History of the Lyrican Order
It's origins date back to around 20 Keld when a young man named Lyrician Delse, then a knight's squire, spoke out of turn at a summit between two trade cities. Niether city would admit that the true reason for their hostility toward one another was trade infractions, but, instead, cited each other's religious alignment as the source of their troubles. One was aligned under Pelor, the other Bahamut. The biggest issue soon became (bahamut's) desire to raid and destroy a large encampment of poor bandits located east of both cities while (Pelor's) wished to continue trade of food and supplies for "the greater good".
As both cities continued to squable over the justification of destroying evil, Lyrician spoke up in an impassioned voice stating that both cities worshipped gods of order, justice and law. Why cut each other down over the small differences in docterine when they could transverce the bridge of their cominalities to overcome the problem? This sencable advice did not resanate well with the nobility fearing the loss of their primary trade routes, so objections were screamed out over an insolent boy violating his code of conduct. After a lot of string pulling, Lyrician was put to death two weeks later. The crowd was outraged that their governments would allow such and injustice to happen that many of them created a sect of rebels ment to spread the word of rightiousness and order in a world of corruption. They placed on high both gods, Pelor and Bahamut as their deities as well as all the other lawful gods just as Lyrician had believed in.
Converts to the Lyrican Order were all so infurriated with injustice that the followers of the unlawful gods began to fear their zealous streak. The Order grew larger every day to the point that the city's militia was no match for their power. In as little as 5 years, the Lyrican Order possessed a great keep known as the Halls of Truth, many investments in arcane and devine research, and thousands of converts, soon to become millions when their investments come to fruition.
The Great Gift of Law
In the 32th Keld, arcane research produced a new and completely unknown school of magic. Masters of arcane magic from around Firnin were summoned to study and learn it's ways. It was only in it's infancy of study when they discovered that it was capable of sustaining the life force of individuals and, given enough power, large groups. Thus the Circle of Laws Gift was formed. It was an almost instantanious effect on converts as people were told that becoming Lyrican would ensure nearly endless life. Millions converted in a short 3 years. The circles power did not grant immortality, however. It simply caused the affected to be immune to the effects of aging. One could, theoreticly, live forever barring a fatal accident or murder. This brought to light another of the Lyrican teachings.
Life. The gods' Unmarred Gift to Man
It is well known that devine magic gained from the reverence of the gods could, in fact, return the dead to life. However, Lyricans believe that to be the realm of the gods, not of man. Using resurrecting magic to return the dead to life is punishable by the crulest NON LEATHAL methods available. Using magic to reanimate the dead as undead, however, was an abomination worthy of nothing less than death and redirection straight to the nine hells.