Once upon a time, before the adults all got banished into space, an imperial paingineer sat down and thought:
hey, wouldn’t it be awesome if we could start installing pilots younger
and younger, so we can maximise their use before they die? And wouldn’t
it be excellent if we didn’t have to worry about high rates of psionic
suicide, or burn-out, because they’re so mentally devastated by
Hence the lowblood sect of the worship of the Mirthful Messiah was started!
is basically a derivative form of the normal, ‘mainstream’ form of the
normal obscure cult. Think, in terms of how much your character might
know, in terms of LDS vs. Mormons, or Reform Judaism vs. Orthodox
Sephardic Judaism: outsiders probably think it’s all the same, insiders
probably know the difference, devout religious members of either sect
definitely do know the difference and will judge you heavily if you mix
them up. A Orthodox Greek priest may not believe that a LDS is actually Christian. A subjuggulator may not believe the psionics wearing half-paint are actually Mirthful. Same religion to outsiders, but devotees may not actually agree.
Being part of the church as an indigo is your
hatchright. Being part of the church as a blueblood is a blessing.
Everyone else is just shit out of luck – unless you’re in a cluster with
the lowblood sect and you’re a psionic, in which case, they will tell
you all about how you can overcome the inherent shittiness of your blood
and caste by eschewing them in favor of MiRaClEs. And also by becoming a
church ship upon conscription. CAN’T FORGET THAT PART.
are allowed to wear partial paint, call themselves Mirthful, and
they’re given church housing – basically, blocks in old indigo hive
stems. They’re kept with food and medicine and kept healthy and fat
until conscription, largely protected from the general consequences of
lowblood allowances, but their life is generally still shitty. They’re
the lowest rung on a totem pole that says they’re literally dirt and
their only worth is in giving themselves entirely over, mind and body,
to the church when they’re 21.
In addition to that, being a
Mirthful as a psionic means that you’re giving your autonomy completely
up. You don’t get to live in your hive. You don’t get to choose what you
wear, what you eat, and your lifestyle is going to be fit around the
fact you’re having invasive surgeries until you’re installed in a
spaceship. Don’t do anything that could damage your ports!
Also, you’re surrounded by people who can use mind powers on you at any point, and there is shit all you can do about it.
the west coast’s capitol, which is where Riccin is located, the
Imperial Education Program is headed by Shepherd, and kids – after they
pass their psionic tests, and are taken in – are basically forced into
either following the Mirthful Messiahs or some
other religion that will indoctrinate them into accepting their roles.
Shit sucks. DON’T TAKE VOLUNTARY PSIONIC TESTING.
Riccin digs into the philosophies of the church here, here, and here.
AND PROBABLY ELSEWHERE TOO but fuck that i’m not going through all
their threads, they’re a horrible person.
ID was a member of the sect, Iphige was a member of it
(and was placed on Sunstrider, an indigo-captained ship, upon
conscription), OA is an active member of it. Sipara attended Carnival
regularly as ID’s auspisticee and Iphige’s clademate, but quickly
realised as the only non-psionic, she was ten seconds from being culled
Pheres has no idea about the different sects or anything. He thinks religion is dumb, the Dark Carnival is an especially stupid branch of it, and his knowledge of clowns amounts to “DUCK YOUR HORNS, SMILE A LOT, MENTION MIRACLES AND LOOK VERY (DOCILE-Y) ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT MIRACLES AND WHATEVER ELSE THEY’RE SAYING”. He does not fully understand why they’re more terrifying than any other highblood, though.