2.06 Midday in the Garden of Good and Neutral

Location: On the way to Songspring Abbey

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Charnesh
The day after the night-attack of giants, before reaching the ruined abbey, Charnesh makes a point of riding beside GGS for a while. Positioning them behind the others so there was little chance of being overheard, Charnesh asks GGS a question.
You told Sheila that there was a group worshiping some Dragon idol at the town you visited while I was working for the church. Is that right?

Ghâ-Gûbi-Sêg
Yes. There seemed to be a religion based around Dragon Lords I think?
We made an Inn holy and Barley spent a lot of time with groups of locals

Charnesh
You told Sheila that Barley had put them on his path. What did you mean by that?

Ghâ-Gûbi-Sêg
Yes. There seemed to be a religion based around Dragon Lords I think?
We made an Inn holy and Barley spent a lot of time with groups of locals

Charnesh
You told Sheila that Barley had put them on his path. What did you mean by that?
You changed the chat colors.

Ghâ-Gûbi-Sêg
Oh, you know, his religious path. Like you but… with more pain

Charnesh
Yes, I hear you, but I'm not sure I understand. You see Barley praying for other people to be hurt, and you see him use his device to extract their essences. Do you see that as different from me smiting creatures and praying for fire to come down?

Ghâ-Gûbi-Sêg
Not entirely. Barley has not harmed me for a long time and both of us were at fault for slaughtering those thieves, but we both recognized our errors.
You both kill creatures with powers you have gained through your experiences, as have I. Your approaches may be a little different, but your results have, so far, been the same

Charnesh
The difference is that the god I get my powers from, Eo, is a god of good. If I hurt creatures that my god wants me to, they are evil creatures, who have done or are doing bad things. Eo, incidentally, is also how Whisp gets his powers.
The god who gives Barley his powers, Skolor, is an evil god. His followers hurt people because they like hurting people, or because they think that hurting people will make them more likely to worship him.
Do you understand the difference between Good and Evil?

Ghâ-Gûbi-Sêg
I do understand Good. But I'm not sure I understand Evil
Creatures kill creatures for many reasons. I understand that choosing not to kill can be an act of Good. But choosing to kill is more grey

Charnesh
Do you want to understand?

Ghâ-Gûbi-Sêg
I do want to understand

Charnesh
Okay - I have any number of books or pamphlets that explains things with many words and gives many examples. They are good for sitting in stuffy chambers or drafty temples. For here and now, the best way to learn is to watch. Both me and Barley. Note the differences. Not just the hurting and the healing, but watch the way we ask questions, and the reasons why we do things. Let me be your example of Good.
Now, as for the town you all visited, was Barley teaching the people there to hurt other people?

Ghâ-Gûbi-Sêg
You already are my example of Good, Charnesh. I told the townsfolk that. I just don't understand the difference between Evil and Neutrality.
I don't know what Barley was doing. I mostly helped out in the Inn and bonded with Tito and Bubo
But I noticed that less and less townsfolk seemed interested in the other religion and they looked at him like a leader
I think a few of them may have disappeared as well, but I'm not sure. I didn't know any of them

Charnesh
Okay - thank you for letting me know. In all honesty, I'm confused by neutrality as well. I don't understand why people would be anything other than good, but I know that it happens. My god, Eo, wants me to try and convince neutral people to be good if I can.
Part of this is also smiting true evil from this world - usually in the form of demons or devils or other irredeemably evil beings both native to this realm and native to others.
I appreciate your help doing this work. I also appreciate your willingness to come on this journey, and I hope to be able to answer all your questions.
Now, I think that the abbey is just on the other side of this hill.

Charnesh waits a beat to see if what he's saying is sinking home, and then (getting no response) slows down to take up position at the end of the procession - all the better to keep an eye out.


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