I have only read Gardens of the Moon series and I am not sure why some people try to kill the tools (pawns) of the Gods where people try to protect them.
For instance Rake doesn't kill Paran when he learns he is not Oponn's tool but his second-in-command Serrat tries to kill the coin bearer. Baruk alto tries to protect the coin bearer at all cost whereas Lorn tries to kill him.
What difference does it make to kill a tool? Is it that easy to kill a tool without the God's help (I mean if there is nobody else to protect the tool)? What are the motives of people who are trying to kill or protect the pawns of the Gods?
PS: Please do not give spoilers if they are related with other books.