“Do you believe in Priest-Kings?” asked Marcus.

“Do you believe in Priest-Kings?” asked Marcus.
“Certainly,” I said.
“I do not,” he said.
“As you will,” I said.
“But how are we to explain the Weapons Laws, the Flame Death?” he asked.
“That would seem to be your problem, not mine,” I said, “as I accept their existence.”
“Something exists,” he said, “but they are not Priest-Kings.”
“That is an interesting thought,” I said.
“It is only that they possess the power of Priest-Kings!” he said.
“That is a second interesting thought,” I said. “But if they possess the power of Priest-Kings, why not call them Priest-Kings?”
“Do you think they would mind, if I did not?” he asked, somewhat apprehensively. “Probably not,” I said. Indeed, provided men kept their laws the Priest-Kings were content to let them do much what they wished. The major concern of Priest-Kings with men, it seemed, was to have as little to do with them as possible.
That had always seemed to me understandable.
“But what is the relation of the Initiates to the Priest-Kings, if there are such?” he asked.
“One which is rather remote, I suspect,” I said, “if it exists at all.”
“You do not think the Priest-Kings are on intimate terms with the Initiates, do you?”
“Would you wish to be on intimate terms with an Initiate?”
I asked.
“Certainly not,” he said.

Magicians of Gor, p.364

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