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Cnair posted 02 September 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtCnair by tellner, Peralogue

Good? Evil? We are judging him by our standards here. I know, what other standards do we have to judge him by? Still, it's much more interesting to get inside his head and see the world from his complex, alien point of view.

He is violent, murderous, rapacious, mad by the standards of everyone around him and his own people. But the way his mind works has an internal logic. He doesn't do things just because he's evil but because he is what he is just as hard as he can be. It's not something terribly pleasant by our lights, so he's a bad guy.

Contrariwise, Kellhus isn't "good" by our standards. He sees human beings as white boxes - complex but understandable and ultimately nothing more than input/output devices to be used. But he fits more of our preconceptions about what a certain sort of cool hero is like. So we tend to identify with him. As does everyone whom he meets <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

They are both great men, accomplished, wise alien and driven by larger purposes. But neither of them is "the good guy"

I'm betting that in the end Cnaiur will prove at least as important in the Second Apocalypse or its prevention. view post


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