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What about akka and esme. posted 02 February 2007 in The Warrior ProphetWhat about akka and esme. by Purple Library Guy, Commoner

Corwin might or might not have given a rat's ass about seducing someone--it would depend on the circumstances. But he was far from evil or even amoral, although at some point a couple hundred years before the narrative began it seems perhaps he was. Corwin's a hardass, sure, but within the books he doesn't betray his friends and he tries not to hurt people who aren't asking for it and he tends to go out of his way to help random people in trouble; in explanation for this he muses that some time during his amnesic time on earth he picked up a conscience, something that perhaps sets him apart from most of the family. His cynicism is largely skin deep. And one thing I'm convinced he wouldn't have done, and what practically no fantasy hero would do, and specifically what a person who really exemplified the image Kellhus was projecting wouldn't do, is fail to go find/try to help a close friend who'd disappeared and might or might not be dead.
The reason I think it's important is not that it's such a heinous deed per se. It's that only in such cases can one catch a master manipulator. You can never spot the wrongness in Kellhus by assessing his words, he's too smart. But a manipulator's motives and objectives are not what they appear; even where the overt objectives (get the crusade to the holy city) are what they appear, the deeper motives of character are different. Watch a manipulator and at some point their actions, to achieve their real objectives, have to depart from their self-presented character, no matter how clever they are, or they can't achieve their real goals. That's generally the only way for a normal non-super-genius to perceive the manipulation of a Kellhus level mind.

As to seducing Esmenet--well, anyone could fall for his dead comrade's girlfriend. What makes Kellhus' action both less and more of a betrayal is that he has little concept of "betrayal" and for the same reasons certainly doesn't love Esmenet. He seduces her not out of emotional need but for whatever cryptic, selfish reasons he's doing everything else. We often feel that someone falling in love is not fully in control of their actions and can be partially forgiven for what would otherwise be a betrayal; that doesn't apply to Kellhus, who is utterly in control. view post


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