‘Krondor: The Assassins’ by Raymond E. Feist (Book 2 of ‘Riftwar Legacy’)
‘The Final Empire’ by Brandon Sanderson (Book 1 of ‘Mistborn’ series)
Way back in the early days of my writing, I needed to find a way to set a ‘Path’ for each main character. I believe the movie ‘Seven’ was being advertised, and the epiphany occurred.
We all know the ‘Deadly Sins’ as Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth, and Wrath.
Antagonist #1 is Lust, while Antagonist #2 is Wrath.
Not knowing a set of ideals to counter them, Wikipedia noted the ‘Seven Heavenly Virtues’. As both sets were specifically associated to religious beliefs, it made sense. The one thing that religion has attempted to do, despite its corruptions by power-seeking sources at various points in history, is provide a set of behaviours that would achieve harmony amongst all people.
The ‘Heavenly Virtues’ (arranged to offset the 7DS as per Wikipedia) are Kindness, Temperance, Charity, Chastity, Humility, Diligence, and Patience.
So the 7DS are the ‘too little virtue’ side. Are the 7HV the middle ground, or the ‘too much virtue’?