Re: Order of the Stick: November II
The Giant hinted that she used Smite Evil on Belkar, after which she knew he was evil, the same way she knew Roy wasn't evil after she tried Smite Evil on him. Detecting Evil on Belkar now would be redundant. And that also means that she was confident enough Belkar was evil, once she no longer felt obligated to give Roy's word on the matter any weight, to use Smite Evil on him. The Order is lucky she bothered to chain him up instead of gutting him, once she'd determined for certain that, yes, he's evil. (Whether it's good luck or bad luck is another matter.)
"You are what you do. Choose again, and change." --Miles Vorkosigan
"The really unforgivable acts are committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms, who deal death wholesale, by the shipload, without lust, or anger, or desire, or any redeeming emotion to excuse them but cold fear of some pretended future. But the crimes they hope to prevent in the future are imaginary. The ones they commit in the present--they are real." --Aral Vorkosigan
Originally Posted by The Giant
This, in a nutshell.