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The AU That’s Got Religion #1

The AU That’s Got Religion #1 published on 12 Comments on The AU That’s Got Religion #1

Thorn (thinking): What an imposing, majestic place . . . Fitting for the worship of Dómari the judge.

I hope it’s not too disruptive for the devotees to have a Iuilic scholar hanging around. They’re probably all very solemn, and highly focused, and . . .


Thorn: Hey! Be careful up there!

Leif: S-sorry!

Are you okay?

Thorn: I’m not hurt! You are one of the devotees?

Leif: That’s right!

Oh, and you must be the heathen religious scholar who’s visiting! That’s good!

Imagine if I had hit someone who didn’t have their own protective headgear.

Thorn (thinking): Already I’ve learned something new.

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Thorn, why are you smiling, you literally just got insulted.

Insulted? Or complimented on his religion’s foresight vis-à-vis falling objects and the protection of one’s head?

Also, this is a conversation in Sønska. The Sønheic people don’t really seem to consider ‘heathen’ an insult, so much as an accurate descriptor. It’s like getting offended that I was called “Blue Shirt” instead of “Azure Blouse” It’s accurate in the broad strokes, but I wish they’d used a less blunt term.

So just to be clear, they’re not trying to be assholes, but they’re still being assholes.

If I meet a really religious person, and they are, um, disturbed by my lack of faith, it’s not necessarily their choice of words to describe me that will bother me, but their condescending and judgmental attitude. Like, for instance, if they don’t call me anything at all but start going on about how only a person with religion (specifically theirs) can have a moral code or even be a good person, etc.
I’d rather be called a heathen, if it’s done with no other intent but to describe me as a non-adherent of (their) religion.


Heathen isn’t always an insult.

For example, it can just refer to someone of a particular religion. I don’t remember the technical name of the actual religion, but it was, like, hardcore Norse Paganism or something. So calling a person of that faith a Heathen, so long as you actually are referring to their faith, isn’t an insult.

Really, even using the definition of non-Christian, it’s not wholly an insult. Sure, it’s used in an offensive way almost all of the time, but anyways. I’d really only label “heathen” as a solid insult if you’re talking about the “uneducated, uncultured swine” sort of definition.

Why is Thorn wearing a kippah?

Ah, cool, now I know the word for that and can stop referring to it as “tiny Jewish hat” like a weirdo.

Anyways, it’s a lot easier when building a fictional world to use real-world things as reference points. The kippah is probably just something she snatched to be a religious thing for the heck of it.

Though, of course, I could be wrong.

Like Echo said, Thorn is Fantasy Jewish, so there are little nods to Judaism in the worldbuilding around him.

Historically their deities were the moons, so they have tiny round caps with crescent moon silhouettes, and a holiday-commemorating multi-light lamp with two moon-shaped bulbs.

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