R P G A M E R . C O M   -   E D I T O R I A L S


Gabriel Ang

Responsibility and accountability are two things a lot of people often take for granted. A lot of people do what they want, when they want, where they want and how they want them without thinking of the consequences. At times it becomes actions beyond reasonable control, and even then some people refuse to take responsibility. Sure enough people have differing opinions and ideals, but at times they are trampled under the weight of another's insistence. True enough, everyone sows what they reap, and there comes the time when one must go face to face with what they've done and become answerable to them. You get what you deserve, both the good and the bad, and what defines your character from that point onwards is how you deal with the consequences.

When the scales of Justice tips, it metes out a penalty that sometimes feels beyond fairness. But even then, everything comes in time, and thus the Fool must learn to deal the outcome of his actions. He can turn it into opportunity or into failure, it is really his choice.

The scales of Justice is the card that metes out the consequences of human actions, and thus the effect that goes along with it. Sometimes it comes out as a reward, other times a punishment. Like the Wheel before it the circumstances that led to such action cannot be truly predicted, at times beyond human control, but this does not make one immune to its outcomes. It is because life goes on for the Fool should the consequence not take his life. It is natural for him to hesitate, but it takes greater strength to take responsibility for the even the most undesirable of outcomes to make it right. At this point he has learned enough to turn tragedy around.

The young Fool remembers that, as in the past, he chose himself to undertake this journey and all the trials and tribulations that goes along with it. In a way he does not know truly the road that lies beyond him, but as every action has its own reaction, he knows that everything he does will one day come back to him in ways he might never truly expect. The moment Justice appears he knows that perhaps a grave consequence of his actions has reared its head, demanding his attention and immediate action. It could have been due to something he had done recently, or even days or weeks ago. Sometimes it comes out as a brutal reminder that he is imperfect, as all human heroes are. As Justice demands his answer, he has little time to react.

"Give me the Black Materia!" the voice in his head demands of him. Before he realizes it his body moves beyond his control. In this Ancient Temple he and his friends sought to retrieve the Black Materia that the white-haired swordsman would use to cleanse the world of its life. They had thought they had succeeded, even at the cost of a comrade's alter ego, but now it has come to this. He gives the Black Materia to his sworn enemy as his inner self battles with his mind, trying to keep it under control. When he comes to, the swordsman is gone, and in his rage attacks the very same Priestess that had guided him there. Here he black out again, in a panic, unable to truly comprehend the gravity of what he had just done. He had given up the Black Materia. He refuses to accept it; he refuses to accept that he had been played like a fool.

Out of options and out of time, our young hero is in desperate search for more allies in this war of liberation. Luca Blight will eventually come back to the battlefield to try and finish them off, and he concedes to the need to recruit help from a nation that was once the Sate's enemies. He travels to the capital of Gregminster, the place where another hero before him won liberation for his own nation, to ask for help in the crucial upcoming battle. Before this nation would offer their help, however, the president asks one question of him: "What is the reason for you to fight?" He reminds him of their own hero, who has sacrificed blood, friends and even family to bring peace to their land. Is the young hero then ready for the consequences of his choice, his choice to fight back? He says that he is ready, because all he wants is to end this long and bloody conflict.

Everyone must eventually stand up and take responsibility for their actions, as the young Fool will no doubt experience. You can deny it all you want but it will never go away until you face it. Sometimes it is the result of actions or thoughts that occurred years ago, but only now do they appear and demand attention. The Fool can never be truly prepared for the consequences if his actions, but he must face them anyway. He may be someone on the side of "good" against "evil", but he is still human, he is still fallible.

Justice tips its scale, the Fool must act to return the balance.

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