One of the neat things I’m thinking about a lot with these novels is religion vs. spiritualism.
The gods are real in these books. They exist and they have some influence in people’s lives. The gods aren’t perfect, so there are problems.
But what happens when someone who has followed a god their entire life meets said god? Can faith survive? Can they still be religious?
The answer is no for some characters, yes for others, and “I’m not religious I’m spiritual” for yet another. (Though he kind of started out that way. . .)
So how do I physically manifest this inner conflict without a lot of boring conversation?
I’ve already been exploring this, but I think I came up with a new scene last night. One character’s mother insists that he have a manhood ceremony done by the priests (for many, complicated reasons, including being more dogmatic religiously.) The character was present when that god was killed: though he followed that god his entire life, he doesn’t want to be a hypocrite and pledge himself to be a good man and to follow the tenets of a dead god. Plus, he doesn’t believe in the gods, not as gods, not really. Just as people with really powerful magic.
Yeah, it’s complicated. I think the scene will work. Obviously I don’t know how it will be resolved yet — I haven’t written it. It’s the second scene of the next chapter.
In the meanwhile, I have to figure out where this other character came from before I can finish this chapter. Seriously. It’s like he popped out of nowhere and is now demanding attention. Kids these days. *G*