Tome of Dorgoth

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Fist of Ush

The Fist of Ush is a religious organization of mostly warriors that is first and foremost considered with spreading and upholding the Ushean War Codex across all known lands. Not tied to any nation or company, the Fist of Ush is inspired by its creed to fight injustice and administer law. Until the late ninth century, human members (most of them from the Arkos Plains) were accepted by the Labarean Empire as a force that countered banditry and other forms of lawlessness. However, as the organization became increasingly hostile towards slavery, animosity between the Empire and the Fist of Ush grew. By 904 LC, the Labarean Empire actively persecuted members of the group.

Creed

Main article: War Codex

The War Codex is a collection of reflections on warfare, noted down by clergy of Ush during such events as the War of the Sisters. It contains good practices and hard rules on the proper ways to deal with fighting, prisoners of war, interrogations, foreign law, and more. Some of the most important elements of the War Codex are:

  • No captives in a time of truce. If a ceasefire has been agreed upon, it is not just to capture fighters or negotiators of the other side. This is because the threat of force is aggression in itself, and therefore in conflict with a ceasefire.
  • Justice before laws. If laws are unjust, they can only be followed to the extent that doing so does not contradict a higher allegiance to justice.

Slavery debate

While the Fist of Ush is a decentralized organisation, it has very close ties to the Northern Church of Ush, a clerical organization that can be found in the human lands of the Northern Arm, but also in Zhai, the Kingdom of Laeryll, Labar and territories occupied by the Labarean Empire. The Northern Church took an ambivalent stance towards slavery for many centuries: the theological argument was that while the War Codex opposes the enslavement of captive soldiers in times of war, it says nothing about domestic slavery.

This reasoning did not sit well with the Fist of Ush, especially as its size increased in the sixth and seventh century due to the inflow of humans who had fled from or avoided Labarean slavery. In their view, the Labarean Empire was waging continuous war against humans. The Fist of Ush therefore insisted with the Northern Church to reconsider dogma, but to no avail.

In 629 LC, a new monastery of Ush was founded near Nadi. Called the Blue Monastery, it was devoted to studying the War Codex and discussing the tenets of Ush and it attracted many members from the Fist because of its forward-thinking monk Phineas Blackfist. Blackfist was strongly opposed to slavery and felt that the Blue Monastery should tilt the existing power structures by training Ushean monks who could reform the Northern Church from the inside.