An in-game doctrine that the Shadow Court aim to uphold. The original version was penned by Jack of Shadows and ratified by Roxanne of Vesper and Muldran Skully. With Mul's flights of fancy recently the Manifesto has been left behind - so why is he bringing it back to life now?
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1. Declaration of Principles
2. The Shadow Court (SCT)
3. The Rhovanion Pact (PoR)
4. Membership of the Shadow Court
5. Amendments and Comments
1.1) The Shadow Court is a free collective of individuals, united in their spirit of adventure and quest for knowledge. We seek to explore the mysteries of Britannia and Lands Beyond, and present our findings to the free citizens of Britannia in open forum.
1.2) The Shadow Court are adventurers, scholars, explorers and philosophers above all else.
1.3) The Shadow Court stand against the Greater Darkness at all times. The Greater Darkness is defined as that guiding force that seeks to corrupt, stifle or hold back people from their full potential and their destinies.
2.1) The Shadow Court owes allegiance to no political power, nor will it enter into any political alliance, recognising that any political entity is purely transitory.
2.2) The Shadow Court will embrace neither Order nor Chaos, recognising both as philosophical constructs based on individual belief, and open to individual interpretation.
2.3) The Shadow Court will not involve itself in any conflict based on mundane political allegiance or philosophical difference, but will stand against The Greater Darkness that threatens individual freedom of the citizens of Britannia.
2.4) The Shadow Court recognises that other entities (guilds, factions, towns, peoples) are sometimes incognizant of the Greater Darkness, and as such will take no action that would result in a loss of freedom or personal choice for the citizens of Britannia as a whole.
2.5) The Shadow Court will concern itself with the acquisition of knowledge, accumulation of artifacts to protect others from their misuse, and observation of the Greater Darkness. We will seek to make that knowledge available to those who would browse our archives. We recognise that Knowledge is often the most effective principle in the conflict against the Greater Darkness.
2.6) The Shadow Court will be governed by a single Guildmaster.
2.7) The Guildmaster will be assisted by an advisory council of four ranking members, collectively known as The Lords Cardinal. The Lords Cardinal are chosen by the Guildmaster, and their position may only be revoked by the Guildmaster. The Guildmaster and the Lords Cardinal are referred to as the Inner Circle.
2.8) All decisions affecting the future of the Shadow Court, including amendments made to this charter, will require a majority vote of the Guildmaster and the Lords Cardinal. In the event of a tie (due to abstention), the Guildmaster may make a casting vote. The Guildmaster may not abstain from any vote.
2.9) Any decision that would lead The Shadow Court to war (defined as hostile alignment, or a planned attack against those embodying the Greater Darkness) must be placed before a General Assembly of all members. There must be a two thirds majority of all votes in order to pass such a decision. When counting votes in a General Assembly, the Lords Cardinal are considered to have two votes each, and the Guildmaster three.
2.10) All members are expected to remain courteous to each other, and assist each other in times of difficulty. Note however, that members are not obliged by this charter to provide monetary aid or transportation for an individual upon request. Such assistance is entirely up to the individual concerned, and any member has the right to deny such a request, irrespective of the ranks of those involved.
3.1) The People of Rhovanion have allowed the Shadow Court to live upon their land within the Northern Crags of Malas.
3.2) In return for the rights to build and maintain property, the Shadow Court extend protection to the People of Rhovanion. This protection will not extend to deliberate provocation carried out by the People of Rhovanion on other groups, and may be cause for dissolution of the pact.
3.3) For the purposes of contact with Britannia and the Lands Beyond, the People of Rhovanion will be considered as part of the Shadow Court.
3.4) The People of Rhovanion are mainly crafters and townspeople, and can be considered equivalent to 'Grey Walkers' in their status within the Court, however they have no voting rights on Court issues.
3.5) The People of Rhovanion are welcome to attend Shadow Court meetings, but may be asked to leave should subjects that affect just the Shadow Court be discussed.
3.6) The Pact will be revoked at agreement from the Shadow King of the Shadow Court and the Lord of Rhovanion.
4.1) Any citizen of Britannia that agrees with Article 1 of this Charter, and agrees to abide by the tenets of the Shadow Court, may apply for membership.
4.2) The Shadow Court currently recognises four degrees of membership:
-Shadow King or Queen (Guildmaster)
-Lord or Lady of Shadows (Lords Cardinal)
-Courtier (distinguished by the title Court Bard, for example)
-Grey Walker (New Members, or Older Ones In Stasis Of Their Own Choosing - the Salazar amendment)
4.3) New members who pass the initial interview process will be assigned the title of Grey Walker until they have served in the Court for a period of 30 days. After this period, their conduct and actions will be reviewed by the Lords Cardinal, and a formal title granted accordingly.
4.4) Prospective new members must be sponsored by one of the Lords Cardinal or the Guildmaster.
4.5) All prospective members must be interviewed by a joint gathering of the Guildmaster and the Lords Cardinal. Their membership will depend upon a majority vote of the all present members of the Shadow Court with the standard Shadow Court voting rules applying (see 2.9). The Guildmaster does not have the right to bypass this procedure.
4.6) The Guildmaster must approve all new members and retains the right to deny membership to any individual. If membership is denied, a reason will be given at the potential member's interview.
Amendment 4.6a) The Guildmaster may not deny membership to any individual, if the prospective member's application is supported by a FULL majority of the Inner Circle. Conversely, the Guildmaster may not approve membership to one denied membership by a full majority of the Inner Circle.
4.7) The Shadow Court will not deny membership to any individual based on race, belief, philosophy, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation.
5.1) The Shadow Court can suggest amendments to the Manifesto at the following place on the noticeboard , which can then be voted on in Shadow Court meetings.
5.2) Amendments will be incorporated into the Manifesto as agreed by the voting process of the Shadow Court