Monday, October 1, 2012
The Mad Monks of Saint Passionario's
One thing about that period of the order's history is certain. By the time the war was over, the doctrine of the order of El Passionario had undergone certain fundamental changes. Much of the change was undoubtedly due to the influence of the young Tilean Noccoli Macchio, who joined the order about this time. Macchio beleived that the order was in great need of reform. Macchio taught that although the doctrine of brotherly love that El Passionario had taught was wonderfully nice and sweet and good, it was, as a survival strategy, completely unsuited to the sanguine realities of the Warhammer world. Something was going to have to change.
There had already been at least one attempt at fundamental change. It has now been learned through other sources that the monk Raspardan, a shadowy figure apparently of Kislevite origin, had risen to high rank in the order during this period, and had preached that the violent of the world would never listen to reason, would never come to peace of their own accord, and that they must, therefore, be beaten into submission by the disciples of the Son of Peace, El Passionario. All of them. Every last mother's son of them. Raspardan utterly rejected the theory that the order should shelter in quiet corners of the world hoping to be left alone. Rather, he preached a doctrine of war upon the violent and warlike.
It is said that Raspardan's radical theories were not well received by many members of the order, and that, in order to preserve El Passionario's legacy of peace and brotherly love, numerous attempts were made on Raspardan's life. Amazingly, Raspardan seems to have survived at least forty-six assassination attempts before finally succumbing to the blades of the violent in a nameless battle between Tilean and Imperial forces fought during this time. Raspardan led the Order of El Passionario down upon the battle attacking the heretically violent and warlike on both sides, without favoritism, and was naturally set upon by both Tileans and the sons of Sigmar, and cut into small pieces.
Enter Niccolo Macchio. Macchio's teachings utterly transformed the order of El Passionario by introducing an element of realpolitik, heretofore unknown amoung this highly idealistic sect. Macchio taught that the warlike forces of law in the world were, in fact the agents of peace, peace being a goal which could only be gained through the aquisition and the application of strength. Rather than attack all the violent indiscriminately, as Raspardan had done, Macchio taught that the order should henceforth align itself with those violent and warlike agencies which were lawful and constant enough to establish and maintain law and order, and attack instead those who attempted to resist them. Only by doing so could El Passionario's disciples hope to help achieve their Patron Saint's vision of a peaceful world. Thereafter, the order entered a new phase. Day and night, the brothers trained for war, busying themselves in learning the ways of weapons and clever stratagems for overcoming the enemies of their chosen allies and agents. The ringing of hammers at the forges of war began to rise and mingle with the choruses of the priests intoning the hymns of peace. Thenceforce the sons of El Passionario rushed into battle, bellowing their war cries of "Kill for Peace!"
and "Death to the Warlike!" etc.
One: They are all clearly insane and are bad company at parties.
Two: They are incredibly loyal and energetic supporters of his attempt to found a colony in the Black River country. Their work with the poor and suffering folk in the Baron's realm has been of considerable assistance, as are the small but welcome contingents of fanatical fighters which the Monks often send to fight alongside the Baron's armies.