3 is fairly obviously connected to 3. Little need be said there.
81 is 9 * 9, which can also be expressed as 3 * 3 * 3 * 3.
729 is 81 * 9, which can also be expressed as 3 * 3 * 3 * 3 * 3 * 3.
This gives us a few gaps - 9 (3 * 3) and 243 (3 * 3 * 3 * 3 * 3). I wouldn’t be surprised to find ships by those numbers.
The obsession with the number 3 can be seen in pretty much everything they build, from their starships to their travel conduits to their static structures. It’s possible that they use a ternary (base 3) or nonary (base 9) numeric system, although ternary seems more likely as nonary is fantastically difficult to do anything useful in.
From direct observation, there are structures in the Abyss that suppress ‘deviant automata’. In operation, these don’t seem to affect my drones, my missiles, Sleeper drones, or Drifters. They do, however, affect ‘swarmer’-type Rogue Drones.
Which would seem to clear up the ‘deviant automata’.
Ok, now I have the time to do a proper response !
On a whole, I tried to stay close to the original phrasing.
“ *Damavik Subclade of Perun Clade…* ”
I agree on your interpretation, the “cladistic glorification” could indeed mean military exercices. Where I potentially disagree (on yours and mine) is that the “imprinting” word could mean the use of infomorph tech.
“ *Vedmak Subclade of Svarog Clade…* ”
So, if I understand you correctly, the “strategic” vs “tactic” is more of a matter of time ?
“ *Leshak Subclade of Veles Clade…* ”
So, for you, the subclades are différents than the ship model ?
I feel like in your traduction we lose the “without testing”.
On my opinion there is an inconsistency problem in your translation. the “strategic troika” is for you a group of people where the “commune troika” mean " old ". Or maybe I didn’t understood something, but I feel like in the whole last part, you are very far of the original word’s meaning. Could you explain how you got there?
“ *Strategic Troika of Svarog Clade…* ”
I Completely agree with you. the last part particularly, it seem much more plausible !
“ *Paramount Technical Troika of Gromovi Subclade…* ”
interesting bits here.
you translate “exclave” by “outside”? why? this word is a perfectly valid one in english and could only mean they know being inside enclave, no ?
given the seemingly rigid society they live in, I tend to agree on the appartenance of the gromovi to the perum clad
could you develop how you got to the chosen translation for the last part?
“ *Convocation of the Troika of the Vodya Subclade…* ”
I assume that you think the “yodva” is only a typo from CONCORD for “vodya”? because otherwise the Narodnya is not part of the same group than the Koschoi and the Navka.
I like you translation for the rogue drone’s part, it really fit for the religious part. The meaning of “flow” indeed seem important.
I like how in your translation it almost seem like the Narodnya choose to agree with the two other but it almost feel like this one is not so sure.
I tend to disagree a little with your choice for the last part. In your translation, it make seem that the religious part is almost absent by making the Clades the one to make the choice, where the original text seem to bear a almost “there it is written the word of god” echo, no?
For your generals remarks:
Indeed they don’t seem unified, and in that they indeed seem human ^^
for the number connection, I’ve already told my point of view on this matter
I agree with you on the Exclave part, and for me it indeed mean that they are blocked there but also that they KNOW they are in small pockets. It possibly mean that they ancestors perfectly knew where they were going.
On the matter of pockets, they are kind of stable, it’s not the pocket that limit our time there, it’s the filament interfering with the warp corde drive of our ship.
I talked about it in other threads, and I do think they are inside new eden. The question of what they DO know about us is interesting though, and in my opinion the remote nature of AD could mean they do not know a lot about us actually.
Well, when you study sociology, it become apparent that the use of religion is the best way to keep knowledge.
When using a scientific approach of education, you quickly face the problem of needing to understand the basics before the advanced. That’s why you learn to do addition before multiplications, why you learn about general physics before quantum physics, etc etc.
But that mean you need to spend long years before “understanding” things.
When you are in a dangerous space (for exemple, abyssal deadspace ^^) you can’t spend years forming only a few people. if whatever happen to you, the knowledge is lost.
So you decide to write it down, and one of your student ask “but why do we do this ?” you can say “because god want it that way, if you don’t, we will die”
and the thing is, that in a highly advanced environment, you will indeed probably die if you don’t do it right.
‘Technomages’? I dunno, it just looks like normal military technology research to me, wrapped up in a bunch of terms and idioms we don’t understand because they’re not our idioms, in a society that’s built around the number 3 (which has a lot of good selling points to it, like being the minimum number of legs needed for effortless stability).
That’s actually more dangerous to the continued survival of your society, though.
First, it means that you quickly wind up with people at the top who have lived all their lived being told that things work because ‘God said so’. So they’re not pushing on the boundaries of ‘why?’. They’re not looking for deeper understanding. After all, God will tell them. You don’t need to ask why, in fact, that kind of environment actively discourages asking ‘why?’. If God wanted you to know, he’d tell you.
Second, it means that the actual understanding of the principles that make things work gets concentrated into a smaller and smaller body of individuals. And that makes you more and more vulnerable to a freak accident. Calamities happen. Leadership can be crippled by one or two key losses in short order. If someone in charge dies, you need to be damned sure they had someone who knows absolutely everything they knew, ready to step in… because if they didn’t, then the moment they died, your society took a step backwards in terms of scientific knowledge, sustainability, and survival.
The way this usually expresses is that once you get above a certain level in the hierarchy, you start to be shown ‘past’ the religious trappings. You begin to be let in on the scientific basis… but the longer it goes on, the more likely you are to have both of those problems combine, until the people at the top were never read in, because the people who should have done that died too soon… and then you have a society where ‘how to research’ is lost because the only people who knew that ships and space travel aren’t divine magic given physical form… died two centuries ago.
Religion is not the best way to retain knowledge. Religion is a terrible way to retain knowledge. Religion leads to institutionalization of dogmatic, a-curious thought, and turns procedure into ritual. Process becomes folklore and myth. Why things work gets mixed in with morality lessons. The fluid router didn’t fail because of a nanoassembler error, it failed because you weren’t virtuous enough. Or you didn’t say the right prayers while using the Wall of Speaking (the holoterminal). Or just because God didn’t want it to work that time, and there’s no point asking ‘why not?’ because God did it.
The better way is simply to commit to aggressive and constant expansion of knowledge, because in order to expand it, you have to teach the fundamentals first.
Really, I’m kind of shocked the Amarr managed to get orbital, all things considered, but constant warfare will provide a modicum of research imperative. I suspect that’s operational within the Collective as well, if this is a ‘religious’ framing.
I mean, I’m totally ok with you: it IS a terrible way to transmit knowledge.
But I disagree on the “restriction” part.
On the contrary, if you manage to shape you society in this way, baseliner can be taught rituals but never have the right to ACTUALLY do them.
And the “why” is asked if your religion is not “book based”.
In a “book based” religion, adding things is difficult because you need to see if it contradict the rest. So in this case, I agree.
But if you add a “divination” part, especially combined with computers, it become way less difficult to do so.
But on a whole, I think like you, that an elite being less “dupe” is likely.
Well, the problem is that over the long term, the top levels of any society become more and more infiltrated and shaped by the broader society. So you get very competent people who advance due to their competence, but when you try to show them that it’s not all ‘god’, they become extremely hostile to this idea. It challenges everything they’ve ever believed. Worse, it shows them for fools for believing.
That tends to lead to a situation where the only people you have to replace the current generation… are exactly the people you never want trying to push scientific thought, because they actively hate it.
Arrendis, it seems like this doesn’t track lived experience very well.
Achura: a diverse religion, most of whose sects revere seekers after insight and treat inquisitiveness as a sacred duty.
Amarr: tesseract capacitors. Not exactly anti-science?
It seems like you’re assuming a very detached-from-reality understanding of religion. Why not just include it in your doctrines that the world is an amazing place worth exploring; human understanding of divine will is fallible, even if divine will is not; and what the universe shows you cannot be against divine intent?
That way you can get people going, “Okay, this happens because God wants it to happen, but what’s the mechanism God designed here?” And then they go and find out all kinds of neat stuff.
Because those in power will always want to remain in power, and if you establish ‘interpretation of divine will is fallible’, then you’re establishing ‘MY interpretation of divine will can be questioned at any time’. And religious authority figures tend to not like that.
Consider your own example of Achura: your teachers are only teachers. They don’t claim to be interpreting ‘divine will’. They don’t claim there’s a will to interpret. If anything, Aria, from what you’ve said, your belief structure strikes me far less as ‘religion’ (which requires the worship of higher-order beings) and more a kind of philosophical spirituality. And there’s a universe of difference between the two. But this is getting into the whole issue of ‘the words we choose matter, and introducing a little bit of error in terminology creates problems down the line’ that’s going to send me into full-on pedantic sermons about the choice of the word ‘religion’ and how it has a definition and ignoring the actual definition in order to call a structure of beliefs without deities ‘religion’ is utter nonsense.
So let’s avoid that one, because either you’re going to nod and say ‘ok, I see what you mean on that’ or we’re never going to agree about whether Achuran spirituality is a ‘religion’, and nobody wants to sit through that pointless debate!
Anyway, like I said: The Amarr are, frankly, an aberration, but one that’s likely explained by centuries of conquest and warfare planetside, possibly alongside a cultural folklore (likely, considering the length of the Amarr calendar) that establishes ‘we got here from elsewhere, and there are more people who’re still elsewhere’. As a result, you’ve got the divine mandate at play forcing them to either a)get back into space (where awaits more conquest and violence to drive technological advancement), or b)deny their god.
No it doesn’t. Theistic religions, sure, but a religion overall is simply a system of belief. I can think of three relatively mainstream ones on northern Mikramurka alone that does not include worship or ‘higher-order beings’. I believe the official definition includes “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith”. Faith then being defined as belief without evidence.
“Okay, I see what you mean on that.” … except that you do realize we’re just one sect out of probably over a thousand? And that we, also, tend to leave out offerings to spirits and deities because (a) it’s not bad to show a little reverence towards natural forces that can casually kill you if you get careless (sword winds: still a thing) and also (b) we could possibly be wrong about them not literally existing.
People wanting to stay in power, unquestioned, is a common but not a universal/inevitable thing. You can limit its effect by ruling on religious stuff by committee, which Achura and Amarr both do in different ways. The inevitable factionalism and rivalries will keep new ideas bubbling as long as you can keep anybody from developing an iron grip on the whole institution, which both societies have managed to avoid.
It’s not that different from secular councils, really. You don’t have to be talking religion to be discussing something that’s probably largely imaginary, after all. Take that most pervasive of secular deities, money: doesn’t exist outside our social constructs, but might as well because we all act like it does and come up with all kinds of strange things to do to/with it.