Savvy. 19. Canadian, geek, amateur writer of fiction, doodler, reader. Currently obsessed with Guild Wars 2 and Teen Wolf.
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I have a problem with the Queen Jenna/Logan dynamic in Edge of Destiny.
She essentially bound eternally him to her service without even asking first.
She used magic to get into his mind, without permission, just out-of-the-blue, fiddled around in there as she sifted through all his memories, and made him swear to come to her if she was ever in danger: “If I am ever in mortal peril, I will call to you, and you must come to me.” (Edge of Destiny, pg. 197, fer srs).
While he did swear to serve her forever (after getting knocked very soundly in the head by a giant, flaming, stone harpy), it didn’t seem like he meant it in a way that sounds kinda familiar to a minion of the Elder Dragons. He wasn’t ever asked, oh hey, do you mind if I mess with your brains to turn you into my heroic protector who must obey me and save me when I need it? She just plunges right into his mind and proclaims him her personal hero.
She has the entirety of the Shining Blade and the Seraph guarding her, plus she has her own powers that she can use to defend herself if it came down to that. I understand that people in both those groups can be bought/manipulated/corrupted somehow to turn against the her, but she must have many others who are just as powerful and loyal as Logan to protect her. People who are always at her side, who aren’t busy trying to make the fight against the Elder Dragons much easier and thereby making life for the citizens of Tyria just a little easier.
Queen Jenna has so much power and protection already, so why does she have to bind Logan to her service? Not only does it set off some dubious consent alarms in my head, but also some feminist ones, too. Is it because she’s a woman that she needs a powerful manly-man to protect her from mortal peril?
The whole relationship just doesn’t sit right with me. If anyone has some other insights, I’d seriously love to hear them.