The importance of the Warrior arts has been made abundantly clear. Within the last month I have engaged in mortal combat a half dozen times and the losers have died. Less skilled, less well equipped, or simply less lucky; in the end it does not matter. Even if already dead they died. Mastery of violence is not optional, it is essential because without it life can just be plucked away. Power and killing prowess always matter while everything else can be swept away.
It has also been made quite clear the limitations of the Path of the Warrior. Warrior power did not free us from the slaver bonds, but my cunning and Thief magic did. It is not skill at arms that has allowed us to pursue this mystery, instead it is my investigative abilities and those of Nethan that have uncovered the mystery. It was a mystery with teeth so violence still had its place, but one that had to be uncovered first. Furthermore, the reckless pursuit of ‘kills’ by my companions, especially the pursuit of crippled foes when there were far better targets easily at hand, has shown the dangers that can lurk on that Path. Self aggrandizement is hardly a fitting employment of those skills. Killing is a tool. The killing arts must be wielded skillfully, firmly, and in pursuit of a worthy purpose.
I believe the Path of the Warrior has little left to teach me.