Re: Thief saints in Seshnela

From: bryan_thx <bethexton_at_Em_G1fpQeyamRFk55oHzSRR-AB4NS_0qs5sLatXVAkesOAi6p8UQfpGtFFy_6KnlSm>
Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2008 20:12:45 -0000

> The key to this is, as usual, that the rules only apply to members of
> the guild, or the church. It is that age-old issue of "us and them."
> know how it is not necessary for anyone to treat foreigners with honor,
> for instance (unless their honor is recognized as being the same as
> ours.) So your thieves would probably not be allowed to lie to each
> other, but lying to outsiders would be just fine.

This got me thinking, it could even be an order or church that views it as a duty to steal from outsiders. Probably because "We used to be great, and then _they_ stole it all from us. We survive only by stealing some of our own back." In that case it could even go right back to the darkness, the last remnants of some entire religion/society. Now, after so many centuries they are well blended into society, but have never given up their true faith. A sort of secret society.

Or, if you don't want to go all the way back to pre-dawn, possibly a very heretical version of the Abiding Book. The western religions mostly follow various versions of the Abiding Book (IIRC correctly the Rokaria have the 'Sharp' version). How it could be twisted far enough to justify theivery from others I'm not sure, but it probably again involves some ancient injustice, and lots of interpretation. Like...those who commit a crime, once found guilty, should re-pay it.  Well, the ancestors judged the Rokari guilty, but the Rokari never agreed to their guilt, so the ancestors interpreted scripture to say that they should collect what they are owed, as best they can. Maybe call it the 'Vengeful Abiding Book' or something like that.

Just a couple more ideas.            

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