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Best character posted 02 February 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Mithfânion, Didact

Who do you think is the best character of the series sofar, and why? view post


Best character posted 02 February 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Wil, Head Moderator

This is a really hard question. They are all so well written, but I would have to say Esmenet is my favorite character. I've always had a soft spot for the "Unfortunate" characters. There is something about them that justifies everything that they do, because the have had such a horrible life. view post


Best character posted 02 February 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I really like Kellhus, but I also like Cnaiür. He has so many layers which just keep getting peeled back. Esmenet is good too, although I don't find her as intriguing. view post


Best character posted 03 February 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by delavagus, Commoner

Kellhus.

He's the most interesting, and usually I find the most interesting character = my favorite character. I have a soft spot for Achamian, though, as well as poor conflicted Cnaiur (though if I actually met Cnaiur, I'd run in the opposite direction as quickly as possible).

But really, my favorite character -- and I know this will warm the cockles of Bakker's heart -- is Earwa, the World. view post


Best character posted 04 February 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I liked them all pretty much. However, the Emperor Xerius really stood out for me. The guy was absolutely hilarious. His inner monologue was a treat to read, not to mention the way he treated his mother. Needless to say I got mucho amusement from his chapters. Hopefully if he dies he will come back as a disembodied voice or something. <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


Best character posted 04 February 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yes, the emperor was a character who continued to surprise me and I still am not really sure if he is brilliant or moronic. view post


Best character posted 28 February 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Malarion, Candidate

Bugger, that was me who posted above.
Guest be damned.
Stupid boy never logged on.
Bah! view post


Best character posted 02 May 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Maltaran, Commoner

I actually liked Achamian the best. Although the Emperor and Conphas were quite intriguing. view post


Best character posted 03 May 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Yeah, the thing I like about Achamian as a character is he obviously holds a lot of power with his sorcery yet is still very vulnerable to Chorea so he is forced to restrain himself. I can just imagine the frustration of not blasting that bastard Sarcellus into oblivion <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. view post


Best character posted 12 July 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by DarkMatter, Peralogue

I really like Achamian the best and I find Kellhus very interesting. view post


Best character posted 12 July 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Fortinbras, Commoner

I loved Inrau, in his brief presence. I can't put my finger on why, exactly, but I'm going to say he was my favourite. view post


Best character posted 12 July 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by legatus, Auditor

Achamian was a character I could really like without any reservation. He certainly comes off as flawed and fairly indecisive, but his underlying strength of character belies that outer weakness. Certainly an easy character to sympathize with.

I also really liked Cnaiur, and even Kellhus to a lesser extent, but it's more of a love hate thing in his case. I can't help begrudging him his incessant manipulation, in spite of it being his greatest asset. I just want to smack some of the hapless idiots he draws into his web, which is probably another reason I like Cnaiur so much; he's cunning, paranoid and cracked enough to resist that damnable dunyain. view post


Best character posted 15 July 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by saintjon, Auditor

Wow do I ever hear you there Legatus.

Achamian's my favourite. Something about the multi-pronged torture of life as a Mandate Schoolman, and the conflict of potence and self-doubt that exists in him. His love/hate relationship with sorcery adds some extra kick to him.

My second favourite is Cnaiur. The guy's like an ultra-violent duck, unapologetically brutal on the surface and paddling like hell underneath. There are few characters in any story whose fight scenes I've enjoyed so much, Cnaiur makes himself undeniable. My God, how do you stand before a spectacle of war like that and have anything left to attempt to be the one he demands.

I think one thing that makes these characters so memorable to me is the inner struggles their own compassion causes them. For Cnaiur and Kellhus it doesn't come out so much until the second book, but Achamian has his issues about using Inrau and being worthy of Emenet, Esmenet sometimes can't help but fling her profession in people's faces (to protect them from herself maybe? too painful to believe they could think more of her? or to protect them from being associated with her?) view post


Best character posted 26 July 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Not sure who my fav is, I really like the schemers who appear in novels as well as the spy type characters, with this novel however each character has a hook that makes you interested in them. Too hard to pick. view post


Best character posted 03 August 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by lostsoul16, Commoner

well im not finished with the first book yet but so far Conphas has been my favorite character

His cunning and power do it for me
Akka was brilliantly written and very fun to read about view post


Best character posted 04 August 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Taliesin, Peralogue

Hard question.... I think Achamian was my favorite, at least in terms of likability, but they were all so well-written. Inrau was great, but then he was gone.... I also really enjoyed the Emperor. view post


Best character posted 09 August 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by JustifiedHeretic, Peralogue

I guess I'm going to have to go against everyone here and say my favorite character is Nersei Proyas.

Here's why -

Proyas, to me, seems to be that kid who is so consumed with needing to fit his role that he refuses to accept his lifelong friends, merely because they don't conform to what he thinks he has to be like (i.e. he religious devotion and Akka..clearly not so much). He just seemed to have this air about him when I read that I found really intruiging. He fights with himself so much, on one hand he hates Akka for being a sorcerer, but he loves him because he was his tutor and his close friend. Unfortunately in The Darkness, Proyas is not 100% able to overcome this gap, which makes you wait to see if he can bridge it. I just like seeing a character grow and develop and become worldly from a closed mind, I just really like him.. plus he has that whole "Mess with me and I'll kick your ass" attitude, gotta love it. view post


Best character posted 11 August 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by steve, Peralogue

So far my favorite is Achamain, his struggles with Esmenet and his students are very interesting. view post


Best character posted 26 August 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Brendhan, Commoner

Cnaiur urs Skiotha, breaker-of-horses-and-men

Violent as violence was intended to be...ever, but able to love Anissi even as he murdered the traitors of his Tribe. Probably the only true match to the Dunyain Kellhus. His intelligence matched with his gigantic propensity for violence are what scares the beejeebus outta me and made me love the character all the more so. view post


Best character posted 31 August 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by JustifiedHeretic, Peralogue

everyone loves the word bejebus...love it...or else
and yes Cnauir is scary as hell and awesome, when i rad about him all i can think of is when Wayne and Garth met Alice Cooper in waynes worlds
"We are not worthy!" view post


Best character posted 31 August 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Thanks - now I have this mental image of Alice Cooper as a Scylvendi warlord. Maybe we should point this out to Scott and see if indeed AC was the inspiration for Cnaiür <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


Best character posted 07 September 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Favorite: Achamian

something draws me to the power of magic and i usually like the mages and wizards most. one exception is WoT where i actually like Perrin and Thom most. Achamian is a great thinker and his causes are just. He fights inner fights as well as external conflicts... a top notch character if i ever read one.

Most Interesting: Kellhus

how can one not be interested by him? In the book he captivates people and manipulates them all and as you read he ... draws you in as well. extrodinary. his thinking is one of a kind. (well... among all the other characters ive ever read about before... i guess all the Dunyain think the same way)

Least Favorite: Esmenet

idk.. just didnt interest me much. im sure she holds some special importance in the book and i do look foward to her involvement in the other books but in some places i found her to be... well.. dumb. not a great thinker you know. i dont know if that was how Bakker meant it to be but that was my impression. view post


Best character posted 09 September 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Da-krul, Auditor

All the charecters are great, but I found I jsut enjoyed chapters about Cnaiur just a lil more then the others, Achamians gotta be my 2nd favorite though. view post


Best character posted 11 September 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by JustifiedHeretic, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Aldarion&quot;:251aphoa
Thanks - now I have this mental image of Alice Cooper as a Scylvendi warlord. Maybe we should point this out to Scott and see if indeed AC was the inspiration for Cnaiür <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->[/quote:251aphoa]

Indeed this should be brought to his attention...can you imagine...Alice Cooper does rock though view post


Best character posted 14 November 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Inner_visions, Candidate

Kellhus is definily want i'd call an original character but not my favorite in Bakker's series' The Prince of Nothing. Although i'm growing a small fondness of him due to his revelations and changes in the end of the second book.

Cnaiur has got to be one of my favorite, if not my favorite characters. Already said was that he had so many layers like an onion. That's one of the most interresting things about Cnaiur because he's the most like a real person. His various layers overlap and melt and change and make him a different person then he was 20 pages ago. He's so unpredictable even Kellhus can only manipulate variables that he thinks will have an affect on Cnaiur, Kellhus isn't even sure about those. In response to the most recent 'guest' post, Cnaiur is not invincible(not that you said it) and has been trying to prove himself forever. That is why he kills, not even for his own culture of anything else but the need to be accepted. ALmost everything he does it for acceptance and self worth but in the end he has neither. Also he isn't just some massively tough barbaric warrior he has feelings too(lol) and has always been a slave to another, whether it be Moeghus, his fellow clansmen, or Kellhus. Well.... eh yeah something like that.

Second favorite is Archamian because he is such an interresting character as well. Even more pain then Cnaiur's past, plus his always changing stance with his students, Esmenet, and in the second book Xinemus. ALso his relationship with Kellhus is very eyeopening because even after Esmenet has become Kellhus' he still wishes to teach the Gnosis to him. It just proves how much a belief effects the human physce. Other reasons as well but its 12:00 here and i'm tired so all i have to say is keep writting Bakker. view post


Best character posted 25 November 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Morgoth Bauglir, Candidate

After reading some of these testamonials, I'm going to have to say that Proyas is my favorite character. He's a strong, fervently religious leader, that doesn't let faith or loyalty get in the way of reason. He's not bitter and jaded like Achamian, insane like Cnaiur, lifeless like Kellhus, or completely weak and naive like Esmenet or Serwe (neither of whom do I believe are nessecary to the story, except for the fact that Serwe carries Kellhus' child). Proyas is a calculating ruler, but he has human emotions that a normal person can identify with.

Go Proyas. view post


Best character posted 27 December 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Annabel, Peralogue

I loved the emperor. Scheming, self-aggrandizing, suspicious, insecure, capricious and altogether human. He's the most fun. I love the part when he gets shit on by birds and throws a snit fit.

I also liked Esmenet. She's definitely the most sympathetic character in the book. I keep hoping things will get better for her. view post


Best character posted 13 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Ashmael, Candidate

What do you mean by "best?" Best characterized? Most interesting? More sympathetic? The more moral? The one you identify with?
I really like drusas achamian, so humane, sensitive and haunted. He's the most likeable, and I was moved by his unfortunate loves. I identify much with him, no less because he has some sense of humour, unlike that fanatic Nersei Proyas. view post


Best character posted 13 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by diarmuid, Peralogue

akka

i love weakness when it is well incorporated into strength

some of which i expect to blossom soon view post


Best character posted 20 July 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by SoulKing, Commoner

I have to say Cnaiur is my favorite character. Anyone you has the audacity to stand up to Kellhus and remain un-dominated (or at least appearing to be un-dominated), no matter how it happens, gets my nod for my favorite character.

Not even mentioning that he simply kicks so much ass as well (oh, I guess I just did mention it... <!-- s:? --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif" alt=":?" title="Confused" /><!-- s:? --> ) view post


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