It's been interesting to reflect on how things have changed over time. I find myself doing this having read Hunters Death over the weekend combined with some things Michelle has said in the past about the character of Jewel on the old yahoo group forums.
- Jewel was never envisioned as being the major character she is now. This from a comment Michelle had made of the old forums. But, I don't see how Jewel could be other than she is now. Someone has to fill the roll of a Sen Adept kind of character, someone who can stand toe to toe with Allasakar and it can't be Cellerient, Viandaran, Illaraphaniel or Ariane. It might have been someone from the south, a Voyani for example, but Jewel makes more sense, IMHO.
- Sor na Shannon met the Winter Queen on the Winter road at the height of Winter and Ariane didn't kill her!? Ariane even had her Host with her.
- Meralonne couldn't defeat Sor Na Shannon either! And yet, he is one of the four riders? Yes, I know he killed her in the battle of the coliseum, but after she was distracted.
- Meralonne lost his shield to a Duke of the hells. We now know that a Duke isn't the second most powerful echelon within the hells, there are Firstborn Princes such as Darronatos. It was also mentioned the loosing the shield and replacing it would be a matter of months, fifteen years later he still doesn't have a shield. How can the riders be perceived as such a danger to Allasakar if one of them can't defeat a Duke, let alone a Prince, of the hells?
I think if Illaraphaniel met Sor na Shannon as we know and see/perceive him now, she'd be a goner. It's interesting to look at the second time Illaraphaniel met a Duke in battle and how he fared better even minus his shield than he did the first time.It's interesting to wonder if the evolution of these characters has been intentional or an artifact of the changing landscape of the story?
Have other's noticed a similar thing? Perhaps about different characters?