Quote from Teysa_Karlov »Quote from Pollaski »On a more serious note, this story reminded me so much of "I Am Avacyn." Corrupted, suppodedly indestructable protective entity is only doing what they believe is the right thing, but only at the end do they realize the truth of themselves and their corruption, and die mournful and lamenting.
Which then is followed by everyone else watching at first going "what just happened" followed by a very large "OH ****"
And you have to feel sorry for all the remaining mortals (which, as was pointed out in the first story, are mostly children who were too young to take the Trials. The Hour of Revelation consists of paradise being revealed as a wasteland, a demon flying out, and the river turning to blood; while the Hour of Glory sees three monstrous, evil gods emerge and start killing your own gods off. Now the Hour of Glory starts with a zillion locusts showing up to eat the Hekma.
And the worst thing is, everything is exactly as foretold in the Prophecy of Hours... just not in the way everyone had thought.
I like to think Bolas left clues in the Prophecy that someone could figure out what he's up to. It would be a very Bolas thing to do for someone to find out what is happening, try to warn others only for the brainwashed Gods and followers to ignore them, only to find the stranger was right at the very end.
Bolas: "Congrats. You figured out my plan. You have no hope of stopping it. Finding out means less than nothing. But at least you know."
Very much an "Evil Scientist" strategy.
That's pretty much what Samut did.