The_Last_Good_Dragon wrote: ↑Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:27 amThe only penance a Priest would give to a Mage is a Penance by Fire; a priest who applied any other penance would be breaking Davism and subject to Review themselves if word was found out. Players can choose to interpret that ICly as they wish, of course, but lore is crystal clear on that topic and a priest who advocates a dissension from this invites repurcussion. Also, a Davite who doesn't accept Penance with an open heart would invite a visit from the Inquisition, as (1) all members of the Kingdom are expected to be good Davites and (2) all good Davites would accept any penance that a Priest or Inquisitor gave them unless it clearly went against Davite Teachings (at which point the Good Davite would report the indiscretion up the chain of command).Helena wrote: ↑Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:19 am> No good Davite admits to being a mage and then doesn't turn themselves in to the Inquisition.
Well, that kind of sentence is an inquisitorial interpretation of the lore. There are other valid interpretations:
- though the mage is a good davite, and knows not being pyred will make him become a demon, his will is not strong enough to go to suicide. He may blame himself and seek penance constantly for that, but never find the strength to actually declare himself to the inquisition. He is a sinner, not a heretic.
- And his priest, remembering the Erra says that a penance cleanse "when the penance is accepted and undergone with an open heart", knows that as long as he does not desire the pyre, he will not reach the Fountis. In his desire to save his soul, he protects him from the inquisition to give him the time to desire the pyre, and does his best, during his confessions to convince him.
What I mean with that example is that the inquisitorial interpretation of the Lore is not an OOC truth. It is an IC point of view strengthen by the IC power of the inquisition. By considering it as an OOC truth, we are collectively limititating RP opportunities. I am feeling that is a kind of excess of the IC power of the inquisition on the OOC level, and I think it's not good for the game. That's why I am asking for a more strict usage of the term Heresy: sinners are not heretics. Believing in the Erra, but failing to obey it is not heresy, it's a sin. Heretic are those who don't believe in the Erra.
Help sins and help confession are a little at odds with each other on the subject, but I believe the latter is more current.
Helpfile for Sins and Atonement Sin is the term for behavior in Davism that works against the two pillars of the faith: purity and goodness. When an individual sins, they are called by religious duty to confess their sin to a priest or priestess and undergo cleansing, in order to wash the taint of their sin from their soul. Failure to do so promptly and with a willing heart can lead to rejection from the Lord's presence after death, leaving one's soul cast out as food for demons - a fate most wish to avoid. As such, confession and the cleansing that goes along with it are feared at times even by the most loyal Davites. However, confessions between priests and supplicants are forever sealed and private-- only able to be breached by the Patriarch himself. Additionally, known sinners who refuse to repent on their own will often receive a visit from Church Inquisitors, and avoiding their reach is punished far more strictly than by those priests conducting confession. (Note: It's fine for you to RP your character as receiving confession from an NPC, so long as the sins are minor and you confess to a PC Orderite occasionally. Use your best judgment on what you feel is "minor.") The official list of sins is maintained by the Holy Synod with the occasional edit, but has remained fairly similar to the initial list published in the very first Erra Pater. 1. Magery: Magery is a demonic taint of pure evil, anathema to the Lord. 2. Heresy: Rejection of the Lord's words. 3. Murder: To end someone's life outside of legal bounds. 4. Betrayal: To break a solemnly sworn oath. 5. Fornication Without Blessing: The sexual union of bodies outside of holy matrimony. 6. Impurity: Miscellaneous sins such as lying, drunkenness, and being quarrelsome. 7. Acedia: Sloth or indifference toward religion. 8. Lawlessness: The breaking of lesser laws than murder. 9. Greed: A desire to benefit oneself at the expense of others. 10. Denying One's Station: To fail to uphold one's role in society. See also: DOGMA (Subject area: religion Last modified: Fri Aug 26 14:59:26 2016) Helpfile for Confession A confession is an exchange between an ordained Priest of the Holy Order and a citizen of Lithmore, during which the citizen relates his sins and troubles to the Priest and is given Penance as needed to absolve himself. Not all confessions require Penance, and no single action, prayer, or activity is required to be issued as Penance. Priests may be as creative or traditional as they prefer. The confessional room typically adjoins a chapel or cathedral, and is marked as "in session" by hanging a red cord upon the exterior door handle. When the confessional is occupied, it is a serious transgression for anyone else to enter the room. Confessions are sacrosanct, and as such can be a significant burden for the clergy to bear. To reveal to any outsider what was said during sealed confession is to commit heresy within the eyes of the Holy Order. This includes confessions of capital crimes, heresy, or magery. Priests contending with the confession of a mage would dedicate themselves to convincing that mage that it is rightful to turn himself over to the Holy Inquisition, not take it upon herself to break the sanctity of the confessional. To do so is to commit an act of deliberate heresy, and clergy who cannot keep their vows may count themselves lucky to be simply removed from their post. While it isn't standard for Inquisitors to take confessions, those who do are held to their vows as an Inquisitor before their vows as a Priest. Confession with a Priest is inviolate regardless of what is confessed, while confession to an Inquisitor comes with the expectation that they are an Inquisitor first. (Subject area: religion Last modified: Fri Jul 13 13:38:26 2018)