PeterZ wrote:I'm not so sure about that part at least. RFC has noted that the Holy Writ underwent substantial editing following the "War Against the Fallen". Chihiro, who had authored the original document, had made it seem like the signs of Shan-wei's perfidy were there from the start and that Langhorne had suspected it from the start. He also commented that the Book of Chihiro and the Book of Schueler were both later additions.
(Italics mine above)
Textev, please? We know Langhorne signed off on the original version of the Holy Writ, but I don't recall any statements that Chihiro wrote it
And now, almost 1,000 local years since then, no one remembers the original Writ. History was after all written by the winners of that war and the Inner Circle already has evidence of rewrites in the form of the diary of St. Khody.
For that matter, there was a copy of the original version Langhorne approved in the downloads provided to Nimue when she awoke in Nimue's Cave.
It is this last point that I think might work in getting the point (the "angelic fallibility") across.
The War Against the Fallen was proof of that, with the explicit statements that even Archangels could fall into evil and rebel against God. If that's
nor fallibility, what is?
If his diary is made common knowledge, it would challenge the Church's official version of the events. Given that Duchairn is now Grand Vicar, It is safe to say he wouldn't be inclined to dismiss this automatically, especially if all the artifacts (the physical diary, sword, armor and tomb) were made accessible (I doubt the Sisterhood would allow them to be removed and risk them "disappearing"). Or perhaps they might use some publishing house owned by the Sisterhood to publish "Untold Stories of Seijin Khody" with far less levity and clarity and far more moral ambiguity about his role in the war.
At a con last year, RFC mentioned something that hasn't appeared yet - the discovery of the Gospel of Scheuler, which would apparently be his
first hand vewrsion of what transpired. The reaction of the Church of Charis will be carefully noncommittal at first, shifting to "There might be something in this..." as time passes.
We know from textev that Chihiro emerged as the uncontested leader of the Angels following Commodore Pei's strike on Langhorne and Bedard, and that Schueler seems to have been his second in command. And we know that Chihiro had been actively conspiring to supplant Langhorne well before Commodore Pei's strike took out he and Bedard.
And we know via RFC that Chihiro
was the one who actually ordered the Rakurai strike on the Alexandria Enclave, and that the orbital bombardment platform had been produced on Hamilcar by Angels loyal to Chihiro, and had been deployed just before use to give Pei no times to intervene.
But we don't
know what Schueler knew at the time. Was he aware it was Chihiro who ordered the strike on the Alexandria Archive, or had the books attributed to he and Schueler inserted into the Writ by the remaining lesser Angels? He might not have known during the War Against the Fallen, and the question might be what he would do if he found out. He might have been unhappy, but decided that opposing Chihiro would be doomed to fail and simply make things worse.
Given how conflicted Paityr Wylsynn is at discovering through Merlin and Nahrman that he really is
descended from Schueler, given that Schueler gets painted as a bad guy, what Schueler thought he was doing is an interesting question.