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Who is your favorite antagonist/bad guy/villain in your
books and why? What makes him/her tick?
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I’d like to say that my favorite villain is Carsten Reiniger from OP-DEC: Operation Deceit, but I’d be lying. As sexy and bad as he is, Carsten is also good man underneath it all. He’s a complicated character operating in complicated times. It’s way too easy to point to him. Doing so would just be hiding the real villain on my shelf: The Baron, Morgentus.
This character is antagonist through book one of The Trailokya Trilogy. He’s not complicated at all. He’s a straight up monster. Literally. You see, he’s what modern Christianity refers to as a demon. In the books, his race is danava, the shadowalkers; those cast from Zion for major crimes including treason, rape, and murder. They are former duta (angels), some of the most powerful beings in the universe. When they were incarcerated in Jahannam by the king, a dark world that serves as a prison, their power was corrupted and weakened. Without the perpetual light, they lost a great deal of strength. Readers should not think for one moment, however, that makes them nothing to be concerned about.
Danava have been pecking away at the bonds of their shelter for eons, making inroads into the lower plane called Samsara. From there, they launch small scale attacks and clandestine operations in an effort to take back Zion.
That’s just in the book. Books all have a place from which they spring. Trailokya is no different. The series is the culmination of lifelong learning and personal experiences. When I was younger, I would have nightmares about this pale stranger with the jet black hair. He would stalk me through a seemingly innocuous dream, turning it sinister just by his presence. That presence filled me with so much fear. As a child, that was especially troublesome. The visits went on for years, thankfully spaced out for months and years. I still remembered him, due to the horrible impression he made. Even as an adult he would arrive suddenly, and I would feel like a scared girl again, ready to piss like a puppy.
That was until I had enough. Sometimes, we are strong enough to manage to take control of a dream. Lucid dreaming is an interesting experience in itself. I used the moment to rally my power and send this figure from my head forever. For more than ten years, I did not see him, but I have recently, and his power over me was completely gone, but for the concern that he was able to show his face once more.
These dreams inform the character that I arranged for the book. It is my hope that readers will feel some of the terror that I once did at his presence. It’s hard to tell if it’s effective, because I have so thoroughly dealt with such fears. Writing it out doesn’t impact me as it once would have.
Morgentus is a prototypical psychopath with narcissistic tendencies. His history is tragic one, but we do not feel pity for this fallen. He committed terrible crimes, which I will not enumerate here, because you’ll just have to read the books to find out all that he had done. During the course of The Shadow Soul, you’ll be subject to his sudden appearance and tenacity, all aimed at our troubled hero. The Baron feel unstoppable, a cat toying with a mouse. His sadistic pleasure at waiting out his victims shakes you at the core. His power is impossibly great, despite his fall. Combine that with his origin story and you have quite an intimidating villain to read, if you dare.
Amy Miller says
One of my favorite things about writing is using it to deal with my own demons, whether it’s a failing of my own or processing pain I didn’t choose. I think writers can be their own superheroes in that way.
Captain Maiel says
Totally agree. It was very empowering.
Stevie Turner says
The pale stranger with the black hair sounds scary!
Captain Maiel says
When I was a girl, I was afraid to sleep, be alone in the dark…but as I grew up I became increasingly brave. He no longer scares me. My worry is that I might feel that fear again, but now it’s me who scares him, I think. I should really spend some time unpacking the psychological on it. I bet there is a lot there.
P.J. MacLayne says
He sounds like an interesting character to write. Do you feel like putting him in the pages of your books gave him more o or less power over your dreams?
Captain Maiel says
While I was writing it, I was concerned that ‘speaking of the devil’ would bring him back. It did, but I saw how stripped of power the dream now felt. He hides on the fringes again, and the moment I sense him, I focus there, like a challenge. I don’t have to lift a finger. I feel so strong, vital. In control. I think it gave me more power over my dreams, and muted him even further.
Lyndell Williams says
Oh, my! Titillating and scary AF. I like how you write. It’s incredibly hard to write a character that makes the reader truly think “Oh #%$&” when the pop up on the page or screen.
Captain Maiel says
Yeah, he was a pretty scary dude, especially to me as a child. I’m just glad I got it sorted and put him on paper. I wonder if I have been writing these books my whole life…