Hello and welcome to another Lore preview for Sword of the Nation.

This time, I would like to share with you a few tidbits of information about a term—or rather, a concept that you will see mentioned through this upcoming novel series: The Absolute Doctrine.

Disclaimer: these previews aren’t 100% final and may be subject to change before the book is published, in addition to that, certain information will be withheld for spoiler purposes. This is still a learning experience for me, so please excuse the bumps and turbulence.

Let’s go.

The book that tells the story of the Nasivern race will forever be a broken one. Many of its pages have been torn apart by war and strife, while others, have been bloodied by sin—passages long forgotten by time.

In spite of that, there has been a constant element present in many of the original tales of the Nasivern’s past that were passed down from generation to generation. A code that, if you were to plot a timeline, would predate humanity itself. 

It has been referred to as the Path of Conquest, the Way of Life, the Soul of the Warrior, the Road to Absolution, and many other names through time—a discrepancy that can be attributed to the way that the Nasivern language morphed through centuries, and the perspective of the scribes of yore. Its exact original name is thus lost in the annals of time.

As time went on, the language of the Nasivern societies of old became unified, it was then when a single name for this code appeared to have become the consensus, one that was achieved during the early days of the Nasivern Age of Wonder: The Absolute Doctrine.

At a first glance, the Absolute Doctrine is the culmination of centuries of combat techniques coalesced into one, a harmonization of opposites—a conciliation of all of the warring elements within a warrior’s life and soul. A path to victory, everlasting and absolute; its core concept relies on exerting and manipulating the flow of battle to the warrior’s exact needs.

Swords, Axes, Spears, Fists, blades, the Doctrine encompasses the most complete form of intertwined melee combat teachings ever recorded in history; it also teaches how to seize your opponent’s emotions, desires, needs, and fears, so that one can turn them into a weapon against your opponents. While it falls short when it comes to firearms, several of its concepts can be applied to a certain degree.

The Doctrine is one of the most ancient and important Nasivern conceptions, one that was nearly lost through the gruesome wars that decimated most of its population, and it was further obfuscated by the technological achievements accomplished during times of peace.

In battle, its practitioners become the sole composer and conductor of a symphony of life and death;  each step, each strike of their weapon, must flow in perfect harmony with one another. The warrior’s body and weapon become one, and together with their spirit and soul, achieve an unshakable balance, so that they make their enemies dance to their own tune, and thus, seize the victory they seek for themselves, painting the portrait of their triumph with the blood of the vanquished.

The Absolute Doctrine isn’t just theatricality and combat, there is another aspect of it that goes beyond the field of battle—a way to perceive and shape life.

Its tenets establish the fact that no warrior is similar to another, that each one has their own truth to seek and uphold, no matter how righteous or wicked it might seem to others, as long as it’s genuine and comes from within. Each practitioner of the Doctrine must be aware of the fact that they all have things and people worth protecting and loving—and that as such, there will always be something that will seek to destroy that which they cherish so dearly.

To draw the passion from that which they love, to draw the strength required to destroy that which opposes it—to reach a harmony within the war that rages within, so that they achieve the power required to create their own reality through battle, that is the Absolute Doctrine.

One of the most prolific recorded practitioners of the Doctrine was the warrior known as Isthara, one of the brave soldiers who rose up in arms against the Arghest Empire during the Nasivern Age of Devastation, as well as the group she led, Daybreak. Following the fall of the Empire, and the peaceful rebirth of the Nasivern during the Age of Renaissance, she followed tradition and imparted the knowledge to his son.

After the fall of Nineveh, it was inferred that what few practitioners remained fell in battle during those tragic days. The Absolute Doctrine was considered to be a lost art, even among the surviving Nasivern, but the appearance of a young crimson warrior might just be the spark that reignites the flames of the Doctrine.

What reality will he carve through it? It remains to be seen.

-Kal


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