order of the Black Sepulchre. Knights of Visiga will have no command authority over any member of the Order of Saint Wilfriche. Members inducted into the knights will be allowed to style themselves as Holy Ser. To be inducted, one must be chosen by the Holy See. As with all members of the Order of Saint Wilfriche, even the Knights of Visiga shall follow the Palatine Code and take the Knight’s Oath. Honoured Jan Kovachev Joseph Ciacci John Kowacz Alexander ‘the Savage’ Sokol Nikovich Ragnar de Autson VI, deceased All knights formerly of the Order of the Black Sepulchre or of past holy knightly orders are encouraged to submit a letter to the High Pontiff and Knight-Commandant with their information. The information required will be placed below. The High Pontiff will make decision on who will be sanctioned to resume their place in holy knighthood. The Palatine Code All members of the Order are expected to follow the stations and tenets as well as take the oath. I. STATIONS i. Stand as guardians of the High Pontiff and Holy See. ii. Protect the Creator's faithful from evil, whenever possible. iii. Hunt all worshippers of evil and practitioners of darkness. iv. Keep watch in the lands of the Holy See, and uphold peace and order. v. Be the Vanguard of any Holy Crusades and Inquisitions. vi. Carry out the sentences of those convicted of crimes against the Faith and the Holy See. II. TENETS i. Share, with tolerance and understanding, the word of the Lord. ii. Maintain a powerful and unwavering faith in the Creator and His word. iii. Seek to embody Horen's Virtue and Owyn's Spirit. iv. Strive to deliver upon the faithful the embodiments of Godfrey's Gospel and Siegmund's Auspices. v. Obey, without question, the hierarchy of the Order, and ultimately word of the High Pontiff. vi. Embrace our fellow Ordermen as Brothers, and treat them as such. vii. Know to violate the Palatine Code is to be stripped of his rank and to be exiled in disgrace. III. Oath If I should falter in my course, send me never to the skies above. If I should succeed, bestow unto me His blessings, forevermore. For, now I march into a valley through which there is no path. And the stones cascade behind me, to seal my retreat. Though in this valley, I find my Brothers; Now I am named Guardian of His Flock. Should I falter, my shield shall turn to ash; But I shall not falter. Testaments of Faith Fill out the following application and send it to the Knight-Commandant in the Bastille of Luciensport. IC Name: Race: Are you a Canonist or willing to convert?: Do you have any notable experience?: Following section for previous Holy Ser’s only Previous Order: High Pontiff who knighted you: OOC Username: Do you have TS?: Skype (can be pm’d): ((please keep sh*tposting and memes off this. That includes references to the Teutons and White Rose. Thanks))
  24. INTERCESSION MAGIC By Viros Intro In the upper reaches of the Seven Skies, a nameless Aengul fulfills an ancient task. He, like all his brothers, was born in an instant: a spirit called forth during the dawn of all things. Unlike them, however, this spirit did not arrogantly burden the perfection of his birth with a name. Nor has he sought mortal worship--and who among all the other Aenguls and Daemons has never manifested, never once spoken? Faithfully, and for untold centuries, this silent servant has intervened in the deaths of the virtuous, calling their souls to his side to live on in glory and power, unified with him in worship of something greater. First was Horen, and all his disciples. More followed; Joren, Owyn, Clement, Godfrey, Adrian, Siegmund, Thomas, Jude, all these and innumerably more entered the Skies under his protection. Together they form the Congregation of Saints, granting the petitions of devoted mortals in the form of miraculous intervention. Intercession Magic is a new Deity magic archetype, specifically designed for members of the Canonist faith. Instead of connecting to a single “deity”, practitioners of Intercession Magic connect to the congregation of exalted, saints, and beatified in the Seven Skies. By supplicating the assistance of these saints, and by remaining virtuous and in good standing with the Church, the practitioner (called an “invoker”) may pray to saints for miracles. These miracles are unique because their outcomes are not under the control of the invoker (although they are under the control of the player); rather, the saint acts and determines all effects directly. Likewise, instead of a broad range of powers relating to a certain motif--such as Illusions, Water, or Healing--each saint grants only a specific set of miracles, relating to their portfolio. This is to allow invokers to access a range of minor abilities reflecting the diversity of the saints, without trespassing on other archetypes. Intercession Magic is divided into three subtypes, each with a rough theme. Ars Notoria are Miracles of Transcendence, which focus on insight, wisdom, and passive resistance. Ars Gloriosa are Miracles of Strength, which focus on displays of pious zeal, unity, and purity. Ars Magna are Miracles of Grace, which focus on healing, protection, and community. Each is associated with one of three Exalted; Ars Notoria with Siegmund, Ars Gloriosa with Owyn, and Ars Magna with Godfrey. The powers associated with the three subtypes are intended to communicate the ethos of their respective Exalted, and inspire players to engage others in Canonist roleplay. Initiation into a subtype is obtained by connection to the Congregation of Saints by the High Pontiff or a member of the Holy Synod (aka the Connector and the Teachers), who may also break a connection. The Congregation of Saints refuses connection to any person already connected to another Deity, and will not brook spiritual contact with anyone outside of the four descendant races. Additionally, undead characters or characters with knowledge of a Dark Arts subtype cannot use or obtain Intercession Magic. Obtaining a Dark Arts subtype or connecting to another Deity instantly breaks an invoker's connection with the Congregation of Saints. Ranks and Rituals Like other archetypes, Intercession Magic is divided into five tiers. Each tier represents increased veneration of the Congregation of Saints, and can only be accessed by dedicated emulation of the virtues of the Exalted, the Saints, and the Beatified. Generally, Ars Gloriosa emphasizes justice and strength, Ars Notoria emphasize wisdom and introspection, and Ars Magna emphasizes mercy and sovereignty. The archetype recognizes three ranks, Connector, Teacher, and Invoker. New Invokers can only be connected to or disconnected from the Congregation of Saints by a Teacher or the Connector. Likewise, new Teachers can only be raised to (or brought down from) that rank by the Connector. At any given time, there exists only one Connector--the High Pontiff. He may, through a sacrament, promote Invokers to Teachers, demote Teachers to Invokers, or sever an Invoker’s connection wholesale. When the Connector’s position is vacant, the living Teachers may assemble and conduct a holy ritual to select a new Connector from among their membership. In order for this ritual to be successful it must constitute the majority of all living Teachers participating willingly. It is important to remember that no Teacher, even when acting with others, can raise or lower someone to the rank of Teacher. Only a Connector may promote or demote a Teacher. When the Connector’s position is filled, the living Teachers may likewise assemble and conduct a different holy ritual which vacates the position of Connector, demoting the current holder to Teacher. It similarly requires a majority of all living Teachers participating willingly. Limitations Intercession Magic cannot communicate the infallible, ineffable will of the Creator, who acts of His own accord without consulting spiritual intermediaries. Neither can it confirm His existence, though the saints believe most fervently. Intercession Magic can communicate the sensible and goodly will of the Exalted, Saints, and Beatified, who will always advise mercy, righteousness, and the strict avoidance of sin. Intercession Magic cannot guarantee the outcome of future events. Although the saints and prophets know much, and can make good guesses, they are far from omniscient. Intercession Magic can make supernaturally accurate predictions and grant knowledge lost to the ages. The Congregation, and the nameless Aengul which lifts them into the Seven Skies, have seen much in their centuries watching over the world. Intercession Magic cannot grant innate power. A practitioner of this archetype humbly requests the aid of the Congregation of Saints, who dispense assistance as they see fit, and do not take presumption lightly. Intercession Magic can allow invokers to make use of incredible abilities that empower them to spread the good word of virtue. An arrogant user, who claims these abilities spring from his own heart rather than the charity of the Skies, may find himself disconnected or worse. A confused user, who worships the Congregation rather than merely asking their help, will only receive a saintly scolding. Intercession Magic cannot perform acts outside of those defined by the tier chart. While all saints and beatified look happily on veneration, they cannot grant new miracles without a subtype revision adding them. Invokers do not ever request a specific act; they simply petition the saint for "zeal", "succor", "protection", or so forth, and the miracle manifests as defined on the tier chart. Intercession Magic can be used in a variety of ways that encourages the user to be creative with the gifts of heaven, rather than make tailor-made miracles for his own purposes. Like all Deity magic, Intercession Magic places a toll upon the body and mind of the user. Constant contact with the Congregation of Saints distracts the mind, turning the invoker’s eye ever towards their realm; they may become preoccupied with particular verses of the Holy Scrolls, or trifling theological details. Likewise, the body becomes physically unimposing, even in practitioners of Ars Gloriosa, who may come to rely on miracles over force of arms. Invokers notice these changes, but generally consider them a sign of favor to be sought out. After all, the temporal world is the abode of sin. Users of Intercession Magic may only request a limited number of miracles. No invoker can petition for more than one miracle of T1 or T2 strength per IG month (RL day). Additionally, no invoker can use more than one miracle of T3, T4, or T5, strength per two RL weeks. While the saints are merciful and generous, they emphasize that miracles alone cannot bring souls to the Seven Skies. Saints and Sinners All members of the Congregation of Saints advise their petitioners to act mercifully and avoid sin. Since all saints are Canonists, they agree on what comprises sin, and--perhaps mistakenly--believe themselves to be correct on the nature of good and evil. To Canonist saints, the most grievous sins are the acts of murder, thievery, sexual immorality (which includes all carnal knowledge outside of marriage), lying, betrayal, apostasy, and idolatry, and the passions of covetousness, wrath, ambition, pride, and indulgence. They advise that while non-humans are permitted to worship foreign gods or no god at all, it is most praiseworthy to worship the Creator. If pressed, they will offer no proof for His existence, though they believe wholeheartedly and will happily profess it; rather, they emphasize faith and prayer. Likewise, while they are aware of the existence of their fellow saints and the Aenguls and Daemons of the Planes, they do not know what force brought them there, or why they were chosen above others. Though they may relate personal experiences, they decline to share any information which may be mistaken for new moral law or history; saints refuse to trespass into the realm of doctrine and dogma. Overall, saints tend to be brief in their interactions with mortals, and do not share anything except mundane (but possibly useful) knowledge, predictions of the future, and frequent reminders to act virtuously. Roleplaying Saintly Intercession Users of Intercession Magic are cautioned to remember that the powers it grants do not arise from the invokers themselves. An increase in tier does not indicate that the invoker is more personally powerful, virtuous, or wise, but rather that they have spent sufficient time contemplating the mysteries of the Seven Skies. As a user’s devotion grows, they become more attuned to the Congregation of Saints and may request more ostentatious interventions; however, no tier grants any inherent power to the invoker. Accordingly, all emotes should indicate that the user first requests a miracle, and second is granted it. No emote should imply that the miracle arose from the invoker’s own will; particularly, invokers should avoid announcing what they want specifically or what the saint should do. Instead, they make a general request, such as for purity, righteousness, guidance, or protection, and the saint responds as defined in the tier chart. This always requires at least three emotes: one where the invoker initiates the prayer or action, one where he or she requests assistance, and one where it is granted. For example: *Father Kristoff kneels in prayer, a copy of the liturgy written in Elvish before him. He prays to Blessed Daniel the Reader for sagacity in language. “Blessed Daniel, I beg your wisdom in sharing these holy words with my flock.” *Father Kristoff opens the book, and miraculously comprehends the foreign language. He reads the Hymn to Exalted Horen in Elvish to his parish. *Holy Ser Arthur leads the gathered levies in a song to St. Emma of Woldzimir, praising her mercy. He looks to the heavens and asks her assistance. “Patroness of battle, we beseech your mercy and counsel. Aid us in this conflict, that we might share the Virtue’s truth.” [!] St. Emma’s benevolent presence can be felt by those participating in the song. She will surely guide their hand in battle. *Sister Lydia begins to consecrate the newly-built home, sprinkling holy water at its threshhold. “Oh merciful Lord, we ask that your servant Blessed Thomas Denims protect this household and shield its inhabitants from evil.” [!] An aura of serene devotion descends upon the home. It will stand against strong winds and evil spirits. *Inquisitor Roland circles the room, muttering a prayer to exorcise it of wicked influences and fallen Daemons. Hearing a fell voice, he calls on Exalted Owyn’s purity. “Exalted Owyn, second prophet and nephew of Horen, I call on thee to cast out these enemies of Our Father.” *Inquisitor Roland draws his sword, which now glows with white light. It will certainly wound the supernatural interlopers. “Begone, demons!” *Brother Karl blesses the cauldron of stew meant for the poor, begging St. Tobias for mercy and generosity. “In St. Tobias’ time, friends, it is said that an empty stomach in Kralta was rarer than a chaste elf.” “And may that patron of charity see to our bellies as he has to so many others, in the Lord’s name.” *Brother Karl begins to ladle out stew, finding that the pot does not empty until every bowl is full. Disclaimer Please note that this is a significant departure from normal human religious lore, which focuses on the Creator almost to the exclusion of all else. We realize that is at odds with other server lore, and have accordingly made compromises with the archetype, adding significant ambiguity to the truth of his existence and turning the focus of our religion to the Exalted, Saints, and Beatified. This is not a vehicle for cementing human religious lore in server core lore. The only addition to server lore presented in this archetype is a new Aengul who intercepts particular souls before they enter the soul stream, pulling them to his side in the Aengudaemonic Planes.
  25. In the year of our Lord, 1561, let it be known throughout the lands that the Aesterwaldian Halfling / Farfolk Gospel Choir has been formed. As devout followers of Harringtonism, as founded by Prophet Ford Harrington, when God was revealed to him in the sewers of Felsen. The Church is against violence. The Prophet Harrington realised that Religious Experienced could be induced through the use of, what the Church deems to be, 'holy white powder'." The Gospel Choir rejects the God of Canonism and the authority of the Church, seeing it as a political power created for the purpose of attaining money, rather than a religious power. The Church of Harrington, however, believes that religion should not play a part in politics and should not be incentivised by money. All donations to fund the expansion of the Church should be sent to High Prophet Ford Harrington. The Church regularly patrols the streets singing the Gospel of Prophet Ford, baring arms against everyone who opposes them. The Church favours violence. To sign up, please fill in the form at the bottom of the poster. Name: Race (Farfolk of Halfling?) : Age : Reason for converting to Harringtonism : Would you be willing to support the Church financially to ensure that financial corruption can be brought to an end? ((OOC)) MC Username: Skype:
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