The good and loyal subjects of Braelin are presently united in celebration upon the joyous occasion of Their Majesty Darien Odell’s return to the throne of Braelin. According to the twofold dictates of duty and fate, it is my privilege to welcome them back to their rightful place as ordained by the God Who Reigns. I readily join with the people in their rejoicing that Their Majesty Darien Odell is alive and well.
I believed, when Their Majesty Darien Odell first entered the throne room in Revma, that my responsibilities as monarch had come to their conclusion. I stated in a previous address that the mantle of the God Who Reigns has always rested heavily upon my shoulders; that I felt unprepared for the weight of ruling when I was called to do so; and that my arrival upon the shores of Braelin was the cause of uneasiness and concern among much of the populace, rather than of acclaim and welcome. My time upon the throne has been fraught with difficulties. Thus I wondered if the God Who Reigns, seeing my unfitness, planned to release me from its service.
Yet the light of the God Who Reigns has not been removed from my person. For this reason, and in consultation with Their Majesty Darien Odell, it is my conclusion that I am meant to succeed Their Majesty Darien Odell when the time comes that they either choose to step down or are led from the Ephemeral Realm by the God Who Waits.
In the meantime, I believe I am supposed to learn from Their Majesty Darien Odell, who has agreed to act as my guide, mentor, and instructor. This, in turn, means that I no longer have the right to the title of riga. Therefore, from this moment forward and until such time as I am asked to take Their Majesty Darien Odell’s place once more, I ask to be known only as Jintaru Paristos, a humble apprentice and learner.
During my reign as riga, I have sought to safeguard and maintain the integrity of Braelin. My goal has not and never will waver from that, even as a paristos; but it is my hope that, in time, I will come to re-earn my place as monarch not merely in the God Who Reigns’ sight, but in the wisdom of true experience and in the hearts of all the people of Braelin. Let the entire country continue as one, and devote our common strength to the construction of the future. Cultivate the ways of righteousness, foster nobility of spirit, and work with resolution, as I will do in my position as paristos.
With sincere thanks for your patience and attention, I will finish with an iketis’ parable for your consideration:
When one goes to the Western Shrine in Jia they see carved over the gates the words The First Principle. The letters are unusually large, and those who appreciate calligraphy always admire them as being a masterpiece. They were drawn by Kasem Epmos three centuries ago.
When Kasem Epmos drew them, they did so on parchment, from which tekni made the larger carving in wood. As Kasem Epmos sketched the letters, a bold paristos was with them. The paristos had made several gallons of ink for the calligraphy and they never failed to criticize their leader’s work.
“That is not good,” they told Kasem Epmos after the first effort.
“How is that one?”
“Poor. Worse than before,” pronounced the paristos.
Kasem Epmos patiently wrote one sheet after another, until eighty-four First Principles had been accumulated, yet still without the approval of the paristos.
Then, when the youth stepped outside for a few moments, Kasem Epmos thought: “Now is my chance to escape their keen eye,” and they wrote hurriedly, with a mind free from distraction: The First Principle.
“A masterpiece,” pronounced the paristos.
As written and signed by Jintaru Paristos, apprentice to Their Majesty Darien Odell,
in the Summer of the year 1218.