Writing the Word

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Writing Blake’s Holy Scripture is no easy task. In fact, it requires reaching back through the sands of time to an era of history long past – an age when monks sequestered themselves in high mountain strongholds where they maintained the accumulated knowledge of the lost Roman Empire.

Yes, I am referring to the Dark Ages, circa 1000 AD. When the concept of free knowledge and Gutenberg’s press were yet undreamed human accomplishments and the long reach of the Catholic Church was the super power of old Europe. Yet, despite the stifled creative thought and oppressive atmosphere, the monks and preachers of the Church managed to shepherd the collective info of a previous age into the next. Now, while the Word of Blake is no cloistered monastery in the Alps, they still seem to be closer heirs than the modern day archivist.

This creates an interesting avenue for written role play. Sure, sprinkling in the random “holy” or “blessed” is an easy way to convert any body of text to a Word of Blake-inspired writing, but the skill lies in turning the material into something uniquely their own. Take his following selection of text for example:

“The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke. And out of the smoke iron locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree that remained, but only those people who did not bow their heads in defeat. They were not given power to kill them, but to torture them. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. The locusts looked like metal giants prepared for battle. On their shoulders they wore something like crowns of gold, in pale mockery of an ancient line. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their march was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.”

Any guess where most of it originated? If you said the Holy Bible, or Revelations you are our big winner. Religious material is a fountain of useful stuff for game conversion or writing religiously-inspired rants. But what about everything else? Well personally, religious fervor is not the best angle for say, writing about the Star League’s old Bureau of Administration.

Of course, including religious elements are integral to any good Word of Blake piece, but writing for the Word of Blake means creating text that is the embodiment of Blake’s Chosen. This means writing articles that sound decidedly arrogant, with an air of superiority. After all, the Word of Blake stands steadfast in its firm devotion to its righteous path. They are the children of Blake and beyond reproach or question.

While the other Great Houses, or any Inner Sphere power would assume the air of arrogance in expressing their position, only the Word of Blake backs their point with religious indignation.

So there’s the rub – layering just enough religious candor in a decidedly arrogant and narrow-minded selection of content, even if say, the article was about the Star League’s Bureau of Administration.

Until Next Time…

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