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Why WOULD you kill a wyvern that fetches golden rabbits?

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Why WOULD you kill a wyvern that fetches golden rabbits?
Post by Kufat   » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:47 am

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So, the goose, that makes sense. Gold comes out of the back end without having gone into the front, so you assume the presence of either an internal reservoir or an organ that generates gold, and either way, you want to take a look. Fine. Metaphor for greed; you're giving up something great in hopes of something greater, and you get your fingers burned.

But the wyvern? The wyvern doesn't have anything interesting inside of it. It just goes somewhere and comes back with something. Killing it doesn't have any possible benefit. How does the fable work in that case?
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Re: Why WOULD you kill a wyvern that fetches golden rabbits?
Post by Marty   » Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:26 am

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:idea: Golden rabbits are an endangered species?
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Re: Why WOULD you kill a wyvern that fetches golden rabbits?
Post by PeterZ   » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:23 am

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These are religious people. A wyvern that fetches a golden rabbit is unavoidably seen as a gift from God....or Shan-Wei. Golden rabbits are not natural after all. A wyvern that fetches one must be a supernatural agent. Assuming it serves the Dark and then killing it may be the right thing to do or it may be an act of sacrilege. I am sure there is a story about someone misled by evil to defile a gift from God because of some inner character flaw.

Sounds like a teaching moment by the command crew using an Earth parable back before they left Safehold.
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Re: Why WOULD you kill a wyvern that fetches golden rabbits?
Post by saber964   » Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:00 pm

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PeterZ wrote:These are religious people. A wyvern that fetches a golden rabbit is unavoidably seen as a gift from God....or Shan-Wei. Golden rabbits are not natural after all. A wyvern that fetches one must be a supernatural agent. Assuming it serves the Dark and then killing it may be the right thing to do or it may be an act of sacrilege. I am sure there is a story about someone misled by evil to defile a gift from God because of some inner character flaw.

Sounds like a teaching moment by the command crew using an Earth parable back before they left Safehold.



Its the Safeholdian version of the Golden Goose
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Re: Why WOULD you kill a wyvern that fetches golden rabbits?
Post by Nyssa   » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:57 am

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Because you do not want anyone else to benifit.
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Re: Why WOULD you kill a wyvern that fetches golden rabbits?
Post by Randomiser   » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:29 am

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The fable is obviously still about the foolishness of unconsidered action. Maybe the wyvern was exceptionally annoying and the owner lashed out, or they were temporarily imprisoned somewhere and the owner ate it far too early, or ...

Who can come up with the best explanation?
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Re: Why WOULD you kill a wyvern that fetches golden rabbits?
Post by Rajani Isa   » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:36 pm

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Because I don't want the owner of said golden rabbits coming after me.
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Re: Why WOULD you kill a wyvern that fetches golden rabbits?
Post by Weird Harold   » Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:04 am

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Wyverns are edible, golden rabbits aren't?
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Answers! I got lots of answers!

(Now if I could just find the right questions.)
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