Words, Words, Words

The following essays appear in broadsheets, on posts, and tacked to town hall doors all throughout Ursundova over the next five years. They are all signed “Tribune”

“It is insufficient for the crown to declare it has our best interests at heart – it cannot know us but as a herd, and we are not a herd. Individuals are only available individually, thus the ‘greater good’ all too often becomes ‘what is good for the crown.’ The only rightful and legitimate exercise of power in a free and civilized society is to restrain a citizen from inflicting harm. His own good or benefit is a weak warrant from a parent who never raised us and does not know us. Over herself or himself, the individual must be sovereign.”

- The Political Republic, Essay #4, “Liberty”

“A monarch may make law, but he can hardly enforce it over a nation – his reach is too small and the people too widespread. He cannot act as judge over dozens, to say nothing of hundreds or thousands. Once the duties taken up by ministers, servants, judges, watchmen, and good persons of conscience are stripped away from him, a King does little more than make war or give away places – that is to impoverish the nation or place it into peril and for these things, he is compensated with absolute power and the wealth of working men and women. Nice work if you can get it.”

- The Political Republic, Essay #7 “The Limits of Power”

“The first obligation of the law is to restrain the hands that hold the reins of power. It is all too simple for any power, be it monarch or majority, to enjoy freedom, thus the law must be to shield the freedom of those who cannot simply impose their will.”

- The Political Republic, Essay #18, “Protection of Rights”

“Were we to pile all the crowns of all the Kings and Queens that have ruled over men since the Age of Creation in a single stack, melt them down, and mint from them an ocean of coins, they would not be as dear to a society as the value of a single virtuous citizen.”

- The Political Republic, Essay #22 “The Commonwealth of Citizens”

“There is no religion whose text would not be regarded as blasphemous by some other faith. Prophets and Pontifices may proclaim, with much pompous puffery, the glory of their God’s good graces, but the wise citizen would take neither Erastil’s advice on urban planning nor Iomedae’s on finding a good spouse.”

- The Political Republic, Essay #58, “Freedom of Religion”

“A free people live under law as determined by their representatives, and such law must apply to every person, no matter the gold in the purse or the gold around their brow. If the law does not apply to each and every person in equal fashion, we do not live in a free society, but in one that suffers the whims of those who may ignore or rewrite the rules at their convenience. Such a state cannot be tolerated overlong.”

- The Political Republic, Essay #81, “The Rule of Law”


Upon hearing of the appearance of these essays, Jacek instructs his Spymaster to find out who is responsible for them, and brings them to the attention of his Council as well.

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Eoghan accepts the assignment, but pauses on his way out. “Would it be out of line, Yer Holiest Majesty, to ask yer intent?”

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“Curiosity, at this stage. The writer is eloquent and has strong views. If their desire to improve the Kingdom is sincere, I may invite them to present their ideas for our consideration.”

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