. . . is not the main viewpoint character.
Spoilers start here.
You see, Baam used to live in a dark cave. He was always alone there. There was a hole in the ceiling that admitted light. From that hole, Rachel emerged. She taught Baam literally everything he knew, from language to social customs and abstract concepts like betrayal.
So basically she was his sister, mother, angel, etc. She was everything to him because he had nothing else.
Baam was happy in his cave with his companion but Rachel was not. Rachel told him about her dream – she wants to climb the Tower of God and see the stars.
One day she just ups and leaves to follow her dream. Baam follows her. And keeps on following even when she doesn’t want him to, totally like a stalker with issues.
The thing is, I am much more interested in Rachel as a character than in Baam. Baam is so boring. 😦 All he does is chase after the girl and his character is so bland. Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything hugely bad about him but he is the typical shonen hero that I have watched/read about 1,000 times before.
Instead of Baam and co. being the main focus I would rather have Rachel scheming her way to the top by being utterly ruthless, stepping on other people, pushing them down, using whatever she can. That would be so much more exciting to me.
I prefer guile heros/heroines to the typical shonen action heroes. Rachel would be a very interesting character to read, much more so than Baam, IMO.
Imagine, if you will, a Tower of God in which the focus is not on power ups and magic fights/weapons, but rather a weak heroine who, instead of blasting her way to the top, must use her wits and emotional manipulation skills to get other people to do the work for her.
Rachel is, if we only got to know her more, a really charming character.
Today’s writing prompt: Survival
Huge spoilers here, do not read unless you are already caught up with the current ToG arc!
One of the things that people hate Rachel for is when she stabbed Dan but by doing so she was actually helping him. The FUG was going to kill Dan and Rachel knew she had to render him harmless for them to leave him alone therefore she was simply helping him to survive, you know. Note that she also offered him a way out that would have been much easier: just cooperate, you fool! But Dan refused so she had no choice. 😛
For more about “Chasing Rachel” you can read:
Tower of God: Chapter 229 – spoilers here, of course, but this is the part where Rachel and Baam have some important interaction
Timeline of events – very useful when I get confused