Since climbing into the pod, I have used my new-found abilities to explore. I’ve explored myself, explored my people, explored space.
I set foot on Starkman Prime. I spent two months with a sect of Amarr nuns, who were surprisingly patient to my questions. I spent a year traveling Matar and visiting myriad clans and all the tribes. I read the Book of Arzad. Some of the words still give me pause, and I still search for their meaning.
However, one thing that I know for a certainty is that the Amarr failed the Matari. We were their test, a test they failed. The Matari were not reclaimed. It is entirely possible they might not be.
Had the Amarr come in peace offering friendship, like the Ni-Kunni or Khanid, then I believe with all my heart that we would be elevated along side them in a Holy Amarr Empire. However, their greed, avarice, hubris kept them from such. They turned from the path of righteousness. The Day of Darkness was not just a horrible day for the Matari, but the death of the Holy Amarr Empire.
Since then, their sins have mounted to the point where a reformation is demanded, but their history, in the Scriptures, have been rewritten, edited, revised and changed to the whims of their Emperors to suit them. A man that I grew up learning about as a heretic and a traitor was welcomed back as a heir and king. A heir cloned and was welcomed back as Empress. Blooders were welcomed in the trials. These are things that happened in my lifetime, things that I know. Events that happened before are beyond the veil of rewritten history.
Slaves are still being executed, tortured, and ground under heel. As Torus Arzad said, “Salvation comes through servitude, the grace of your masters, the dignity of your being.” When servitude is perpetual, the masters without grace, and the dignity of each being denied, there can be no salvation found for those still enslaved in the Amarr Empire. Whatever Holy Charge holders once possessed, they have abrogated with their sins too myriad to count. They no longer have the right to hold slaves. It is the duty of the Matari people as a whole to free their enslaved kin, for they cannot find salvation in Amarr.
The Matari cause is not merely just, it is righteous. If the Amarr will not voluntarily release every Matari slave, then the forces of the Matari Tribes will be their reckoning.
It saddens me to say this, to get to this point. I didn’t even know I was going to wind up here before I started writing, but it is the logical conclusion. The Salvation of the Matari will not end with this emancipation, but begin, as their own kin can guide them to God and righteousness. Without the True Amarr (who are no longer True), or the Holy Amarr Empire (which is no longer Holy), service to God will have to take a different path, a path we Starkmanir are now walking. Perhaps, in the future, if there is a Reformation of the Holy Amarr Empire, the Matari and Amarr can meet as friends and equals.
For now, each of us alone must look for the Light of God to light our path however we can. I just pray that I can still find it.