cooptimo wrote:But back to Suul'ka motivations, is there any hope at all for any of them to find redemption? I ask this because one of the very best parts of the sots story from my perspective is the way the Zuul have been handled. They start out as a random and scary menace, then a full blown, "always chaotic-evil" race of psychopathic monsters. Then Sots2 reveals that no! Just like every other race in the game, Zuul are capable of altruism, sacrifice and heroism. In fact, the prester Zuul are in many ways now the "Big Good" in the story, from my perspective at least. What's more heroic after all, the angel that remains an angel or the demon who casts aside evil?
So could a Suul'ka find redemption? Do the the Liir offer it every time they do battle? One can almost imagine the Liir begging the fallen elder to come to their senses, to turn aside and become what they once used to be, even if it's futile. Could any of the Suul'ka still have some spark of what they used to be inside of them?
It seems to me that such an about-face would be pretty absurdly unbelievable unless there were external factors (as there were for Deacon/the Prester Zuul, maybe like Galbatorix's defeat in "Inheritance"?). They have, for hundreds of millennia, DEFINED THEIR IDENTITIES by a total rejection and dismissal of the Universe, of empathy, and of "good" generally. What they currently are is what they chose to make out of what they used to be.
By the way, "becoming what they once used to be" would necessarily involve either immediately committing suicide or doing a "Black" (staying alive only long enough to help eliminate the scourge of the Suul'ka (the Great Old Ones still holding the Suul'ka mindset) on the Universe and then either going dormant to be able to help in later crises (what the Black is currently doing iirc) or committing suicide). That is what respect for life other than one's own demands of a giant space whale that can only continue to exist at the expense of the continued existence of entire biospheres...
Also, your point about the Prester Zuul is interesting/cool imo.