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<blockquote>''Faith in one's own blood is far better than faith in the Empire."''</blockquote>
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"Know thyself and thy foe, and you shall never face despair in a hundred battles."

-Syed the Wise

The history of Faerin philosophy is long and rife with disagreement. Yet, even in a world of competing thoughts and chaotic debate three primary ideologies have risen above the rest to become known as the High Orders. Three in total, each "Order" is philosophical and ideological establishment on its own possessing unique rules and known scholars. The High Orders themselves are named after the individual who first penned their founding publications (such as in the case of Syedism and Alcaeism) while the third (and oldest) is so named for its core philosophy. No matter how small each and every debate from the administration of law to how to appropriately rule is founded in one of the three High Orders.


The oldest and most controversial of the three High Orders is Voidism, a separatist philosophy based on the ancient Sector Papers which launched the First Systems War. Originally focused on independence from rule of the core worlds, the Voidist philosophy has steadily evolved over the years. First and foremost, Voidism proclaims that all Faerin polities have a right to self-determination. This is particularly aimed at the Space Colonies and was the major reason they fought for recognition for many centuries. 'Neo-Voidism which is the more modern political philosophy champions equal status for all Faerin peoples.

"None shall be free until the chains of power are sundered from the priveleged few."

Most Voidists are staunch isolationists and separatists who prefer to ignore the reach of the Imperial Government. To them, the power of local national pride and self determination rather than help from the central Government.

Faith in one's own blood is far better than faith in the Empire."


Alcae of Asphada was a hermetic master of the Silver Creed who spent years observing the rule of multiple ruling Houses during the Shattered Era. After the fall of the Aken Dynasty, multiple warring factions appeared across the nations of Elys and vied for control as the lack of central authority failed to prevent civil war. To Alcae, a lack of central governing authority to enforce and pass strong ethical laws meant the masses without proper guidance. To him, the commons were nothing more than children, and the nobility their "parental figures".

"Does a mother not direct and teach her children? So is a King to his people, or a Lady to her servants."

Alcaeism is oen of the primary principles behind the modern philosophy on Faerin society and the need for the nobility. To them central government and a strong ironfist are what is necessary to keep order among the Stars. They see chaos and over-independence as a weaknes that can only be solved by strong minded lords. To an Alcaeist the differences of the Faerin subraces and the other Avalonic Races in general is cause for concern. Difference means chaos as it leads to rebellion and selfish decisions which can erode the order of government.

"Those born to rule bring order by example and just decision to lead the masses out of darkness."


Third of the High Orders and youngest, Syedism is named for Syed the Wise, a student of both the Voidist Sector Papers and the works of Alcae of Asphada. Zher earliest work, "Damnation of the Good", speculates that at the core of Faerin conflict is the petty few holding back the upward mobility of others. Syed zherself was a member of the First Estate, and a proud child of a noble. Zhe saw the leading nobles of the older families, primarily, those of Throne from the needs of the Empire at large. Syed openly stated numerous times in his work that a Sovereign must understand the needs of their subjects before that of their immediate luxuries.

"The Sovereign must rule with the need of their subjects in mind, and promote those of best ability to increase prosperity in the realm."

Syedists in most circles are considered as such to be centrists in the political divided that exists across the Empire. But, at times their thoughts can be far too liberal for some. A Syedist noble will oftne prefer to select their retainers not from relations, but of those who have the skills best to provide them the necessary resources to better lead. Decisions must be made for the good of the realm at heart, and not that of a select few.

"It is better to be loved, than feared, for then like favored children, you will never be betrayed."