Week of July 25th, 2021: “Rain lets us appreciate the Sun.”
“The son of John”
The children of John were all daughters, except for the second youngest child who was a son. His son’s name was Jericho Konn, who would grow up to become a farmer living on the outskirts of the city of Jerusalem up until the catholic churches conquest of the city in the first crusade.
Following the battle, the crusading knights sought to secure peace from the resisting forces that remained hidden within the city. The knights, having come to revere Jericho for as a skilled warrior of humble dignity, conscripted him to military service. Under duress of execution , he pledged fealty to the knights and was forcibly converted to catholicism. Serving under the protective banner of the catholic church, he was knighted and selected to lead a band of militia to enforce the newly imposed laws of the church onto the local populace. The crusaders, having observed firsthand Jericho’s shrewd tactical judgement and the high esteem in which he was held by the citizens of Jerusalem, believed that his appointed would serve well to quell future rebellion. Under Jericho’s command, he and his local band of militia set out restoring law and order to the war ravaged city. He accomplished this task by offering protection to leaders spread throughout the city, personally guaranteeing that he himself would step forward to prevent the crusaders from committing acts of atrocity against innocent citizens, in exchange for peaceful coexistence. The local leaders, trusting Jerichos impartial judicial manner, accepted this truce, and for a time order was once more restored to Jerusalem.
However the peace was to be short lived. As the occupation continued on, the crusading knights, believing themselves entitled to the spoils of war, began to conduct an increasing number of raids throughout the city. Issuing decrees from Pope Urban, they barred the use of traditional customs, confiscated land, and drunkenly roamed throughout the city in search of rape and pillage. The inhabitants of the Jerusalem, bearing the burden of such insufferable abuses, rose up in united defiance against their crusading occupiers, disavowing the precarious truce that Jericho had brokered. For this Jericho was stripped of his position and demoted to the rank and file among the crusaders.
As open acts of rebellion and attacks against the knights continued to increase, the crusaders conducted a series of public executions in order to instill the fear of god back into the revolting peoples. On one such day, a delegation of knights from the crusade, Jericho among them, conducted a raid at a local market square . The purpose of the raid was to locate a man believed to supplying the rebellion with arms. The knights gathered the villagers inside the square, asking for the man to come forward. When no one stepped forward, a group of knights made their way into the crowd and apprehended a group of school aged children. Placing them in the center of the square, the knights called for Jericho to approach the children, and then informed the crowd that each child would be executed in the square until the perpetrator was revealed. Several men stepped forward professing to be the man — all of whom the crusaders identified as impostors and instantly slain.
The man still at large, a knight pulled a young girl out from the group of children, and signaled for Jericho to draw his sword as they pushed her on to her knees and held her desperately writhing body down in forceful restraint. A second knight stepped forward into the crowd, informing them on the lesson they were soon all to receive as to the punishment required by the church for those who deceive and nodded his head forward for Jericho to execute the young girl. Jericho held his blade out over the back of the young girls neck for practice measure, then drew back his sword. In one fell swoop he struck down the knight restraining the young girl and told her to run home. He turned his blade toward the leading knight, striking him in the neck before the remaining knights surrounded him, the remaining villagers in the square escaping as he was taken prisoner. From the inside of his jail cell, he was issued a sentence of death by public hanging. The hanging was scheduled for the following morning in the market square. He was excommunicated from the catholic church and stripped of his knighthood for disavowing the creeds of honor and fealty of which he had sworn to uphold.
On the morning of his execution, the knights arrived to find his cell empty, both of the sentry guards slain — the letters ‘KONN’ engraved in bloody letters onto their foreheads. As the occupation dragged on, the crusading knights scoured the city in a furious search to locate the fugitive from justice, Jericho Konn. But Jericho Konn was not to be found, he attracted a band of followers and disappeared beyond the shadows of the city. In the months that followed, the knights continued their search in vain, only to uncover the bodies of still more fallen knights, all whom bore the four letters ‘KONN’ engraved into the forehead. The citizens of Jerusalem referred to these men, the followers of Konn, as militae nomen. The knights of crusade, wary of drawing increased attention to Konn and his men, and thus inspiring others to rise up against them, spoke of Konn and his men in hushed voices, referring to them as only…the knights of no name.