Abridged History of the 10th Age
The Scriptus Legalorum
THE ROLL OF THE FOUNDERS
(1) Haeron spoke thus to Ældus:
(2) We are all what it is within us to be. Let it be known! The tribes of men have come upon the standing stone in the waste, and it speaks. It says LO, I AM JUSTICE. The artifactors shall kneel before this stone. The emperors will kneel before this stone. It is meant to be. Seek out the standing stone in the waste that I have given for you.
(3) Ældus lived then amongst the ruins of the giants. He was considered wise. His words had been recorded by the historians, and his knowledge had founded schools. But he said My knowledge was incomplete until I knew Haeron.
(4) And Ældus traveled into the wastes where once giants had stood. He saw the stone. He heard the words. I am the smith, I am the hammerer. I deliver to you the golden bonds of law.
(5) So did he live at the stone for many years, and even in poverty was made wealthy by the gifts that Haeron gave him.
(6) And followers came to Ældus who was called Prophet. He showed them the stone in the wastes, the standing stone. They gazed upon it and fell to their knees, and they knew Haeron.
(7) In Miles, in that age, there dwelt the ruler of Men. He was called Ardon Ry Ymeron, the Lord of all Man. Ældus came to him with the sacred truth and the Ardon Ry understood and relented. He was visited by great visions. The empire was transformed, and the Emperor was called then Iudex Regis, the Judge of Kings. He was the measure of all men.
(8) And in those days, Ældus said to the few Do we not need worship? Look at the kingdoms of men. They are scattered, and yet they worship.
(9) But when he said this, there were many doubts.
(10) Why do we need this god of the Hammer? asked Munaras of Ældus.
(11) He is kind, Ældus replied. And he gave to man the secrets of Law. What have the Aspect-Gods ever given to us? What has the worship of Zesh ever given to us? It is not that we do not need worship; it is that the gods we have served were empty and hollow.
(12) And Munaras felt the emptiness within his breast. He believed, and so as he believed was he converted.
(13) Ældus walked amongst the people for many years. And Hierieus told him of Sarnon the Wise and the Tapestry of Time, and he spoke too of the Oracles he would send to the Empire. And Ældus recorded all these things and set them to parchment so that they would not be lost.
(14) Elenon Manslayer, heir to the throne and rod taken from Murillion in blood, was Elsoín of Miles in the time of the Prophet. The Manslayer harkened to Ældus’ words; and his heart was bolstered when Munaras chief priest of the Fire-Aspect became a true follower. It is the duty of the priest to seek truth.
(15) So in Miles was there raised a temple to the Hammerer. Munaras was visited by a dream wherein Hierius told him when the temple was complete it would be graced by the divine presence.
(16) Lo! In the year when the temple was finished a vision of the god arrived. More than a vision! Haeron himself stepped upon the first tile. He bore with him the great hammer and the tablets of Law.
(17) Hammer-blessed was the emperor, hammer-blessed his hosts. The tablets were lain in the tabernacle and the Empire flourished.
(18) And Elenon promised the Hammerer to raise up a Lawkeeper who would be the emperor’s equal. The Temple was consecrated before the feet of the God.
(19) So were the temples built across the empire, and to them were given many oblates. Orijenus was named the Lawkeeper first of all men, and he ordered his servants in rank and number.
(1) In the time of Orijenus the Aspect-Gods faltered and failed. They could not stand to the light of the truth.
(2) The gods of the north were revealed in Hierieus, for he was chief among them.
(3) Thus, the Prophet left the service of the Hammerer in life, but in death continued from Valingas to guide the hands of Men.
(4) The temples sprang up across the land without number: Eleia-of-the-Harvest, Sarnon the Seer, Quilian the Sage. They were the gentle rain which nourishes the vine. The empire grew flush with piety.
(1) Let there be servants of the Hammerer great in number. Let them be ordered in simple ways, that they may better serve him.
(2) Above all is the Lawkeeper, for so it was declared.
(3) Next let there be the Twelve Divines who shall order the districts and oversee their affairs. They sit in council with the Lawkeeper, as is right.
(4) Let there also be the Metropolitans who govern the cities and Hierophants who govern the pagi. Let the alleys and the plains bear the fruit of the law.
(5) Let there be before each leader seven Speakers and below those the clerics who are the ward of Peace.
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