August 2, 2012
Page 136 Book 5: The War Diaries
The Grand Facade.
I knew the moment I introduced them that people would assume that Spire, Mayhex, and Rosen were all our old favourites in disguise.
Rosen I openly revealed as being Oscar, though the circumstances of his acquisition weren’t quite stated truthfully because even the relatively-trusted Ardonius wasn’t let in on every detail. Mayhex I’ve been pretty hush-hush about, though her specialty with shadow magic probably makes it pretty easy to believe that she’s either Rain or Mana (I’ll leave it to you to decide which ).
And then of course, there’s Spire. I knew introducing any kind of powerful spellcaster figure would give the immediate reaction of “Oh, it must be Igon in disguise!”, and I also knew his introduction in and of itself would engender suspicion of such, both in readers and characters alike. It made sense therefore to guise his intentions and behaviour behind a believable facade.
I knew Spire had to come off as mysterious but definably evil (or at least, definitively non-good), so I tried to concoct the best implementation of that concoction whilst also staying within the realm of believability for someone like Sildyu and the others. Lex noticed something was up quickly because he’s used to watching his back for the slightest sign of betrayal, after all he is pretty much the original traitor in Remember’s archives.
The backstory I made for Spire was that he’s an ancient demonic spirit, specialising in telekinetic ability, that survives by possessing dead bodies. In the particular case of Igon’s portrayal of him, the body in question was that of Michael Arcanon, who died relatively young (age 64) of vague circumstances.
Consequently, even if Lex had tried to unmask Spire, his Arcanian aura could be readily hand-waved as being from the possessed corpse, whilst it made perfect sense for an ancient spirit to find the most powerful magical body it could inhabit without arousing suspicion with its absence (cue near-total genocide of Arcania, perfect cover for a missing corpse, but best not to be too cocky, hence the mask). And so we have a definably-evil character of potent magical ability with reason to join up with Sildyu for legitimate and earnest reasons, whilst also avoiding discovery even if things get particularly hairy.
A mask, within a mask, so to speak.