Akka's character development across the whole series

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« on: October 02, 2017, 10:23:43 pm »
I wanted to talk of my point of view of that. IMO, nearly all of Akka's character development happened in PoN. PoN shook Akka so hard and changed his life in not a very long time which left Akka.... Numb for the next 20 years ( Yes, including TAE. ) . I would have loved it if we got a flashback to him just after TTT' ending. He literally did nothing after it in his life except pondering PoN's events. Imagine 20 years of your life passing as if they were a day. Nothing that you really care about happening in them. 20 years. Even Mimara did nothing but make him ponder more. She wasn't Esmi, he never knew Mimara before. I think that Akka was trying in TJE-TGO to see Mimara as Esmi 2.0 . He always saw Mimara with lenses coloured by Esmi. A very very good scene in TWLW, when Mim was telling him about the Anasûrimbor family, was one of the scenes that got me feeling for Akka again. To shake his emotional numbness, something even more important in his life needed to happen than the ending of TTT ( Kellhus changing civilization forever, destroying empires and traditions. The coming of the Harbinger of the Second Apocalypse. Kellhus being the most powerful sorcerer ever, his student. All his friends dying, or betraying him. Cnaiür's revelations. Akka's torture at Iothiah and finally, his transformation into a Wizard.) . Something like, the destruction of the GO, Kellhus. And the No-God's resurrection. I can't wait to see Akka being back on form. It saddens me that this masterpiece of tragic character development isn't appreciated more. Share my Akka love people.
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2017, 10:27:41 pm »
Next in Redeagl's character appreciation series: Cnaiür. Just joking, but I would actually love to do a post like that for Cnaiür, detailing my emotions and thoughts towards him. After TUC, I sat and thought a lot about him. And that's how Cnaiür became my second top favourite character.
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2017, 03:28:27 am »
My favorite characters ( maybe it's own thread ) are the offbeat ones: Moe Sr, Cleric, Xinemus ( his bitching out Akka on their travel back to Caraskand was classic ), Inrilatas ( was hoping he would play a larger role in the story, oh well ), Shae, the Survivor, the head on a pole. Was never warm to Akka - just too much self loathing/self pity for me. He's a great character, epic development for sure. But not much sympathy for the crying in your beer'ers in the story like Akka and Proyas. I guess I liked the action'ers of the story more than the dwellers/self-reflectors. But I raise a glass to Akka kicking some ass in TNG, he'll redeem himself to me.
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2017, 07:45:34 am »
I was actually kind of ambivalent towards Akka during my first read of PON, and even on my re-read (followed by catching up with the other two released books at the time, TJE and TWLW). I never thought he was a badly written character or anything, but I suppose I felt similarly to what TaoHorror said above. To some extent I still do feel that way -- my favorite characters are definitely the more "take charge" types, or at least "take action" (which is often, but not always, literally taking part in an action sequence).

However, after TGO and the re-reads that followed, and especially after TUC, I can say that my appreciation of the character has grown considerably. I think the reason for this is two-fold: firstly, Akka benefits from re-reads more than perhaps any other character in the series. His wealth of knowledge and general musings (philosophical or otherwise) had a tendency to just sort of wash over me during early read-throughs, but after returning to the text continuously and not having to focus on plot elements as much, the various instances of Akka's self-reflection, his perspective on the other characters, and all of the little side-notes regarding the worldbuilding and such are not only easier to digest, they also become more interesting the more you unravel the mysteries and concepts at play in the series.

It's especially interesting to take Akka's overrall opinion of himself and his place in the world during PON (in which he is basically a very, very heavily armed conspiracy theorist), and then contrast that with the old, crazy Wizard of TAE. In many ways Akka changed the least of all the original cast from the first book onward, but not in a negative way -- it actually makes sense given the entire premise of the Mandate and Seswatha and so on.

In terms of sheer writing, though, I would confidently argue that Achamian and Mimara are wholesale the best-realized characters from across the series (with probably Cnaiur and Kellhus coming in right on their heels). Akka and Mimara's banter, mannerisms, and interactions feel increasingly genuine as TAE progresses, and by TGO/TUC it feels like the author is effortlessly channeling these two very complex human beings.

It's funny as I think of it, but Achamian might be the main character I'm most looking forward to in the next series, if only because he will finally be pretty much the only authority people have to turn to regarding the Apocalypse that is very clearly taking place across all of Earwa. In a way it's like only now can Achamian truly become Seswatha, especially since he has some very personal reasons to hate the Consult. Almost as if everything so far has been in preparation for this section of the story.

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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2017, 03:50:43 pm »
I worry that Akka might not be up to the task of leader or authority, he has been both certain and unprepared to act so many times during the series.