Novus Ordo Discordia

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Novus Ordo Discordia[edit]

Novus Ordo Discordia, or The Gospel of St. Pesher, The Gardener, was created by writer and roleplaying game creator S. John Ross under the penname Wilhelm Leonardo Pesher. It's a short work of under 4,000 words, but contains several sections. Among these are About The Big Erisian Ministry, The Mobile Illuminated Chapel of Discord, and The Garden of the King/Rain of Flowers, which is a story about St. Pesher the Gardener.

The story begins

Pesher lived in a City, a dreary maze of concrete and glass where the legacy of Greyface was ubiquitous.
Pesher was a gardener for the City's King, a bitter and pained champion of all that is old and tried and in accordance with things that are also old and tried. Pesher the Gardener had been hired because he had a magic with growing things, and could make them green, when all the King could do was make things become ashen and die.

The conflict between Pesher, the poor man who brings beauty, and the King, a rich man who brings death, leads to an ironic twist and a moral seen in the fate of the garden.

The work contains another moral in the form of a quote:

Don't Wake Up, If You Aren't Finished With The Dream. - St. Pesher

The work is reproduced in its entirity in the Apocrypha Discordia.