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Edicts: preach of the upcoming end times, destroy that which has outlived its usefulness, put the suffering out of their misery
Anathema: artificially extend something’s existence or lifespan, spread hope
Freidrick is... well, he's honestly pretty gloomy. The end times are coming, all shall end in despair, and nothing - absolutely nothing - is cause to ever feel hopeful about anything. He is constantly muttering and mumbling about it.
He'd be a real downer if it weren't for the fact that he's generally relatively quiet. Like, yeah, if you sit and listen for a while - really listen - you'll wind up feeling pretty depressed, so his party members don't do that.
The kicker, and the reason people tend to tolerate his tendencies, is his interpretation of "usefulness". As far as he's concerned, "usefulness" is a complicated concept that pertains to the benefits you bring to the world and the people in it... and those that prey on others and bring undue harm to the folks around them start "outliving their usefulness" pretty darned quickly. Oh hey - and when you destroy them properly, you often find that a bunch of folks who had been suffering aren't miserable anymore, so that's nice... as long as they understand that it's all hopeless and all for naught and everything is crawling to an inevitable end anyway. Wouldn't want anyone to get their hopes up. That's how you get really hurt.