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- Compiled from the teachings and sermons of Abbot Hugo, Superior General of the Order, and translated from the Latin.
We will make you into holy weapons and fill you with righteous fury. There is nothing that cannot be forgiven if your intent is utterly pure. Our work is solely for the initiated. We are ordo acerbus devotio. You are mortal. but my brothers and sisters. murder until his hands ran red with the blood of a hundred martyrs. The only identity we bear is in our blessed rings. It is the duty of our order to defend Christendom and the Church from all her foes – within and without. but this too is nothing but a by-name. Where possible. some initiates call themselves Joachimites. after our home. so that the Order may better fight such dangers in the future. because we must serve in shadow and silence. Names are unnecessary. when in fact you follow your own sinful desires. and make little distinction between the sexes. It is the duty of our order. You shall die. becoming Benedictines or Cistercians or village priests or mad-eyed prophets or brigands or whores and heretics if our duty commands it of us. As initiates of the Order. And it is the duty of our order to conceal ourselves from the simple common folk. too. It is a secret only the Masters are privy to. nor the demon to remain on this earthly plane. Anyone who On The Duties of the Order The sacred purpose of our Order is to shepherd Christendom along the path of the divine plan. Every soul we save is another step on that long journey towards the final enlightenment of all Mankind. Knowledge is dangerous. Extraordinary Grace must be seen as a terrible burden. so long as it is in the direct service of the Order. but these always remember these duties. your rewards shall be great indeed in heaven. in the hopes that you too will realise the enormity of our sacred task and be likewise humbled before it. but you may know that our brotherhood is an ancient one. Others refer to use as the Order of St. but this is but a private joke shared amongst our cynics. Those we protect and serve must never know of our actions. the Order of Bitter Piety. or fornicate with Beelzebub on the very altar of this church. We admit male and females equally. I say this not out of pride. you must destroy them. Within these walls. and must be the gatekeeper of all learning. all of 2 . The Masters of the Order will instruct you on certain vital tasks. noone will ever know your sacrifice. We are the instruments of God’s plan. you must learn all you can about your foe before putting them to the sword. our Order has no name. Our purpose is not to teach or to glorify God’s name through prayer. by any means necessary. Save for your brothers and sisters within the Order. Our brothers walked the roads of the Holy Land ten centuries ago. Grace is extended only to those who are deserving of it. to destroy those enemies whose existence cannot be countenanced. it is to protect and shepherd His most holy Church. and even from our fellow servants of God. anyone who does not recognise your ring is not permitted to know your purpose anyway. A member of our Order might lie. among the worst blights on Christendom are those former brothers and sisters of ours who have fallen because they believed themselves incorruptible. far older than any of the Benedictine congregations. Beware the temptation to claim that you act in accordance with the Order. not a gift. our members are held to be in a state of Extraordinary Grace. On the Nature of the Order Ours is a secret and singular Order. unknown and unmourned. especially those inspired by supernatural evils. at the behest of your Masters. This must not be taken as license to sin. steal.Know this – every one of you will perish in the service of the Order. the true nature of certain monsters. Our initiates are granted exceptional leeway to accomplish their tasks as they see fit. Our works must go unseen. is a pure and sinless act. Where you find such evils. The use of magic. Books of black magic and forbidden lore should be brought back to the abbey so that those monks trained in such matters may catalogue them. The Lord’s plan must be protected and shielded from those who would undo His works. You will seek out the enemies of God and bring them down. or even of our existence. The Church is the only true light of wisdom in this world. after Joachim of Fiore who is a friend to our Order. hoping to sting those initiates who mistake the power and authority granted them by the Order for their own grandeur. recognises the ring you bear will understand what it means and give you whatever aid and succour they can. just as we are God’s. but out of humility. In the wider world. In truth. you will go where you are needed. You must watch for signs of corruption and sin. You will answer for any sins you commit of your own free will. and yet be free of sin if he did all these things in the service of the Order. O. and your deeds will be forgotten. the use of various arts and devices from ancient times or other cultures. we refer to our Order as the Ordo Acerbus Devotio. from the greedy merchants and grasping nobles. The serpent of pride is ever watchful. You will be the hammer of witches and the killer of monsters. but other things must be concealed. You will be our instrument. Most important of all. Whatsover you do. Of late. Certain things are permissible for the common folk to know. Suffer not the witch to live. cheat. Michel. On The History of the Order The true history of the Order may not be revealed to you at your level of initiation. we may wear the habits of others as suits our needs.
You are the perfect instruments of God’s plan. these Priors and Preceptors are collectively referred to as the Masters. Should a lord grind his peasants into the earth. should a corrupt monk sell indulgences and keep the money instead of giving the Church its dues. we took you in because this is the only place left to you – you saw or discovered secrets that it is not permissible for the uninitiated to know. A man may be damned by a whisper. The Claustral Priors reside here. the false prophet. any monk or learned scholar. Any bishop or senior member of the clergy. Those who recognise these rings will offer you whatever aid they can. You must protect Christendom from enemies. on this sheltered island. sending the souls of everyone within to their judgement. must commit your hearts to this Order. Here. On The Blessed Ring and the Order’s Sanction On the Teaching of Initiates All of you are Initiates of the Order. or accomplishments. than let perilous knowledge escape that town into the wider world. and that road floods at high tide.these imperil the unwary soul. you have all been instructed in the methods of the Order. Outsiders believe Mont St-Michel to be merely a wealthy monastery following the Rule of St.’ The rock that was ordained for us by the Archangel Michael himself is this one. or should some foolish scholar delve into teachings forbidden by wiser men – in these times too may your skills be put to the Lord’s work. Still others. There are secrets long-buried here that sleep. and we brought you up in a sheltered priory where your body and mind could be honed without interference from the outside worlds. but for now you are worthy enough to continue in our service. There are tunnels beneath your feet that worm their way into the very living rock and run out under the sea-bed. how to live like a beggar and live like a king. or because of your position in society. you have seen but a tiny part of the secrets of this isle. this is but one of the Order’s fortresses. we recruited because of your natural gifts. in the Mont St-Michel. the corsair. in the form of a signet ring marked with the sigil of the crossed keys of the Pope. if his soul is not fortified against such blandishments. but have not noticed despite your training in perception. Obediantiary Priors and Preceptors. should madmen plot to overthrow their rightful lord. The Obediantiary Priors are in charge of the other monasteries of our Order across Christendom. The Prior of the Archives maintains the library and archival vaults beneath the rock. The Prior of Arms is responsible for the training of novices in combat and the use of weapons. We have taught you the use of our secret arts. ‘thou art Peter and upon this rock do I build my church. and are not committed to the field save for tasks of grave importance. most especially. Better you burn down a village. Others. and of the various satellites and lesser priories here in Normandy where novices are trained. Fail. the barbarian. and advise the Superior General on what must be done. as well as the defence of the monastery. you are permitted to speak with 4 . and the preparation of poison. Benedict. You. They believe what we permit them to believe. Each member of our Order bears a single token of our authority. the diagnosis of disease. for the good of all souls in Christendom. and any warrior monk from the knightly orders such as the Templars or Hospitallers will recognise the ring. and each of them oversees a different aspect of our Order’s duties. there is no better school in all the world. No matter how you came here. There are hidden chambers and dungeons and sealed vaults that you have walked past every day of your training. and what it signifies. and is subordinate only to the Pontiff himself. Wearing the blessed ring. and there is no mortal foe you cannot defeat in single combat. we have built our abbey and our chief sanctum. Any deviation from the path must be corrected. and you will be tested again. the water races across the flats swifter than horses can run. You must also intercede where sin has overthrown the appointed order of society to a very troublesome intent. On The Structure of the Order The General Superior is the head of the Order. Under the General Superior are the Claustral Priors. and all of Christendom falls with you. your life belongs to the Order. The Prior of Medicine is concerned with the healing of the sick. Our island is accessible from the mainland only by a narrow road. and make them toil tenfold while neglecting his own responsibilities. I tell you this. The Saracen. of poison and choking fogs and secret writings and other alchemical compounds. From this point on. lest your just punishment fall upon you threefold. to vanish in plain sight and to move like a shadow. We have taught you to fight with weapons and without. within and without. The Masters reside in the Mont St-Michel or their respective priories and preceptries. the heretic: all of these are to be slain without compunction. Together with certain respected individuals. The Preceptors command the scattered outposts and secret fortresses of the Order. we took from your mother’s womb or as a young child. waiting for the day when the Order has need of them – and I tell you this truly. and the use of our mechanical tools and superior weapons. Initiates. the bandit. Some of you. and how to discern the truth thought it be clouded in deceits. You have been tested. On the Abbey of Mont St-M ichel The LORD said unto his chief disciple.
nor its knowledge made open. give her the wisdom to know when to act and when to remain silent. You will be hurled into dungeons and imprisoned. You will do things so vile and terrible that your very soul recoils. P: Lord. R: The Order must never be revealed. Each drop of blood you shed is a milestone on the path to enlightenment for all humanity. we are but instruments of your Will. not slaves to be whipped. R: Knowledge is both salvation and damnation. On The Furtherance of Our Blessed Task You will perish in the service of the Order. 5 .supreme authority. P: Lord. Happy are those who die in the service of the Order. R: Better a hundred innocents die than one of evil escape. as the Pope himself lends his endorsement to your words. for they are the instruments of God! P: Lord. As ever. P: Lord. and you will walk the razor bridge over the very pit of Hell. R: This Covenant is as marriage to the Lord God. P: Lord. R: Every soul saved is one step forward to the final enlightenment of Mankind. You will be tortured. Use the ring only when necessary. Each wound you endure ransoms some soul in Christendom from evil. R: The laws of Man are as nothing in the pursuit of His work. P: Lord. monies or men. Rejoice in your sufferings. all will face your judgement. stabbed and mauled. or whatever else you require. safeguard all that we have taught. P: Lord. R: I vow to defend Church and Order by any means necessary. You will be whipped and reviled. where a single false step leads to eternal damnation. Your fellow Christians are brothers in service to the Lord. you will have your eyes put out and your limbs maimed and broken. we follow the path laid before us. we trust in your guidance. bless this child so she may serve thee with all her heart. beware the temptation to abuse this authority. You may demand shelter and aid.