I do like all the loose ends, and the slice-of-life experience of the books. But there are many people that would have liked to see all ends tied up to some extent. One of the points/issues with the series is that we only get a truth and not the truth (aside from author inconsistencies that also seem to be present), even the explanations we have can be incorrect interpretations by the characters. from your finishing post, and always my interpretation: Spoiler The theory I like is that the connection between the Fallen God and the physical world has to be broken, and replaced with the re-instated bond with the worshippers from his place of origin, hence the stabbing. The change in character, I think, is partly a result of the two-way interaction between gods and followers. The crazy, violent followers were killed of during the series, while more friendly varieties flowered. One example is the cult of Felesin younger, that (I believe) took a positive attitude to the hurt and maimed, without trying to create more. This could have had a calming influence on the Crippled god as well. I don't remember Poliel featuring in the end, D'rek is a different god completely as far as I am aware. A god that killed their followers because their influence was forcing it in an unwanted direction, a god partial to rebirth and the cycle of nature for whom the departure of the disruptive Crippled God would have been a nice selfish goal. The timeline is a complete mess of course. Spoiler , although it does seem that Karsa in OST was still waiting for his action in TCG, and Kruppe being busy in TCG probably links back to OST as well. I am not convinced myself that T'ren was Tay merging with K'rul. Thinking about it now it is a distinct possibility he linked to the Mhybe instead (although she was buried elsewhere). I'll have to reread some bits.