History Discworld / SmallGods

9th Oct '16 6:26:31 AM Aquila89
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** Om's first follower was a shepherd, looking for a lost sheep. It's said of him that he "had a hundred sheep, and it might have been surprising that he was prepared to spend days searching for one sheep; in fact, it was because he was the kind of man prepared to spend days looking for a lost sheep that he had a hundred sheep." This is a reference to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Lost_Sheep Parable of the Lost Sheep]] from the New Testament: "If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?"
5th Oct '16 4:19:55 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* OddJobGods: Om mentions he knows a goddess of lettuce. He actually praises her ingenuity; it's such a specific niche that she'll never be all that powerful, but it also means nobody cares enough to challenge her for it and she can fit herself into the mythology of whatever major god is dominant at the moment as a lessor spirit.
8th Sep '16 9:41:18 PM Micah
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* BedtimeBrainwashing: A king wants to become learned without actually taking the time to read anything, so Didactylos suggests having slaves whisper bits of knowledge in his ear while he sleeps.
-->"Did that work?" \\
"Don't know. The third slave stuck a six-inch dagger in his ear. Then after the revolution the new ruler let me out of prison and said I could leave the country if I promised not to think of anything on the way to the border. But I don't believe there was anything wrong with the idea in principle."
6th Sep '16 7:06:41 AM MisterApple
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** "In a hundred years we'll all be dead, but here and now we are alive" becomes the cornerstone of Brutha's phylosophy.

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** "In a hundred years we'll all be dead, but here and now we are alive" becomes the cornerstone of Brutha's phylosophy.philosophy.
13th Aug '16 6:00:17 PM nombretomado
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* DarkerAndEdgier: There's plenty of humour here but the jokes don't come as thick and fast as they do in earlier {{Discworld}} books. That's because the narrative deals with subjects like torture and religious intolerance that weren't easily laughed off on publication in 1992 any more than they are today. Vorbis is the first Discworld character to be really terrifying. Small Gods marks the beginning of a different tone in the Discworld series, one with more social commentary.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: There's plenty of humour here but the jokes don't come as thick and fast as they do in earlier {{Discworld}} Literature/{{Discworld}} books. That's because the narrative deals with subjects like torture and religious intolerance that weren't easily laughed off on publication in 1992 any more than they are today. Vorbis is the first Discworld character to be really terrifying. Small Gods marks the beginning of a different tone in the Discworld series, one with more social commentary.
6th Aug '16 10:29:51 AM Aquila89
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* TheOnlyBeliever: As mentioned earlier, people believe in the structure of the Church and its rules, not the god they actually worship. They have feelings like vague hopes and fears about Om, but no belief. The only exception is Brutha, whole believes in Om in the sort of simple, wholehearted way that a young child believes in something that their parents tell them is true.

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* TheOnlyBeliever: As mentioned earlier, people believe in the structure of the Church and its rules, not the god they actually worship. They have feelings like vague hopes and fears about Om, but no belief. The only exception is Brutha, whole who believes in Om in the sort of simple, wholehearted way that a young child believes in something that their parents tell them is true.
6th Aug '16 10:25:16 AM Aquila89
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* PunchClockVillain[=/=]JustDoingMyJob - [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:

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* PunchClockVillain[=/=]JustDoingMyJob - [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:Lampshaded]], when describing the torturers of the Exquisition.
6th Aug '16 10:23:57 AM Aquila89
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** {{Inverted}} with the Omnian church, who keep insisting the flat world is round.

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** {{Inverted}} with the Omnian church, who keep insisting the flat world is round. Vorbis proclaims that even if someone traveled to the edge of the world and looked over, it doesn't matter: "Truth lies within, not without. In the words of the Great God Om, as delivered through his chosen prophets. Our eyes may deceive us, but our God never will."
3rd Aug '16 8:35:40 PM TheWanderer
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Omnia is a theocratic empire, somewhere between Khomeini's Iran and Inquisition-era Spain. Ruled by the Cenobiarch and his [[ChurchMilitant church military]], the religion of Omnianism - the worship of the Great God ("holy horns") Om - dominates all aspects of life. At the bottom of the pecking order is the young novice Brutha, big and slow yet able to [[PhotographicMemory recite scripture on command]]. He finds a tortoise, dropped by an eagle in an unsuccessful attempt to smash its shell. A ''talking'' tortoise. It claims to be Om himself, reduced to this pitiful state due to Discworld's gods [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly needing belief to survive]], and everyone in Omnia (save the simple-minded Brutha) obeys and fears the structure of the church rather than Om himself.

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Omnia is a theocratic empire, somewhere between Khomeini's Iran and Inquisition-era Spain. Ruled by the Cenobiarch and his [[ChurchMilitant church military]], the religion of Omnianism - the worship of the Great God ("holy horns") Om - dominates all aspects of life. At the bottom of the pecking order is the young novice Brutha, big and slow yet able to [[PhotographicMemory recite scripture on command]]. He finds a tortoise, dropped by an eagle in an unsuccessful attempt to smash its shell. A ''talking'' tortoise. It claims to be Om himself, reduced to this pitiful state due to Discworld's gods [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly needing belief to survive]], and everyone in Omnia (save ([[TheOnlyBeliever save the simple-minded Brutha) Brutha]]) obeys and fears the structure of the church rather than Om himself.


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* TheOnlyBeliever: As mentioned earlier, people believe in the structure of the Church and its rules, not the god they actually worship. They have feelings like vague hopes and fears about Om, but no belief. The only exception is Brutha, whole believes in Om in the sort of simple, wholehearted way that a young child believes in something that their parents tell them is true.
3rd Aug '16 2:01:24 PM morenohijazo
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* IncrediblyInconvenientDeity: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], where the Great God Om lacks the power to do things in a way that would be at all convenient for TheChosenOne, Brutha, because GodsNeedPrayerBadly and it's gotten to the point where Brutha is the ''only'' one who actually believes in him.
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