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The Codex of Arc is one of the three holy books of Arcism. Supposedly dictated to scholars by Joan in her later years, it is divided in two parts: the "Codex of the Maid", which can be somewhat summarized as a biography of Joan of Arc, and the "Codex of the Crone", which deals with the workings of the Arcist church.
The Codex of Arc is, from a historical viewpoint, extremely bizarre; not only is it out of period for this style of writing, but it attempts to use a non-biased viewpoint (Histories, On Religion, On People), talks openly about sex (Biographies, Statements, On People), and even contains what may have been the first comic novel in history (Biographies).
Originally, the holy texts of Arcism were the Old Testament and the New Testament, just like those of the church they had abandoned. However, as time continued to pass, Arcism's major figures recognized a need to separate themselves farther from the Church. Joan, herself, proposed a solution; she would take a history of the period she had been dictating on behalf of the Arcist monks, and, with the help of the official clergy, transform it into a new holy book she called "the Codex of the Arcist faith". Over time, Arcists began to associate the title "Codex" with the entire Bible, and eventually the church changed the official names of the books. The Old Testament was renamed "Codex of the Travels", the New Testament the "Codex of Jerusalem", and the Codex was changed to "Codex of Arc".
Codex of the Maid
The first of the books, the Codex of the Maid was written almost exclusively by Joan herself. It is huge and sprawling, having been written in irregular intervals whenever ideas occurred to her, but comprises vast amounts of information that is still quoted by scholars today. It is divided into five sections:
- Experiences, which is effectively her autobiography;
- Biographies, which tells of the lives of many major figures of her time;
- Histories, which relates the events in western Europe from her escape from English imprisonment forward;
- Commentaries, which presents and explains Joan's views on a variety of topics; and
- Statements, which contains several remarkable quotes along with her commentary on them.
This book grew directly out of Joan's original dictations. It is a vast, sprawling autobiography filled with records of every event she experienced. Many scholars consider this to be her authoritative biography, due either to its factual accuracy or their religious beliefs.
Among the most infamous, scandalous, and hilarious religious books in history, Biographies is therefore a common area of study among Arcist youths. Many leading scholars openly challenge its place in the Bible, while others imply that it was written by Joan as a joke to see what the priests would take. Containing several-page-long stories about the faults of figures from King Charles to Robin of Astershire to Joan of Arc herself. Its bold writing style and content make it a favorite for study by many.
This book is one huge historical document, spanning several decades in history since Joan's birth. One of the most interesting things about Histories is that many think it predicts events up to forty-five years in the future, five years past Joan's death. Many believe that the future beyond that is told in its pages, and spend hours pouring over it in study.