The Crown of Spring
Order of Niveus Domina
The Order of the White Lady, as commanded by Grand Cross Lucien, resides in the Abyssal Empire of Ba-ra’Thrum.
The Knights of Niveus Domina
I. Every man of The Order has a vote in affairs of moment; has equal title to the fresh provisions, or strong liquors, at any time seized, and may use them at pleasure, unless a scarcity makes it necessary, for the good of all, to vote a retrenchment.
II. All men are to live in service of the Order until the time of their relief.
III. No man shall talk of breaking up their way of living, till each had shared the equivalent of one thousand pieces. If in order to this, any man should lose a limb, or become a cripple in their service, he was to have eight hundred pieces, out of the public stock, and for lesser hurts, proportionately.
IV. On the tenth day, the Order shall rest for reflection and respite. No man shall quarrel on this day with another Brother.
VIII. No Brother shall break either the Code of Valor or the Code of Conduct without necessity. A court of no less than 10 Brothers shall reckon the fate of any man suspected of such action. If ten Knights may not within reason attend, the fate of the accused shall lie in the hands of all present, with the trial presided over by one of the Lords.
IX. No punishment shall exceed the magnitude of the crime.
X. The Grand Cross shall be chosen by a majority of the Order. He shall hold this position for as long as he deems fit, or until a majority of the Order selects a new Grand Master. A vote to replace a Grand Cross may be called no more than once in five years standard Amber time, and must be called no less than one month before the vote takes place.
XI. The Grand Cross shall have command over the Eight Lords of the Order, which in turn shall have command over all knights under them. Each Knight shall wear the crest of the Order on their armor, but may include a personal crest as well. Whenever a company marches to battle, the banner of the Order must remain above and before all others.
Code of Valor
I. To defend the Order and all it holds dear.
II. To live one’s life worthy of respect and honor.
III. To live for justice, freedom and all that is good.
IV. To avoid deception, in all its forms.
V. To administer Justice.
VI. To exhibit self-control.
VII. To respect authority.
VIII. To respect women.
IX. To always keep one’s word of honor.
X. To maintain one’s principles.
XI. To never betray a confidence or comrade.
XII. To respect life and freedom.
XIII. To respect hosts.
XIV. To be loyal to honor, freedom and the Brotherhood.
XV. To be loyal to one’s friends and those who lay trust in thee.
Code of Conduct During Times of Peace
I. The lights and candles are to be put out at eight o’clock at night whilst at sea: if any of the crew, after that hour still remained inclined for drinking, they were to do it on the open deck. The lights and fires are to be hidden from view at eight o’clock at night whilst on land.
II. All men are to keep their piece, pistols, and blades clean and fit for service.
III. No striking one another in camp or on ship. Every man’s quarrels are to be ended in the wilderness, at sword or pistol. If pistols are chosen, the presiding Lord of the Order, when the parties will not come to any reconciliation, will accompany the disputants 250 paces from camp with what assistance he thinks proper, and turn them back to back, at so many paces distance; at the word of command, they turn and fire immediately, (or else the piece is knocked out of their hands). If swords are chosen, disputants will duel until first blood is drawn.
IV. Letters of progress must be sent to the Grand Cross by every Lord every ten weeks.
Code of Battle
I. To never attack an unarmed foe.
II. To never use a weapon on an opponent not equal to the attack.
III. To never attack from behind.
IV. To desert a Brother in battle is punished with death or abandonment.
V. To defend the weak and those in need.
VI. To fight with honor.
VII. To avenge the wronged.
VIII. To never abandon a friend, ally, or noble cause.
IX. To put others’ lives before one’s own.
X. To die with honor and valor.