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  1. So many of us called it! And an excellent choice at that. ♥♥

    • 3Xp4t

      Well, it’s not so much that it wasn’t a possibility. I wouldn’t have bet on it because I thought it was a somewhat silly plot mechanism. It’s harmless enough and a good chuckle, but I was sort of hoping JED wold pull something else out of his hat. Perhaps a priest with a slightly rebellious, open-minded and reform-minded outlook on spirituality. I was thinking in terms of someone who might be more of an ally rather than Laemul being surrounded entirely by enemies.

      We’ve been assuming the worst of the entire Faith. I guess I was hoping to see a bit of a chink in their intransigence and bigotry, something redeeming that might portend a turn away from the dogmatic toward the spiritual. The way the story is headed, it would have given a bit more hope from one quarter ….

      Anyway. Just because he’s blind doesn’t mean he’s deaf. Some interesting details to play out for this plan to survive contact with the enemy yet. What marriage ceremony is performed with the priest not touching and talking with couple?

      We also don’t know just how serious the Faith is regarding giants, either pro or con. A lot has been assumed, based upon extrapolated data from the story. If the Faith does have very strong policy and dogma regarding giants, Laemul has some answering to do to his own soul for such a deception.

      Im’a sit back and warch it all unfold at this point.

      • TMI Fairy

        Maybe the leper focused blind priest will be told that the young couple are “very tall”?

      • jd.

        For what it’s worth, I would very much like to get evidence that the Church is not just made up of Macons, Macon-wannabes and Brother Laemul. (Come to think of it, Brother Laemul is a pretty smart, open-minded fellow. If he has seen it fit to subject himself to the rule of the Church, it has to have its good points. If he was merely looking for a way to restrain himself, he could simply go to Erogenia.)

    • Elihias

      I don’t mind that I didn’t call it… but I will quietly burst if Jed does
      not explain ‘Knocks’… I must have been a cat in a previous life…
      I simply have to know these things…

      Eli…

      • Tom Billings

        “Knocks” is a informal way of making a promise, in return for an action. Count Tethik used the phrase in making his promises to secure the trip from Normos to Dell of the family of the young man poisoned in his quarters at the castle in Normos.

  2. TMI Fairy

    Thumbs up to all the witty people who guessed :)
    (I didn’t).
    The Romeo and Juliet reference is sweet :D

    • jd.

      I didn’t guess either, and did not get the Romeo and Juliet reference. Silly me.

      I did get the Princess Bride quote, so I can avoid writing myself off as a total loss.

      Also, I already love this new old priest.

  3. ICWT

    Even though he has the Peter Cook part, for some reason I’m hearing Miracle Max’s voice.

    Happy Fourth to all the Brethren, though those of you who are members of TGA (The Gay Agenda) are napping on the job. One week later and my marriage isn’t feeling threatened. Oh, you’re probably having brunch and making vicious plans to strike without warning. No one expects the Gay Inquisition! Their Two Chief Weapons are tasteful timing and and an army of militant Unicorns. Yes, I know that’s actually two, see how subversive they are?

    • Salisria

      Yea, it looks like advocates of SSM (super-sized marriage) are getting their way.

    • Sorry, The Gay Agenda advocate types are busy planning weddings. (Only so many wedding planner companies to go around, so many florists, so many cake bakers, etc, etc, etc.) Those not working on weddings (or putting them off until facilities, etc, become available) are busy working on phases 2 and 3 of our Secret LGITBAQ (or QILTBAG) Agenda: 2. Secure a bunch of other human equality rights (we’ve scored a victory, yay for everyone, but there are still several issues in need of addressing, and 3. Live As Happily Ever After As The Rest Of The World Can.

      (Yes, I count myself among them. I’m bisexual. No, I am not a unicorn; I actually do exist. No, I am not confused; I actually do know my own sexual preferences, than you. No, dating a guy does not make me het, nor does dating a girl make me a lesbian, just as liking barbecue doesn’t make you a Texan, nor does liking clam chowdah make you a Bostonian. Yes, I am tired of my choices being questioned or treated with disbelief or disdain or distrust. Yes, I expect my preferences to be discussed / treated with respect. Don’t you?)

      • Squire James

        How about indifference? Wait, you believe unicorns do not exist? What kind of idiot are you?

        • 3Xp4t

          Now, now. We are tolerant of ALL beliefs around here. Even the ones not based entirely in reality.

          • Reservist

            True that, good sir knight.
            Love and tolerance. :-)

      • ICWT

        Nope, Jean. YOU need to be writing. Iä doesn’t have enough problems yet. Though the metaphor was a little strained when you made her pull the bus.

        • That wasn’t a metaphor. That was a bus. And she was an idiot. A too-tired-to-think idiot.

          …What? Just because she’s my creation doesn’t mean she’s perfect!

          • Calisto

            hey Jean,

            I think it’s funny how you try to deny being a unicorn. Anyone can see the photo of you on your website has been photoshopped to remove the horn and pink ribbon. Don’t worry your secret is safe with us. :)

    • Reservist

      Army of militant unicorns? Sounds like a part of the Equestrian Armed Forces. I like it. :-)

  4. Ice Raven

    Called it ! :D

  5. Elihias

    Try this exercise: Stand your tallest friend next to your shortest friend. Close your eyes,
    and listen to them talking… The human brain can estimate height from the position of
    another persons voice. And whilst our unnamed father is old, he is not in his dotage.

    He will probably be quickly aware of who he is marrying.The fact he has a soft spot for
    Brother L means he will probably keep quiet his knowledge of the situation. So… all the
    poppy juice you want, Father, just say when…

    Eli…

    • Just_IDD

      Maybe if they lay on their stomachs that should get their mouths down close to where their mouth would be if they were normalized. I don’t know how they do it in Kivalian terms but if there’s a ring he’s going to find out when they hand them to him to bless. The other thing I was going to mention was when Lamul was giving their ages, If he had just been giving numbers it would be their heights:)

  6. Calisto

    If there are points to be had, I called it!

    Not that there isn’t enough to go around and who’s counting really but still… :)

  7. hwyla

    I’ll give the father points if he nonchalantly turns to Laemul after the ceremony and asks him why he didn’t just tell him they were giants. I agree that he will know based on where the voices are coming from — even if they are on their knees.

  8. jd.

    There is also the sound of their voices, I cannot speak out of experience but my guess is that larger ribcages mean stronger voices.

    I think brother Laemul is bringing this priest in because 1) he knows him to be open-minded and 2) if word gets to the wrong parties the blind priest can pretty safely deny knowing that he was marrying giants together.

    This last notion makes me think that most churches keep records of baptisms, weddings, burials an such. How about here? Is the wedding still valid without what little paperwork may be needed by the Church?

    • Calisto

      Personally I would think paper would be considered too valuable to use for such mundane record keeping, i mean everyone would know who was married in a village of 600 people. Why write that down?
      Paper takes a lot of effort to produce by hand, all that work to write down information that is common knowledge (at the time), I don’t see it.

      • jd.

        Interesting point. That being said, printing could never have taken off as it did if it had not had enough paper to support it, so I assume that by 1450 there was a way to produce paper easily.

        Also, I would think that record keeping is one of the main reasons paper was developed. Think of the parable of the unjust steward; its very point relies on (falsified) record keeping. So while you provided appreciated food for thought, I stand by my thoughts for now.

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