Oh, Edie! I thought that voice was familiar. I see you've met my new friend here. Hideaki? -She looks to him to confirm she said it properly.- They're fairly rare where I'm from too, so that's another similarity to jot down. Rare, carried in bloodlines, for life, have some sort of effect on magic...Crests aren't a thing that connects you to another person, though. They're just funny little quirks people are born with. Or if you want to take the Church's stance on matters 'Gifts of the Goddess'. Rewards for your ancestors defeating evil gods in the past. -She waves a hand while saying that, indicating that she thinks that's all rather silly. And she does. Gifts of the Goddess. If they're gifts then maybe the Goddess would have done better to gift the nobility with some humility!- Returning to the other bit...That's definitely not the same kind of moon! A very different sort. Can't really say off the top of my head what that would correlate to where I'm from, if anything. I don't know enough about the topic. The Church of Seiros does run the Officer's Academy from it's headquarters at Garreg Mach, though, and most people get into the academy by way of noble birth. Commoners can sneak their way in via other means. Patronage from a noble family or even being adopted, like I said. Most are left to the mercy of the entrance exams though and chances are if you're a commoner you aren't learned enough to pass those. I mean, a lot of people can't even read! Only reason I can is I was picked up by an opera company. -She shrugs about that like it's no big deal.- Bit easier to learn performances if your singers can read scripts.