On the Fifth of July, one year ago today Doriam II was taken from this world by the hand of an assassin.
We stand in an interregnum that has darkened the empire for the last year, and we still stand proud. We stand strong and vigilant in our faith, that one day in the near future we might be graced with the presence of an Emperor once more. We lack the guidance of an Emperor, yet we still are God’s chosen and have acted accordingly.
I call upon the Faithful to look back to Doriam’s reign and forward to the future of the Empire. I call upon the faithful to remember the successes and strengths of Doriam’s reign. To remember the peace it brought the Empire for a short time and the defeat of the blood raider threat in the last weeks of Doriam’s life.
Doriam was a progressive; he was not liked by many of the conservative Amarrians. But God and the Amarrian way of life tempered his progressivism into something different than the surrender of tradition many believed it was. Instead, Doriam stood as a beacon for a path to create an Amarr that both maintained the peace with the other forces in the universe while not backing down on the key ideals which have made the Amarr God’s chosen people.
He died at the moment of his triumph, after having defeated the blood raiders decisively. He died victorious and ruling over an empire that was larger than the one he inherited. He died successful.
Now we stand a year after his death. We stand in an Amarr ruled by a Privy Council instead of an Emperor. We stand in a universe in which the hope of peace seems ever more dim. And we must stand strong regardless.
Doriam died in violence in the aftermath of his triumph, with him much of the hope for peace that he inspired also died. Yet we still stand faithful.
We must look to the future with the hope that Doriam showed the Empire. We must look to the future hoping that his peace can be maintained, while maintaining the lessons in firepower learned in the last triumphant month of his reign.
We must look forward to a day with a new Emperor, knowing that we can withstand all that this interregnum throws at us and still maintain our faith.
The best way to remember our Holy Emperor Doriam II is to carry his legacy into the uncertain future with banners unfurled and praises to God on our lips.