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^ The Grand Oak says that the spirit of the forest already existed, that 'the day she left was the day [the werewolves] came', so as appealing as the idea is I don't think Zathrian's outrage manifested her into being.
His story is fairly compelling, as far as an object lesson in the poison of revenge goes. I think about it a lot in Awakening, where it's too bad there's not a chance to mention it. Contrasting it with Nathaniel's story (especially with a Cousland Warden, where there is a lot of bad blood that can be beautifully healed) and even more with Velanna, who still has a chance to go another direction, would have been nice in more than headcanon. ;)
That was not entirely what I meant about Zathrian conjuring the Lady. I did not mean to imply she was a manifestation of his rage. My suggestion was more along the lines of his fury being such that he had no patience to pull a spirit from the Fade to do wreak his vengeance, but simply drew forth all the energy in his immediate surroundings. This manifested as the wolf/ghost. His enraged desire to enact his revenge as immediately as he could manage could have resulted in the ferocious Witherfang. The lady was the opposite side of the coin as the forces of growth and compassion and was possibly an unintended consequence. In any case, it was my impression that the wolf/Lady was conjured a very long time ago and all those who wronged Zathrian were already long dead anyway.
^Fair enough, that makes sense. I expect the Lady had her ferocious side already; nature is like that, but the two halves may have been further divided by having two distinctly different shapes.
You're quite right about it having been a long time ago. That's part of what makes it so sad; it's not that Zathrian didn't have every right to be angry and to seek revenge, but that he couldn't move past it centuries later.
^He lost both of his children. That's not something a person can just move past, probably ever.
As far as seeking revenge goes, he killed those who were directly responsible. The curse was then cast on people who were at most only tangentially connected to the deaths of his children, by being the relatives of those who committed the crimes against them. That was beyond the kind of revenge that would've been appropriate, never mind that the curse also affected those generations removed from the events.
I chose to cure the Werewolves because they really wanted to be free of the curse. Had this been a strict either/or situation where I had to kill one side, I would have killed the elves. Elves are among my most hated fantasy races whereas werewolves are among my most beloved.
What's your problem with elves?
I'd rather not get into it. That's not what this discussion is about.
Talk about necroing a old thread.
You'd be surprised how unpredictable threads can be.
At least the original cause of the necro is on topic
What do you think?