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26th Apr '14 12:09:09 PM SilverDragon
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...which was built by English-speaking humans, sorcery is {{Magitek}}, and Ethshar gods are AIs.

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...which was built by English-speaking humans, sorcery is {{Magitek}}, {{Magitek}} based on their technology, and Ethshar gods are AIs.
22nd Aug '13 5:00:50 AM Erpegis
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As for Ethshar gods being AIs, that's just a guess, but I remember the author saying that they ''have to'' respond if called upon in the correct way.

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As for Ethshar gods being AIs, that's just a guess, but I remember the author saying that they ''have to'' respond if called upon in the correct way.way.

That can be confirmed or Jossed by a short story when a theurgist accidently summons a god from another world - namely, Santa Claus from Earth.
16th Feb '13 10:57:06 PM Xtifr
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[[AC:Main/TheLegendsOfEthshar]]

[[WMG: Ethshar is an artificial world...]]
...which was built by English-speaking humans, sorcery is {{Magitek}}, and Ethshar gods are AIs.

What do we know about sorcery?

1) It uses devices ("talismans").

2) Its terms and commands are garbled English words (''yz'raksis nyuyz'r'' = ''user access: new user'', for example).

3) The World uses a life-support system, which converts poisonous gases into breathable air. This system is a huge sorcerous talisman.

So, it looks quite possible that English-speaking humans created the World with technology, and later the inhabitants learned to manipulate this technology a bit - which is the art of sorcery.
As for Ethshar gods being AIs, that's just a guess, but I remember the author saying that they ''have to'' respond if called upon in the correct way.
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