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The Tightwad and the Temple Acolyte, by Uhr-KulmbizharrAdmiral 01-15-2015

The Tightwad and the Temple Acolyte, by Uhr-Kulmbizharr

Once upon a time, there was a tightwad who was so cheap he would eat the carcasses of asses left out for the dogs in the street. One day, high Hashut or some Daemon disapproved of these meals of rotten flesh, and struck the tightwad with a sickness that threatened to end his life. His clan paid a Temple Acolyte to oversee the sick man.

"Your life might yet be spared if you would get elixirs and sacrifice to appease the wrathful deity," said the Temple Acolyte.

"And pay for medicine, prayers and offerings?" gasped the tightwad.

"But you're dying," replied the Temple Acolyte.

"I will let my body heal itself," said the tightwad.

"Then we should consult your clan for funeral rites that reflects your status. Would you like a catacomb burial or cremation before the idols? That would be seven or three gold bulls," snarked the Temple Acolyte.

"You swindlers are always out for my money! Cut that to a silver hoof and chuck me in the River Ruin!" yelled the tightwad.

And they did, without waiting for the sickness to kill the tightwad. For such is the fate of those so mean as to offend the Temple, the Bull God and Daemons alike.

- The Tightwad and the Temple Acolyte, by Daemonsmith Uhr-Kulmbizharr the Blind, the renowned Chaos Dwarf author of fable stories during the foundation of Zharr-Naggrund*

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* This illustrates the underlying friction between Dawi Zharr sacrificial religion, which basically is about burning wealth to ashes, and the extreme avarice of Chaos Dwarfs. However, it is rare for a worshipper of Hashut to forsake his sacrificial obligations, for to do so is to invite holy and unholy wrath alike.


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RE: The Tightwad and the Temple Acolyte, by Uhr-KulmbizharrDînadan 01-15-2015

Good work again, although I think 'miser' would be more apt than 'tightwad' as the latter is a rather modern term and doesn't really fit with either the style of fables or the tone of Warhammer in general.


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RE: The Tightwad and the Temple Acolyte, by Uhr-KulmbizharrFuggit Khan 01-15-2015

Another great proverb, this one is my favorite so far. I especially like that you intertwine Dawi Zharr fluff with ancient civilizations rites and rituals. What makes this proverb all the more interesting to me is that many ancient peoples held the belief that drowning or having a corpse tossed into water was a symbolic path to hell...in numerous Mycenae references, it is Poseidon (not Hades) who is the ruler of the Underworld...sailors of that era frequently drowned horses (tossed them overboard while at sea) as sacrifices to Poseidon to quench his thirst for soles to the Underworld, to ensure that they themselves would not drown and thus go to hell.
It's brilliant that your Tightwad is tempting the gates of hell rather than spend a bit of coin. Hashut!


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RE: The Tightwad and the Temple Acolyte, by Uhr-KulmbizharrAdmiral 01-17-2015

@Dînadan: Thanks for good input! Still, I'll stick with tightwad since it's got a better ring about it.

@Fuggit Khan: Thanks a lot! Ancient culture is a readily accessible smörgåsbord for Chaos Dwarf fiction.

Very nice info about the beliefs of drowning. Thanks a lot for that. I knew some rudimentary part of the beliefs, but certainly not that much. Happy


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