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  1. It is profoundly sorrowful the news I received on an otherwise fair evening at Castle Rickardsburg- our beloved High Pontiff Caius I has ascended to the Seven Skies. His unwavering faith and sacrifice stand as a testament to the devotion to GOTTE he had in life. In this time of strife, let us come together in prayer and reflection, seeking solace in the divine wisdom he imparted. May his spirit guide us and his legacy inspire us to uphold the virtues he so dearly cherished. I ask humbly of my Lord Father and Lady Mother the Count and Countess-Consort of Hohengarten to consider a mourning period for the House. As for my personal endeavors; along with my dear cousins and partners Lords Wilmar Marcellus [@Pitapur02] and Matthias Emmerich [@XKyber] of House von Augusten we have decided that we as the August Trading Company will be halting production for two Saint's days in observance of His Holiness' passing. With a heavy heart, His Lordship, Marsillius Adalwald of House von Augusten, Steward of the Heartlands
  2. SECUNDO MINOR BULLA LOTHARIA Second Minor Bull of Lotharia | Segon Bou Menor de Lotària 8th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1984 Ivan Archbishop Lotharia “And verily you must find sole salvation in His laws, for there are none alike to Him.” (Spirit, 1:19) TABLE OF CONTENTS ☨ ┏━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┓ Introducció Opening Prayer | Pregària D'inici Secció I. Curial and Clerical Positions | Càrrecs Curials i Clericals Secció II. Administrative Positions | Càrrecs Administratius Secció III. On the Construction of Temple Giuan | Sobre la Construcció del Temple Lothar Secció IV. Balianese Folklore | Sobre el Folklore de Balian ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┛ Introducció Opening Prayer | Pregària D'inici The Almighty LORD is most forgiving and most merciful. Yet, we must still continue our duty to uphold HIS commands HE so verily ordained to us. - Ivan Archbishop Lotharia 𖥞 Come my brothers and sisters! Let us pray together: Perfect God, I lift up my heart to you; Senyor perfecte, elevo el meu cor cap a tu; Keep me in your hand and protect me from all evils, Mantén-me a la teva mà i protegeix-me dels mals, For your grace alone will foil temptation, Només la teva gràcia frustrarà la temptació King of Kings, my Lord most High; Rei dels Reis, el meu Senyor més Al I will fear no foe with your blessed assurance; No temré cap enemic, amb la teva beneïda assegurança Make me among those who turn to you in repentance; Fes-me entre els que es tornen a tu en penediment Make me among those who are purified. Fes-me entre els que estan purificats. En Déu confiem, Amen! Secció I. Curial and Clerical Positions | Càrrecs Curials i Clericals In the name of GOD, the most benevolent, the most omnipotent, we begin. Upon a unanimous resolution within The Council of Lotharia on the month of the Sun’s Smile, 1983, The Archbishop of Lotharia sees it fit to appoint these urgent clerical and curial positions within the realm immediately, enumerated within: I. Vicar to the Archbishop of Lotharia - Father Altius. II. Vicar to the Bishop of Tyria - Father Jan. On the Matter of Acolytes: The Acolytes shall be tutored by all shepherds and clergymen within the Archdiocese. The acolytes may request for lessons or unofficial examinations of their theological intuitions from any clergymen or shepard within the Archdiocese. If deemed ready, all acolytes of the Archdiocese of Lotharia shall be sent to the Pontifical Prelate for their official examinations. On the matter of Peroz It has come to my attention that the Diocese of Peroz has allegedly been silently removed by the former High Pontiff Sixtus VI. Thus, to prevent any discrepancies and conflicts with the Holy Mother Church, all domains under the Diocese of Peroz shall henceforth be absorbed and shall directly answer to the Archdiocese of Lotharia until further notice. Secció II Administrative Positions | Càrrecs Administratius Oficinistas: The Archdiocese of Lotharia is seeking clerks who shall tend to the daily book-keeping, Archdiocese registry, and other administrative aspects within the Archdiocese. Clerks shall be tasked in keeping recordings of meetings, marriage registries, and any and all offerings and donations along with the expenditures within Lotharia. Guàrdies: The Archdiocese of Lotharia is seeking GOD fearing individuals who wish to become guards and justiciars, enforcing the Canon Law and providing protection to the Archbishop, Bishops, and all clergymen within the Archdiocese. If you are interested in any of these positions, send me a letter by bird or through a courier (WaveLincoln). You may also meet with me in my office located beside the Church of Holy Supernals. Secció III. On the Construction of Temple Giuan | Sobre la Construcció del Temple Lothar Dear Reader, During my travels to the southern islands, I came across a perilous event, a large landslide on the easternmost island within the domain of the Kingdom of Balian had occurred during my visit. As the landslide cleared, I noticed a miracle. The island mountain-side by the Costa Rubissima had cleared and slightly flattened to a perfected elevation. However, the most astonishing sight of it all was the display at the center of the now flattened land: an elongated piece of obsidian, its pointed edge lodged within the boulder. The obsidian bore a close resemblance to King John I’s sword. I believe this sight to be a miraculous sign of good omens for the Canon flock within the Kingdom. Thus, I have asked the Crown of Balian to lease this part of the island to Lotharia, envisioning a holy site on this land. Thus, by Ecclesiastical Edict, With royal ascension from His Majesty, King Alexander II, Temple Giuan shall begin its construction immediately. Secció IV. On Balianese Folklore |Sobre el Folklore de Balian Dear Reader, I write to you with delight in this matter. On my return from the islands, I took the liberty to travel amongst each local community and vassal territory under Balian’s domain. As I did so, I visited each chapel, listening to the local pastors preach to the rural laymen. Within their sermons, I gathered a few interesting discoveries: a strong reverence for the wives of the four Exalted, from Saint Julia to Saint Elena. The reverence of these holy women and many others within the scriptures of Canon influenced me to seek further knowledge of this rural enthusiasm. As I did so, I came across the records of a pious man from Ba’as who went by the name Ser Sarson ‘The Pigeon’ Halgrim. He served as Principal Secretary to King Alexander I and a close friend of Amiratus Gaius var Ruthern. His journals conveyed an entirely new saga of legends and stories amongst the Canonized wives of the Exalted. Many of these stories have been recorded from word of mouth from the Balianese laymen of the countryside. Thus, the Archdiocese of Lotharia shall begin its project to compile Ser Sarson’s works to publish to our beloved shepherds, clergymen, and laymen, for the preservation of these Balianese folklore shall strengthen our faith ever more. GOD willing. ☨ Infirmia sine fide hultasuna sinetsiz Weakness without Faith En Déu confiem, IVAN ARCHBISHOP LOTHARIA
  3. ON THE PONTIFICAL MEETING THE MEETING The AUTARCH made his way to NEW VALDEV with promise of guest rite, it was then when he met his FRIEND, HIS HOLINESS CAIUS I in critical condition he was delivered to PATRIARCH VILLORIK to speak with him in his place. He offered retribution for the horrendous attack which took place and nearly slain the PONTIFF. He offered the OSTRACIZATION and EXECUTION of the former REX KLOG’AKAAL. It was worrying then to hear of a amassing attack upon the new government, which was friendly to Cannon, especially in its reforms. So again did the AUTARCH ride to NEW VALDEV but this time with a retinue of allies, from which he greeted the PONTIFF, his friend, at the gates. The pair spoke at length of the issues which had created such a diplomatic disaster, and about how the REXDOM might sort out the errors of previous administration. Thusly the REXDOM, already steadfast friends of many- including the church, did make agreement with HIS HOLINESS. ON THE OSTRACIZATION OF THE PUNISHED AKAAL The AUTARCH with the authority invested into him by the REX decrees a total OSTRACIZATION of PUNISHED AKAAL. ANY who associate openly or in closed doors with THE PUNISHED AKAAL will cease activity immediately. Any with information on the whereabouts of THE PUNISHED AKAAL will come forwards with haste. KLOG’AKAAL is hereby banned from all activities of GOVERNMENT, from entering LURAK without SLAUGHTER, a bounty will soon be issued upon him. ON THE AGREEMENT WITH THE CHURCH OF CANON The demands made by HIS HOLINESS CAIUS I are accepted in full. LURAK will grant a charter to the CHURCH upon discussion of location, with many selections already picked for them. LURAK will allow the CHURCH access to their resource facilities when letter is delivered as to when they might arrive. LURAK will aid the CHURCH in hunting down any aggressors who attack so freely the CHURCH its officials. AS DAAHD’LUR AUTARCH HAS BEEN STEADFSST FRIEND OF CAIUS I, LURAK DECLARES GENERAL FRIENDSHIP WITH CANON. SHOULD THE PUNISHED KLOG’AKAAL WISH TO REPRIEVE HIS SETENCE AND RESTORE HIS HONOR HE WILL COME AND DO BATTLE WITH THE AUTARCH IN AN HONORABLE DUEL, OR TURN HIMSELF IN TO THE LURAK. SIGNED, REX RUE'LUR, Master of Lurak, Wargoth of Lurakan, Scion of Daahd. @thequeennadine AUTARCH DAAHD'LUR, General Advisor, Scion of Swiv. @Sean_VEVO
  4. King John’s Privy Council begs him to find a wife, circa 1953 It is the greatest pleasure of the Royal House of Alstion to announce the betrothal of His Royal Majesty, John I, and the good Lady Amelia Rose of Middelan. Amelia had served as the Mistress of the Robes to King Edmund II for the greater part of a decade, and has always been known to be a pious Canonist. Having worked closely together from the beginning of his reign, the proposal was given on the Seventeenth of Owyn’s Light, 1953 as witnessed by Her Royal Highness, Adeline Johanna. SCHEDULE THE CEREMONY To begin in the Chapel of Our Lady of Paradisus, and to be presided over by the Bishop Gelimar three hours past sunrise this next Saint’s Day. [2 EST Dec. 2] PERSONAL PETITIONS AND BANQUET Afterwards, His Royal Majesty and his Privy will host a small banquet while hearing out the petitioners of the realm of Aaun, as well as those that wish general counsel. INVITATIONS THE ROYAL HOUSE OF ALSTION HRH the Princess Royal, Adeline Johanna HRH the Princess, Mary Cecilia HRH the Princess, Augusta Charlotte HRM the Queen Mother, Edith of Reinmar HRH the Viscountess of Valence, Adela of High Peak Lord Edmund Amadeus Lady Sophia James THE PEERAGE OF AAUN THE HOUSE BARCLAY OF MINITZ and their sworn vassals of FERNWEH, LANGENKIRCH and all the HERZOGRAT and HERRENHAUS THE HOUSE VON ALSTREIM OF MERRYWEATHER and their sworn vassals of BODBWODZ, TRIGLAV and WARSOVIA THE HOUSE DE JOANNES OF SEDAN THE HOUSE IVANOVICH OF STYRIA and their sworn vassals THE HOUSE DE ROSIUS OF HAUTE-EPINE and their sworn vassals of L’ARBRE D’OR THE HOUSE VON REUSS OF VELEN and their sworn vassals of ARENTANIA THE HOUSE HAVERLOCK OF GOTFRIDCHER THE HOUSE VAROCHE OF NAPOLIZA THE HOUSE DE LEWES OF VIRDAIN DAIMYO FUMETSU AND MEMBERS OF CLAN RENSHIN INDIVIDUAL INVITATIONS John Auguste of the House d’Arkent His Excellency, Mithius Dalma Her Excellency, Marlene von Reuss Lord Markus van Aert Lady Klara Miray Kovachev Merchants Boon & Bane REALM INVITATIONS All those good Canonists that protected Our realm from insurgency in its time of weakness The General Citizenry of the United Kingdom of Aaun. LETTER FROM AMELIA TO HER FAMILY To Uncle Gaspard, Aunt Saskia, Papa, and my dearest brother Gustaf; I apologize that you are to be told this way of my marriage. This war, this conflict has so ripped asunder the realms of Man - and so too has it made great injury upon my heart. It was you, Uncle Gaspard, Papa, that taught me to see the rightness of peace and justice and mediation. I had thought, once, that such a thing, that a lasting sort of peace, might be forged via a war against heathens and heretics and anathema. I had not thought that we would be that enemy. Though you are now anathema, and I can neither invite you to the wedding nor offer you shelter; I hope that someday soon we may meet once more, together under the LORD’s light. Repent, please, and His Holiness, and the Mother Church, might still forgive. Until then, I cannot support such violence inflicted upon the Canonist flock. GOD Guides, Amelya His Royal Majesty, JOHN ALEXANDER, by the Grace of GOD, King of Aaun, Prince of Alstion, Duke of Corazon and Balemena, Count of Enswerp and Florentine, Protector of the Realm
  5. PEACE AND BLESSINGS VICESIMUS TERTIUS AUREA BULLA JORENUS Twenty-Third Golden Bull of Jorenus 3rd of Horen’s Calling, 1952 F.A | 3rd of Snow’s Maiden, 156 S.A.| 3rd of Wzuvar and Byvca, 505 E.S. HIS HOLINESS SIXTUS 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 - College Appointments SECTION III - Curia Appointments SECTION IV - Diocesan Appointments SECTION V - Marriage Dissolution SECTION VI - On the Ferrymen SECTION VII - Venerations SECTION VIII - Beatification ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┛ SECTION I - OPENING PRAYER Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, whose word lasts into the eve of the world, we ask that You illume us, forgive the trespasses of those who have sinned against Your Virtue, and bless those who have been true and devoted to Your mission. The Canonist flock are assailed by trials and tribulations on many sides, Heavenly Father. We pray for the flock of Haense, whose warmth of spirit is being frozen by a never-ending winter and ask that You bless them with the thaw of spring. We pray for the flock of the midlands, of Numendil, Petra and Veletz, for they are troubled by the likes of Vampires, Azdrazi and wicked Magi, and ask that You cast down these threats to the faithful. We pray for the flock of Aaun, whose King lies hurt and bedridden after an evil man tried to bereave him of life, and ask that you bless their ruler with good health. And we pray for the flock of Balian, whose royal family was broken after the sacrament of marriage was severed, and ask that you console them. Above all however, Heavenly Father, we pray that these hardships bring us together as family, and that Your faithful are strengthened by enduring them. Amen. SECTION II - COLLEGE APPOINTMENTS 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 the College to be thus: TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Antonius Cardinal Artorus TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Josef Cardinal Jorenus TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Matthias Cardinal Lotharia TMR, His Eminence, Fr. Brandt Cardinal Albarosa TRR, His Eminence, Fr. Stanislaw Cardinal Westerwald TRR, His Eminence, Fr. Odo Cardinal Gelimar SECTION III - CURIA APPOINTMENTS 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 the Curia to be thus: Vice Chancellor, His Eminence, Matthias Cardinal Lotharia Auditor of the Tribunal, His Eminence, Stanislaw Cardinal Westerwald Secretariat to His Holiness, His Eminence, Josef Cardinal Jorenus Prelate of the Priesthood, His Eminence, Antonius Cardinal Artorus Pontifical Chamberlain, His Eminence, Brandt Cardinal Albarosa Commandant of the Pontifical Guard, His Eminence, Odo Cardinal Gelimar SECTION IV - DIOCESAN APPOINTMENTS It is through our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that we appoint the following members of the priesthood to shepherd and be pastor of the Church’s Archdioceses and Dioceses: ARCHDIOCESE OF ALBAROSA To be shepherded by Archbishop Brandt Cardinal Albarosa DIOCESE OF BURON To be shepherded by Bishop Frantzisko DIOCESE OF GELIMAR To be shepherded by Bishop Odo Cardinal Gelimar DIOCESE OF ST. EMMA To be shepherded by Bishop Alexios DIOCESE OF ANDRIKEV To be shepherded by Bishop Amleth DIOCESE OF TYRIA To be shepherded by Bishop Mattia SECTION V - MARRIAGE DISSOLUTION Matrimony is a most Holy sacrament, granted by GOD through his clergymen that serve the flock. However while the union created between a man and a woman through the sacrament of Matrimony is meant to be an eternal one, sometimes the situation causes the Church to have to intervene, for one reason or another, through an official dissolution of the pair’s union. Today, We perform such once more, as It is through Our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that We officially dissolve the union of Adrian of Balian and Andromeda Ester, on the grounds of abandonment and denouncement through Andromeda’s departure from Balian and her disloyalty to and forsaking of Adrian after many years of an unhappy marriage, and the struggle of the latter to make said marriage work. We wish that GOD grant mercy to this separated couple in the next chapters, and We request that they seek Our approval before once again receiving the sacrament of matrimony. SECTION VI - ON THE FERRYMEN Recently we called for the warriors and knights of Canondom to assemble and ride with us to Veletz and Haense. The reason was that the Ferrymen had sought to make their return by kidnapping a pregnant woman, the Princess Sibyl, heir to the Kingdom of Balian. We hereby condemn the actions of the Ferrymen and declare them EXCOMMUNICATED and ANATHEMA. No service or sacrament is to be given to any of their members by any member of the clergy. They reside outside the law of both the Church and secular realms, with their rights forfeited. If any of their members consider themselves Canonists, they may individually seek me out for their penance. We wish to make something very clear; that actions like these are a slight against the Canonist family and they cannot stand. One cannot be a Ferryman or aid a Ferryman and consider themselves a Canonist. Ferrymen cannot live a Canonist life because their lifestyle blasphemes GOD. The age of terrorist behavior like what was displayed by these bandits is done. The Ferrymen as a group laid dead in the dust for a while now and we prefer they remain dead. Their actions have proven that the Canonist League was right in claiming that the Ferrymen reside in Veletz, for they have shown themselves to use the Mareno keep as a base of operations. We say thus to Captain-General Gaspard of the League of Veletz; evict these men and declare them banished, else you aid these terrorists and shall be considered one of them rather than a good Canonist and be likewise declared excommunicated and anathema. We have also seen that a band of Orcs came to the aid of the Ferrymen - for which we admonish the Rex. Let there be no confusion; the Ferrymen are not some sort of lovable rogues who fight a just cause against the remnants of an oppressive Orenian Empire. They are bandits, criminals, killers: terrorists, who make up excuses for supposed heroism while taking a pregnant and innocent woman from her home and threatening to kill her. Let there be no confusion also of the nature of the intervention that happened to try to negotiate the princess’ release; it was not an invasion of Veletz or Ferrymen territory by Haense. The King of Haense, the Admiral of Balian and the Grandmaster of the Order of Saint Jude were there under our banner. We take full responsibility. This was a Canonist mission of liberation inside of Canonist lands. So we say to the Ferrymen; do not try to spin this as some sort of unjust act of war where you are the victims. We thank our good and devout Canonist faithful for heeding the call and coming together as one big family in an attempt to free our sister in GOD from these wicked men. As of right now it is unclear what has happened to her, some say she lives and some say she was killed. Regardless, we shall pray for her soul and her wellbeing and that of her unborn child. Blessed are those who are persecuted for their righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of God. SECTION VII - VENERATIONS It is through Our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that We affirm the following venerations: VENERABLE HENRY ALSTION Prince Henry Alstion was deemed Venerable as per decision of a Curia meeting held under our predecessor Sixtus V for his lifelong commitment to the Church - first as a layman, later as a deacon - and the role he played in ensuring peace among Canondom by ending the long-term war between the Duchy of Adria and the Canonist League. VENERABLE FATHER ARMAND Cardinal-Archbishop Armand of Lotharia is made venerable for his efforts in spearheading the crusade on the Azdrazi heralds of Azdromoth, the role he has played in combating the forces of evil in general, serving the Church faithfully as Auditor for decades and his invaluable contributions to the Magic Commission. VENERABLE KING CHARLES I OF AAUN King Charles of Aaun is made venerable in recognition for his unwavering loyalty to the Church and defense of our most holy institution throughout his lengthy life and reign. His legacy of devotion to the Church among the population of Aaun can be felt to this day and the importance of him standing up for the Canonist Church when an alliance led by Sedan threatened to schism over the issue of investiture cannot be denied. SECTION VIII - BEATIFICATION It is through Our Apostolic Right, bestowed unto Us through the Laurel derived from the Exalted that We affirm the following beatification: BLESSED SISTER CALLIOPE Sister Calliope Renata of Merryweather was a nun hailing from the House of Alstreim who joined the Church’s sisterhood in the Principality of Savoy. Aside from her service to the Church and her Faithful, she is beatified for the miracle she is believed to have performed at the Duchy of Reinmar in Haense in 1943. The Duchy was attacked by a band of undead led by a necromancer, who set the lands of the Duke ablaze and slaughtered his animals. After the attack, the Duke went to a chapel and prayed to Sister Calliope for intercession, upon which he saw a vision of the nun. After leaving the chapel, it was apparent that - miraculously - the damage the undead’s fire and blades had done to the Duchy had been reversed as if nothing had happened. THE HOLY MOTHER CHURCH OF THE CANON Under GOD maintained by His Holiness Sixtus VI THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS ANTONIUS CARDINAL ARTORUS Archdiocese of Artorus JOSEF CARDINAL JORENUS Patriarchate of Jorenus MATTHIAS CARDINAL LOTHARIA Archdiocese of Lotharia BRANDT CARDINAL ALBAROSA Archdiocese of Albarosa STANISLAW CARDINAL WESTERWALD Diocese of Westerwald ODO CARDINAL GELIMAR Diocese of Gelimar THE CURIA MATTHIAS CARDINAL LOTHARIA Vice-Chancellor of the Church of the Canon STANISLAW CARDINAL WESTERWALD Auditor of the Tribunal of the Church of the Canon JOSEF CARDINAL JORENUS Pontifical Secretary of the Church of the Canon ANTONIUS CARDINAL ARTORUS Prelate of the Priesthood of the Church of the Canon BRANDT CARDINAL ALBAROSA Pontifical Chamberlain of the Church of the Canon ODO CARDINAL GELIMAR Commandant of the Pontifical Guard CANONIST DIOCESES PATRIARCHATE OF JORENUS, THE HOLY SEE Encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and surrounding territories, to be shepherded by Patriarch Josef Cardinal Jorenus DIOCESE OF ANDRIKEV, encompassing all the lands east of the river Lahy, to be shepherded by Amleth Bishop Andrikev. DIOCESE OF WESTERWALD, encompassing all the lands west of the river Lahy, to be shepherded by Stanislaw Bishop Westerwald ARCHDIOCESE OF ALBAROSA Encompassing the eastern region of Aevos, including the lands of the United Kingdom of Aaun, the Commonwealth of Petra, and the surrounding territories, to be shepherded by Archbishop Brandt Cardinal Albarosa DIOCESE OF BURON, encompassing all the lands east of the mountains, to be shepherded by Francis Bishop Buron DIOCESE OF CITREA, encompassing all the lands west of Saint Daniel’s Crossing, to be shepherded by Callahan Bishop Citrea DIOCESE OF GELIMAR, encompassing all the lands west of the mountains, to be shepherded by Odo Bishop Gelimar ARCHDIOCESE OF ARTORUS Encompassing the central region of Aevos, including the lands of the Kingdom of Númendil, the Veletz League, and surrounding territories, to be shepherded by Archbishop Antonius Cardinal Artorus DIOCESE OF AQUILA, encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Númendil, to be shepherded by Pious Bishop Aquila DIOCESE OF ST. EMMA, encompassing the entirety of the League of Veletz, to be shepherded by Alexios Bishop St. Emma ARCHDIOCESE OF LOTHARIA Encompassing the south-western region of Aevos, including the lands of the Kingdom of Balian and surrounding territories, to be shepherded by Archbishop Matthias Cardinal Lotharia DIOCESE OF TYRIA, encompassing the entirety of the Kingdom of Balian, to be shepherded by Mattia Bishop Tyria. ☩ EST CYCLUS, NON MUTATIO ☩ IT IS A CYCLE, NOT CHANGE
  6. An Occult Ritual In the Cathedral of Albarosa Blessings and peace be upon GOD's faithful, I want to sketch you a picture of what I encountered today. Early in the morning, I got up and got dressed before walking to the Cathedral of the Four Exalted nextdoor for my morning prayer. Immediatly upon entering, something struck me as... off. Usually, after one of the deacons lights all of the candles in the cathedral upon nightfall, many of these candles will still be burning in the early morning. However when I entered today at twilight, the Cathedral was unusually dark. The only candles I could spot lit, were sets of candles in the wings of the cathedral, below various icons of Saints that hang there. As I wandered over to them instinctually, they seemed perfect normal at first. Then I was dumbfounded. The icons of Saints above the candles were not depicting real Saints at all. They depicted figures by the names of 'Zeer', 'Graiyon', 'Sylvester' and 'Harman'. Not knowing quite what to think of this, I stared at them for a moment before deciding I'd deal with it after morning prayer at the altar. As I approached the altar though in the first gloom of morning light coming through the vast stained glass window, I spotted something upon the ground before the altar. Upon closer inspection I suddenly found myself standing in the midst of a large occult pentacle; a daemonic five-pointed star symbol, and what's worse it seemed to be stained onto the tiles not with chalk or paint, but with blood. The gasp I made at my discovery must've been loud enough to startle the sleeping, because suddenly I heard a soft bleating coming from the moody corner behind the baptismal font. This bleat was soon answered by responding bleating from behind the altar and the sarcophagus, as a fivesome of horned goats made their presence apparent and approached me. Curious at first, but soon stubborn and aggressive, trying to attack me by headbutting. Five goats surrounded me then, as I stood on a pentacle of blood made before the altar in a cathedral with depictions of strange 'saints'. What has happened in this Holy building, this Home of GOD? What kind of occult ritualistic practices were committed here during the night and who is responsible? I will have these strange daemonic evils, these horned animalistic servants, the fake saints and the pentacle removed and purged, sure. I will also have the cathedral re-consecrated, sure. But who did this and why? I seek answers and aid, and for this I turn to GOD's faithful flock. If you have any information regarding who might be responsible for what happened or what kind of evil sorcery is at play here, please let me or any other members of the Church know. No evil may deface the House of the Lord unpunished, so let us work together on enacting GOD's justice. By the Grace of GOD, Signed, His Eminence Father Arnaud Constantine Novellen, Pontifical Vice-Chancellor, Cardinal of the Canonist Church, Archbishop of Albarosa, Bishop of Buron, Pastor of the Crownlands.
  7. CHURCH OF THE ESHTAELITES Issued at Year 141 of the Second Age With our most balanced clergy, the church of the Eshtaelites within Lurin is officially operational, capable of allowing people from all corners of the realm to gather within these sacred halls. Tended to by our most balanced clergy members, the church will be maintained to our most pure of standards. THE SEARCH FOR COMMUNITY Our worship of the two aenguls Eshtael and Tahariae is not uncommon for those of the older realms, we invite them to our humble church within Lurin to gather as a community as our decentralized reverence for these two aenguls is what drives us all. Clerics of old and curious folk of the realm are all welcome to visit and will be granted hospitality as long as one is well behaved. Our disconnect from the aenguls does not stop us from our reverence. ESHTAEL TENAS EKVILIBRON signed, Philliam Uialben, Eshtaelite of Lurin
  8. The First Lemon Harvest 16th of Tobias’ Bounty, in the year of our Lord, 1935 To the Good People of Canondom, Thanks to the contributions of the Canonist Faithful, Lemon Hill has been founded between the rivers Constance and Northflow. After years of hard work, our providence is made manifest. Upon its peak the Monastery of the Sacred Heart stands to serve as a true bastion of learning for all the land. Down its slopes our congregation now settles, tilling the fields, pursuing their crafts, and tending the lemon trees. To celebrate the coming harvest of lemons, the good people invite all the realm to come and sample the fruit of our labors. Be it our titular lemons, our patented brews, or our fine meals, all shall be provided in ample abundance to those who come. IN NOMINE DEI OOC: Saturday, July 29th, 3 PM EST
  9. Loss of a brother, in both faith, and blood. ✛THE HOLY INQUISITION✛ UT UNUS IN FIDE AS ONE IN FAITH With a heart heavy as the stone walls of the basilica I write this in, I, Ser Knight Inquisitor Galadin, do hereby proclaim the extinguishment of a brother's flame. Let it be known throughout the realms that I, with a sorrowful heart, must enact the decree of excommunication upon my own kin, Gavre Gaunt, severing all his ties to the sacred institution of the Churches’ Holy Inquisition, henceforth and forevermore. The mantle of an Inquisitor bears a heavy weight and demands a demeanor befitting of our divine LORD's laws. Alas, my very own flesh and blood hath defiled said sacred union. - By drawing his weapon upon the revered Patriarch of the grand Kingdom of Haense, Aleksandr the Second, Gavre Gaunt has dared to trespass upon the very precedent of safety and justice that the Inquisition ardently seeks to uphold throughout the lands. In a moment of lamentation, I uncovered these blasphemous acts. And as one of the few commanders of our Holy Inquisition, no justification can be found for such transgressions other than absolute banishment from our esteemed ranks. Furthermore, preceding the aforementioned acts, an incident unfolded within the realm of Balian. Gavre Gaunt dared to interrupt a rightful persecution sanctioned by the King, pitifully turning a blind eye to their orders and offering assistance to a vagrant soul. These grievous offenses, when culminated, have left me with no choice but to pass judgment upon Gavre Gaunt in the following manner—a bounty to be bestowed upon the first valiant soul who returns his officially issued 'Inquisitorial Saber,' for he is no longer deemed worthy to wield such a blade. As for his crimes, they are no longer within the purview of the Inquisition to address and dutifully have been passed on to those whom he hath wronged. Let this missive echo through the annals of history as a solemn reminder of the unyielding commitment we, the defenders of the faith, must maintain in our tireless pursuit of justice and righteousness. May the divine light guide us all in these turbulent times. IN DEI NOMINE, HOC DECRETUM SIT IMMUTABILE. IN THE NAME OF GOD, MAY THIS DECREE STAND IMMUTABLE. Lay beneath the missive, attached is a sketch and price; "50 mina, for the confiscations and submission of Gavre's Inquisitorial Issued Saber."
  10. The Lemon Charter, 1932 3rd of Tobias’s Bounty, in the year of our Lord, 1932. Let this charter stand as an eternal compact between God, Crown, and Faith. Upon it let Lemon Hill be established west of the River Constance and east of the River North Flow, a place and refuge for the Faithful of this world. The Parties The Church as represented by: His Holiness, Sixtus V The Holy Mother Church The Lemon Council The Order of the White Iris The Free Grange of Lemon Hill The United Kingdom of Aaun as represented by: The King of Aaun, James Leopold of Alstion The United Kingdom of Aaun Financial Clauses I. The United Kingdom of Aaun shall receive an amount of six-thousand standard minas from His Holiness and the Holy Mother Church, through the Free Grange of Lemon Hill, II. The United Kingdom of Aaun shall pay back in installments six-thousand standard minas to His Holiness and the Holy Mother Church, through the Free Grange of Lemon Hill, III. The Free Grange of Lemon Hill shall afford the upkeep and maintenance of Lemon Hill through taxes to the United Kingdom of Aaun only upon the fulfillment of Financial Clause II. Recognition Clauses I. The United Kingdom of Aaun and the King of Aaun shall recognize GOD as the sole Lord of Lemon Hill, II. The United Kingdom of Aaun and the King of Aaun shall recognize His Holiness and the Lemon Council as the government of the Free Grange of Lemon Hill, III. The United Kingdom of Aaun and the King of Aaun shall impose no nobility upon the Free Grange of Lemon Hill, IV. The United Kingdom of Aaun and the King of Aaun shall guarantee the free status of citizens in the Free Grange of Lemon Hill, V. The Free Grange of Lemon Hill shall recognize the King of Aaun as Majesty and suzerain. IN NOMINE DEI, His Holiness, Sixtus V, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon His Royal Majesty, James Leopold, by the Grace of God, King of Aaun, Prince of Alstion, Duke of Corazon and Balemena, Count of Enswerp and Whitespire, Protector of the Realm Ser Morgan of Angren, Protector of Lemon Hill Mother Lorina, Reverend Pastoress of Lemon Hill
  11. A confession. She couldn’t feel anything at first. Nor hear anything. Until suddenly it all came rushing to her, the roaring passing through her ears, the rapid thud of her heart. The grief clogging her throat. Sofia naturally had her suspicions. She never did believe him innocent in his trial originally. And now there had been another murder. This one her father. Their father. She tried for a moment, to remember a time when she thought of the man she shared a womb with, as her brother and her mind drew blank, hazy. What cruelty this was. He always did have a way of ruining everything, coddled until he couldn’t be no more. A feeling welled up, one familiar yet foreign. A moment of satisfaction. That she was right. He had dealt such pain to the family. That feeling soon left, though, favored by grief. Despite herself, she found she had occasionally missed the man she once called her brother. What would life had been like if he was not a psychopath? Could they have been close? The cliche of twins you may read within a novel? Or would it have been the same? And as that last feeling joined the rest, she felt nothing but vengeance come over her. If it were not for him, her father would be here this day. If it were not for him, the family wouldn’t have splintered as they grieved. Always, always if it were not for him.. Sofia de Pelear, daughter of Cesar and Laurelie de Pelear sat upon the pews of the church after having signed the Lorraine and bowed her head. And so she prayed, "DIOS, in your name I pray, free me from this grief and anger alike. This hatred I feel for who was once my twin. He took life from this world, that of my Padre and does not regret it. Vengeance may be a sin and yet, I feel it burning through me. Show me your light, your guidance. DIOS, I plead to tu deliver me from this pain and allow me to think with a clear mind and body. DIOS, in your name I pray. Amen.” A tear slid down her cheek, growing silent within the expanse of the church.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. ♰ 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!
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. [!] 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,
  23. 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. . . .
  24. 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.
  25. ✠ 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
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