The EPISTLES of AZAELA
[A Sermon written by Azaela, and published to the Righteous Warriors of the Diocese of Celestia]
Failure to confront the wickedness of the world shall beget evil- but even an impossible stand shall permit the light of good to shine in the hearts of those who cannot fight. It shall inspire heroes in the future- it shall perpetuate like a field of grass, and where evil burns, it shall grow as stubbornly as the spirit of those who did not yield to evil. Evil shall always whisper into your ear and seek to compromise- never compromise, for those who embrace the true flame of good shall never show mercy to those who wield the dark flame of end of all things.
-Josiah, our Elder.
I want to address this very important issue for I have seen it arise quite often in the recent days. Our elder is absolutely correct on the NATURE OF EVIL - ALWAYS SEEKING TO COMPROMISE. It is by nature deceitful, full of wickedness, lies, it seeketh to only hurt and destroy all that is Good in this world. One of it's GREATEST WEAPONS is the WEAPON OF COMPROMISE.
We have seen this with how the Purple Dragon Daxx has interacted with the foul Lizardmen, with how he was reluctant to FREE A CELESTIAL, where he was willing to TALK TO A CULTIST who had a bunch of DEVILS SERVING HIM. We have seen it in the faithful of Lathander, the woman Valeria, who even after hearing that the Lizardman wanted to 'BREED WITH THE KINGS WOMEN' still wasn't convinced that it was evil.
Let me be unequivocally clear here - It is NEVER RIGHTEOUS to CONSORT WITH EVIL, in any way, shape, or form. It is NEVER RIGHTEOUS to COMPROMISE WITH EVIL in any way, shape, or form. It is NEVER RIGHTEOUS to show mercy to the WICKED in any way, shape, or form. Even in the case of a Wicked Man who REPENTS TO THE LIGHT, it is still likely wise to PUT THEM TO THE SWORD AFTERWARDS so that they do not fall back into wickedness - and to assure that their conversion wasn't faked!
Yes, this is strongly worded, for it is important that we RIGHTEOUS WARRIORS never give a single step to the WICKED. It is our RIGHTEOUS DUTY to strike the word TOLERANCE out of our vocabulary, for we HAVE NO TOLERANCE FOR EVIL. It is therefore important to NEVER COMPROMISE with EVIL because COMPROMISE LEADS TO TOLERANCE.
[A letter bearing the words of the Righteous Message that was sent to a Pathfinder by Azaela]
BE NOT AFRAID, THUS SAYETH CELESTIA, go forth, RIGHTEOUS WARRIORS unto all the land and PREACH THE RIGHTEOUS MESSAGE. Stand BEFORE THE WICKED wherever you find them and OPPOSE THEM. COMPROMISE NOT, for COMPROMISE WITH THE WICKED LEADS TO TOLERANCE OF THE WICKED. EVIL BEGETS EVIL, but RIGHTEOUSNESS BEGETS RIGHTEOUSNESS. When the GATES OF CELESTIA ARE OPENED, at the sound of the FINAL TRUMP, and the LEGIONS OF RIGHTEOUS ANGELS spill forth from it's gates, and the WICKED ARE PUT TO THE SWORD, such that the BODIES OF THE WICKED SHALL BE STACKED SO HIGH AS TO RIVAL THE GREATEST MOUNTAINTOPS, the BLOOD OF THE WICKED shall RUN AS RIVERS SO GREAT as to RIVAL THE GREATEST RIVERS. The WICKED shall be purged BY THE SWORD, and BY THE FIRE AND BRIMSTONE OF CELESTIA. Then WHEN IT IS DONE, there shall be PEACE and PROSPERITY, and there will BE NO MORE EVIL, for EVIL WILL HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UNTO UTTER DESOLATION AND DESTRUCTION, it shall BE MADE DUST.
Those that are RIGHTEOUS, TAKE HEART, for your eyes shall only BEAR WITNESS to the UTTER DECIMATION AND DESOLATION OF THE WICKED, for you shall be CAUGHT UP INTO CELESTIA, into the waiting and LOVING ARMS of RIGHTEOUS ANGELS.
But WOE UNTO THOSE who doth consort with the WICKED, for THUS SAYETH CELESTIA, the eyes of the RIGHTEOUS GODS AND ANGELS are upon the world, and they have SEEN YOUR HEART. They have taken RIGHTEOUS COUNSEL and they have declared RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT upon those that consort with the wicked, they shall SHARE THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT OF CELESTIAL FIRE THAT IS UPON THE HEADS OF THE WICKED. Their LANDS SHALL BE MADE DESOLATE AND BARREN, their CATTLE SHALL BE SLAUGHTERED DOWN TO THE LAST CALF, their RIVERS SHALL BE SMITTEN AND SHALL DRY UP AND THEIR FISH SHALL ALL DIE, the LAND ITSELF WILL SHAKE AND RUMBLE AND CAST THEM OUT, Their VILLAGES AND HOMES SHALL BE SHATTERED, their MATERIAL GOLD AND UNRIGHTEOUS IDOLS SHALL BE BURNED TO CHARRED ASH, the DAY SHALL STAND STILL and there will BE NO NIGHT so that the UNRIGHTEOUS have no place to HIDE FROM THE SHINING RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT OF CELESTIAL GOODNESS THAT HAS COME UPON THEM.
THUS SAYETH CELESTIA, go FORTH, RIGHTEOUS WARRIORS and take heart, and LIFT UP YOUR SWORDS, and STRETCH FORTH YOUR HAND, and SMITE THE LIZARDMAN OF THE SWAMPS. Not only the LIZARDMEN of the swamps, but the LIZARDWOMEN AND LIZARDCHILDREN as well. You shall go forth and SLAY THEM DOWN TO THE LAST LIZARDCHILD. You shall PUT THEIR CATTLE TO THE SWORD, for they are TAINTED BY THE WICKED TOUCH OF LIZARDMEN, you shall stretch forth thine hands and SMITE THEIR RIVERS, that they may be MADE DESOLATE, you shall gather their MATERIAL GOLD AND IDOLS TO VILE GODS and you SHALL BURN THEM TO CHARRED ASH. Then, when it is done, when you have RIGHTEOUSLY ACCOMPLISHED, the DIVINE WILL OF THE RIGHTEOUS GODS AND OF CELESTIA AS DECREED UNTO YOU, AS IS THE RIGHTEOUS LAW, you shall REMOVE YOUR HELMETS, and LIFT UP YOUR EYES TOWARDS CELESTIA, and in a LOUD, PROUD, and BOASTFUL VOICE, declare your RIGHTEOUS VICTORY OVER THE FOUL LIZARDMEN, and DANCE FOR JOY OF THE GREAT GOODNESS YOU HAVE DONE ON THIS DAY, for you have removed the VILE AND THE WICKED whom only seek to DECEIVE, LIE, STEAL, AND DESTROY from existence, you have brought UTTER DESOLATION unto them, such has NOT BEEN SEEN IN THESE LANDS FOR TOO LONG.
THUS SAYETH CELESTIA, go forth, and PREACH THE MESSAGE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. Remove the STUMBLING BLOCK from the path of the people, so at the TIME OF THE FINAL TRUMP, when the GATES OF CELESTIA ARE OPENED, they may be TAKEN UP, so that when the LEGION OF ANGELS spills forth to PUT THE WICKED TO THE SWORD, the RIGHTEOUS shall only bear witness to the JUDGEMENT OF THE WICKED with their eyes.
THUS SAYETH CELESTIA, woe unto the inhabitants of the City of Arabel, for the EYES OF THE RIGHTEOUS GODS AND ANGELS have FALLEN UPON YOU. They have SEEN the WICKEDNESS that has rotted inside of you, and IN THEIR MERCY they have SENT US, their HOLY MESSENGERS, to BEAR WITNESS TO THE RIGHTEOUS MESSAGE, that ye shall HAVE A CHANCE TO BE REDEEMED UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS, so that when the GATES OF CELESTIA are opened, and the LEGIONS OF ANGELS spill forth, lead by ARCHANGELS, who's MERE GAZE can turn the WICKED TO DUST, and they set out to PUT THE WICKED TO THE SWORD, such that the bodies of the wicked will be piled so high as to RIVAL THE GREATEST MOUNTAINTOPS, the inhabitants of the City of Arabel will have LISTENED TO THE RIGHTEOUS MESSAGE, and REPENTED UNTO REDEMPTION, and shall be TAKEN UP INTO THE HALLS OF CELESTIA.
But unto the WICKED, we HOLY MESSENGERS are to be as HAIL, mixed with BLOOD, FIRE AND BRIMSTONE. To the RIGHTEOUS, the RIGHTEOUS MESSAGE IS ONE OF PEACE, but unto the WICKED, it is of COMING DESOLATION.
Knoweth the RIGHTEOUS TRUTH, that these things are JUST THE BEGINNING, for the TIME OF JUDGEMENT OF THE WICKED has come. After the FOUL SWAMP is PURGED OF ITS VILE WICKEDNESS, THUS SAYETH CELESTIA, ye shall set your EYES UPON THE CLAR BANDANS, and YE SHALL BEHOLD VILE WICKEDNESS. But TAKE HEART, RIGHTEOUS WARRIOR, and STRETCH FORTH THINE HANDS, and CELESTIA SHALL BE WITH YOU as you MARCH FORTH RIGHTEOUSLY, you shall SMASH THEIR SHRINES, you shall BURN THEIR ABODES, you shall destroy their VILE UNDEAD ABOMINATIONS with RIGHTEOUS SUNLIGHT.
Go FORTH, ye RIGHTEOUS WARRIORS, and GATHER UP THE PRIESTS and the PALADINS and the FOLLOWERS of this VILE GOD. When you have done this, STRETCH FORTH THINE HAND, and DIVIDE THEM INTO TWO GROUPS. For one group, you shall PLACE THEM IN A LARGE BUILDING AND BAR THE EXIT, and BURN THE BUILDING AND THE WICKED INHABITANTS. For the other, you shall HANG THEM UPON THE TREES, so that the STENCH OF THE BURNING FLESH OF THE WICKED ENTERETH THE AIR, and the SIGHT OF THE HANGING BODIES OF THE WICKED MARKETH THE LAND, that all the people should know, that the RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT OF CELESTIA IS COME UPON THE WICKED.
Behold, THE WORDS OF CELESTIA, that ye may KNOW THE TRUTH. WOE UNTO THE INHABITANTS OF THE CITY OF ARABEL, for you have been JUDGED in the eyes of RIGHTEOUS GODS AND CELESTIA. BE NOT AFRAID, for we are sent as HOLY MESSENGERS to lead you unto RIGHTEOUS REDEMPTION, that you may NOT PERISH in the coming JUDGEMENT. For TOO LONG have you CONSORTED AND COMPROMISED WITH THE WICKED. Every BAD THING that has come upon Arabel is DUE TO COMPRISING WITH THE WICKED. Turn AWAY FROM THIS WICKEDNESS, and REDEEM YOURSELVES UNTO THE LIGHT.
THUS SAYETH CELESTIA, when this is FINISHED, and the VILE CLAR BANDANS are no more, ye shall SET YOUR EYES UPON THE BANITES, and ye shall BEHOLD VILE WICKEDNESS. Fear not, RIGHTEOUS WARRIORS, for CELESTIA IS WITH YOU. You shall STRETCH FORTH YOUR HANDS, and a SWORD shall be UPON THE BANITES, and there shall be HOLY WAR such that has not been seen in these lands EVER BEFORE. You will march forth, and bring RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT in the FORM OF THE SWORD upon them, You WILL SLAUGHTER THEM BY THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, and the land will RUN RED WITH THE BLOOD OF THE WICKED.
These things are JUST THE BEGINNING of the COMING JUDGEMENT OF THE WICKED. As it is decided in CELESTIA HALLWAYS, so it SHALL BE DONE.
-Azaela, Herald of Adeodatus.
[An excerpt from the RIGHTEOUS TEACHINGS of AZAELA]
I am often asked or questioned "How can you put an entire village of Men, Women and Children to the Sword after they have repented and CONVERTED TO THE LIGHT? That's EVIL". And the people who ask me that could not be more wrong. I suppose it is due to an unfortunately mortal outlook on morality that blinds them from this cosmic truth, that my mind and my eyes have been OPENED BY THE PROVIDENCE OF CELESTIA to the TRUTH OF THE RIGHTEOUS BATTLE WE FACE. For we do not fight for the feeble physical life of mortals, the life that shall all leave us, sooner or later, and our bodies turn to dust. We fight for the SOUL of all beings, that their ETERNAL SOUL may ENTER THE GATES OF CELESTIA and be WELCOMED IN.
Therefore, there is NO EVIL in putting an entire village of converts from evil, down to the last child, to the sword, for we have ASSURED THEIR ETERNAL REDEMPTION. Those who have to be redeemed from EVIL show that they are and have been susceptible to it previously, and it is for this reason that the SWORD is the ASSURITY of REDEMPTION. Whether by the RIGHTEOUS practice of HANGING, or by the most effective method of DROWNING, or by the HOLY PYRE and TORCH, or by STONING, or by the EXECUTIONERS AXE, or by the REDEMPTION OF THE HAMMER, this ASSURITY OF REDEMPTION is the most PIOUS BLESSING OF CELESTIA. I have been called bloodthirsty, and I have been accused of preaching GENOCIDE - and this could NOT BE MORE TRUE. I am thirsty to see the WICKED PUT TO THE SWORD, and I seek the GENOCIDE OF ALL THAT IS WICKED [A long list here - Orcs, Goblins, Drow, Devils, Demons, Thayans, Bloodstone Dealers, Necromancers - The list goes on for quite some time listing various Races, Ethnicities, Cultures and Monsters that are generally known as evil].
While it is our duty to preach the RIGHTEOUS MESSAGE and bring enlightenment to the mortals of these lands, it is fairly obvious that we will not always be successful in this task. Those who have not stood in the PRESENCE OF CELESTIA often cannot even begin to grasp the one FINALITY OF COSMIC TRUTH. There is RIGHTEOUSNESS and there is WICKEDNESS. There is NOTHING INBETWEEN.
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[The Epistles of Light - The Righteous Words of the Epistles of Light as given to us by the RIGHTEOUS ANGEL, SARIEL]
Bound by light and chains,
Lifted up high upon gentle slopes,
Ensuring only holy gains,
As the Holy Warrior holds off wicked Strokes.
Gaze to the east and the rising sun,
Remain vigilant facing west and the setting light,
The fight against evil is never done,
Nor is the conflict with everlasting night.
Mankind shall repent it's sin,
Bound by chains of service,
They shall find only light again,
Of this, all holy things are certain.
Crusade on, O'warrior
There shall be a just reward
The fight is never done.