Eyeshigh said: It seems to me Cutter abandoned the Way a long time ago. At the moment he said "no elf should die!", he had chosen another path. For those who can not or will not follow he later decided Ember should lead them.I always thought of that as meaning no elf shall die if it can be helped. But if it can't? He was the one who told Mender not to feel guilty that he couldn't save Zhantee because "death is the master of everyone".