Question (Destiny)

by Ragashingo ⌂ @, Official DBO Cryptarch, Monday, January 28, 2019, 10:16 (555 days ago) @ squidnh3

Maybe, in the end, it turns out that Mara did all this to help save Humanity and fight The Darkness, but what she did to Alis Li is one hell of a thing to ask forgiveness for. And, maybe rightly so, Alis does not forgive Mara. Not in the slightest!

Are you certain that what Mara is asking forgiveness for here is specifically setting up Alis Li with the responsibility of being the first Awoken?

My interpretation is that Mara is asking forgiveness for the fundamental choice of allowing suffering (rejecting the "God-trap") in the Distributary, and that hiding it and casting the choice on another is a secondary concern. To me, the acceptance of the suffering of others to achieve her purposes is a basic characteristic of Mara, and the choice to create a universe that includes suffering, in order to assuage her guilt about leaving humanity behind, is one of the most demonstrative moments of this trait.

I’d guess Mara didn’t come to apologize for being first or making those fundamental universe creating decisions she made. That was “all part of the plan” to quote Eris Morn. But, I do see Mara being sorry for subjecting Ali’s Li to everything she had to endure. Think of it this way: If Mara had endured fault for the war and fault for stripping the Awoken of their godhood herself, would she have apologized to Ali’s Li or anyone else? I don’t think so.

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