The seven virtues of rule are the ideals of wise governance first articulated by Emperor Xin of the ancient realm of Thassilon in what is today Varisia. They include charity, generosity, humility, kindness, love, temperance, and zeal,† and were developed from the teachings of the goddess Lissala. Xin believed that the seven virtues were rewards given to righteous and wise rulers. The seven virtues eventually became corrupted under the successors of Emperor Xin, the runelords, and were transformed into the seven vices: greed, lust, pride, gluttony, envy, wrath, and sloth. Both the virtues and the sins of rule are represented by the seven-pointed star of Thassilon, the Sihedron Rune.
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