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jason taylor 09-26-2016 07:43 PM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
Space traditionalists are not always doofuses to be herded around by enlightened people from other planets(I'm talking to you, Cordelia Vorkosigan!).

RyanW 09-26-2016 08:12 PM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
A fantasy character who is pious, but who isn't a priest, holy warrior, or divine chosen one.

Flyndaran 09-26-2016 08:53 PM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
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Originally Posted by RyanW (Post 2043855)
A fantasy character who is pious, but who isn't a priest, holy warrior, or divine chosen one.

Except that settings with verifiable gods and powers given by them, one has to wonder why your devout character isn't worthy of any.

RyanW 09-26-2016 09:07 PM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
Also: A fantasy setting without verifiable gods or undeniably divine powers. :)

Sorry. My personal fantasy setting has become so engrained in my head that I sometimes forget what does and doesn't match the mainstream space-trope continuum.

David Johnston2 09-26-2016 09:31 PM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
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Originally Posted by RyanW (Post 2043855)
A fantasy character who is pious, but who isn't a priest, holy warrior, or divine chosen one.

A science fiction character who is pious.

RyanW 09-26-2016 09:40 PM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
A god of death that is more psychopomp than psychopath.

Flyndaran 09-26-2016 11:19 PM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
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Originally Posted by David Johnston2 (Post 2043868)
A science fiction character who is pious.

Commander Sisko isn't enough for you? ;)
I may not like religion, but it is odd just how few otherwise rational people are religious in hard science fiction settings. Advanced technology and cultural shift seem to reduce its prevalence, but complete elimination seems horribly far fetched without genetic modification.

Flyndaran 09-26-2016 11:21 PM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
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Originally Posted by RyanW (Post 2043872)
A god of death that is more psychopomp than psychopath.

The D&D god of death in the setting for the Neverwinter game is kind wanting peaceful order as well as hating all forms of undead.
But whether the god of death, is good, bad or indifferent really depends on over all mythology and reason for death. I don't find it irrational to see inevitable death as bad nearly every time.

Johan Larson 09-27-2016 02:45 AM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
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Originally Posted by RyanW (Post 2043872)
A god of death that is more psychopomp than psychopath.

Psychopomp, huh? Now that's a word that really does not mean what it sounds like, at least to those of us who don't speak ancient Greek.

Hello little word. Come play with your friends "nacreous" and "restive".

quarkstomper 09-27-2016 06:28 AM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
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Originally Posted by RyanW (Post 2043872)
A god of death that is more psychopomp than psychopath.

Well, both Neil Gaiman's perky goth gal Death and Terry Pratchett's dryly sarcastic skeletal Death act more as conductors facilitating the transition between Life and Death than as predators precipitating that transition.


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