My theory is that Cataphrak will behave one of two ways:
- He will obviously be an evil god to us all and give us hell, as increasingly expected.
- This has all been leading to the ultimate maniacal evil laugh: making us believe he will lead us to hell (and never get to reach the whole “and back” part of the saying, we will be stuck in there forever and ever) while in fact the last book or something will be the ultimate power-fantasy, and we will either end up as Kings of Tierra, Emperors of the whole known world; Geniuses who will discover what’s beyond the Infinity Sea and be song for millennia to come; or the true and only God and source of all the bane.
I pray for the second while secretly enjoying the prospect of the first. I guess we would all be a great study case of a masochist community or something like that
And there goes a great enterprise. Me thinking I would get to be this great pirate baron, and King Miguel gets up and decides to make the world see us as a (so very) slightly important and worth of annihilation small-and-only-temporary shred of admiration.
Oh, King Miguel ruined two of my dreams with a single war, hum? No pirate king and apparently no treating your biologically inferior and dirty little pesky peasants as what they really are: inferior beings. Maybe a Takaran invasion is not so bad after all, at least the bastard will gets his due for destroying my dreams with his feeble I-have-never-done-anything-in-my-life fingers. The king is dead! Long live the pirate/slave-holder baron!
It couldn’t. In the Alaric’s War it was considered an internal matter of Antar, now it was an independent and pesky power (i.e. Tierra) ruining trade and stability for the big guys due to some pesky little war with a much bigger foe. Tierra was now only inches away from being declared pariah among nations (I can’t remember the exact name, but you get the point) and being completely obliterated by the rest of the world.