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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

The diary is a ruse; the devil's goal is merely to corrupt the baron. He has no specific repayment in mind. His goal is simply to give the baron immortality in hopes that, like the parable of Gyges, ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

Installment Soul Payments A person's soul is a big, powerful, important thing that grows as they do. It cannot be sold when you're twenty, because you only have twenty years of it to sell. Of course, ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

New Layer Of Hell. In typical D&D fashion, all the fiends are constantly feuding with each other for power and influence. Stan is a medium rank devil. From a mortal's point of view, he is godlike. ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

Psychometry, The Horcrux, and The Portal: Stan is in a bit of a bind. He's in exile, and his ability to do things outside the underworld is now really limited. He is, however, a really clever guy, and ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

The Baron's immediate goals arise from his need to maintain this book. He is constantly desiring raw materials that he can use to manufacture new pages and other book binding resources. This would ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

The baron rules a breadbasket Many major empires have a bread basket. The Greek empires had Crimea, in the Ukraine. The Chinese had Sichuan. The Roman Empire had Egypt. Their vast harvests fed by the ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

It is much simpler. The diary is a gimmick, but it is also important. The important things in it are that (1) Baron is asked to use specific ingredients for ink, and (2) is asked to include at least ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

The Baron is Stan's telegraph Do anything very many times and you'll eventually do it unconsciously. A pedestrian example: the first time you washed the dishes, you had to pay attention to each dish --...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

The Baron knew the deal was too good to be true. Immortality for the price of a dairy? But his goals require risk, and so a risk he took. Then when the Baron was in danger, Stan provided a second deal ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

1. The diary itself is designed to corrupt Each page of the diary must be made of parchment made from an intelligent creature, and inked in blood of the same. The baron must choose to kill and defile ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

The archetypical way gods work in stories is Gods create sentients, sentients create faith, faith powers the Gods♤. The Baron's diary will be scrutinized by Stan and his followers, and from it ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

The diary is a loophole I like the answer by Cadence, but I think the diary can serve an additional purpose. Think about it... Can you maintain a diary for eternity ? Are you sure you won't miss a ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

Long term investment There is a scene in Good Omens where Crowley, a demon who is always up to date with whatever is trending, meets two of his colleagues who spend most of their time in hell. They ...
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Is it possible for another European-style medieval society to be on a separate continent?

The question as asked is vague, and may want to be narrowed down, but here is my understanding of the question, and my best swing at answering; you appear to be asking 'What conditions would lead a ...
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How to balance a conflict between animal people when one of them has the advantage of flight?

Assumption both groups are omnivores. Thus are in competition for food thus leading to prior wars/violence that caused the avians to be pushed into the mountains where they have a strong military ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

He's got the barony exactly the way he wants it, and he wants to keep it that way. He foresees that inheritance would muck it up -- anything from an observation that heirs often differ, to a vision ...
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Is it possible for another European-style medieval society to be on a separate continent?

Rediscovered. https://www.deviantart.com/lpsdc/art/The-Lost-City-868020985 Millenia before the events of your story, there was an Atlantis-like ancient empire whose domain spanned the continents. ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

The devil uses the content of the diary for corrupting other men and gain new souls. Sure, the devil can corrupt men on its own, but having a diary written by some human can be more effective at ...
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How to balance a conflict between animal people when one of them has the advantage of flight?

Both sides indulge in attacks on food and water supplies. Perhaps these are new spells, hence the lack of agreement against them. Perhaps their subtle differences allow them to be indignant at the ...
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How to balance a conflict between animal people when one of them has the advantage of flight?

Lions jump high. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FN1GX46oc0 This looks like a tiger to me. It is definitely a big cat and it is really jumping. I figure the back legs are 5 feet off the ground and ...
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Litmus test for discerning worthy counterparty of medieval trade

Textiles, Flanders In medieval times, there existed trade over the Silk route. It involved silk, pottery, spices.. Now suppose people from the East would want to get a stronghold in trade. They could ...
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Is it possible for another European-style medieval society to be on a separate continent?

Q: "I was wondering how could they be medieval style like the mainland, and if it is even possible at all." No, because you would need too recent common roots .. and recent common roots ...
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Is it possible for another European-style medieval society to be on a separate continent?

Depends on how you define "like" ... Speaking the same language, having exactly the same kind of technology, without knowing each other? Not really. But consider how little China and Europe ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

"Your words shall be written in the purest blue with ink made from crushed lapis lazuli, written on pages from trees which outlasted many generations. All you have written as such shall be your ...
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