Island Chain of Free Caeril

Highborne Society of Free Caeril



United people of the Elder Blood in the sacred name of Our Land.


Manifesto

Greetings and welcome!
To all the fortunate blessed people who were destined to be born of the Elder Blood, otherwise known as the Highborne, and to the revered guests of the Island of Caeril, this manifesto is addressed to formulate, establish, and define the community of Highborne, and the structure of government of the land we call ours.

People

All Aen Sidhe, The Highborne, or otherwise known among the younger races as "elves", are invited to join Caeril as citizens for the greater good and prosperity of our race as a whole and of our community within the blessed land of the Four Islands and the world of Eiradir. As the oldest race we consider ourselves the long lasting and experienced culture. Though many may treat our kind with irony, mocking the wisdom, insight, and foresight of our observant minds and lives filled with studies of nature, arcane magic, and philosophy, we must acknowledge their prerogative and not forget that it is our responsibility to guide, oversee, train, and protect the young and less experienced, even if it means going against the flow of the river to avoid the waterfall. We urge all Highborne, young and old, to seek out the High Council's attention and become a recognized and protected citizen and carry this citizenship with dignity and honor.

Island Chain of Caeril

To all who come from the outside to read this: We are the elves, we call ourselves Highborne, that is our name for our people in our native tongue.
The Island Chain of Caeril is the established territory of the Highborne, claimed many ages ago by the elf people. It is, in its entirety, within custody and ownership by the elves, and within its borders the word of an elf outrules that of an alien. Caeril welcomes guests, but it belongs to the elves.
It is our homeland and the place of our roots, and is defined by its borders.

Government



The lands of Caeril are under the rule of High Council.
High Council members are elected by the people of Caeril for life or until resignation.

High Council consists of 6 members, 2 from each of the 3 Ruling Guilds:

2 of the Elder Ermaedril
2 of the Master Trigadi
2 of the Elder Vormaegal

Council Members:

House Ermaedril
Archmage Teruviel Aarindarius
Archmage Velsevul Lasaren

House Trigadi
Master Tehlin Gutair
Master Sigiel Toth

House Vormaegal
Jerin Lorithnis
Raegyll Naranec

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Guild Structure

As of the current day the following Highborne guilds are active on the territory of Caeril for the purpose of safety, benefit, and protection of the people.

The Ermaedril

Purpose:

These among us gifted in the ancient artcraft of magic form the wise and reputed circle of wizards, warlocks, seers, druids, and battlemages. The Ermaedril caste is the heart of our culture as agreed between us all, worthy of preservation, vital, and yet most vulnerable and precious. We devote ourselves to supporting the Ermaedril throughout our lives, as they devote themselves to keeping the balance of natural forces and maintaining arcane stability and protection upon our islands. The Ermaedril follow traditions of Valeth Erassil and Lora Drilothe, and have been lead by their direct descendant Teruviel Aarindarius.
The Ermaedril reside in the depths of Caeril in a tall fortified Mage Tower, from which we protect arcane secrets with utmost thoroughness, but education is available to the devoted of our kind by means of enrollment into the Ermaedril Selohaar Acrana (Ermaedril School of Arcane), where the promising young ones will be educated and trained in the use of secrets magic, replenishment of mana, taming of the elements, and conservation of natural energies.

Leader:
Archmage Teruviel Aarindarius

Elders:
Archmage Velsevul Lasaren
Master Conjurer Ialveth Adragil
Master Evoker Neil Mallus
Master Enchanter Rianiel Yaevynn
Master Enchantress Oksanna Yaevynn
Master War Magus Quint Vitello


Magi Adept:
Evoker Lumisier Leaondoth
Channeler Dunni S'Derefin
War Magus Malachi Karabas
Mage Yoveth Hieronym
Mage Gleon Deleon


Scholars:
Merisa Lesanthrai
Cedric Galthiin
Isbadanan Nui
Jelerach Dilvish


Accolytes:


The Trigadi


Purpose:

The Trigadi are warriors. This independant and powerful warrior caste are the fear, muscle, and pride of the Highborne nation. They serve as Caeril's guardians: defenders of our homeland and protectors of our people. Their citadel faces outward north and west, and all who come by sea are greeted by its watchful bastions.
We recognize Trigadi as heroes, despite what many point out to be hot-headedness and tendency for radical problem resolution. They carry a heavy weight and hold say in the council. Their opinion is placed in high regard, as they are our first line of defense.
The Trigadi practice a mysterious ancient elven martial art of bladeweaving, and forge weapons found nowhere else in the world. Most of their inner operation details are secret and only known to the devout. It is known that Trigadi train from the very childhood, and recruitment process is beyond strict. Experienced warriors select children at almost toddler age, where they are evaluated through selection, and the most able bodied, physically and mentally tough offspring are admitted to the Temple to become Apprentices, who later achieve the Scholar rank. It is a great honor for every family to have their child join the Trigadi, and not many are held worthy of that priviledge. Families of the training Trigadi are provided with compensation for their children's absense and are reunited upon graduation. In case the student does not survive graduation, their belongings are sent to the family, along with their remains. This ceremony is treated with honor to the end. No Highborne laughs at a fallen Trigadi Scholar.

The graduation is a mandatory process by which a Scholar ascends to rank of Adept. During this trial the Scholar must develop a signature, their unique form of lethal dance. Upon doing so, and being found worthy, the new Adept receives a custom made personalized pair of Signweaver blades. The graduation is never forced upon a Scholar. They may remain a Scholar for as long as they please, and some stay Scholars all their life. It is only applied to those who wish to obtain the privilege to become Adepts of the Temple Corps.

The Trial of Mastery is a ritual, by which an Adept may ascend to rank of Master. It is a deathmatch challenge against multiple opponents, during which an Adept must display knowledge of blade-pattern weaving, perfecting their unique form of lethal dance and surviving the trial. Becoming a Master is everyone's personal choice. The Trial of Mastery is never forced.
An Adept who enters the Trial of Mastery is referred to as candidate.
A rival Trigadi member of any rank has a right to enter the trial of another Trigadi as an opponent in an attempt to stop them from attaining the rank, knowing that they risk their life doing so.
Should this rival best the candidate, they have an option to spare their life if the candidate agrees to give up on their attempt at the Mastery Trial. However, if such agreement is not reached, the candidate has no option to accept the rival's surrender. The candidate must execute everyone who enters the Trial Arena if they wish to be ranked Master.
Should the candidate wish to spare their rival, they must surrender to the rival and accept failing the Trial.

It is told, that at one point in time, each elf has to put their life value aside to focus on their life goal. If anywhere, this is true in the Trigadi Temple. Each Trigadi Master had to risk their life to get there.

Trigadi Headmaster:

Blademistress Tehlin Gutair

Trigadi Masters:

Blademaster Sagat Borgata
Blademaster Caroon Kar'ha


Temple Cleric:

Master Sigiel Toth

Trigadi Scholars:

Rosimiel Leimisior


The Vormaegal

Purpose:

A valued caste of artisans, merchants, and traders, Vormaegal are located on the small outer island border of Caeril for convenience of visitors. Vormaegal are the bridge between our people and the outside world of humans, dwarves, and orcs.

They are suppliers of various goods, and a peripheral force, representing Caeril to other races and cultures. Though some who may read this may disregard their significance, and I do understand your concerns about giving Vormaegal too much credit (believe us, we all do, and we do consider everyone's opinion), the Council has nevertheless ruled that they are to be a respected caste, and belittling them is unwise. Yes, it is true that they are influenced by the stains of non-Highborne alien cultures, and more often than not are prone to cross-breeding and mixing of bloods, thus tainting our pure blood, but aside from every Highborne's personal choice to not breed with the Vormaegal and treat them as untouchables, this will not become law.
We need this caste to represent us economically and to supply us with resources we lack within our land, as well as bring in the news and educate us of the advancements in the outer world. Underestimating the caste, which builds, shapes, and supports our lives is an untolerable measure of ingratitude.

Yes, the Vormaegal are far from the ideal etallon of a perfect Highborne, but let us not forget that they are our kindred, our blood, and it is us who assigned them this role. It is us who picked the open minded, outgoing, and adventurous, and sent them to see the world. We are only ourselves to blame for exposing them to the influences of the world, and yet, in turn, they never blamed us back. They took their task with faith and they fulfill it with honor and diligence, and rarely did they complain about being treated as a lower caste. They took this job, because we asked them to do so, and they have contributed many devices and innovations that made our lives more comfortable today.

The council urges all Highborne citizen to ponder elaborately on the role and importance of the Vormaegal that we so readily neglect.

Leader:
Jerin Lorithnis a.k.a. "Handslap"


Elders:
Raegyll Naranec
Meliel Tanawin


Members:
Tlailyn
Laerwyn A'leasalinitai
Corin of Corsica
Haren Viggo


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Law
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0. Bane of Void Magic.
Law 0 is the crime of High Treason. It is a special category crime. See: "Zamisi" paragraph in Punishment section.
Law 0 is defined as practicing Void magic or attuning to the Void element, or contacting, befriending, assisting, or harbouring Zamisi.
Void Magic is forbidden, because it holds terrible, devastating, and ever hungry energies that seek to destroy this realm and life itself, spirit and soul included. There is no crime higher than accepting the Zamissiel's Mark.

1. Murder.

Murder of a Highborne within the lands of Caeril is a Grade 1 crime. It is against our Law.
Murder is defined as willingly or unwillingly killing a living elf without their prior consent.
It is unlawful, because we believe each elf is entitled to a safe life within borders of Caeril, should they choose to persue it, and nobody has the right to take a life of another without their consent.

2. Sexual Assault.

Sexual assault of a Highborne by another Highborne or an alien is a Grade 1 crime. It is against our Law.
Sexual assault is defined as physical rape and penetration, resulting in release of living seed and fertilization against the subject's will and without their consent.
It is unlawful, because sexual contacts without consent result in uncontrollable mixing of Highborne bloodline, which we believe is important to preserve in its purity. Doing this to an elf may ruin their career and result in them becoming tainted of blood.

*Children born of such acts, who are unwanted by their parents, will be given into custody of the Council.

3. Physical Assault.
Physical assault of a Highborne is a Grade 2 crime. It is against our Law.
Physical assault is defined as causing unwanted harm or unwanted humiliation to the body of a Highborne.
This includes sexual attempts that do not result in penetration, violence attempts that do not result in murder, and indirect attempts, such as poisoning or hiring an agent to perform any of these acts.
It is unlawful, because we believe that all Highborne should be able to live safely and happily within Caeril.

4. Property Damage.
Property damage is a Grade 2 crime. It is against our Law.
Property damage is defined as arson, destroying structures, beating down roof supports, walls, foundation, windows, destroying accessories, personal property, or items of landscape, belonging to a person or an entity on Caeril.
It is unlawful, because we believe in respecting individual rights of living Highborne.

5. Theft.
Theft is a Grade 3 crime. It is against our Law.
Theft is defined as taking something without owner's consent.
It is unlawful, because we believe in respecting individual accomplishments and rights of Highborne.

6. Desecration.
Desecration is a Grade 3 crime. It is against our Law.
Desecration is defined as vandalism towards personal property, shrines, altars, religious items, graves, and places of rest. This includes but not limited to: trashing, painting, stealing, disrupting structure, but not as severely as property damage, which renders structure unrestorable without additional construction labor.
It is unlawful, because we are a spiritual people and respect work of others.

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Disputes.

Disputes between multiple parties can be caused by many things:

Verbal assault, which is not a crime.
Property issue disagreement.
Business disagreement.
Accusations of crime without clear proof.
Political and philosophical disagreement.


Disputes are not against the law. They are the proper recommended process of solving conflcts. In fact, dispute happens when the parties involved are being mature and wise, allowing justice to resolve the situation, instead of engaging in violence.

A dispute can be taken to the Council, and a member of the Council will be assigned to act as a judge to resolve it. For serious cases, the Council will assemble in entirety to discuss.

An arcane dispute will be addressed by Council members of the Ermaedril.
A military dispute is more likely to be addressed with Council members of the Trigadi.
A trade dispute is likely to go to Vormaegal.

Once a dispute has been ruled on by the council, that decision is final and must be accepted by all parties involved. That is our people's higher wisdom.

Duels.

Duels are a legal alternative to resolving disputes.
As an alternative to asking a Council member to judge upon a dispute, the parties involved may approach the Council and inform them of mutual agreement to a duel.

All duels must be agreed upon. No duel may be forced by one onto another.

If all parties agree to the duel, the contest takes place, and the winner is considered right by law.
At that point the issue is considered resolved.
If a duel was reported and acknowledged by the Council, both winner and loser will be given healing and treatment, if the duel was not to the death.

If a duel was agreed upon, but not reported, it is still lawful (because both parties agreed to duel).
However, in this case, Council will not guarantee to provide healing and treatment to the casualties.

Forcing a duel onto another is considered a crime and will be categorized by the amount of harm done to the victim.

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Citizens and their rights and responsibilities.

Caeril citizens are subject to Law and are protected by it.

Caeril citizens may work the land and use the resources of Caeril in order to attain happy lives and prosperous future.

Caeril citizens may invite guests to Caeril and grant them use of land and resources under supervision and with approval of a Council member. Guests must be identified to the Council, so that they are not removed by mistake.

Caeril citizens may purchase property on Caeril.

Caeril citizens may attempt to join a caste. Caste leadership then holds the rights to admit or reject a citizen based on their qualification.

Caeril citizens may form a caste, provided that it fulfills a positive role within Caeril society and does not interfere with main professions of the three ruling castes: Ermaedril (magic), Trigadi (combat), and Vormaegal (buying and selling).

Caeril citizens are free to worship any diety of their choice, as long as they do so in respectful ways to others.

Caeril citizens are free of monetary taxes, but are required by law to supply the warehouse with wood and stone, maintain and make repairs to Caeril structures which belong to the public: libraries, baths, wineries, taverns, workshops, inns, and public halls.

Caeril citizens are required by law to take responsible care of teranium ore. Teranium is our island's primary commodity. Giving away its deposit locations, and selling it below established market price undermines our economic stability. Giving away teranium for free without anything in return is prohibited by law.

Punishment

*Law 0.
Punishment for High Treason is an indefinitely long imprisonment, ending only when a cleansing ritual has been performed and the subject is free of the Mark. If the traitor refuses to cleanse, they will be slain and their spirit sent to the dark halls of Methos Himself, as we pray for their fate and the fate of the world.

Grade 1 Crimes.
Punishment for Grade 1 Crimes is a lifetime imprisonment, ending with the eventual execution via Trigadi Trial of Signature.

Grade 2 Crimes
Punishment for Grade 2 Crimes is either compensation of the victim assigned by the judge, or a 1 month ((10 days OOC)) of imprisonment, with optional execution via Trigadi Trial of Signature.

Grade 3 Crimes
Punishment for Grade 3 Crimes is forcing the criminal to undo what they have done, and either paying the assigned fine, or serving 2 weeks ((5 days OOC)) of imprisonment, without the option of Trigadi Trial.

List of Citizens

Alphabetical Order Ascending:

Caroon Kar'ha
Cedric Galthiin
Corin of Corsica
Dunni S'Derefin
Gleon Deleon
Haren Viggo
Ialveth Adragil
Isbadanan Nui
Jelerach Dilvish
Jerin 'Handslap' Lorithnis
Laerwyn A'leasalinitai
Lumisier Leaondoth
Malachi Karabas
Meliel Tanawin
Merisa Lesanthrai
Neil Mallus
Oksanna Yaevynn
Quint Vitello
Raegyll Naranec
Rianiel Yaevynn
Rosimiel Leimisior
Sagat Borgata
Sigiel Toth
Tehlin Gutair
Teruviel Aarindarius
Tlailyn
Velsevul Lasaren
Yoveth Hieronym
 

Attachments

The elfess looks over the document sternly, and after many considering moments nods, without much satisfaction.
"There is much unsaid, it's true. But this is the best we can do right now."
She takes a quill out of her gold thread embroidered pouch and dips it in a vial of ink, produced from the same. Then, she leans towards the document.


I endorse this document and sign my agreement to it.

Tehlin Gutair,
Headmaster of the Trigadi.
 
I am glad to hear it. Our work is finally giving its fruit. That means we have, at least at something, succeeded.

I as well, sign this manifesto into Law.

Teruviel.
 
Brothers.. sisters..

While I admire your constant... feebleness.. towards humans and other outsiders, I do have to point out that, at times, we are too lenient towards their actions, and even their mere presence. Let us not forget that it is our duty to protect our citizens from not only their negative actions but from their negative influence as well.
I do hereby require some small modifications to these laws and punishments:
  • Any outsider guilty of a grade 1 or 2 crime, shall be put to death immediatly, on the spot.
  • Any outsider guilty of a grade 3 crime, shall be imprisoned with the option of execution, depending on the severity of the crime.
  • Should an executed outsider criminal be granted a new life through the infinite wisedom of Methos, he shall forever bear a Kill on Sight order when on the lands of Caeril.
  • Any outsider guilty of a lower crime than grade 3, shall be banned indefinetly from our lands.


Signed,
Archmage Velsevul Lasaren
 
Sighs deeply as she approaches the forum square once more.

With all due respect, Lord Velsevul, do not confuse tolerance for feebleness. We are fully aware of the potential threat outsiders represent or may represent, but in respect to our agreement, after we spent weeks to finally reach it, producing something everyone has been pleased with, you once again bring up this point and make us spin into another round of discussion.

While I understand the severety of offense for outsiders committing Grade 1 crimes, and I agree with your ammendment there, the Grade 2 crimes should not be treated in the same way.
First, simply because putting someone to death on the spot may be impossible without a fitting Trigadi or Ermaedril present, and thus may put witnesses or passerby's in danger.
Second, because we cannot make exceptions to our justice of living creatures. Everyone deserves a fair trial for a non lethal assault. The details are of essense, perhaps they had been provoked or otherwise.

Thirdly, and I reiterate on that once more, as Lord Teruviel stated before during our first meeting, there is no good that comes from slaying younger races, when they can be taught, corrected, and guided. A prisoner alive can be controlled, changed, used even, for our benefit, and educated in our ways.

Waste of life is against our beliefs.

As for continued killing of a soul resurrected, Lord Velsevul, here you speak pure blasphemy.
You know well we hold sacred belief that the soul is cleansed upon death.

In addition, those who meet Methos's Embrace, if they are given a chance to return, return with a weakened state of body and mind, suffering Methos's Curse. And there is no honor nor sportsmanship in continuously slaughtering a weakened creature. That is torture and it is below the Trigadi.

Tehlin Gutair
Headmaster Trigadi
 

Sigiel

NPC
Carries an old tome with him, flips a few pages and reads for some countless moments, seeming in deep thought. He then copies some excerpts from the book onto the board parchment.

The scroll records of our ancestral religious writings do hold truth to what Master Tehlin had stated.
The teaching does say, indeed, and I quote:


"The dead no longer have a body, as the body is not their own. Having been torn from their coil they strip to bare soul, leaving their body behind for the ravens to feast. The ravens see them off to their dark journey, guiding their spirits to the realm of Death. When Methos greets their immortal souls, all sins and graces shall be placed and weighed in measure, all debts thus paid in full, and bliss, and pain inflicted up to merit. Then, He the Lord of Ashes shall lay his palm upon their head and cloud their mind, severing memories and thoughts, and only those of strongest spirit may remain if granted a return. The soul then washed and cleansed of good or evil, gains a body, rebuilt in ecstasy and resurrected in agony. While it leaves behind what made is good or bad, it turns back to the truth within, becoming what once was at birth, become what the spirit truly is."

While open to interpretation of philosophical, metaphorical, and metaphysical context of the writings, it does hint to a chance that a revived person may forget themselves and lose memory of the past, and past transgressions, thus resurrected, should not be punished, else we risk provoking wrath of Methos.

While I agree to sign the first two clauses, the latter three, Velsevul are not of benefit.

Theft and vandalism are more common, thus happen more often. As you may know the Option of Execution also may allow for the criminal to get their freedom, should they defeat a Scholar in the Trial.
I'd rather have the petty criminals sit out their term than be given an early chance for freedom.

That is not to say that our Scholars fail the Trial often, but as you recall, some of such occurrences happened in the past.

As for indefinite bans, I think this matter should be addressed with the trader caste, for they may be against permanent removal of potential traders, even if they break the law in minor ways.


Master Sigiel Toth of the Trigadi
 

Caroon

NPC
Hey, looks like Velsevul decided to create some more work for us.
Or is he going to step away from the scrolls and get his pale bosom out of the Tower for once, to hunt down criminals personally?
I'd like to look at that.

As is, where I stand, there is no need for war until there is war.
On the other hand, when it comes to fulfilling my civic duty as a Highborne, if I see a human assaulting a one of us, I give them a taste of the tinechel. That much can be taken for granted.

Caroon Kar'ha
Master Trigadi
 
Tehlin, I do appreciate Trigadi input on the topic, as I am sure do we all. Yours, Caroon, and yours, Sagat... but could we please respect the proceedings of the Council? Your opinion was asked and will be asked during the public voting.
It... it truly pains me, this entire discussion. Writing each word here shakes my hand, it hurts me to the depth of my core. This hatred our kind keeps for aliens burns through me, as I see the potential for enrichment and improvement, and humility wasted.

The old elf sighs deeply, seeking words to continue, then starts to write again.

Velsevul... please, do not start this again. Can we please, have a small, fragmented bit of patience?
As much as I would like to, we cannot allow immediate execution.

Even among our kind there are seeds of treachery, madness, insanity. People are not to be judged for killing in self defense. If a visitor humbly enjoys Caeril's hospitality, and some Highborne bandit attacks them first, they are within their right to defend themselves, and if it results in the bandit's death, we cannot put the visitor to death without hearing out the truth and proper investigation.

Killing anyone on the spot, alien or Highborne, is just not wise. You should know that.

In spirit of compromise, I do agree on your proposal to commit first immediate execution for Grade 1 crimes, but only after the guilt was proven in our court. Of course, that is, if the Trigadi do not claim the prisoner for themselves as a promising warrior. As we all know, they favor keeping able bodied and skilled prisoners for participating in Trials of Signature to ascend their Scholars.

If the Trigadi do not claim the accused murderer proven guilty, an execution by dignified alchemical induced lethal concoction will be committed.

Are all council members in favor of this amendment?
 
Sagat, Caroon. Enough. You were well understood and represented.

Lords, The Trigadi demand our traditional rights kept in tact. We insist on claiming all prisoners captured alive and judged guilty of violent crimes for the purpose of Trials. That had been the law of our blood for centuries! The Trigadi had been the shield of the land and the sword of justice since we existed.
Each enemy sentenced to die will be given the trial of blood and will aid our scholars in perfecting their Signs. We are entitled to this right.

As such we cannot promise immediate execution, as the Trials are individually scheduled. The Trials involve executing 10 prisoners simultaneously, so the sentence is carried out for a whole group.

As such, I will vote 'Yes' on the amendment for the Grade 1 crime, with my own addition - that all proven guilty will be immediately put in queue for the sentence by Trial, and transported into Citadel prison. This is our clause.

Tehlin Gutair,
Headmaster Trigadi
 
Dear sister Tehlin, you are still young, your patience is thin and your words are rash. Allow me the priviledge of illuminating you... The difference between feebleness and tolerance is the same as between we being too weak or to afraid or simply too uncaring to do what is right for our people and me tolerating you, even though your words are offeding at best.

Brothers, sisters... I have lived a very long time, long enough to see the ancerstors of the ancerstors of those that live in our days. I have seen them be born, I have seen them live, and I have seen them die. It is always the same, never has it changed on the course of millenia, be it when they were merely throwing sticks and stones at eachother or now when they are capable of much greater destruction. They are born in misery, they live in misery and they die in misery, destroying everything in their path in order to live that short life of theirs in the most selfish way possible. They cut forests just to build machines of war and tall walls, they slaughter animals just for trophies, and they kill eachother merely for a piece of land that probably will be the container of their body once they have passed away, feeding it to the worms.
They have not changed, and they never will. It is their nature to destroy everything in their path, to conquer and fight for things that hold no more meaning than for their own selfishness.

While I see your point of view and I agree with keeping tradition, it is time to change and adapt, if we are to survive, or see us perish soon, eaten by this ever hungry disease. I do not agree on allowing outsider criminals the possibility to live. Once they are caught by our trusty guard, they need to be put to death immediately. Trial? To judge what? there are no attenuating circumstances for slaying a highborn, nor for desecrating it's blood.
Yes, I agree that we as well have young brothers, but the difference is that they will learn with time, it is in their blood to do so.

Also, sister Tehlin, please do not teach me about the gods and their ways for I have been in communion with them eons before you were even born. Indeed, upon death one's soul is clensed of all sin, but if sent back, is it not the same person? One does not change it's nature, no matter what, it written in our blood, even less those with so few time to spend in this world before they part to the next.
However, in spirit of compromise, I propose that IF one returns from the afterlife, he will be allowed to plead for forgivness for his past sins in front of the Council.

I stand firm on my position:
- those that slay a highborn and those that desecrate a Highborn's blood, shall be put to death on the spot. To not endanger citizen's life, of course, those that are not able to do so, should seek the assistance of our trusted guard and not act on their own.
- outsiders guilty of a grade 3 crime shall be imprisoned and receive a trial. If found guilty, shall either spend time in our cells then be escorted out of our lands, or sent to execution in the Trials. The prisoner shall be given the oportunity to choose.
- a lower crime shall lead to a ban to which the banned can file an appeal. If found guilty, he will be asked to leave the island forever, unless he pleads for forgiveness and performs community service for our people's benefit.

In conclusion, I hereby ask for a new law to be enstated:
- While on the island, the humans are interdicted to consume alcoholic beverages of any kind and in any quantity, for they have no measure and I have seen countless times how alcohol turns even the most docile man into a beast.

Forever for the Highborn,
Archmage Velsevul Lasaren
 
Greetings, old wise ones.
Humble Vormaegal apologize humbly for humble absense of humbleness, and such. Raegyll is humbly enroute on a humble trade mission to the Orilis to restock on goods, to humbly provide Your Highnesses with valuable meat, grains and jewelry, but he authorized me to humbly speak on his behalf, pardon my insolence, I'm truly humbled.

We are Oh, So Glad that You Great, Wise Minds in power had even included us in the manifesto as a "Ruling" caste, we have felt that love and honor from you for soooo long, it's been nothing but joy serving you...

We are also so glad and honored this discussion waited for our "valuable" input. We humbly appreciate how much you folks value us...

Let's perhaps ignore the facts that some who choose the path of Vormaegal are centuries old, and probably have seen more of the outside world than many of the sword and staff together, so we tend to be a little less... delusional?

To the point of topic at hand.
We are in favor of punishing ALL murderers and rapists immediately and severely, REGARDLESS of their race. We hate violence and do not tolerate it from alien or Highborne. No blood or lack of blood should excuse a sentient being for being a homicidal malevolent life taking arse.

Race or species does not matter. If you stop being so nationalist and elitist and actually immerse into communities that you shun from in your reclusiveness, you will see how friendly and eager most people actually are, and how much enthusiasm they show to trade with us and visit us, at least on the outskirts of Caeril. With how much fear, respect, and reverence, the guests glance upon your distant towers, while we let them only to step upon the docks of the outer chain.

And also, point of note. The more people you end up banning from our land for minor misdemeanors, the harder OUR job will end up being, because we will have to travel far to get the goods YOU enjoy, from people who know other people who know people you have banned (or slaughtered, because I'm sure if you let Sagat, Caroon and the rest of the Temple blades have their freedom, there wouldn't be a single soul left for miles.)

With that said, we sign the manifesto in its current form posted above, but without any of the proposed amendments, until they make actual sense.

Humbly yours,
humbled in humility
worthless of the untouchable
Master Merchant of the Vormaegal,
ah yes, Grandmaster of House Vormaegal, thus having a spot of vote on this Council,
Jerin Lorithnis~~~~*
 
Enough!
Let us not turn this Council into measuring clout and condescendingly pointing out young age of members who proved their right and wisdom to be on the Council by merit and worth! Elsewise I could stand here til dawn after dawn and tell you all about the days I have witnessed your births and training, and that includes you, Brother Velsevul.
We are here to focus on our areas of expertise, analysis, and actually making the law better.

Now. As we are not yet in agreement, all your proposals will be taken into consideration. The scribes will retreat for now and we retire till next meeting, and the new amended version of the Law will be drafted and presented.

Let's try to calm down till then, this includes everyone.
I have spoken. Council meeting is adjourned.

May Calypso, Sakira, and Heraphis guide us.


Teruviel
 
Ah, but of course, Wise Teruviel.
Relying on age and experience rather than logic was my mistake in heated passion of the argument.
Please understand that I myself and the majority of us within House Ermaedril feel ever so strongly in our conviction that the safety of our island lies in preservation of tradition and strict following of the rules our wise forefathers paved our path using!

Should this direction change, I implore you, our leader, to consider it wisely and consider all whom it affects! The ways we have followed for centuries have worked to get us where they did.

As the honorable Vormaegal had pointed out, the other races do indeed provide us with goods and comforts we have grown to enjoy, the varieties of manufactured tools and innovations, and wines and beers, and food stuffs, but our reliance on them is not so significant as to make us dependable and compromise-able. Too much dependency on these foreign, alien imports will make us fickle and diluted. We must, I insist full heartedly, learn, adapt, adopt, and transcend these industrial and agricultural and culinary lessons and learn ourselves how to produce home made goods that rival and exceed those we import.

Lord Velsevul.
 
At this point I propose to wait and watch what the humans decide to do and which route they opt to take. Should they choose trade and commerce with inhabitants of the Big Island, we should remain peaceful. Should they elect military actions, we should prepare for conflict and ward our island with additional counter-measures.

But I strongly urge every young and hot-headed Highborne to keep their temper and aggression in check and not provoke a conflict first. I have no doubts we have the means to win that sort of conflict, but there is no need for premature bloodshed.

Teruviel
 
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