Feb 27, 2021 7:25 PM
kyeo and carissa
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Where the concept can be laid out. "I think it's a little legally awkward - like, does she need to be a slave on paper to be in the household without being married, or is there some intermediate category for, uh, captive fiancées -"

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"Osirion has guardianship but an unrelated man can't be an unmarried woman's guardian."

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"I can't really - release her into slavery."

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"But you can kill her?"

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"I am also not actively intending to kill her! It'd be different if we did need the handcuffs for something - we don't, yet -"

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"But if you do it might be suddenly, right? - can he adopt her."

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"There's not a mechanism other than guardianship -"

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"If he was elsewise married then could he be her guardian, is it specifically an unmarried man who can't?"

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"I don't know offhand."

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"What's the law in Absalom, we can shop around for jurisdictions a bit and she can make me some pearls of power to make up for it."

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"It's unmarried women, right, if we're letting her do magic she could Alter Self and I could marry her if we can get in and out of a temple of Nocticula without my great-aunt noticing and then you can still marry her later if desired because Nocticula's cool with divorce but I don't see how that helps anything."

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"I don't think a man unrelated to the husband can be the guardian of a married woman either."

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"Spellcaster exceptionalism doesn't help?"

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"I'm not sure! She could get declared independent easily enough - this is not really a situation we're set up for -"

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"Us either." Tiredly. "It has been constructive for the conversations about how hard it will be to fix Cheliax after we free it."

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"I don't even know what you have to fix! I mean, there's lots of things you have to fix, but unless showing up to Asmodean church and executions and watching them is not just non-Good but also actively Evil I have no idea what's going on!"

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"It might be the reporting people to be tortured to death for heresy? I'm hoping it's that. That and the active discouragement from doing things altruistically. But - I don't know. It doesn't quite add up. She might be lying to us about there not being anything worse though it admittedly doesn't seem like she has much reason to do that."

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"I don't think there can be enough heretics for everybody to take even partial credit for one."

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Isavel scowls at the wall. "They also - make the children beat each other, and hurt each other in sports..."

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"Is making children beat each other worse than hitting them? I don't think hitting kids is understood to be damnably Evil."

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"I don't know. One theory is that lots of things are a little Evil but most people also do some Good, just incidentally, so it's mostly a wash, and if you just blot out all the Good that doesn't get you Neutral it gets you Evil."

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"I... guess I wouldn't be floored if that were the explanation."

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"Anyway. If we find some legal framework that's not technically slavery you'll sign off?"

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"I'd need to also be very very sure it's adequate for the security considerations involved, and I'd need to pray on it. But - yes."

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"I nominate one of the Lawfuls to look through reams of Osirian law about it."

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