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Poem: "Shine On"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>There are many things that will readily depress and upset me when I read them. People who are deep in the shit, but still dealing with it, and carrying on, though, I find incredibly inspirational.<<

That's good to hear. It is what I was aiming for, but that's a hard target to hit.

>>Shahana is only the second Paladin I've read about and really clicked with.<<

Yay! This makes me happy. I think Shahana is a more ... accessible kind of paladin than usual.

>> The other is Elizabeth Moon's Paksennarion, and in both cases, a lot of it's because they go through hell and then use it not only as a source of strength, but as a reminder of why they are paladins and what that means.<<

Sooth. I am flattered by the comparison. Paks is a favorite for me too.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

>>"Accessibility", I think is kind of key to both characters. Not just to the readers, but to other characters within their stories, the ones they're supposed to be helping.<<

Yes, that makes sense. Some paladins are there for inspiration, to show that it's possible to live a pure life. Others are there for determination, to show that it's possible to hold your faith regardless of purity or the lack thereof.

>>That's one of the other benefits of having, themselves, been among the downtrodden and the weak: The people they're trying to help can tell that those paladins do, in fact, know what they're going through, what they're up against, and they haven't given up yet.<<


One thing that really shows this is Shahara's mount. She's not riding a war-trained battlesteed or a heaven-horse. She's riding a mule. And she gives up even that so the villagers can replant their fields.

That reminds me, I should add Caz from The Curse of Chalion to our list of gritty paladins. He's described as a saint, but that's basically a synonym, as it just means someone who's a direct vessel for divine power. And he surely has a knack for picking his life up out of the mud of the road.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: July 7th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Agreed, Paks was the first paladin who really clicked for me too,Shahana is a very welcome addition.
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