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C09P35 – Teaching a Lesson

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The folks at Bleeding Cool were kind enough to share my article “The Measure of Success” with their readers. To mark the occasion, we’re holding a weekend challenge! If the LeyLines Volume Three Kickstarter reaches 33% funded by midnight Monday (11/25) I will share a new myth from the LeyLines world about one of the eight gods, as chosen by backer-only poll. The myth will be released as a PDF to all backers at all levels.

To make your pledge, visit the Kickstarter page! Thanks for supporting independent, original fantasy stories!

As for today’s page…some of you have asked me about where Zhiro’s scars come from. Well…now you know.

Whenever an adult sets out to “teach a lesson” to a child, it never seems to convey the message they intended. I don’t think Koruval really thought about the true impact this event would have, and the lines he’d cross in the process.

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Augh. No. Not okay. D:

Koruval is such a fascinating character. Especially considering the way he behaves toward Zhiro at the beginning of the story.

Cruel but truthful. When you lie, people will pay the price for it, here son, watch the consequences of your being such a git.

It reminds me of a biography where a slave owner woke up and became an abolitionist. Action followed by realization, remorse and a wish to change a society that does not wish it…

You pay coming and going.

I think that some people have to go over a line in a very up-close-and-personal way before they even realize that a line was there to be crossed. It’s an unfortunate and common personality trait that a situation has to become completely untenable for a lot of people before they initiate change. I admire folks that have the foresight and initiative to identify problems and act on them when they’re small. Unfortunately, Koruval is not such an individual.

I have to agree with Golux. It’s really easy for us to look at this act as despicable. But we’re not Kings, or Scions or leaders(well some of us may be, but not I)
So we don’t really have to make any really hard decisions that affect the lives of others.
While I may not like what Koruval did, I’m not sure that he’s as inhumane as he appears to be. He may be doing exactly what he thinks is best for his son, and in turn for the people he leads. If anything that makes his story a much more darker and complex one – instead of being just a monster.

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