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Official Christia Committee Thread

Discussion in 'RPG Out of Character' started by sampson x, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. StarSplitter87

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    :D Many thanks, WoF. You're amazing.

    ~Star
     
  2. Woman of Faith

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    :blush: Spiderman's amazing, sweetie. I'm forgiven by God's grace and just trying to learn how to be like Him.
     
  3. StarSplitter87

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    ;) You mean how to work for Him. :p

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  4. Woman of Faith

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    No, I mean I am trying to be like Him.

    Christian means Christ like. What is the point of being a Christian if one is not trying to be like Christ?
     
  5. StarSplitter87

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    You said it like you were trying to be like God. Re-read what you said :p

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  6. Woman of Faith

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    I know what I wrote and I meant it. Jesus is God, sweetie. God is a triune Being; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christ, Jesus, God; the names are interchangeable. When speaking of One I am speaking of Them all.

    When I say I am trying to be like Christ it is the same as saying I am trying to be like God. It is what we are supposed to do as Christians, be like the One we worship.
     
  7. dramaking

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    Well guys, we've had a lot happen in the Suggestions thread, but right now, before our terms expire, I think we should bash through and make a list of all we have done. And since our most major act so far (unless I'm mistaken) was the establishment of a definite beginning and time system for Christia, let's try to get a workable timeline up so we can stop saying "About a year after Consi" Before we're gone I would like to see a feasible date system for the place, and have our half finished projects done.
     
  8. Woman of Faith

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    Whoa! Has a year gone by already? (runs back and checks first post) Okay, whew! We still have all summer before we need to seriously, diligently discuss how to move on, but DK is right we need to start thinking about it. Who else is there that could fill an empty slot(s)?

    Can we vote on the the Pra Yer? You've all seen the proposal now that it's been revised. I move we vote on it.
     
  9. Paladin Dave

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    I like it. I'll get something written up on the Paladins too, on that note.
     
  10. sampson x

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    I also say we vote on the Pra Yer. Get a proposal up, WOF, so we can vote on it.

    PD, that would be awesome. I said I was inspired to write a thing up for the Rurirrack, but I never actually got around to it. Darn...
     
  11. Woman of Faith

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    Proposal to enter Pra Yer Order into Christia Canon

    I'll have to do this in three posts as I do not want to use a link to the revised version. I propose that this background of the Holy Order of Pra Yer Warriors be introduced as canon in the Christia section of CF RPG. The full description follows a short, introductory paragraph summarizing the Pra Yer.

    Generally the Pra Yer are a highly regarded society of holy warriors who work to obtain and maintain close relationships with God, His Son and the Holy Spirit. They wield mighty powers gifted to them by God, among these being healing, woodland and combat abilities. Often, people do not know how to react to the Pra Yer, sometimes even those that know them personally. There is an air of mystery about them that most people will find odd or even intimidating. Indeed they are mysterious and powerful, but, above all the Pra Yer are benevolent.

    Pra Yer Order (revised)
    The Holy Order of the Pra Yer Warriors

    The Pra Yer are based very closely on the Kai Lord class presented in the Lone Wolf books by Joe Dever. I have changed the name of the sect to the Pra Yer Warriors as I did not wish to have my character praying to or serving a false god.

    General background:
    Formed approximately 609 years ago by the royal house of Peria and the country’s most holy sects, the Holy Order of the Pra Yer Warriors, henceforth called merely the Pra Yer, were created to defend Peria against enemies both within and without. To the world at large the Pra Yer are an extremely mysterious group, some believe them to be an odd cult wielding great power, while others view them as a benevolent society rather inappropriately close to nature. The truth is that the Pra Yer are wholeheartedly devoted to the one, true God and have learned to use their innate mana to serve Him. They hold their members to the highest standard of discipline, love, and honor. For this reason there are some who mistakenly believe them to be judgmental or self-righteous. Those who have had actual, long-term interaction with the Pra Yer, however, know them for who they are and who they strive to be.

    The Pra Yer live to serve. They serve God above all else, but also serve Peria, her allies and each other. They hold no one to the standards they have set for themselves, for to do so would be unfairly demanding. By the same token, those who would avail themselves of the power that comes from learning their secrets must first commit to using those secrets in service to God and country. The Pra Yer’s main goal is to keep the burgeoning evil of Anserak enclosed behind the Anserak Mountain Range, also known as the Wall of Hope. For these last few centuries the Pra Yer have done well in keeping back the dastardly minions of Anserak, but losses are sustained in this pursuit and the Pra Yer’s forces must be replenished. Throughout the centuries the Pra Yer have sought out those with the talent to join their elite order, their close knit family. No one may merely walk up to the monastery and seek entrance into the Order, one must be invited. The Pra Yer send out masters from their Order to seek out children who appear to hold distinct levels of mana. Once a child is found he/she is invited to join the Order. The Pra Yer ask the permission of the family for this privilege due to the very profound nature of their invitation.

    When a child with a suitable amount of innate mana is found an invitation is given for that child to enter the Pra Yer monastery at age 6. The hopeful is not allowed to see anyone outside the Pra Yer Order for a period of two years. This seems harsh, especially for ones so young, but a strong bond must be created between the child and his/her new family. This new family of Pra Yer must be allowed to get to know one another without distraction. The child must learn much in these two years and must learn to trust his/her new family implicitly. (From now on I will simply use the pronoun him/his. This in no way conveys that women cannot be Pra Yer. In fact, the first Pra Yer in the Christian Forums was a woman.)

    At the end of the two years the child’s family comes for a brief visit, usually a few days. However, this is not the end of the reunion. After the initial visit with their loved ones each child goes home for an extended visit, usually between two and four weeks. The children use this time to enjoy the company of all their friends and family, but in this time they are also making their final decision about whether or not they want to join the Pra Yer. It is this limited view of the Pra Yer lifestyle that may be the source of so much misinformation about the holy society. No one can say being a Pra Yer is easy, it is a hard life. The Pra Yer want each hopeful to know exactly what he is in for before officially entering the order. If the child, and his family agree that a life of holy service is what he truly wants, and what the family wants for him, then the child returns to the monastery for official induction into the Pra Yer Order.

    From the date of their induction into the monastery children begin to work, study, pray and meditate to learn their first Pra Yer disciplines, the skills and abilities of their noble ancestors. (Nobility does not denote aristocratic birth in this instance, but rather a code of conduct not unlike the Chivalric Code followed by Paladins and other knights.) Much work is done within the walls of the monastery, and in the surrounding area, before the Pra Yer is sent on a mission. Pra Yer must learn five disciplines before being considered ready to head out on solo quests. The Pra Yer’s earliest years with the order are spent in study, prayer, meditation and training. There is also much work to be done, as the Pra Yer monastery is a self-sustaining society. There are fields and orchards to tend, livestock and horses to care for as well as weapons and armor to make and maintain. In addition the monastery complex itself must be cleaned and maintained as well as the clothing and bedding for each member. Each Pra Yer must eat so there are cooking and clean up duties in the kitchen as well.

    There is never a lack of work to be done and some of it is far more pleasant than other chores. The wise Elders see to it that Pra Yer hopefuls who comport themselves appropriately are assigned to the chores they enjoy, such as hunting and assisting in the smithy. Young Pra Yer who do not do as they should are assigned less desirable tasks, such as gathering wood and kitchen clean up. As they progress hopefuls graduate from such work as plowing the fields to patrolling the nearby hills. All Pra Yer study history and other subjects while at the same time learning and practicing what will become strong powers. It is extremely rare for an adult to enter the monastery as a novice, but those that do can never reach the pinnacle of ability that life-long Pra Yer attain.

    The training is fierce and each Pra Yer novice faces many hardships. Still the children love and respect their instructors despite the many sacrifices they must make to become Pra Yer and the Elders see to it that the instructors are strict, but fair. The hard work is necessary to bring up a new generation of Pra Yer as able as the one before. From days of old the Pra Yer have defended Peria, and her allies, from evil in all its forms and this tradition continues from generation to generation. Consequently, Pra Yer can be found all over Christia performing their sacred duty to God and to Peria.

    Religion:
    Although not specifically stated as existing in Christia the religion most closely appropriate to describe the beliefs of the Pra Yer would be Christianity. They believe in God, His Son and His Holy Spirit. They follow the commands of God as laid forth in His Word. It is easiest to say that they love the Lord their God with all their hearts, all their souls, all their strength and all their minds. Also, they love their neighbors as themselves. As the Lord said, all the law and the prophets fall on these two precepts and the Pra Yer are famous for their devout following of them.
    The Pra Yer have worked long and hard to become close to their Lord Almighty and due to their diligent seeking of Him and His way of doing things they have been rewarded with many specific gifts. These gifts are powered by the mana imbued in each Pra Yer by their Creator and they are all taught how to use their mana, focusing it through the various skills and talents for which the Pra Yer have become known.

    Mission/Purpose:
    As stated above the main mission and purpose of the Pra Yer is to protect Peria and her allies. There are several ways in which they accomplish this, which is discussed further in the Operation section of this missive. The Pra Yer serve God, serve Peria and serve each other. Protection of their country and its people is their utmost purpose.
     
  12. Woman of Faith

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    Proposal...Pra Yer...(cont.)

    Operation:
    To protect Peria is a big job and the county has several military branches to perform it, but the Pra Yer are elite. They are more than soldiers and more than clergy, they perform their task of protecting Peria in many different ways.

    Field Operations - The vast majority of Pra Yer personnel operate as field agents, performing dangerous and important missions throughout all of Christia for the good of Peria and her allies. Sometimes these missions take several years to accomplish, but the devoted and versatile Pra Yer meet whatever demand is placed upon them stalwartly.

    Military Advisor - Pra Yer are excellent tacticians and have been commissioned both as field commanders in Peria’s Royal Army and as military advisors to the emperor himself. Pra Yer warriors can be found performing these functions in the armies and courts of Peria’s closest allies as well.

    Instructors - Perhaps the most important thing for the Pra Yer is to ensure the continuation of their Order through the training of future generations. As a Pra Yer attains new ranks throughout his career, once he has achieved Master status, he is expected to spend time at the monastery as a training master. The master is given a respite from the dangerous duty he has agreed to take on and the Pra Yer pupils gain the advantage of instruction from highly experienced masters.

    Seeker - These Pra Yer are assigned the enormous task of scouting Peria, and sometimes other countries, in search of hopefuls to join the Pra Yer Order. They travel the countryside keeping their senses alert for the signs that a child holds a high level of mana. These Pra Yer then, after confirming their supposition with prayer and observation, introduce themselves to the prospective initiate’s family and extend the invitation for the child to join the Order.

    Generally, the Pra Yer spends much of his career as a field operative, but some time is given to instruction and scouting for new members. Usually, the instructive, or seeking, portion of a Pra Yer‘s service comes just after a field mission has been completed. In addition, those Pra Yer coming back from particularly harsh assignments are given the option of going on sabbatical. When taking a sabbatical the Pra Yer uses this time for fellowship with God, friends and loved ones, and for renewing of his mind and refreshing of his spirit. The things encountered in the missions they perform would curl the toenails of most people. While Pra Yer are most stout-hearted they are, in fact, human and as much in need of rest from heavy labors as any other individual. These sabbaticals can last anywhere from a few weeks to even two years, depending on the nature of the quest recently completed.

    The role of military advisor or commander keeps the Pra Yer away from the monastery for so long that to be given one of these appointments is considered a truly high honor. Only the wisest and most accomplished Pra Yer are ever asked to fulfill such a role. (Okay, that’s the party line. Pra Yer really don’t want to have to go to court at all due to all the sycophants that crawl all over the place and they prefer to either be field agents or instructors.)

    Heirarchy
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    The Pra Yer are governed by the Master Supreme, a sort of military/priestly office which is subservient only to God and to the Perian Emperor. The Pra Yer fiefdom is rather small, however, and is contained within the region immediately surrounding the Pra Yer Monastery, which is on the banks of the Silent River, centrally located on the northern edge of the Wall of Hope.
    In fact, centuries ago one Pra Yer Master Supreme was granted a peerage by the emperor. That emperor bestowed upon that Master Supreme the title Earl of Silent Hope, indicating that the leader of the Pra Yer would rule the province which includes the Silent River and the Wall of Hope. The populous of the area is limited, but large enough that instead of creating a boon for the Pra Yer that emperor actually added a burden. The Pra Yer refuse to take taxes from the residents of the area for their own support, but they are responsible for seeing the people pay their taxes to the king as well as policing and resolving disputes. The title passes on to the new Pra Yer Master Supreme whenever a new one is selected.

    There can only be one Master Supreme at any given time. The Master Supreme is advised by the Pra Yer Council, which is made up of decidedly gifted and talented Grand Masters of high rank. These Pra Yer have attained such respect and distinction among their brethren during their service that they are made Pra Yer Elders. The council must be selected from this cadre of elite Pra Yer. Pra Yer Elders serve as the highest ranking instructors in the monastery and are in charge of the induction and schooling of the potential Pra Yer novices. A Pra Yer must be a Grand Master to be considered eligible to become an Elder.
    In order to gain in rank a Pra Yer must attain a new ability. Each ability grows and grants the Pra Yer more skills as he grows in knowledge, strength and wisdom.

    The ranks are as follows:
    Basic Pra Yer levels of skill:
    Novice…..has taken the vows and completed one discipline
    Intuit…..two disciplines, previous discipline improves one rank
    Doan…..three disciplines (Note: abilities may only improve)
    Acolyte…..four disciplines (to a maximum of five ranks each.)
    Initiate…..five disciplines
    Aspirant…..six disciplines
    Guardian…..seven disciplines
    Journeyman…..eight disciplines
    Savant…..nine disciplines
    Initiate Master…..ten disciplines

    Pra Yer Master levels of skill:
    Master…..one Master discipline
    Master Senior…..two disciplines, previous discipline improves one rank
    Master Superior…..three disciplines, abilities continue to improve throughout progression
    Primate…..four disciplines
    Tutelary…..five disciplines
    Principalin…..six disciplines
    Mentora…..seven disciplines
    Watchman…..eight disciplines
    Archmaster…..nine disciplines
    Grand Master…..ten disciplines

    Grand Master levels of Pra Yer skill:
    Pra Yer Grand Master Senior…..one Grand Master discipline, previous skills continue to improve until 5 ranks are held in all Basic and Grand Master abilities
    Pra Yer Grand Master Superior…..two Grand Master disciplines, previous Grand Master disciplines also improve, but each improvement is automatic as new skill level is obtained
    Pra Yer Grand Sentinel…..three Grand Master disciplines
    Pra Yer Grand Defender…..four Grand Master disciplines
    Pra Yer Grand Guardian…..five Grand Master disciplines
    Knight of the Son…..six Grand Master disciplines
    Peer of the Son…..seven Grand Master disciplines
    Thane of the Son…..eight Grand Master disciplines
    Pra Yer Grand Thane…..nine Grand Master disciplines
    Pra Yer Grand Crown…..ten Grand Master disciplines
    Prince of the Pra Yer…..eleven Grand Master disciplines
    Pra Yer Master Supreme…..twelve Grand Master disciplines

    Characteristics
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    A Pra Yer warrior is above all a servant of God. He has also vowed to protect king and country as well as the populace. Therefore the Pra Yer warrior is a spiritual warrior, part priest and part knight and part ranger. Pra Yer spend much time in prayer, seeking God and His way of doing things (Matthew 6:33). By doing so the Pra Yer have cultivated a closeness with God that grants them wisdom and abilities above and beyond those of normal men. Their mental and physical abilities have been honed to razor sharpness in preparation for lives of servitude to the Almighty and to Peria. By no means do any Pra Yer see this closeness to the Father as making them any better than anyone else. To the contrary, they come to understand the importance of keeping a servant’s attitude even more.
     
  13. Woman of Faith

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    Proposal...Pra Yer...(cont.)

    Pra Yer Order (revised), cont.
    Use of Armor/Weapons:
    Pra Yer, once they gain the Weaponskill ability, are proficient with all simple melee and missile weapons and may use light armor as well as any type of shield. A great number of Pra Yer prefer the sword to any other weapon. The long sword seems to be the favorite amongst this elite cadre of warrior priests.
    Most Pra Yer find themselves greatly encumbered by any armor heavier than leather, although a fortunate few have managed to lay their hands on Mithral Chain Mail or even Elven Chain. Of course the latter are rather slim in build. No Pra Yer has ever been known to sacrifice their freedom of movement and stealth for heavy armors like normal chain or plate.

    Associations:
    While the Pra Yer as a whole is a rather solitary organization the members of the Pra Yer have been known to work closely with the Paladin Order of Eyrel and with the Brotherhood of the Golden Oak. These two societies share a great deal of common values and beliefs with the Pra Yer. The three organizations work together to train each other in various areas of expertise. For example, Paladins have visited the monastery to train Pra Yer in battle tactics, especially use of shields. Pra Yer have visited Kelamir to train Paladins in woodland skills. The Brotherhood has sent emissaries to both societies for academic training. This cooperative relationship has made all three groups richer and stronger. Pra Yer, as mentioned before, also work with the military of Peria and allied nations as well as the court advisors of Peria and her allies, but in a much more limited manner.

    Pra Yer Code of Conduct:
    Conduct - Pra Yer are lawful good in nature. They follow the laws of the land, so long as they do not conflict with God’s laws, and they do not knowingly perform any evil acts. No one commits a truly evil act without pre-mediation and for a Pra Yer, or anyone, to do such would mean they had strayed from the true path long before the actual commission of a sin. When a young Pra Yer is seen to be following a path of destruction it is the responsibility of the Elders to help that Pra Yer back onto the straight and narrow. All this is guided by the Holy Spirit, of course. Pra Yer in the field cannot be observed and so are entrusted to God and His Holy Spirit because they should be mature enough to be able to maintain their relationship with God. If a Pra Yer is tending to stray from the path then their spirit knows it and is pricked by the Holy Spirit. If the Pra Yer ignores these warnings and continues to follow his own way dire consequences can be suffered. (Role play of this would be touchy, ideally no Pra Yer character should ever tend toward evil. Either the character realizes his wrong and repents of his rebellious attitude before actually committing the sin or they will no longer be Pra Yer. Read on.)

    If a Pra Yer maintains a stiff-necked, rebellious attitude he runs the risk of his heart becoming hardened. When that happens the likelihood of the Pra Yer actually rebelling and committing sin is very real and dangerous. When a sinful attitude is allowed to go on, when real sin is committed, the Pra Yer will lose his fellowship with God. (In reality sin will cut off our fellowship with God, not our salvation, but we must repent before we can truly commune with God again.) For a Pra Yer to do so would see him immediately stripped of his powers by God Almighty and he could be drummed out of the Order in disgrace. That is one possibility. At worst, the offender could be killed on the spot by any Pra Yer that witnessed their evil act. Of course, those Pra Yer would first try to arrest and detain the offender to be held over for trial, and atonement, but if such cannot be accomplished the Pra Yer are honor bound to stop the defrocked Pra Yer at all costs. Good conduct is one of the foundation principles for Pra Yer and evil cannot be tolerated. If a man cannot behave honorably he has no right to be a Pra Yer for maintaining law and order is one of his sacred duties. In order to establish the expectations of behavior to which each Pra Yer will be held they must know and follow the two great commandments. However, before anyone can even become Pra Yer he must know four vows are taken. These are the Vows of Commitment

    Vows of Commitment - The vows taken upon entry into the novitiate are to be taken very seriously by prospective Pra Yer. These vows are made to prepare the Pra Yer’s body, mind and spirit for the life of servitude they will be taking on. The vows are vital and mandatory in order to be allowed entrance into the novitiate. The vows of commitment are taken so seriously that any who break them are brought before the Council and used as examples to all who would seek to use the gifts of the Pra Yer for selfish reasons. The offender is always given an opportunity to repent and atone before being allowed back into the Order, but this can be a lengthy process. Along with each vow a simple task is assigned in order to test the sincerity of the potential novice.

    Vow of Simplicity - The life of a Pra Yer is one of service and as such material wealth is neither necessary nor sought out. More important than the pursuit of wealth is to gain wisdom, knowledge and health. Each novice must vow to shun the pursuit of monetary gain in order to avoid being distracted from their prayer, studies and practice. As a trial to test the novice he is asked to give up a beloved personal memento or treasured keepsake. This is to display a commitment to the simple lifestyle the Order demands.

    Vow of Honor - Pra Yer are the ultimate examples of justice in Peria, as such they are expected to comport themselves in an ideal manner, far above that of other people. If a Pra Yer willingly commits a harmful, evil act he is stripped of the gifts of God, losing all access to his disciplines until he can atone for his crime and restore his spiritual standing. The details of this atonement are left to the Pra Yer Council, who seek God diligently with prayer and fasting before advising the offender of his atonement task(s), but generally he is put on a quest or made to make a great personal sacrifice.
    The trial for this vow is usually a simple question asked by a group of Elders, anywhere from three to seven of them. The answer must be given by the potential novice quickly for it is his first instinct the Elders are trying to discern and judge. The trial is designed to gauge the hopeful’s moral compass.

    Vow of Sincerity - Pra Yer are sometimes expected to give their very lives, if necessary, to defeat the Enemy and his minions. This oath is designed to ensure the potential is aware of the devotion required in becoming a Pra Yer, and to allow the Elders to judge his sincerity as he is made aware of the level of sacrifice he might be required to make. This vow, along with the Vow of Honor, grant the Pra Yer the legal right to enforce law in Peria.
    To test the potential novice’s sincerity a fool proof test has been devised by the Pra Yer Elders, with the help of the Brotherhood of the Golden Oak. A special crystal is given by the Elders for the novice to hold. He stands at one end of a long room, in shadows, while the Elders stand at the other end. The inner light held by the hopeful will cause the crystal to glow, and if the light is sufficient enough that the Elders can see the young person’s features the trial is passed.

    Vow of the Spirit - Pra Yer live simple, pure lives even when away from the monastery. They are expected to resist the temptations so bountiful in the world and refrain from overindulgences of pleasure or entertainment and avoid all immoral behavior. Pra Yer are expected to keep their hearts, minds and bodies pure at all times. Undercover Pra Yer find this rather difficult at times, but moderation is always observed.
    The trial for this vow is subtle. Three days prior to the Feast of Promise (a better name may be given for this later), the day novices are officially made members of the Pra Yer Order, all potentials are observed closely, but discreetly. Elders secretly arrange opportunities for immoral behavior. These are harmless situations, but they do well in gauging how sincere the novice is about adhering to the code of conduct expected of a Pra Yer. The novice’s behavior and attitude during the tests are the deciding factors in whether or not this trial is passed.

    Policies:
    Marriage - Pra Yer are not prohibited from marrying, but they are expected to follow this vow as sincerely as the four Vows of Commitment. Pra Yer look to the Word regarding marriage and how men and women are to comport themselves as husbands and wives. Specifically, they look to Ephesians, chapter five. To the Pra Yer, marriage is a partnership and when two people come together in unity they can be an extremely powerful force for good, particularly if both are Pra Yer. Pra Yer may continue to operate as a field agent after he has married, provided his spouse is aware of the dangers and possible consequences.

    Family - Pra Yer are not forbidden to have children, but upon the news that a Pra Yer is going to be a father, or mother, that Pra Yer is henceforth forbidden to engage in field work until his youngest child‘s sixth birthday. God holds the family as precious and so do the Pra Yer. The Order will not knowingly put any Pra Yer in harm’s way, running the risk of depriving a child of a parent. The Pra Yer may remain with the Order, provided he has attained a rank high enough to allow him to be an instructor or seeker, but he must devote himself to instruction or seeking of other Pra Yer until his youngest child’s sixth birthday. This ensures the child will have memories of his parent should the worst happen. If a Pra Yer with children does die in the line of duty then the other parent, if also Pra Yer, will be expected to cease field work as soon as is possible to prevent the children from losing both parents. Those Pra Yer who are about to become parents may also be considered for assignment as court advisors, provided they hold sufficient rank.

    Retirement - Pra Yer are allowed to retire at whatever stage of their training they wish. However, they will never be allowed to return and cannot continue to improve upon the abilities they have attained. They will not lose the abilities they have. If an ex-Pra Yer ever commits an evil act they are still subject to the same rules as active Pra Yer. The Pra Yer will lose his abilities until he atones for his misdeed. A Pra Yer cannot devote himself to the teachings of the Order and a different school of teaching simultaneously. If a Pra Yer wants to pursue other interests he must leave the Order. (For example, if Asha wished to stop studying for further disciplines beyond her Grand Master status and pursue mana wielding exclusively she would be considered retired from the Pra Yer and would not be able to rejoin. The relationship is not ended, the Pra Yer is simply no longer an official member of the order.)
     
  14. sampson x

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    Okay, this is hard for me to do. I've found over the years I hate good byes. I just prefer to leave and not say anything. But you guys deserve more than that.

    It's been great fun writing with all of you. However, my life has suddenly reached a pace I have never seen before. Where I once had time to delve into the mysteries of a great RPG, I now have to work or attend youth seminars, or something. While I love this place, I can not put it ahead of my other responsibilities. I wish I had known just how busy my summer was going to be. I would have quit earlier this spring when I had first thought about doing it.

    You guys are awesome, and I still love this place. But real life is calling me away. Maybe some day i will return. I don't know when or how, but I hope some day.

    As for my characters, they may be dropped/picked up as needed.

    Oh yeah, of course. I do want to stay in contact with you all, so here's a few ways of getting a hold of me whenever you might need to.

    AIM: jhuns08
    MSN: [email protected]
    Gtalk: [email protected]
    gmail: [email protected]
    Hotmail: [email protected]

    Feel free to contact me in any way. However, if you can't decide which one, I prefer gtalk. It's where all the cool people are! Haha.

    So this is like the fourth time I've posted this. It's a copy and paste letter, and I'm still having trouble with it. I don't usually get emotional over things I see on the monitor, but this place is so close to my heart. It's really hard to say good bye. Wow, I can even say I'm fighting back tears.

    -Josh
    (Yeah, that's my real name for the few of you who don't know it. Though most of you do.)
     
  15. Woman of Faith

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    You will be missed, Sam. I hope you are able to return one day. Until then:
    "The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." ~Numbers 6:24-26

    Godspeed, my friend.
     
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