When indenpendent units are fleeing, what does the little red and yellow dots mean?

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Whenever an independent unit flees from my army, I'm asked to either let them run or pursue them - and each option comes with at little red or yellow icon and a +25. What do these icons represent?


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There are permanent alignment modifiers you occur when choosing this option.
Let them flee: +25 modifier toward Good.
Fight them (even if they can flee during the battle): -25 modifier toward Evil.

These options are one of the few available to balance your alignment when you need to punctually act in the opposite way (e.g. declaring war).