“You are a monster.” Kanin’s deep voice droned in my head again, as I forced myself to move, to walk away. “You will always be a monster, there is no turning back from it. But what type of monster you become is entirely up to you.”
― Julie Kagawa, The Immortal Rules
Allison Sekemoto is a wonderful character. She is brave, snarky, sarcastic, defiant, and tough. She is also very loyal and once you become her friend, she will do anything to help you or keep you safe. She is very driven and can be harsh and cold in order to survive. She hates what she has become and longs to be human again. She continually fights to keep her humanity, but the lust for blood is strong. The name Allison means noble or truthful and these descriptions fit her perfectly.
Allison is small, only 5 feet tall. She has asian features, dark straight hair, and pale skin. She is very beautiful and gets to carry around a katana. How cool is that?
Allison goes by Allie most of the time. She was living in New Covington, which is one of the vampire cities, as an unregistered. She lived with a small group of street rats. When savaging outside the city walls, Allie finds a basement full of food. She convinces the others in her group to go with her outside the walls to get the stash of food. They are attacked by rabids and while she lays dying, a vampire finds her. His name is Kanin. He gives Allie the choice to die as a human or live as a vampire. She chooses to become a vampire and Kanin becomes her mentor. She goes on a journey, not only of self discovery, but to save humanity as well.
Now we ask the question: Friend or Foe?
Does the character do things that cause good or bad consequences?
Allie doesn’t intend to do things that have bad consequences. She always has good intentions, but sometimes things go wrong. Just like when she took her group of street rats out of the city to get food. Only one survived. If they had been able to retrieve the food, they would have been well fed instead of starving. She thought it was worth the risk.
Do they perform acts for gain or to help others?
Allie really tries to help others, but she is a vampire. She is constantly fighting the thirst for blood and sometimes she loses control. Allie is very selfless. She would give up her life to save those that she cares about.
Are there personality traits noble and with good intent?
Allie is extremely noble and she always has good intentions, but sometimes things go wrong. When that happens, she does her best to make things right.
Is this character dishonest?
The only time Allie was dishonest was by omission. She was traveling with humans and failed to tell them that she was a vampire. They eventually found out and she had to earn back their trust, which she did.
Did the character feel guilty about their poor actions?
Yes, she did and worked hard to try and fix things. She always feels remorse and tries to be stronger.
Does the character kill without thought or reason?
This is a tough question. When Allie is in control of the monster, the answer is no. But there are a few times when she loses control and she has killed during those times.
Does the character permit selfless acts?
The answer to that is yes. Allie is very selfless. She would do almost anything for the people she cares about. She intends to save the world, if she can.
Does the character only consider their own interests?
No. Allie is always thinking about what is best for others, even at the expense of her own safety.
Does the character do things out of revenge?
Most of the time the answer would be no, unless someone purposely harmed someone that she cared about. In that case she may very well act in revenge.
Are actions or intentions more important?
As the old proverb says: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The problem with good intentions is that they very often go awry. Allie has good intentions and isn’t afraid to act on those good intentions. Sometimes her plans go awry and people get hurt. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. The secret is to learn from those mistakes and continue to move forward towards our goals. That is exactly what Allie does.
Is Allie a Friend or Foe?
I think she is a friend, but if she ever lets the monster out, she would be a formidable foe.
Allie is one of my favorite characters and I love The Blood of Eden Trilogy.
What do you think?
Allison Sekemoto: Friend or Foe?