These are great ideas!You said the the past and present is corruption.
But you also said that with the Gift of Hope, they experienced something in the past that gave them belief that the world can be changed for the better.
Maybe I took it too literally, but if the past is corruption, then why wasn't their past belief corrupted?
So I thought maybe Time itself (or the Gods of Fate/Past/Present) are being corrupted.
So past memories are corrupted, forgotten or distorted.
But with the Gift of Hope, the character's memories are untainted, so they can remember any joy and beauty in the past. That's why they have hope.
And in the present, most people feel corruption intruding in the moment, unable to appreciate the moment.
But the characters are able to see through the corruption to what lies beneath, appreciate the moment, seize the day and all that, and that's why they're able to create a brighter future.
Interesting! To me, corruption is important because it is an active force. The adventurers can't just sit around counting their gold, because the forces of corruption are actively making the world a worse place. It implies that action must be taken to prevent corruption from occurring.I love the idea, but something about my writing brain doens't like "Corruption" as the word here. I'd want a thematic word that better projects the antithesis here.
Nitpicking comment over. Keep up the good work.
As we say, Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt.There's a phrase popular in Central America "hay fe"
It basically means have faith. But it more thoroughly means there is hope.
Your world has this vibe. For in the darkest days hope still exists and the future that can be built is better than the present that we have.
Well, you could use something like "restoration" or "preservation" as the positive word to better oppose corruption, if one of them felt right. Another word with a connotation of "building faithfully" might work better than those.Interesting! To me, corruption is important because it is an active force. The adventurers can't just sit around counting their gold, because the forces of corruption are actively making the world a worse place. It implies that action must be taken to prevent corruption from occurring.
It also, to me, ties into the idea that a lot of building a better world is in strengthening communities. Corruption is what destroys communities (in my view).