Sometime later the islanders on a little rimward atoll were amazed to find, washed into their little local lagoon, the wave-rocked corpse of a hideous sea monster, all beaks, eyes and tentacles. They were further astonished at its size, since it was rather larger than their village. But their surprise was tiny compared to the huge, stricken expression on the face of the dead monster, which appeared to be have been trampled to death.
("The Color of Magic")
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Usually he didn't bother the gods, and he hoped the gods wouldn't bother him. Life was quite complicated enough.
You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise. I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.
Either dragons should exist completely or fail to exist at all, he felt. A dragon only half-existing was worse than the extremes.
Om rubed his head. This wasn't god-like thinking. It seemed simpler when you were up here. It was all a game. You forgot that it wasn't a game down there. People died. Bits got chopped off. We're like eagles up here, he thought. Sometimes we show tortoise how to fly. Then we let go.
On the Disc the gods dealt severely with atheists.
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