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 Post subject: Psychology of a Villain
PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:49 pm 
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Gaerlan Cimo (Arrival at Branderscar)
Gaerlan’s overwhelming arrogance stems from his abusive childhood and desire to escape from it. Some, under such conditions, become shy and withdrawn. He became the opposite, choosing to believe himself special and disconnected from others by choice, rather than conditions beyond his control. That pride is not completely unfounded, but is largely untested, and uncertainty manifests as a need to prove himself superior to others. The full expression of his repressed fear that he is not all that he believes he is comes in his pathological need to kill, to, in his mind, demonstrate his absolute superiority to another.

As he arrives at Branderscar Gaerlan is a murderer four times over. His mother and stepfather, a roommate at the orphanage, and a rather foolish would be knight have all met their end on the edge of his blade. Three of those kills however were against largely unsuspecting targets taken unaware while sleeping, while the fourth, in the form of a duel, pitied him against an unremarkable opponent. Somewhere deep within him, the ambivalent nature of these conquests claws at him. How can he truly be superior without showing it?
Other, less extreme extensions of his uncertainty manifest in his hatred of things that remind him of his home. He despises poverty, despises cheap clothing, and truly hates when he cannot maintain a high level of personal cleanliness. More insulting perhaps than the brands he bears – permanent marks of his weakness in the face of others – are the deplorable conditions that the prisoners are kept in. Filthy, dressed in rags, and left in stinking cells his fury at the guards of Branderscar knows few bounds. If he manages his escape he will attempt to murder them all.

Gaerlan’s arrival at Branderscar is however not a result of his need to kill, but rather a result of his loneliness. Never in his life has Gaerlan possessed a role model. Never has he had an authority figure that he respected. Only once in his life has he even had someone that he cared for, or that he felt cared for him – his half-sister Irulen. Their separation, and in particular her subsequent disappearance, has left him an emotional wreck, with the fulfillment of that destruction culminating in his giddy destruction and defilement of a chapel of Mitra and subsequent ‘capture’. He cannot go on as he has, utterly alone. It is his almost insane hope that his antics will draw out his sister – who he believes is very much alive and well – but in truth Gaerlan would settle for anyone, and barring that, perhaps might embrace death.

His bonds with the dark powers he has embraced are waxing, but of yet merely an extension of his pride and desire to control his own destiny. He would sell his soul to a peddler for strength enough to carve out his own future, and the dark whispers in the back of his mind have not asked for even that yet. They were, and are, entranced by his murders to date – though none so satisfy them as his first kills – the image of a boy and his sister holding their surprised mother down and they drive knives into her again and again, even as her lover bleeds out beside her – is powerfully appealing to lords of treachery and debauchery.

Gaerlan Cimo (Departure for Balentyne)
Gaerlan, setting off from the Manor is already a much changed man than the arrogant, brash, and angry blackguard that arrived. In Branderscar he cut down trained soldiers like so much wheat, and since he has lain low a famed witch hunter. Many insecurities have melted away under the hot blood of those victims. He knows, without doubt, that he is indeed better than other men – and that was before the powerful Thorn invited him into his home, offered him instruction, and set him on a purposeful mission of importance.
In truth, Thorn is a leaver of great change for Gaerlan – the first individual of power and means that he has ever respected. In many ways the priest is the father Gaerlan never had. Someone harsh, firm, but also encouraging. It is far too early to say that Gaerlan loves, or even cares for Thorn, but he cannot help but desire the Cardinal’s approval. Part of him of course hates this, but another part finds a fulfillment of his desire for companionship and order in his life. It is Thorn’s calculated belief, his quiet confidence, which has drawn Gaerlan more fully into the faith of Hell than he might admit.

Gerlan is still quite lonely. Though he has been drawn closer to the Knot, and taken a lover in Zadaria, he misses his sister terribly, and that wound which drove him to near self-destruction is still there. His expression of that loneness at the Manor as evident in his treatment of Myrtle, and especially his later adoption of her into a ‘family’ with Grace as their ‘daughter’. Though he would put forward their relationship purely as a farce to her and others, in truth he enjoys the twisted intimacy of it, and does desire something of such an existence. If he cannot have his sister, he will carve out a new family.

Gaerlan’s urge to kill has been waning as his successes have grown, and his fulfillment in his life has grown. He still enjoys murder, but is no longer so driven by it as an end. Instead he feels a growing calling towards tyranny over others – the influence of Thorn, or even the Hellish powers growing within him. Killing brings on a rush of satisfaction, but the idea of dominating another and breaking them to his will, as he is attempting with Myrtle, is exciting to him.

Gaerlan Cimo (Current)
The Gaerlan of today is nearly fully actualized. His success, currently culminated on ownership of the Horn, an array of servants, and a feast of prisoners to break to his will is intensely satisfying to him. Only two major frustrations remain. First, his lack of success with breaking Myrtle into a form that he desires is powerfully aggravating to him. Though he may play at patience, there is a growing fury within him that the woman will not break. She refuses not only to bend to his will, but also to bend to the family dynamic he’d hoped to create. In some ways, the latter is more frustrating to him – a rarity since insolence is truly a high crime.

His second, buried, frustration lies with his still missing sister. It is a festering wound that he patches over, but it cuts him more deeply than he would admit. For all of his satisfaction and security, he still lacks a true human connection. Zadaria or perhaps Puella is as close as close as one comes, the witch as his sometimes carnal companion, and the witch as someone that understands him more deeply than any. He is divorced from both however by his lack of trust in Zadaria, and his lack of understanding for all of Puella’s ways. That he truly cares for the witch’s welfare and actively seeks her out to heal her wounds – under the guise of efficiency perhaps – should speak greatly to his bond.

Lucavi’s breeding experiments, Myrtle’s reluctance, his work with children, and the arrival of two new beauties of poise and strength have aroused for him the possibility of another path towards fulfillment. The idea of a child of his own – or children – is growing increasingly appealing. He would never engage in such widespread and callow breeding as Lucavi did, nor would he ever lay with someone he felt was beneath him, but if two sorceresses could be seduced… the idea is not fully formed, but has been planted. Perhaps children of his own would help fill the void within him, would mitigate the unvocalized loneliness he feels.

Laying aside laying with someone beneath him, one might assume that ****, as an expression of control and domination, is a natural outlet for Gaerlan. This is far from the truth. While the possibility is not completely beyond him, in truth the idea has no appeal. He associates it with the petty vulgarity of his step-father, his lustful eyes upon his own daughter, and only at his very worst would even the threat of it come out. It is very much like torture, capable of breaking someone's spirit but doing so in the most barbaric, blunt, and destructive way possible. He would as soon shatter a priceless work of art as **** someone he deemed worthy of laying with in the first place.

His urge to kill is largely suppressed by his successes in domination. Why murder for that rush, when he can enjoy the same thrill each time he orders a broken slave to a task? Perhaps it might reimerge if denied victims for his other outlets.

Gaerlan is a near total convert to Hell now, the warring forces for his soul having moved into the end game. He views the ideology through his own lens of choice, superiority, and power, but that is not so say such a view is inaccurate.

He views most ‘goodly’ people as self-deluding sheep with little true calling to goodness, and instead merely an indoctrination into meekness. His hatred of Mitra, the Church, and especially the common person is tremendous, built upon two platforms. First, his miserable childhood, which the Church did nothing to aid, and which they later made worse by separating him from his sister. In this he sees hypocrisy in their workings. Second, his growing ideological bent paints the ideas of self-sacrifice, human rights, and charity as repulsive and unnatural. The strong should rule the weak, and a system that chains the strong to the week is simply wrong.

Without the Hellish influence such primitively selfish thoughts might be the end of it, however the example of Thorn and the Knots has resonated with Gaerlan, and so he has taken his cue. That the strong should rule the weak, that there is nothing owed to those below other than dominion, does not mean that he is utterly ruthless and purely self serving. The development of others into something greater is the mark of a more sophisticated master. A savage can have slaves, but a lord cultivates talent towards his own betterment. As such, he is capable of surprising generosity towards others in his service - especially those that serve in the long term, that swear themselves to him, or that he binds to himself.

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Wind of Morning, heartfelt greetings
To the one I love convey
May his life be long; and may
His slave be never far away

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