This is a post about how liberalism and tolerance ruin everything. It’s also a post about a webcomic titled The Order of the Stick, so I’ll need to take a moment to describe it to you.
OotS is a masterful work by Richard Burlew, set in a universe governed by the laws of Dungeons & Dragons. The comic’s not only hilarious, but it’s full of high drama, as well. Burlew manages to take the cartoony nature of the good/evil alignment system and create complex, deep characters out of it, villains with understandable motivations. The comic can go very dark at times, and he has such a complex plot planned out that clues will be given out months in advance.
It’s masterful storytelling, with each new panel leaving you on the edge of your seat.
So where does Liberalism come in? Not with Burlew, I’m happy to say, but with the commenters on his forum. To explain what’s going on, a quick recap of the recent comics is necessary. Bear with me, I’ll try not to lose you in too much nerd speak:
Durkon Thundershield: a Dwarven Cleric (that is, a warrior priest) to Thor. Wields divine magic, and believes in Truth, Justice, and the Asgardian Way
Malack: a Lizardperson Cleric to Nergal, the lion-headed God of death and destruction. He’s part of a team of evil adventurers, who’ve been playing different empires off each other by working behind the scenes, to slowly consolidate power.
He’s also remarkably charming, reasonable, and polite. The sort of evil priest you could sit down and have tea with, while discussing the finer points of theology (as Durkon did, a few dozen comics back).
The big reveal over the past few comics is that Malack is a 200 year old Vampire, leading to a massive debate in the forums as to whether he’s Neutral or Evil or what. Which is ridiculous, because of one simple fact -according to the rule books, Vampires are always evil! No exceptions. No sparkling. No bullshit. Vampires in the D&D universe are twisted undead monstrosities who feed on the blood of innocents and worship dark gods. The only possible redemption for a vampire is death and resurrection, followed by atonement – but since Malack is much older than his natural lifespan, resurrection would merely bring back a pile of bones.
He is completely unredeemable.
And yet people were still trying to argue that he must be True Neutral, or Lawful Neutral, or something, because he’s a remarkably charming and polite person. This ridiculous argument was finally put to bed when he gave away his long-term plans for the Empire of Blood in the latest comic: he’s going to build an Altar to Nergal, where he’ll sacrifice 1000 lives a day in an Aztec-esque celebration of the Gods of Death.
Yup, this creature is an utter abomination: case closed.
Now I can understand why people want to give him the benefit of the doubt (a testament to Burlew’s writing, Malack is such a Nice Guy, after all!), but then I ran into this comment, which is such a perfect example of damaged-amygdala, multi-culti, embrace-the-monster Liberal Nonsense that I was driven to post about it (click to see the fully-zoomed image):
200 year old walking abominations, who’ve been surviving off the blood of innocents… and we’re not supposed to be “judgmental” of them. If they can’t even admit that Evil exists in a morally certain fictional universe, what hope do they have of recognizing it in the real world?
None. None whatsoever.
I’ll leave it to the reader to speculate about the gender and LGBT logo, though I’m left wondering what sort of evil has been committed against this person? Evil that they insist is Good, of course. Be gentle, folks, don’t go trolling.