Fiction Philosophy

The Price of Righteousness

“You think you are so good, so righteous, that you can face evil and walk away unscathed, unscarred? That’s not how it goes. That’s not how the story ends. If that’s your story, then you didn’t face evil, not the true kind of evil, born from darkness and weaned on suffering. 

The price you pay for bringing light into the world is that every time you do so, you leave a little piece of you behind.

If you are not bitter and resentful by the time you’ve run out of pieces, then… Then you can be said to have lived a good, righteous life.”

— from the diary of Eregar, former Knight-Master of the Knightly Order of The Tower, collected in “Annals of the March of the Ice-Champion”