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The Edessans consider three parts to the person – the mind, the body and the spirit. Archons are supposed to excel in all three areas. Perfection is the goal, though granted, one rarely attained. To be perfect in the mind includes both education and intelligence. Children of the ruling class study literature, astronomy, art, dance, music, mathematics and rhetoric. Perfection of the body includes both ability in athletics and being of a sound constitution, but also beauty – which the Edessans value highly. As for the spirit, Edessans are less concerned with internal beliefs, but external actions. That is, you can be an atheist, but as long as you attend the right services and make the right sacrifices, you’re considered pious.

 

And more important than being all of these things is proving to other people that you are.

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