Kreistor wrote:jkosta wrote:He's trying, earnestly, to change the world.
No, he isn't. He's hiding wherever possible and letting the world do whatever it wants. Banhammer cares only about himself and his little, insulated bubble kingdom.
I think both of these views are valid. I would have agreed with jkosta and co until book 0, but that was mostly because I liked him due to Jillian's distaste for the man. In book 0 he has been portrayed as a man who runs on refined self-satisfaction. His actions beg the question of whether he is striving for his ideals or just butthurt about being brushed off by his daughter and his court, made to look like an ass by the woman he just fell for (who he fell for due to her flattery), and about to see this same woman who he still loves or at least hopes to score with be executed. All of this moralistic outrage could be just that, or it could be just petulance and him refusing to accept that he has been hoodwinked. I used to assume the best about him and attribute negative observations to Jillian's perspective, but the last 10 or so updates have changed that. His dominant personality trait might just be ego.
Then again, excessive ego isn't really excessive when you have the powers of an overlord. In many respects, he's one of the most grounded possible outcomes when someone has that much power.