Tuesday, 5 December 2017
A Montivallan-Korean Sea Battle In The Pacific
SM Stirling's Prince Of Outcasts (New York, 2017), Chapter Five, describes a sea battle and ends with a prayer offered by a Montivallan Prince after the sinking of the Korean ship:
"'Holy Mary, Mother of God, Lady pierced with sorrows.... All of them were born of woman. Intercede for them, for us, for all of us, foeman and comrade. Now and at the hour of our deaths - Madonna, intercede!'" (p. 98)
This echoes the prayer of a Space Admiral before a battle in Poul Anderson's Technic History:
"'Father, have mercy on all who die. All.'"
-Poul Anderson, The People Of The Wind IN Anderson, Rise Of The Terran Empire (Riverdale, NY, 2011), pp. 437-662 AT p. 515.
The Admiral directly addresses the First Person of the Trinity whereas the Prince instead requests intercession by the Mother of the Incarnation of the Second Person. Complicated. Personally, I address "whatever gods may be" - and also an unspecified "Lord," following the immemorial tradition of my ancestors. We engage in dialogue with being Which teaches us through experience. It is not a single person (I don't think) - although it sometimes feels as if It is. Because we are persons used to conversing with other persons, we project conversation onto other interactions. Grateful for everything good, I thank a hypothetical giver.
How are we doing for sea and space battles? See Another Battle At Sea and various linked posts.