A Closer Look at the Lawmaker Gift
We haven’t had too many mentions of the lawmaker gift, at this point. In fact, I think the only time it’s mentioned is in “The King’s Seer” (one of the Hamal side stories in the shopping cart; click here for more info).
But I really think this gift is interesting. Here are a few intriguing tidbits (yes, I just used that word) about the lawmaker gift:
- Lawmakers are prophetic in nature. They can write only what is true or will be true. Once it is written, it exists and cannot be changed. Hence their name of “lawmaker.”
- Lawmakers wrote the treaty between King’s Barrow and Dasken. Those two nations will never go to war against one another because that is part of their treaty, written by lawmakers.
- The treaty between King’s Barrow and Theraine was also written by lawmakers, but Dasken and Theraine have no such treaty.
- Lawmakers, because they are such a powerful gift, live in carefully structured and protected communities that resemble monasteries. Lawmakers only marry other lawmakers, and they really, really don’t get out much. Haha.
- If a bad guy can kidnap a lawmaker and force that person to write for him, he can potentially cause a great deal of havoc. That is why lawmakers live such sheltered lives. They tend to be rather snotty about their gift (ahem) and believe they are quite important to kings and kingdoms (which they are). All of them are socially awkward.
- Most people will never have a single direct interaction with a lawmaker.
- Other gifts usually feel sorry for lawmakers to one degree or another, because they realize what lawmakers do not: The world is a much better place outside the lawmaker community, but lawmakers aren’t able to experience it.
- Most lawmakers don’t learn to read or write until they are in their forties. That is when they are considered trustworthy enough to be able to handle the full strength of their gift.
Anyway, I find all of this interesting! I am mentally plotting a future Hamal book about a lawmaker, and it should be a whole lot of fun.