Defender Text: Charter Tenets
AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF THE LIBRARY DEFENDERS HAVE BEEN RUSHING TO RECOVER TEXTS FROM THE PAST. SOME HAVE EVEN SPENT TIME TO WRITE NEW ENTRIES INTO THE LIBRARY.
BELOW ARE TEXTS ADDED DURING THE LAST FEW DAYS. THESE DEFENDER TEXTS ARE ALL WRITTEN FROM ONE PERSON’S POINT OF VIEW AND BELIEF…
The Charter, by some called God, makes up the very fibers of Life itself. It is in the air, in the soil, in every plant, creature, native, and human. The Charter is omnipresent, and upheld by its servants.
The Natural Order of the Charter is described by the 7 Acts of Life: Rest, Wake, March, Speak, Think, Serve, Die.
Even Death is a part of Life. Do not forget this. Death is the most unknowable part of Life, but we must not fear the Unknown.
The inviolable rule and cardinal sin of the Charter is thus:
Do not be ruled by the 7th Act.
Do not let a fear of dying keep you from your pursuits. Do not let a fear of death prolong a life that has reached its end. Do not let grief over death turn to violence and destruction.
The Dead are beyond us. Do not weep for the Dead, for the Dead do not weep for the Living.
Facets of the 7 Acts of the Charter:
Rest-Sleep, healing, mercy.
Wake-Awareness, alertness, rejuvenation.
March-Movement, progression, change.
Speak-Noise, discord, community.
Think-Innovation, ingenuity, free will.
Serve-Order, loyalty, service.
The 7 Acts are championed by the Charter’s servants. The Charter servants come to alleviate the suffering brought by the 7th Act. Life passes unto Death, and Life fears what it does not understand.
The Act of Rest
Rest, as the first act of Life, begins with the womb. A life begins, growing in solitude.
Healing, growth, recovery… These occur with rest. A good night’s sleep, ease from labor. Proper rest grants peace of mind, a healthy body.
Rest in present in Death. A long life tears at the body and soul, and Death represents true rest. In this, the First and Seventh Act are closely bound to each other.
A prolonged, agonizing death is antithetical to the First Act. The First Act assures that a swift, painless death is more natural than prolonged suffering. Those who follow the First Act are often medical practitioners and grief counselors.
The Act of Waking
Waking follows Rest as the second act. A life leaves the womb, and awakens to the greater world. Waking brings awareness of your surroundings. Followers of the Second Act often work in civil affairs.
The Act of Marching
Waking is followed by Marching in the third act. A life begins to move forward. To crawl, to walk, to run. As Life marches, change arrives. Anyone who wishes to make change and impact within the world can be counted as a follower of the Third Act.
The Act of Speaking
Marching is followed by Speaking in the fourth act. A life grows, develops a voice, begins to form words and express them. Noise fills the air, and this multifaceted act brings both community as we speak together, and discord as disagreements are formed from our words. Followers of the Fourth Act often work as mediators, or spokespeople. They work to bring communities together and build them stronger.
The Act of Thinking
Thinking follows Speaking as the fifth act. Using our voices brings with it free will, ingenuity, innovation. The tongue moves to serve the mind, to create ideas. Followers of the Fifth Act are often innovators – alchemists, engineers, inventors.
The Act of Serving
With the conclusion of the first five acts, comes with it the Sixth Act of Service. All of Life lives in Service to something. The Charter brings order, loyalty, and service to Life as we mature and reach adulthood. We dedicate our service to a cause or ideal, and devote our waking, our marching, our voices and our thoughts to an ideal. Those who act with loyalty and fight to oppose chaotic actions and beings are counted among followers of the Sixth Act.
The Act of Death
And at Life’s end comes Death in the Seventh Act. We do not wake, march forward, tongues are stilled, thoughts cease, service ends. What awaits beyond is not something meant for the Living to know.
But take comfort, for Death is Absolute. We cannot fight against it, deny it. It comes to us all in the end. Beyond the final gate, suffering ends. Life cannot overrule Death, which is why the Seventh Act rules over all All who follow the Charter, from any walk of life, ultimately follow and accept the Seventh Act.
The Charter encompasses all these things. It is listening, and will answer the prayers of the faithful. So it was, that the Charter spoke to me as the Industrialization of Eldeon drew close. At the height of my despair of causing unrest to an entire planet, a light flashed upon me and a voice echoed in my ears,
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
Those that serve the Charter act to correct and heal the wounds inflicted by chaotic beings, and those that aid them. They work to reaffirm the design of the Charter, that Life progresses Naturally unto Death.
The Charter is championed by the Septrella family. Seven sisters, who each represent and serve a single Act of the Natural Order. These seven are the leaders, the champions, the servants of the faith, the faith’s clergy. The Seven Sisters, in order of their age and seniority from least to great, are currently thus:
Mosrael and Dyrim, who would have served as the evangelists of the faith, have passed beyond the final gate. As such, any surviving sister may serve to spread to the public the word of the Charter, or accept another into the Septrella family to become the new representatives of the Second and Fourth Act. Such a person must prove themselves faithful to these tenets, and receive the blessing of a member of the Septrella family. The Charter accepts all into its faith as followers, acknowledging that others may call the Charter by other names such as God.
Astarael, as the eldest and the representative of the Seventh Act, is the absolute leader of the faith, and any who adhere to the Charter’s tenets may not oppose her will, as doctrine is defined by her.
As the servant of the First Act of the Charter, may these words grant you comfort, and may the Charter grant you strength along your path.