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Brut Legor
Kent Worden
Zel Gothen
Ward Yanok
Gram Taggart
Ella Petra
Korin Matram
Introduction

 

 

The Appeal of Kent Worden
to the People of Mason Ridge

A1. Kent Worden was a wise and learned man who had studied history and faith in the monasteries of The Just God for the greater part of his very long life. Often called upon to adjudicate disputes between kings and lords, his keen understanding of the purpose and meaning of law was well respected throughout the whole of the known Realm, and his faith in The Just God was beyond reproach. 2. Kent Worden had been journeying some forty-four days throughout the northern Realm, learning what he could of the people there and offering his humble services where they would be useful. 3. When he found himself in the large town of Mason Ridge his face was recognized in the town square, and people began to gather around him, hoping to hear him share his well-earned wisdom or to grasp his wrist in friendship and respect. 4. Kent Worden was obliged, then, to speak, out of thanks for those who had honored him and out of his calling to educate others in the ways of Justice.

B5. Kent Worden spoke before the people of Mason Ridge. 6. "The law is not the ultimate expression of Justice, as many would ask you to believe. Rather, the law is a flawed reflection of Justice. 7. The law is flawed not because it is without merit, not because its fails at its basic purpose of allowing civilization to thrive; it is flawed because it is a creation of mortal man. 8. Justice is immortal. It is divine. It is the very being of The Just God. 9. As a mortal could not stand before The Just God and perceive Him in all ways, a mortal cannot speak of Justice with true understanding of it. 10. The right of Judgment belongs only to The Just God. It is the weighing of our souls. Judgment, in the true sense of the word, is not the domain of man.

"C11. Must we then abandon the law as hopeless, knowing it cannot achieve perfection? I say to thee we must not, and we may not! 12. We cannot look upon the true form of The Just God, but we may still know Him! 13. We do not wield true Justice; our hands are unfit to do so, but we are not charged by The Just God to stand unarmed in the path of inequity and crime! 14. The law is our armament. It is not without tarnish, it is not free from flaw. But its edge may still be honed to blessed sharpness. Its blade may still be tempered by experience. Its hilt, gilded with the great purpose of protecting the innocent. 15. As Justice itself belongs to The Just God, the law belongs to us, His children, that we might seek His agency in the world.

"D16. The law, however, is too often misunderstood and misused. Too often, shortsighted men have faith in it as an absolute, as an immutable truth, as a dogma free from critique. 17. I say to you now, build not your courts out of stone, but out of straw! 18. For when courts are built of stone, along with them is built the belief that the law must endure unchanged. That it is reason free from circumstance. That we as mankind cannot move forward because our foundation is cold, dead, and still. 19. Better that our courts are fashioned from straw! Better that each year the windy season tears them asunder and forces us to rebuild, rethink, react! 20. Better that the court is at times on hill and at times in dale, its perspective changed and considered year after year! 21. For when courts are built from straw, along with them is built the belief that our work is never done. That each passing season will bring new challenge and new understanding. That our law must grow and change as we do as individuals and as a people.

"E22. Mistaken are those who maintain that it is the job of man to decide what is right and what is wrong. 23. Right and wrong are primal, ancient things that are far beyond our ken. 24. Our understanding of them was forged into our very being by The Just God. 25. When the world about us is filled with right, it is not our minds that recognize the tranquility, it is our hearts. 26. When a wrong has been committed, we recognize it not because we decide in our rational minds that it is wrong; not because we compare the occurrence to the volumes of law that we have accumulated over the ages. 27. We recognize a wrong not in our heads, but in the very core of our beings. Our mind does not recoil from the sight of it, our soul does!

"F28. Law then, is not the description of what is right and what is wrong. Law, by its very nature, can only be a description of what is lawful and what is unlawful. 29. If we say that something is right because of the law or wrong because of the law, our reason is insufficient. 30. Rather, we must say that something is right or wrong because of what we know in our hearts! 31. This reaction, this instinct that gives us the wisdom to discern right from wrong is The Just God's greatest gift. 32. How do we best repay this gift, then? How do we use it to its fullest potential? 33. When we craft our laws not out of duty to gold; not out of duty to kings; not out of duty to building mighty empires; not out of duty to felling our foes. 34. When we craft our laws out of duty to our hearts, out of duty to the inclinations of our souls, out of duty to the sense of right and wrong bestowed upon us; only then do we honor The Just God and show him thanks for his greatest gift. 35. The law can only be a reflection of His Justice if we make the best use of The Just God's gift!

"G36. How then must we construct our laws? How must we forge them from this raw understanding of Justice, this primal regard for righteousness that we inherit from The Just God? 37. Well constructed laws must have three facets to them to best reflect the will of The Just God. Lacking any of these facets, we must disregard any pretence that our laws reflect the purity of His Justice.

"H38. The first facet of law is that the law must give all people, regardless of their station or their means, equitable access to the law. 39. The part of our soul that understands Justice knows that it is blind, that each of us deserves to receive fair and equal treatment in the eyes of the law. 40. But the eyes of the law are human eyes. The eyes of the law do not have a steady gaze. The eyes of the law do not have true sight! 41. The eyes of the law are wanting. Their vision clouded by the trappings of fear and desire and sorrow. 42. Justice, then, blind of the differences between class and wealth, does not naturally come from the law. Rather, we must strive continuously to insure that the laws we create and the laws that we tend do not give way to this human failing. 43. Kings and farmers, knights and sheppards. Each must feel free to step before the law and be heard! 44. Justice exists for all people under the care of The Just God. So then, must law exist for all people, be them great or small!

"I45. The second facet of law is that the law must exist to protect what is righteous, and not to provide a safe haven for the wicked. 46. When laws are codified, we have no choice but to do so using the tools of human language. 47. But the tool of language is imperfect. It is a blunt, imprecise instrument that lacks the ability to convey true meaning. 48. Evil men gain license to act immorally when they find recourse or exception to do so within that law. But that is not Justice! 49. Justice does not provide a shield for the wicked to hide behind! The purpose of Justice is to deprive wickedness of its power. 50. Knowing that our language carries with it that fault, we must be vigilant of the evil that hides within the law. 51. We must empower our laws to find exception within themselves to punish the wicked and protect the righteous!

"J52. The third facet of law is that the law must find purpose outside of itself, and not simply exist as its own end. 53. Too often we become wed to the laws that are made. We hold them up as sacrosanct and have faith in them as the only fortification against chaos and fear. 54. In truth, law does have the power to stave off discord but we must be careful to what extent we do so. 55. To make too many laws, to make them without regard for brevity or intention, is to slowly trade away our freedom for security. 56. Each law we make binds ourselves to its consequences. Each edict restricts our ability to choose our own fates. 57. It is not the will of The Just God that we live each moment of our lives governed by strict code, but rather each day of our lives be our own quest to walk a path of righteousness. 58. To act with morality simply because we fear the law too much to do otherwise does not bring us closer to The Just God. 59. Each law we codify must be chosen carefully and considered thoroughly.

"K60. Only when we craft our laws in accordance with these wishes of The Just God can we have faith that he will smile upon us and bless us with wisdom and strength. 61. But then we must ask ourselves, with our laws constructed though His will, how best do we act as agents of The Just God in this world? 62. How are we called upon to act in the name of The Just God? How can we, not as magistrates, not as kings, not as knights, how can we as humble men and women further the cause of Justice throughout the Realm? 64. In order to live a life blessed by The Just God we must conduct ourselves according to three maxims of worship.

"L65. The first maxim of worship is to be a champion of Justice in the world. 66. Justice exists in many forms, both great and small, and it is only through pursuing that Justice in all ways that you do honor to The Just God. 67. In the most humble way, you act as a champion of Justice when you choose to live your life within a lawful society built upon trust and faith. Your calling, however, is greater than that alone!. 68. Always deal with others honestly and promote equity in all things. 69. Never take from another more than you have earned through effort and skill. 70. Respect, always, the laws blessed by following the facets of The Just God. 71. As a champion of Justice, the mark of The Just God sits well upon you.

"M72. The second maxim of worship is the be an agent of righteousness in the world. 73. The purveyors of evil and wickedness spread easily their poison into the hearts of the people of the realm, sowing fear and bitterness amongst men who are otherwise good and pious. 74. This seed of evil takes root when, because of that fear, men lose their hope for a life of order and virtue and law. 75. As an agent of righteousness, you are tasked to keep that hope alive in the hearts of men! 76. Oppose evil and wickedness in all of its many forms. 77. Call to Judgement those who are harbingers of malevolence. 78. Guard with unwavering duty the goodness all around you. 79. As an agent of righteousness, the sword of The Just God is yours to wield.

"N80. The third maxim of worship is to be a speaker of truth in the world. 81. Much of our existence is choked with the miasma of lies and falsehood. Men surround themselves with layers of deceit, not so much to commit evil as to protect themselves in a world they do not trust. 82. The return of that trust, the power to transcend that falsehood, lies in speaking the word of The Just God! 83. Be not false to those around you but let them understand the truth of who you are. 84. Openly proclaim yourself as a worshiper of The Just God and strive to bring others to His side by leading them with your example. 85. Teach others of the purposes of The Just God and tell them of the greatness they may achieve in seeking Him. 86. As a speaker of truth, the plan of The Just God has a role for you to play.

"O87. My good people of Mason Ridge..." Kent Worden paused and considered the people before him. The righteous and the Just, the pious and the diligent. 88. He knew them to be honest, worthy people who worked every day in their own humble ways to further the influence of The Just God in their lives. And as he summoned up the strength in his aged lungs to complete his speech, Kent Worden felt something else, something much greater, flowing through him and gathering in his breast. 89. Kent Worden spoke one more time before the people of Mason Ridge, and it was as if he had never spoken a word before as the word and will of The Just God echoed in his voice. 90. All those assembled understood and felt the presence of The Just God amongst them and knew that they were greatly blessed to have heard His voice once in their lives.

"P91. Faithful Men And Women Of Mason Ridge. Go Forth Now. Champion Justice. Promote Righteousness. Speak Truth. I Am With You, Always." 92. And the moment was over, and silence hung in the air of the town square, and the elder Kent Worden, spent with the effort of speaking for The Just God, collapsed to the ground. 93. And the good people of Mason Ridge, dutiful and kind, bore him up and took him to rest.