Re: Normally, actually, I pick Stalin.

Date: 2017-05-13 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] solarbird
It's okay to be arguing. I am - indirectly - asking people to think about this stuff.

One of the things I'm actively trying to do here is take an organisation in-universe that is presented as unambiguously evil and write a version that could be them, but which... they're not a "hero" organisation, because I do not want to woobify them, but they're one where you get their point. And if you don't agree with what they're doing - even if you hate it - you can still see good from there.

I've done a lot of thinking about Slytherin in the same way. Slytherin can not just be evil, it makes no sense. Slytherin is ambition and shaping history and grand (in the sense of large, even monumental) goals; and in my thinking about it, sometimes, necessity. Slytherin is those who do what is needed.

I don't know if you've watched all of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, but in the finale of Series 5 [...spoilerrific as hell...]


The Big Bad of the year keeps disappearing, because she shares a body with a human host, of sorts. He's her entry into the world. At a critical point in the finale, the Big Bad's human host re-emerges, and takes back over.

And the thing is, none of this is his fault - he's completely innocent of all of everything, just caught up in it with no control. I think he's even a doctor or something, I forget - he's a good man who wants to save lives.

But, eventually, the Big Bad will re-emerge. But - even knowing that - Buffy backs off and turns to other threats, because, as Gyles says, she can't kill him. I think his words are, "She's not like you and me. She's a hero."

And then Gyles kills him, the innocent man, quickly but decisively, ending the threat.

To me, that is Slytherin. That's the kind of thing they're for, and why Gyles in my headcanon is Slytherin, not Ravenclaw or anything else.

He killed an innocent man. It was an "evil" act, in a lot of definitions. And it was necessary. You can see good from there, and you can make a real good argument that it wasn't just necessary, it evil in the service of actual good.

That's the territory I'm exploring here, with my Talon.
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