Code of Ehrenhof

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Code of Ehrenhof
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Literature
Author Cedromar I & Domenico Lampero
Genre Nonfictional Prose
Accessibility Common Knowledge

The Code of Ehrenhof is a code of conduct and honor implemented by Emperor Cedromar I and Primae Domenico Lampero after the Viridian Order’s latest reform, replacing the previous Code of Charlemois written by Primae Yvrize. The code dictates how the Knights should treat each other, as well as citizens and the Imperial family. The code strictly dictates discipline and loyalty to one another as well as the realm, and failing to meet the requirement of this code often leads to public lashings or expulsion and humiliation.

Code of Ehrenhof

  1. Müt fur alle Courage for the face of Unionism. To face certain death when it is demanded by the Emperor, or by the cause of Union, and above all to protect the cause of Union, the royal heirs, the Imperial Family and the Primae-Celate and men of the Holiest Cloth. Knights failing in their duty are sinners of the worst degree. Knights who fall to the vices of heresy and blasphemy fall to the highest degrees of justice.
  2. Wort gegen die Ungerechtigkeit To take pity on the poor, the helpless, the wounded, the impaired, the destitute, and the sickly. Give alms to those in need, care for those who cannot, and defend those who may not be able to raise a weapon. Do not bring harm to those who cannot defend themselves, for honor is a necessity. Fight any attempt to destabilize the Empire, be it on a local or government level, and fight for the command of the Emperor, even if the governments around him should no longer obey.
  3. Ehre ist die Seele Honor is the highest form of virtue for the Knights. Honor to duel in fairness. Honor to speak in fairness. Honor to do no act of evil deception, and Honor to those who bring Honor to the Knights. Awareness is demanded for hubris, never to let Honor itself become a goal, and never to let Honor itself become a means for others to degrade or deface or abuse the righteousness of the Knights.
  4. Seid Gehorsam, doch nicht ohne Freimut Be obedient, but not without frankness. Plainness in speech and openness leads to a better leader and follower relation with trust and merit. Knights are permitted and encouraged to criticize their leadership when they disagree with the course of policy, but must remain obedient to the hierarchy of the Order and the Empire.
  5. Tapferkeit ohne Wehleidigkeit Learn to suffer without complaint. For to complain is to deface the will of the Imperial Spirit, and to suffer with self-pity is to deny yourself the courage and standing for your own merit. A guard caught self-defacing, self-deprecating or complaining about their station, situation or other events is in violation of the Code.
  6. Gegen sich mehr noch als gegen Andere Be even harder on yourself than on others, as you should always endeavor to hold yourself to a higher standard than what you ask of others, even if you ask the impossible. A Knight that does not self-improve is a stagnant complacent, and complacency to the eyes of the Imperial Spirit is a sin. Knights should always self-punish when found in collective guilt over others.
  7. Aufrichtigkeit Sincerity, speak of your feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and desires without restraint or constraint or fear of judgement from peers. Sincerity is a sin of Cere, a sin that allows one to grow. Secrecy and deceit has no place among the Knights. Knights should speak honestly and clearly, but not with spite or hurtful intent.
  8. Zurückhaltung Restraint in counter activity. Endeavor to satiate, but not to overindulge. Deprive one’s self from excess, but do not deprive others, for this is a test of self-value. Knights do not display greed, Knights do not envy or covet the wealth and richness of others. Knights do not retaliate, revenge, or seek vengeance both in word or act against those who they perceive as slighters. Knights should not demean themselves by engaging in plotting, deceit and shrewd politics.
  9. Zielstrebigkeit Determination and Discipline. Finish what one starts and never divert from one’s plans unless the situation begs it so. To seem inconsistent and wishy-washy is to show contempt to discipline. Contempt to discipline leads to laziness, while Knights are to be heralded as the pillars of stability of the Empire. Knights should be determined and disciplinary, sticking to their plans to the end.
  10. Selbstaufopferung Self-effacement. More substance to the person than semblance. A person must have equal value decked in golden armor with medals as a pauper dressed in rags. A Knight should not wear their identity on them as a statue or a painting, rather, the value of any man ever is truly only judged when exposed to the Imperial Spirit and without clothes or wealth. A Knight should not be vain.
  11. Treue zu Selbst Loyalty to one’s self. One must always be aware that following the virtues of Ehrenhof is never possible to the fullest extent. Failure will always occur. Failure will lead to growth. Failure must be recognized, but not be dwelled on. Admittance to failure should never lead to complacency, for acknowledging is not indulging. A Knight who seeks to excuse himself is a failure to the order and trueness to self. A Knight should acknowledge their own shortcomings, but not wallow in them.

Trivia

  • Some traditionalists outside of the Viridian Order believe that the Charlemois Code should've remained as it was, though all Viridian Knights are quick to note that all aspects of the older Honor Code were included in Ehrenhof.
  • The Code of Ehrenhof derives its name from Ehrenhof Castle, a Kade-owned fortress where Cedromar wrote his original draft.

Accreditation
Writers MonMarty, FireFan96
Last Editor HydraLana on 09/24/2021.

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