Urizen lineage and species attitudes Revision as of 14:15, 19 July 2012 by Harry
Lineage is common in Urizen. The Urizen natural philosophers were the first to study and codify the way lineage may be passed on through bloodlines, and to describe the effects of Eternal supernatural influence on humans. They also have a great deal of interest in ways that Eternal influence manifests in other species.
The Briar lineage is not well represented in Urizen. The instinctual attitudes of the Spring Lineage sit poorly with many Urizen Spires. It is not the superstitions about sinister Spring influence that concern many Urizen, but what they see as a built-in anti-intellectualism. That being said, there are a number who have made a name for themselves as warriors – both caduceans and sentinels number a disproportionate number of Briars. The instinct of the Briar to take direct, straightforward routes around problems helps them to focus their attention on the pursuit of physical, rather than just mental, excellence.
Urizen does not have a great store of knowledge about the non-human species, and there is consequently a national fascination with thinking creatures from outside the Empire, including the orcs. When the orcs first petitioned to become part of the Empire the Urizen senators spent three weeks speaking to and debating with their shaman and indeed any orc who would stay still long enough to listen to them. At the end of this period they agreed among themselves with a two-to-one majority that the orcs were thinking creatures who would improve the Empire. Which of the three opposed their admittance is not recorded, but that Senator's prediction that the Imperial Orcs could do irreparable damage to the Empire is a matter of record.