Not sure who got the short stick of the original trio…
That’s easy, Humphrey.
Oz became a King and had epic adventures,
Hilda is a goddess,
Humph is still stuck with Maga,
Rocket science this aint.
I dunno, that sort of assumes Kings and Goddesses have it all rose wine and incense. Oz eventually lost to the Dragon and wasn’t *actually* running anything, and Hilda doesn’t really seem like herself anymore, and definitely doesn’t seem entirely okay with that. Plus she ended up here so…
Not assuming anything of the sort, just going on what we’ve seen. But, I can’t think of any hardship either a King or Goddess would face that’s worse than Maganata Draco Mendax at this point, I’d be contemplating self harm just to spite her right now.
Hey, I don’t know what version of the story you read, but I heard that Oz beat that Dragon. He just couldn’t kill it.
As I recall Oz killed the dragon but died in the process, hence the “It was a tie” comment he made. The Dragon will be/has been reborn though, just remember Oz’s little jaunt as King happened 1000 years prior to this point in the story
This chapter should be called “Of Ghosts and Gods”.
What happens when they succeed, defeat the dragon, and undo the damage to the spheres? Will Ulfhildr go back to being Hilda, or will both dreams continue as they were ‘before’? Is she a goddess only in this Sphere? Is Hilda really most sincerely dead and Ulfhildr the only aspect that remains?
Come to think of it, when was the last time we saw Hilda? I don’t actually remember.
The last time we’d seen Oz or Hilda was just before the demon-monkey-geddon kablooey in the second sphere – afterward, Humphrey was the only swordsman left in the group (when that world had shifted to the Confederate States of Native America). Thats when techno-mage Jill joined the group stated that part of their cover story was trying to find their missing companions.
Hilda got an armour upgrade
Why does Ulfhildr need a declaration of belief? Seriously? What makes it necessary in order for her healing power to work on the party?
(And where asking a question aloud tends to get your thoughts rolling…)
Did Hephasta, a goddess herself, need a similar declaration of faith to do her thing? We see her walking around and interacting with mortals on a very mortal, normal level herself…
Conjecture: What if, in order for her to work her divine power, she needs a mortal channel? A cleric perhaps? Is that what the Hephasta we’re looking at actually is? Or is what Ulfhildr really asking for an *avatar*? Does she need a mortal, physical flesh-and-blood-and-bone body to inhabit? Is that why Hephasta acts as if she herself *is* a goddess and not merely a worshiping servant?
Ulfhildr is asking one of the questions involved in ordaining clergy. She’s asking Jen to become a priestess.
My point being that Hephast doesn’t seem to need a priest or priestess herself…
Although, one of our party’s captors could conceivable be her cleric.
Hephast isn’t doing any healing though. The best she could manage was ‘die slower’. They need a mortal priestess to actually do the healing, as was spelled out in the last couple updates.
Well, with gods and goddesses, a verbal agreement is BETTER than a contract, but it’s still in the same area. There’s a form and a procedure, and *actually saying the words* when making an agreement is as fundamental as the trust that both parties will fulfill their respective sides of the bargain.
We’re talking more basic and older stuff than even The Old Magic.
Will Jen have to denounce the first Ann Droid Church of Wozniak first? 8)
Wings! I can fly, dude.
You _do_ recognize that emblem, right?
Huh. Wings, armor, and over a foot of height, with hair to match. Not a bad upgrade.
Only problem I can see is if any of the (still human) agents are religious. Muslims, Jews, and Christians do have a bit of a non-competition clause in their contracts.
Called it! Well sort of, I guess…
Bonus points for the Butterfly/Man reference though.
It socially awkward situation, it’s often helpful to ask what would Miss Manners advise?
The priority would seem to be the healing of the deathly wounded teammates, so a large amount of less-than-sincere wordplay would be in order. However, if sincere belief is required .. and faking that is probably impossible, given the …intimate… relationship between god and priestess, the question may not be whether the lady is willing so much as whether she is able. After all, she previously dedicated to the rational use of magic, which may be hard to square with worship.
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