The Path of Pride
Some may believe that Pride is simply senators in fine clothing praising the qualities of their Nation, but this is only a tiny part of the path. National Pride is, quite rightfully, important to many citizens and is the reason for the creation of the egregores. Yet the Virtue of Pride exists to inform the small parts of life as much as the large. From the servant who keeps their mistress’ cups clean, to the craftsman who holds all their work to the same high standard, to the general who remembers the name of every soldier who died under their command – all demonstrate Pride and know what it is that they serve and strive for.
Guidance on the Path
Through meditation on the auras of Pride, and close study of the stories of paragons and exemplars, the priests of the Way have gleaned insight into the heart of the virtue and how best to pursue it. There are collections of parables, tales, sayings and teachings that distill this for Imperial citizens to learn from. The following are a handful of teachings and sayings deemed to be essential to understanding the path:
- Pride conveyed by words alone is vain boasting; proclaim it by how you conduct every part of your life.
- Do not be complacent; ever strive for excellence in that of which you are proud.
- Embrace your past; never be ashamed of it.
- The Virtuous inspire others to greatness; they do not demean them.
- Despise the half-hearted, the uncommitted and the pretender.
Paragons and Exemplars
Across history, the paragons and exemplars of Pride have been amongst the easiest to identify for they are, by nature, rarely reclusive and withdrawn. Recognised paragons and exemplars of Pride include:
- The legendary paragon Kethry of the Kesh kept her peoples' ways alive and ultimately inspired the conquering nation to embrace them.
- The paragon Richilde inspired the people of the Empire to celebrate their culture and history, and was the first paragon recognised in the modern era.
- The Highborn paragon Lepidus kept the spiritual heart of his nation alive during the dark days of the Patrician Council's corruption.
Symbols, Icons and Trappings
The Priests of Pride teach that the true symbol of the Virtue of Pride is to display openly the symbol of that which you are most proud. Flags, banners, icons and heraldry are all strong symbols and trappings of the Path of Pride but often depict that in which the priests and pilgrims have pride. Some wear the symbol of the sun as a symbol of letting one’s light shine openly for the world to see.
- You can learn about the various spiritual roleplaying effects created by priests dedicated to Pride here.
- You can learn about the skills that priests can use to inspire the virtue of Pride here.