The Arzhela Campaign
The Reformed Council
After the Fall of the Circle caused by Arslahan’s rebellion, the Council of Nobles who had served under the tyrannical wizards were put on trial. Of the 494 who sat on the Council, people of all genders who ranged from artisan to high nobility in class, only two councillors were found guilty of having supported the Circle. Arslahan deemed that the other 492 had been mentally manipulated by the wizards and were thus free from accusation. The other two councillors who had been accused were the most affluent of the Council, and had in Arslahan’s determination “freely profited from an atrocious association with individuals who freely manipulated powers beyond their potential comprehension”. Arslahan also judged the families of those councillors to be similarly guilty. In the night after their trial those guilty noble families made their escape with the help of members from the Circle. They have not been heard from since but legend tells that they have integrated themselves into the nobility of other cities, and that they still possess powerful artifacts granted to them by the Circle. To this day followers of Arslahan will attempt to prove themselves by taking on the task of hunting down the descendants of these nobles, who are still guilty in the eyes of the living God.
After the trial of the Council, Arslahan attempted to rule Arzhela as a monarch but he found the task to be distasteful, and many among the former council thought the same of a monarchy. With the blood of the people still hot from his own rebellion, Arslahan faced the possibility of a rebellion against him and so he reformed the Council. Arslahan did however take it upon himself to reorder the nature of the Council. The original Council of Nobles consisted of 494 free volunteers from across the strata of society with the only qualification being that one must own land. The Reformed Council however consists of three houses, each with 42 members. These houses were originally organized as such: the 42 followers who had always been with Arslahan were given power over war and the final judgement on any legislature, and they were called the House of Eternity; 42 of those who were most helpful during the rebellion were given power of the court process and the enforcement of law, and they were called the House of Rebellion; and 42 of Arslahan’s most vocal and critical dissenters were granted the power to introduce legislature and hold primary council over financial matters, and they were called the House of Dissent. In order to become a member of the Council one must be recognized as a congregate of Arslahan’s church, unless they wish to join the House of Dissent, and they must receive the patronage of 21 councillors including at least 2 from each House. Lastly, Arslahan retains the right to declare whether or not one is worthy. He rarely exercises this right in the modern era, but in the early days of his Reformed Council any joining member was required to stand a day and a night before his gaze. In recognition of this task, the pious who join the Council will sit in meditation for that length of time before the statue of Arslahan that stands at the entrance to the council chambers.