All Marik military personnel
Codes of conduct (rev. 12-5.a)
By order of the Captain-Generals, all Marik military and support personnel are to adhere to the following codes of conduct in the highest traditions of this command. This message is for general distribution, open protocol.
I. Loyalty to Self and Service
All members of the Marik military, no matter their capacity, are to maintain the highest standards of loyalty to themselves and to the duties that they perform. This involves, but is not limited to: personal behavior while presenting one's self as a member of House Marik, performing any function relating to a public capacity while a member of the Marik military organization, and presenting a strong showing of support for fellow personnel.
II. Loyalty to Unit and House
It is of vital importance to maintain the highest standards when interacting and acting along with members of the same unit. Members of the same Lance are expected to support each other as well as being loyal to House Marik. If one individual is incapable of trusting another to perform their duties then a weakness is created within the unit and within the House itself.
III. Personal, Unit and House Honor
Above all Else, Honor is respect for rank, privilege, talent and ability. Members of House Marik are expected to maintain the highest standards of honor and integrity in all actions and conversation. This honor and respect is also to be given to one's enemy no matter their level of skill or apparent lack of integrity. An enemy may one day come to your aid or become your ally.
Discipline, in addition to loyalty, integrity, honor and respect is the foundation upon which any military force is structured. As applied to the codes of conduct, discipline implies control over one's actions in any situation and adherence to the codes of conduct.
Direct orders within the House Marik organization will not be given with the expectation of immediate or robotic action. An order is a request to perform an action that, as an individual, you should already know is required to be performed for the betterment and survival of self, unit and House. Leadership is by example; compliance with orders is out of respect for the capabilities of those in command. If an order is refused but a satisfactory result is achieved then no retributive action is required. Every member of this organization is an individual who is expected to perform for the honor and survival of this organization.
VI. Interaction with Peers
Simply put, whenever a member of House Marik is conversing or interacting with anyone within or outside of this organization the other is to be respected and treated as an equal. If the other proves him/herself beneath your station do not resort to petty threats and insults. Treat all you opponents, on the battlefield and off with respect, even though they may not deserve it. It is the duty of every Marikan to show that they are beyond reproach and maintain the highest standards of honor, integrity and loyalty.
VIII. Mercy and Mayhem
In compliance with the previous codes as mentioned above the quintessential mercy is the clean, swift death of your opponent. Do not place yourself or your lance mates in a position where stupidity or failure of action will place them or yourself in jeopardy. Uphold the codes of conduct but do not ever, ever once believe your opponent(s) will treat you with any kind of honor or respect in turn. When it comes right down to the wire, take the opponent(s) out and provide them no reason to question your ability, honor or integrity but always remember to uphold the standards of House Marik.