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Do Lhankor Mhy and Irrippi Ontor cultist burn important scrolls and books as offerings to their gods?

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5 minutes ago, EricW said:

Lhankor Mhy is a Lightbringer, so I could imagine scholars burning books tainted by chaos, such as a book of Atyar knowledge consuming skill, or a book which teaches mastery of the lunar magic system. To study such a thing would be to risk your sanity.

Which only means that such knowledge will be preserved in the Restricted sections of the library (and it should be fairly easy to re-theme that other Knizia boardgame for Chaosium to be set in a Sairdite LM/IO library in Mirin's Cross, or Tarshite near the Reaching Moon Temple east of Furthest).

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On 1/30/2019 at 6:56 PM, Roko Joko said:

About burning a whole library, it might not work if you do it impiously.

There's a story here - the old Lhankor Mhy sage who goes crazy and joins the Trickster Firebug cult, and dedicates the rest of his life to burning libraries.

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12 minutes ago, PhilHibbs said:

There's a story here - the old Lhankor Mhy sage who goes crazy and joins the Trickster Firebug cult, and dedicates the rest of his life to burning libraries.

Now we know why Cults of Prax era LM had all those forensic detective spells.

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On 1/31/2019 at 8:42 AM, Garry said:

I wonder if there is a tradition, that allows for the creation of knowledge scribed onto clay tablets, which when 'burnt' bakes the tablet into a ceramic, thus fixing the knowledge onto the tablet 'permanently'?

There's a tiny museum in Beijing full of pottery calligraphy.

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5 hours ago, EricW said:

Lhankor Mhy is a Lightbringer, so I could imagine scholars burning books tainted by chaos, such as a book of Atyar knowledge consuming skill, or a book which teaches mastery of the lunar magic system. To study such a thing would be to risk your sanity.

Well yes, that's technically lightbringing.

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15 hours ago, Joerg said:

Which only means that such knowledge will be preserved in the Restricted sections of the library (and it should be fairly easy to re-theme that other Knizia boardgame for Chaosium to be set in a Sairdite LM/IO library in Mirin's Cross, or Tarshite near the Reaching Moon Temple east of Furthest).

Maybe - but it would be like reading Cthulhu Mythos books.

A sage might skim the book to gain some insight into stopping some horrible plot, but what if the book caused illumination and mastery of a chaos skill? 

Even if the sage’s intentions were good, the temptation to use that awful knowledge might become too great, if the situation was desperate.

Take the legend of Arkat stealing Zabur’s blue book, so he could bring sorcery to the trolls. The legend glosses over exactly how Arkat mastered the contents of the book so quickly, or what happened to the book afterwards. Let’s just assume Arkat succeeded because he was a hero.

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4 hours ago, EricW said:

Maybe - but it would be like reading Cthulhu Mythos books.

A sage might skim the book to gain some insight into stopping some horrible plot, but what if the book caused illumination and mastery of a chaos skill? 

Even if the sage’s intentions were good, the temptation to use that awful knowledge might become too great, if the situation was desperate.

...

All true, but I thought always using the Alien Combination Machine is a way to avoid all these unwanted consequences ...

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