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The Way of Durin: Amendments

1st Amendment

Amendment to section 9: Succession of Lordship:

If the rite of succesion is stalled in the circumstance that there be a an even number of Zabads with equal votes for the candidates. The canditates will follow the rites of succession laid forth hereunder challanging his opponent:

'Rite of Battle'
Both candidates must prove their worth in battle by leading a great victory against our enemies. Only the mightiest battle leader will win this rite.

'Rite of Honour'
Both candidates must recite their greatest deeds and service to the kin. Only the candidate who has brought greatest honour to the kin will win this rite.

'Rite of the people'
Both candidates must contest a leadership vote by members of the kin.

'Rite of Lore'
Both candidates will be tested on dwarven lore. Only the most knowledgeable candidate will win this rite.

'Rite of Diplomacy'
Both candidates must organise an event with another kinship. Only the candidate with the most diplomatic skills will win this rite.

'Rite of Leadership'
Both candidates must organise and lead an event for the kin. Only the candidate that shows greatest leadership will win this rite.

'Rite of merriment'
Both candidates must organise an event of grand feasting and entertainment for the kin. Only the candidate that most satisfies their kinsfolk's need for merriment will win this rite.

Clarification of process:
Each leadership candidate will choose one of the rites above, and then another rite would be chosen by random should circumstance warrant it. So in the example that the Azaghalbad and Kurdubad were contesting leadership they would each choose one rite and a third would be chosen at random by the remaining Zabads.
Consider the Azaghalbad would choose the 'rite of battle', and the Kurdubad would choose the 'rite of merriment'. The random choice might be say 'rite of honour'.
This would entail that each candidate would have to compete to win each 'rite'. In the case of 'rite of battle' each candidate would organise an event to lead the kinsfolk into a great victory over our enemies. The Zabads would judge by vote who wins the rite.

Most other 'rites' would work in a similar way, candidates organise events and the Zabads vote on the winner of each rite.

Only exception is the 'rite of the people', which would be a vote by all members of the kin between the candidates. Clearly this one would advantage the most popular candidate.

In the case of the 'rite of honour' each candidate would recite before the lords and kinsfolk their deeds and service to the kin. The honour and service they have brought to the kin will be judged and voted on by the lords. Clearly this one will advantage the longest serving candidate.

Amendment to section 3: under Durin's Way:

Dwarrows not of the House of Longbeards and those of the House of the Longbeards that have pledged an oath beforehand, unable take, or forbidden to take a royal oath to The King Under The Mountain will be granted an oath swearing alliegiance onlly to Durin's Way and the kinship of Durin's Folk. Which entails that the oath is made to the leadership, hierarchy, and the laws and processes of the kinship without swearing to an Oath to The King Under The Mountain.

The non royal Oath of Durin's Folk:

Let it be known that master/maiden “name” has fulfilled the three criteria for becoming full member of kinship Durin's Folk and bear the rank of Dumul.
Firstly he/she have made themselves present for a kinship gathering, secondly have been within the kinship roster for no less than two weeks, and signed their name on the Chronicles of Durin's Folk.

Firstly: Are you, master/maiden “name”, willing and able take the role of Dumul, to shield your brothers and sisters from whatever ill may threaten them?

Secondly: Will you honour the Ways of Mahal and hold to honour, teachings and the ways of the dwarrow?

Thirdly: Will you swear allegiance upon the name of Great Smith, to the kinship of Durin’s Folk and Durin’s Way?

RESPONSE:I welcome you as Dumul “name” of Durin’s Folk and fully into the kinship. May Mahal guide you.

This, The 1st Amendment was signed and ratified by the council of Zokhosos and Zabads.