Magistrates

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  • [M] When the son of Dishon, a man named Ginath, together with his wife Hatita undertook a mission to the Haaretzi and refused to accept the crown from their dying father, Dishon established a system of elected magistrates to rule Menkal. Higher magistrates could overrule lower magistrates, but the Chief magistrate could himself be impeached by a council of lower magistrates. Neriah the Younger became the first elected chief magistrate of the Roshites as well as their chief priest. King Dishon gave to him the records on the codex as well as the Artifact. And then he died, at roughly the same time that Neriah the Elder died.
  • [N] Ginath and his wife were taken captive in the land of Watlala, where he became the servant of Prince Lamoni. There, Ginath miraculously preserved the king's flocks. Lamoni became a convert soon thereafter. Eventually even Lamoni's father King Elam was converted to the People of Bat-El, he and his entire household. The king decreed religious freedom for all Nath. The people in the lands of Watlala and Celilo, and the city of Kittitas, all converted, and began to call themselves Anti-Rosh-Laels. After that, King Elam died. The unconverted Haaretzi prepared to make war against the converts, but the Anti-Rosh-Laels were so filled with remorse over the Rosh blood the Haaretzi had historically shed they were pacifists to the point of declining to even defend themselves. When the Haaretzi saw the prone state of their prey, they aborted their attack, and many even converted to the People of Bat-El on the strength of the witness of their intended victims.
  • [O] Eliada tried to restore the kingship, with himself as king, of course. The people voted nay. His followers still regarded him as king, however. After that, the Eliadaites waged war to seat their king, but they were soundly defeated by the Roshites. Then they allied with the hated Haaretzi and tried again, and were defeated again. Neriah himself slew Eliada. Then the Haaretzi tried one more time, without the Eliadates, and lost yet again. Neriah selected Micah to replace him as Chief magistrate (so much for the election idea put forth by King Mered), but he remained the high priest to combat something that was disturbing him about the People of Bat-El. Neriah the Younger observed that the Roshites of the faith assembly were becoming increasingly wicked, proud, disdainful of outsiders and neglectful toward the poor and needy. When the unbelievers began to follow their example, Neriah feared the entire people was on the path to self- destruction. He resigned his post as chief magistrate and began traveling from city to city to preach to the Roshites.
  • [P] He began in Whulge, where his efforts were successful. A thorough purge of the faith assembly leadership and membership took place, with those former insiders and leaders who refused to relinquish their pride being rejected, and their names blotted out. Neriah moved on to the cities of Steilacoom and Hoquiam, where his call to humility was also well received. From Hoquiam he traveled north to the seaside city of Taholah, whose inhabitants proved much more hardened than those of the previous two cities. Neriah led the Anti-Rosh-Laelites to the Whulge, where the people found their name to be too much of a mouthful. They were re-dubbed the Dishonites, and given the land of Tumwater from the large stock of empty land the Roshites always kept on hand for just such an emergency.
  • [Q] The Zethanites of Chimacum were found to practice things that perverted the ways of Bat-El. This led Neriah to extend his missionary work to these people. While amongst them he was most successful among the poor, while his message was rejected out of hand by the wealthy and powerful. The Zethanites who converted to Neriah's People of Bat-El were cast out of Chimacum, and they migrated to Tumwater where they were taken in by the Dishonites. After that, the unconverted Zethanites joined with the Haaretzi to make war against the Roshites. The Dishonites, with their new Zethanite immigrants, evacuated to Satsop to allow the army of the Roshites to operate in Tumwater. After that, the Zethanites became officially Haaretzi. General Rufus gave battle against the Roshites. And the Roshites were led by Captain Eshton to victory against the Elamite attackers.
  • [R] In 73 BCE Neriah gave the heirloom records and Artifact to his son, Rabsaris. Then Neriah was taken up by the Spirit, even as Moses, and traveled by fold-door to the Land We Know. Rabsaris went among the people of the Whulge preaching the gospel of the coming of Bat-El in human flesh, and appointing priests and teachers throughout all the land. But controversies arose due to the people's pride and growing riches, and generally speaking the people would not heed the words of Rabsaris and his ministers. Captain Eshton was appointed commanding general over all the Roshite armed forces in the face of an impeding war with the Haaretzi. a large force of Haaretzi were gathered together at Grand Mound, led by Azza and including many Roshite dissenters. The Elamite army attacked the Roshites in the land of Tumwater and the battle raged north toward the city of Alki, ending on the banks of the river Duwamish. In this war, Eshton's forces protected themselves with body armor for the first time. Eshton sent abroad spies to investigate the Haaretzi' weak points, and moved his force by hidden animal tracks known to the locals to surround the enemy. Eshton marched forth under his Manifest of Freedom, a standard which he raised to rally the Roshites to defend their liberties from a group of dissenters who wanted to establish their leader as a king. Eshton was so angry with the dissenters, who were led by a man named Paulus, that he tore his cloak and wrote upon it, In memory of Bat-El, our freedom, our peace, our wives, and our children. With these words, he rallied the Roshites to defend their families and their freedom, chasing away the Haaretzi and the Roshite militias loyal to Paulus in the process. Any dissenters that remained, Eshton put to death, and he raised up the Manifest of Freedom upon every Roshite tower. Soon there were many more such towers, for Eshton erected a fortified line of cities on the highest ridges of the mountain range that formed a wall between the Roshites and the Haaretzi. From 72 to 69 BCE the Roshites prospered. It was said there never was a happier time among any of the people of Rosh.

  • [S] West and north of the Whulge the people of Chimacum contended with the people of Sequim over possession of that land and lost miserably. After that the people of Chimacum attempted to flee to the islands northward. An army of Roshites, led by Jaalan, overtook them in boats and defeated them in battle. Germael became the third chief magistrate over the people of Rosh, having inherited the judgment-seat from his father Micah, at the end of the 24th year of the reign of the magistrates over the Roshites, or 67 BC. Years later, Eshton was having some problems with a group of men who wanted to destroy the liberty of the people and replace the chief magistrate with a king, yet another incarnation of the same idea he had put down with the Paulus insurrection. While Eshton was far afield campaigning against the Haaretzi, these King Men drove Germael from the judgment seat. When word of this development reached Eshton he led an insurrection to rally the people to the side of magistrate Germael again. Eshton killed their upstart king, Joash, and took his men prisoner. He and Germael then proceeded to regain control of their city of Alki, which they had lost, restoring the democratic form of government there.
  • [T] In 66 BCE Rabsaris tried to persuade the Dishonites, not to take up arms and thereby violate the oath they made upon their conversion to faith in Bat-El. He persuaded them to remain passive observers for the duration of the war. But the Dishonites had many sons who never swore to abstain from taking up the sword. With no oath forbidding them, and with the Roshites experiencing a serious manpower crunch, they were permitted to join under the leadership of Rabsaris himself. Rabsaris and his band of unexperienced youths marched to the land of Kitsap which lay west of the Whulge facing Alki and joined forces with Eshton to expel the last of the Haaretzi from the lands nigh to the Whulge. But during the conflict, Rabsaris was killed, and by the terms of his written will, the office of Chief magistrate, along with the codex and the Artifact object went to his eldest son Germael. After fortifying the Roshites' lands, Eshton transferred command of his armies to his son and permanently retired to his own home. And less than four years later, in the 36th year of the reign of the magistrates, or 56 BC, General Eshton, military leader of the Roshite people, died.
  • [U] In the 39th year of the reign of the magistrates, or about 53 BC, Germael died of an unexpected illness. He had not been prepared, and did not make arrangements to transfer the judgment-seat to an heir in a will. But Germael had three sons, Germael Jr., Chamuel and Carshenah, and they all wanted the seat. The sons of Germael stirred up trouble among the people as they campaigned for the position. The people selected Germael Jr. by acclaim, and Carshenah reluctantly agreed to this. But Chamuel had the backing of the minority and he sought to instigate a rebellion. Before he could make much headway, however, he was arrested and tried, convicted of sedition, and sentenced to death. The minority sent a hitman named Saul to whack Germael while he sat on the bench. The assassination was done while wearing a disguise so no one could finger Saul. Men loyal to Germael gave chase, but Saul evaded them, and returned to the minority. They all swore to El Shaddai never to utter a word that Saul had murdered Germael. Still, some of the conspirators were found and sentenced to death. Carshenah was elevated to Chief magistrate in place of Germael. He took possession of the codex and the Artifact ball. In 51 BCE the Haaretzi came against the Roshites with a mighty host led by a large man named Naarai. The political turmoil surrounding the succession of Germael caused the city of Alki to drop it's guard somewhat. Naarai slew the guards at the gates, marched inside with his whole army, slew all who opposed them and took possession of the city. Carshenah was personally slain by Naarai against the walls of Alki. In the terms of his will, Cershenah's son Rabsaris II inherited the judgment-seat, the codex, and the Artifact ball. Naarai, fresh from his victory, prepared a second phase of his campaign against the lands of the Whulge at large. His next goal was the city of Mukilteo in the north of the land. The Roshites in the countryside were not able to assemble themselves into a large enough force to oppose the Haaretzi, so they were picked off in detail. But the bulk of the Roshite forces had removed to the border regions, forming a hard crust while leaving the heart of the land largely undefended. Naarai was misled by the relative ease of his drive. After learning of the fall of Alki, the army rushed to intercept the Haaretzi before they came to Mukilteo. In the great battle that followed, even Naarai was slain. When the Haaretzi found themselves surrounded on every side by Roshites, and their leader slain, they surrendered. Rabsaris II re-occupied Alki, and allowed the captured Elamite soldiers to depart the land in peace.
  • [V] A secret society was founded in 52 BCE by Roshite supporters of Chamuel, an unsuccessful candidate for the position of chief magistrate. Chamuel had been executed for treason when he refused to accept the election of his brother Germael II to the judgment seat, and one of his supporters, one Saul of Tonasket, assassinated Germael in retaliation. Saul and his friends swore oaths to keep the assassin's true identity a secret. a man named Merar became the leader of Saul's secret group. He arranged for Saul to assassinate Chief magistrate Rabsaris II, promising that if he, Merar, were made chief magistrate he would appoint the other members of the band to positions of authority. Saul was apprehended and killed by one of Rabsaris' servants, and Merar and his followers, fearing the same fate, fled into the wilderness. Within 25 years, Merar's band had grown into a large criminal organization known as Merar's robbers and murderers, with both Roshites and Haaretzi among its members. In 26 BCE the Merar robbers assassinated the son of Rabsaris II, Chief magistrate Asriel. The codex and Artifact fell to Asriel's son Nisroch. The Haaretzi made every effort to eradicate the Merar robbers among them. The Roshites, however, began to join the band in larger and larger numbers, until the majority of them were members. Members swore to protect one another and identified each other by means of secret signs and secret words. By 24 BCE the entire Roshite government was under the control of the Merars.
  • [W] Around 20 BC, Chief magistrate Nisroch was murdered by his brother Flauros, both of whom were members of the Merar band. The murder was announced and the culprits, the secret Merar society, was fingered by Nisoch's sun Caim, who inherited the position. When a famine struck the area a few years later, the people believed El Shaddai was behind it, and they reacted by repenting and cracking down on the Merar bands. The society was completely eradicated, and their secret plans were buried in the earth. In 12 BC, though, a group of disgruntled Roshites dug up the writings of the Merar group and reestablished the band of Merar. This time they did not infiltrate mainstream Roshite society, but rather established camps in the forest and made periodic raids on Roshite and Elamite cities using hit-and- run tactics. They grew in power, and by 8 BCE they had caused so much loss of property and life that the Roshites and Haaretzi actually united and jointly declared war on the Merarites. Meanwhile Matthias, a Elamite prophet, prophesied the destruction of the Roshites if they did not repent. He predicted signs of Bat-El's birth and death. Rosh baptized those who believed Matthias's message. The Roshite government had officially disavowed the teaching of Bat-El to court the Haaretzi for the War on Merarites. Matthias was persona non grata, but could not be harmed by arrows or stones, nor could he be taken. In disgust Matthias departed from Whulge. The Merar robbers increased in strength and threatened to destroy the Roshites. Wars and contentions existed throughout the land. In 15 AD Armans, leader of the Merar robbers, sent a message to Caim II, the new chief magistrate, demanding the surrender of the Roshites. In 17 AD the Roshites gathered in the lands nigh to the Whulge. They brought sufficient supplies to withstand seven years of siege. In 18 AD the Merar robbers took possession of the abandoned Roshite lands, but they could not subsist without plundering the Roshites. They attacked the Roshites and were driven back. Armans was slain. In 21 AD Ertrael, the new leader of the robbers, laid siege to the Roshite fortifications, but the siege was more damaging to the robbers than to the Roshites. Ertrael determined to withdraw. Ahiel, leader of the Roshite armies, knowing their weakness, attacked the robbers and defeated them. Ertrael was hanged.
  • [X] In 26 AD after the remnants of the robber band were hunted to extinction, the Roshites returned to their former lands, and the Roshites prospered again for a time. But in 29 AD contentions over power and wealth arise. The people became wicked. Secret combinations arose once more, seeking to murder the prophets and to overthrow the government. In 30 AD Caim III, son of Caim II, became chief magistrate. Caim III was murdered and the government was overthrown. The people divided into tribes, every man according to his kindred and friends. The secret societies gathered into a single tribe led by a man named Asiel, and fled into the land northward, beyond Mukilteo. A man named Rosh came forward and took possession of the codex and the Artifact ball in the chaos that followed the death of Caim III, and no one challenged him for these heirlooms. But the office of Chief magistrate was left vacant, and considered defunct. The reign of magistrates over the Roshites had come to an ignoble end.
  • [Y] King Brogan Stronghammer dispatched a horseback courier to Queen Firegem in Atria begging for aid in the name of their new Union of Kingdoms. Che said Blackseed's left flank was "in the air" along the Menkal-Alodra border, therefore if sha attacked from northeast from Melak and burned Blackseed's boats, sha could raise calamity in the Republic rear and starve the enemy, forcing Blackseed to call off the invasion. The Queen sent the Menkalese messenger back to Akamar with the reply that sha had done precisely that very thing without waiting for a plea from King Stronghammer, but every Alodran company that set a toe over the border, without exception, was wiped out in detail from the air by Demonstroke. Yet the dragon did not attack into Alodra itself. So now if the Queen ordered the relief attempts to continue, sha faced a mutinous army. Stronghammer replied that Blackseed had played his hand brilliantly, and it was now just a matter of time before he exported his revolution across the entirety of the Land We Know, one kingdom at a time. Again che begged the Queen for any relief sha could muster. In har final message sha said sha would take it directly to Chokhmah in the Temple, and suggested that Stronghammer take hez petition to Binah. For it was the gods themselves who established the political order in the Land We Know, and assuredly they would not roll over for this contemptuous upstart. But by the time this message reached the King, Suhair had already fallen, and the way to the Temple of Binah was cut off. And the forces of the Saiph League won through to the very threshold of the Temple of Binah, yet none dared to go in, not even Lord Blackseed himself, for concerning the shrine there was something very special planned. Then Belial rode forth on a black steed, and the truth was in the open now, that Lord Blackseed was nothing more than a sockpuppet with Belial's hand rammed up his ass.
  • [Z] All the people in the Saiph League were mobilized for war. A third of them were despoiling the Kingdom of Menkal. A third of them remained home to guard against a counterstroke from Alodra. And a third were arrayed for battle before the Temple of El Shaddai in Nath. Men, women, and even their children were all armed with weapons and wore armor. But on the morning the final battle was to take place, the people loyal to Telan Blackseed awoke to find even the money many of them were holding on their person was now gone. It dawned on them that they could not keep their own property on account of the bewitched land, and there rose up a great lamentation. Then King Garand came forth and prayed the people would turn back to El Shaddai and receive his blessings again (that El Shaddai was actually female was not widely known), but his hope was in vain, because they were not sorrowful for their sins, only sorrowful for their lost property. And they said, Let El Shaddai return to us our missing silver and gold, and then we will serve him. Telan Blackseed was not willing to smite the Temple of El Shaddai, just as he feared to smite the Temple of Binah, and Belial in the guise of Emperor Abaddon was angered by his reluctance to do so. Abaddon himself rallied the people to loot the gold of the Temple of El Shaddai, and set the roof on fire, and tear the walls down stone by stone. And the crowd drew near, but Yeshua and Talishi had come to witness the desecration, and these elohim they touched not. As the people surrounded the temple, a death squad of five powerful men chosen by Abaddon and armed with weapons gleaned from Binah's workshop at Proxima stood forth. Thrand Pikebreaker caused stones to move and fill the moat, which gave the death squad access to the wall of the temple. Magar Hardlash cut a hole in the thick stone wall with a copy of the Golden Gift to allow the death squad to enter. Atol Ratrunner caused dark storm clouds to pile up over the temple, to hurl lightning bolts at the archers in the highest parapets. Derian Elderwood caused strong whirlwinds to rage about the death squad, protecting them from other archers and horsemen. Torr Stonespear caused the temple doors to splinter before the death squad, one by one, until they reached the chambers of the High Priest and slew him unarmed. Their task complete, they stood at attention as Emperor Abaddon and two nephilim guards of the House of Gerash proceeded into the heart of the Temple in the wake of the death squad. Abaddon was eager to take possession of the Ark of the Covenant, the only artifact associated with the very aloof El Shaddai. She had used the Ark to communicate with her high priest, much as Belial and Binah often spoke from their avatars. It sat in the center of the room suspended above the floor by two staves on four pillars. But something was amiss. Abaddon only felt 17% of his own weight. The passage back to the Land We Know transformed into a blank wall in Taurus City, and Abaddon knew he had been duped. Wormhole. Abaddon and his guards were disarmed by the simple expedient of having Jerry set their weapons glowing orange-hot. They dropped them to the deck. Emperor Abaddon, you are under arrest for war crimes, and, uh...trespassing, Lilith said, and simultaneously he heard Binah speak these same words directly to him, mind-to-mind, so he knew without any mistake exactly whom he was dealing with. The wormhole thing was an interesting trick. Hello Binah, he said, and offered no further resistance
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