The Timeless Order of Lore & Fate – 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 Timeless Orders of Lore & Fate
The order are the words of wisdom, the innovators, the makers and the recorders of knowledge. It is our duty to preserve these things that others may benefit from them.
In all things keep records of your work and activities that others may continue your work in the light of your demise.
Work to perfect your skills and hone your abilities, only through diligence and attention to detail can your labours come to fruition.
Practice experimentation and innovation in the making of tools and implementation of processes and encourage these virtues in others through direct aid, sponsorship and diplomatic support.
Strive to make craftsmen think of new tools, improved ways of crafting, new ways to use old gear and new ways of doing old things.
Form forums to discuss your ideas and the ideas of others so that all may benefit from the divine light that is Bethylak.
The Church of Bethylak carries no direct vestments for day to day use, practicality is usually their main concern. A Bethylakian finds it useful to carry all manner of objects that can be used in their trade: Notebooks, compasses, maps, geometric tools, pencils, weights and scales, engineering kit and so on and so forth. For specific religious occasions, they garb themselves in the Deep Crimson and Brilliant whites of their order.
Articles of Faith
As a Bethylakian there are some clear guidelines that are to be followed; as a Holy Warrior or Lore Keeper 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 Lore Keeper is the shining example of the faith, one who is given great power by the God 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 Lorekeepers
You will preserve the Church of Bethylak and his tenets, bowing to those Pure of Faith and obeying his enlightened in all things.
You will guard the fragile balance of Time. None shall interfere with the ebb and flow of time any who attempt to must be stopped. If persons have travelled the ebb and flow of time they must be pursued and their works undone.
You will preserve the fate of the world. The time of this worlds end is far from the time of your birth. You must move with every breath of your body to preserve the fate of the world, ensuring that those that would undo its fate are fought and destroyed.
You will protect the bearers of knowledge and wisdom and shall never rise a blade to them unless in self defence. Nor shall you stand by whilst one is harmed, this includes storytellers, masters and the like.
You will spread knowledge wherever it is prudent to do so and halt the flow of knowledge that would be used without reason or wisdom. Keep no secrets for their own sake.
You will move to curb and deny falsehood, rumour and deceitful accounts and histories whenever you encounter them. Destroy such falsehoods if they are written accounts.
You will sponsor and assist any Bards, Scribes, record keepers and the like whenever you encounter them and perceive a need.
Spread the knowledge of the written word to those who ask for it, so long as there is time available, and ask no fee for your time.
Never deliver a message falsely or incompletely but always just as you receive it.
Ensure that all artifice that you discover reaches its fated owner and does not fall into misuse, disrepair, or redundancy.
Day to Day Activities
Followers of Bethylak tend to fall into two categories: Those that spend their time within the confines of the Churches and those that wander the realms of Vaklam. The first of the two are usually engaged in direct research and creation for the furthering of the tenets of Bethylak, following the guidance of the high priests of their order and, in their spare time, pursuing their own agenda. The copying of texts, maps and diagrams are among the more mundane tasks that they have to undertake and the Church makes a sufficient income doing so for other guilds and independent individuals. As well as this scroll scribing, potion brewing and Artificing produce regular monies for the individual and for the church.
The latter are those that roam the lands of Vaklam. They tend to be armed to face the dangers of the roads ahead and have read through the basic manuals on martial combat and seen some instruction from the various more experienced members of the clergy. They are the eyes and ears of the Church, carefully recording their experiences and investigations preparing them for the three monthly report that they are required to present to the Church of Bethylak. They are also tasked with updating current texts and maps and trading information and navigational information from peoples that have travelled beyond the borders accessible by the current clergy means.
Holy Days and Important Ceremonies
The clergy of Bethylak follow two specific ceremonies each day, and without them find it difficult to function as Priests. The first ritual is conducted within the first hour after waking and is called the Rite of Reason. This ritual clears the mind of the evenings dreaming and sharpens it for the day ahead. At the end of the day the Priest performs the Rite of Wisdom where the knowledge of the day is passed onto Bethylak and any new findings are recorded for posterity.