Nibel and Machiavelli

A couple more tantalizing things about our boy, Nibel.  First of all, I like to create characters that are complicated, not all good and not all bad.  Nibel would certainly fall into that category.  The only designated "bad boy" in the first book, is Skoll but more on him latter.

Nibel is talked about in chapter Thirty-Nine, Junia and the Shadowling.  Junia is being grilled by the Shadowling and in one of her responses the says, "I helped to create the dwarf?" barked Junia.  "Is that what you said?  No. Medelia created  Nibel thanks to you.  The Medelian souls gave him life.  If it were not Nibel, it would be another like him."

In this chapter, the reader, of course, gets Junia's slant on Nibel.  Now, a couple of things.  I created Nibel, like most of my characters, to encourage the reader to "think things over."  Nibel came to Medelia and bought the Poisoned Forest (another one to mull over) and then built Myrkland, which became a safe haven and prosperous city for just about anyone who wanted to work and play by some basic rules.  Myrkland, however, has some dark corners, including the connection with Junia and how and why the citizens of Myrkland came to the city to begin with.

I guess, at least, some of Myrkland could be put in the category of good.  Although, Nibel and his deeds are far from all good.  One of the disturbing things about Nibel might be referenced  back to the Machiavelli principal of "the end justify the means."  Now having said that, I acknowledge that Machiavelli may not have authored that concept or phrase.  Putting that aside, however, Nibel's behavior needs to be talked about.

Most of his experiments are over the top, of course.  The most blatant example of this is the poisonous drink he gives his three scouts.  Nibel wants the laws and is willing to do just about anything to get his hands on them.  Even if his use of the laws, if he eventually gets a hold of them, turns out to be pure and noble, the means by which he goes about all of this is not okay, to put it mildly.   This "experimentation" or "means" has played out down through history and, of course, there are far too many examples of this on the world stage as if late. 

Now one thing that Campbell emphasized in "The Hero with a Thousand Faces,"  ( and I won't quote directly here)  but he said in essence that the retelling of the Hero's Journey has to mirror the culture or society at the time of the retelling without "retelling history...."  So that is one of the many challenges in anyone seeking to do what I am trying to do :)  If you get my drift here?

I guess that is enough of Nibel for right now.  There is more rattling around in my brain but perhaps enough for now.