The Silver Dragon
The Order of the Silver Dragon
Below is our Order's Charter and Code of Ethics.
- Thou shalt respect the weak, and thou shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.
- Thou shalt love the country in which thou hast sworn fealty.
- Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.
- Thou shalt make war against evil without cessation.
- Thou shalt scrupulously perform thy duties be they not contrary to the laws of the land.
- Thou shalt never lie and thou shalt remain faithful to thy word.
- Thou shalt be generous and thou shalt give freely to everyone.
- Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the right and the good against injustice.
- Thou shalt strive to free those bound in the chains of slavery and forever uphold the principles of freedom.
- Thou shalt be courteous and humble.
All members of the Order shall refer to fellow guardsmen as Brother, followed by at least their first name or last name. ie. Brother Kaii'Nael or Brother Bloodthorn.
Most importantly all members must always adhere to the Code.
While there is always a Leader of the Order, all members shall be treated as equals. This however does not mean everyone can make decisions in regards to the Order's Future, etc, merely that everyone is equal and the Leader will never look down upon the other members. As well they will take all advice under advisement before making decisions.
Any fighting among the Guard will be dealt with swiftly and with dire consequences.
Any member who purposely goes against the Code will be hunted down by the remaining Guard and dealt with accordingly.
All Guards, while they are not required to share money earned; are however required to donate 25% of all money earned each gathering to the local populace. Failure to do so means immediate dismissal from the Order with no chance of rejoining.
The Leader of the Order shall oversee all Trials pertaining to business of the Order as well as choose two other members to act as a Tribunal. Everyones word counts for the same. Also the Leader is responsible for settling any dispute within the Order.
Thou shalt respect the weak and constitute thyself the defender of them.
The Guardsmen must respect all of the people in our society with the understanding that everyone has something to contribute. Too often, people are fighters who see the world through a fighter's perspective, viewing those who do not fight as cowardly and unworthy. This viewpoint is harmful, for how can one receive respect when none is given? Everyone contributes to the well being of the land – from bakers and farmers to the armorer’s and clerks – and each is deserving of respect for his or her contributions. A Guardsman must defend those people who cannot defend themselves. This does not mean that the Guardsman must constantly be on the battlefield or out roaming the woods for goblins and kobolds. However, it is the duty of the Guardsmen to make sure that the lands are patrolled and safe for the people who live there. "Defend" means so much more than in the battle sense. A Guardsman should defend his or her fellow people against hunger or injustice, against greed and ignorance, and against evil in every form.
Thou shalt love the country to which thou hast sworn fealty.
A Guardsman’s duty is to the lands to which fealty has been sworn. There are Guards who have emigrated from other countries and this provision reminds them that in a conflict between the original lands and the land of fealty, the land of fealty will always prevail. This would apply to any other oaths the Guard may have taken or will take to any other sovereign. No oath shall ever take precedence over the Oaths of Fealty (which includes an Oath to the Code).
Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.
This edict does not require suicidal action but does demand bravery in facing the enemy. If captured, the Guard cannot reveal secrets, even under torture, and cannot show fear, even to a more powerful adversary. Do not interpret this provision to mean that a Guard would be limited in military strategy. Many battles have been won with the judicious use of strategic withdrawal, where the Guard lures the enemy into a position more advantageous to the Guardsmen. Similarly, no one would fault a Guard who ran from an army of liches, providing of course that they then regrouped his or her forces and made new attack plans. If, however, a Guard were to retreat leaving behind his or her compatriots trapped or magically held or confined would most likely be guilty of cowardice. The Guard should always first assure the safety of those in his or her command and should always be the very last person retreating.
Thou shalt make war against evil without cessation.
This requires intolerance of all evil without regard for the degree of evil in the act. A Guard cannot allow one evil act to be committed or go unpunished, even if the commission of that evil act would prevent a greater evil. One cannot use evil's tools to fight evil.
Thou shalt scrupulously perform thy duties be they not contrary to the laws of the land.
A Guard who is a great hero on the battlefield yet neglects to provide for the people in his or her area is a failure. Guardsmen duties include defending the building of bridges and roads, and even providing for their education, entertainment, and general well-being. The Guardsmen should view his fellow citizens in the land as family to be looked after and cared for, and should never allow that family to be attacked, go hungry, or need shelter or basic provisions. Many of these tasks are tedious, aggravating, and rarely cause for praise or attention, but to neglect these duties is a violation of the Code. The Guard does not actually have to personally perform each of these tasks, but should delegate authority (not responsibility) and give guidance to make sure that these things are done.
Thou shalt never lie and thou shalt remain faithful to thy word.
This provision has caused many arguments and may be the most controversial when specific examples are debated. What is clear is that when a Guardsmen "gives one's word" then a higher standard must apply. A Guard who goes back on his or her word, even to the enemy, is unworthy.
Thou shalt be generous and thou shalt give freely to everyone.
This is not a vow of poverty; a Guard is not expected to live like the poorest peasant. However a Guard must also not live so high above his fellow people that he or she loses awareness of the their lives. Further, a Guard should give emotionally and physically to the betterment of the people.
Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the right and the good against injustice.
This is considered by many who study the Code to be the law which covers all possible unwritten points of the Code. It is the most basic of guidelines and encompasses all of the other provisions as well as those that may be unstated. The Guard should be admired and used as an example to all as the embodiment of good, and no law abiding commoner should ever fear harm from a Guardsmen.
Thou shalt strive to free those bound in the chains of slavery and forever uphold the principles of freedom.
A Guardsman’s fellow people must remain free of any bondage. It shall be the Guards duty to defend his fellow people’s freedom to his last breath. Slavery shall forever be obnoxious to the noble heart.
Thou shalt be courteous and humble.
Most people are deserving of respect. Those few that have earned your disrespect are still deserving of basic courtesy. Being vindictive and rude is unbecoming. Arrogance is unbecoming as well.-Kaii'Nael Bloodthorn