April 12, 2012
Page 104 Book 5: The War Diaries
Lizzy’s father Tanas Kerrigan has been mentioned before in blog posts and page descriptions, but this is his first actual pseudo-appearance. He did have freckles, he did wear Pince-nez spectacles owing to damage to his eyes from various experiments, and he did have the same ginger hair that Lizzy still adorns.
One thing I don’t believe has ever been stated is that he was contemporary with Michael Arcanon, though the two never met (as much literary orgasming (litgasm?) as that would cause, I’m calling in realistic odds of actual interaction between two individuals on an Earth-sized planet here). Tanas did make headlines when his entire family vanished following the dismantling of the cult he threw Lizzy into, but overall he wasn’t anyone of real importance or notoriety in the era.
He was an obsessive and greedy alchemist of barely-passable-if-diligent ability, a cruel parent and husband, and the most noteworthy thing he ever did was indirectly causing Lizzy’s transformation. If he ever makes an actual appearance in a comic on this website, it will most likely be to demonstrate what a detestable individual he was.
That said, as much as Lizzy wants to separate herself from anything remotely akin to her abusive childhood, she has fallen prey to the unfortunately common psychological malady of “as the parent, so the child”. She’s just as voracious in her consumption of alchemical knowledge, she’s just as personally ethically egoistical in her approach to others, and she’s just as outwardly cruel and callous as Tanas was.
Whether she wants to admit it or not, she has superseded her father in exactly what she despised in him.