Re: Thief saints in Seshnela
Tax collectors appraently do have a patron saint: Saint Matthew
(http://www.catholic.org/saints/patron.php?letter=T). Saint Dismas is
listed as the patron saint of "good thieves."
> Someone mentioned that a thief saint would be outside of the chain of
> veneration. This sort of made me think "why?"
> Wouldn't it be appropriate for a "thief saint" to insert itself into
> an existing chain of veneration, and skim off some of the magic?
> Otherwise, I would expect a Rokari thief to worship outside of the
> church for professional purposes. Regular mainstream church membership
> would be optional, necessary if you have a cover identity in the city.
> Few thieves' gangs appear to come with a well-balanced magical
> support. If you want something like that, the Finovan or Desemborth
> subcults of Orlanth probably will serve you best, although they
> restrict you to be a productive member of your community (and imply a
> host of dependents you care for with your thefts).
> A heroband guardian with a few useful properties and a spectrum of
> ordinary magic from various sources (crafting magics, trading magics,
> entertaining magics for distractions, combat magics for hard times etc
> etc) seem to be the conventional way for gangs to operate. A failing
> sage/accountant or trader will be quite valuable for a gang of thugs
> when it comes to appraising and selling the booty. Any form of muscle
> helps for protection rackets. And a daytime job may offer
> opportunities for scouting out burglary targets...
> There's also the chance to fall in with destructive powers when
> seeking magic for crimes. (Including Orlanth - pretty much everywhere
> outside Orlanthi regions - but also Krarsht or Thanatar.)
> On the other hand, even a shining knight like King Ulianus III might
> be a saint for a group of aquisitive minds stressing how he plundered
> Safelster, or Bailifes the Hammer for his aquisition of Tanisor. I
> doubt there is a saint for tax collectors, but if there is, that would
> be a useful entity for thieves to worship, too...
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