I now have two goals: kill the gods and lift [Name] out of depression. -- RecklessPrudence
It is a terrible thing to have ones gods betray you. The Lady of Death has but one philosophy, so she tends to listen to those who are loyal to her. The Goddess of life and creation, on the other hand, has a lot of Views about who her worshippers should associate with.
By showing mercy to a Gnoll, Tan the Merciless has been forsaken by his god. He... has not taken it well. If he wishes to work the will of his Goddess, he must try and hope that she misremembers who his allies are. His Lady has a unique hatred of Gnolls like me, and she will hear no defences.
I started with one goal - to survive one more day. Now that that goal is guaranteed, and my friend has his troubles because of me... I have two goals, now: kill the gods, and lift Tan the Merciless out of his depression.
If nothing will sway a lawful god from her ruling against Gnolls... I have no alternative but to make her and her rulings obsolete. My friend is suffering, and I will take all the hubris in my heart and turn it into power. Power to fight for my friend. He is good and he deserves love, even the love of the gods. It should not matter what his friends are. It should not matter if he fights beside Welcome Folk or a monster like me. He has made me good. He has found me worthy.
Therefore, he is worth my sacrifice, as my Goddess knows, even the gods themselves must die.
I am not ready to fight the gods. Not yet. I must be powerful. I must be strong. I must wait, and gather resources, and make myself ready.
Tan the Merciless is friend to Nub-ear, the Gnoll. He has found worth in the worthless, and is therefore worth everything. When I know I am ready, I shall take my holy symbol and don my armour and march into the realm of the gods. Live or die, I will fight for my friend. I will fight his Goddess for him, because he cannot.
I am certain that he would do the same for me, should my Lady ever decide I was not worthy of her favours. I am certain beyond the power of my own faith in Her. That is why I must fight.
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