“… dear Chevenga, the Assembly is still arguing about limiting the population, so that even though I’ve signed Arko to your federation, it’s still up in the air. This might change soon because it seems that the Gods have somehow taken a hand and we have not had any children conceived or carried to term in the city for just over a year now.” Minis put the end of his pen in his mouth and nibbled.
“It seems that a short term solution will be for me to declare a religious duty of all Arkans who wish to have children. The Fenjitzae agree with me. All Arkans having trouble conceiving and wishing children of their bodies, rather than adopt, will need to do a holy pilgrimage to pray at the High Temple itself. It will require a pilgrimage for every child and the holy requirement of Arko is that every couple replace themselves. Aitzas, who can afford more such pilgrimages and the possibility of more children should see themselves as moral beacons to the populous and not have more than two… The lower castes will be able to avail themselves of Temple assistance along the way so that they needn’t pay for their food and lodging while they are enroute. I believe that if Aitzas couples who wish to make their journey a sacrifice, and stay in the Temples and Chapels of the Ten along the way, will do so out of piety, and if they can gift the Temples where they stay, as sacrifice, it is asked that they do so.”
Dear Ilesias Mahid,
“The competition for what people are calling ‘The New Mahid Core’ will be beginning next month. Shall we be seeing you as a competitor? If so I would certainly offer you family space in the city. Just so you don’t need to ask. The city is filling up quickly for these games and you shouldn’t have to jostle with anyone for resting space!
I look forward to seeing you again. When you’ve finished whapping me on the head with your stick, you can point out to me the first of the young idiots who win the right to guard me and my family, who will be the first to haul water for your goats and weed your carrots!
How much Minis wanted to write that letter. His pen hovered over the blank page and then he put it down, pulled his copy of the holy book out of the desk drawer and flipped to a blank page in the Mikas’s section.