The Holy Order of Tranquillity – 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 Holy Order of Tranquillity
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 always offer aid and assistance to those that are in need of it asking nothing in return.
You will obey the divine laws lain down by all the representatives of the Gods at any Tharinos. These are divine edict and cannot be superseded by mortal thoughts.
You will collect alms for the Church wherever possible that this wealth be redistributed to those who have less and need more.
You will take no direct hostile action against any who do not seek to harm you.
You will defend yourself to the best of your ability if harm is offered to you but you will not seek the deaths of those that oppose you.
For religious ceremonies and important festivals and state occasions the clergy turn out in their pure white robes with Golden vestments. Beyond these rare occasions the vestments tend to be as described, white or light blue robes predominately bearing the feather of Yarrianne.
Articles of Faith
As a Yarriannite there are some clear guidelines that are to be followed; as a Holy Warrior or Tempered Blade 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 Tempered Blade 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 she has gifted but more, the very purity of their souls. Following these tents 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 Tempered Blades
You will preserve the Church of Yarrianne and her tenets, bowing to those Pure of Faith and obeying her enlightened in all things.
You will never strike the first blow of battle in anger.
You will never refuse the art of healing to the sick or injured.
You will attempt to avert battle or combat through the art of diplomacy and the power of Yarrianne before allowing lifeblood to be placed at risk.
You will never receive reward for fulfilling or undertaking your sworn oaths to Yarrianne.
You will never lie, cheat, steal, murder nor defile or profane against any mortal soul.
You will control your anger, jealousy, hatred, pain and viciousness and instead act with mercy, compassion, love and forgiveness.
You will not suffer abominations against life to prevail, no Undead, nor Daemon, nor any other that exists through the stolen grace of others to bring harm to the light.
You will seek to spread the wealth and gifts that Yarrianne sees fit to provide, bringing aid and assistance at every opportunity to the poor and impoverished. No morsel shalt pass thy lips until the hungry be fed nor no coin be spent till the poor are clothed less Yarrianne grants ye rest.
You will offer mercy to any who call for it in battle and to those that are unable to call for it. Thou shalt act as a shield to those that deserve mercy but receive none from a lesser being
Day to Day Activities
Yarriannites spend their days carrying out the will of their Goddess, tirelessly and without complaint. They tend to the sick, travelling the streets to administer aid as well as operating within their temples and hospices. They council those that have lost loved ones or are simply dealing with difficult aspects of their lives and require someone to listen to their woes. Three or four times a day the priests organise food runs into the poorer districts of the cities, towns or regions in which they live, distributing not only food but warm clothing and bedding that has been donated to or brought by the church.
During times of War the Priesthood decamp as one to the fields of battle trailing behind them cartloads of tents, philtres, medicines, shovels, litters and the power of prayer. During this time they tend to the wounded, listen to the horrors seen by soldiers to ease their guilty and bring the purity of Yarrianne to those stained by war. During times of peace the priesthood travels to richer cities or city areas soliciting monies to support their church.
Holy Days and Important Ceremonies
There are no significant Holy days in the Yarriannite calendar. This is mainly due to the workload that the Yarriannites have set themselves. Whilst each day is crammed with service and ceremony to the Goddess the rest of their time is spent among the needy and the thought that Yarrianne would require their service, entirely dedicated to her, for even one day is beyond conception. The only real days of any importance to a Priest are their mandatory twelve days of rest, during which time a Priest of Yarrianne is expected to recuperate both physically and emotionally and return to their point of serenity before they resume their tireless work for the Goddess.