Knights of Lumini

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The Order of the Knights of Lumini, also known as the Knights of Lumini, are a benevolent fraternal organization that works in its various member nations in the promotion of a variety of charitable endeavours. It is dedicated to and promotes the values of loyalty, honor and fraternity among its members. Its background is based off of the ancient Auresian story of the two friends known as Ducari and Lorithas, who lived in the town of Lumini.

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Background

Founding

The Knights were founded in September of 7192 in the city of Porto Imperiale in the Auresian Empire. The founder, a Cheltai physician named Corvus Savaria, was inspired by a play he saw of the ancient parable A Faith in Friends, which is part of the collection known as the Parables of Lumini about the mythical friends Ducari and Lorithas.

Current Day

The KoL maintains lodges in ### nations. In Auresia, where it was first formed, there were 2,949,000 members as of 1.1.7570. The organization is one of few such with an Imperial charter.

To join a KoL lodge, prospective members must be at least 16 years of age, have no criminal record aside from petty pedestrian violations, not takers of excessive alcohol or users of illicit drugs, and have the reference of at least two lodge members in good standing.

In Auresia, each member of the KoL pay an annual dues of ʤ10.

Doctrine

Peace through Understanding

The KoL promote the belief that with greater understanding and familiarity with the culture, tradition and history of the many varied lands of Gotha, that a greater degree of peace may be achieved. Peace between the peoples and nations of the world will be the ultimate dream of any Knight, who will teach a degree of tolerance and willingness to learn from those unfamiliar to them.

Friendship, Charity, Benevolence

Engraved underneath the seal of the Order are the letters "F", "C" and "B". These represent the three virtues promoted by the order and symbolized by the three "branches" of the crest. Friendship with all who seek peaceful cooperation. Charity in the face of war, shortage and plague. Providing support and sanctuary for the needs of the less fortunate. These are the aims of the Knights. To support tolerance and camraderie, come to the help of others in times of crisis and to support the needs of the communities the KoL lodges call home.

Structure

Grand Council

Once a year, during the week of the order's birthday, the many lodges of the world send a representative from among their officers and past officers for the Grand Council. In this four-day conclave, the leadership of the KoL discusses the programs of the past year and how the order has made a positive impact in teh lives of those who seek aid with troubles or how they have improved on their communities.

Votes are by simple majority. Deacons come around when a vote is being taken with wooden boxes. Delegates slide their hand into a slot and drop one of two cards that they are given in seperate envelopes for each planned vote. A white card indicates assent. A black card indicates dissent.

Traditionally, the order gathers in a different location each year, across the world. Every tenth year, the Grand Council is held at the Sovereign Grand Lodge located in Cedelphia.

Dominions

Each nation what has KoL lodges within it is known as a Dominion. These national-level organizations are led by a Dominion Hall located, typically, in the capital of that nation.

Lodges

Individual gathering halls of the order, these can be made up of as few as 50 or as many as 500 members and are located throughout member nations. Some larger cities or towns may have more than one lodge.

Degrees of Membership

  • Knight Commander
  • Knight Inquisitor
  • Knight Companion

Lodge Officers

Chancellor

The leader of an individual KoL Lodge. This officer is elected for a one-year term. To sit at the podium, the member being considered must have served previously as vice chancellor and one other officer post.

Vice Chancellor

The assistant to the leader of an individual KoL Lodge. This officer is elected for a one-year term. Any who holds this post has previously served in at least one other position. A vote by acclaim of a lodge's members chooses and confirms a member to this post.

The Vice Chancellor is expected to open, lead and close the lodge in the absence of the Chancellor. Also, this officer is the one a lodge most commonly chooses to attend the annual Grand Council.

Chaplain

In every KoL lodge, the Prelate is responsible for leading prayers, invocations and the attendance of the holy book of the lodge.

Master of Works

This officer is an important one in any KoL lodge, as they are responsible for seeing to the care of their lodge as well as helping to organize the charity and benevolence works it undertakes.

Secretary

Taking the minutes of each lodge meeting, maintaining the membership records and handling the general affairs of the lodge are the responsibility of this officer.

Treasurer

Working with the Secretary, the Treasurer handles the monetary resources of a lodge, paying any utilities and other bills, keeping an account of donations and dues, and ensuring the solvency of the lodge's needs.

Master at Arms

Seeing to the hospitality of guests, planning refreshments at gatherings and directing candidates during initiations or rituals, the Master at Arms is a pivotal steward of those who come to call upon a lodge, be it for a regular meeting or a special occasion.

Guardian

Inner Guardian

Keeps a watch over the interior door to the Meeting Chamber.

Outer Guardian

Keeps a watch over the outer door to the Meeting Chamber.

Auxiliaries

Sisters of Lumini

In actuality a formal and full part of the order proper, the Sisters of Lumini are open automatically to the wives and daughters of any active Knight. They are the lady members of the order and are referred to in conversation or writing as a "Sister Knight". During meetings of a lodge, a Knight and their spouse will sit together. The lady members of a lodge pay the same annual dues as a male member.

Junior Knights

The children of active Knights - ages 8 to 16 - may join the Junior Knights, which are youth-orienged organizations attached to their respective lodges. The children assist with fundraising, minor tasks at order functions, and also learn a mixture of the history of the order and the tenets of its teachings. Each chapter is sponsored by the lodge it is based out of, and a group of that lodge's members are the Senior Officers who guide and instruct the youth.

In Auresia, youth who are members of the Junior Knights pay an annual dues of ʤ2.

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