Punishment — quite literally raining on the hero's parade. Punishing a hero or heroine is a sure way to make them fear you.
Using the "punish" button on the Remote Control costs 25% Godpower and sends down a divine influence, but not a pleasant one. The most common outcome is for the hero or heroine to be struck by lightning; this will hurt, sometimes a lot, and if your hero has not yet completed his temple and has at least 3000 gold coins, can result in melting those coins into a gold brick. Punishment is more effective than encouragement for producing gold bricks.
Punishment can sometimes heal, but most often, it takes away some health. However, the hero will sometimes see this as a sign from their God or Goddess, and may pray there and then. Punishing your hero while their health is at 1 health may grant them the special aura of bliss, and it also affects their personality: a hero who is punished a lot will grow more evil every time they are punished. If making the hero evil is intentional, they must be punished often. Otherwise, as is the case with all heroes' personalities, they will eventually drop back to neutral.
However, your hero is not the only one who can be affected by your intolerance. In fact, if used during a battle against another hero or monster, a God can punish the opposition, thus helping your hero. Unfortunately, Gods and goddesses do not have the best aim, so the punishment may occasionally miss or hit the hero instead.
So how will you punish your hero, oh vengeful one? The following methods are the most widely used, and for good reason:
- Roaring pillar of fire
- Great big flood that lasts for over 9000 days (Note that this might not work very well on heroes and heroines with arks.)
- Turn all water into blood then unleash a plague of small green amphibians
- The good ol' lightning bolt
- Boiling acid
- All of the above over the course of a week
Tip: Use the deep booming voice setting on your Remote Control, NEVER the helium effect one. Learn from the mistakes of other dieities.
Examples of Healing Punishments
09:42 PM A lightning bolt to the forehead quickly refreshed my mind and filled my body with energy. Yo-ho-ho, who's next, you pansies?
11:09 PM A flurry of well-aimed fireballs from the heavens neatly cauterized all my wounds, leaving me fighting fit. Thanks for the help, Fearsome One!