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Old 09-26-2014, 10:40 AM   #41
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Among his other areas of patronage, St. Nicholas has been called the Patron Saint of Thieves, by virtue (if one can call it that) of his skill in getting into other people's houses.

Not exactly thievery, but you could make use of this guy:

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Lycus: This I swear by the great Necrophytes, god of pimps, panderers and go-betweens.

[Exits scene, returns]

Lycus: A new god, but a very hard worker.

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Old 09-26-2014, 10:50 AM   #42
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Travelling singers and storytellers were extremely popular. Keep in mind, back in the medieval period there was no television, no radio, no cinemas, no books or pulp magazines. Entertainment was mindbogglingly scarce.
Not in Sweden they weren't. Our laws speak of a time when killing a traveling singer/storyteller (lekare) wasn't punished at all. Nor was assault - there was a series of obviously impossible tasks to do to get recompense.

Entertainers in Sweden were despised - welcomed, as long as they remained separate from the honest villagers - but despised.
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:14 AM   #43
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As to the business of travelling bards - might we be confusing the Bard (medieval balladeer) and the Bard (iron age Celtic) ... who was at least partially religious in character?
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:36 AM   #44
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Yeah, sorry, that was a tangent.

In the absence of actual deities, I would expect that this would be one of the more honest churches - after all, the flock knows all the tricks of the trade.
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:40 AM   #45
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Yeah, sorry, that was a tangent.

In the absence of actual deities, I would expect that this would be one of the more honest churches - after all, the flock knows all the tricks of the trade.
I'd say it was a fair interjection given that we've already brought up bards as part of a hypothetical cult ... "bardic immunity" tends to get rolled out in fRPGs without people realising that it was a pre-medieval thing and the nearest medieval equivalents were fools (for playing devil's advocate and other "backwards" roles) and heralds (for the messengers and go-betweens) and that being a wandering minstrel wasn't a priviledged role.
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:59 AM   #46
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Weren't the Roman crossroad cults more or less dens of sin and inequity? You pay homage to the gods of your "turf" and live off of the people who live in the area. Since the turf zones are divinely ordained, ou have an excuse to avoid turf wars, which benefits all the thieves.
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:24 PM   #47
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Don't worry I ask on this thread because I know nothing about history and everyone here seems to have esoteric knowledge about a lot of obscure things.
Hive mind effect at work.
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Something I like to joke to friends that on this forum their actual rocket scientist debating the gurps rules on rocket physics
We do have a physicist specialising in LASERs and lizards improving rules regarding beam weapons and animals . . .
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:35 PM   #48
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do[/i] have a physicist specialising in LASERs and lizards ....
Lizards were a subject of so many physics questions lol?

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Old 09-26-2014, 12:47 PM   #49
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Did not Lizards were a subject of so many physics questions lol
If they're seven-foot shapechanging lizards from the fifth dimension, yes.
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As to the business of travelling bards - might we be confusing the Bard (medieval balladeer) and the Bard (iron age Celtic) ... who was at least partially religious in character?
Not just iron age. The last great age of the gaelic bardic poets was in the 16th century. Several people had the title (and duties) of ollamh in Ireland up through the nine years war, and it persisted for almost another century in the Scottish Highlands (but was starved without the influx of school trained Irish poets), finally fading completely in the 18th century (after the scouring of the Highlands).
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