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  1. Valkskej i Paraiso THE PARAISO AGREEMENT AGREED ON THIS 16TH OF MSITZA & DARGUND, 518 E.S. | 16TH OF AMBER COLD, 169 SA by KING ALEKSANDR II of HAENSE and VICEROY CESAR II of HYSPIA LET IT BE KNOWN, For their dedicated history and alliance, the Kongzem of Haense and the Viceroyalty of Hyspia have for decades come to each other's assistance. Having given the Viceroyalty of Hyspia independent rule, the Kongzem of Haense and the Viceroyalty of Hyspia shall henceforth set new terms as the realm of Mankind enters into a new era. Thus, under GOD and before MAN it is declared: I. THAT HENCEFORTH SHALL the Viceroyalty of Hyspia be relieved of their status as Protectorate and be given full status as a sovereign Principality. II. THAT HENCEFORTH SHALL the Principality of Hyspia and the Kongzem of Haense enter into a defensive pact to come to one another’s aid if either’s sovereignty is threatened. This pact shall not extend to offensive wars and conflicts. III. THAT HENCEFORTH SHALL the Principality of Hyspia and the Kongzem of Haense correspond and cooperate with one another on matters of Darkspawn and otherworldly threats. IV. THAT HENCEFORTH SHALL the Principality of Hyspia and the Kongzem of Haense recognize each other's claims upon their lands and borders. The Kongzem of Haense shall agree to recognizing the Principality of Hyspia’s claims of the badlands and the northern desert. The Principality of Hyspia shall agree to recognizing the Kongzem of Haense’s claims to the southern highlands and western midlands. V. THAT HENCEFORTH SHALL the provisions of this agreement hold binding and true for a period of sixteen years. VI. THAT HENCEFORTH SHALL Ramona de Pelear rule as Princess of Hyspia with the abdication of Cesar upon the signing of this treaty. SIGNED, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Aleksandr II, by the Grace of Godan, King of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Hochmeister of the Order of the Crow, Prince of Bihar, Dules, Lahy, Muldav, Slesvik, Solvesborg, and Ulgaard, Duke of Carnatia, and Vanaheim, Margrave of Korstadt, Rothswald, and Vasiland, Count of Alban, Alimar, Baranya, Graiswald, Karikhov, Karovia, Kaunas, Kavat, Kovachgrad, Markev, Nenzing, Siegrad, Torun, Toruv, Valdev, and Werdenburg, Viscount of Varna, Baron of Astfield, Buck, Esenstadt, Kraken’s Watch, Kralta, Krepost, Lorentz HER HIGHNESS, Ramona de Pelear, Princess of Hyspia, Duchess of Pariso Duke of Pacazu, Baroness of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lady of Ladorada, Lady of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Matriarch of House de Pelear HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy-Emeritus of Hyspia
  2. HERITAGE AND HISTORY The Necessity of Records and Research Edict Issued by the Viceroyal Crown 15th of Maria’s Peace, 91 D.R. [!] A Hyspian scholar drafting a thesis on behalf of the Hyspian Historical Institute. Time is an expanding concept. It progresses but never ceases in its journey. As the path of time is ever endless and infinite, a traveler must diverge from it to rest, perhaps permanently. Yet, even so, time shall continue to move forward. However, the legacy one leaves behind must not be lost upon the road. Rather, it should be recovered, engraved and forever recorded for future generations to learn and discover. Hyspia is more than a nation. It is a culture, a culture which has blossomed for decades and centuries long before the rule of De Pelear, and long before the establishment of La Dorada. La Ciudad de la Plata is one such example. It was considered the last established home of the Hyspian people in Almaris. Before that it was Niseep. And much before that: Osanora, Tierra Natal, and further beyond. All such settlements have their own histories and their own legacies. The origins of the Hyspian people, its establishment as a united culture also deserves such a legacy to be recorded in the annals of history. Thus, it is through this decree that the Hyspian Historical Institute shall form. Its mission shall be to record the traditions of the Hyspian community. It shall be open to all Hyspians scholars and beyond to further record our history, our beliefs, and our culture for the future generations to learn and take advice from as they continue to grow our nation and let it blossom further. This institution, sponsored by the Crown, invites all Hyspians who wish to record and research the rich history of the Hyspian people. Through this institution, Hyspian scholars may publish their many works and pursue their academic intiuitions for the betterment of educating the public of our history. May we honor our past and embrace the future, together. Honrar el pasado. Abrazar el futuro. Viva Hyspia. Con DIOS Avanzamos, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear HIS EXCELLENCY, Vicente Murietta II, Colonel of Hyspia, Caballero Comendador del Orden de Francisco, Scholar of the Hyspian Historical Institute
  3. Synod on Homophilic Matrimony Answering the Four Canonist Princes 8th of the Amber Cold, 168 S.A. Dear brothers and sisters in faith, Recently, Queen Catherine of Petra, Queen Sybille of Balian, Tar-Caraneth of Numendil and Viceroy Cesar of Hyspia published a declaration titled 'Four Canonist Princes on Marriage', which many of you will have undoubtedly read. To the relief of some and the disappointment of others, we hereby announce that the Canonist Church will not go along with the decision of these rulers. It is not their prerogative to make decisions on key elements of our faith such as which people can be joined together in the sacrament of matrimony, especially not considering that these "Four Canonist Princes" completely went behind the Church's back in this decision of theirs, save for the consultation of Monsignor Enrico Amadeus. As it stands, the Canonist Church does not condone homophilic matrimony - also known as 'same sex marriage'. It is a direct violation of Canon Law, as Book IV, Title I, Chapter 2. MATRIMONY of the Codex Iurius Canonici Danielus Pontifex clearly states: "The purpose of matrimony is the holy union of a man and a woman". This law is based in theology and scripture, and we deem Monsignor Enrico Amadeus' brief arguments in favor of homophilic matrimony to be insufficient as to argue against this law. Therefore the Four Canonist Princes are in violation of Canon Law and we would urge them to abide by God's law as interpreted and written by the church for many hundreds of years. Simultaneously we do however realize there is a strong desire among the Canonist flock to adress the topic of homophilic matrimony. We are therefore more than happy to discuss the subject, but since it is a religious affair, we do not wish it to be decided upon by secular laymen, but rather for it to be discussed in religious circles. We therefore announce that a Synod on Homophilic Matrimony is to be held within the coming years in the Synod Hall of the Holy See. This shall be the first Synod of the kind we are establishing in our rewriting of the Codex Iurius; namely a gathering of the entire priesthood to debate theology and matters of Church law. In other words, every ordained priest will be welcome and indeed urged to attend this Synod. There, this gathering of the priesthood may argue for or against the inclusion of homophilic matrimony on religious grounds based on scripture and tradition. A vote will then be held at the end of the Synod, in which the members of the priesthood will decide wether or not the Church is to allow this new kind of marriage. Granted there is a majority of the priesthood in favor of this reform, and their arguments for said reform are deemed religiously sound by us personally, Homophilic Matrimony will be legalized in Canon Law. Should there not be a majority of the priesthood in favor however, or the arguments made for such are deemed insufficient, it will be rejected. This, we find, is the proper way to effect or reject such a monumental change in the laws of our faith. In the meantime, the Holy Mother Church's official stance is that homophilic matrimony is illegal as a result of its contradiction of Canon Law. Until a decision has been made in favor of the topic by the Synod, the Church will not condone this kind of marriage, as it is currently deemed sinful, and we forbid our priests from officiating same-sex marriages. We hope that, while this may be a bitter disappointment for the supporters of the 'Four Canonist Princes on Marriage' declaration, people realize that these princes made false promises with said declaration, as they hold no authority to alter religious law, including what is and isn't allowed in terms of the Sacraments. The Synod on Homophilic Matrimony will be planned within the coming months to take place, preferably within the next two years, on a date suiting the majority of the priesthood. In the meantime we encourage debate on the topic by and between priests and laymen alike. Sincerely, His Holiness, Sixtus VI ☩ EST CYCLUS, NON MUTATIO ☩ IT IS A CYCLE, NOT CHANGE
  4. A FIFTH ROYAL NAMEDAY Of Rafael and Renata THE VICEROYAL HOUSEHOLD 11th of Javier’s Justice, circa 89 D.R. It is with immense joy that the Viceroyal family announces the fifth nameday celebrations of His Highness, Infante Rafael Arsenico and Her Highness, Infanta Renata Alba. They are of the first of their name, and we watch on to see the precedents they set for those to follow after them. The theme of the nameday celebrations is that of ‘A Night in Hyspia’, the meaning of such up to the attendees discretion, though heavily encouraged to come dressed in your best. The night will end with a sleepover for the children in attendance, so be sure to get your parents permission first! [A depiction of the celebrations to take place.] The Festivities The festivities will open with the introductions of the young royals to those in attendance, within the Palacio de Garisol. A series of tables will be set out, showcasing a series of different foods for the attendees to enjoy at their discretion, while a series of performances take place. Following this is a game of ‘Pin the Tail on the Bull’, the unveiling of a new game invented for this very day and the beating of the traditional Hyspian pinata! The night will close off with a sleepover in the palace, where it is encouraged to bring your best onesies to wear! For those seeking to bring gifts, the Infante Rafael is known to enjoy anything to do with fighting or to do with music and the Infanta Renata is known to love all things purple and anything that can lead to adventure. [Thursday, 5pm EST]
  5. 6th of Snow Maiden’s 166 SA 31/01/2024 ISSUED BY: THE OBSIDIAN THRONE ᛏᚺᛖ ᚷᚱᚨᚾᛞ ᚨᚲᚲᛟᚱᛞᛊ ᛏᚺᛖ ᚷᚱᚨᚾᛞ ᚨᚲᚲᛟᚱᛞᛊ YOTH BRATHMORDAKIN NA YOTH URGUAN ᛁᛟᚦ ᛒᚱᚨᚦᛗᛟᚱᛞᚨᚲᛁᚾ ᚾᚨ ᛁᛟᚦ ᚢᚱᚷᚢᚨᚾ Preamble The Grand Kingdom of Urguan and the Viceroyalty of Hyspia, hereinafter known as the Signatories, to establish stronger bonds and friendship amongst themselves, hereby Article I: Sovereignty The Signatories hereby acknowledge each other's claims and sovereignty to the lands they respectively hold within their jurisdiction. The Signatories agree to respect and acknowledge each other's laws, culture, as well as religion when inside each other's jurisdiction in their respective lands. They both recognize that citizens and occupants are subject to the laws in effect during visitation. The Signatories hereby agree that free passage of civilians between each other nations is to be granted. Article II: Defense The Signatories agree that no military action will be taken against any of their listed counterparts by any of their forces; this includes vassals and all endorsed factions under their jurisdiction. The Signatories will enforce a partnership between their domains and will not incite conflict among themselves or their allied forces. The Signatories pledge that they are willing to aid each other militarily if they are threatened. Should the nature of a conflict - in this case whether it is defensive or offensive - come into question or be unclear according to the assent’s agreed definition, both Signatories pledge to hold a summit in order to deliberate on a decision. They pledge to adhere to the consensus. Article III: Trade The Signatories shall be given privileged exchange of resources, goods, and economic commodities amongst their nations. The Signatories shall promise one another a tax-free stall to sell their wares. The Signatories pledge to take part in cultural exchanges between the nations’ citizens in order to broaden understanding in both domains. Texts, scrolls, knowledge, and scholars may be traded in such exchanges. The Signatories agree that Grand King Sigrun ‘UndeadSlayer’ Stonehammer shall be granted free beverages of choice upon any visit to the Viceroyalty of Hyspia Article IV: Darkspawn The Signatories agree to share their knowledge of any and all Darkspawn they may confront. They promise to lend any and all available resources to assist them in their fight against Darkspawn. They pledge to work together in the pursuit of this mutual goal. Article V: Duration This pact shall be in effect for twelve Saint’s Weeks. After the duration expires, the Signatories may reconvene to renew or renegotiate a new treaty. If this pact is violated, the pact will be declared void until further action is taken to re-implement the pact through proper diplomatic means. Signed, Sigrun ‘Undeadslayer’ Stonehammer Grand King of Urguan, Clan Father of The Stonehammers, Priest of Dungrimm, Hero of Dungrimm, Three-Time Grand Champion of Urguan. HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear HER HIGHNESS, Ramona Masiel de Pelear, Crown Princesa of Hyspia, Duchess of Pariso HIS LORDSHIP, Juan Fuentes, Esteemed Diplomat of Hyspia
  6. CLARIFYING THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS An Official Response from the Hyspian Crown Issued by the Viceroyal Crown 14th of Horen’s Calling, 87 D.R. LET IT BE KNOWN, The Viceroyalty of Hyspia does not approve nor endorse the actions of Alexander Llopis and the Hyspian medic. Both missives are not official documents from the government. Neither Alexander Llopis nor the Hyspian physician are members of the Viceroy’s Council. Neither of them approached the government regarding these matters. Posting bounties without the approval of the Hyspian Crown is against the law. Taking official action without consultation and consent from the Monarch and the Consejo, is henceforth a CRIME. Thus, Alexander Llopis, charged on two accounts, and by the order of His Highness, Cesar II, shall be: I. Suspended from all active service duties in the Orden de Francisco for four Saint’s Weeks. After suspension he may re-enlist into the Order at the discretion of the Colonel. However, he shall be required to participate in the defense of Hyspia when called upon, as a citizen militia during this time. II. Required to pay a two hundred mina fine for his actions. This fine is due within three Saint’s days. Failure to pay will result in imprisonment for five Saint’s Weeks. III. Required to rescind all bounties on the capture of Paladins and the Knights of Xan. Furthermore, the Hyspian physician who published such a scathing missive accusing the Paladins of theft, shall be censured. The Paladins have been granted access in Hyspia at the approval of the Viceroyal Crown. They had offered their assistance in investigating the recent Darkspawn attacks that had befallen Hyspian citizens. The Order of the Saint Jude of Holy Mother Church is also providing assistance in investigating the Darkspawn. The Viceroyalty of Hyspia DOES NOT endorse the persecution of Paladins. No charges, nor accusations are brought against them on behalf of Hyspia. The Knights of Xan are still permitted to enter within the territories of Hyspia to assist us against the darkspawn threat. Signed, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear
  7. Proceso Legal de Recompensas The Due Processes of Bounties Issued by the Viceroyal Crown 13th of Francisco’s Resolve, 86 D.R. PREAMBLE [!] A man in the foreground being escorted to earn his reward, while a captured felon is thrown into the dungeon Let it be known, that the Due Process of Law and the legalities of Bounties shall be codified in this document for the betterment of Hyspian society. ON THE LEGALITY OF BOUNTIES Article I - Application I.01 - Any Hyspian may submit a bounty request to both the Colonel and Justiciero. This request will be looked over by both parties, and its justification will be given review. I.02 - Foreign entities may also submit their national bounties to the Colonel and Justiciero, to have them recognized and enforced within the lands of Hyspia. I.03 - If the Colonel and Justiciero agree on the bounty being justified, it will be submitted to the Hyspian Crown. The Crown has the final say, and does not need to give reasoning for why they approve or deny a bounty to any party. I.04 - If one submits a bounty request for means that are considered tedious and a waste of resources, the submitter will be charged a 50 mina fine for Fraud and Waste of Hyspian Resources. I.05 - Any bounty that has followed the above process is considered legal in the eyes of the Justiciero and the Viceroy. Article II - Enforcement II.01 - Any Hyspian may act on a bounty that has been published by the Hyspian Crown. III.01 - All legal bounties shall be posted on the second floor of the tavern. These bounties shall be monitored and maintained by the Orden De Francisco. II.02 - To claim a reward on the bounty, provide proof of the completion of the bounty to the Colonel of the Orden De Francisco. This can take whatever form necessary from the bounty. If multiple individuals claim the bounty as a group, the reward shall be split between the group. Article III - False Bounties III.01 - A false bounty is any bounty that has not been validated by the Colonel and Justiciero, and has not been approved by the Viceroy. III.02 - A false bounty is considered a Minor Felony in the eyes of the Law. III.03 - Any who post a false bounty will have 3 saints days to begin the legal process, before they are prosecuted for their actions. III.04 - Any who publish a false bounty within the territorial lands of Hyspia shall and can be charged to the maximum penalty a Minor Felony holds. They will also be fined the amount that the bounty is worth. III.04.01 - Those who act on a false bounty shall be charged the crimes they committed when acting on the bounty. III.05 - Any who publish a False Bounty shall be barred from claiming rewards from bounties for 5 saint weeks after their punishment. III.06 Any bounties that have been published before this memorandum are hereby unrecognized by the Viceroy and their council, and must go through the due process to be deemed legitimate. Signed, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear HIS VICEROYAL EXCELLENCY, Sergio Harold Othaman, Gran Canciller de Hyspia, Lord Minister of His Highness’ Government HIS EXCELLENCY, Demitrey Denodado, Viscount of Banderas, Baron of Sevilla, Justiciero de Hyspia, Oficial de Imigracion, Patriarch of House Denodado, Captain of the Opal Odyssey
  8. The Fuentistas Resolve Scribed by Prescott Sands [!] Artist depiction of Jose Fuentes during his bout of illness. It has been three years since I’ve been left bedridden due to a bout of sudden illness that was plagued upon me after the Battle of Westmark. Since that time, there have been many things that I’ve disagreed with, but cannot find myself able to act upon due to my unstable condition. For this, I apologize for my inability to properly bear my duties as the Margrave of Coracoa. Yet now I will not bite my tongue. The recent accusations against the Paladins of Xan, a faithful ally of the Mother Church in their crusade against darkspawn, is blasphemous. Nonetheless, putting a bounty on faithful allies of the Church is simply irresponsible of the Regiment, though it seems this action was done by a militia. I can assure you that the Colonel, my brother Pedro Fuentes, would never go as far as to do such a heretical action. Thus, I, Jose Fuentes, hereby demand these actions to ensure that Hyspia’s reputation will not be tarnished: I. House Fuentes and their followers, henceforth called ‘Fuentistas’, demand the removal of the bounty on the Paladin accused of trespassing and burglary. II. House Fuentes and the Fuentistas ask the Crown for a report to be published based on the findings of possible Darkspawn lying in wait in Hyspia. III. House Fuentes and the Fuentistas ask for a formal apology to be issued to the Paladins of Xan for the slander done on behalf of government representatives. If these demands aren’t met, the Fuentistas will begin a series of protests that will negatively impact the region. This includes, but is not limited to; Refusal of taking up arms, Refusal to pay taxes, Refusal to do duties within the nation. This will not stand. Signed, 𝔍𝔬𝔰𝔢 𝔉𝔲𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔢𝔰 Margrave of Coracoa, Knight of Hyspia
  9. LEYES DE LA NOBLEZA The Laws of Hyspian Nobility Issued by the Viceroyal Crown 13th of Francisco’s Resolve, 86 D.R. PREAMBLE [!] The Hyspian nobility, socializing with the Hyspian Crown Nobility is an esteemed privilege within Hyspian society. Since its foundation, Hyspia has had countless patriots who spent their lives bettering the nation and her people. In response, the Crown recognized these actions and awarded titles, peerages, and honors in recognition of their efforts. To be a noble means to hold an aristocratic title awarded by the Crown of Hyspia. A noble of Hyspia is considered to have more rights and responsibilities than the common Hyspian citizen. Thus, such rights and responsibilities must be enumerated: THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF NOBILITY Article I - On Ennoblement I.01 - The Hyspian crown may solely grant titles and ennoble citizens. Their titles shall be officialized in court or through a royal letter. Ennobled citizens shall be known as Nobleza, or Nobility. I.02 - The class of Nobleza shall fall under nonhereditary Honorary Noblezas or hereditary Peerage. I.03 - The Hyspian Crown may solely revoke titles and peerage of the Nobleza. Such an act must be done with just cause. Article II - On Peerage II.01 - Peerage is defined within this document as hereditary titles granted to families who have shown exceptional patriotism, loyalty, and contributions to Hyspian society. III.01 - A Peerage shall be granted to families with four or more members. At least one of the members must be of the next generation. II.02 - The head of the ennobled household shall be known as a Peer of the realm. II.03 - The Peer of the realm may name an heir for their Peerage. However, the heir must be that of an immediate family member who shares a direct bloodline to the Peer’s family. II.04 - The Peer must name their heir in a will which must be given to the Hyspian Crown through the Justiciero’s department. The will must be written before the Peer’s passing or abdication. II.05 - If an heir is not named within a will then succession of the Peerage shall be determined through Absolute Primogeniture, where the eldest child of the Peer shall inherit the titles as heir presumptive. If the Peer does not have any children, then the eldest surviving immediate relative [sibling, father/mother, uncle/aunt] of the Peer’s direct bloodline shall inherit. II.06 - If no legitimate inheritance can be established, then the Hyspian Crown may determine the fate of the Peerage at its own discretion. II.07 - A regency of the Peerage may be established through the Hyspian Crown’s discretion. II.08 - The Hyspian Crown may grant honorary titles to the Peer at the Crown’s discretion. Such titles may be hereditary or nonhereditary at the Crown’s discretion. II.09 - The Peers of the realm shall be given the right to have up to a maximum of five house guards. All house guards must be oathed into the Orden de Francisco and must swear fealty to the Hyspian Crown. II.10 - The Hyspian Crown reserves the right to call the house guards of the Peers into service when required. II.11 - The Peers of the realm shall be granted land known as Haciendas based on their noble rank. The Peers may build their keep, castle, fort or any other form of home for their family, extended relatives and guests. II.12 - The size of Haciendas granted to the Peers shall be determined based on rank: A Baronía shall receive 1600 [40 x 40] acres of land. A Vizcondado shall receive 3600 [60 x 60] acres of land. A Condado shall receive 8100 [90 x 90] acres of land. A Ducado shall receive 14400 [120 x 120] acres of land. II.13 - Peers must inform the Hyspian Crown and the Ministerio de la Patria of their construction plans within their Hacienda. II.14 - The Hyspian Crown has authority to deny or approve construction plans within a Peer’s Hacienda. However, just cause must be given for a denial. II.15 - Certain exceptions to the laws regarding land for Peers may be made at the Hyspian Crown’s discretion. Article III - On the Obligations of Peers III.01 - All Peers shall swear fealty to the Hyspian Monarch once they have been granted Peerage, or, if once a successive legitimate monarch takes the throne. III.02 - All Peers must rally their banners in support of Hyspia and her Crown. III.03 - Peers must have at least two members of their family serving the government, courts or the military in some official capacity. III.04 - Peers or their families must host an event within Hyspia at least once every three Saint’s Weeks. III.05 - A Peer may not move their family to another realm without express approval from the Hyspian Crown. If in the event of emigration, all titles belonging to the Peer shall be relinquished to Crown, unless otherwise expressly exempted by the Hyspian Crown. Article IV - On Honorary Nobleza IV.01 - Honorary Nobleza is defined within this document as nonhereditary titles granted to a citizen for their patriotism, loyalty and valued contributions to Hyspia. They may also be known as an Honorary Noble. IV.02 - Through the Hyspian Crown’s sole discretion, a citizen may be ennobled as an Honorary Nobleza. IV.03 - All titles belonging to the Honorary Nobleza shall remain with them to their grave. IV.04 - Only the citizen ennobled as an Honorary Nobleza shall receive all the privileges enumerated in Article IV. The Honorary Nobleza’s family shall receive the benefit of Article V Clause 3 [V.03]. IV.05 - Honorary Nobleza may not own land unless otherwise stated by the Hyspian Crown. IV.06 - Honorary Nobleza must swear their fealty to the Hyspian Crown. IV.07 - In the event an Honorary Nobleza emigrates from the realm of Hyspia, their honorary titles shall be dissolved by the Crown. Article V - On the Privileges of Noblezas V.01 - All Noblezas shall be given the privilege to an audience with the Hyspian Monarch. V.02 - All Noblezas shall be addressed by their honorific titles and with respect in a formal setting. V.03 - All Noblezas shall receive protection for themselves, their family, and their Haciendas by the Hyspian Crown. Signed, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear HIS VICEROYAL EXCELLENCY, Sergio Harold Othaman, Gran Canciller de Hyspia, Lord Minister of His Highness’ Government HIS EXCELLENCY, Demitrey Denodado, Viscount of Banderas, Baron of Sevilla, Justiciero de Hyspia, Oficial de Imigracion, Captain of the Opal Odyssey
  10. [!] Flyers have been found about Hyspia . . . The Murietta family is a simple family that pours themselves into their work, having learnt to be jacks-of-all-trades in their humble way of life. It is in this that they offer their work for a small fee, the common family residing within Hyspia where the sound of a hammer pounding or the scent of something baked often seeps out of their household. Vicente Murietta II work lies in the chopping of wood, mining of ores and various repairs and projects as needed. Should furniture need to be moved? He is your man! Hiring him is but a simple bird away, making your day that much easier. Mariposa Murietta, the wife of the beloved construction worker, skills lie elsewhere. Whether catering to Hyspian feasts, aiding in the planning of Quinceaneras, the decorating of one’s home or the cleanliness of one’s household, she is your woman! The work offered is not kept to these alone, for the Murietta Rouseabout accepts all sorts of odd jobs for but a small fee - to be discussed between consumer and customer! Contact Vicente [Ragnarakajavvy] or Mariposa [tadabug2000] today!
  11. THE GRAND HEIR Issued by the Viceroyal Crown The Blessed Break of Dawn DIOS grants his most esteemed followers many blessings on this day in Hyspia. On the 17th of Owyns Wake, 86 D.R. the Crown of Hyspia is granted the joy to announce the birth of the next heir of the farfolk. The Birth of a Royal Heir It brings the crown great joy to share Crown Princess Ramona, and Crown Prince Consort Dimitri's first born child, and heir to the nation and its holdings. Her Royal Highness, Santana Leya Ramona Ileana Sofiya, Gran Princesa of Hyspia @teeylin The newest addition to the great nation was baptized in the church of Blessed Francisco, soon after the royal child was brought to the Hyspian courts, officially announcing her heirship and the promise of a bright future. May DIOS bless and guide her. Signed, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, Ramona Masiel de Pelear Crown Princesa of Hyspia, Duchess of Pariso HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, Dimitri Otto of Korvia Crown Prince-Consort of Hyspia, Duke-Consort of Pariso
  12. THE RIPENING OF THE DATE TREE Changes to the Consejo Issued by the Viceroyal Crown on the 15th of Carlos' Strength, 85 D.R. [!] The Consejo of Hyspia in session, taking petitions from the populace. Introduction El Rio de Zafiro, the river of sapphires continues to flow beside the city of La Dorada. It shall never cease unless the Almighty wills it. His Highness’s council shall follow the same principle. Amidst recent changes within the Consejo, the Viceroyal Crown sees it fit to issue an edict regarding renovation to the Consejo’s structure and new appointments to certain positions: Canciller del Pais The role of Canciller del Pais, a position held by Erland Maor until his disappearance, has been dissolved by the order of the Viceroy. Henceforth the office of the Canciller del Pais and all diplomatic departments shall fall within the Gran Canciller’s domain. Colonel In the recent retirement of Ser Jose, the Viceroyal Crown has found it fitting that Pedro Fuentes take on the mantle of Colonel de Hyspia. A promising tactician in his own right, Senor Pedro may lead Hyspia’s armies to victory just as his elder brother had done before him. May DIOS grant him strength. Canciller de la Patria The role of Canciller de la Patria shall be bestowed upon Ivonne Llopis, following the departure of Sir Laurens Halcourt. We wish Senor Laurens the very best in his future endeavors. Chamberlain Crown Prince-Consort Dimitri Otto shall assume a position on His Highness’ council as the Corte de Girasol’s Chamberlain. He shall bring life and love to our Corte de Girasol under the oversight of the Vicereine to run the courts in her stead. The Crown believes these adjustments will contribute to the continued success and efficiency of the Viceroy’s Consejo. We extend our gratitude to all members for their unwavering dedication to our shared vision. Signed, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear HIS VICEROYAL EXCELLENCY, Sergio Harold Othaman, Gran Canciller de Hyspia, Lord Minister of His Highness’ Government
  13. THE UNION OF Elaina Von Berkhoven and Josef Karl Denodado Acciones, No Palabras "Though the spring flower withers and the fruit of the tree falls to the ground, my word lasts into the eve of the world, and the fruit of virtue cannot rot" (Virtue 3:2) [!] A painting of Josef Karl Denodado and Elaina Von Berkhoven A History of Companionship The seeds of the bride and groom's relationship started when they were just pen pals, writing letters to each other before the start of the eternal freeze in the kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. As time passed, Josef gained the confidence to brave the harsh chold to visit his childhood friend, Elaina, at her home in the Ducal territory of Reinmar. After years of fantastic friendship, Elaina asked josef for a courtship, having been given the blessing of the then Baron Denodado. The pair courted for 6 years, until while in the tavern of La Dorada, Elaina stood up from her chair after a nice meal and took a knee to propose to Josef and proclaim her eternal love. Though taken aback in surprise and tears of joy falling from his cheeks, Josef answered joyously with an excited "Yes!" During and after the attack on La Dorada by an unknown force of the undead, Lord Josef stayed by his love's side through it all. He cared for her with everything he had when Elaina Von Berkhoven had lost her forearm from the attack. Nothing has stopped this pairs love in any capacity, despite everything that has happened to the duo since they first met. Event Itinerary The Wedding and Reception The awaited wedding will then take place within the Church of Blessed Francisco, joining the two in matrimony. Upon the end, a reception will be held within the Tavern. Wedding of Elaina von Berkhoven and Josef Karl Denodado We of the Vicomital House of Denodado and the Common House of Berkhoven wish to invite those in attendance to the merriment of matrimony between Miss Elaina von Berkhoven and Lord Josef Karl Denodado after seven blessed years of courting! DATE 17th of Horens Calling, 84 Formal Invitations are Sent to: His Highness, Cesar II, of Hyspia and his Viceroyal Pedigree His Highness, Alexander II, of Hanseti-Ruska and his Royal Pedigree Her Majesty, Lenora Jusmia, of Vortice and her Royal Pedigree His Princely Grace, Alfred Barclay, Duke of Reinmar and his Noble Pedigree The Most Honourable, Ser Sterling Whitewood, Marquis of Lotusgrad and his Noble Pedigree The Honourable, Walter Weiss, Viscount of Novkursain and his Noble Pedigree Her Ladyship, Laurissa, Lady-Magister of the District of the Sorcerous Path and her Noble Pedigree The Honourable, Demitrey Denodado, Viscount of Banderas and his Noble Pedigree Her Ladyship, Eir Maor, Baroness of Montenno and her Noble Pedigree His Lordship, Ser Laurens Henri Halcourt d'Artois, Baron of Campagnon and his Noble Pedigree Mister Wilhelm Von Berkhoven and his Familia Landsers Von Reinmar and their Familia The Citizenry of Hyspia The Citizenry of Hanseti-Ruska Personal Invitations are Sent to: Ser Fredrich Ludovar and his Familia Mister Alexander Llopis and his Familia Mister Jose Fuentes and his Familia Mister Pym Volkov and his Familia Miss Nemea Ke Kai'len and her Familia Mister Cassian De Silva Reyes and his Familia Signed, Josef Karl Denodado Elaina Von Berkhoven Demitrey Denodado, Viscount of Banderas, Baron of Sevilla, Justiciero of Hyspia, Oficial de Imigracion, captain of the Obsidian Pearl.
  14. EDICTO DE MONTENNO Issued by the Viceroyal Crown 12th of Horen’s Calling, 84 D.R. Con DIOS Comenzamos, It is with a heavy heart that the Viceroyal Crown acknowledges the disappearance of Erland Maor within these turbulent times. Thus, the Viceroyal Crown of Hyspia sees it fit to act upon this news: I. House Maor shall be stripped of their peerage. The Barony of Montenno shall henceforth be revoked from House Maor and returned to the Viceroyal Crown. II. Lady Eir Maor shall receive the honorary and non-hereditary title of La Dama de Nuecion for her steadfast loyalty and contributions to Hyspia. Lady Eir Maor shall keep this title to her grave. We hope that House Maor may regain its bearings. But in the meantime, amidst the disappearance and inactivity of most of the family, the Viceroyal crown sees fit to issue this edict. Con DIOS Avanzamos, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Baron of Montenno, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear
  15. EDICTO DE SERRIA Issued by the Viceroyal Crown 12th of Horen’s Calling, 84 D.R. Con DIOS Comenzamos, Let it be known to all citizens of Hyspia that in recognition of the valiant and steadfast strides undertaken by certain individuals within the realm, the Viceroy of Hyspia does hereby grant and declare unto the following titles, and recognition amongst the most steadfast citizens: I. In recognition of his bravery, loyalty and contributions to the Franciscan Order, Ser Jose Fuentes shall receive the honorary and non-hereditary title of the Margrave of Coracoa. Margrave Jose Fuentes shall keep this title to his grave. II. In recognition of their steadfast loyalty and contributions to the realm, House Denodado shall henceforth have their peerage elevated to the Vizconde of Banderas. House Denodado shall continue to keep the Barony of Sevilla as an honorary title. May our beloved citizens of Hyspia continue to prosper, evermore. Con DIOS Avanzamos, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Baron of Montenno, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear
  16. EL MINISTERIO DE LA PATRIA “THE MINISTRY OF THE HOMELAND” (Otherwise known as the Ministry of the Interior) Issued by His Excellency the Canciller de la Patria, Sir Laurens Halcourt On the 5th of Carlos’s Strength, 161 S.A. Section I: PURPOSE: The Ministerio del Patria of the Viceroyalty of Hyspia is responsible for ensuring that all Hyspians find their way to the Hyspian lands and promoting residency uptake in the Capital. They are also responsible for maintaining architectural standards in and outside of the Capital city, throughout the Crownlands. Through the use of immigration initiatives, they are to be the face of recruitment and act as secretaries of great prowess concerning growing our populous. The office shall also be responsible for conducting and maintaining the Hyspian census. Section II: RANKS: The Canciller de la Patria, also called the Ministro del Patria is the head of the Ministry. They sit on the Viceroy’s Consejo ultimately concerning themselves with matters of border security, infrastructural improvements, and recruitment as well as running the Hyspian Census. The Deputy Canciller is the second in command to the Canciller de la Patria and acts with their command when they are not present. They aid and advise on the administration of the Ministerio. Agentes de Immigracion are charged with the recruitment of citizens and the security of the Hyspian borders. Arquitectos are builders hired by the Ministerio to aid in infrastructure improvements and other building tasks. Signed, HIS EXCELLENCY, Sir Laurens ‘the Unwavering’ Halcourt d’Artois, Canciller de la Patria, the Barón du Campagnon, Patriarch of the House of Halcourt, Cabo del Regimiento de Hyspia, Chanzlé-Emeritus of the Commonwealth, Hero of the Petra, Knight of the Hawthorn, Protector of the Auvergnians
  17. Ryba, It has been 10 years since you left your children in my care, with no regard for their safety, or their lives. 10 years since you shouted at me for how you hated our family, and how you were forced to live the life you chose for yourself. 10 years since I went to the courts of Aaun and gained guardianship of the children you had abandoned. 10 years since you threatened my life for attempting to form a healthy familial relationship with your new wife. 10 years since you ran away with said wife to a small village. 10 years since you abandoned your post in the Marian Retinue. 10 years since you ran away from your responsibilities, your family, and those you hold dear with no explanation. I was holding out hope that you would return. I wanted to tell you that your son, Aleksandr, is now married and has four beautiful children, the oldest of which is now 6. I wanted to share with you my son's engagement. I wanted to share with you my daughter's countless victories in battle, I wanted to share a cup of tea with you, and tell you how much you have missed since you had left. But you never wrote, nor ever showed your face in Haense or Hyspia. It is for these reasons that you, Ryba, are hereby disowned from our House. Ryba, your name from this point forth, should you ever go by a name that is not your wife's, shall be Ryba the Black. Signed, Baron of Sevilla, Justiciero of Hyspia, Oficial De Imigracion, Captain of the Obsidian Pearl
  18. Department of the Justiciero The Judicial Department of the Viceroyalty of Hypsia Issued by the Office of the Justiciero 15th of Maria’s Peace, 82 N.R. El Departmento De Justicia [!] A prosecutor would be in the middle of stating his case against the defendant, while a scribe writes down what he says Structure Justiciero Current Justiciero: Demitrey Denodado @Nymstra The Justiciero is the head of El Departamento De Justicia in Hyspia. They are in charge of organizing and running trials within the lands of Hyspia, along with delegating tasks to their Prosecutors and Investigators. He or She is also in charge of charging citizens with crimes, or allowing citizens to charge others with crimes when deemed necessary. When a person is charged with a crime in the lands of Hyspia, a document is created and passed on to the Prosecutors and Investigators. The Justiciero assigns a Prosecutor and an Investigator to work the case. The case file originally starts with a rough outline of what both parties must complete before the court hearing. Prosecuters Current Prosecutors: Rheya @scoobi N/A Prosecutors are tasked with writing the formal argument as to why the person charged with a crime is guilty of this crime. Their job is to convince the Viceroy, through the court hearing, that the defendant is guilty, by using the evidence given to them by the Investigator. A prosecutor will fill out their argument into their case file before the court hearing, so that it may be provided to the Viceroy. A Prosecutor is not allowed to take mina from anyone affiliated with the defendant. A prosecutor is not allowed to break the Law in order to prove to the Viceroy that the defendant is guilty Investigators Current Investigators: N/A N/A Investigators are tasked with investigating a crime that has happened in the nation of Hyspia. This can be caused by being instructed by the Viceroy, Justiciero, or a Citizen that a crime has occurred. The investigator will look into the incident and provide their findings to the Justiciero. If a crime has indeed occurred and the Justiciero pushes forward with a formal court case, the Investigator will provide all of the evidence that they have collected into the case file provided by the Justiciero. An investigator is allowed to question individuals about an incident as they see fit. An investigator is not allowed to break the Law in order to gain evidence. EN EL NOMBRE DE DIOS, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear HIS VICEROYAL EXCELLENCY, Sergio Harold Othaman, Gran Canciller de Hyspia, Lord Minister of His Highness’ Government HIS EXCELLENCY, Demitrey Denodado, Justiciero de Hyspia, Baron of Sevilla, Oficial de Imigracion
  19. Princess Verónica Weiss Circa 147 S.A. Verónica had been within the courtyard of the Valdev palace before they had gone to meet with their allies on the battlefield. She kept to herself on the side, a knot in her gut. She watched as everyone was chummy with each other. She didn’t offer much in terms of conversation with anyone, it wasn’t that she was being offensive, it was just that those there would rather interact with others. This was her normal, and she had accepted that. Granted, earlier in the day, she spoke with Mikhail and had a rather touching conversation with him. Other than that, she wordlessly went along with everyone as they headed out. During the Battle of the Westmark, Verónica had fought along her fellow soldiers with pride, helping slay the Veletzian foes where she could, and following orders within the ranks. She had been struck by a lance on a retreat called, which had knocked the wind out of her, reducing her stamina for the rest of the fight due to her age.. Yet she pressed on. During one of the times they had fallen back into the treeline, she found herself next to Mikhail Valkonen- offering him a reassuring nod that they were going to be all right in the end. That they were going to make it out alive.. Oh how wrong she had been on her end. Within the heat of the battle, an unknown Veletzen soldier ended up setting their eyes upon Koneas Amaya. Verónica had dutifully stayed as close as she could to her queen, on the field, this allowed her to see the attack attempt. She made her way over; quickly taking action. She raised her Princessa Fatal, a blade made for her by Demitrey Denodado, the sword being her go-to weapon. Her blade parried the long sword of the Veletzen’s, having swung it to her right. The two were mostly left alone as the war waged on around them. With her no longer being a spring chicken, she was easily slain, not having the ability to back up fast enough as the enemy soldier brought their blade up and slit her throat. The red liquid sprayed out like a fountain and covered them as the enemy set out to join their allies. Verónica hit the ground with a thud, time had slowed for her as her life flashed before her eyes. She lay in a pool of crimson that started to gather around her and sink into the earth below. After the battle had been lost, both sides were able to claim their dead. A young Konrad Stafyr had found the Princess’s body first. He screamed out “NO!” in a disdained and agonized voice that carried across the gore-filled field. His cry caught the attention of the now-dead woman's niece. Rosalind Valkonen who now knelt across from Konrad as he took her helmet off, praying that it wasn’t who he thought it was.. Once his fears had been concerned. He desperately attempted to find a pulse in a panicked state. None was found.. Rosalind gingerly did her best to clean Verónica’s paled face off before they could get her out of there and returned to her family Verónica awoke within the seven skies. Her joints didn’t ache and she felt young again.. Her hair was longer than it had in years, she enjoyed her long hair and her face and body were no longer scarred. Before she knew what was really happening, she was walking through a set of pearly gates with others around her who had also fallen during the battle. She ended up stopping at the group that was there for her. To greet her in the seven skies. Finally understanding where she was. Verónica started to weep “No!” She exclaimed in what was utter defeat, crying sheer agony on the spot. Her mother, Laurelie wrapped the newly deceased in a hug “It is alright bebé” she shared in an attempt to comfort her “Ea did niet even get to say goodbye-” she whimpered back in dismay “Ea.. did niet get to say goodbye..” she repeated. Joining everyone within the seven skies should have been a happy occasion but for Veronica. In that moment, it was nothing but a feeling of sheer defeat. Princess Verónica Frisketa Isabella Maria Lucia Elisabetta Weiss died in the Battle of Westmark on the 10th of the Grand Harvest, 159 of the Second Age. Verónica leaves behind, her husband. Four children, two daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. Please do not meta-game these letters. Each character listed would be given an envelope that was sealed with spring green wax stamped with the Weiss lion, instead of a sun behind it, there was a lightning bolt. Audo Walter Karl Viktor Martina Mikhail Rosalind Raelle Marian Sofia Y’vette Cesar Demitrey Amaya Roui Konrad Glorier Nova Amethyst
  20. PROCEDIMIENTOS JUDICIALES The Judicial Process of the Viceroyalty of Hypsia Issued by the Office of the Justiciero 15th of FRANCISCO'S RESOLVE, 80 D.R. Procedimientos Judiciales [!] Court underway in the courthouse of Hyspia, where a defendant pleads their case. Judicial Proceedings Legal Practices and Ethics The Legal Practices and Ethics of the Viceroyalty of Hyspia have a complex and hierarchical system of governance and justice, based on a series of reciprocal rights and obligations between individuals, with the structure of the overseeings of judicial proceedings. The Rights and Duties of the Viceroy The rights and duties of the Viceroy are as follows: Preside over legal proceedings; ensure fairness; appoint the Gran Canciller and Justiceiro; maintain law and order; adjudicate disputes; protect his subjects regardless of their social status. The importance of the Viceroy is to ensure that justice is accessible to all. ---- The Rights and Duties of the Gran Canciller The rights and duties of the Gran Canciller are as follows: Act on behalf of the Viceroy in his absence; provide legal advice in accordance with the law; preside over trials in the absence of the Viceroy or Justiceiro; advise the Viceroy; uphold the law, ensuring fairness and justice and protection of the Viceroy’s interests. ---- The Rights and Duties of the Justiciero The Rights and duties of the Justiciero are as follows: Preside over trials by ensuring fair conduct in line with the law; interpret and apply the law; issue rulings; control court proceedings by ensuring fairness and impartiality; weigh and evaluate evidence; instruct lower judges; render judgments, sentencing, and remedies; record court proceedings; apply precedent and uphold the Law and the Viceroy’s interests. ---- Manorial Court of the Viceroyalty of Hyspia A manor court with a local judicial and administrative institution held by the Viceroy of Hyspia to settle disputes among the citizens of Hyspia. Decisions of this court are based on local customs and traditions, typically used with the purpose of local justices, land tenure and property matters, collecting dues and fees, administrative functions, enforcing customary law, mediating disputes and documenting trials. The Burden of Proof Burden of Proof is a fundamental principle in the legal system of the Viceroyalty of Hyspia, The Burden of Proof refers to the responsibility of a party in a legal dispute to provide sufficient evidence to establish their case. Different stands of Proof depend on the type of legal proceedings, detailed below. Civil and Criminal Cases apply to the Burden of Proof with different standards. In both criminal and civil cases, the plaintiff bears the burden of proving the defendant's guilt. In criminal cases, the prosecution must prove their case ‘beyond a reasonable doubt.’ This is the highest standard of proof in the legal system and means that the evidence must be so strong that there is no reasonable doubt about the defendant’s guilt. ‘Preponderance of the evidence’ is typically identified as the burden of proof. This means that the prosecutor must show that it is more likely than not that their claims are true. The evidence provided must be clear and convincing, especially so in cases of fraud or civil liberties. In cases of bigger crimes, this form of evidence may fall between the preponderance of the evidence and beyond a reasonable doubt standard, requiring a higher level of proof than standard civil burdens. The Legal Proceedings of Hyspia may employ legal presumptions that can affect the Burden of Proof. These are assumptions made by the court unless proven otherwise. The role of the Justiciero has a significant role in determining which party carries the Burden of Proof and instructing the Viceroy on the applicable standard of proof. The Justiciero’s responsibility is to evaluate the evidence presented and determine whether the Burden of Proof has been met. Consequences of failing to meet the Burden of Proof may be decided in favor of the opposing party. If requested, another trial may be presented or a Trial By Combat may be pleaded, but can be rejected by the Justiciero or Viceroy of Hyspia. Pre-Trial At the beginning of a trial, a case initiation will be instituted upon arrest or filed complaint of the accused. This will conduct a charging of the defendant and will initiate a lawsuit or prosecution. ---- The parties involved have the right to exchange pleadings. These documents outline the allegations and defenses in the case. ---- Both sides will engage in the discovery process, where they gather and exchange evidence. This will involve dispositions, interrogations, requests for documents, or other means of obtaining information. Other means may involve testing of darkspawn and other warrants of arrest from other cities. ---- Parties may file pre-trial motions to address legal issues or seek certain rulings from the court. These motions can include motions to dismiss, motions to limine or motions for summary judgment. ---- Parties often engage in settlement discussions or negotiations to resolve the case without going to trial. Settlement can occur at any time during the pretrial process. ---- Pre-trial conferences can be informal meetings between the presiding judge and the parties involved to discuss the status of the case. The judge may also address procedural matters and evidentiary issues. ---- Motions of Limine are requests that the judge exclude specific evidence from the trial, typically for legal or evidential reasons. ---- Preparing trial exhibits is not mandatory but is preferred for each party to prepare physical evidence, documents, and exhibits they intend to present at trial. These exhibits should be organized and labeled for easy reference during the trial. ---- Parties identify and prepare witnesses they plan to call at trial. Subpoenas may be issued to ensure the attendance of witnesses who may be reluctant to testify voluntarily. ---- Trial briefs will be conducted before the trial to help the presiding judge understand the case better. These will be outlining the legal and factual issues, arguments, and case law relevant to their positions. ---- Any unresolved pre-trial motions may be argued and decided by the Justiciero or Viceroy. Trial Opening Statements The plaintiff or prosecution will begin their opening statement that will be followed by the defense. During opening statements, each side provides an overview of their case and what they intend to prove. Presentation of Evidence The plaintiff of the prosecution presents their case by calling witnesses and introducing evidence. The evidence provided may include documents, exhibits, and witness testimonies. The defense has the opportunity to cross-examine the witness. Direct Examination The speaker presenting their case questions their own witnesses. The goal is to elicit information and testimony that supports their side of the case. Cross-Examination The opposing party’s speaker questions the witnesses called by the other side. The purpose is to challenge the witnesses’ credibility and the evidence presented. Rebuttal and Surrebuttal After the initial presentation of evidence, there may be a rebuttal phase where each side can call additional witnesses to respond to points made by the opposing side. Closing Arguments Once all the evidence has been presented, both parties make closing arguments. These must be summaries of the case and a final opportunity to persuade the judge or jury. The prosecution goes first, followed by the defense. Verdict Once the presiding judge reaches a verdict, a decision will be announced.. The verdict can be “guilty” or “not guilty.” This decision is based on the evidence presented and the law. If not enough substantial evidence is presented, a second trial or a request of a Trial by Combat may be put in motion. Post-Trial Motions After the verdict or decision, either party may file post-trial motions to challenge the outcome. These may include motions for a new trial or motions to set aside the verdict. Appeals Once the trial is over, either the prosecution or the defendant can appeal to the Viceroy, Justiciero, or Gran Canciller to take a second look at the trial. All citizens of Hyspia, and those prosecuted, are granted the privilege to Appeal. Appeals are not a new trial, and no new evidence can be submitted. Submitting Appeal To submit an Appeal for a trial, either the Prosecution or Defendant must submit a formal Letter of Appeal to the Viceroy, stating the reasoning for why an appeal should be heard. Those that submit appeals without proper grounds will be fined 50 mina. Preparing an Appellate Argument Before the actual in person oral Appeal, both the Prosecution and Defendant submit a written argument in which the sides lay out their side of the case. The Oral Argument After submitting the written arguments, the Viceroy, Gran Canciller, or Justiciero will summon both the Prosecution and Defendant to court, where the Appellate argument will begin. Both sides will plead their case. The Opinion of the Court A verdict will not be announced at the time of the oral argument. Rather, the Viceroy, Gran Canciller, and Justiciero will meet and vote on the outcome. The Viceroy or Gran Canciller will then write the formal opinion of the court, which can be published if the Viceroy sees it fit. If the vote is 2-1, the person in the minority of the vote may choose to write a dissenting opinion explaining their reasons for disagreeing. 5. The Verdict The Court of appeals, in their opinion, may: -Uphold, or affirm the decision of the Viceroy. -Reverse, or overturn the decision of the Viceroy. -Remand, or retry the case. 6. Closing. Once the Court of Appeals gives their verdict through their vote, the decision is final. Another Appeal cannot be made, and the decision of the Court of Appeals cannot be overruled. Sentencing A sentencing phase will occur where the Justiciero or Viceroy will determine the appropriate punishment. Type of Punishments will be the following determined based on the Justiciero or Viceroy. Corporal Punishment Capital Punishment Exile and Outlawry Mutilation Fines and Forfeiture Public Humiliation Imprisonment Trial By Combat Trial by Combat are only subjected if a trial has no proper verdict of the first trial. This may be requested in order to avoid a second trial; a judge or the Viceroy has a right to reject this request based on their own jurisdiction. Combatants will be a Champion chosen by the Viceroy or the prosecutor and the accused. A divine judgment based on the belief that GODAN would favor the innocent or just party and grand them victory in battle. A trial conducted in the presence of clergy and legal authorities, who would oversee the proceedings. Outcome will determine the guilt or innocence of the accused. If a combatant is incapacitated or yields, it is considered a judgment in favor of the opposing party. If both combatants are severely injured or killed, the case may be considered inconclusive and alternative legal methods may be employed. CON DIOS AVANZAMOS, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear HIS VICEROYAL EXCELLENCY, Sergio Harold Othaman, Gran Canciller de Hyspia, Lord Minister of His Highness’ Government HIS EXCELLENCY, Demitrey Denodado, Justiciero de Hyspia, Baron of Sevilla, Oficial de Imigracion
  21. =============================================================================== =============================================================================== Your name has been one that has become well renowned as of late, as the cogs of war slowly creep towards your hold. There are many that reside within your lands that I would consider acquaintances; some of them I would even consider friends. These friends speak highly of you, saying you are a Lady that is worth the praise. And so, I write this missive to you. From one Baron to another, from one side to another, I request that you see reason and lay down your blades. There is no need for those who have not taken part in all that has caused this war, to suffer the consequences. You and those who reside under you, I believe, are innocent people. It is not too late to lower your blades, and to seek council with the Covenant. Blackwater Keep has fallen, flattened by the Covenant's army, and your keep is in the crosshairs of siege weaponry. Innocent blood need not be shed. If you refuse, which is understandable, I would still be willing to assist you in evacuating civilians, and those who choose not to fight. Just because we reside on opposite sides of this war, does not mean that either one of us should be heartless to the other. Baron of Sevilla, Justicer De Hyspia, Office De Imigracion
  22. ✠ Orden de Francisco ✠ The Franciscian Order Issued by the Viceroyal Crown 8th of Owyn's Wake, 80 D.R. Prelude [!] The Franciscian Order rallies to defend the Canon faith. The question of a nation’s survival and the defense of its homeland must be answered by its ability to protect itself. That ability is resonant in its people. Countless tales enumerate the brave Hyspians of yore who have laid down their lives in defense of their culture. The Fransician Order is a product of that historical passion for the Hyspian cause. That passion shall be honed and refined to preserve and protect the Hyspian Crown, her people, and the Canon Faith. After many years of reliance on the Crown of Haenseti-Ruska for the protection of her people, it has now become imperative for Hyspia to take up her own arms once again. Therefore, it is by decree of the Viceroyal Crown to introduce a reformation and reorganization of the armed forces into an unyielding structure; to be used as a model for the rest of Hyspia’s continued existence. Duties of the Order [!] A Franciscian knight being sent on a quest. The order relies on three tenets of faith and loyalty to demonstrate exemplary comradery amongst its members. All members must abide by the three core tenets. “Love thy Faith and thy Nation. An insult to a Hyspian is an insult to all. Follow thy Oath and never stray afar.” The duties of a soldier of the Crown are numerous. The main duties affirmed are to protect the people, bring honor to the Crown, and to achieve personal glory on and off the battlefield. Soldiers are expected to act in a manner that reflects the Order’s moral code, whilst never violating the basic moralities that a soldier may hold. Every man and woman that serves in the military is expected to keep a strong ethical code and follow orders only when they are morally sound. With martial prestige as a soldier comes martial responsibility. The regiment requires its soldiers to participate in intense training to ensure only the most disciplined and skilled are representing the nation. Every soldier is trained to follow orders in combat and any violation of this could result in loss of pay, or even loss of rank depending on the severity of the situation. Actions such as supporting an enemy of Hyspia, or an enemy of Canonism as a whole will result in an immediate court martial, loss of pay and rank, possible blacklist from the Regiment, or even execution if found guilty. Oaths and Traditions To be oathed is a centuries old tradition in which each member is tested upon their personal becoming. To truly be an asset and of sound prestige within the Order, each recruited member must face a fully grown bull in the ring. In the event however that they have proven themselves through heroism or displayed their steadfast loyalty in the protection of Hyspia, they may be exempted. Once an initiated soldado has taken on the bull they are then moved on to the duel. Only the upper ranks of the Order may conduct the oath. With this in mind the initiate in testing will be expected to duel an upper ranking member of the Order. To win or lose is less valuable than the true purpose of this test: to see where the skill sets of the recruit lies. A true testing and show of strength however may lead to a quicker promotion. It is at the will of the Viceroy or the Colonel to decide such. The Oath “I, _____, do solemny swear to uphold the honor, integrity, and stability of the Hyspian Crown. I shall uphold the Laws of Hyspia, uphold the three main tenets, perform my duties to the best of my ability, and I shall protect the Viceroyal Family and all Citizens of Hyspia.” Divisions and Squadrons División de St. Peter The División de St. Peter is the largest of the three divisions, serving as the general infantry force of the Order. This division is where all new members of the Order first join where they may remain, or transfer to another division. Escuadrón de St. Foltest The Escuadrón de St. Foltest are the siege engineers of the Order, tasked with ensuring the safety of the city from sieges, along with being experts in siege weapons. Escuadrón de St. Amyas Escuadrón de St. Amyas serve as the medics and alchemists of the Order. They are the foremost medical experts and physicians taxed with healing the wounded, sick and dying members of the order. Their responsibilities can also extend to the Hyspian citizens. División de St. Tylos The División de St. Tylos acts as the cavalry of the Order. Be it hard hitting cavalry charges, hit and run tactics, to quick and speedy scouts or messengers. The División de St. Tylos are skilled in it. Escuadron de St. Tara Escuadron de St. Tara is filled with swift riders and keen scouts. Tasked with locating threats to the realm and being the first into battle. The Escuadron de St. Tara acts as the first line of defense of Hyspia. Escuadron de St. Edmond Composed of formal knights of the order and their squires. The Escuadron de Saint Edmond is regarded as the most prestigious and elite cohort of the squads. They are considered the heavy cavalry unit of the Hyspian military. The Escuadron de St. Edmond is also granted the prestigious responsibility to personally protect the Viceroy and the Viceroyal household. División de St. Adrian The División de St. Adrian serves as the logistical side of the Hyspian military. Ensuring that every soldier has a blade in their hand, and plate on their chest. Their duties are important to the success of the entire Order. Escuadron de St. Robert Serving as the record keepers of the Order. The Escuadron de St. Robert ensures that all ledgers from supplies to manpower are up to date and correct. Escuadron de St. Johannes The Escuadron de St. Johannes travels the lands far and wide to ensure that the needs of the Order are upkept. From basic materials such as coal and iron, to rare herbs and ores for special weapons, the Escuadron de St. Johannes helps ensure the Order has what it needs. Ranks Gran Maestre The honorary title belongs to the Viceroy of Hyspia. Traditionally serving as the head of order and commander-in-chief of its members. The Viceroy is considered the ultimate knight of the kingdom. Only the Viceroy has the sole authority to knight promising escuderos into the order. All military decisions fall to the Viceroy. Along with this title comes the title of Ser and Knight. Caballero Comendador The honorary name for the Colonel. The Caballero Comendador is the highest authority in the practical chain of command, second in official rank to only the Gran Maestre. The main responsibility of the Caballero Comendador is to lead and oversee the Franciscan Order and its armed regiment on behalf of the Viceroy. Along with this rank comes the title of Ser and Knight. Caballero Capitán Selected by the Gran Maestre and Caballero Comendador, a Caballero Capitán is tasked with leading a division of the Order, and ensuring their division is skilled in their assigned speciality and overall competency at combat. Along with this rank comes the title of Ser and Knight. Sargento The Sargento acts as the second in command of a squadron. Assisting their Capitán in the running of the squadron. In the Escuadron de St. Edmond they are known as Caballero Sargento. Cabo A Cabo serves as an officer of their respective squadron, performing general command duties, such as leading patrols and groups into battle. In the Escuadron de St. Edmond they are known as Caballero Cabo. Gaucho The Gaucho is a fully fledged member of a squadron and. Tasked with performing the duties of their squadron. In the Escuadron de St. Edmond they are known as Caballero. Soldado The Soldado is a new and fresh member to a escuadron. Tasked with learning from superiors and following commands, they are trained and guided to eventually serve as fully fledged members of their squad, as a Gaucho. In the Escuadron de St. Edmond they are known as Escudero Milicia The Milicia is where anyone hoping to join the Order, or merely support the Order in times of need begins. Learning the basics of the military and assisting whenever they are needed. Once they are deemed fit to be a part of the Order they will be promoted to Soldado. Trials of Chivalry To become a credible knight in the Order, one must embark on a set of trials that will shape and carve them into the most perfect, trustable, form of intelligent-warrior-philosopher. These trials are meant to test every aspect and facet of the knight in question, but the Order is also under the belief that every knight should have a choice in what they see most important to their upbringings - decision making is a key trait in such a figure after all. That is why the trials will be based off of a points system with only one required trial that everyone has to complete. The text below categorizes Trials as well as puts a value to their worth; each trial may only be completed once, and each squire has to complete at least 1 trial from each category before doing a second one from another. In order to qualify for the final trial, one must accumulate 10 points worth of trials. Of course if a squire thinks of another adequate form of trial that will gain them points, that is fine. It first must be passed by their knight as a trial worthy of praise and showing off their trained attributes. Trials of Piety A knight must show devoutness to the church of cannonism, and a healthy one too. Above everything is the crown and nation of Hyspia - religion takes a close second. Don’t be mistaken though. A knight without spirituality is no knight at all. Trial types Fell an unholy creature in the name of Hyspia’s church and provide proof of kill (2pts) Embark on a holy pilgrimage in which they gain blessings of all the cannonist nations - bring proof of blessings back to the crown. (3pts) Provide a substantial donation to the church and get a document that proves their pilgrimage. Trials of Diplomacy Any knight of the order must be skilled in communications with Hyspia, and other allied - sometimes not allied - nations. This trial will depend upon multiple factors since it really depends on what the other nations need during that moment. This trial will likely count for 2 points required for the final trial. Trial types Attend a diplomatic meeting between the crown and another nation as an ambassador - contribute to whatever this might be in a meaningful way. (1pt) Fulfill the needs of another nation after seeking out a person in power and obtaining a quest and bring back a note from said nation’s leader/person in power that proves their aide. (2pts) Fulfill the needs of another nation based on a task given by the crown and bring back a note from said nation’s leader/person in power that proves their aide. (1pt) Attend a diplomatic meeting between the crown and another nation as an ambassador - contribute to whatever this might be in a meaningful way. (1pt) Trials of Honorable Combat As a knight, not only should they be filled with a vast wealth of knowledge - having an in-depth knowing of the Hyspian Culture and some of the other nations surrounding it - gaining a unique philosophy that is aligned with Hyspia’s most prosperous future - showing care for their spiritual health, which means having a healthy relationship with Canonism. It is any squire’s duty to prove their body and combative prowess is up to par with the rest of their attributes. It should come easy to them; very easy. By this point of their training, if their knight and military experience has done all it was meant to, they should be more than capable of fighting honorably and righteously for the crown. Trial Types Gain Heroic merit from the crown itself for an experience of combat directly from the field (3pts) Fell an enemy of the state through a duel (2pts) Fell a creature that is a threat to descendants [this and the unholy creature felling trial do not go together. They must be done separately](2pts) Trials of Culture Hyspia above all else is a knight’s most sacred and devout duty. In order to truly become capable of serving this nation, one first must prove their knowledge of its vast history. Trial Types Undergo a testing from their assigned knight on the Hyspian culture (2pts) Host a cultural event for the nation of Hyspia to enjoy. The event must tie into Hyspian history (3pts) Trial of Fealty (The last trial one must complete after accumulating a total of 10pts.) In order to prove one's complete and absolute undying loyalty to the crown, a knight must complete a task given directly by the crown - this task can be anything the crown deems worthy, but above all, it must be a daunting and truly trying test of everything that knight has worked toward. The Ceremony Upon the completion of their trial, the squire shall go through a pious ceremony to be officially ordained within the Order. The ceremony shall be held within El Palacio de Girasol and shall be hosted by the Viceroy. All squires who adhere to the Canonist faith or who wish to convert to Canonist must also go through an orthodox baptism, to cleanse their previous sins and to further purify themselves before GOD. Releasement of Position, and Traitorous Actions Honorable Discharge If one was to suddenly become incapable of serving the Order, or had been deemed incapable of doing so, the Crown has access to managing the status of their duties and title. An honorable discharge implies one’s title will stay and keep the weight for how much they have done, while relieving the said person in question of their duties. Some possible reasons for an honorable discharge might look as follows: Aging out of service, catastrophic injury from heroic combat in the name of the crown, those the crown deems worthy, any knight rank. Being granted an Honorable Discharge allows a knight to keep their title as Ser. General Discharge An Under-Honorable Discharge is a category that acts as a way for a soldier to ‘unenlist’ from service without facing any consequences or punishment. Another reason this type of discharge is used, is for someone that is deemed as inactive or not of enough service to the crown. In order to qualify for an under-honorable discharge, they have to have served at least 5 years of service - any rank qualifies for this. Once they are Under-Honorably discharged, they lose all titles but face no punishment. Being granted a General Discharge does not allow a knight to keep their title as Ser. Dishonorable Discharge One who has fallen victim to a dishonorable discharge has sullied or betrayed the crown from a very mild, to a very large degree. Any titles they have at that moment will be stripped from them and likely will face a small fine, punishment, or even execution. Such consequences shall be in respect to their culpability and guilt. Some punishable deeds for a dishonorable discharge are Murder, Fraud, Desertion on field or to the crown, or treason. Being given a Dishonorable Discharge does not allow a knight to keep their title as Ser. Enlistment Prior to enlistment, one must satisfy the minimum prerequisites required for admission: I. One must be at least thirteen summers old. II. One must be a Hyspian citizen. III. One must be of able mind and body. If all prerequisites are satisfied then the candidate may be admitted into the Order at the Gran Maestre’s discretion. To defend ones home and nation is a right that all Hyspians shall hold. The Order shall be the main force of resistance against all oppressive forces that seek to bring woe to our nation. May DIOS keep Hyspia and her people, ever steadfast and determined in their right to exist. Viva Hyspia! Con DIOS Avanzamos, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of Ladorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Gran Maestre of El Orden de Francisco, Protector of the Hyspian People, Protector of the Farfolk, Patriarch of House de Pelear HER HIGHNESS, Ramona de Pelear, Crown Princesa of Hyspia, Duchess of Paraiso HIS EXCELLENCY, Señor Jose Fuentes, Caballero Comendador of El Orden de Francisco
  23. 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
  24. The Golden Accords Issued by the Viceroyalty of Hyspia and the Grand Kingdom of Urguan 24th of the Sun's Smile, Year 153 of the Second Age Preamble The Viceroyalty of Hyspia and the Grand Kingdom of Urguan, hereinafter known as the Signatories, to establish stronger bonds and friendship amongst themselves, hereby officialize this pact in good faith. So It Follows: Article I: Sovereignty I. The Signatories hereby acknowledge each other's claims and sovereignty to the lands they respectively hold within their jurisdiction. II. The Signatories agree to respect and acknowledge each other's laws, culture, as well as religion when inside each other's jurisdiction in their respective lands. They both recognize that citizens and occupants are subject to the laws in effect during visitation. III. The Signatories hereby agree that free passage of civilians between each other nations is to be granted. Article II: Defense I. The Signatories agree that no military action will be taken against any of their listed counterparts by any of their forces; this includes vassals and all endorsed factions under their jurisdiction. II. The Signatories will enforce a partnership between their domains and will not incite conflict among themselves or their allied forces. III. The Signatories pledge that they are willing to aid each other militarily if they are threatened. IV. Should the nature of a conflict - in this case whether it is defensive or offensive - come into question or be unclear according to the assent’s agreed definition, both Signatories pledge to hold a summit in order to deliberate on a decision. They pledge to adhere to the consensus. Article III: Trade I. The Signatories shall be given privileged exchange of resources, goods, and economic commodities amongst their nations. II. The Signatories shall promise one another a tax-free stall to sell their wares. III. The Signatories pledge to take part in cultural exchanges between the nations’ citizens in order to broaden understanding in both domains. Texts, scrolls, knowledge, and scholars may be traded in such exchanges. Article IV: Darkspawn I. The Signatories agree to share their knowledge of any and all Darkspawn they may confront. They promise to lend any and all available resources to assist them in their fight against Darkspawn. They pledge to work together in the pursuit of this mutual goal. Article V: Duration I. This pact shall be in effect for twelve Saint’s Weeks. After the duration expires, the Signatories may reconvene to renew or renegotiate a new treaty. If this pact is violated, the pact will be declared void until further action is taken to re-implement the pact through proper diplomatic means. Signed, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of La Dorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Protector of the Hyspian People, Patriarch of House de Pelear HIS GRANDNESS, Garedyn The Emerald, Grand king of Urguan, Chief of the Mossborn, Seer of Hefrumm, Zealot of the Triad. HIS EXCELLENCY, Erland Maor, Baron of Montenno, Ministro del Pais de Hyspia The Elder, Lurdoic Irongut, Grand Ambassador, Magistrate of Urguan
  25. THE SANDS AGREEMENT The Enfeoffment of the Qalasheen Tribes Signed by Viceroy Cesar II of Hyspia and Sheikh Abdur Razzeeq al-Mona 15th of Sigismund’s End, Year 152 of the Second Age Preamble HEREINAFTER, The Viceroyalty of Hyspia and the Banu Mona of the nomadic Qalasheen tribes, in hopes to strengthen ties and forge benevolent bonds, see fit to establish this pact amongst their communities. Thus, in the LORD’S name we begin: _______________________________________________ LOYALTY AND STATUS I. WHEREAS, The Qalasheen shall swear their fealty to the Viceroyalty of Hyspia and the Viceroyal Crown. II. WHEREAS, The Qalasheen shall be given the rights and status of citizenship of Hyspia. III. WHEREAS, The Qalasheen shall be allowed to continue their system of local leadership, and be allowed to elect their Sheikh, in which the Viceroyalty of Hyspia shall recognize the fair and democratic elections. REPRESENTATION IV. WHEREAS, The Qalasheen shall be granted the right to maintain a representative to communicate with the Viceroyalty of Hyspia. LAND V. WHEREAS, The Qalasheen shall be permitted to establish a temporary small settlement within the Hyspian lands. The land shall be located south of the desert savannah, beside the Rio de Zafiro. VI. WHEREAS, An upkeep of 75 minae shall be collected from the Qalasheen for the establishment, and continuation of this settlement. Upkeep will be collected every Saint’s Week. FREEDOM OF RELIGION VII. WHEREAS, The Viceroyalty of Hyspia formally recognizes the Church of the Canon as the official State religion of Hyspia. VIII. WHEREAS, The Qalasheen are free to practice their official religion known as Al’iiman Rashidun within the Viceroyalty of Hyspia without discrimination and persecution as long as they do not violate the natural laws of Humanity, and do not exhibit the signs of Iblees. IX. WHEREAS, The Qalasheen will respect the Realm and the Church of Canon as their equals, and take no discriminatory status against those worshippers. X. WHEREAS, Al’iiman Rashidun shall not be permitted to be practiced within official Canonist facilities such as: Churches, Cathedrals, Holy Sites, etc. LAWS AND LEGISLATION XI. WHEREAS, The Viceroyalty of Hyspia shall recognize the right for the Qalasheen to exercise their own legislature and jurisdiction within the land that has been apportioned to them. However, these laws and powers shall not supersede the authority of the Viceroyalty of Hyspia and its courts. XII. WHEREAS, Hyspian nationals shall not be held to Qalasheen laws. XIII. WHEREAS, If in the event, a Qalasheen commits a crime outside of their settlement but within the territory of Hyspia, the Banu may request for them to be tried under their own court by their own peers. Notwithstanding clause XI. MILITARY XIV. WHEREAS, The Qalasheen shall be afforded the protection of the Hyspian military and her benefactors. XV. WHEREAS, The Viceroyalty of Hyspia shall permit the Qalasheens to raise a Qalasheen infantry division hereinafter dubbed the “The Mujahideen” as a subsidiary division of the Hyspian Regiment, the standing military of the Viceroyalty of Hyspia. XVI. WHEREAS, The Mujahideen shall report to the Regiment and shall abide by the creeds of the Regiment. FOREIGN RELATIONS XVII. WHEREAS, All foreign affairs shall be conducted strictly by the Viceroyalty of Hyspia in accordance with the Peace of Esrova. The Qalasheen must abide by Hyspian foreign policy. XVIII. WHEREAS, The Qalasheen are not permitted to sign nor conduct diplomatic missions, pacts, agreements or treaties without the express approval of the Viceroyalty of Hyspia. TIME XIX. WHEREAS, This agreement shall be in effect for 20 Saints Weeks. Once this time has been reached, or the two signatories decide an amendment is needed, they may reconvene. XX. WHEREAS, If the agreement is breached in any form, the agreement shall be made null and all lands shall be returned to the Viceroyalty of Hyspia. EN EL NOMBRE DE DIOS, HIS HIGHNESS, Cesar II de Pelear, Viceroy of Hyspia, Duke of Pacazu, Baron of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lord of La Dorada, Lord of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Protector of the Hyspian People, Patriarch of House de Pelear HER HIGHNESS, Karyna Rezalin de Pelear, Vicereine of Hyspia, Duchess-Consort of Pacazu, Baroness-Consort of Arenisca and Del’mar, Lady of La Dorada, Lady of Niseep, Gereon's Hold, and Ciudad de Plata, Protector of the Hyspian People and Matriarch of House de Pelear SHEIKH, Abdur Razzeeq al-Mona, Sheikh of Al-Fahkri and The Banu Mona, Sword of Allah, Defender of the Qalasheen SAYYID, Mehmed ibn Omar Kharadeen, Grand Imam of Al’iiman Rashidun, Descendant of Al-Mahdi and The First Caliph, Protector of The Faithful HIS VICEROYAL EXCELLENCY, Sergio Harold Othaman, Gran Canciller de Hyspia, Lord Minister of His Highness’ Government HIS EXCELLENCY, Sir Laurens ‘the Unwavering’ Halcourt d’Artois, Canciller de la Patria, the Barón du Campagnon, Scion of the Halcourt Dynasty, Cabo del Regimiento de Hyspia, Chanzlé-Emeritus of the Commonwealth, Hero of the Petra, Knight of the Hawthorn, Protector of the Auvergnians
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