NPS 65

The Lords of Restriction

Now the most holy Prophet Travancus, with the consent of his most holy Council, did by decree appoint in the city of New Tradicarus the High Lords of Restriction, of whom he appointed thirteen, and among them he appointed Saranetta as their President. Now it was decreed that there be thirteen High Lords of Restriction, appointed by decree of the Prophet-in-Council, and whenever there be any vacancy among them, the vacancy would be filled by a further decree of the Prophet-in-Council. And the Prophet-in-Council would decree from among them a President thereof, and upon the vacancy of the President, would by further decree appoint another.

Now in every province there shall be Provincial Lords of Restriction, with seven appointed by the High Lords of Restriction, including the President thereof, and six appointed by the provincial Prefect-in-Council. And in every diocese there shall be Diocesan Lords of Restriction, with seven appointed by the provincial Lords of Restriction, and six appointed by the diocesan Prefect-in-Council.

And the Lords of Restriction shall have their servants, who shall serve them at their pleasure, and as their servants shall have the power to carry out the proper commands of the Lords of Restriction.

The Lords of Restriction may decree by a majority of their members, including the President thereof.

Now any of the High Lords of Restriction may be removed by decree of the Prophet-in-Council.

And any of the Provincial Lords of Restriction may be removed by decree of the High Lords of Restriction, be they appointed by the High Lords of Restriction or by the Provincial Prefect-in-Council. And the Provincilal Lords of Restriction appointed by decree of the Prefect-in-Council may be removed by decree of the Prefect-in-Council; but those appointed by decree of the High Lords of Restriction may not be removed by decree of the Prefect-in-Council. Now the High Lords of Restriction, or the Prophet-in-Council, may by decree prohibit the Provincial Prefect-in-Council from appointing any particular person, or class of persons, as a Provincial Lord of Restriction.

And any of the Diocesan Lords of Restriction may be removed by decree of the High Lords of Restriction, or decree of the Provincial Lords of Restriction of their province, be they appointed by the Provincial Lords of Restriction or by the Diocesan Prefect-in-Council. And the Diocesan Lords of Restriction appointed by decree of the diocesan Prefect-in-Council may be removed by decree of the diocesan Prefect-in-Council; but those appointed by decree of the Provincial Lords of Restriction may not be removed by decree of the diocesan Prefect-in-Council. Now the High Lords of Restriction, the Provincial Lords of Restriction, the Prophet-in-Council, or the provincial Prefect-in-Council, may by decree prohibit the Diocesan Prefect-in-Council from appointing any particular person, or class of persons, as a Diocesan Lord of Restriction.

The High Lords of Restriction possess the power of restriction with respect to all save the Prophet and the holy Councillors; but the holy Councillors may be restricted by decree of the Prophet-in-Council; and a High Tribunal may be constituted for the removal of the Prophet or the Council, by which they may be restricted. In a situation of grave emergency, the High Lords of Restriction may restrict the Prophet or a Councillor, without the consent of the Prophet-in-Council or a ruling from the High Tribunal, but in so restricting them they may not prevent them from carrying out their powers to decree, such as the power of a Councilllor to attend and vote in meetings of the Holy Council.

The Lords of Restriction shall establish Houses of Restriction, in which may be restrained those who threaten others.

Now one of the purposes of Restriction is to cure the injury between perpetrator and victim. Where the victim refuses to co-operate in this process of cure, they may be restricted to do so.

Now the holy Travancus sent forth the armies of the Cause into the land of Iravenu, and they captured Gogreno king of Iravenu; and Travancus put him in the custody of the Lords of Restriction. Now they had for him built a great house of restriction, that he would dwell therein under their care, that the people of Iravenu would be safe from him. And he dwelt there in comfort the remainder of his days, and it is to this day known as the House of Gogreno. And it was a splendid house, and he lived there in pleasure, but not in such splendour as he had known in the days of being King. For the holy Travancus said, Though we must reduce him, for the sake of the Cause, and the freedom and joy of those over whom he ruled, we wish to reduce him no more than we must, and thus extend to him every pleasure to which he has become accustomed. And let us do whatever we must to lead his desire away from branching, for such is needful for the finality of the end in which the Cause triumphs. Thus, the Lords of Restriction extend unto all in their case every pleasure of hospitality, but they do so in proportion to the pleasure to which those in their care have become accustomed.
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