I really wish that we could bring Eric into the town and trust him as an ally. I really want to believe that he's going to be a good community member. I really wished he believed it, too. Even if he did, he's gonna change his mind real hard when he finds out we're trying to kill his goddess.
I'm equivocating. I'm justifying killing a guy that hasn't yet done anything to wrong us. He's lied, but only so far to protect himself and fit in.
His prosteletizing is also bunk. He talks about everyone being able to protect themselves. It speaks to the ogre society, where strength is the only thing that really matters, the ability to take things for yourself. He can't see that everyone in the reach protects each other. Some people keep us fed, others clothed, others housed, others give us the tools we need to do it, and everyone protects each other from loneliness and boredom. Us few that he imagines to be strong, we just protect others from monsters. We are the least of them.
If we could spend time with him, have him spend summers in the Reach tilling the fields, singing in the bar, and watching children grow and learn, maybe he could come to understand, I'm not sure we have that kind of time.
I don't want him as an enemy, and we can't trust him as a friend.