The Redeemed Code of Conduct: Also known as the 'Code of Nine'
Justice. The power to decide upon the proper course of conduct in accordance with reason and without waivering. With absolute diligence to the principles of righteous thinking and absolute rectitude. To die when it is proper to do so, to kill when it is proper to do so, and to lay down arms when it is proper to do so. This is the fiber of every individual seeking true redemption. This is the basis of all that follows. Without bones the spine cannot be, the head has no support, and neither hand nor foot may move. Justice is the bone upon which we suspend our flesh. No one may seek redemption without understanding and living the tenant of justice.
Courage. The ability to do what is proper in accordance with reason and without waivering. With absolute diligence to the principles of righteous thinking and absolute rectitude, and in the face of that which most horrifies the practitioner. Bravery is facing fear. Courage is facing true dread, the deepest horror, and doing so not because it is ordered or expected but because it is what is morally right. The brave may survive. The courageous will always eventually sacrifice themselves to defend truth and preserve morality. No one may seek redemption without facing the truth of their sins, the gravity of their failings, and then facing the greatest horrors of the world for the cause of what is righteous.
Mercy. One that is tasked with applying justice has the power and the authority to kill. Those that seek redemption must do so while applying the highest orders of mercy and benevolence. The highest requirement of a defender of virtue is benevolence. The greatest demand of a defender of virtue is in never expecting it themselves. No one may seek redemption until they understand and apply the values of love, pity, sympathy, and affection.
Courtesy. The outward expression of mercy is the art of civil benevolence. Polite and proper behaviors in every and all situations, personal and social, with absolute diligence to the principles of righteous thinking and absolute rectitude. Absolute and unwavering respect for those of greater social status, for those of equal social status, and most importantly, toward those of lower social status. Not for the dictates of the code but because that is part of proper rectitude. The highest form of courtesy is indistinguishable from love. No one may seek redemption without strict adherence to the principles of courtesy.
Honesty. The inward expression of mercy is the art of personal benevolence. Application of sincerity and honesty in all matters, personal and social, with absolute diligence to the principles of righteous thinking and absolute rectitude. One may not express mercy toward another until they express it toward oneself. One may not love oneself and be dishonest to oneself. One may not love others and be dishonest to others. No one may seek redemption until they understand and embrace honesty in all things.
Abstinence. Greed and the desire for worldly things corrupts mercy, so a life of abstinence denies these cravings and allows the highest orders of benevolence to be embraced and expressed. A wealthy man does not seek redemption. A passionate man does not seek redemption. A vain man does not seek redemption. Only those that set aside the desire for money, for belongings, for carnal pleasures, and for titles of recognition can embrace benevolence. No one may seek redemption until they chose to live a life apart from all such personal cravings.
Character. There is an absolute morality, that transcends logic, and must be absorbed into the totality of a being before it can be practiced. What is right is right, what is wrong is wrong, and there are no regions where the two sides converge. Character is the application of this absolute moral position, and anyone seeking redemption cannot be taught this distinction but must know it intimately. One does not have to be a wise man, nor a smart man, nor a capable man, but to seek redemption one must be a man of unquestionable moral character. No one may seek redemption that does not understand this absolute moral position.
Loyalty. An unquestioning devotion to authority is one of the highest goals of this code. One may practice all other points and fail this test, and one may not seek redemption unless one is unwavering in the dedication to those of superior station. To lead there must be those that will follow. To follow is the greatest achievement of the redeemed. To follow without hesitation, without question, and without sense of self. One cannot seek redemption until one devotes oneself entirely to the agency of another.
Honor. The highest esteem one may offer, the greatest respect one can pay, is the unwavering completion of expectation. Be this an obligation to a superior, to yourself, or simply through the fulfillment of an oath made to any other being; this is the pinnacle of the codes. Honor relies entirely upon every other code beneath it. It cannot stand if even one of the legs supporting it are weak. To live a life of honor is the final step in the search for true redemption. One that cannot do so does not seek true redemption.
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