Thou Shall Harm None Who Has Done No Harm
The future matters not: a crime is always committed in the now.
The victim matters not: hypocrisy is the first tool of corruption. The situation matters not: each action is its own.
All these things matter not: the innocent are the Nobles’ charge.
The aspect of this law, also known as the Chestnut Law, that amazes most new Nobles is the fact that even Excrucians are considered protected by it — until one of them does harm, no Noble may harm them. Lord Entropy has said that this is to hold Nobles to a higher standard of ethics, creating a spiritual differential between Nobles and Excrucians, which allows him to better sense the treasonous. Note that inducing dementia animus in a human is borderline “harm” and inducing it in several humans definitely crosses the line.
The Eglantine Principle
The Eglantine Principle is one of the ramifications of the Chestnut Law. Eglantine means “I wound to Heal” and it’s use to identify this principle is often meant tongue-and-cheek.
The Eglantine Principle covers the sections of the law as they apply to Dementia Animus and humanity. For the moral impetus behind Excrucians as Innocents and other aspects of the seal of the Council that are claimed to be such crucial elements of the valde bellum require that the scales of innocence be firmly set. And dementia animus dividing as it does humanity from many of the truths of the cosmos they reside within makes them innocents. Ignorant innocents perhaps, but innocents none-the-less, which allows the Eglantine Principle to flourish and the hunt for mimics to take on moral force.
Lord Entropy will go to enforce the veil of dementia animus. And many a Noble has found themselves summoned to the Locust Court as a result of Eglantine.
The Battle in Rio led to at least one case of dementia animus. The ramifications of this will soon be important to the story.
Simply put: “A Power, perceiving harm, may visit that harm sevenfold upon its cause.”