War of the Scales
Culture of Ordantis
I’ll break this into sections to talk about the unique cultural aspects of Ordantis. Basic things, like commercial, productive, and industrial aspects are pretty basic and self explanatory. Business is done in gold pieces, and business work very much like capitalism.
The Virtues are religious leaders as well as political leaders. They are in charge of ceremonies and meetings, and are in charge of rules of prayer as well as policies on taxing. There are 7 in total, and 8 in a time of war. The Virtues meet together semi-regularly in the Temple of The Virtues, but travel all around Ordantis, and occasionally to New Hope. The virtues are as followed. The Virtue of Chastity is in charge of mostly religious aspects of Ordantis regarding woman, though has been known to step into the government to enact laws regarding women. This virtue is often a woman, for clear reasons. The Virtue of Temperance is in charge of food distribution within the nation, taxing food, and regulating rules and standards regarding food. He/She is also in charge of sanitation. The Virtue of Charity is in charge of policy making for the poor, farmers, and those in need. He works often with the king (explained later). The Virtue of Diligence is in charge of education and promoting it’s value, as well as the growing town of Libram, located on the eastern end of Ordantis. The Virtue of Patience is in charge of many things, including financing and planning ceremonies. The Virtue of Kindness takes care of health legislature, and runs the hospitals and healing centers, and is in charge of regulating education standards for clerics. The Virtue of Humility is in charge of the judicial and due process of law in Ordantis. They run the court systems. They are also in charge of regulating commerce and taxes. In times of war, an additional Virtue is elected, the Virtue of Righteousness, this Virtue is given special, emergency power within the military, or the Tectum Sanctus. (“Holy Shield” of Ordantis)
All virtues are elected by the people via a republic system. This system is only activated when virtues are being elected or impeached, or on matters of public decisions (such as the execution of traitors.)
Comparable to a national guard, the Tectum Sanctus is a often times small and only strong on a local level. In times of war, however, it is greatly empowered. All young males are required to enter training for 6 months the summer after they reach the age of 17, and must return for training every summer for 1 month until the age of 27. Anyone, including women, may join on their own free will, at any age. There is usually room for anyone in the Tectum Sanctus, especially in times of peace, for many desk jobs and other similar jobs are in high demand. Woman, or course, are not limited in their choice of career.
The King and Queen are capable of running for any position of Virtues. Kings and queens, however, are in charge of being an example of a perfect citizen. They do not wear any fancy cloths, for express humility and seek redemption for their people. Many times, they can be found in Phoenix City or Great Beacon, helping the poor. Because of this, many Queens run for the position of Virtue of Chastity, and many kings run for Virtue of Charity. If a king becomes a virtue, he must find someone (chosen by him) to help him do both jobs, known as a Chancellor. These chosen officials are highly trusted to make decisions on their own regarding the Royal duties or the aspects of Virtuosa, depending on whatever the king wants them to do. Essentially, they are big, bad ass assistants. If a king is not a Virtue, he is often times elected the Virtue of Righteousness. In fact, while it is not a requirement to be king to become the Virtue of Righteousness, every single one has been a king. This is because, politically, kings are trained in warfare and magic from a very young age. Religiously, they are the epitome of a citizen, and many people trust them to because they would choose no other person to have so much power.
There are many holidays, none of which will be discussed here. The Cultus Ordum is the church of Order, and deals with all aspects of worship. All deities of order are praised, but Hessenth and Kaellux are most revered. There are two holy days within the week in which the people of Ordantis attend ritual, mass prayer and sermons. The Day of the Retributor, a day of repentance and humility, and the Day of the Peacebringer, a day of love and prosperity. The Cultus Ordum is the official church of Ordantis, and no demi-gods of chaos are allowed to be worshiped. Since worship of the demi-gods of balance is practically non-existent, it is not a problem, but it is not frowned upon as long as you worship the demi-gods of order above all.
While the Virtues are centered around the teachings of Kaellux, the Malus Exterminatus focuses on the worship and following of Hessenth. Needless to say, retribution and justice are a big thing for those who enter the Malus Exterminatus, and they are infamous for their zeal and fury in battle. The Malus Exterminatus is in charge of hunting down heretics, and followers of chaos. Their influence and jurisdiction (as far as they’re concerned) is not limited to only Ordantis. The Malus Exterminatus embarks on Sanctobellum, or “divine war for retribution”, throughout all of Libra, oftentimes leaving Ordantis. The Malus Exterminatus follow the code of Talio Misericordia. The Talio Mesericordia is sacred scripture on the life and acts of Hessenth. Since Hessenth does not visit Ordantis, the scriptures are recorded or witnessed accounts of his actions throughout Libra that the Malus Exterminatus feels are supported by enough evidence and the person or people who witness the acts are trustworthy and virtuous. Because Hessenth is still rumored to wander Libra, the Talio Mesericordia is capable of being updated, but because of it’s strict requirements, is very, very rarely done so. Most chapters include minimal commentary describing how and why his acts are righteous and justified or merciful and justified. The scriptures are what make the code of the Malus Exterminatus. Many people sometimes find the judgment to be either too harsh, or too lenient, for their interpretations are very black and white. Kill the unclean, the non-repentant, and spare the penitent, and those who confess and regret. The Malus Exterminatus also acts as the first and last line of defense for any attack on Ordantis, and is lead by the High Retributor, currently High Retributor Atlim Incendium.