The Order of the Black Rose

Laws & Justice

Laws of the Order

  1. Do not speak about your own, or anyone else's, membership in the Order of the Black Rose under any circumstance. This pertains to being outside of secured OBR buildings and private environments that cannot be recorded. In the event a member is captured, interrogated, questioned, or arrested they cannot disclose they are a member. They cannot speak to friends and family who are non members including children. They are to treat the OBR as if it does not exist or is an Urban Legend. This is true for all retired and excommunicated as well.

  2. All official OBR communication is to be conducted through sealed envelopes hand delivered. This is done for security purposes as the OBR does not have technological secured means to do otherwise. Black envelopes are sealed with a gold wax emblem and hand delivered for orders, promotions, demotions, or other notices.

  3. No guests, children or significant others can be brought to secured OBR facilities. This is a huge violation of building and facility security. Chapter buildings, the HQ and extended facilities like Glass Hollow Garden are for members only. Tech devices may be brought in for texting and phone calls; but pictures, video or other recordings are not allowed.

  4. When a Member asks for help, the Order (as in its Members) are required to help despite prestige or rank differences. This can be done for free or conditional. But it must be done. Why? A secret society is a brotherhood of individuals. It is considered a form of family and despite all insults, enemies, and blackmail… family looks out for each other. This is how the Order has survived the passage of time. This can be used in evaluations and tribunals as a valid argument if it applies.

  5. Dues and OBR orders for tasks are considered mandatory to maintain membership. There are obligations to memberships as it is not free. Dues must be paid annually. While there are ways to get around it, this may result in mandatory tasks or missions. The OBR does not provide free handouts, it is a society that provides great benefits and thus requires benefits in return to survive. Failure of either of these can result in loss of membership.

  6. Members must under no circumstance maliciously, seriously-harm or kill another member of the Order. Faction war kills, malicious fights, murder for rank or any other non-accident based actions towards members is considered an attack on the Order itself. This is towards the individual that has done the action themselves as the Order requires one to take responsibility of their own actions. Manipulations, payoffs and puppet-masters are ignored.

  7. Mundane society records are sealed. Criminal records, previous history, past alliances and any other record of activity cannot be held against members prior to their receiving an invite. The OBR scrubs Mundane records to protect its members and only cares of activity while they are members.

  8. Secrets of the OBR are to be maintained. ‘Secrets’ are accessible by rank and are reserved for that rank or higher ranks only. Sharing secrets unsanctioned with lower rank members is not permitted. Sharing secrets with non-members is not permitted.

Members of the Order acknowledge and understand that upon initiation. They must follow these rules or suffer the consequences of OBR Justice.

*These are considered IC rules; thus there is no obligation for your character to maintain them. Consequences only occur if caught

The Oath of the Order

I oath my allegiance to the Order of the Black Rose. I will help my brothers and sisters of the thorn to see the fruition of the balance of Aether. Upon the dawn of the path, I shall follow to the Nexus. I swear upon my life that I shall never stray through word nor action. I shall protect and uphold the veil for the sanctity of us all; I shall act vigilantly with respect and abide the law of the Order or will face its justice in shadow. So shall it be as it is in light, so shall it be in the darkness.

Justice in the Order

Like any organization, the Order of the Black Rose has repercussions and consequences to actions that violate the laws of the Order. The Order seeks to foster unquestioning obedience, which is why it offers so many lavish luxuries and riches to keep members enticed. However, there are always rebellious souls who defy laws.

Tribunals

When OBR laws are broken, discovered, and reported, corporeal agents are sent to apprehend the suspect. Dealing with law violations in the Order is not something all members handle. Anyone might report an issue, and these reports generally go up through chain of command. The reports are handed to the Magister Militum, who oversees Chapter security, to which it is reviewed. The Magister Militum can take immediate action at their discretion to imprison the individual, put them on tribunal or throw out the case. Unless the case is thrown out, it is handed off to the council to determine the outcome.

 

When it comes to OBR Tribunals, the Chapter Council and Headmaster act as both judge and jury. The case might be held and settled right then and there; but in rare cases it might be so severe that the Council declares guidance of the Elders. This generally means that the law broken affects not just the Chapter but the Organization as a whole, worldwide. 

 

The case is pre-reviewed of course; all Council members are prepared to question the individual on what they have done and why they are standing there that day. The Headmaster for the most part does not participate in questioning unless he believes that 1) the case needs to go to the Elders; 2) the votes are split and they are the final decision maker; or 3) they must referee the Council when in argument. In this, the Headmaster acts much more impartial then the Councilors who are both the prosecution and jury.

 

The individual on tribunal will be provided ample time on the floor to speak their mind and case. They may plead for innocence, confess, or ask for pardon under the condition that they will not commit the act again. If other individuals are involved they too will be brought to the court to speak their case. However, unlike the common society justice system, the suspect must represent themselves. There is no lawyers or jury to work within their favor, they must convince the Council they are worthy of opportunity. Tribunals held with Elder's work much the same save the Grandmaster may participate as much as they wish in the tribunal.

If the case is passed up to the Elders one should be afraid; It is never a good thing to meet the Elders in a Tribunal cases as it is rare to be pardoned. However, even if the Elders might a final decision, the Grandmaster may overrule it with final say; this too is incredibly rare.

Punishments

Unlike traditional Human Justice systems, the punishments can be rather creative and yet barbaric. It is possible to be dealt any one of the following: in some cases multiples.

 

  • Assignment of a Loyal member to supervise for a determine length of time or confidence.

  • A field trip to visit other violators who were caught in common society such as prisons, mental institutions or graveyards.

  • Sanctions - Cut off from all Order assistance, payments, resources, privileges and access for a designated length of time; potential additive of a simulated hardship without their knowing.

  • Being assigned as a sponsor to another member

  • Demotion of rank; with 'Order secrets' wiped by Magi from mind.

  • Tribunals found guilty are met with repercussions of...

  • Dungeon imprisonment for designated length of time.

  • Demotion of rank; with 'Order secrets' wiped by Magi from mind.

  • Induction to slavery to the Order

  • Excommunication

  • Cage fights; with designated number of wins before release

  • Torture and/or interrogation

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