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22 February 2008 @ 02:09 am
"Well... which one is prettier?"  
I came upon a fantastic dilemma yesterday;

A man stands before three thrones, holding a sword.  A crowned figure with the hard expression of a just man passing judgment rises from the first throne, and says, "Slay these other two, for I am your lawful king, and I command it."

Another man, a priest wearing a regretful expression rises from the second throne.  "These men must be put to the sword my son," he says in a sad voice, "for it is the will of God."

The third man stands, his fingers glittering with jewels, and says in sharp voice thick with conviction, "Kill both of them, for my wealth is without compare, and I shall reward you with wealth beyond all the dreams of avarice!"

Who survives?
 
 
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collyannnaveepacollyannnaveepa on February 22nd, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
The man wielding the sword. He kills all three, becomes king, is in control over the church, and has all the wealth he needs.
phillipos: Penguinsphillipos on February 22nd, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
While a very direct answer, I don't know that it's reasonable to think that some random guy with a sword can become King by simple virtue or killing the former King, or head of a church because he murdered some priest.

Humour me; consider it a condition of the dilemma that the sell-sword has to chose which of the three wins his blade. Which one does he choose?
winksmilekisswinksmilekiss on February 22nd, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
What if it's a woman who just talks and talks and talks until they all commit suicide, and then she takes over and has the priests feed her chocolates?
phillipos: Black Adamphillipos on February 23rd, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
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It's not. Didn't y'all have to do dilemmas at LSU!?