The Mission is a colour bound Rook, with the ability to leap the nearest opposite coloured square. It may also move without leaping, two squares diagonally.
Thus it may move as many squares as there are available in an orthogonal direction, but may only land on those of the same colour it is bound to at the start.
If there are pieces in the way on either coloured square, the Mission’s path is blocked and must land to the nearest same colour square along a clear path, just as if it were a non leaping piece.
Only the nearest opposite coloured square may be jumped. The Mission may not jump diagonally.
The Mission, as I will explain in the following chapters, only leaps because it is a natural trait of it being colour bound. Since it has no natural instruction to leap diagonally, it does not.
When leaping horizontally or vertically, it may only arrive to the nearest same coloured square, where it must either halt or capture any piece residing there.
The Mission is represented by the symbol of the Egyptian Ankh ☥ and is notated with an M.
Missionary Chess features a new specialty called Follying, whereby the Mission’s adjacent Bishop or Knight may be relocated to the Mission’s home square in the same turn of the Mission first vacating.
Whilst this could cause both Bishops to be of the same colour square, Follying can be performed both King or Queen side, replenishing the balance.
Both the practise of Follying and also the theory behind this initial new board arrangement, is discussed in other chapters.
The Mission has a value of 4.5 points. How we arrive at this figure will be explained in the following chapters, but for now it must be noted that the Mission has been crafted this way from the natural grains of the board, to provide a balanced presence, an acutely unique logic which grants it identity, and the embrace of a naturally endowed ally amongst friends.
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