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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2003 3:16 am    Post subject: The OSB Charter Reply with quote

Just in case some hadn't dug deep to see this before ...

Charter

The Order of the Shining Blade is a collection of like-minded adventurers who have banded together to protect the realms of Dysotopia from abject lawlessness and unmitigated evil. The Order respects the rights of all citizens of the realm, regardless of race, religion, or ethical/moral bend, but will intervene on the behalf of rightful rulers and/or the general citizenry when the established law or general good are threatened. The Order seeks to maintain order in the lands so that the citizens may feel free to pursue their ambitions. The Order seeks to assist individuals in their struggles, when possible, and nurture those who respect the tenets which the Order holds dear. Only those who make a mockery of the law or who pose a general threat to all need to fear the judgement of the Shining Blade.

Duty, Honor, Dignity, Courage.

Purpose

It is the purpose of the Order of the Shining Blade to uphold the above listed charter and patrol the lands of Dysotopia towards that end. The authority of the Order is primarily centered in the established settlements of Eleriina, Sylvandale and Kravenwood, but extends to neighboring territories such as the Eleriina Valley, Southern Great Forest, and the Kravenwood Lowlands.

The Order of the Shining Blade is not a group of bounty hunters, but a multi-regional organization which is ever wary of upholding the given laws and accepted practices of a region and protecting the citizens within. The Order endeavors to make it so the residents may conduct their lives within their home cities without fear of maniacal evil or anarchy.

The Order stands for justice and the general good of all, and desires to resolve that which it can without conflict. The Order also understands that some cannot be reasoned with and only recognize justice delivered from the end of a blade.

General Rules

Afford all due respect to other members of the Order, not simply those who carry higher rank.

Patrol the regions in balanced parties, seeking to uphold the Order's charter and help those in need if their ends are noble.

Afford courtesy to those who are courteous to you, regardless of their affiliation or profession.

Be patient with those who are less worldly and/or hold different views, but do not compromise on the principles which the Order holds dear.

Deal with hostility with intellect as well as might, defending those who are in need and bringing to justice those who would run roughshod over that which the Order holds forth as true.

Endeavor to fight with dignity and honor should a matter escalate into open combat.

Afford mercy when merit calls for it, but to not shirk from delivering final judgement on those who deserve such.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2003 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

((IC as Conrad))

I want all of you to read it and then read it again and keep it in mind in your daily dealings out amongst the people. While I suspect some of the "view" from the street is purely trumped up ... we cannot go wrong if we stick with the charter as it was originally formed and adopted.

I daresay, however, that a more proactive OSB would then be answering charges of trying to oppress the freedom of the masses, or attempting to crush any voice of dissent. We can effectively take our pick in these ... either they will say we do nothing or they will say we do too much. The wisdom is in the realization that, to the enemy, we can do nothing right and no well-intended deed will go without some punishing commentary.

Perhaps at best we can hope for is a mix of the two ... :: chuckles lightly to himself, seeming to find some degree of humor in the irony ::
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2003 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Additional scope and purpose notes ...

The Order of the Shining Blade serves, essentially, as something of the "Justice Department" of the Crown/Monarchy of Dysotopia. Issues of crime and reports of crime can be reported to the Order for investigation and adjudication. When warranted or necessary, members of the Order are available to serve in roles of prosecution or defense counsel, depending on the wishes of the involved parties. More specifically, however, members of the Order serve as judges/arbitrators between parties that have a quarrel with each other. These duties are above and beyond the other duties such as regional security, law enforcement and the like.

Matters which are being handled by empowered local authorities (i.e. Eleriina reps or Kravenwood reps) are generally considered outside the purview of the Order unless those regional groups ask the Order to get involved in some manner. Regardless of various reputations of involved parties, the Order is sworn to view the law without bias or prejudice. All citizens of the lands of the monarchy are afforded equal and fair protection under the banner of the law ... although the Order generally would only seek to get involved in matters which deal specifically with "national security" rather than regional disputes unless said regional affairs have no parties with the vested royal power to get involved in the Crown's name.
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