Jun 26, 2022 10:01 AM
Silda in Cosel
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That makes sense.

He hasn't said much about the priesthood. What should she know about it?

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So there's various gods, and people who are specialized in carrying out the procedures that induce them to do various things. You go to them if you want an augury done or if you want to make a particular bid for godly intervention on something. Sarun puts in an appearance now and then, donates a goat or some money or whatever aimed at good harvests and peace and all that nice stuff.

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(There are no gods where Silda is from, unless the AI who lives in her head and helps her with math counts.)

Huh. What forms does godly intervention normally take?

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Rain, good luck, skill in war, success in love, depends on the god.

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(So, all wholly plausible coincidences.)

Makes sense. Silda isn't sure if her home has gods? People over there disagreed about whether or not they did, and if so, what they were like. Probably she should learn more about the gods here so she can know how to avoid offending them.

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That's best practice, yes. Apart from things like addressing them disrespectfully or fucking with the priests and/or temples the biggies are that you aren't supposed to do incest or cannibalism or worship a human as a god.

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Silda has no intention of doing any of these things! Do the priests and/or temples do other than try to get the gods to intervene?

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Priests will get on your case if they think you're doing those things; godly wrath isn't something you can court by yourself lest it take the form of a huge disaster or something.

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Of course, perfectly reasonable of them. Silda doesn't want huge disasters any more than anyone else does, it's just that there's some places where she's from where priests run a lot more than that, and she wanted to know if this was one of them.

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Nope, priests do not run most things. That would be kind of weird.

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It is very weird.

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Sarun would like to introduce his charming foreign guest to some of his friends, is that okay with her?

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Why, of course it is!

(ahahahahahaha Silda is going to run things)

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Then at dinner he will have some people over and they will all want to know where she came from and what it's like there!

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She came from Sanand, which is a very long way away, via unknown magic! And it is tremendously rich, with all arts and skills developed to a very high level!

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So it's experiencing a Golden Age at this time?

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It does not think of itself that way. Sanand just thinks of being that rich as the natural state of affairs.

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Lots of places think that during their golden ages.

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... To clarify, it has been that rich for the past few hundred years, and before that it was richer. It got conquered by an empire that collects very high taxes and so is poorer and unhappy about that. But it's still partly self-governing.

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...gosh. What empire is this? They didn't know of another empire besides the one that Shattered.

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The Attani Empire! It is very powerful and developed even compared to Sanand, but she has no idea if it has even heard of this planet. She just disappeared and then appeared here and has no idea why.

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Wow, from another PLANET? Amazing. She should explain to a mage with a Glass elemental sometime and see if they can see it. Or a Shadow, if it's too far for Glass.

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She doesn't know that she's from another planet, but it seems likely!

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... Glass and Shadow elementals can see the surface of other planets?

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Glass ones can see the moon as though it were up close, at least. Shadows can see anywhere dark enough.

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