Ares: "You cannot save them Kratos. You gave them up in your quest for ultimate power. There is a price to pay for everything you gain."
Kratos: "Not that price... I didn't want them to die."
Ares: "No price is too high for what I OFFERED!"
Whomsoever takes up this blade shall wield power eternal. Just as the blade rends flesh, so must power scar the spirit.
"Magic isn't free. There's always a cost. [...] If there was a way to get magic for free, do you really think I'd have spent so much time sacrificing children to my dark gods? For spells, I mean. Obviously there'd still be sacrifices. A hobby's a hobby."
— Black Mage, 8-Bit Theater