A Rookeri Supplement
The Runman Order
It is said that the Runman Order was founded some 900 years ago. However, Kalamite, Keefa-Papa of the Runman Order, has recently had cause to question that age. In Citadel Lecheni those years since foundation need to be halved.
Despite it would please Kalamite greatly for the Runman Order to rule as Rothi’s prime religion, in fact the underlying beliefs in which it is rooted retain their hold as the people’s desired religion. The Runman Order, much to Kalamite’s disgust, exists as a scarcely tolerated college of philosophers. Resorted to by the populace when seeking advice and guidance, it is generally despised by the noble Houses as a host of parasitic rufflers. And though the Order’s geographic spread is wide, it is present only in a small portion of the Rothi towns.
The Legere Chair and the Book of Gods
The Legere Chair, Symbol of Authority
It is said that the Legere Chair moves from House to House with the reallocation of authority. Yet the physical reality of the chair, a low circular structure with overhanging protective canopy, remains forever with that House. If title and authority returns, then the chair is dusted off, its sagging upholstery repaired, legs polished, and the tears in the canopy darned. If the title and authority repeatedly passes them by, then the chair is tucked away, a relic, forgotten. Since this has been happening since a time any now can remember, some chairs are in ruinous state while others are much repaired.
The Book of Gods
The Book of Gods, however, exists as only one copy for each of the many Rothi citadels. At the reallocation of authority that Book is physically handed to the new Lafard Legere.
Whether each new Lafard Legere actually opens the covers and reads what is inside it could provide an interesting subject for a scholar’s study – with the agreement of his wishardt-master.
Should any Lafard Legere of Citadel Lecheni do this, actually open their copy of The Book of Gods, this is the knowledge that would greet them.
We the Founders agree to accept as our Guide the Three
Principles Gods of Existence.
Principle One. Creation
[in a different hand] (The Magnificent Maker)
What must be Created will be Created and this we accept without naming it ‘Good’.
Principle Two. Maintenance. [in a different hand] (The Many Gods)
What must be Maintained will Maintained and this we accept.
Principle Three. Destruction. [in a different hand] (The Destroyer)
What must be Destroyed will be Destroyed and this we accept without naming it ‘Evil’.
How the Warrior Gods and King Gods came into Being
The Serving Gods made the world and all that is in it – for only they had the hands and the strength, the know-how and the staying power.
Having Created, the Serving Gods squabbled, and they killed one another.
Soon their numbers were much diminished, and so those who remained created the Warrior Gods to fight on their behalf. The Warrior Gods are dispensable. But though they die, they are recreated.
The Warrior Gods soon realised they needed direction. They asked the Serving Gods to make them a King God. But the Serving Gods were undecided. Ought they to make a Summer King, or a Winter King? A Hot King, or a Cold King? A Bright King, or a Dark King?
Their answer was to make two King Gods and leave it that the Warrior Gods would decide which King God they would have.
[in a different hand] King? Why not Lafard?
[and in another hand] King, because he rules over the tribe of Warrior Gods
The King Gods
At their creation the two King Gods were raised up to be ‘Kings of the Gods’.
Though they have many names, those names always represent opposing forces, for such are the King Gods. For example:
[in a different hand] As in the Magnificent Maker/ The Destroyer
[and in another hand]
The Runmen call them Jupiter and Saturn and assign to them the numbers 7 & 9, respectively. I do not know why.
[and in a third hand]
They are Dizpeter, the Wise, the Prudent; and Stup, the Wanton and Wicked
[and in a fourth hand]
One wonders who would be stupid enough to appeal to Stup, and in what circumstances
The Surviving Serving Gods
. . . and those serving classes who mostly resort to them.
Asrof the Spear Renowned:
holden, folkheren and markheren
Hold the Loyal:
Swethe the Sweet:
selemen, cooks and brewers
Unorne the Humble:
pagini and farmworkers
Stithmod the Resolute:
sivataran, bachelori, gerefen and fitzen
Geomor the Sorrowful:
butchers and spraken
Fello the Dusky:
millers and bakers
Gregure the Grey Worthy:
snapperin and spraken and other leather workers
Torthe the Radiant:
napmaiden and chiparin
Wafren the Wanderer:
saddlers and tackle makers
Depwer the Solemn:
hensemen and eskurin
Swartwurt the Black Worthy:
smiths and armourers
Blithe the Joyful:
dulsindi, kamerlingen, pagini and hinin
Skir the Clear:
fishermen and boatmen
The Warrior Gods
Though numberless, listed are the eight gods commonly favoured by our Lecheni-warriors:—
Afar the Fierce
Arod the Ready *
Eslig the Fearsome
Ellenrof the Daring
Gorm the Eager *
Slithen the Cruel
Truman the Strong *
Uneran the Unflinching
Asterisked are those Warrior Gods particularly favoured by our Citadel holden
Bascelin The Great
Bascelin The Great Poet-Philospher gave us these words.
Ah! You ask of life after death. Such a layered question.
So, the Lafdi and Lafarden.
Their names recorded, they become our Ancestors. Though the process is long.
Entombed in our houses and our gardens where we the living might consult with them, our Ancestors long linger on. For whilst still they are useful, what inclination have they to reinhabit a mortal form. Yet set aside in favour of the more ‘recently deceased’ then, aye, then our Ancestors hasten to take flesh-form again.
You Lafarden, who now read my considered words, be advised that whilst attached to their bones our Ancestors are legally entitled to attend your Witans. They might even fight – in advisory position – alongside you, their descendants.
What, next you ask, of the Haden & Hades, relatives of the Lafdi and Lafarden.
You might suppose that these beings who have, for all their life, loyally served their kin, or have migrated to serve in other castles, might lurk and linger once they have drawn their last breath, reluctant to leave their master, eager for a new chance to serve. And maybe they hope this time they will be the lafard of their house. But it is not so – and how can it be?
They are not lafarden to be buried, to have bones to cling to. No, these ‘high-kin’ always are cremated. And Lafard Legere that you are, you will agree, it is the safe course. Their spirits leave; they are the voices of the Endizerel Range.
Now you ask what of the lesser orders, the workers and servants. Do they, in any form, survive.
I answer, how can they, when their names are never recorded. They live. They die. Then, like the pigs that we eat, they are forgotten. They do not return.
Once there was a sixth page to Citadel Lecheni’s The Book of the Gods. But, for whatever reasons, only its attached margin remains.