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The Stormwind Herald
May 3, 623 K.C.
FAITH & INFAMY: A Ring of Blood For A Steadfast Greywald and Capricious Corinthal
On Saturday April 27, the Council of Bishops convened for the third time since its renewal on February 24th at the original behest of Bishop Mellar Servus. Set within the monastic halls of Northsire Abbey the Council meeting was slated to be one of busy but quiet progression with a myriad of proposals ranging from the commission of a new seminary to considerations for the approval of new princes of the church. Few suspected that the otherwise innocuous proceedings would, during its open forum at the end of the meeting, erupt in scandal.
The controversy began when the Ordinary of the College of Canons, Johannes Moorwhelp, unexpectedly announced the formation of a new “Congregation of the Silver Hand.” The Congregation, a group that is largely regarded as the direct and orthodox successor to the splintered Silver Hand Council, was formed to bring together the more faithful and orthodox members of the aforementioned Council when Chancellor Meinas Highcastle refused to admit to the self-evident truth of the unbreakable link between the Order of the Silver Hand and the Church of the Holy Light, instead insisting on a platform of complete autonomy and unaccountability.
The Bishop Moorwhelp’s proposal, and its subsequent unanimous ratification by the Council of Bishops, sent shockwaves throughout those who worried the Congregation could affect their own foundations of power and influence. Foremost among those concerned that the new Congregation threatened their status quo was the boisterous Sir Regg Corinthal; a paladin hailing from Westfall and well known member of the Silver Hand Council.
Standing before the Council of Bishops Sir Corinthal proclaimed his intense disdain for the provisions providing for political checks and limitations to the Congregation, provisions that would levy a degree of accountability on the leadership of the fledging order in order to ward against the jealous entrenchment of any who would seek to use it as their own vessel of ambition. Even Sir Tenevus Stromheart, ,the master of the Silver Hand Chapter, rumored claimant to the title of Grand Master of all the Order of the Silver Hand, and the very man whose precedent as Chancellor of the Silver Hand Council inspired the new reforms of accountability, could not resist aligning himself with accuser, stating, “There is polity in the contract so as to grant political power to the Council of Bishops as they see fit. It is a game to the Council [of Bishops].” In response to Sir Corinthal’s penurious accusations the Bishop Rennali Sunwhisper provided a masterful rebuttal, stating:
It [such a relationship between the Order of the Silver Hand and Holy Church] is not bereft of historical knowledge. No one is forcing Paladins to align themselves with the council. The Silver Hand is not completely autonomous. Their relationship with the church is the equality of man and wife. I would remind Corinthal of what happened in the last council where there was no allegiance to the Church; when Paladins were not held responsible for their actions, but left to the admonishment of their peers, which was lacking. Were it perfect, it would not have fallen…
…You may choose to recreate a council in whatever image you desire and at your discretion, [however] would it not be worth having communion with a body that is designed to prostrate itself before the Light and create its lifestyle around the very tenets that Paladins are meant to uphold?...
…[These laws have been enacted] so that those who cannot govern themselves properly understand that there is a body who will force them to accept accountability for their actions. The last council did not fare so well and disbanded because of lack of proper governance. It is clear that the Grand Knight will not be chosen by us or the Council but rather by a collection of peers [from the Congregation]--which was the issue of the last council that Corinthal himself brought up once…