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"This Star shall shine with the light of culture, power, and sapience!"



The Imperial Star is a scholarly journal created to reflect Emjedah's foundational concepts, which are: magickal and scholastic endeavor, leadership among the lands of Aradath, and the germination of the Empire. Together, these concepts coalesce into the one true Emjedahn Ideal as defined by the city's Founder, The Great House of Grandeur. This city has a remarkable history of High Culture and superior intellectualism; this publication shall always strive to be representative of that reality.

IS: The Sections in this Issue of the Imperial Star
The Obitus | The Affairs of the Lands | Ministry of Magick Compositions | Ministry of Culture Compositions [I & II] | Contributers

If you are interested in contributing an article to the Imperial Star, deliver it to the editor's letter box (directions have been written below) accompanied by a short letter describing who you are. Experience is not necessary, but quality writing is preferred. Not all submitted articles, by those not on the Imperial Star staff are guranteed for publication. To be on staff one does not have to be a citizen of Emjedah.

Temple Scroll

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The Obitus

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Recorded Departures, Dissappearances, and Deaths in the City of Emjedah

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The Lady Alya of the Great House Kesper (Departure)
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The Lady Alya, heir to the Great House Kesper, is remembered in the city of Emjedah as a woman of distinction; fearless and of remarkable intellect. During her years in service to Emjedah, she proved herself to be not only a powerful mage, but a masterful military strategist and made herself an indispensible member of the city. Lady Kesper served as the first council woman of Emjedah, public affairs advisor to the High Lord Timor (during the Grandeurian years), and though she was not apart of the Emjedah Militia the Lady volunteered her life countless times for the protection of the city from those who would wish to see the city's citizens suffer.

After the Lady Kesper reunited with Sa, she eventually became an esteemed member of the congregation in the Sa'ain temple of Emjedah. Her House was among the few progenitor Houses to settle into the city before it became a hospitable place for civilization to flourish. At that time it was merely a territory of the Great House Grandeur in the middle of the wilderness, heavily plagued by rogues and barbarians. The Lady Alya was one of many who paved paths, literally and figuratively, for many of the present day Frontacians to traverse.

The city of Emjedah owes much to the Lady, for she has contributed so richly in ways seen and unseen to it. The Lady wished to see the city flourish through magickal endeavor and usher in the Second Empire. Each day the city strives to honor her vision. Lady Alya of the Great House Kesper, the city of Emjedah remembers you. Currently, the Lady spends her time tending to her House's affairs on Sorcerer's Isle.

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Renalk and Lillian Treglond'ikor, San Elf of Emjedah (Disappearance)
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The San Elves Renalk and Lillian Treglond'ikor have been missing for several weeks. Renalk was once the Advocate of Chaos and later became the Archmage of the Magick Guild in Emjedah. His wife Lillian, a setite small-time merchant, has also gone missing. It is suspected that the two are together. No scrying spells of any order or search parties have been successful in locating the pair. It is believed that the two possibly have returned to Muldavia, or another land distant from Aradath. The city wishes for their safe return or safe journey to their new home.

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Halyn of House Bellar, Frotacian Child of Emjedah (Death)
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This child of the noble House Bellar was savagely murdered on a street of Emjedah. This was not a random act of violence, but a pointed and vicious inconceivable act perpetrated by the go-blin-al criminal who goes by the name "Grimn." Officials have been alerted and are on the look out for the 2'0, bald headed, deformed and heavily tattooed go-blin-al. Halyn was an apprentice in the Mage Guild of Emjedah, he studied earth magicks and his favorite subject was Botany. The city remembers him and offers its support and condolences to the House of Bellar.

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Edrich Osir, Human Guard of Emjedah (Death)
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This human was also murdered in cold blood by the diabolical go-blin-al Grimn. No witnesses stepped forward to attest, however the examiners of the body suspected Grimn to be the perpetrator due to the large stab wounds that appeared along the shin and knees of the corpse. The Guard Osir is survived by a wife, Dellia and daughter Adina. The city remembers Edrich Osir and his service.

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Ministry of Magick Compositions

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Magick-Related Phenomena Observations, Theoretical and Magickal Practicality Compositons

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Here is a theoretical composition, written by the Lord Sirus of House Dasol, on the magickal matrix from which mages and magick users draw their power and the relationship between rune-magick and their corresponding shape. This is a rather intriguing assertion by the Magick Guild Master of Emjedah. But let me not guide your opinion, read for yourself.

As most people are aware, rune-magick is a gift given to us by Sa. However, few people care to stop and think about how these runes work. Magick is an integral part of our world, and it is best to be knowledgable about such a power. One of the most basic, and therefore often the most forgotten, principle of runes is that of the relation between the Elemental and Shape runes.

The first of these, the Elemental runes, are the driving force behind most magicks and the most common of which are the runes of fire, water, earth, and air. We draw from the energies of those elementa to power our spells. It is believed, within that class of elements exists a more specific class, which I refer to as the Primary Elements. The most notable of these are the runes of fire, air, water, earth, and magick. Of course there are others such as the Holy rune and the Dragon rune. These runes are seperate from other runes, because unlike the other elements, they do not dwindle in strength as they are used. Although it is not entirely known why, the most prominant theory is a simple one: These runes are ever-lasting because they are the basis of each branch of magick.

Though I have only stated this theory's general points, it is a much deeper one than most realize. The Five elements have become the basis of each magickal branch because the power of each element is present all across the Aradath. Even within the Desert, there are pockets of water. Because of this, each mage is always directly connected to one element. Since the purpose of a rune is call forth magickal energy and because no matter where a mage maybe, they have a direct connection to their element, the bond between the rune and the element it represents is extremely strong and does not deminish when you call forth the element.

This same theory can be applied to both the Holy and Dragon runes. Holy magick is called forth by the clergy who have a divine connection to their god. As for Dragons, their rune draw upon their very essence and is possibly the strongest magickal connection in existence as a Dragon will die if they are drained of their essence.

The second form of runes is that of Shape. Shape runes are what give the elements form. Magick is amorphous without shape runes. The raw elements cannot be used unless they are given a shape. These runes are the tools that allow us to force the raw magickal energies to take the form that we desire. As an example, I will explain about the most common of these: the Aura rune. When called forth in combination with an element, the Aura rune spreads the Element into a layer around its target. What this Aura does is completely dependant upon the Elements in the weave. Alone, Shapes have no power. They are akin to the tools a blacksmith uses to raw steel into sword. Without the raw energy, Shapes are as useless as the Elemental runes are without the Shapes.

The basis for all rune-magick lies upon the principle of the Element and the Shape. All spells are brought about by the convergence of first the elements to bring forth the desired power and then the shape that gives the power a form. If either of these functions cease, rune-magick fails. The runes are a blessing of Sa and these fundamentals should not be forgotten.

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Ministry of Culture Compositions

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Prose, History, Songs, Treatises on Class and Culture, Observations

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I have titled this article, written by the Lord Ambassador Kreston Luminess, as "The Plight of the Frontacian." The Ambassador explicates the unique position High Race historically have held in the world. He attempts to debunk many of the myths and misconceptions that the benighted masses have readily accepted over time.

It has come to my attention that many in the realm of Aradath have an erroneous opinion of the character of the High Race. Some have put forth the opinion that Frontacians have an elevated opinion of their station in lifein short we are thought to be snobs. Nothing, in point of fact, could be farther from the truth. Frontacians as a whole are actually quite humbled by our position in the cosmos. Allow me to explain. We of the High Race are aware that every creature, every race has its place in existence. A Fir Elf, for instance, is designed for the forest. They are uniquely suited for the rigors and challenges that one would face in a wooded environment. A Usil Elf, conversely, is suited to a more domestic environment. They are at home with books, their scholarly pursuits taking full advantage of an inborn aptitude for knowledge storage and recall. Each race, each individual must be examined in such a manner so as to guarantee they are in a position which they are both suited to and enjoy, for whom can be expected to serve productively in a position which they do not enjoy? We of the High Race have been charged with the onerous task of organizing those around us into their proper places, acting as the driving force and the will behind the great machine that is creation. What being, what race, would NOT be overwhelmed by this duty? We are responsible for protecting and moving forward civilization itself.

This brings us to the modern world. One has simply to look about at the state of affairs that prevail all around us to know that something is terribly amiss. The natural order of things has been disturbed and must be set to rights. This, my friends, is the founding principle of Emjedah. As once, long ago, the Ancient Frontacians stepped forth to reorder a land which had been devastated by centuries of warfare, so now must we all step forward to save ourselves from the chaos that creation is once more sinking into. To our west things have fallen to such a state that criminals, little better than rabid animals in truth, terrorize the city with no fear of repercussion. The citizens of the Spur have such a distaste for order, have so rejected the wishes of Creation, that they find it preferable to suffer and die, rather than accept the wise rule of those whom deserve their trust and loyalty. We must take their example to heart my friends and allies. We must take their sorry plight as a warning against allowing our own moral direction to be misled. We must be ever vigilant and hold ourselves to standards which others may find too difficult, too tiresome. Only in this way can we be truly worthy of the destiny which has been laid before us.

This piece was written by the editor of the Imperial Star.

I have found in my time while living amongst lessers and Aradathian High Race (those of the High Race whose connection to the Mother Isle has been all but destroyed and or memories of it have faded to nothing) that the concept of class distinctions, the necessity of them, and their meaning has somehow been perverted--grossly distorted--in this place. To write this piece was both a pain and a pleasure. I was moved by my lumbering pity for those who are settled in their ignorance of the opportunity and felicity that comes with class stratification. Conversely, I was also pleasured in mind by the prospects of this great service that I would be performing for the masses!

I tend to believe that the mind is an extraordinary place for some of us; it is the only storage space that has no true boundaries, except for those that we ourselves create. Many fail to appreciate the value of boundaries, of restrictions and limitations in what we allow to enter into our realm of thinking. In the central region of Aradath, in a city called Spur, if one were to close their eyes (not for too long however, lest one might risk death or a mugging) and travel its streets, one would find that the manner of language used by the commoner scarcely differs when compared to that of the elite classes. The values of many of these elite also tend to mirror this pattern. What then is the purpose of the elite if their own desires and goals are interwoven with those of the common class? What sets them apart if their battle is the same as the lowly? The answer is, it does not. The elite are reduced to well-heeled commoners.

There is enormous difficulty in maintaining a well-defined class structure, where the elites function at the crown of society, and the commoners function throughout the rest. The line of demarcation that exists between the elite and the commoner ends not at the bottom of one's coin purse but with the perceptions one holds. This is the main reason true elite and common circles rarely overlap. The principle at work here is what is known as the Principle of Perception: persons with differing perspectives, in general, usually do not befriend unless there is a practical commonality shared between them. This principle can be viewed anywhere in the known world. It is why the orderly cannot ever truly accept the chaotic. A san elf does not ever aspire to become Odarian, nor will one see a Secian lured into the ranks of Taath. This principle manifests in the form of individual's "beliefs", cultivated through either superior erudition or is inherent in his or her own nature. Regardless of the manner one comes to know this principle, it is still a very crucial and valid fact in life. It is neither right nor wrong, it simply is.

The wide-scale mingling of the societal classes will always result in a wide-scale mangling of class ideals. Blurring the line between the commoner and elite is a matter of concern that should always be safeguarded against. If one thinks after reading this portion of the passage that there is no reason for concern or alarm whenever the blurring occurs, then clearly they are not of the elite class. Blurred lines, many times, become the basis for cultural and societal deterioration. Much like when peasants overrun a palace, order is immediately exiled and chaos attempts to reign supreme, however chaos cannot lead alone-it is far too unstable. It cannot exist without the steer and balance of order; otherwise it shall, in due course, consume itself and diminish everything it is connected to.

This is the most important reason elite circles must guard themselves so carefully against the vacuum-like mannerism of the common class. If left unchecked the common masses will always attempt to absorb you into them and the distinguishing lines that have always cased the classes will effectively become erased. The elite and the culture and leadership, which they can only provide, in the end, will disappear in the mass of commoners. (The author must note that there is a group that exists primarily within the common class, who are of a profession highly regarded by both the elite and common classes. Their actions must be the most closely watched, seeing that they have the potential to cause major line blurs. They shift back and forth between the circles with achieved wealth matching that of the elite and the favor of the commoner. Their profession grants them the most social mobility, which can either turn them into formidable entities to ally with or against, depending upon their perception. They are known as Merchants.) A commoner who climbs into a position of power and leadership must always make the decision: will he or she lead and use their power for the common wealth, the class from whence they came, or will he or she adjust themselves enough in order to enter the elite circle, so that they can learn the ways that will best suit that class of individuals?

Though far rarer in its occurrence, some elites will also make similar decisions-that is, if they will continue serving the class that birthed them or attempt to open the circle and extend its benefits to the masses. This attempt at overlapping rarely ever is successful without committing class suicide.

One that is true to his or her class willingly embraces most, if not all, of its tenets and those tenets, which cannot be embraced, should be left alone and in tact. Class beliefs have been developed through hundreds of years of conceptual evolution as defined by the class predecessors. It is these tenets, these ideals that define so clearly the line distinguishing the elite from the non and that line must remain unbroken lest elites of other lands meet the same fate as those of the Spurian city: becoming holders of undisciplined wealth and occupants of impotent stations of power.

Here is another article which has been written by the Lord Ambassador Kreston Luminess.

Its topic is centered on the religious beliefs and practices of the High Race, and his intent, I suspect, is largely for the purposes of learning and ultimately the expansion of one's own cultural knowledge. This piece is expertly written and its content is unarguably true to-the-letter.

In my experience no subject has been more misunderstood than that of Frontacian religious practices and beliefs. Some believe us too arrogant to truly appreciate a god, while others assume we leave such matters as the running of our temples to the lesser races. Neither belief is indeed correct, though I must admit that the Frontacian view on religion does differ somewhat from the accepted norm on Aradath. Allow me to explain.

The first thing that one must realize is the nature of the Frontacian race. While all know of our inborn aptitude for the arcane arts most are painfully unaware as to the reason for such. Frontacians live only partially in this realm, the one that most races of Aradath would refer to as reality. The High Race also exists, to varying degrees within the Magickal realm. This fact accounts for our natural mastery of rune weaves, for we can actually see beyond their pedantic representations to their core within the magickal realm. Such insight leads to a deeper understanding and thus a truer mastery of their power.

This unique relationship with the magickal realm also leads Frontacians into a natural symbiosis with the god Sa. Frontacians understand the true nature of the God of Magick more fully than the other races, perhaps also due to our partial existence within his realm. Sa accepts individuals of every state of mind into his fellowship. Orderly, Entropic, and Chaotic are all welcomed to further the power of Magick within our realm and are offered reward for doing so. This is often referred to as the Holy Alliance among the High Race. This Alliance is highly regarded among the High Race and therefore Sa is the near exclusive deity among Frontacian people, be they the Head of a Great House or the lowliest of soldier. Frontacians regardless of station or profession are dedicated to the furthering of Magick throughout the world and accept alliance, not servitude, to the Lord of Magick to achieve this goal.

The High Temple of Magick, within the City of Soldaris upon the Sorcerers Isle, is home to some of the most devoted and powerful clerics of Sa in existence. Frontacian clerics are somewhat different than those one might find here on Aradathfor you see though Sa grants magick to every other god so that they may bless their devotees, Frontacians believe that to accept such blessings from Sa himself would be to reject our unique place in creation as Sas favored racewe aid Sa not by accepting his offerings but by striking out and studying on our own, by adding to the sum total of magickal knowledge and power. Therefore, every Frontacian Cleric upon the Sorcerers Isle is a mage of great power, a master of one of the five Towers. They come to Sa not in supplication, but as allies in his cause. The Lesser races are of course encouraged to contribute as well and to accept the blessings of Lord Sa, which is seen as appropriate and fitting for their station. One last factor that is little known to the world at large is the existence of Ancestor Worship among the High Race. I speak not of the primitive adulation given the dead amongst the barbarian tribes of Aradath, but the true communion of mind and spirit with those whom reside entirely within the Realm of Magick. Upon death the mightiest of the High Race transition themselves wholly into the Realm of Magick, possible only because we spend our entire lives existing partially within that realm. Those that are able to achieve this exalted feat then become one with Magick, join Sa in dominion over the Realm of Magick, and are able to advise, guide and aid their descendents in furthering and expanding the cause of Magick. Even in death, the determined purpose and drive of the High Race lives on. This is true devotion. True Religion.

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Ministry of Culture Compositions

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Prose, History, Songs, Treatises on Class and Culture, Observations

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This is a song composed by the Captain Alyxandar Darkmane of the Black Mane, during one of his voyages to a far off land.

All hands to the deck
pick up the slack laddy
stow all the cargo
let loose all the lines


Sail Away, Sail Away
Sail Away me Laddy
Sail Away, Sail Away
Sail Away to Saldeae


Billow the sails
and lets us weigh anchor
for tonight we ship out
on the outgoing tide


Sail Away, Sail Away
Sail Away me Laddy
Sail Away, Sail Away
Sail Home to your Lass


No serpents or demons
shall keep us away
Our hearts are determined
So let us sail away


Sail Away, Sail Away
Sail Away me Laddy
Sail Away, Sail Away
Sail Away to the Pub!


Drink up the rum
and break out the fiddle
We will dance and sing
For tomorrow we're home


Sail Away, Sail Away
Sail Away me Laddy
Sail Away, Sail Away
Sail Away from the Law!

This is also a song composed by the bard Tadalon Tiggler, an apprentice of Anyah Jaharea, capturing the grace and majesty of the High Race.

To the world's daughters and sons
Let us close our eyes and breathe in the air of the days
Blessed by the Merciful one.


Once throughout all of the sorrowful land
Streatched ignorance and poverty
Until there reached out a Merciful hand
To bring us glory and sovreignty.


(chorus)
Oh Merciful, oh Merciful,
You offer us wealth and success.
Thanks to your gentle, guiding hand,
Our land is truly blessed.


The poor and the weak and the festid and meager,
Under the Merciful's grace,
All become willful and rested and eagar
To join a true honorable race.


From sea to sea, from the east to west banks,
The great empire streatches wide,
Folk come from all over to join the best ranks,
Nobody matches their pride.


Chorus

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The Affairs of the Lands
(The Lands of Aradath and Beyond)

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Revisits to Events in History, Accounts of Present Day Events, Interviews, Speculation

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This ia an article on the Bladesman Elegrian of the House Vicosin, the first known swordsman on Aradath to enter into the Sa'ain temple. It was written by Lady Jolea of House Cristalis, Seneschal to the Great House Luminess. This illustrates the complex bond that the High Race hold with the God of All Magick. Unlike here, on the Sorcerer's Isle it is a common practice for a Bladesman, when he or she comes of age, to join the ranks of the Sa'ain temple. It truly was a joyous day for Sa'ain temples and High Race.

The days before Rinannimas are usually filled with joy, celebrations and miracles. Among them was an eventful occasion for those who worship Sa. On the Elven day of Monday, December 20th, Bladesmaster Elegrian Vicosin dedicated himself into Holy Alliance with the Great Lord of Magick. Special thanks go out to the gracious hosts, Lord Ambassador Kreston Luminess and his most regal sister, the Lady Mavress Luminess of the Great House Luminess. Distinguished guests included Lord Sydelais Zarkhaan, Lord Sirus Dasol, Regent Noffbrau Trenkill, Advocate Methoss Tember, Captain Alyxandar Darkmane, Mistress Scruple Tamarind, Mistress Shaleu Dragins and a member of the Imperial Guard, Officer Terik Auric.

The ceremony began with an opening prayer from the newly appointed Regent who asked for Sa's acceptance, blessing and guidance for Lord Elegrian. Following that, Advocate Methoss requested the noble Bladesmaster join him at the altar where he spoke to the gathering about decisions and dedication, the importance of keeping the Temple strong and vibrant and serving with honor. The congregation watched in awe as Advocate Methoss traced a glowing rune in the air. As he asked for Sa to embrace the young convert with His magick, the rune floated forward to rest upon Elegrian's forehead as he kneeled in humble dedication. It was such a touching moment that even the stalwart Officer Terik was heard to sniffle. At the conclusion of the ceremony Lord Elegrian spoke eloquently of his plans for progression under the influence of the Great Sa and of his gratitude to the Great House Luminess for their guidance and support.

It was at this juncture that the festivities began with an amazing display of fireworks outside the Temple by Lord Sirus. Dazzling runes shot into the sky only to burst open and rain shimmering golden sparks upon the ground. From there it was off to the newly built Frontacian Fortress and a sumptuous feast. Elegant platters and serving trays were piled with a delicious assortment of imported foods. An enchanted bubbling champagne fountain provided a constant source of refreshment and the renowned culinary artist, Master Poppet Treewort supplied an exquisite spun sugar castle-topped cake for the occasion. When the feasting was over Ambassador Kreston presented Elegrian with a heavy regal brushed steel battle-mail while Lady Mavress offered him the matching regal brushed steel gauntlets and from Advocate Methoss a gift of an intricately etched moonsilver helm. To end the evening, the Lady Mavress performed for those gathered a touching poem entitled, "Lover's Correspondence," in place of the entertainment that was to be provided by the Archbardess Anyah Jaharea.

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Staff and Contributing Writers

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The Lord Ambassador Kreston of the Great House Luminess

The Minister of Magick Lord Sirus of the Noble House Dasol

The Seneschal of the Great House Luminess Lady Jolea of House Cristalis

The Captain of the Black Mane Alyxandar Darkmane

The Apprenteice Bard Tadalon Tiggler

The Commission on Population Statistics

The Editor of the Imperial Star Lady Mavress of the Great House Luminess

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