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This is a series of lores found in the game.

A Proper Person Speaks, by Polly Weekin[]

Part I

"Every student at the Academagica is required to take an oratory class such as speech, public reading or recitation. However, those who feel the need to brush up on their oratory skills may also read this book. It is allowed. These skills, once learned (or re-learned), will carry one through life in many ways. Whether you raise money, plan to hold an office or simply want to recommend my book to others, oratory skills are essential to communicate your ideas and convince others of their validity."

Part II

"The divine oration is a prayer to the gods. When called out or sung by a priest it is a blessing on the congregation. When called out or sung by a layperson it is a humble call to the gods. Readers must note the use of the word ‘humble,’ for the gods disdain any display of pride. Prayers carry a kind of beauty that inspire the masses. If said before any important meeting it assures that the gods will hear your political will. Choose your words wisely or you shall meet utter doom."

Part III

"The histories of rhetoric and oratory skills are intertwined. The art of rhetoric is the way you speak, and oration is the act of speaking itself. A speech without both these two skills simply does not exist, or is unintelligible. You must have both to be effective in life.  Rhetoric gives a speech fire and meaning."

Part IV

"There are two oratory schools of thought. The first school focuses on formal eloquent speech. It doesn't even require content. Instead the orator must impress his audience with the actual use of words. The second school focuses on the content of the speech and the act of making a convincing argument. Intermixing the schools is generally just not done, because that would suggest the speaker is intelligent, and you never want to fool someone into thinking your smart. That’s how I came to write this book."

Part V

"The idea of parliament is to speak in a public setting. When the nobles gather they speak on subjects of state, tell stories, and generally perform for the entire assembly. The best orators hold the audience for the longest time, while usually never saying anything of importance. Politics rarely come into play."

Part VI

"Typical funeral orations center on the recently deceased and any laments the living have for their passing. Generally one cites the decease's accomplishments, embellishes their qualities and minimizes their faults. I was once forced to speak of a man I was not fond of and thus had to make up accomplishments to honor the scoundrel’s memory."

Part VII

"Various religious institutions offer oratory schools for students wishing lead a life in religious studies. These schools generally gear their oratory learning not on content but rather other floral speech that appeals to emotion. I don’t care for these schools, as they don’t utilize my books."

Part VIII

"Oratory isn’t always a good thing, though. It has come to my attention that certain citizens of Mineta have set up podiums on the docks of Mineta in order to speak their will onto the merchants, travelers, soldiers, and sailors that pass by. This public nuisance has lead to congestion of the dock area, the throwing of produce and the general anger of merchants threatening to boycott the docks. Officials are considering making oration in that area illegal. I have also been told that these orators have been working from my books, which makes me proud."

Part IX

"Poetry is meant to be read aloud -- I don’t care who writes it. Poets will often stand on street corners to recite, though many of them are vagrants and live on said corners. Some more notable poets will have a noble sponsor who will hold special events for the poets to recite. Many times these are invitation only. I have never been invited to one. On rare occasions a poet will secure the use of a stage and charge customers to listen to the poetry. These poetic orations range from a series of poems to an entire play. The plays tend to be tedious."

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