posted on May, 28 2009 @ 07:36 PM
I'm a big fan of R A Salvatore and wondering if any other fans would like to discuss their favourite character (and please don't all say Drizzt
I think my favourite character would have to be:
As at first, he was an almost aimless profiteer, a bounty hunter, assassin and kidnapper working for a thieves guild in darkest Calimport. His
background cloudy, his loyalty to nobody but himself and his mercy unknown. His skills were exceptional and even his name would strike the fear of the
gods into his enemies, such was his reputation.
One fateful day sent him to kidnap a halfling thief who had betrayed the guild, and on such a task he discovered the Dark elf, the ally of the unlucky
Until he met his nemesis Drizzt the renegade Drow, Artemis' dark lifestyle had no true calling, and despite being the sharpest warrior/assassin in
all of Faerun he cared for little. That is until he was almost out matched in deadly combat with the dark elf.
Since finding his exact match (in sword craft and figthing techniques) he soon desired something more than just materialism. He discovered that Drizzt
was almost a mirror to his soul. This supposedly evil creature, was his total opposite. Good and pure and merciful, whislt Jarlaxle reflected his own
dark soul back at his nemesis. Together they met their match in a web of blades and vicious cuts.
Since that early encounter, Artemis has vowed for revenge (humiliated that he could not defeat his almost perfect opponent), to take Drizzt's life in
armed combat would be his ultimate delight, and yet, despite several battles, neither has truly come out as victor (several occasions cost them both
more than they bargained for) and this continued to infuriate the Assassin.
In once of my favourite scenes, the mortal enemies suddenly have to rely on each other, as they face waves of enemies, fighting back to back against a
common foe, both having to keep the other alive, both figthing as a force never seen again in the world.
Ironically, along the path of fate, the Assassin was caught up in a plot by the dark elves as they plotted revenge upon the renegade drow, and soon
the assassin found himself trapped beneath the earth, completely alone in the spider pits of Menzoberranzen (home of the drow), saved by a seemingly
merciful male drow called Jarlaxle, head of a mercenary guild of deadly warriors.
Jarlaxle, an uncommon character even amongst his fellows in the underdark, since the Drow hierarchy promotes females as the stronger of the sexes,
somehow Jarlaxle had grown strength (even amongst leading female rulers) and soon sowed his strange webs of confusion and entangled plans, keeping
everybody on their toes, unsure of the motivations of this strange opportunist.
The human assassin soon formed a strange friendship with the merciful drow, (the drow appreciating the deadly finery of the humans swordplay and also
relished in the knowledge that Artemis wanted revenge upon Drizzt. This would also favour Jarlaxle, as it would be yet another rung up the ladder of
recognition amongst his elders.
Interestingly enough, despite a few other encounters with Drizzt and his allies, seemingly satisfied with a 'supposed' victory over the Drow,
Artemis slowly changes his motivations, his needs not for blood or revenge, but ultimately for a strange new purpose that only Artemis and his strange
ally Jarlaxle would eventually find out.
Strange how a man with such a dark heart, would ultimately befriend a creature of the same species as his mortal enemy, and even stranger, how his
passions and ideas would slowly change, leaving him to show mercy and almost and understanding of his own crimes and actions........