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Jinn punishment - Part 2 by hippo2 Jinn punishment - Part 2 by hippo2
Sami continued his story. "One day, my parents took me on a short trip to the nearest settlement. My parents took all the crystals and desert glass they had grown over the last few months with them to trade it for other things we needed."

"Wait a second!" Martha interrupted him. "I thought we jinn can create everything we need with our magic?"

"That's true. But most of us specialize in a certain kind of magic. The manipulation of what humans call the "classic elements" were common. My parents specialized in the creation of crystals and glasses. We lived in the desert because we found all the raw materials there. And when we had produced enough, we exchanged them for all the things we needed. And so, we went to a place called Al'Amadina. It was located at the end of a very narrow ravine, hidden in a mountainous region of the desert."

"I guess it was hidden from humans, that way?" Martha asked.

"Yes, we tried to avoid humans whenever it was possible." Sami said.

"Because they enslave our kind?"

"Not only that. See, Martha, once we jinn ruled the earth. But humans took more and more land from us. They pushed us into isolated areas, like the desert. And since we are not allowed to kill, we avoided them, rather than fight back. Soon, we only lived in inaccessible places, like deserts and mountains. Only in very rare cases, did we allow humans to enter our places. And only if we really trusted them. Al'Amadina was such a place. It was hidden in the mountains at the end of a very narrow canyon. And when we went there, I would soon see a human for the first time in my life. I'll come to that later."

Martha nodded.

"When we arrived at the gate of Al'Amadina, one of the guards stopped us. My parents had to give them a few of their crystals, as a toll. They also got the name of a resident jinn, who would be their broker for today."

"Their broker?" Martha asked.

"It's a jinn employed by the jinn lord of Al'Amhadina. The broker jinn go around and find traders who are willing to exchange their goods. It's quite a challenging job. Often, a broker has to find three, four or more traders who are willing to trade their goods between each other."

"Didn't you know the concept of money?" Martha asked.

Sami shook his head. "Sadly, no. I learned that concept hundreds of years later, when I was a human slave. But that's another story. We jinn never invented money. Instead, we stuck to barter-trade. And, the jinn lords in their settlements played a vital role: They provided trading places, the brokers and also the necessary security. For these services, the jinn lords took their share as tolls from the traders. And now, I was about to experience a jinn market for the first time.
First, I was very impressed to see all the jinn. So far, I only knew my parents and a jinn family that lived not far away. Now, I saw hundreds of jinn. And, to my biggest surprise, I saw the first humans in my life. At the market, I saw two human men, one older, one younger, doing trades with one of the broker jinn. 'Dear friend, can you tell me what these humans are doing here?' I asked another jinn."

"They are traders who have Lady Amhadina's permission to trade here. They bring rare goods that we jinn don't produce", the other jinn explained.

"I thought it's forbidden for humans to come to our settlements?" I asked the other jinn.

"It's not part of the Great Law, but part of Lady Amhadina's Small Law. And she has given them a special permission", the other jinn explained.

"Great Law? Amhadina's Small Law? What do you mean?" Martha asked.

"We jinn are bound to several law codices. One is the Great Law. It's a law codex that applies to all jinn: We are not allowed to kill, we can't bring the dead back. We are not allowed to mess with the free mind and, if we are convicted or if we enter a period of servitude, it is always for a limited time. And some more laws." Sami explained.

"That sounds familiar." Martha said.

"Yes. The rules for jinn slaves are based on the Great Jinn Law. It's also the reason why you are forced to grant only one wish. Your period of servitude to each master is always for a limited time only."

"And what is the Small Jinn Law?" Martha asked.

"These are local laws. While the Great Jinn Law applies to every jinn everywhere, the Small Jinn Law is valid only within the area of the jinn lord, who made this law."

"The Small Law is made by the jinn lords?"

Sami nodded. "Each jinn lord rules over a limited region, usually his or her settlement. And for this settlement, the jinn lord makes additional laws. Of course, the Small Law must not violate the Great Law."

"Of course not." Martha agreed. "So, it's the Small Law that forbids humans to enter jinn settlements?"

"There's not THE Small Law. There are many." Sami corrected Martha. "Maybe there had been Small Laws that allowed humans to enter, I don't know. In the settlement of Amhadina, humans were not allowed unless they got a special permit by Lady Amhadina."

"I see. And I guess they are subjected to the jinn laws as well?"

"Of course they are. And the punishment can be really severe for humans, as I was about to soon witness." Sami said.

TO BE CONTINUED...


Part 1: [link]

Part 3: [link]
Part 4: [link]
Part 5A: Turn the earrings back into a girl. [link]
Part 5B: Keept the girl as a pair of earrings. [link]

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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's interesting to see the genie variety in the pic above.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
I received the links to some old, arabic genie pictures. They were a great inspiration. And there not "the jinn", rather several races of jinn.
Sami, his father and the other horned jinn are one races, the Marid. Another race, which will appear next week, are the Ifrit, which are often depicted with dark skin. My picture of Aisha Qandisha [link] is basically an Ifrit.
Genified humans basically form another race of jinn, since the keep most of their human appearance (only their skin colour may change) and they keep their navel. Have a close look and you will find on of these kind of jinn in the picture.
There are many other races too. Some will appear next week.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I look forward to that. :)
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's all very interesting, but there's something that's bothering me about this story and the previous one.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
What's it that bothers you?
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's just that a series finale usually has to do with addressing the biggest problems the characters have and resolve them. I don't know how the previous and current stories fit into that.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
It's not yet the last story. There will be two more stories after this one. And in these last two stories, the biggest problems will be dealt with.
At first sight, the desicion about Babette doesn't seem very important, but depending on wether Babette returns or disappears from the story, it will have big effects, first on some important branches the story will take and then on the final outcome
Also this story is basically a setup for a desicion Sami has to take. Still, this upcoming desicion will be crucial for the outcome of the complete story. I beg you to be a bit more patient.
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I am patient, and I like the stories as stand alone stories. I just have many questions right now, and I prefer to make them known than keep them to myself. I hope that doesn't bother you.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
You can always ask. Maybe I can't answer them publicly without spoiling, but I'm curious to hear your questions.
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, for one... How does this progress the story?
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
It will further explain the background of Sami. And it will lead to a decision that Sami will make.
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice.
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