I could have sworn this went through earlier... It's not been a good day for computers for me, and I hope this isn't the beginning of another long fight with electronic equipment and internet things. Long story short, if this ends up posted twice, I'll fix it later.
There was a longer explanation of this comic and some of the choices I made regarding the events in it, but it took me an hour to figure out what I wanted to say, and I've forgotten it all by now. We can sum it up with, "The Journey is about the steps you take to get you there, not where you end up when you're through" and "James is not as dumb or as cruel as he sometimes appears to be; Elizabeth and Sparrow bring out the worst in him".
ETA: Somewhat found the missing version, and here is the original note:
Yes, it's *that* compass. I don't think I want to know how he got it. This one may take some explanation.
True, it would be infinitely easier to hunt down the historical treasures of the world with something like the compass. The important thing about Indiana Jones' adventures, however, is not the end result (since he never gets to keep any of the treasures anyway), but about the journey and the things learned along the way. Following the trails of knights, conquistadors, and other ancient people, discovering what they knew and how they thought, that's the important part.
James, for all his less-than-brilliant decisions when Elizabeth or Sparrow is involved, is not a fool, or a bad man. He doesn't want to see people hurt, and he knows what the compass can do (even if he didn't particularly believe in it at first). The compass is dangerous because it can lead the way, but not prepare the searcher for the trials they may come up against. After all, would Dr. Jones have survived the Last Crusade if he hadn't known the significance behind the traps? And, of course, there's always the chance the Bad Guys will get it...
So, there's James' little moment of wisdom. Sorry if this one seems rushed or forced.
Norrington belongs to Disney, Bruckheimer, and Davenport.
Indiana Jones belongs to Lucas and Ford.