This is my character development and insight on my two favorite champions in League of Legends. Sadly, I can only gather so much on what minimal lore that Riot has provided. Nonetheless, they are well thought-out and I would certainly appreciate feedback from the general populace. These are also written for a deeper and further analysis on a novel (League spin-off) I am currently writing for personal entertainment. (I have hit a writer’s block at ten thousand words.)
Hey, nice analysis Zyphemis!
In my mind, Graves' vendetta is all he lives for. He's been in the slammer a long time because of Twisted Fate, and the attitude I get from his judgment is that he's lost the desire to think ahead more than one step at a time. The last time he had a plan, Fate stabbed him in the back and reminded him there was only one person he could trust. I think he would kill his old partner easily, but be at a loss of what to do afterwards. He's not a conman anymore. (edit wait ... he wants to show the world what Twisted Fate really is, never mind, killing him doesn't seem to be part of it)
I object to your analysis of Jarvan. It seems to match Swain's perception of the prince. Demacians have a rigid order, where personal desire is a secondary concern at best. Jarvan was likely raised a world apart from his future subjects, but he was raised to fill a well defined, necessary role. Jarvan knows his place in the world, and no one is capable of changing that. That confidence shows itself in his personality, which some might describe as brash and arrogant. When he faced death at the hands of Urgot, he did so without showing any fear or doubt. The only effect it had on him was to cause him to improve his combat skills - by hunting dragons. There are high expectations for Jarvan. If he should fail, he will merely get back up and continue on his way.
As for the conflict between Demacia and Noxus, the League has considerable weight on the issue of war. Jarvan III was willing to work with Noxus for peace in Kalamanda. In Issue 30, Jarvan IV showed the same reasonability by working with Kat and Talon to expose the truth. As long as Demacia and Noxus exist as we know them, their ideals will clash - but war against Noxus is not Jarvan's goal. His rivalry with Swain is a different matter.
Good luck with that novel!
Well, I understand your authorial goals. If you intend to twist a character, or the concepts of good and evil (Riot avoids those stereotypes, notice the only evil champion is Veigar), a good part of making your writing believable is having a solid foundation for your character flaws while still portraying them consistently with how they've been portrayed elsewhere.
That said, I just want to point out some stuff I know (I've read ... lots of stuff).
- Graves shot Dr. Priggs' face across a wall.
- Anger, the slow, simmering kind, doesn't die easily. Graves shows how angry he still is years later in his judgment. TF's betrayal cost Graves years in prison, his way of life, and the closest relationship to another person he had.
- TF isn't a hero, but he is a showman. Graves is the kind of man who will shoot a showman's legs off, and there's a certain Dr. Xavier Rath whom TF parted with on poor terms.
- Forgiveness ... would, like you said, come from emotional attachment. TF and Graves used to be kindred souls, but Graves' original connection with TF was broken by the betrayal. What in Graves' life would encourage him to hope that TF could still be his old partner when Graves has his anger?
- Jarvan is heir to the throne, and probably doesn't think he has any flaws he can't overcome. I would say the essential parts of his character, however, are pride in Demacia, determination, and a ... severe mistrust of Swain (this is probably reasonable).
Ten thousand words is impressive. I don't think I've written any story longer than three thousand, myself. I hope you find a way around that block.
Heh, what a coincidence. I've been playing a lot of Jarvan lately.
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