Crystal mana? Like...Nahyndrian crystals? Surely not: the way she said it implied it was more mundane, like spellsilver. Regardless, she can discuss magic with the magicians. He's a cleric and his job is to talk theology.
He really wants to dig deeper on that, but he is able to tell that she's in a fragile state, and that it wouldn't be productive. Instead, he looks up and tells a story.
"My god, Conrad, ascended only two decades ago, and I met Him back when He was still a mortal. Both of us were born and raised in a country called Cheliax. Cheliax's patron god is someone called Asmodeus, and his whole deal is that he hates the fact that mortals have been given free will. So, he structures his country so as to reshape their people in a particular way.
Conrad was Intelligent enough to qualify for free wizard education – that sounds like something optional, but it's really not – but He was also Strong. His father was a fighter, and he handed down a greatsword to Him, which He chose to be his arcane bonded object.
Do you have those in your country? Here, wizards can choose to bond with specific items as a focus for casting and preparing spells. Most wizards choose an amulet or ring, but He chose a greatsword. That's because it's easier to enchant your arcane bonded object. If your bonded object is a ring, you can enchant it even though you don't have training to enchant rings in general.
Anyway, His teachers disapproved of this, and indeed disapproved of the very idea of wizards fighting in melee. Wizards normally fight in the backline, casting long-ranged spells or placing enhancement spells on allies. In His diary, which we still have, He wrote about how furious He was that His potential was not being...utilized to its full extent. At the time, He wasn't upset about being used as a pawn or a soldier, but He was upset over being railroaded and forced to reshape himself in a way that was dissonant with...His natural shape, so to speak. This eventually caused Him to break away from Cheliax and strike out on his own, putting him on the path to His apotheosis."
Abyssal, like many Golarian languages, distinguishes between regular pronouns and god-pronouns. Rendon sighs. Conrad's saga is more elaborate than that and he's skipping over a lot of the details, and like, he's kind of questioning how relatable an ascended mortal's story would be to a regular person. He decides to talk about himself instead.
"When I met him, I was an orphan living on the streets. See, orphans usually get used as dummies for wizard students to practice spells on in Cheliax, and when I found out that a similar fate awaited me, I escaped from the orphanage. Tieflings like me are descended from fiends – in my case, I have demonic ancestry – so we tend to be treated badly. Fortunately, I was a teenager at that time, and had attained to my sorcerous bloodline. It was what allowed me to get away and survive being homeless.
Now, something about me is that I'm...suited to servitude. It's a little hard to explain, but what I mean is that I'm well shaped to be a lieutenant or a sergeant more than a general. I'm the sort of person who prefers to have someone above me. Normally, this would be great: it would have made me eligible to become a cleric of Asmodeus. Asmodeus is the god of tyranny, slavery, compacts, and pride. But my issue with Asmodeus was that He wants His slaves weak. He does not want them to blossom into their full strength, because weak people are easier to control. I wanted...to serve someone who would not mind me becoming strong, and would invest power into me freely. I wanted someone who wouldn't stifle me.
Many, indeed, most people, will not amount to anything. Their souls are like the seeds of weeds, who grow quickly, but grow neither tall nor strong nor fruitful nor beautiful. But for those who would grow up into a majestic oak tree or a beautiful rose bush, Conrad wishes for them to be able to achieve their full potential."