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Inked by the Thirty-Ninth Congress of Lawmakers

In this, the Thirty-Ninth Congress of Lawmakers, we set before our people, those of the worthy communities above the Great Scarp, the Tribal Laws that our deliberations have brought forth. The rulings and Laws made by the Lawmakers of this Congress shall be subject to the scrutiny of their peers and crafted with the support of the Tribe.

That most ancient and cherished of all Laws shall once more remain unchanged. In the words of Erias: "Let not one among us take away the faith, ceremony, or freedom of another for fear of difference. Let not one among us forcibly and falsely impose upon another. For have we not all fought side by side?" May his words guide our descendants as they have guided us.

Duseet's Clarification: the people of our Tribe shall be free to worship as they please, even should their Gods be detested and false. They may descend into the Underworld and worship there should they so desire! For to rule otherwise would be to betray the spirit and intent of Erias. Let them be punished for their worship only if they break the Laws of Tribe or Community, but otherwise not at all.

Any agreement between any number of Dispossessed, set out in ink and approved by a Lawmaker, shall be considered binding in the manner of a Law. Such agreements may last for as long as is outlined within the record, or until death. Punishments for a breach of agreement may be allotted within an agreement, or as decreed by a Lawmaker.

No Dispossessed life shall be taken and nor shall injury be caused to any Dispossessed unless death or injury are punishment allowed by the Laws and rightfully allotted by a Lawmaker.

No possession shall be taken or claimed when it belongs to another. If ownership is in doubt, the possession should return to the crafter or the inhabitant of the dwelling from which it came.

To refuse to carry out, or to elude in part or in whole, a punishment given by a Lawmaker shall, in and of itself, be an unlawful action. To speak anything but the truth before a Lawmaker, or to falsely accuse another of breaking a Law shall, in and of itself, be an unlawful action.

Hais' Clarification: when those who break Laws are brought before a Lawmaker, the burden of proof will rest upon those injured or inconvenienced by the lawbreakers. It is the responsibility of the Lawmaker to seek the truth.

Jariad's Clarification: an ignorance of Community Laws shall absolve a lawbreaker of any blame. It is commanded by this, the Thirty-Ninth Congress, that Lawmakers make every reasonable effort to set their Laws before those who arrive in their communities.

Oran Medi's Amendment: from this, the Thirty-Ninth Congress, onwards, travelers in our territory are to be viewed and judged by the Laws of Tribe and Community as thought they were Dispossessed.

Let us now scribe the punishments allowable under the wise Laws of the Tribe.

[ Posted by Reason on March 24, 2005 | Permanent Link ]

Amere Speaks of the Rings of the God-King

So it is and so it was; seven rings of divine material were given to the most trusted advisors of the God-King early in the generation of His Rise. Of those, only two remain - the others burned to nothing or lost to the passing cycles. Who holds these gifts from the past? We do, the Born Dispossessed, kept in trust by our Lawmakers for the entire Tribe. One ring was worn by Unborn Erias, the first and greatest of us, in the time of Claiming. The other was brought to the Tribe by Lawmaker Noi himself.

I have seen them, just as you could see them, neh? Travel to the Hall of Congress in Noi and speak to the Lawmaker of the community. You will not be turned away; that is not the way above the Scarp.

Dented and worn like old wood, they are, yet yellow as wood-flame and perfect to the eye. Great as He was, the God-King was not the equal of the World Crafter and the One God. His divine creations have faded in the generations since His Ascension to the Sky.

[ Posted by Reason on April 1, 2005 | Permanent Link ]

Kesia of the Twice Born Speaks of the Claiming

The cast out and banished of the Tribes had long huddled beneath the Great Scarp, raided by Wohken and Susyan, scorned by Enierd and Frost Gatherer. Yet those Dispossessed came to be many as the generations passed, and sparks of pride still moved amongst the exiles. In time, one spark came to light the fires that would climb the Scarp and Claim the territory of Frost Gatherers; his name was Erias, and we honor him yet.

Erias, Susyan Lord and Oathbreaker, came among the Dispossessed in the generation of my grandfather's grandfather - his great spirit brought the communities beneath the Great Scarp together as one. Bold and angry, he confronted those afraid of traveling the Pathway of their lives once more, exhorted those who had forgotten respect. The outcast and the exiled recalled pride and purpose, found club, ax and armor, and rose up behind the Oathbreaker Erias. A great cry ascended from the Scarp and carried on the high air to the far, dark rock of the World. Dispossessed journeyed from far to this high corner of the World, amongst them the Nine Heroes who would stand with Erias in battle. So it was that the flames of our Tribe fanned high in the cold, high air. So it was that the Claiming began.

Erias, the greatest hero of all, did not live to see the first communities of our Tribe, did not live to see Lawmakers and Law. In the last battle of the Claiming, before the eyes of the Nine, his spirit Passed to the Sky. The Lawmakers teach us that his bones and his armor rest high on the lone mountain above the valley of the End of Claiming. His spirit has not returned to the World, but watches over all Dispossessed from the Sky.

With the Passing of Erias, the Nine separated; each led their followers to build one of the first communities of the new Tribe. Look about you, to the head of this great valley - not six generations past, the hero who would would become the Lawmaker Matai stood on high rock above the valley then empty. A thousand Dispossessed stood with him while the high air rushed to the Gate of Gods. Look about you at what we, the Born and Twice Born, have crafted in the cycles since!

[ Posted by Reason on July 5, 2005 | Permanent Link ]

Lawmaker Desus Tells of the Congress of Change

As our wise Law requires, I set aside my duties as Lawmaker to teach truth and knowledge to the Born this wake. Listen, and I will tell of the Congress of Change, the first Congress of Lawmakers in the generation of my grandmother's birth.

Long past, in the beginning of our Tribe, there was peace following the Claiming and the sacrifice of Erias. In the chill and quiet of this rock above the Great Scarp, the first of us built communities; none save Servants of the Provider and the Unborn - newly outcast or banished - climbed the Scarp to the high rock in those cycles.

Our Tribe grew, yet too many of the Unborn refused our Laws and the wisdom of Lawmakers. Communities - even our great halls, or so it is said - became dangerous; the Unborn even set their tents on open rock, ungoverned by Law and Lawmaker. Their ancestors had not fought, had not pledged to Erias, yet were they not still Dispossessed?

It was in these cycles four generations ago, when Unborn threatened Born, that the Congress of Change was called. Lawmakers of the Congress decreed that the Unborn were to be sent from our territory above the Great Scarp, for they brought shame to the watching spirits of Erias and the Nine. The Unborn did not go in peace, and blood fell once more on the high rock of our Tribe.

This also the Congress of Change gave us: the Laws of Second Birth, for the exiled and outcast Unborn are as our ancestors. We have turned away old, bad traditions, but we do not forsake the Unborn. So it is that Unborn can become Twice Birthed in the eyes of a Lawmaker, and so it is that the Scarp still marks the boundary of our Tribe - Born above, Unborn below.

[ Posted by Reason on July 12, 2005 | Permanent Link ]