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  • #16
    Originally posted by Ghosthead View Post
    Accelerator, reading my post back, realized that may have come across as sarcastic, not my intent at all, for context. Re; your problem there, I may not be thinking about this in the right light, but is that really a problem? That may be the ideal that the magic is pushing for, but Infernals work with what they can get?
    No no no, I got your gist across.

    It's that I want to put in consistency here. Or at least some making sense.

    I'm thinking of this. How about a society that is divided into 2 parts?

    One part is like the proles in 1984. It's pretty much mostly free. Minimal interference from SWLIHN charms. The most is that they have to pray to the Infernal and are led by people who are enhanced by VEE and training charms. Yes, they benefit from social programs and a bureaucracy enhanced by SWLIHN charms, and use resources called up by the mass social version of VEE. But as a whole, they are relatively untouched. The everyday person. Your bartender. The librarian. The street sweeper. The singer in the street. The ordinary statesman or the guy in the DMV. The fry cook. The health inspector. They may benefit from a power plant built in mere weeks using SWLIHN charms, but they are not the workers. Think of them more like the stereotypically friendly people in small towns or in the nearby apartment. People you can shoot the breeze with or walk along the beach. Charming country mouse, they say.

    The other parts is the one heavily struck by SWLIHN and Cecylene charms. Heavily influenced by the prosperity gospel and the cults of the normal world. All worship the Infernal, but here, it is even more pronounced. It is the center part of the bureauracy. The diamond core the nation is built on. Charms for obedience, cooperation, coordination, are built on. Entire teams, bureaus, departments, and groups have blessings planted upon them, for obedience, skill, and success. It is here that there is the most magic. Organizations run efficiently without corruption, humming along like a well oiled engine. Projects are completed in mere weeks when they should take years. Superhumanity is rife here, with people up to their eyeballs in VEE, SWLIHN traininig charms, specialized training programs, uplift drugs and biothaumaturgy. Worship is now a defining portion of their lives, and they now work, work, and work. The inhumanity is far more present here, often requiring people to cycle in and out to stay in contact with their families, most of all the work crews.

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    • #17
      The society is divided into 2 strata. There is the state. And there is the people. Generally if you are in the people, you tend to be relatively free. You can start up whatever small business you want. Do whatever lower level job. You are pretty much like the proles in 1984. A well run bureaucracy and infrastructure means that you have a perfectly acceptable quality of life. You of course, have to do the mandatory worship to give a Cult, and obey the other laws. You won't become something like a bigshot celebrity or a multibillionaire, but life can be good for you.

      If you're part of the State, then you're part of the overarching bureaucracy running the nation, the one that is hit by SWLIHN organization charms. The ones that helps enact her plans. High level CEOs do are in this organisation, altering the economy to fit her needs and her plans. Super-stars enhanced by VEE help entertain the population and keep a friendly face on the regime. Work gangs are enhanced by craft charms to build manses, demenses, massive warships in the span of weeks instead of months and years. The State is the bedrock by which the rest of society rests, the people within giving up a portion of their individuality and free will in exchange for social status and wealth.

      There are those who are called 'Voices'. Known as troubleshooters and fixers, these people are backed by SWLIHN and VEE uprades, making them individually quite formidable, often seen as heralds of the Infernal's will upon the real world, the hand by which she brings her divine plan onto the world itself.

      Generally the religious sentiment inside is that similar to that of the prosperity gospel and those people who talk about a 'divine plan'. The people are convinced that their benelovent goddess wishes to bring them prosperity, either by direct blessings or by leading them as a whole to glory and prosperity. The vast majority of them now have a future to look forward to, and have aspirations to. Though some of them are grumbling over what they see as 'stifling'.

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      • #18
        The fact that they used to be slaves meant that their culture was... worn down. Which means that when they finally lost the regulations that made them wear the same old mass manufactured suits, people began to... experiment.

        That is an understatement for the sheer change the people went through after figuring that there were no more regulations to bind them. People started by rearranging their work clothes, or face paintings, or undoing their buttons. Then more. Then more. As the Infernal trained up new entire armies of fashionistas and seamstresses and cultural enthusiasts from people who could barely read, more and more fashion and architectural styles appeared. The creation of the manse-computer network meant that people could now browse the cultures and lives of thousands of different ethnicities and worlds apart from them.

        This didn't just go to things like face paints and clothing. There was also art. Classic oil paintings that would fit in a western museum. Then minimalistic lines and streaks. And everything in between. Songs, poetry, dance... With each new trend, the infernal indulged her people, granting them knowledge and expertise for things without practical use.

        Even the Infernal was not immune to this, often going into a frenzy of construction and new architectural styles. Especially those from 'Earth'. One week she might construct a gothic cathedrals and high archway ceilings. The next she might build Mesoamerican pyramids. Brutalist architecture might sit right next to a castle that appeared to have sprung from a fairytale. Treetop gardens and buildings may be next to charming little cottages. Manors that would fit in medieval china situated right next to Byzantine architecture. Placed there with neither rhythm nor reason, protected from the elements by an army of workers and their own incredible construction. Arranged as if they were the collection of some mad god who collected architectural designs on a whim.

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