Author Topic: Am I right?  (Read 790 times)

Thunder Lord

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Am I right?
« on: July 08, 2005, 06:37:10 PM »
I just think it is a little weird that PCs can be so smart yet not know how to read or write.

bloodfromstone

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Am I right?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2005, 06:49:07 PM »
Not really. It doesn't matter how smart you are, if you're never taught, you won't be able to read/write. Illiteracy is associated with stupidity in modern culture, because it's everywhere. It's a basic life skill. It's not in Zalanthas. It'd be like a Zalathan saying "Gee, people from Earth seem so smart, but they can't skin a scrab to save their life. What's up with that?"
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Jherlen

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Am I right?
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2005, 06:50:46 PM »
Literacy is a structured thing, it has to be taught. Try and imagine having no concept of an alphabet or phoenetics. Even if your character did decide to come up with a way to write things down, it still wouldn't mean anything to anyone else. And as soon as the templarate of either city saw you trying to teach people to be literate, you'd be dead. They don't -want- commoners to be educated because then they become harder to oppress.

So no, I don't think you're right. :P
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