CaptainPatch wrote: Woolfe wrote:... instead they came upon me with fire and blade.
FOUL! You changed the dynamic of the banter by declaring "But I _didn't_ hunt them down and kill them outright. They attacked me. ALL of them. Can I help it if they decided suicide-by-Ranger was the way to go (out)?"
Nope, already stated that sometimes the system enslaves people as much as the slaves themselves. Thats why I would have offered them opportunities, and indeed attempted to parley especially with those who are well thought after. If they aren't willing to talk, I can't help but put them down. I certainly would've initiated the attack on the bad slavers tho.
CaptainPatch wrote:Hmm. Okay, let's go this route:
Well, what did you expect them to do? You had already demonstrated your intention to kill any and all slave-owners if they didn't yield to your unilateral demand of "Free your slaves or die!" ("Or die" is what you meant when you said, "Or face the consequences", right?) Facing that kind of deadly threat, attacking you was simply self-defense! YOU forced a good, kind, generous Master into making a choice of turning out those that were under his protection, to face a cruel and heartless world that most did not have the Skills to face head-on, or sally forth in their defense as the Protector he has always been for us!
Die or be thrown out. Either or. The second may well have lead to the first.
Your wonderful protector was allowing the system to occur. I will not be held accountable for his choice. The day he chose to accept slaves he started down this path.
Evil prospers where good fails to oppose it.
During his tenure as your master he could of worked towards convincing the others to change, he could of allowed his own slaves freedom, paying them in board and lodgings instead, but no instead he perpetuated the cycle. When I went to him and offered him change, he did not take it, when I attacked he could of defended his own stead and parleyed. Choices were given to him to change the system and he chose to ignore them.
Should I have allowed this disease to grow, and spread, until those who want to work honestly in other townships cannot compete against those who would enslave? Until the disease of slavery spread and grew and took hold such that the system would collapse with its loss. Should I have condemned countless others to the slavers who were not like your master. For no reason other than your personal safety.
CaptainPatch wrote:And what of his wife and children? As you have slain ALL slave-owners, that means that you have slain them as well! Was the wife and children leading the charge that you so Masterfully annihilated? I think not! So, along with all your other accomplishments, you can add "child-killer" to the list!
So be it. His wife and older children are individuals they had the choice to reject the life they were living and leave it. They chose not to. Can you say the same for your own wife and children. The true tragedy are the youngest, they are innocent of their parents ills. They are the truly wronged here. I will do what I can for them. Perhaps you who so loved his master would take them on. At least allowing them a chance like your own children. I am aware of the problems of my actions, but better remove to the gangrenous hand now even though some of the fingers are healthy, than wait and lose the entire arm later.
CaptainPatch wrote:BTW, as a Desert Ranger out on assignment, you do NOT have the luxury of taking in strays and handing them off to people that you know and trust. If that _did_ become your SOP, you wouldn't be able to go more than several miles before you would have to divert from your course again, and again, and again.... (LOTS of people in need of rescue in the Wasteland.) You would more than likely have to make a hard-and-fast policy of telling rescuees, "There. I saved you from your current hazard. Now it's up to you to get yourself to someplace safe. I suggest that you try to make you to ____. And in the future, be more careful!"
Yeah, I am hoping the "Ranger Base" will be an option in that you try and build a community. So at least then they can be offered a chance. But even without that chance, there would be enough wealth around that I could at least give some help to those I have freed.
Most situations aren't as dire as slavery. Slaves have nothing, a township under attack, was a township before the attack, so they can continue. And of course, that is the risk I take playing as a paragon of virtue