This is the two paths I had for my Big Bad
at the beginning of my current novel. By now my vote has nearly completely been tilted towards the Heroic Antagonist side, but your feedback would be much appreciated.
My setting is rather complex
, so it's hard to say everything I'd like to in one post. To sum it up, he is The Emperor
of a continental-spanning empire of blood-drinking vampires
that has, through the ages, mastered the art of taking human slaves, usually those who are striken with poverty under the past few centuries and keep them alives for the purpose of harvesting blood.
Their heyday, however, was coming to an end with a variety of problem, up to and including factional rivalries
, a bureaucracy made of fail
, and outright rebellions
At the moment my plan is to depict him as a benevolent ruler who lacked the capability to keep things under control, but is otherwise too well-respected by his subjects to be properly overthrown. In this way, he is the Big Bad
only by merit of being on the portagonist's opposite side.
But in all possibilities, would such a position better be filled by a Complete Monster
rather than the tragic hero/Heroic Antagonist model I've drawn up?
edited 29th Oct '10 1:03:42 AM by ArgeusthePaladin