BLANDCorporatio wrote:To go and retrieve the Sword of Ruthlessness is, even if only at a symbolic level, a step backwards, and in terms of story it undermines both Parson's so far progress and a very touching F-Bomb way at the end of Book 1.
I agree. Throwing away the Sword was a very important gesture on Parson's part, and for him to go back to the storeroom and just pick it up again (with no prior buildup or foreshadowing, even) would majorly cheapen that gesture. It wouldn't be enough to make me stop reading Erfworld, but it wouldn't really sit right for me.
I do not think it would cheapen the gesture, but just show where he is emotionally. Among other things, he has just accepted a model gamepiece to represent himself, after shouting out his refusal to BE a gamepiece when he threw away the sword.
He has spent something like 70 turns trying to come grips with a slaughter he committed, in part by blaming it on Erfworld itself.
By accepting his role as a gamepiece, and maybe symbollically donning a sword, he is taking personal responsibility for his role in the death of thousands. Which can be seen as a degree of maturity, not regression.
Or maybe he is just going to Armory to grab some cosmetic gear to make himself look more impressive for the coming Thinkagram with Jetstone. Bit trivial though.