Ilsona: I'm sorry. I can't imagine... Fosimah: Family is very important to our culture. If you have no family, you have nothing. To be disowned is considered the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone. Ilsona: That's why we suppress our arguments. It's better to be together and disagree silently than argue and force ourselves apart. Fosimah: As far as the effects of me not marrying the one my parents chose, well, my mother wasn't exactly happy. As family is important, disobeying them is tantamount to breaking the law. Ilsona: You're lucky you weren't disowned. When you told mother, I thought she was going to throw you out right then and there. Fosimah: ...She did. I'm lucky she took me back. Ilsona: What? When did this happen? Fosimah: When she took me away to speak with me alone. She threw me out and I wandered around, then I met a nice boy who helped me convince her to take me back in. Ilsona: Nicer than Ihuzo? Fosimah: That's...not...I'm just not going to debate this anymore. Clearly, I can't change your mind. Fosimah: Well, our gods don't encourage us not to rely on them, but they're not that easily offended. Ilsona: Yes, they are. You have to be careful. Fosimah: I'll say what I believe, and you do the same. Let's not argue. Fosimah: Because there's not much taken down in writing, there are many different interpretations of those writings. As such, the details tend to vary from region to region. Ilsona: For example, our version is one of the stricter ones. Fosimah: Your. I don't follow that version anymore. Ilsona: Our version is stricter than most. The veil everyone wears isn't a product of modesty, as it is for other religions I've come across, but to protect the face. The face is considered holy, a gateway into the very soul of a person, and looking upon it is a privilege reserved only for that person's betrothed. Fosimah: Spouse. Ilsona: Just because you disagree with arranged marriages doesn't mean- Fosimah: Doesn't mean it's wrong? Forcing people into an unhappy marriage isn't wrong to you? You've never had to deal with it! Ilsona: Calm down. Fosimah: You're right. Either way, with most versions, family is allowed to see the face. With the loosest one, the iras isn't even worn, as we mentioned before. Fosimah: To be clear, they're not political resources. Personally, I don't understand why we do them at all, so Ilsona will have to- Ilsona: It's a very obvious reason. A person can't be trusted to choose their own partner. All the stories that have been written point toward the fact that if someone has a choice, they'll always choose wrong. Just look at Blusa's marriage to Navuth. It was a disaster. Fosimah: It was a disaster because Navuth was the goddess of endings and always trying to put an end to Blusa's beginnings. Not because they had a choice. Ilsona: Did they choose each other? Fosimah: Yes.... Ilsona: It's their fault. Fosimah: *sighs* That's not how it works. Ilsona: That's probably a good idea. Fosimah: I think she meant no good reason. Fosimah: What happens to them after death? Do they have souls? Where do they go? Ilsona: I'm still trying to get past the fact that gods can die.