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(Was still behind one week, so here's another bonus page so we're on track. Even better, I've gotten way more done than I hoped, so in the future, we might be seeing this twice-a-week instead of just once. ;D )
Anyways, the page! One of my favorites; not just in colors, but in the subject matter. Namely, what Jill's motivation would be, and how it'd almost be pulling her in two different directions. There's no doubt she's a Daein
in her heart, but the Daein that she knew under her father, and all of her wyvern rider friends is very
different than the one uncovered in PoR with all the atrocities masked. (Hit home with the conversation with Lethe.)
Yes, Ashnard had a large hand in it, but it was more than that - Nazi Germany is so
overdone for these types of comparisons, but it really does fit in this narrative. They both wouldn't have been able to do the horrors that they did without a large-scale support from the citizens. And despite all the attempts of Radiant Dawn retconning Daein into a 'misunderstood' country with Micaiah, there's no denying the systematic hatred and bloodshed still there. Yes, even in all of those useful civvies that give you vulenaries and tell you good job for saving their kids.
Back to Jill! It's all up in the air how well she still relates with her childhood friends, as a break of a traitor
and learning lies that big is ... a little too much to suddenly be best friends again. So her loyalties are mixed. Country versus beliefs. Are they raising up an idealized version of Daein that'll somehow magically ~forget~ generations of abuses, or are they unwittingly bloodying their hands with innocents?
In a way, she sees it a lot better, and a lot more clearly than Zihark. He's ... got issues of his own (that'll be addressed later) that blinds him to the stone-cold nature of Jill's that can see right through the half-truths.
(oops. text dump. I just have feels for these two, okay?)