The Demon Kings knowledge has brought prosperity to the villagers of Winter Pass. Her crop rotation plant has made a noticeable impact of the health and well-being of the villagers. But now she has a problem. In order to make her changes widespread, she needs a way to disseminate her knowledge. But just spreading this knowledge wont be enough, she has to ensure that the knowledge is received, accepted, and put to use. In a world with no internet, and a mostly illiterate population, what do you do? You turn to the largest educator of the poor: The Church.
The common alternative name for the Medieval Age in Western Europe is the Dark Ages, and for good reason. The “enlightened” Western World of the Greeks and Romans had fallen. Some of their civilizations great achievements were lost in the barbarian invasions. As the dust settled out, and a new governments took it’s place, the Church grew and expanded across Europe. It was as rich and powerful as any monarch.
One of the primary tenants of the church is to live pious life in the example shown by Christ. For some, this involved selling all of their possessions, and devote themselves to labor in support of their fellow-man. As this sentiment grew, it formed is own legs, and became Monastic Movement. The ascetic ideal of fleeing the materialistic world, giving up all worldly possessions and devoting oneself to worship formed the basis of the movement. And, it made the monks the unsung heroes of the Medieval Age.
At the maturity of the monasticism in Medieval Europe, monasteries had formed across Europe, where groups of like-minded monks could gather and do their work. Their piousness was shown in their dedication to their work. The skilled laborer was discouraged from taking a pride in his work. All was to be done as part of the service of God, and for the advantage of the community. Different monks devoted themselves to different interests: the promotions of arts, literature, medicine, and agriculture. Monasteries became the intellectual centers of their day.
And this is what the Demon King (now going as the Crimson Scholar) wants to take advantage of. As the most accessible form of education the poor of the land will ever get, the convent can act as the messenger for her revolution. Where churches are typically built in cities, convents can be found wherever enough people are gathered to form a community. And since the Church is a trusted entity, these convents will enter into the social framework with immediate respect and credibility. The knowledge and techniques passed down by the nuns and monks will be absorbed by the farmers without hesitation.
But as with any new knowledge, there will be some who will want to control it. The Demon King knows she must stave off the only other entity that has more power than the government, the merchants. The Alliance of Free Merchants and Southern Independent Cities is a powerful and rich organization, control a majority of the trade across the land. Demon King references that they control 60% of the wheat trade. How do you think they will take it when her and the convents are free distributing knowledge on how to grow potatoes, a crop that will upend their monopoly on wheat?
The Demon King makes a sly move. She send some Alliance merchants a product that will revolutionize the way they travel and trade. And advanced compass, mounted on a gimbal, that can be mounted on a carriage or boat. With a steady, accurate compass, improvements can be made in travel and maps. It will be a sought after object for transportation for both trade and war. With this gift, she is forcing the Alliance to come to her, and start the negotiations that will help prevent the stifling of her agriculture movement.
The Alliance is much like our copyright cartels today. When a new product or technique presents itself, the old business and their practices feel threatened, and will look for ways to monopolize and suppress what disrupts them. In much the same way the, the Alliance see this threat. By heading them off early, she can avert a crisis to her plan, and continue in her work. For if she can’t spread her knowledge free of interruption and corruptions, so wont be able to change the world, and see the other side of the hill. A peaceful, and prosperous world.