pragmaticgryffindor asked:

Set has been wanting me to do astral work. I'm feeling extremely iffy about it, and I wanted to ask: what's the point of using humans for that, anyways? Doesn't it make more sense to get a spirit or something that exists primarily Over There?

Depends on what they want you to do, I suppose. And the specifics of the situation at hand.

Thing with him picking me, as an example, is that I don’t have anywhere that I’m tied to. Thing about picking someone from Over There is that they usually have a family and a life and a house and a Place They Belong and live at. So they aren’t always inclined to up and do shit for a deity because the deity asked them to. Plus if they deity is a nobody in that plane, well, why the hell would they care about this random bloke who showed up and said “lol wanna go on an adventure for me for shit pay??? :DDDD” (*insert Gandal/Bilbo picture here*)

Additionally, for places like the Duat, who the hell wants to go there? Most places don’t even know the NTRW exist (at least that I’ve been to), and convincing some random guy from 4 quads over to travel to the Duat for work is probably not gonna happen. It’s like hiring someone in CA, and asking them to commute to England for gig. This is doubly true if the job don’t pay. And let me tell you, NTRW ain’t exactly rolling in the dough.

On top of that, if you’re homeless like me, you don’t have to worry as much about laws to break. Because I don’t have a place to go back to, I don’t have any particular political structure necessarily holding me back. Aka I won’t go do a job and go home and get thrown in jail. Because most places don’t know I exist, because I don’t hail from anywhere in particular. I’m not on anyone’s books. That doesn’t mean you can’t get in trouble with the police or other legal groups. but it does make it more complicated to do so. Humans are mainly tied to the earth, and not to any other particular plane outside of earth (again, not always true) and aren’t going to be found on other plane’s books. Which means if you manage to get a human that can travel and isn’t really known in any planes, they can move around with relative ease, and can get in and out of places with less hassle than someone with a record from Over There. That is until you start taking on more stuff, and end up creating a record for yourself. Then shit just gets annoying, but that’s another conversation.

Plus, some humans have some weird shit hiding in them. It’s like finding a super cool power hidden in some box in the back of your storehouse, and no one knows about it. So if you just… take it before anyone is the wiser, you can make that into something hella useful. Imprint onto it that you’re amazing, so that it wants to work for you, and you’ve basically got a loyal, useful tool that doesn’t fall under anyone’s particular jurisdiction except your’s. I mean, what’s not to love about that.

Humans are a lot closer to the Duat than a lot of other planes are. Humans have a hard on for the gods, and so they can be more complacent and willing to be put out because OMG ITS A GOOOOOODDDDD. We’re also easier to string along, lie to, and otherwise convince or cajole into doing work, and we’re cheap in comparison to other hired help. And generally speaking, most humans are too out of the loop and out of the know to be able to dick you over. That is to say, if a god sends you on a job, you’re not likely to go back to some mob boss and fill them in on what’s going on and jeopardize whatever they’re having you do. Since you don’t consciously live Over There 24/7, you’re probably less well connected, and honestly I don’t know of very many travelers who do active work with seedy underground types. So it’s a pretty safe bet that most humans aren’t going to sell you out for a thrill.

But again, this is speaking as someone who works in a very, uh, specific set of circumstances. And this might not be applicable to every job that a deity might ask of a human. But this stuff is relevant based off of what I’ve experienced.

Unseen photograph of Paul McCartney in the hotel room at the SAS Royal in central Copenhagen. The newspaper is the British music magazine NME, as the Danish photographer had brought the Beatles to the vigilance of the British music press. (Photo: Knud Oersted)