Commentary on the Vigilant Virtues for the Layperson
Pay heed, citizen, and hear of the Vigilant Virtues, the Scions who bestowed them upon us all, and the nature of their blessings.
THE STRENGTH OF AZRION THE CONQUERER
The firstborn son of Dominus was born to conquer, but had the temperament to command the respect and loyalty of his enemies as well as his allies. The only one of Dominus's children, the Scions, to also become emperor, he was therefor (with Dominus) one of two emperors to be canonized by the Vigilant Church.
The Blessings of Azrion bestow physical power and fortitude to those who embody this virtue.
THE COURAGE OF TRISTAN THE VALIANT
Tristan's skill and fearlessness in battle earned her the nickname Tristan the Valiant. She is a goddess of Courage to the Vigilant Church, and a patron saint of Dominion Swordmaidens. Tristan's blessings bestow heart and resilience to the Vigilant.
THE JUSTICE OF BRONOS THE JUST
Bronos was the impartial judge among the Scions, the brother whom the rest turned to for a fair hearing. It is no surprise that the house he founded would continue in the tradition of jurisprudence. The blessings of Bronos focus the soul and body to better serve the gods.
THE KNOWLEDGE OF GALEN THE ADEPT
Galen was determined to learn all he could of the Eldan's secret, ancient knowledge. He studies many scientific disciplines during his lifetime, as well as exploring many worlds beyond Cassus. His house founded the Royal Collegium. Galen's blessings include insight, creativity, and a gift with languages.
THE PURITY OF EVINDRA THE RIGHTEOUS
The Scion called Evindra was known for her honesty of spirit, purity of heart, and nobility of intentions. She was the longest-lived of the Scions, lasting long enough to see the first fifty years of her nephew Korol's reign as the third emperor. She never sought power for herself, but instead believed wholeheartedly in the rightness of the empire and worked diligently to support her father and those who ruled after him. Evindra's blessings include certitude, chastity, and forthrightness in service to the gods.
THE DEVOTION OF KOROL THE DEVOUT
Korol worshiped his father Dominus both figuratively and literally. He wrote many essays and tracts on his greatness and the glorious destiny of the Dominion. Alone among the Scions, he contributed directly to the Vigilant Codex. Those blessed by Korol are the finest healers and doctors in the empire, their hands guided by the gods themselves.
For more discussion and immersion in the Vigilant Virtues, consult the clergy at your local Vigilant temple or commit to meditative contemplation upon these words.