SYED wrote:The church has been controlling innovations, so I wonder if they might release their records now. In an effort to maintain superiority. Stuff that might actually break the proscriptions, once they do, Charis can simply copy them.
Duchairn is HIGHLY unlikely to be very pro-innovation. With the Jihad behind it, the CoGA under his leadership is unlikely to do much in the way of innovation simply because every innovator will STILL have the "Reformed and kinder" Inquisition looking over his shoulder and breathing down his neck. And since the CoGA still believes in putting people to the Question and the Punishment, if I were an innovator, I would NOT set up shop in the Temple Lands! The EoC is quite innovation friendly and has better weather as well.
I'll grant that new technologies will have a much easier time gaining approval and will require smaller bribes than would have been required pre-Merlin, but other than embracing steam engines and everything Charis created during the war, the CoGA will innovate slowly.]
Charis will go on happily inventing of course, since the Inquisition serves as the patent office and Paityr Wylsynn is more than happy to twist the Proscriptions until they scream. That means the CoGA and the other schisms of the Church will HAVE to eventually accept and implement the advancements approved by the Church of Charis.
FWIW I foresee at least
the following schisms: the Church of Siddarmark, and the Church of Dohlar (likely) Harchong, (very likely since they think Duchairn is WAY too permissive and liked things the way they were) and even a Church of Desnair, if only to keep all that lovely gold at home!
So no, any high tech that may be known only to the CoGA due to its access to the Temple isn't likely to be released - otherwise Clyntahn would have opened any archive of secret technology and granted a blanket dispensation to all of it that might have helped the war effort.
I realize the Inquisition has some secret tools that work in the Temple - most if not all rooms are bugged, there are some holograms that can be viewed, and they have special tools to override the locks on the magical doors that open and shut themselves. (There's more but that's what came to mind at the moment.) Nothing that will help when the inevitable religious wars erupt.
I hope the Big Reveal happens before too many people die needlessly, and that it's dramatic enough to get through to the most fanatical Temple Loyalist.
Anyone else notice the line "the Archangels’ servitors had withdrawn to the Dawn Star and it had departed in glory?" Judging by what Clyntahn knew, the Hamilcar didn't fly into the sun...