monalux asked: DAMMIT LAPTOP STOP DISCONNECTING FROM THE INTERWEBS!!! *Ahem* So...tell me about the faith of your characters. (I have tried asking this three times now stupid laptop)
Haha, glad you got it through! Faith is one of those things I’ve never really thought too much about for my characters, partially because my knowledge of the TES gods is somewhat basic and partially because my understanding of “faith” can include several factors, including general spirituality, deity worship, belief in fate, and so on. So, I’m kinda just hoping I answer your intended question somewhere in the ensuing mess. XD
* Raena believes in the Eight, but doesn’t typically follow or seek the blessings of any of them, preferring to do things under her own power. She has a particular respect for Mara, who her mother was a follower of, and while she doesn’t always adhere exactly to Her teachings, generally considers them guidelines to live by. Rae does believe in fate to a certain extent, feeling that people are born into the world for a purpose; but, she also believes that it’s ultimately up to that person to decide exactly what that purpose is and how to achieve it. She’s initially hesitant towards Daedra, but not inherently negative towards Daedra. She becomes increasingly distrusting of them over time.
She doesn’t really have an opinion on the Eight/Nine Divines debate, which is a good chunk of why she prefers to stay out of the Civil War as much as possible. She doesn’t consider it her battle to be fought or won. She does lean more towards the concept of the Eight, however, finding comfort in the idea that Talos was a great man and hero, an example of just how great humanity can become of their own accord (and possibly a little push by the gods).
* Thales believes in the Nine, though she doesn’t directly follow any of their teachings. She does pray and seek blessings, often in the hopes of good harvest or well-won battles. She doesn’t think much of Daedra or the ones who worship them, but is willing to work with the “good” among them if it benefits her. She strongly disbelieves in predetermination, feeling the only assured thing in life is a person’s birth and a person’s death and everything in-between that is up to them, for the better or for the worse.
* Avresa doesn’t outwardly worship any of the Divines outside of Arkay, but she has a certain respect for Zenithar as well. She doesn’t see Daedra as either good or evil, just a sort of power; something that can be used to help or hinder, depending on the intent and abilities of the person wielding it. Avresa does believe in fate and the idea that each person has a role they’re destined to play, but doesn’t pretend to understand where the boundaries between free will and fate lie. She prefers leaving questions like that up to poets and philosophers and focusing instead on the more immediate issues in front of her.
… it occurs to me that covering every single one of my characters from this point on will probably take days, so I’m kinda just gonna leave it at the current ‘main group’ for the time being. XD
I didn’t realize you could have an opinion on Talos not being an Aedra/Divine? It was pretty cut-and-dry back in TESIV. Hell, it was pretty obvious back in TESIII that he was a Divine. Let alone having it spelled out for you in bold print back in TESIV.
I’m not even sure I want to kill my brain cells by RPing a character that actually believed Talos isn’t an Aedra. If you are going to RP a character’s faith, please take the time to read the metric shit-tonnes of books in TESV on the matter. Or at the very least, lurk on one of the two major TES wikis. There are no good or bad Aedra and Daedra. Each one is neutrally aligned. Each one is self-serving to some degree and largely don’t give a rat’s ass about mortals (contrary to what you may or may not think about entities such as Mara or Kyne, they very rarely do anything on behalf of mortals to improve their lot. Even Kyne has been guilty of this on more than one occasion especially concerning the “questionable” nature of Dragonborn). About the only “decent” ones amongst them are Magnus (Aedra) and Lorkhan (Daedra). Since they actually cared enough to create mortal life and the plane of Mundus. Though it got Magnus banhammered and Lorkhan dismembered (though technically his Spirit lives on in the embodiment of each of the player characters/legendary heroes of Tamrielic lore; from Pelinal to the Last Dragonborn).