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Best character posted 22 July 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Izzarre, Commoner

I have to admit there's lots of good characters. Kellhus is obviously the bomb. Istriya is an interesting old crone/bitch/cunt. Akka is the shizzle. Esmenet is also interesting, but whores can get on my nerves - I still love reading about them though. <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> But one is my absolute favorite, a guy who I see getting knocked around these forums quite a bit.

Xerius, baby! The emperor! Call him stupid all you want, but he has his moments. Everyone is against him. Still he's managed to get by. view post


Best character posted 28 July 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Tattooed Hand, Auditor

Cnair would be among my favorites but I just can't stomach his unmitigated brutality toward women.

Akka is a up there, because he has a perplexed and conflicted quality that yields interesting though and deliberation.

But, in the end, Kelhus has me completely transfixed. view post


Best character posted 09 August 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by WhiteLineRacer, Candidate

Gotian is my fav, he seems to be an honest fellow amongst fawning idiots. view post


Best character posted 09 August 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Lucimay, Subdidact

Xinemus. he's the character i like the best.
for some reason i like Proyas too. view post


Best character posted 10 August 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by WhiteLineRacer, Candidate

Yeah I'm liking Xinemus lots too, he is true also.
But I'm not sure if should write about him in this section of the forum, so I won't. I'm caught in the, can't go to the TWP section as i'm quarter of the way through it and don't want to learn something that spoils it for me. I also don't want to type in here about characters in case I forget who did what in which book and screw it up for the chaps who have not started TWP yet. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> <!-- s:? --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif" alt=":?" title="Confused" /><!-- s:? --> view post


Best character posted 16 August 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by target, Auditor

Gotta love Zin and Akka. I also like Proyas and i'm quite drawn to Ikueri Conphas, but my favourite would probably have to be Akka. The rest of the cast has something likeable about them (except the consult, who are set up as the 'bad' guys and i would probably say Kellhus and Serwe, whom i ust don't really like) but Akka just stands out for me and i really want to know what becomes of him more than anyone else. view post


Best character posted 02 November 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by kansasbarbarian, Commoner

Cnaiur urs Skiotha, the most violent of men. That says it all. He is the ultimate badass.
Tim view post


Best character posted 07 November 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Harrol, Moderator

Cnaiur is my most favorite character. For some strange reason I can understand why he is the he is. I also like Conphas. His intelligence and ruthlessness make him a very interesting character. view post


Best character posted 05 December 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Ciboule, Commoner

Drusas Achamian is my favorite character, easily ! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Best character posted 12 December 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by precentor, Commoner

Quote: &quot;LooseCannon&quot;:4lwrnotf
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;) -->[/quote:4lwrnotf]

agreed! xerius seems like a composite of all the worst east roman emperors, and the nansur is a hilarious parody of byzantium. love it! view post


Best character posted 12 December 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Nauticus, Auditor

My favorite is Conphas. He's so ambitious and proud that you find yourself believing him in The Warrior-Prophet.

Another favorite is Kellhus. I'll be honest, I dislike him greatly. He's so immoral and heartless, but that is exactly why he's a favorite. He's written so well and realistically that I actually like hating him.

Proyas is excellent too. Proyas and Achamian are similar in that they are struggling over their separate problems, but in a similar way.
Achamian and Esmenet are the two most heart-wrenching characters in the book, and I relate most to Achamian. It had my adrenaline flowing when he laid waste to the Scarlet Spires in TWP.

So yeah. I change my original answer. Although I love Conphas, my favorite character is Drusas Achamian. view post


Best character posted 27 March 2006 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by glaz, Peralogue

Kellhus, definitely, for me. he is the true fantasy character.

after TDTCB, he is the most dominating human i've read, if he is indeed human. the most violent, charismatic character. violent in a sense that he can do anything to you, not physically, but because of just what he is.

Akka gets a nod too. view post


Best character posted 28 March 2006 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Mahajanga Mordecai, Auditor

I guess I'm the only one that preferred Simas; although I knew the truth about him after reading the first chapter. Irregardless, I found his combination of grandfatherly gentility and shrewd canny admirable to no end. I'd like to have that quality.

Akka actually got on my nerves a bit. Too conflicted on matters that require no conflict. How can you have that kind of power and purpose of being and still be so easily affected by the religious? Of all the people in Earwa, save the Dunyain, Mandate Schoomen have the Truth... and the power to back it up! How could he be so wanton?

I also liked Zenkappa. I'd like to know more about him, but TWP made it clear that that will never happen. view post


Best character posted 28 March 2006 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Randal, Auditor

Methinks you've missed Akka's lessons. He's conflicted, he doubts, because he has seen where the belief you have the only &quot;truth&quot; leads one. He doubts because he knows that certitude only stems from ignorance.

His dreams have no validity in and of themselves. They prove no more than Proyas or Inrau's religious fervour does. If he believed his point of view was the only valid one, and used the power of the Mandate to enforce that claim, he'd be as bad as the people he despises. He'd be as bad as the holy war.

I admire him, because he has power, yet doesn't let that fact seduce him into thinking he's better than others, nor does it lead him to seek mastery over others. Akka shows that power need not corrupt, and doubt is his means of achieving that. view post


Best character posted 28 March 2006 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by glaz, Peralogue

the one moment i loved about akka is in one of his internalizations, when he said that he can just torch this whole place, toast everyone in there, and he would come away unscathed. but, in the end, he didn't, and he just continued waiting.

3 things:

1. this just showed how much power he has if ever he intends to use it.
2. the nature of the human mind. there's just a part in us that wants to come out on top and take the easy in all things.
3. the character's humanity. not everything will go his way, and though he has the power to turn the sides and use it to his advantage, he controls himself. view post


Best character posted 05 May 2006 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Mahajanga Mordecai, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Randal&quot;:194bzk12
Methinks you've missed Akka's lessons. He's conflicted, he doubts, because he has seen where the belief you have the only &quot;truth&quot; leads one. He doubts because he knows that certitude only stems from ignorance.

His dreams have no validity in and of themselves. They prove no more than Proyas or Inrau's religious fervour does. If he believed his point of view was the only valid one, and used the power of the Mandate to enforce that claim, he'd be as bad as the people he despises. He'd be as bad as the holy war.[/quote:194bzk12]

I never said anything about him possessing the ONLY truth or the only VALID truth, I simply noted that he, as a Mandate Schoolmen, has a grasp on the truth. Nor did I suggest that having the truth should put one in a position to dominate others. Thankfully, attaining the truth (or should I say A TRUTH) doesn't require such behavior.

Doubt is useful when used correctly but he uses it as a crutch, not a way to check his fervor. And he has NO excuse to be wanton with regards to religion. This is what puzzled me throughout the entire series. How can they know so much but still believe in the Tusk. Foolishness... rank foolishness! view post


Best character posted 15 May 2006 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Quizzms, Commoner

Has to be Cnaiur. He complex, vengeful, yet he questions on quite an intellectual level (for the barbarian he is)......remember in the TWP:

&quot;Truth shines!&quot; (some random soldier says) - which are Kellhus's words i think. And Cnaiur, well.....hehehhehehhe breaker-of-horses-and-men indeed <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

I also like achamian because he has such passion and strength despite his vulnerability and continuous suffering view post


Best character posted 30 May 2006 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by coobek, Candidate

Achamian, followed by Cnauir and Kellhus. Also Giant warrior Yalgrtotha speaks to my imagination. view post


Best character posted 01 June 2006 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by alhana, Auditor

Esmi and Serwe~
As a woman, I always enjoy reading the stories of other women. This book has intruiged me as I have read about these women not only as they see themselves, but as the male characters see them and interact with them. All of this is even more fascinating when considered from the standpoint of the author of these thoughts also being a man.

I think the endearing and even heartbreaking parts are to read about the power of these women have through their souls and bodies, even when they are in complete submission. In discussing this with a male friend, I pointed out that when one has no rights, one's body and sex becomes the last protection of one's position, even when that is taken forceably. Utilizing their bodies and their feminine mystic, they shape the lives of the men in their world and ensuring their own survival as well as pull unseen strings of power that many of the men never see. Only Kellhus is completely aware of the power of Serwe, even though he eventually conceeds to engage her, for other unknown reasons at this point in the story.

The parts about the women in this book reminds me in many ways of Memoirs of a Geisha that I read last December; that author was also male but was able to capture the essence of being a woman and the experience of female within a pre-dominately male ruled society. view post


Best character posted 26 December 2007 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Gringo, Commoner

Cnair, his resolve is inspiring. I love his character, from when you first meet him to his final chapters in TTT. His arrogance is blunt and unrefined, his hate a roiling maelstrom of unceasing pain and misery. You feel sorry for him like one of the suffering champions from mythical stories. A tragic (Anti-)hero who just doesn't give in.

I love him. view post


Best character posted 15 January 2008 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Uroborian Circles, Candidate

Aside from the ones mentioned some others I wanted to point out:

-Eleazaras and Iyokus. Their conversations had a lot of depth and were very entertaining to me. (Tho most of that stems from TWP tbh)
-The Synthese and &quot;Sarcellus.&quot; Wow... I mean... I don't even no where to go with them.

My personal favorite: Cnaiur view post


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