Yet another interesting topic, and it is to cast my antagonist in a sympathetic light.
Which brings me to two characters, one of whom I can’t really write about, because that would be a spoiler…a major spoiler. So I will go back to Book 1 and touch on Shourron I. High Mage moonlighting as the very thing that Mages are recruited to fight against: wannabe universal despot, ruthless killing machine acting for no agenda but his own.
In Book 1, there is a scene where Shourron kidnaps one of the key diplomats, who was around since he was a zygote and even before that. Rena saw him grow up, even if she didn’t think that he would really go down his path. Due to her own history with a black-aura Mage, she gave him more than a fair bit of benefit of the doubt. When she finally got the chance to capture him, she refused to execute him – and the reason is a lot more involved than the people around her suspect.
Shourron himself is a curious individual. He will not stop if it comes to getting what he wants, as evidenced by the above maneuver, and he has little differentiation between whom he hunts and whoever gets in his way, like a good little wannabe-despot. However, there’s one thing that caught me – even as I was writing that book the first time: his devotion to doing right by Vannara.
The reason? Vannara knows what he really is. I can’t say more, lest I spoil Book 1.
Vannara is a vampire and, before any Twilight comparisons, she’s of the energy-draining variety. She’s also Shourron’s wife – and how these two ended up married, I would only reveal in the Origins segment of the books. But – I digress. Think about what the setup is, though. She’s in close proximity to him on a regular basis. Whether he likes it or not, she’s privy to most of his thoughts, most of his emotions, etc. when she drains off his energetic excess. While he could block off certain segments of things, such as thoughts of his universal ambitions, he cannot block off his emotional spectrum in full.
Think of what that means. If, for whatever reason, he was not what he seemed to be, regardless of how long his intergalactic rap sheet, who is the first person to know but his wife?
Of course, nothing’s that simple – few believed her, and the one person that did believe her could not do anything about it without visible proof.
Shourron was fully aware that his wife knew what he was thinking/feeling. It was because of her that he began to make mistakes in his routine and activities, leaving crucial evidence behind. Because of Vannara, he laid down enough evidence to eventually get captured and sealed, knowingly so.
But back to that scene. Rena finds herself in a cavern, and instead of it feeling like the Shourron I that she knew and sealed, it felt completely different. Unrecognizably so. And instead of attacking her, he is researching alternatives to his own plan, which otherwise involves his son’s demise. Now, why would he be doing that, unless he was not only aware of his own affliction, but was trying to set himself right?
Vannara knew that. But it was some time before someone took her seriously.
The rest is Book 1, available here.
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