Gods, nations, and magic

While I'm waiting for the next chapter....

Tremont and Sairland share the same religion, so I guess that Sairland has temples to the same gods, with the same holy days. And its own Embodiments. So, on the holy days, are the gods present in two places (and two people) at the same time?

There was some mention, I forget which chapter, of Tremont and Sairland trading pieces of territory, and the magic of those pieces of land going along with. Does all land have associated magic? Does the land automatically "know" when its ownership officially changes? Does military conquest as well as peaceable acquisition lead to more magical power that comes with the land?

Are women also without magic in Sairland? What is the usual explanation for why the Traveler Queen has magic -- or isn't it acknowledged?

What is magic like in Nija? (I don't really expect that one to get a good answer.)

MeiLin's picture

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In the old days, Sairland had the Embodiments. As Tremont grew stronger, the Embodiments were moved to Tremont. There is only ever one set of Embodiments, who rarely leave the capital, though there have been occasions when they've gone to Deneen Town--usually for a Temple dedication. No new Temples have been raised in Deneen in some centuries.

All land has associated--male--magic. The magic currently accrues to the ruler of that land. The land "knows"; it awards its power to the one who definitively holds it, by either peaceable (see Leutefloss and Corland) or military (see Kellen, the Far Isles and Belleth, though Belleth's and the Far Isles' definitive settlements on Tremont and Sairland respectively were peacefully concludedi n the Treaty of Ilhovin).

No known woman anywhere in the world holds women's magic except Maeb. Most sophisticated folk, and many rural folk, don't believe Maeb holds any magic at all, but then, the Travelers go to some lengths to trick people into disbelief to protect her.

We rarely get glimpses of Nija, and so the extent of the Emperor's magic is unknown. It is assumed, since he controls much of a continent, that it is powerful.

Pedes's picture


and what is the explanation for that is...
but I cannot even emphasize enough how I dislike when women have no magic in fantasy. Still, you're a woman and the way the story is told I believe there is some deep reason for that here. :nerd:

MeiLin's picture

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but you'll have to wait until the end to see what it is. }:)

Kreyopresny's picture


I'm assuming that's all deeply tied up in the binding of teacher to the royal family, Temmin's possible liberation of him, and the Ennia's descent myth in the appendix. I'm worried though, you said the end... when you do reach this end will there be no more Tales of the Greater Kingdom? That'd be a sad day indeed.

Pedes's picture


I was hoping that is the case Biggrin

Amy's picture


Both way to easy & way to hard for the answer to be that Temmin has to order Teacher to give women power. So I'm guessing that will not be the actual solution to the full situation.

Although if that does turn out to be the action needed reading about the fall out should prove very interesting indeed.

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