Re: why so many unfavourable comments about Bareil?
Bareil's role in the story was important and vital, but he never came off as personally interesting. He never really convinced you he was the maverick secularist he was written as.
Well said. A friend of mine was trying to get me to explain why I didn't really like the character and you hit the nail on the head for me. Bareil "in person" was nowhere near the character discussed in conversation.
"Nolite te bastardes carborundorum" Margaret Atwood
"Everything will be alright in the end; if it is not alright, it is not the end" Numerous sources