The Halls of Justice – Code, Uniform & Articles of Faith
Code of the Clergy
The Clergy stands above the individual churches with regards to the following issues:
Ratification of any new Church Policy
Ratification of any change in Church Dogma
Ratification of any policy that crosses the Golden Table
Expenditure of Azure Table Resources
Identification and direction of Divine Law
Interpretation of the words of the Gods at Tharinos
The Clergy Expects
Full respect to all other faiths that stand within the pantheon of Dawn, Day and Dusk
The adherence to both Divine and Mortal Law
To show adequate respect to the laws of the Clergy and the members of the Azure Table that uphold them
Code of the Hall of Justice
You will respect the laws of any land that you are in but always place the well being of any individual before the law and before yourself.
You will give legal aid and advice to any citizen or noble that requests it so long as you act within the confines of the status of judgement that you have received.
You will show obedience and direct action to any senior Church member and any order given by them.
You will not take any action that will impugn the Church and bring it into disrepute.
You will not show deference of rank to any who acted in criminal or non lawful manners.
You will not allow any member of the public or other guild or civic establishment to take any action that brings this church into disrepute.
The clergy prefer to be seen wearing the neutral greys of their Goddess, proudly adorned with the Symbology of the scales. They make room for the many pouches and satchels for the tools of their investigative trade and of course manacles and other instruments of Justice.
Articles of Faith
As an Ekimelahwian there are some clear guidelines that are to be followed; as a Holy Warrior or Cavalier you should follow the code below. This code is the guidance by which you set examples to the world that you strive to protect, a Cavalier is the shining example of the faith, one who is given great power by the Goddess and to break their tenets would be to break favour with the deity and lose not only the power that he has gifted but more, the very purity of their souls. Following these tenets are a guideline to how piety works and how, as a follower of the faith, your piety can be increased and decreased at the whim of the Gods.
Tenets of The Cavaliers
You will preserve the Church of Ekimelahw and his tenets, bowing to those Pure of Faith and obeying his enlightened in all things.
You will uphold the laws of the lands in which you travel as long as those laws are properly appointed by the authority of an appointed superior.
You will move to control crime in lawful areas under the auspices of the law found in civilised states or under the law of the sword whilst travelling in ungoverned areas.
You will administer fair and just punishment to any found guilty of lawbreaking in adherence with code 3 of the tenets of a Cavalier of Ekimelahw.
You will allow none to escape the divine will of Ekimelahw, no mortal, immortal, divine nor ruler is above the law of the Goddess. You are her instrument upon the land and you shall administer her justice and punishment to all regardless of station.
You will be obedient to the will of Ekimelahw and your superiors, be they members of the Church or senior ranking individuals in the society in which you live. This right is forfeited if they are not duly appointed by an official acting with the full authority of the law or if it conflicts with tenets 3,4 or 5 of a Cavalier of Ekimelahw.
You will act to preserve the balance of all things, ensuring that the light never encompasses the darkness nor the dark to snuff out the light. Without balance there can be no order, without order no law.
You will not lie.
You will administer the punishment sentenced to any individual that requests you too in order to prepare their soul for Ekimelahw.
You will not receive any reward for the works of Ekimelahw save that which the church provides for you.
Day to Day Activities
Whilst within the confines of cities Ekimelahwians act as legal advisors and lawyers in the basin speaking on behalf of the defendants and for the prosecution if they discern that either will best serve the law. They also make it their task to filter laws and ensure that no one law conflicts with another and that no law is unjust. That is not to say unfair, simply unjust, Ekimelahwians are not interested in the fairness of the law just its corruptibility. The other main obligation that they take upon themselves is to administer many of the punishments, such as execution or flogging, themselves so that the will of Ekimelahw can be seen to be done through the body of her servants. In fact many lawbreakers seek Ekimelahwian punishment in an effort to cleanse their soul. In the Wilderness Ekimelahwians serve as judge, jury and executioner, administering the law of the sword. Whilst outside of Basanic confines their code rides extremely close to “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”, but is leavened by the a reasonable “proof of ignorance”. That is to say that if a person is found to be truly ignorant of a minor transgression of the law they will be found innocent. However they will be given a warning and full and proper explanation of the law will be given to them. The Ekimelahwian will then take full note and detail of the offender and ensure that such is distributed throughout the church.
Holy Days and Important Ceremonies
The Church of Ekimelahw is fundamentally different to all other churches in that it reserves no day as particularly sacred above any other. Instead the clergy of Ekimelahw are surprisingly vocal and reverent in the praise of their Goddess. The various churches seem to be always in song as the clergy sing their resounding praises to the heavens. Morning, noon and night sermons and singing resound through the great halls. Senior Priests and cavaliers also deliver sung invocations and responsive prayers, read from the Just laws of Ekimelahw.