Good call. In reality the Black Tongues developed from a teenage interest in alchemy and the occult. In RP-verse there was no pymary, and I based a lot of my magical prose on old spirit conjurations out of Barrett’s The Magus and other historical works. Since Bastion was a “necromancer” in that world, I found Crowley, too, provided great flavour text.
Thing is, that’s all well and good for RP but it’s become stereotypical. You can open up any tabletop sourcebook and see every writer referencing the Kabbalah, alchemy, the same dead occultists. I moved away from it for the comic and really want the Black Tongues - and wrights in general - to have their own traditions and flair.
And it is intrinsically against the Black Tongues’ beliefs to obfuscate their research in the way you described. We’ll learn about the Black Tongues first hand fairly soon, go into their workshops, meet their members, and see that the best of them don’t want to make discoveries and hide them away. The point of the Black Tongues is not to hoard power but to make discoveries and share them. They hate superstition and religion, and it’s their belief that education and technological advancement (via pymary) will make for a more secular and more peaceful world.
How this winds up clashing with the exigencies of society and human greed may just wind up being a major plot point later on :)
By the way, the webcomic Unsounded has some really fricking rad worldbuilding like this going on and the art is absolutely gorgeous so you should like totally pick this up. Seriously. I read the entire thing in a day it’s worth it.
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dog people: cats don’t feel love did you know a cat once MURDERED my MOTHER
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- north korean
- all indigenous people of all these countries
- and so many fucking more im just forgetting a lot because there is SO MUCH MORE
- asian people are not just attractive east asian people
- asian people are so much more than a couple of countries’ pop cultures