Lian Arleigh

This week’s Friend or Foe Friday is a little different from previous posts. Some of you may know that I’ve been writing a book that will be part of a series. I don’t want to spoil anything with the book, but there is one particular villain I would love to share with all of you, and it’s very obvious he’s a villain right from the beginning.

Lian Arleigh

Lian is the King of a very sheltered, yet technologically advanced society. He governs over his people with very strict rules. He has salt and pepper, short cropped hair, blue-gray eyes, and is six foot tall. He’s stubborn, and has a strong dislike for change. He’s forty-six years old and has four children. He’s harsh, quick to judge, and has no problem inflicting pain on others. He’s very selfish, and not opened to new ideas whatsoever. He fears the unexplained. He fears change. He fears power that can conquer him. The citizens are taught to obey him. They live such hard, structured lives, and their opinions don’t necessarily matter. A world divided between the privileged and unprivileged. Where music is only heard by the rare few. Lian, along with his council, also chooses what each and every citizen will do with the rest of their lives. One form of punishment inflicted on the people is called public humiliation in which a council member, normally the Gerent, announces their crimes before the offender is publicly whipped and the entire formality is broadcast. He’s very hard on his children and rarely shows them any sign of affection. He is cold, cunning, and without mercy. Lian Arleigh, my friends, is pure villain.

Excerpt on Lian Arleigh:

My scientists still search for a way to end the Hetnac disease. So far there is no cure. My niece was euthanized as the more she cried the more her symptoms progressed. Nurses and doctors that came within feet of her were choked to death. I can’t risk lives for one, I can’t. Moriena begged me not to, but I couldn’t continue risking the lives of others just so that my niece can be normal again. The scientists who observed my nieces behavior have made a miraculous discovery. Strong emotions are what triggered her symptoms. There may be a way to place strong emotions on others in order to force their symptoms to be prominent.

Then I can hunt down the diseased…

…and kill each and every one of them. 

                                                                ~The Diary of Lian Arleigh

 

Lian Arleigh: is DEFINITELY a Foe

Instead of asking questions to determine why he’s a villain or what makes him a villain, today I would rather simply tell you about him and why he’s one of my favorites I’ve ever created. Lian Arleigh kills without a thought. He has no mercy. He doesn’t feel guilty about his poor actions. He’s dishonest and does not have good intent. Lian Arleigh will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. The end justifies the means. But…. Lian Arleigh is very regal. And he’s a man that truly believes that what he’s doing is the right thing. That he’s protecting his citizens. For every horrible action he commits, he justifies it by believing he’s helping, not making things worse. There are villains that walk that fine line, teetering on the edges of good, knowing that what they are doing is wrong. Then there’s the villains that act out for revenge. Someone or something has hurt them in the past, and they want to in return do anything necessary to hurt and destroy the person or thing that inflicted the turmoil in the first place. Then you have villains like Lian Arleigh, that truly believe that what they are doing is right. There is no changing a character like that. There are things that happen to Lian in the story that may have caused an extreme reaction in him, to force his hand to do some of the evil he does. But he was always on that path for darkness, these events that happened to him just sped up the process, added fuel to his dark flames.

I’ve written quite a few villains for my story, but to me, he’s one of my favorites. Lian Arleigh sort of wrote himself the more I wrote the story. He became this unchangeable character. He became so set in his ways, so stubborn, so angry… and yet, every action he made he believed it was for the better. He BELIEVES in what he does…. and that makes him a very terrible, very horrifying adversary.

What do you think of Lian Arleigh?


Lian Arleigh seems like…..

The Giver

“But why can’t everyone have the memories? I think it would seem a little easier if the memories were shared. You and I wouldn’t have to bear so much by ourselves, if everybody took a part.”


The Giver sighed. “You’re right,” he said. “But then everyone would be burdened and pained. They don’t want that. And that’s the real reason The Receiver is so vital to them, and so honored. They selected me – and you – to lift that burden from themselves.” 
― 
Lois LowryThe Giver

 

 

 

 

 

The Giver is an Elder of the community and quite mysterious in the beginning. He shares little of his own past, just stating that he once had a designated wife and child. As he gives more and more memories to Jonas, we see that he can be very kind and wise.

Burdened by the memories of good and bad, he uses these memories to advise the Elders on important  issues that the Elders may have no knowledge of. His decisions sometimes lead to bad consequences when performed by the community and he feels responsible for bringing back their true humanity.

Though the Giver is described as an old man with the same bright eyes as Jonas, he hints that he is not quite as old as he is believed to be. This suggests that by being the Receiver of Memory, it has aged him many years.

Does the character do things that cause good consequences or bad consequences?

The Giver desires for his people to connect with their emotions and remember the past. By doing so, he plans for Jonas to leave, which is very dangerous. His plans would also drive their community into chaos at first, initially causing bad consequences.

Do they do perform acts for personal gain or to help others?

Looking deeper into The Giver, we see that his actions are to help others. In some ways, however, by making the decision to give people back the past, he is relieving himself of the pain of remembering and making people similar to him. He also plans to be their guide and helper with these new emotions, essentially making him their leader.

Are their personality traits noble and with good intent?

The Giver is burdened by pain and suffering of the past. Throughout the book, Jonas is dismissed from his teachings when The Giver is too overwhelmed. He is therefore a solemn character that eventually grows to love Jonas as a son and shows kindness to him.

Is the character dishonest?

The irony of this question is that ‘the receiver of memory’ has a rule that he is able to lie. By this, The Giver lies to many people in the community but expresses that he has not once lied to Jonas.

Does the character only consider their own interests?

The Giver considers the interests of Jonas and his daughter Rosemary. He wished to spare the pain of both apprentices he had.

Does the character fight for the opposing side?

Essentially yes. The Giver ‘fights’ against the ways of the community and plots to effect them all with his plot, therefore going against the wishes of ‘the Elders’.

Did the character feel guilty about his poor actions?

The Giver feels guilt for bringing pain to both Jonas and his daughter, and also feels responsible for her death. He tries to redeem himself by planning to bring emotion back to the community.

Does the character kill without thought or reason?

No, The Giver is the only one who really understands death at all and he feels incredibly responsible to stop the bad things happening in the community.

My Thoughts:

The Giver is a complicated character. In the beginning you are weary of him and later become very sympathetic towards his situation. He technically a good character with good intentions but he is also a leader of the community, one that is quoted to be the most honored, and did nothing most of his life to stop the ‘releases’ from happening. It is when his daughter is released that he changes his decision and decides to do something about it.  He eventually wishes to join Rosemary in the afterlife.

Let us know your opinion…

 


The Giver: Friend or Foe?

The Darkling(Aleksander Morozov)

The Darkling

This was his soul made flesh, the truth of him laid bare in the blazing sun, shorn of mystery and shadow. This was the truth behind the handsome face and the miraculous powers, the truth that was the dead and empty space between the stars, a wasteland peopled by frightened monsters.”
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

The Darkling is a character from The Grisha Trilogy. The books include Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising.
He is described as being very handsome .  He looks like a young man in spite of his advanced age.  He claims to be 120 years old.  He has inky black hair, quartz gray eyes, and sharp features.  He is the leader of the grisha, a group of Ravkans with magical abilities.  He always dresses in black

He is power hungry ,manipulative, vicious, ruthless, and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Years ago he was known as the Black Heretic.  He created the fold to use against his enemies, but in doing so he also created the volcra, who are capable of killing all humans including The Darkling.  The fold is total darkness and no one dares go there, not even The Darkling.

The Darkling comes across a young grisha, Alina, just coming into her powers.  She appears to be a sun summoner and he will use her to get control of the fold and use it as he intended.

Now we ask the question: Hero or a Villian?

Does the character do things that cause good consequences or bad consequences?

Whatever The Darkling does it usually causes bad consequences.  He has dark magic and he tried to use it to create a darkness that he could use against his enemies.  The darkness tuned all the people in the area into volcra, flying monsters.  The darkness is now called the shadow fold and no one can enter it and survive.

Does the character intend to make good or bad consequences?

He doesn’t care as long as he gets what he wants.  He will do anything to increase his power.

Do they do perform acts for personal gain or to help others?

He only performs for personal gain.  He is proud, arrogant, and thinks he should rule the world.

Are their personality traits noble and with good intent?

Absolutely not!  The Darkling is very self centered, arrogant, proud, ruthless, and manipulative.

Is the character dishonest?

If he needs to be to further his goals.

Does the character only consider their own interests?

All the time.  That is all that he considers.

Does the character permit selfless acts?

He would only perform a selfless act if it would further his goals, which would make it not selfless.  So the answer is no!

Did the character feel guilty about his poor actions?

No, he never feels guilty!

Does the character kill without thought or reason?

Yes he does.  He will do anything to further his goals.

Does the character do things out of revenge?

Of course!  If you get in his way he will squash you.

My Thoughts:

I think The Darkling is a total villain.  He is one of my favorite characters to hate.  If you haven’t read The Grisha Trilogy, you should.  It is very good!

What do you think?


The Darkling(Aleksander Morozov) Hero or Villian?

Aaron Warner

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Aaron Warner

Aaron Warner is the son of Supreme Commander Anderson and Leila Warner in the Shatter Me Trilogy. He is the leader of Sector 45. He has blonde hair and green eyes, slender, and toned. He’s not super tall, standing at 5’9″. And let’s just say that Warner is perfect, as described by Juliette in Shatter me, and I’m sure other readers will agree with her (including me). He’s 19 years old, tall, mysterious, commanding, and handsome. Warner has two tattoos, one is the words Ignite  on his back, the other is a quote from Shakespeare “Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” Warner is a very intriguing character in the Shatter Me Series . He’s observant, detailed, loves fashion, and has a knack for knowing and reading people’s emotions. Many of his officers see him as a monster, a madman, cold and cruel. In Shatter Me, Warner seeks out Julliette for her special abilities, and hopes to have her join his team in the upcoming war. He is obsessed and fascinated by Julliette, to a point where she is a weakness for him. He is selfish, and kills without a thought. He is used to being in charge and getting his way. But there’s more to Warner than meets the eye. For one, he has the capacity to love. For another, there’s a great beauty within him.

Excerpt from Shatter Me:

“Your soldiers beat me! You keep me here like a prisoner! You threaten me! You threaten to kill me! You give me no freedom and you say you care about me?” I nearly throw the glass of water at his face. “You’re a monster!’ 
Warner turns away so I’m staring at his profile. He clasps his hands. Changes his mind. Touches his lips. “I am only trying to help you.”
“Liar”
He seems to consider that. Nods, just once. “Yes. Most of the time, yes.”

― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Is Warner good or bad?  Some of you have probably read all the books in the series (I have, that’s for sure) and probably already know all there is to know about Warner. But those of you who don’t, let’s answer our questions to determine his character!

Does the character appear evil? That is a definite yes! When Julliette first meets him she describes his smile as cruel. He forces Julliette to do things against her will and places her in tough situations, and he doesn’t even bat an eyelash!

Does the character fight for the opposing side? He is the commanding officer of Sector 45 and is under the charge of the “bad guy” Commander Anderson. He is most definitely fighting on for the forces of evil!

Do they perform acts for personal gain or to help others? With Warner, most of his actions appear to be for personal gain. Does he help others? You’ll have to read the books to find out 🙂

Is the character dishonest? Yes. He lies all the time, and he even admits it!

Does the character only consider their own interests? At first, I would have to say yes. It takes him awhile to consider the interests of others.

Does the character permit selfless acts? Warner is very selfish. I do not believe he does anything selfless in Shatter Me.

Did the character feel guilty about their poor actions? Warner… guilty? Ha! This question makes me laugh! Warner never  feels guilty! That would go against his character.

Does the character kill without thought or reason? Warner kills without thought, but most definitely has reasons.

Does the character strive to get what they want by any means necessary? Yes. Warner is slightly OCD and when he obsesses about things he can’t stop thinking about them, and when he can’t stop thinking about them, he does whatever he can to get it by any means necessary.

Does the character do things to be kind for someone else? …. I guess you could say that looks can be deceiving concerning Warner. Though his actions appear heartless… they are with intent of helping another and understanding that person.

My thoughts:

Warner is one of my all time favorite characters. He is HOT! Yes. That pretty much sums Warner up in one word. Destroy Me (a novella between book #1 and book #2) is entirely from his point of view and it’s awesome getting inside his complicated head. When Warner feels something, he feels it to the extreme. I was convinced in Shatter Me that he was a complete evil jerk. But there’s more to him than meets the eye. However, based off my responses from the first installment, Warner is pretty heartless and a classified villain. The entire series of Shatter Me  is available to read. Be sure to check them out if you haven’t. One of the best series I have ever read.

I’m curious, for those that haven’t read the Shatter Me Series,  what do you think of Warner?

Aaron Warner: Hero of Villain?

Allison Sekemoto

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“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?

Magnus Damora

Magnus Damora

Some said that Magnus was just like his father in looks and temperament.
He’d disagreed until today.
He WAS his father’s son.
He was cruel.
Manipulative.
Deceptive.
Violent.

 

Magnus Damora is a tall, handsome fellow, with black hair, pale skin, and dark eyes. He has a scar that runs down his face from cheek to his mouth. He’s a complicated character from Falling Kingdoms. And who might this complicated, handsome guy be? No more than the dark prince of Limeros. He’s a young boy that continuously tries to seek his his father’s approval. An eighteen year old that is heir to the throne, and still has much growing up to do. He has a sister named Lucia whom he has conflicted, obsessed feelings for. This love is forbidden and unnatural, of which he is quite aware of. Because of this forbidden love, Magnus attempts to conceal his feelings,  not only his obsession for his sister, but also other compassionate emotions that others may view him as weak if they knew. He keeps so many dark and dangerous secrets, that it turns him quite cold and heartless. He’s a difficult person to read, to truly understand what his true feelings are and what his motives could be. Lucia is pretty much the only light and happiness in his life, which could explain his unwarranted feelings towards her. Magnus is a very dark character, and very loyal to his father King Gaius to a fault. He’s arrogant, brooding, confident, sarcastic, sensitive, and very easily annoyed. Magnus is a character filled to the rim with so much inner turmoil. Surprisingly, even amidst all this darkness and evil that Magnus is surround by, he has a compassionate part of him that he hides with angry words, but shows in his actions.

Excerpt from Falling Kingdoms:

A storm of emotions swept through Magnus. He wanted to push the woman out of his room and slam the door in her face. But he couldn’t. If there was something else he needed to know about Lucia…

“Tell me,” he growled.

“Ask me nicely.”

He trembled from the effort it took not to reach out and crush the woman’s throat.

So let me ask: Friend or Foe?

To determine the validity of my decision towards his character establishment as a possible hero, or the evil villain, I’ve comprised a list of questions to ask myself this very question.

Does the character do things that have good consequences? or bad consequences?  

In Falling Kingdoms Magnus actions result in some circumstances good consequences and others bad. However overall in the first book, he does do some pretty bad things. He kills without thought. He’s selfish and arrogant. He loves his sister, even though he finds out later she’s adopted. But he does good as well. He tries to save someone before they can be hurt by his father. He he cares for his sister and protects and defends her to a fault.

Do they perform acts for personal gain or to help others?

Magnus is extremely self-centered in this book. He strives to please his father and to show that he will one day be a worthy king. He does help others twice. One time to save someone, and the other to protect his sister. Both of these were selfless acts, though I’m sure concerning the servant girl he would try and deny trying to help her.

Are their personality traits noble and with good intent?

I wouldn’t call Magnus a noble character. I wouldn’t necessarily say he has good intent. But he is extremely loyal to his father, despite the villain his father is.

Does the character consider only their own interests?

Magnus spends a great deal of time considering his father’s interests and what he can do to earn his father’s admiration.

Does the character permit selfless acts?

Yes. Magnus does perform two acts of selflessness in the first book.

Did the character feel guilty about their poor actions?

It doesn’t go into too much detail, but I do believe there is at least once instance where he does feel guilty. He starts justifying why he did something. He tries to convince himself that what he just did was the right thing and that the other persons actions towards him were sound.

Does the character kill without thought or reason?

Oh yes! I do believe he does!

Does the character do things out of revenge?

You know what’s interesting about Magnus? I wouldn’t call him a vengeful character. He doesn’t go out of his way to hurt people because someone may have wronged him. Now he does follow his father’s orders blindly, but not out of malice intent. More to appease his father.

Does the character strive to get what they want by any means necessary?

I do believe he does. And he hurts people along the way.

Does the character stand by as others perform horrendous acts?

Yes. He know’s what kind of monster his father is and yet he does nothing. Honestly though, he really isn’t in a position to where he can oppose his father. If you can’t beat them, join them right?

What happened to the character’s childhood that has helped to create who that character is?

Magnus was abused both verbally and physically as a child. I do believe that this has majorly impacted him. I think that with all the darkness in his life, and his sister being the only one that has shown him love and compassion, it completely makes sense why he would latch on to her. He’s aching for someone to show him the light and bring him out of darkness.

My verdict:

Based off my responses, Magnus Damora is classified as a “villain”. However, I think he has the makings to become someone more honorable, especially after reading the continuation of his story in the Falling Kingdoms sequel Rebel Springs.  

Magnus Damora is one of my all time favorite characters! I just love his complexity, and I love seeing his transformation. I cannot wait for the third installment, Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3), which will be released December 9, 2014!!!

Let me ask you just one question . Is Magnus a hero, or a villain?


Magnus Damora: Friend or Foe?