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Raven Shaw

I’m not sure they had any real idea of what happens after death, but their religion did motivate and control a large enough civilization to build some impressive stuff. Their adherence to tradition may have held them back though, too much conservatism is as detrimental to stable growth as too much liberalism. They were fairly smart, and the fact scribes were an upper class shows that rulers appreciated intelligence. Have you seen the Aeoliphile? It’s an early steam engine that was used in ancient Egypt to wow temple-goers by powering automatic doors. No need for trains when you still use slaves.