Discussion in 'Fall from Heaven Lore' started by Elder Methyl, Jan 30, 2012.
An acquaintance asked me this: What is the meaning of Precept within FFH?
The 21 fundamental ways of behaving, the 21 Mana Sphere being simply their symbols. For exemple, the Precept of Air is first about fun, irresponsability and immaturity and only after that about the traditional element.
The Gods are closely tied by their Precept, and so doesn't show the same free will of mortals or even simple angels: Sabathiel could eventually outright disobey a superior authority should he wants, Junil couldn't without first giving up his Precept (such as what Nemed did when he gave the Precept of Life to Arawn). To a lesser degree, magic users born with a strong potency for a particular Mana will tend to have an excessive personality mimicking the Precept.
However, the spirit of the Precept can be severely twisted: When falling, the Evil gods turned to a new, corrupt aspect of their Precept in rebellion against the One. It is said that by doing so, they denied Erebus the true strength of their original Precepts, so much than mankind wil never know true Hope, true Strength, true Foresight, etc... but mere reflexions of those gifts.
Different interpretation of the same Precept can cohabit: For example, Mulcarn was reactionary, harsh, nostalgic, but still very human, while his Archangel Taranis the Unchanging was surnaturally unable to be affected by change, be it simple wounds, experience, or apparently even complex thoughts.
The Gods themselves tend to see the Precept of one of them as his "true" self, having little consideration for the physical bearer of the Precept. For them, the true Nemed has been reincarnated as Sucellus after the Age of Ice; the poor guy eternally tortured by Os-Gabella in Galveholm being of nearly no value for them.
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