We who know the Old Ways are well aware of
the existence of a spiritual world invisible to the unenlightened.
Just as one living in a kingdom but unaware of the political
machinations may see a new tax or battle preparation as capricious
fortune, many observe floods, famines, and madness with helpless
incomprehension. This is deplorable. As the great Cuilean
Darnizhaan moaned, "The power of ignorance can truly
shatter mithril like glass."
What, after all, is the origin of these spiritual
forces that move the invisible strings of Mundus? Any neophyte
of Artaeum knows that the spirits are our ancestors, and that,
while living, they too were bewildered by the spirits of their
ancestors, and so on to the original Acharyai. The daedra
and gods the common people turn to are no more than the spirits
of superior men and women whose power and passion granted
them great influence in the phantom world. Certainly, this
is our truth and our religion, but how does it help us in
our sacred duty to seliffrnsae, or "provide grave and
Firstly, we can easily grasp the necessity
of both bringing good men great power and making powerful
men good. We recognize the multiple threats that a strong
tyrant represents -- he breeds cruelty which feeds the daedra
Boethiah and hatred which feeds the daedra Vaernima; if he
should he die performing a particularly malevolent act, he
may go to rule in Oblivion; worst of all, he inspires other
villians to power and other rulers to villiany. Knowing this,
we have developed patience in our dealings with such despots.
They should be crippled, humiliated, impoverished, imprisoned.
Other counselors than we may advocate assassination or warfare,
which, aside from its spiritual significance, is expensive,
aleatric, and likely to cause at least as much pain to innocents
as the brutish dictator was inflicting. No, we are intelligence
gathers, dignified diplomats, not revolutionaries.
How, then, are our counselors "faithful"?
We are faithful only to the Old Ways -- it is essential always
to remember the spiritual world in watching our world. Performing
the Rites of Moawita on the 2nd of Hearth Fire and the Vigyld
on the 1st of Second Seed are essential means of empowering
the salutary ghosts and debilitating the unclean spirits.
How, then, are we faithful to those we counsel and to the
Isle of Artaeum?
Perhaps the sage Taheritae said it best: "In
Mundus, conflict, disparity is what brings change, and change
is most sacred of all the eleven forces. Change is the force
without focus or origin, and it is the duty of the disciplined
Psijic (enlightened one) to dilute change where it brings
greed, gluttony, sloth, ignorance, prejudice, cruelty ...
(Taheritae lists the 111 Prodigalities) ... and to encourage
change where it brings excellence, beauty, happiness, and
enlightenment. As such, the faithful counsel has but one master,
his mind. If the man the Psijic counsels acts wickedly and
brings oegnithr "bad change" and will not be counselled,
it is the Psijics duty to counterbalance the oegnithr by any
A student of the Old Ways may indeed vassal
himself to a lord, but it is a risky relationship. Should
the lord refuse wise counsel and order the Psijic (to use
Taheritae's out-moded word) to perform an act contrary to
the teachings of the Old Ways, there are few available options.
The Psijic may abandon his lord, which will bring shame on
him and the Isle of Artaeum, and so may never be allowed home
again. The Psijic may also kill himself.
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