I was considering the size of the Levy the other day (a much discussed subject, I know), and it got me thinking about how Sorcerer Monarchs (SMs) and Borys would view humanoid life. Here are the concrete points on my mind which I’m trying to reconcile in some way.
- The Levy needs humanoid sacrifice to keep Rajaat’s prison intact
- High level defilers can use humanoid life force to fuel spells
- SMs seem to foster a culture that is quite deadly to normal commoners, showing a fundamental disdain towards humanoid life
- SMs are not stupid, and must realize that the world is dying
- SMs are also ambitious and power hungry.
So it seems to me that if I’m a SM, it would be foolish of me to create a culture where all of these walking magical sacrifices around me are simply wasted by murderous Templars, or in the arenas, or by normal street violence. It feels like SMs would have realized that any death which does not fuel either their own magic, or the Levy, is basically a wasted resource. And if I follow this reasoning a bit further, it implies that SMs would have created some kind of system where they could “control” death within their city states, legally, culturally, magically, psionically, whatever. The lives of their citizens are basically an elite currency. Every living thing is effectively cattle to them.
What do you think? Is there a flaw in my logic somewhere?