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What is your society's attitude towards parricide?

Discussion in 'World Building' started by BloodyHellSausage, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. BloodyHellSausage

    BloodyHellSausage Troubadour

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    That is, killing of one or both of a child's parents by the child. (The word "parricide" can refer to other close relatives as well, but that's not what I primarily intend to discuss. Though you can talk about other close relatives as well, if you want to.)

    Long story short, I think many societies had a negative attitude towards the killing of parents by their child. Let's hear about your world.
     
  2. Thomas Laszlo

    Thomas Laszlo Sage

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    I think in my world there are a few society’s I’m going to make that the kids actually are programmed to kill and feed off their parents when they reach a certain age. Their religion will also support this as well as castrating any members of society who don’t have kids. The cycle continues otherwise un adultered to normal human life. Thy would just never have any knowledge of it being a wrong practice... make sense?


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  3. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

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    I don't know of a human society that had a positive attitude towards the killing parents. There might some that accepted and even appreciated politically expedient moves but not a general societal positive attitude.
    As for my own work... I don't think there has been a story need for me to work it out. But I'd guess it would be treated as murder.
    Unless you were killing a king/Emperor and claimed the throne, in which case it would be called "removing the usurper and restoring the rightful heir to the throne".
     
  4. BloodyHellSausage

    BloodyHellSausage Troubadour

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    I meant to say a more negative attitude than other forms of murder.
     
  5. Jsssssssssk

    Jsssssssssk Acolyte

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    It will happen but in a situation where neither side really wants it.
     
  6. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Killing of parents is always regarded as being worse than other kinds of murder. That's across the board.

    Did you have something else in mind? How would you use that in a story?
     
  7. BloodyHellSausage

    BloodyHellSausage Troubadour

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    You mean in real life?
     
  8. Annoyingkid

    Annoyingkid Banned

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    The child is executed. Death Penalty.
     
  9. BloodyHellSausage

    BloodyHellSausage Troubadour

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    What about other forms of murder? Is the punishment the same?
     
  10. Annoyingkid

    Annoyingkid Banned

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    Typically no, as a child is seen to have betrayed the trust and investment of their parents. As this is elf society we're talking about, it takes 80 years just to make a newborn baby. An additional 500 years to get them to the mental and physical age of a human 5 year old. So the child will be considered evil and then executed quietly. So it looks like the whole family was killed tragically.
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2017
  11. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Yes, IRL.

    Can you answer the question I asked, in return?
     
  12. BloodyHellSausage

    BloodyHellSausage Troubadour

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    If I don't say how I would use that in a story, that probably means I haven't thought about it.
     
  13. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    That's too bad. Ideas only live within stories. An idea without a story is like a word without a sentence. It exists. If you try it, you'll find that the writing of a story engenders more ideas.
     
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