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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Divine Right of Kings

Just a setting thing that I thought of:

Only kings and their immediate children can be clerics, because they are divinely blessed by blood. There are still lots of priests running around, but they are not spellcasters, unless they are a mage. While I think the King and the country would worship a god (or even more than one god), the king may also act as a living saint or even the god of his country.

Because the King has divine spells, he can just say, "It's obvious why I am King, as no one else can do the things I do. God wants me to be King." And it's quite likely a sizable portion of the uneducated populace would believe this without reservation. Shrines to the King might even be kept in villages for everyone to pray at. And the normal taxes would be considered a tithe to him freely given, instead of forced taxation.

2 comments:

The Basic Fantasist said...

Very neat.

You may want to extend this to all nobles who are of royal bloodline.
Cuz, you know, you get to have civil wars this way. Imagine the poor, befuddled peasants who gets conscripted against his will by Duke Usurp-u-alot only to find he has an equally valid divine right to the throne... ;)

Dan said...

I think you're right. Good idea.