The Phoenix Covenant
Phoenix Covenant Declaration
Whereas the free nations of the world, and the allies thereof, whom shall be called the Light, face the armies of the Ruler of Ruin, and
Whereas the armies of the Ruler of Ruin leave naught but devastation in their wake, and seek neither to claim land nor to build upon it, and
Whereas the advance of the armies of the Ruler of Ruin show fair to overwhelm the defenses of the Light, and
Whereas in the loss of the Light, many wonders of civilization, culture, and learning would fade and pass from the world, and
Whereas such a loss is deemed unacceptable by the wise of the Light:
Therefore let there be founded now the Phoenix Covenant, which members have affixed their names hereto, with the following goals:
First, to survive the coming war.
Second, to preserve from destruction those matters of value which form the core of the societies of the Light.
Third, to hold in trust for the survivors of the coming war the wherewithal to return to the heights of modern civilization.
Fourth, to provide such resources to the survivors at the conclusion of the war, in order to assist them in regaining what they have lost.
Fifth, to nurture and train such heroic members of our band as may be necessary to defend and effect our goals.
Unto these ends, we shall take a collection of wise and skilled folk, representative of all races and crafts, apart from the nations of the world into a secret place, called Covenant, where they shall be hidden safe from discovery by the most powerful magics available to us. Covenant shall be provisioned and provided with all necessary substances to allow the inhabitants thereof to survive in perpetuity without need of congress with the outer world, such arrangements created through our enchantments. All contact with Covenant, save only through the Phoenix Gate, shall be proscribed and prevented, whether from the material world or any of the adjacent planes. The remnants of our society shall open the Phoenix Gate after the scourge of the Ruler of Ruin has abated, and it is time for our society to fulfill its purpose. Should no member of our outer society survive, then the Phoenix Gate shall open after a period of five hundred years, and the heroes of Covenant will be sent forth to explore and reclaim the land.
May the gods favour our undertaking, and grant us the faith and fortitude to see it done.
Done on the 8th day of Full Spring, in the 14th Year of the Reign of Ellidyr, feared to be the last Emperor.