Commandments

Originally, Ten Commandments were given to Moses by the Angels. Justas then rewrote the Yehudite commandments into his own eleven laws during his time. The most recent addition to the divine order was in 1560 when the 2nd Nicean Council was convened and a twelfth commandment was added to the rote. It is important to note that, unlike in real life, where Jews and Christians share the same Old Testament and Ten Commandments, in Victoriana, the rewrites by Justas and the 2nd Nicean council mean that the Yehudites of Victoriana still hold to the original Ten Commandments, which are the same ones we have in real life, but which are quite different to the Aluminat twelve!


The Commandments

  1. There is only Order or Darkness. Follow the path of Order or be consumed by Darkness.
  2. Faith is a serious path, and shall not be trod upon lightly or with disrespect. Treat faith seriously and do not take the name of Order in vain. Blasphemy is a crime.
  3. All Gods are false Gods. You shall worship no idol. Follow only the path of Order.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. There is one holy day in the week; you rest on it that you may contemplate your faith.
  5. Honor thy father and mother. Learn from their wisdom; they have followed the path longer than have you.
  6. Thou shalt not murder. Sometimes you must kill to preserve Order, but murder creates only Chaos.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. The family unit is the basis of all stability, to unbalance it creates chaos at the core.
  8. Thou shalt not steal. If everyone were to take what they wanted, there would be anarchy. You must earn what you own.
  9. Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Lies create Chaos, and are the tool of the Pale. Lies between friends and neighbors create anarchy.
  10. Take not more than you need. Order shall sustain the faithful. Covet nothing, as faith is all you truly need to live a virtuous life. Do not hoard your wealth; taking more than you need deprives others and provokes want and Chaos.
  11. Thou shalt not change the natural order of things as formed in their divine Order. The use of sorcery is forbidden; thou shalt not seek forbidden knowledge.
  12. Know thy place, mortal to Earth, Angel to Heaven. The place of mortals is the Earth, the place of Angels is the Heavens — neither side shall seek to change the right and natural Order. (This commandment is often used to insist that people shouldn't attempt to change their class in life)

Another very important thing to remember is that there is no doubt about the existence of the force of Holy Order and its Angels. While the Victorian mind was convinced of the truth of Christianity, the Aluminat of Victoriana has cast-iron proof that its beliefs are real. Every European country has a patron Angel and history accurately shows that those Angels have fought alongside Saints and heroes in times of need. Although not in living memory, Angels have come to take away the heretics and destroy evil sorcerers: not in a metaphysical way, but by appearing physically, publicly, and with flaming swards to smite the sinful.