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Subj: Re: Would it be cruel of Odin to totally abandon Asgard even if it led to its complete destruction?
Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 at 04:23:29 pm EST (Viewed 117 times)
Reply Subj: Would it be cruel of Odin to totally abandon Asgard even if it led to its complete destruction?
Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 06:55:49 pm EST (Viewed 102 times)

    One key feature that is stated to essential to a skyfather is the ability to walk away and let things take their course for better or for worse. Buri has rarely intervened in Asgard's disasters despite his power would be a great help. Asgard itself relies so heavily on Odin that whenever someone else is put on the throne they always fall short. Thor himself has shown a refusal to accept his responsibility to be king.

    If Odin were to walk away as a means to force Thor and the rest of Asgard to find a way to get along with out him would that be a necessary cruelty. Sort of a way to force them to move on without him. The World-Eaters might be a good example. Odin left Thor the Odinpower and a fully-fuctional city. The mistakes Thor and Balder have both made have been well documented. After Thor revived Odin, if One-Eye told Thor "Screw it, I gave you a perfect kingdom and and omnipotent power source only for you to squander it. Its time for your to grow up. I'm outta here!" Do you think he would be in the wrong? The World-Eaters don't appear to be an overwhelming threat like Surtur or Seth.


Depends on the scenario. If Odin were to walk away in the midst of a crisis, then yes, I'd say it was cruel because that's not really a situation where one should try and prove a point - there's still that whole great power and great responsibility thing to consider, to borrow a phrase.

The World-Eaters don't feel as big of a threat as Surtur or Seth. I think that's a failure of execution, though I think intention is that they're supposed to be a big deal. Is this a situation where Odin could try and force them into their roles as leaders of Asgard...probably not. They just haven't done that good a job recently. That isn't likely to change.

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