Symbolum Immortales, often simply referred to as the Creed, is the conventional creed followed by most immortals (minus 'True' Immortals). It has existed since the dawn of antiquity and no one knows who came up with it, though legend claims it was Merlyn, the first human immortal. There is no actual punishment in modern times for failing to adhere by the creed, though historically is was considered dishonorable and often lead to the exile and sometimes (if applicable) death of the immortal who violated the creed. However it must be remembered that immortals are not technically compelled to follow the creed, unlike 'True' Immortals who are more strictly regulated over their own creed. Nevertheless most immortals adhere to the creed for various reasons, mainly to do with peace, honor, protection and purpose.
It consists of 3 tenents:
Seek World KnowledgeEdit
The ultimate goal of most immortals is to take their time with their eternal lifespan to become 'whole' with every knowledge of the world. The intention of this tenent is to encourage the immortal to make good use of their power and to find a purpose somewhere in the world.
Limit Exposure of ImmortalityEdit
This has many meanings, all which should be obeyed. The most obvious meaning is not to reveal immortality recklessly to other mortals, and whilst not technically prohibiting for immortals to reveal themselves at all, they should remain discreet about it. It also means not to misuse immortality to cause unecessary serious harm to others and the environment. One of the purposes of this tenent is to remain anonymous from the 'True Immortals' who hunt and kill other immortals. Discreetness about immortality is also intended to keep the immortal modest from corruption.
The third meaning encourages immortals to scatter across the globe rather than stay concentrated in a particular area. The purpose of this is to help preserve the population of immortals as scattering them would make them harder for 'True' immortals to hunt them.
The fourth meaning is in regards to emotion. Though it does not advocate the supression of emotions, on the contrary it encourages them to keep the immortal feeling human. More importantly it commands immortals to control their emotions, and encourages a balance between fully embracing or supressing them. Complete loss of emotion is discouraged as it risks the immortal losing any sense of morality. However immortals should not also let their emotions get in the way of their reasoning either.
Right to DeathEdit
If an immortal requests another immortal to end him, the request must be fulfilled. It is considered dishonorable to refuse.