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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