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Poem: "Loaf Mass"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 17th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Okay...

Paladins tend to enhance things, being a nexus of divine energy. They attract people and creatures who resonate with them, and then magnify that. So if you start with a good mule, you wind up with a really great mule.

Apricot is a very dependable, very hard worker as long as he's treated well. But he's still a mule; if you try to make him haul too heavy a load or if there's noticeable danger ahead, he will park his fuzzy butt and refuse to move. Mules are clever; he's smarter now. He's not fully sentient, and he still thinks like a mule, but he can do things like understanding a larger set of words. Animals often have a sense of whether a person is good and safe, or nasty and threatening. So Apricot's people-sense is quite keen now. Similarly, he has become attuned to divine energy in general and Gailah in particular. So he's likely to notice when people are paying attention to those kinds of things, either from familiar words or a shift in energy or some combination of the two.

Of course part of that also depends on the paladin's affiliation. Suppose you had a paladin working in a smithy with a bellows powered by a dog mill. You'd wind up with very smart dogs who were totally unafraid of fire, and who might do things like sounding an alert if a house started burning. An evil paladin might ride a particularly bloodthirsty warhorse.
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