The tired old eyes that gaze wistfully upon the repeated errors of history, he bears witness to the folly of all in eternal hope that lessons may be learned. Shengren lends the wisdom that comes with age and experience to his petitioners. The rash actions of young men are met with silent disapproval from The Sage who has seen the same mistakes before and will see them yet again. His followers are taught to value the wisdom gained from their failures. It is through the failure of others as well that one learns cunning, tact, and caution. It is patience and discipline that are Shengren’s virtues. A man dying a thirst in the desert under the heat of Embercrown should be deceived by a mirage only once. For the same man to have his hopes dashed a second time places him among the ranks of the truly foolish.