Belmarniss shows up early the next morning for her consultancy meeting, munching a pastry from her breakfast spread. "Hey - I was told to meet with a Luay?"
"I don't think I knew you'd been!"
"I sulked the whole time and got punished for it afterwards! But I went."
"They punished you for sulking? Wow."
"Would normal parents not do that? I feel like most parents expect their kids to be on very good behavior when visiting gods. Not that we saw Abadar."
"I just figured surface parents were softies, I guess."
"I mean, they weren't gonna murder me."
"Yeah, apparently I over-extrapolated from 'not gonna murder you'."
"Most parents hit their kids, send them to bed without supper, wash their mouth out with soap, so on. Have to be more creative with the pharaoh's kids since it'd be a crime for anyone but the pharaoh to lay hands on them and he doesn't have enough time in the day to hit all his kids but -" Shrug. "I bet I can do better."
"- what's the soap one for?"
"Saying things you shouldn't! It's - behavioral reinforcement, right, you can see where people get the idea -"
"You can train animals without any punishments. - possibly only if you have six levels in Ranger, I can't actually disprove that being an essential element."
"My mom'd hit me. But only in front of people? Like, she'd do it to demonstrate that she was doing parenting to a socially acceptable standard. She didn't do it when there wasn't anybody around, or even if it was just Sovi."
"That's - I think I'm impressed, if that's not condescending."
"I think she's really impressive but I don't usually go around saying that since, like, to the conventional mind it'd be somewhat overshadowed by the murdering my twin brother thing."
"Lots of people kill their babies, even on the surface."
"Yeah, but if a human does it it's 'that poor girl' and if it's a drow doing it it's 'those awful drow', you know?"
"I hadn't, but - figures."
"This of course being a vague gleaning of the aggregate cultural attitudes of surfacers as a group who vary individually and are not best described as 'those racist surfacers', of course."
"In Osirion I mostly hear 'that stupid whore' but one imagines it varies."
"I guess strictly speaking that isn't racist of them."
"Rovagug: also technically not a racist."
"Are you sure? They say it's down to him that we're pretty colors. Throw in enough prophecy shenanigans..."
"Okay, okay, Rovagug technically not racist when murdering everyone he can, arguably racist when he does other things."
"What if some races are easier to murder?"