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KarinaQuest: Brother Thomas Hammond


This is a character I'm working on for Saturday night gaming at Karina's.

Name: Thomas Hammond
Birthplace: Endire
Occupation: Monk, Endiri Iyan
Sex: Male
Race: Human

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Thomas was born the second son in a large family of peasant farmers and was given to the Church at age 12 according to traditional practice.

At the monastery where he spent the next year, Thomas discovered a great love of learning and soon began reading his way through the library's small collection of books. The monks there noticed this and, after about a year, sent Thomas to a larger monastery that housed a scholarly order so that he could receive a better education than his local monastery could offer.

At the scholars' monastery, Thomas began to receive a rigorous education in not only the catechism of his faith but also in logic, rhetoric, writing, natural philosophy, and mathematics. Thomas' particular interest, however, was in the theory of magic. He didn't want to learn it; however; he wanted to learn how it worked so that he could fight it.

There was just one problem--Most of the available books on magic were hysterical, fear-mongering rubbish, as far as Thomas could discern, and they contained little in the way of practical information. They conveyed quite clearly that magic was evil and why it was evil, but they did not satisfactorily explain to him why Iya would allow such a dark art to exist in the first place, if it was against his will and against the laws of nature.

The more Thomas studied it, the more he began to consider the idea that magic was, essentially, a tool, just as prayer was--not exactly evil inherently, but more that the method behind its use was at best grossly more inefficient than prayer and at worst, horrifically evil. Thomas argued to his fellow brothers that magic was no more evil than prayer; it all depended on how and why it was used. If one prayed to Iya, then the prayer was a good and useful tool; if one prayed to Set, then prayer was evil, too. The problem with magic was not so much that magic itself was evil, but that it led one more swiftly into error by placing the decision-making in the will of the mage rather than in the will of a wiser being. Magic was evil because it led to pride; prayer was less evil because it led to humility.

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