Notes on oaths and laws in Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota
Snippets worth preserving and commenting upon, from the first three books of Terra Ignota.
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Onwards, to the discussion whose purpose animates this text. This got lengthy and hard to navigate, so I broke it up by oath: