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#13657389 Feb 16, 2018 at 01:22 AM · Edited over 4 years ago
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Issued to all members of the Royal Clerical Corps, this pamphlet shall briefly explain the duties of clerical corpsmen and the differences between service to the church and service to his majesty’s armed forces.

ost members of the Royal Clerical Corps are priests of the Church of the Holy Light; servants and advocates of the Three Virtues of Tenacity, Compassion, and Respect. Together, priests establish the greater structure of the church established by Saint Mereldar and tend to its holdings. As individuals, priests perform benevolent deeds in the name of the Holy Light in both day-to-day acts of kindness and formal ceremonial events.

These deeds may include:
• Giving or gathering charitable alms for the poor.
• Healing the sick or wounded with the Holy Light.
• Offering blessings and boons to the faithful.
• Providing comfort and counsel to those who seek it.
• Composing writings or other works that glorify the Holy Light.
• Performing liturgies to advocate the Three Virtues and caution against evils.
• Performing prayers to the Holy Light before other events.
• Receiving sinners in confession so that they might be absolved by the Holy Light.
• Performing marriages to unite couples under the Holy Light.
• Performing funeral rites for the deceased.

While the church is a benevolent organization, it is strict in the preservation of its traditions and foundational dogma. Most priests undergo extensive seminary training in order to be able to dispense all of the above to the standards set by those who came before them. Priests who fail to meet these expectations may be stripped of their titles and privileges. Those who advocate evil deeds and teachings that stand against the Three Virtues may be excommunicated from the church for heresy.

ll members of the Royal Clerical Corps are by extension members of his majesty’s armed forces. Whether serving amongst infantry, naval, or other military forces, a clerical corpsman’s duties revolve around ensuring the well-being of his or her fellow men-at-arms. Clerical corpsmen are placed in the same ranking systems and structures as common soldiers. In his majesty’s armed forces, the only difference between a clerical corpsman and their fellow soldiers is a greater purpose to see to the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the unit of troops they are assigned to.

They may aid their fellow soldiers by:
• Performing first aid upon the wounded by the rule of triage.
• Performing surgical medical intervention by the rule of triage.
• Providing preventative care in the form of mental and physical exams.
• Maintaining medical records of all soldiers to aid with future treatment.
• Offering counseling services to soldiers who seek or are assigned to it.
• Maintaining troop morale with encouragement and comradery.
• Uphold troop faith and conviction with prayers to the Holy Light.
• Offer blessings and boons to the troops in the name of the Holy Light.
• Fighting the enemies of the crown and securing the will of his majesty.

Make no mistake - the calling of a clerical corpsman is not one fit for pacifists. All soldiers of the crown are expected to fight those deemed enemies of Stormwind to the death and to protect the kingdom’s interests above all. Clerical corpsmen are specialized in that they are given access to training programs that teach them how to better aid their fellow men in medical, spiritual, and mental healing and care.

inding a balance between service to the church and crown is a narrow road for any member of the Royal Clerical Corps who is also a priest of the Church of Holy Light. Ultimately, a soldier of the clerical corps’ primary priority should be the well-being and spiritual conviction of the troops of his or her unit. Anything domestic or church related that comes between a clerical corpsman and their duty to their unit may only come to pass with permission from their superiors in the clerical corps. Duties to the church may be completed both at home and abroad so long as permission is in place for how time is spent.

Members of the clerical corps must maintain absolute faith and conviction in the Three Virtues while also serving the interests of the Kingdom of Stormwind as a servant to the royal armed forces:

  • They must know that by serving the crown, they enact the virtue of Respect, for they serve to protect the structure and powers of the Kingdom of Stormwind in respect of its authority.
  • They must know that by serving the crown, they enact the virtue of Compassion by aiding their fellow countrymen, and by bringing peace and order to a chaotic world.
  • They must know that by serving the crown, they may enact the virtue of Tenacity if their deeds are courageous and their conviction in the face of war remains true to the Holy Light.

he Holy Light is a supernatural boon bestowed unto those who hold strong conviction in the righteousness of their actions. It is important to understand what this means in terms of one’s faith, for attempting to wield the Holy Light as a tool without knowing its nature will end in failure.

The Holy Light is a gift bestowed upon the faithful and is not a tool to be seized by force. The Three Virtues were established by Saint Mereldar as a means to define such righteous conviction as components that the faithful could grasp and live by in order to earn the Light’s favor. There are cases where the Holy Light has mercifully given its blessings to individuals acting outside of these virtues, but the Light favors and blesses righteous conviction above all.

Willfully committing evil or self-serving deeds will inevitably sever one’s connection to the Holy Light, as is evidenced by several priests and paladins who have fallen from the Light’s graces. The Light only exists to aid those who defend the innocent, aid others with compassion, and bring righteous retribution upon the wicked. Malicious purposes do not enjoy the Light’s favor.

hile taken by the faithful as a boon, wielding the Holy Light is taxing upon one’s endurance. Miracles and supernatural blessings are channeled through one’s spirit similarly to how lightning strikes a tree. Often described as a searing warmth, the feeling of wielding the Holy Light can be one of a mixture of heat, pain, and a heightened sense of righteousness. Holy magic is stressful to wield because our mortal forms are imperfect and may only endure the Light’s presence for a limited time. With this in mind, priests and paladins of the Holy Light only utilize the Holy Light when it is absolutely necessary. Practiced in its use, they will use it when they know they have the conviction, strength, and stamina to wield it without withering in the face of its awesome power. Tolerance can be built to its power over time, but biding one’s strength and rationing the use of supernatural power is often the most effective way to achieve one’s goals.

The use of the Light can be categorized into four distinct disciplines:

  • Healing magic mends living bodily tissues and cleanses them of toxins, poisons, and other maladies. This is the most costly and taxing of all uses of the Holy Light, as spiritual energy is directly applied to manipulate physical flesh and bone. While it can be wielded to provide soothing warmth, it may also painfully sear open wounds closed.
  • Protection magic empowers one’s defenses with holy magical warding. While most priests and paladins have been able to defend themselves against magical attacks with the Holy Light, some have been able to summon the Holy Light into a spherical shield that protects them from any and all attacks.
  • Retribution magic empowers one’s attacks with righteous fury and holy fire. One may even channel the light into missiles that seek out their foes and sear them with holy flame. Only the most certain of their righteous purpose may wield the Holy Light in retribution, as the Light does not strike others without good cause.
  • Spiritual magic allows one to commune with the spirits of the dead and to see visions of the past, present, and future through the eyes of these spirits. There have been accounts of miracles where priests wielding the Holy Light have resurrected individuals’ spirits from the dead.
With limited bodily reserves of strength, stamina, and spiritual fortitude, how one uses the Holy Light when it is bestowed upon them is a matter of critical decision making. While casting the Holy Light in retribution against one’s foe might be the most satisfying, saving one’s strength to heal one’s allies after a battle might be a more tactful choice. Most who wield the Holy Light train in traditional methods of fighting and medicine so that they do not rely wholly upon the Light in order to win battles or heal allies. Each situation will have its own priorities. It is up to you to wield the Holy Light for the right and the good.

”Balance? Balance is understanding that there is disparity in this world. Knowing that the Light stands for good and that shadows lurk in its absence. Without light and shadow our lives are meaningless. Embracing the shadow in the absence of light, however, is embracing darkness.”
~Bishop Kimberly Sweete.

s the Light serves as a boon to those with righteousness in their hearts, there exists a void that reaches out to those who seek to pursue selfish and chaotic means. The void is a retched thing, an essence that lives to feed and pry off the smallest of doubts in anyone's mind. It festers and lingers, hungering to coax its prey into the whims of its clutch. Corruption is its nature.

While priests of the Church of Holy Light may learn about the void and its shadows as a cautionary tale, the church maintains that wielding the void is wholly against the teachings of Saint Mereldar and deemed heretical in all ways. Some claim that balance may be found by dabbling in both the Holy Light and the shadow of this void. Those who do will likely find themselves excommunicated if discovered by the church.

Not only is void magic forbidden by the church, but deemed illegal by the laws of Stormwind and those of the royal armed forces. Any soldiers of the crown suspected or actual use of void magic will be met with swift and harsh punishment.

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