The Mark of Tyranny
Life and Tragedy
Writing Exercise Question: Sudden Loss of Life is always a tragedy, but why?
Adran: Because they could have better served the earth alive.
Aleyn: They still had more use to me.
Archon: I think quite the opposite.
Aristes: Cause death is bad? More so if it’s sudden, instead of after a life of chasing the finer things.
Azad: Because that’s one less contract for me.
Betresh-Lal: All death is sudden. You can’t truly imagine a world without you, you always see it through your own eyes. When you die, there’s always a part of you that is saying “This can’t happen to me, I’m too important to perish!”
Cha’ka: The Kreen do not fear death, but we do not welcome it. We are all reborn, in the fullness of time, but leaving the clutch a warrior weaker is a terrible thing to do.
Davion: If they died doing their duty, then it is not a failure, it is a necessary cost.
Dragonborn Arena Master: Because the audience expected more.
Elthea: The shadows claim us all eventually. Why call it a tragedy, when it happens to everyone?
Haneth Tsalaxa: Because they were worth more in service or slavery.
Harzen Scorchedskull: Because, he should have lived longer! I still had so many tests to run! Oh, you’re speaking of any death, not this looter’s? Ummm….
Moiraine: A life cut short is a life with so much potential left unused.
Mr. Bread: People die. It’s what they do.
Nihlus Vor: My death would be a tragedy. The women of Athas would weep for a year.
Slice: The stories they may have made, or told, are lost to us forever.
Verin Mathwin: It actually seems more of a release than a tragedy. If it’s sudden, then there is no fear of it, and the pain is gone before it starts.