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Is death abusing his power?

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Aterivus

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There must exist some measure of a person's "time" being up, particularly because we aren't the only ones who have encountered this with ol' Harold.

During TWW, he even remarks about the nature of the power bestowed on the Guardians of Guthix and that it demands balance in order to ensure it is not misused. His own powers are heavily weakened against opponents who have yet to be marked for death (and of course, is why he's largely useless in the battles in the quest, doing paltry damage).

It doesn't seem like Death even CAN abuse his powers.
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11-Jul-2016 06:46:54

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"When Guthix appointed me as a guardian, I was given the task of retaining the balance of life and death - as well as the power to do so. With all great power, there must be balance, so Guthix also bestowed a weakness upon me. I can only strike a killing blow on those who are due to die. I cannot take the lives of those whose time is not over, and equally I cannot save a life that is due to end... As much as I may sometimes wish to."

-Death in TWW

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I've always seen this as going hand-in-hand with the idea that he loses a fair amount of his abilities against those who he cannot kill because their time is not yet up.

Yes, he can still technically fight, but not being able to kill them would probably severely lessen the damage he could do. And if he tried to save someone who was due for death, any abilities he could use to normally do so would be ineffective or he simply wouldn't be allowed to cast anything.

I don't doubt there is a gameplay/story seperation here to some degree, but you'd have to imagine that if he was chasing after someone who was determined to die he'd have an arsenal of powerful attacks in order to get the job done. If they aren't, he's significantly weaker and/or unable to land any sort of excessive damage (and seeing as he was fighting against enemies who fit the latter, it seems a logical assumption that that's why he wasn't able to mow through them in the quest).

All in all, my assertion above was simply that the nature of Guthix's power-blessings are that they essentially prevent the endowed user from abusing their power at all in the first place.
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12-Jul-2016 01:59:01 - Last edited on 12-Jul-2016 01:59:17 by Aterivus

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