Watching the Cleric move with his Light burning brightly into the dark was an inspirational and emotional moment for me. Watching that Light get bashed, bitten, blasted by an evil ice monster and then dashed to the ground was also an inspirational and emotional moment, though not quite the same. It is funny how watching an old person can reveal so much about the past, like, for example, how much tactics and strategy has changed in the last couple hundred years. I admired how he drew attacks for the party, enabling us to close and combat the demons, even as I winced and choked on the amount of damage he sustained.
Sigh, my life played out on someone else’s body.
Yes Aroden, I was aware of the symbolism, you didn’t need to have done that to that poor Sarenrae fellow to make your point. And yes, I realize that they are not actually joining our covenant but you don’t make it easy when you don’t show them that you are alive. They don’t have the level of faith that I have and they have not seen what I have seen. It is easier for them to join the side of a visible God who grants their followers obvious powers. Yes, they know I pray to you, but they still seem to think that someone else is supplying the power. No, I am not just making excuses, I am just pointing out the conditions that we are working under. And, I would like to point out that we are gaining here. Logan has already made a choice and he chose the right side. Murgash is learning and is on the right path, though if he doesn’t learn to be more careful with his ancestors, he may not enjoy his next turn on the wheel. But the greatest gains of all are for Sophia. Look at what is happening there! She is learning all kinds of important things that she has been so wrong about. First is that people, even Paladins or perhaps especially Paladins, don’t love war, killing, blood and death, a fact which seems to escape the majority of blood-lusting bards out there. Sometimes evil needs to be smitten, demons, devils, drow, rangers, etc, but the vast majority need to be shown that the life they lived or are living, the life of violence, greed (still working on it!), revenge (again, still working on it) is the problem. They need not just examples but opportunities to make a change, and it is not going to happen overnight. Her decent didn’t happen overnight, after all and it is unreasonable to expect her rise to either. Sophia is finally beginning to see that you can’t keep living a dead life and expect to get anything out of it except death. She will learn and grow into a powerful, if somewhat shady, force for us. Whether she venerates you or some other God of LIght, it is still a net win.
The next thing we need to teach them is that bravery and courage isn’t the same as foolishness. We must always confront evil but that confrontation need not always take the form of an axe or a great sword. The Cleric just provided a graphic demonstration of the value of ‘courage’ as recognized by cretins (or bards, same thing) and I, feeling the hand of foreshadow upon me, will soon do the same. Getting clooned is not anyone’s job, or rather it is all of our jobs at some point. Sacrifice like that of the Cleric’s is a part of everyone job at some point, in order to provide others the opportunity to deal with the greater threats that we are confronting. Though, sacrificing a healer or a warrior at the beginning of a fight may not be the best of plans when there is such a limited supply of them to be had. People just need to learn.
All that being said … CHARGE!!