Pendrakken: Mercy and Vengeance

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    West Schliemann
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    From Pendrakken Chivalry:
    <u>Charity:</u> Show mercy to those who deserve it. Grant compassion to those who need it.

    From the Tenets of the Seven United:
    o        To Live a Life of Piety, of Duty and of Mercy

    The secular code specifies “to those who deserve it,” but the faith seems to be more merciful (except for those who keep the Slayer highest).

    This seems to allow for some things that current players don’t typically associate with Pendrakken; flaying, burning alive, brutal dismemberment, feeding to hounds, etc.
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    1.Am I correct in assuming that “the line” for dealing with the very guilty is that a chivalrous avenger would not hurt innocent loved ones of the offender?

    2a. If not, what else is commonly regarded as a breach by the code of chivalry?

    2b. What about the faith, in and outside of the Slayer’s children?

    #40049

    Rules Director
    Keymaster

    West,

    For clarity the remainder of the Pendrakken chivalric code will be posted:

    Courage: Face obstacles and adversaries without fear. Tackle difficulties without surrendering.

    Charity: Show mercy to those who deserve it. Grant compassion to those who need it.

    Courtesy: Remember your place in the world. Grant those around you, below you and above you the respect they are due.

    Commitment: Remember the ties that bind you: Blood, Allegiance (to King and Country) and Faith. Keep that oaths and vows that you have sworn.

    Clarity: Speak no lie. Know the truth of what is around you.”


    1. The “line” is dependent upon each person’s own morality and that of the Church’s stance on matters. A chivalrous avenger wouldn’t hurt innocents. That said, torture and the like is considered distasteful, although less so to those of House Macha.

    2. This question is too broad to easily answer. Suffice to say, if a character is asking where the “line” is then perhaps one should not consider one’s self a righteous or chivalric person. The code is not a lawyer’s writ to be debated over, it is a code of honor and of conduct. The spirit is as necessary to it as the letter.

    The nobility of Pendrakken are expected to adhere to certain themes and conduct. Not everyone is perfect and not everyone fully follows it, but these are virtues that inform the society’s ideals and expectations. Those who are revered in society either conform to those ideals or pretend to do so well enough to fool everyone else.

    Those who do not conform to these ideals or who betray them and are discovered to be doing either (or both) are shunned. Commoners are exempt from these codes and tenets but anyone who wishes to climb the societal ladder or hierarchy is expected to follow the codes of conduct and the tenets.

     

    "The End to War, the End to Pain,
    these will come in Seventh's reign"

    #40077

    West Schliemann
    Participant

    More than fair! Rest assured, it was clear that the code was as much about spirit as letter, and I appreciate the help in understanding that spirit.

    Following up:

    Against the most heinous villains, what forms of Vengeance do men and women of honor see as the most appropriate and praiseworthy?

    #40098

    Rules Director
    Keymaster

    West,

    The stories and folklore of “vengeance” is less in the wreaking of it but in the seeking of it. The Knightly folk of Pendrakken do not revel in torture and torment, but it avenging wrongs done to them. An example of such a tale is when a noble’s brother is killed and by an outlaw that evades and kills any lawbringer or magistrate that tries to bring justice to him. The noble trains and consults the church, becoming blessed to the Slayer. In the third act of the story, she poses as a merchant to lure him into an ambush, reveals her heritage and challenges him to a duel — she returns to the local lord with the outlaw’s head.

    There is also the founding story of the Kingdom — Luther von Pendrakken’s holdings and family are slain a by a rampaging dragon. He travels abroad and spends many a season to find it, slaying it and founding Pendrakken thereafter.

    In most cases, sometimes — but not often, a swift death, is given to the wrong-doer. If the wrong itself is not worthy of death, then the wrong-doer is maimed or else gravely humiliated.

    "The End to War, the End to Pain,
    these will come in Seventh's reign"

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