Excerpts from

The Dumnonian Code

by

Corin of Daethia

(Revised 11/14/97)

Keep, then, these laws, and forsake not my teaching. For the laws are as lamps in the Darkness, and the teaching is the fire to light them; and the penalties of discipline are the way of life, to preserve you from the treacheries of the Dark One.

No one shall be able to comfort the Rider who survives a Broken Bond nor shall the sufferer drink from the cup of consolation. For such a being shall be a creature of sorrows and acquainted with grief until the Lord shall reform the Bond in the Kingdom of Light.

For the formation of a Bond is a vital and dynamic magic, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the separation of soul and lifeforce, of joints and bones, and perceiving the thoughts and essence of the heart. Before the king no Dumnonian shall be concealed; but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him who helps to create the Bond.

Just as the Dragons take you under their wings, and you take their young indiscriminately into your care, so shall you take the children of the dead into your households and raise them in the image of the fathers and mothers who have been taken from them by this Unholy War.

When the Dragons correct you, do not treat it lightly; yet do not get discouraged when they reprimand you. For the Dragons Train the ones that they love, and they punish all those whom they acknowledge as their children. Suffering is part of your Training. If you did not receive this Training, as all of you do, then you would not be beloved children but rejected bastards. Of course, any punishment is extremely painful and unpleasant at the time; but later, in those who submit willingly, it gives birth to peace and goodness.

And if the right hand would cause you to steal, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that the thief lose a member than go whole of body into Darkness. Others will hear of the punishment and be afraid and never do such evil among you. You shall not show pity, and no cries for mercy shall be heard.

You shall love the Light with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind, and you shall value the life of a comrade against the Darkness as you value your own: Upon these two points depend all the Law.

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