Chapter ten: The Synod

The abbot of Arseni of Yaroslavl was a small man with large taste. He took refuge in his calling and sincerely believed that the Jews of Russia were as leeches on the veins of the elite. He was destined to be a member of that distinguished group for he was a man of God, appointed by God and deemed worthy of that right. He had struggled with the church on many occasions but somehow he had gained a following. He was a stubborn man and a man with few feelings. He put that smile on his face of the actor but deep down he was just doing an acting job. His real feelings were his advancement and the feeling of power that he felt from his position.


It was his intention to have an arm into the turmoil that Russia now was in. That arm was his body guards. He had noted the unrest of his area and had talked the bishop into his need of protection. It was for that reason the bishop had granted him army protection.


Arseni went through many army personnel. He was looking for a person who would also want to advance. A person he could manipulate and a person who would not question an alliance between the church and the military. He found that in Boris Chernobog. A leader of a cadre of men specially picked by him who formed the small troop assigned for the abbot’s protection.

By conversation the abbot and Boris had agreed that the Jews were at the root of the dissension now occurring in Russia. They seem to have friends in high places. Friends who wanted the Russian government to modernize and that meant a more liberal government. A government who would allow Jews more freedom. The tzar Nicholas the Second was not in favor of this for his very standard of living was in jeopardy. But he conceded as he fought each day to stay in power. But each retreat cost him. The abbot could see it.


And then there was Rasputin. He had gained favor with the Czarina by working with her son. He was a pious man who favored the Jews and he was friends with the Baron. The abbot knew that men like that needed to be removed from power in any way possible. That was the call to arms. That is why he had Chernobog. He would be the arm of the church. He would be the assassin who would rid the country of the traitors.


It took relatively a short time for the Abbot to finalize the acknowledgment that some people would have to die or disappear for the good of all. Chernobog was on board. He was a man who knew to hitch his reigns to a good solid post. He envisioned himself as he future commander of the army and the Abbot was the way to accomplish this.


But first there was a trial period. A first killing so to speak. An enemy of the Abbot Arsoni who had forced him into exile for his anti-Semitic agitation. That liberal Bishop of Yaroslavl, Yakob. Arsoni referred to him as a “dung smelling Jew.” With him eleminated Arsoni could reenter Yaroslavl and take his rightful place as the new bishop. It would also prove at the same time Chernobog’s loyalty.


Of prime importance was to make this incident look like an accident. A tragedy that could be exploited by Arseni to engratiate himself with the powers and assume his former standing.


Boris Chernobog was a man of action but he also was cunning. He sent his spies into Yaroslavl to watch the movements of the Bishop. They reported back to him and a plan was hatched.


It appears that the Bishop had sexual desires that needed to be fulfilled. A meeting was set up in an exclusive place away from the din of work and he disappeared. Rumors abounded to what happened.   And although a great search was done nothing came of it.


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