It would seem that my unit finds my ethical system perplexing.
Wantonly hunting sentient life, killing sentient life, and eating the flesh of sentient life is a particularly malicious act. Consuming the flesh of the same or similar species can result in kuru disease, a form of neurological damaging that results in the loss of fine motor proficiency manifesting in a distinct and constant shaking. The more such flesh consumed, the higher the risk, and the higher the corruption becomes. However there are cases where doing so has been ruled as acceptable by most high-priests in the church if both necessary for survival, and if the flesh died by means other than malicious intent to murder in order to consume sentient flesh. However penance and cleansing rituals to purify the body and soul must then be performed. These rituals vary in form, function and overall severity depending on both the mortal interpretation of the pantheons wishes as a whole, the individual deity in particular, as well as the notice and the whim of the god, gods, or servants involved in policing such events.
Further while I find the use of foreign particulates in order to escape reality for on a purely entertaining level to be base. I would not stop most people from following their life path down this dark turn. I would certainly counsel against the use of damaging narcotics, and those that cause one to loose touch with there surroundings in such a fashion to cause others harm – such as a city watchmen or a physician. I would act in a much more fervent manor to prevent such a fault to develop within my family, for example. In other cases many such drugs are often harmless and similar to imbibing alcohol with the intent to become inebriated. Alcohol as a whole is a public health benefit, as the water is often purified by a clergymen and is also separated from non-water parts during distillation.
The healers I have been studying under have been debating the use of sand layered along with charcoal in a repetitive pattern as a method for separating pure water from other liquids and particulates found in rivers and streams, but at first I found this line of reasoning largely academic, as we have clergymen able to purify water for the population at a rate that is quite sufficient for our current needs. However, there is the interesting theory that providing ways beyond that of the magical or divine to produce a given effect would save such magical and divine energies for use else ware to be intriguing. All the same I have a strong suspicion that the gods feed on the use of there clergymen’s belief as well as the use of divine energy. Perhaps in casting divine magic’s we take unpalatable arcane magic and transform it into a more palatable form of sustenance that the gods feed upon. I would argue that there is a mutual beneficial outcome of the cleric divine relationship as we mortals gain powerful healing magic’s, and the gods are then provided with additional sustenance more appealing to there pallets. I suppose the best course of action would be to make use of both divine magic’s and sentient ingenuity to provide for redundancy.