THE VILLAIN ‘S FAITH IS CHALLENGED? THE HOWL OF CONTEMPLATION
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THE VILLAIN ‘S FAITH IS CHALLENGED? A very difficult scene to write because usually you don’t have the villain within the novel questioning their faith, spirituality and loyalty. They are just usually bad, but I would say that’s what makes a good villain because it gives that character a little depth as well and allows the reader to explore what that character’s reasoning for doing what they do throughout the novel.
REVISITING THE VILLAIN
Rewriting chapter 15 for the 2nd draft I revisit Xavier the Villains POV within the first scene. He has one scene in this chapter that reveals who he is and what he stands for as a villain.
GOAL: To find a way better way to capture the yearling pack
CONFLICT: Has an argument with Mary about his faith and loyalty to the Kraldire
OUTCOME: Adrian presets him with a solution
SCENE SYNOPSIS: Xavier reflects on his life after having an argument with Mary about not capturing the yearling pack.
SCENE WORD COUNT : 1631
In the previous chapters and scenes with Xavier he never really truly reveals his past and I guess I have him brooding and complaining about loving the Kraldire(Mary’s mother ) and losing her love. However, this chapter he will finally contemplate his faith . and whether he is making the right decision in being loyal to the Kraldire.
He has had nearly 12,000 years to figure this out . However, at this stage in his immortality he is at his breaking point especially in this scene. In the previous scene he failed at capturing Sirena and he also has failed at not only capturing the Arctos yearling pack but also the earth diver(raven) and collecting the raven claw amulet .
So yeah he is at a breaking point because he knows if he goes back to the Kraldire empty handed this time around she will kill him. Even though they had a thing together he seems to think- no seems to know that the Kraldire will have no need for him anymore.
What makes matters worse is that Mary(council member/companion) caught him using Courian’s(the wolf god) name. And any mention of Courian has been banned by the Kraldire. So he also has to deal with Mary trying to blackmail him into loving her. Because if push came to shove she would rat him out and he would die anyway by the Kraldire’s hand.
So his loyalty and faith is tested while at the same time trying to control his fast paced descent into madness .
Towards the end of the scene he senses one of the yearling running from the human town in the mountain and he tracks them intent on killing the yearling . However , that plan goes array when the yearling , who reveals himself to in fact be Adrian suddenly proposes a solution to Xavier’s problems.
What is this solution? Well I will be continuing to write it in the next scene of the 15th chapter where it will be in Adrian’s POV.
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