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Cultural TC: "Ten Talents"
Posted: Posted November 16th, 2008 by chiarizio
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I liked how this thread turned out, so I decided to ask one based on the following pastich of Matthew 25 and Luke 19.

A wealthy man had to travel to the Imperial Capital to confirm his succession as King of his country.
He called his servants together and put them in charge of his wealth.
One he gave ₤5,000,000 ; one he gave ₤2,000,000; and one he gave ₤1,000,000.
The one with the five million pounds immediately began investing it and lending it, and soon had doubled the amount.
The one with two million pounds did the same, and soon also had doubled the amount he was in charge of.
But the one with one million pounds went and hid it in a safe.

When the newly-crowned King returned he brought his servants before him to account for their actions in his absence.

The servant given the five million pounds said, "Master, you gave me five million pounds; and see? I now return to you ten million pounds".
The King said "Well done! You've done well managing less-important things; now I'll give you a chance to manage something really important. You are no longer my servant, you are now my partner. Since you returned ten million pounds, I put you in charge of the government of ten of my cities."

The servant given the two million pounds said, "Master, you gave me two million pounds; and see? I now return to you four million pounds".
The King said "Well done! You've done well managing less-important things; now I'll give you a chance to manage something really important. You are no longer my servant, you are now my partner. Since you returned four million pounds, I put you in charge of the government of four of my cities."

The servant given the one million pounds said, "Master, I know you to be a hard man, reaping what you did not sow and gathering what you did not plant. I hid your million pounds in a safe, and here it is, every bit of it, untouched".
The King said "What? You lazy fellow! So, you think me hard? Reaping where I don't sow and gathering what I didn't plant? Then why didn't you at least put my money in an interst-bearing account instead of in a safe! I will condemn you out of your own mouth. Guards! Strip him, beat him, and throw him out. And, oh yeah, give his million pounds to the man who now rules ten of my cities."

[EDIT]:

I left out the moral(s). Choose from among the following; or use two or all three of them; or make up your own.

(A): From him to whom much has been given, much shall be required.

(B): To him who has much, much shall be given; but from him who has nothing, even what he has shall be taken away.

(C): The rich get richer; the poor get children.

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It was in a galaxy a trillion petaparsecs away, on a planet called Dellactenalpano. The King in waiting Gnitiawnignik was very busy with preparing his enthronizative megaparty so he left his beer money to his servants lest it would fall from his pockets, five millions to Eno, two millions to Owt, and a million to Eerht. When the time came to start the ceremony, Gnitiawnignik went to his servants.
Eno said: Look my good master, I've put the five millions into the oil industry as you usually do, and you now have ten millions.
-Great, you're now my Great Chancellor.
Owt said: Look my good master, I wanted to put the two millions into the oil industry but they laughed at me so I put them into the military industry, and now you have four millions.
-Great, you're now General of the Armies.
Eerht said: Look my good master, I wanted to put the million into the military industry but they laughed at me so I put it into that mortgage company...
-What! You're now in for repairing your mistake, take from the plebs or whatever but get my money back! For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Posted November 17th, 2008 by Leo
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"- I saw something of a strange story today in the Assembly, said Arhun.
- Is it about those three wannabe-ministers at the head of the agricultural department", retorqued Mani.
- Well yeah, and I was part of the comittee to trial them.
- So what of it.
- So we decided that each of them should receive a small identical share of the greenhouses. And we let them do their work for a year, before the present minister retires.
- So, how were they?
- What a suprise we had from the first one. He was able to double production, without failing to all standards we had. So we thought he would make a great minister.
- Double? He was really good then, and Melville will be able to double in size.
- But that's not all. So the second one came.
- And what did he brought back from his experience.
- He sure did not double production, but he upgraded all standards and was able to produce the same amount yet with less ressources. We checked everything, and we were in awe.
- Imagine if we were to combine both of them, what they will be able to do?
- Yeah, and that is what we decided actually.
- But, what about the third one?
- Oh, he'll have a career in the greenhouses.
- But what did he brought back?
- Nothing, he was just able to maintain his facilities, even he did so with skill.
- He'll make a good manager under the ministries.
- Yeah, surely."

From Melville.

Posted November 17th, 2008 by Yiuel
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Yiuel, how do you make everything so boring.

HEY THERE MIGHT BE TENSION wait no let's not.

Posted November 17th, 2008 by Mr. Saturday
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Yiuel, how do you make everything so boring.

HEY THERE MIGHT BE TENSION wait no let's not.


Does life needs to be grandiose or tense or drastically horrible to be worth?

And if you cannot get the subtilities of laughing at how people fail because they did nothing without having a carnage...

Posted November 17th, 2008 by Yiuel
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This TC is really challenging because parabling the soul with money is rather kinky.
Apart from my joky literal contribution, it should show more than intended about the values of a conworld.

Posted November 17th, 2008 by Leo
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Uh dramatic tension is pretty much what drives stories. Things pretty much need to happen in order for things to be interesting. Everyone sitting around and being nice to each other is hideously boring.

Posted November 17th, 2008 by Mr. Saturday
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Uh dramatic tension is pretty much what drives stories. Things pretty much need to happen in order for things to be interesting. Everyone sitting around and being nice to each other is hideously boring.


The thing is, such dramatic tension in Melville does not occur in the Assembly : they can argue, but when there are things as obvious as these, they rather go for originality : they'll prefer a team of two, dividing the previous job, rather than fighting over what side is best (you probably missed all that). The Assembly's actually rather boring, since it's pretty much the meeting of COs and Managers of all kind. Something I do recognize, and Melvillian life does not sum up to the intrigues of those Voters.

But here we have a TC challenge, through which we had to show how such a thing would be shown through the eyes of your conculture. It shows a lot more about the temper of Melville and how they think in things than a dramatic story there to be dramatic. Actually, to me and Melvillians, to be doomed to horror only because you maintained things is something completely absurd. They'll laugh at someone who couldn't try to do better, but they won't put him to death, nor torment him with more than just "be a simple manager within the ministry".

If you want drama, you surely would prefer the drama set in my conworld called Ie Ien, in which I set and show the utter destruction of Melville. And the Assembly has almost nothing to do in it, except being the powerless witness of the dismissal and abysmal failure of their forefathers' creation.

Posted November 17th, 2008 by Yiuel
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So, they're boring because... they're... boring?

It's inhuman, what you create. People want drama, want intrigue and strife and are greedy and cruel. Unless, y'know, you ignore all of history and the present day. In which case, go for it!

Posted November 17th, 2008 by Mr. Saturday
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From Veghinix:
Savarahd sat upon his seat in the temple, from which he saw the city of Krestaruth at the foot of the mountains, deep within that yawning red pit that had mocked him so for centuries. His face hardened as he looked to his aides, three archonim in shining plate armour worn over their furred clothing, their wings as white as the snow covering the cliffs around the encampment, and said to each of them:

"We need to deal with them, now. We cannot wait any longer, their ways must end so that we can seal that Wound once and for all. We must bring them into our cause, it is the only way that we can succeed. Ethiel, take five of my best warriors with you, Bresiel, take two of my best mages, and Gasiel, take five of my best spies with you. Failure is not an option for us, go forth and spread the will of Justice."

The aides strode from the room, gathered their subordinates, and donned the disguises that would allow them to pass through the gun batteries that guarded the city's perimeter. Savarahd did not hear from them until a month later, when the three archonim returned to his office.

Ethiel was first to speak, his armour scarred with signs of battle but his head held high, "My liege, your warriors and I fought well. Though two have fallen in battle, I have returned with twenty more that are willing to serve our cause having seen the light of Justice."

Savarahd was pleased, "Excellent work, Ethiel. Train them, indoctrinate them, and prepare them for war. They will serve you well as informed soldiers in your new battalion."

Bresiel was next, his armor scorched by fire and his wings tattered and singed, "My liege, your mages and I met resistance, but have endured the struggle. Though one was lost in the conflict, our spells have turned ten of their best to our side, and we are now showing them the only true path."

Savarahd was pleased, "Well done, Bresiel. Ensure their continued loyalty and make them a weapon for our cause. Force them to understand their new place in life, and do not allow them to forget what awaits them if they turn from our path."

Gasiel, her armour unmarred and pristine, spoke last, "My liege, your spies and I have done our work as you asked. We infiltrated their work force, and the result has paralyzed their productivity."

Savarahd was pleased, "Well done, Gasiel. How many have you brought back with you?"

Gasiel hesitated, but continued, "No one, my liege. Our infiltration inspired an uprising against the oppressive commands of their masters. The workers were executed by their employers for the uprising, most of them shot down by riflemen without even a chance for success. Your spies are safe and sound, though, having escaped the conflict."

Savarahd's expression faltered, his heart sank, "Then we have gained nothing in return for what they have lost save a momentary lapse in their activities, only lost the lives of those we wish to save. You've gotten sloppy, Gasiel, and I expected better from you. Perhaps next time you won't be so eager to put those you should protect in danger."

Posted November 17th, 2008 by Tharivious
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People want drama, want intrigue and strife and are greedy and cruel.


If I follow your logic, then I must be inhuman. Perhaps a good thing.

Posted November 18th, 2008 by Yiuel
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