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I believe that may thinking on many matters in Redwall is unorthodox after reading the reaction to my first blog post. In any case, I shall now make the argument that Verdauga Greeneyes, Lord of Kotir, is a gray character. Understand that I am not using the typical Redwall definition of gray. I do not mean a good vermin. I will ignore his species and in turn substitute gray as meaning morally ambiguous. To start there was the matter of driving Luke and his tribe out of St. Ninian's. You can say,"Evil warlord! He drove good woodlanders out of their home!" Yes, but also no. Luke's tribe might have just retreated rather than been forced out. He appears even kinder if he did force them out. Most warlords would have tortured, killed, and enslav…Read more >
I ask one question: why are there so few "grey" characters? The definition of grey characters puzzles me. An evil vole is evil, not grey. Species should have nothing to do with good or evil.
Why can't the main villian of a story be a mouse? There is no reason whatsoever. No species can be all evil or all good. I would love to see a story where the protagonist is a "vermin" seeking to avenge the deaths of their family. The killer should be of a "good" species.
It is unrealistic to show all villians as cowards. Not all evil people are weak and cowardly. This should be shown.
In short, I want evil "good" creatures, heroic "vermin", and brave villians. This would make the series more realistic, exciting, less prejudiced, and all around better.… Read more >