Choice of Rebels: Uprising — Lead the revolt against a bloodthirsty empire!

@Havenstone will it be possible to try to convert your followers to kenon again in a future book?

Depends on the platform

Very carefully. There’s a lot of it. :wink:

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I think during the winter when speaking with the Captain and Radmar he admitted not knowing what it costs to feed people, lead, inspire etc. And when he was the MC’s age all he could think of was killing. Elery is a natural complement to Zvad’s experience, she has that cautious, tactical mindframe and can bounce ideas and plans off Zvad and his experience.

Oh man that was heart wrenching. Even the people watching seemed taken aback/upset on the Captain’s behalf. And my Captain broke down when he found out his father died whilst the Captain brought a tunnel down on a Plektoi.

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So…you can’t create mass anarchy and then use fear of it as your own tool to solidify power and eliminate your fellow rebels (and possible rivals for power)?

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Yeah, that’s a big problem for my mc too, as he absolutely needs to break the system, and frankly I think any ex-helot who doesn’t want to be reduced to a serf or sharecropper at best under any new regime would need to do the same.

Also managed to win the fight and keep everybody important alive today, turns out I need to burn all those poor trees. :cry:
But they are martyrs for the cause and will be fondly remembered. :deciduous_tree: :evergreen_tree:
Once we have prisoners of war we’ll make them plant new saplings.

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Well, the problem with breaking the system is that you’d also be purging the people who know how to run it. You’d not only have to replace the Phalangites (who are majority-aristocracy) with a new army and build your Theurgic power from the ground up (Havenstone already made very clear that winning without developing some magical capacity is flatly impossible) but you’d have to replace the existing administration of the Hegemony in toto. In short, you plan to govern the Hegemony exclusively using people with little education or knowledge of governance.

There are the merchants, at least for now my mc and his rebellion seem to get on well-enough with them. They can probably also fill the administrative posts that really need specialized knowledge that cannot be taught within a couple of weeks.
The caste based religious nightmare theocracy of the Hegemony really needs to end in order to give my mc and former the chance of every being anything else than slaves or blood-cattle or in the best case near-slave serfs or sharecroppers.

On the other hand the problem with not breaking it is that (former) helots will never have a place in the halls of power, apart from scrubbing the floors. My mc is doing this to free the helots, including himself and he never wants to go back to being a slave or servant ever again.

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RE: Breden…when you can practically smell the traitor on him but you still want the d so you choose to play through as the most oblivious, trusting MC imaginable

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Absolutely know the feeling. :frowning_face:

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Contrariwise, my MC is proceeding on the idea that most helots don’t really want a revolution. What they want is safety, a full belly and to not be tossed in the Harrower or forced into breeding (as Zebed’s heretical doctrine preached).

At the end of the day, Alya’s sure that there’ll still be those who rule and those who serve. Elevating some helots to the aristocracy (like Elery) won’t change the fact that there will still be rulers, and even if you liquidated the entire upper class, you’ll still have former helots and merchants turning into aristocrats - they’ll just be worse at ruling because, by and large, their telos wasn’t shaped for it.

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My MC is pretty much the same, though he does hope that more widespread religious education will give some helots upward mobility too (as priests, and through the grace of their protector, Prophet, and Eclect). Physical and spiritual comfort is what they need.

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I think that is pretty well the main line of the “faith” by now.

And the moment they have that people, especially the more talented, will want more then to be poor farmers. In the caste system even with some serious reforms. Reforms that you most likely can’t implement without splitting the faith anyway, Eclect or no, will only allow for the first three layers on Maslow’s pyramid to be satisfied for (former) helots.
Possibly not even the third if you want to keep luxury spending at current levels and the wards up, because you still need them as blood-cattle.

In any case, even supposing you can find a way you no longer need to use helots as blood-cattle all caste system’s are designed to deny their lower castes most of the opportunities at aspiring to any sort of esteem or self-actualization.
For my mc as well as our more prominent followers that is an absolutely unacceptable state of affairs.
As I’ve said before my mc is not fighting for a mere regime change and a slightly better deal on the physical conditions of his enslavement and that of his peers.

In any case as long as the caste system remain intact helots can’t have any of those things

This is pretty much exactly what caste systems, and the Hegemony’s is one of the most brutal examples, are exactly designed to prevent. In order to have that you’d need to break the caste system anyway.

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No caste system is absolute, especially when every ideological underpinning for it comes crashing down. An army who’s primary contingent is helots (blessed with divine providence) toppling the old nobility makes the idea of the caste and Karagond telos absurd. The fundamental operation and construction of society isn’t on caste, though, but class: something much harder to change.

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It never did on the Indian subcontinent for the Hindu caste system. Which is a big part of why I think that the caste system really needs more to be broken then and a simple regime change won’t be nearly enough to accomplish that. Hindu Kingdoms and Empires have risen and fallen but the caste system has stayed largely intact all that time. Besides Karagond is a theocracy, which means the nightmare religion must be weakened and preferably be allowed to split and schism in order to get the current caste system de-legitimized and out of the way.

Sure, but you can have really hard, immutable class borders that are nearly impossible to cross or you can have softer ones and a society where merit, talent, ability and sometimes sheer luck can allow people to rise. For that to be possible people need to fundamentally be seen as people, not as untouchables, blood-cattle or untermenschen. This is not something that is currently possible in the Hegemony’s theocratic nightmare as both the state and far more so the religion will never allow it.

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Yes, but not without exception. The most reliable way to beat it was conquest, as in the case of certain tribal leaders turned kings and nobles. The helots can gain a measure of equality (as humans, if not materially) the same way: victory over the Hegemony, with the blessings of the Angels. Victory in war and control of the Xthonic means the Hegemony’s caste system can be radically altered or even displaced entirely.

This is the goal, though. You primarily need one thing to be a priest: an education, and with the sponsorship of a ruling Eclect, promising helots can get it. Seizing the Xthonic faith doesn’t mean leaving it exactly the same, but does give you the ability to alter and tweak it for the betterment of society.

The Angels are telling my MC that it’s a heresy. Therefore, it’s a heresy, to be purged with fire and Harrowers.

Already did that. I think I’ve mentioned that the current Karagond priesthood and their Canon is gonna go.

With that said, first, most helots are still going to have most of their day taken up with hard labor as before, so they’ll have (in exchange for sustenance and safety) as little time to plot for how they’re going to climb the ladder as possible.

The other thing a good caste system has is a limited amount of mobility. Promote a few helots to the aristocracy and that doesn’t damage the system as a whole. Maintaining the caste system in its full rigidity was never my objective - Elery, for example, could be used as a shining example to all the other helots who are never going to be as noble as her, while manumission can be made a (theoretically) achievable goal. Escape valves are a good way to keep caste systems from becoming a pressure cooker.

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The problem is that my mc isn’t conquering Karagon and its Hegemony at the head of a horde of foreign tribes, but that he is instead a part of the indigenous blood-cattle class and the current nobles would rather subjugate themselves to foreign invaders, who are at the very least human, then their own sub-human blood-cattle class/caste.

Are not needed to conquer the Hegemony. Pretending otherwise risks rendering you a puppet to the nightmare religion and for those in the lower castes that will never end well.

I disagree with the priest or eclect parts, yes education is needed the rest is not. There is already an undercurrent of anti-clericalism that can be built on to attract followers. The nightmare version of the religion propagated by the wordly, theocratic power of its current, unified Church absolutely needs to go the way of the Dodo. The best way to do that is by decapitating its current leadership and using its current highly corrupt centralisation against it. Deprive them of both public funding and the doctrinal unity their upper echelons provide, as well as outlawing the Karagond Codex and the the Xthonic faith will splinter under the former Diakons who will now for the first time have to be responsive to their flocks in order to make money to survive and will have to compete against each-other and the other and new religions allowed to enter the market.

Maintaining the caste system in any way, shape or form will never allow my mc to remain at the top. Besides it won’t be needed as my mc would rather base a new regime on (theoretical) popular legitimacy, rather than a supposed “divine” mandate from Xthonos or his merry band of abominations.
To poke holes in the system that are large enough to allow a former helot to go from the very bottom all the way to the top risks shattering the whole sorry shambles anyway. Particularly in the case of my mc since he refuses to play either the eclect game or the “lost nobility” one as both mean that from that point on you’d need to play the game by the rules of the priesthood and/or the aristocracy. We all know how my mc would absolutely abhor even the minimally required decadence to pretend to be a “noble” in the current system and by this point in the story his lack of faith and piety is already quite well known.

I’ve already said that I think this is a trap, the charismatic character won’t have much of an impact past their lifetime as the they’re likely to ultimately be too easily duped by the sheer volume of theology and doctine, while the high Int “eclect” will have the opposite problem. They may be able to devise a way to use the Church’s own theology against it to unravel the horrid system but won’t have the charisma or sheer weight of followers to then ram those reforms down the throat of the Church.
That ignores that helots, notwithstanding Linos, will never be accepted as “Eclect”.

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