And You Thought Cats were Evil…

King Jagin Blacktail, in my mind, has lived a spoiled and selfish life. His greed and impatience are two of his most distinctive factors. However, when the beginning of KittyVixen was composed, I had not originally intended for Jagin to be quite as torturous to his subjects as he is later in the tale. Although I describe this dark Creature as being “a picture of total evil”, that does not mean he really was totally evil in the beginning. He wasn’t. He was just selfish and wanted a male heir.

The reason for Jagin “always getting what he wanted” is part of this ‘spoiled prince’  attitude that he always has around him. Having an explosive temper and a clawful of Power over his victims in his Kingship, most Creatures decide to forfeit any arguments with him in exchange for their lives.

Picture this: a small, fat KitCub (the name for a baby CatFox) with pure black fur, a stub of a tail, and a very loud mouth sitting on a cushioned pillow with Servants and Maids surrounding him with whatever he wanted. Jagin is still in that Childish state of mind in this story. Of course, he knows that noCreature can control whether a couple will have a Boy or a Girl, but his aggressive nature and thinking seems to have leaked over into reality. And yes, I do think Jagin has gone a little bit bonkers up there with all of his self-absorbed thinking. This leads him to say and do certain things which other Creatures fail to understand. For instance, he makes his wife promise to have a Boy. She can’t really say no, because then he would probably kill her, or have her locked up.

The scene from the Prologue is one of Jagin’s most crucial turning points. He finds that he cannot control everything, and becomes nearly murderous because of it. However, I would like to point out that Jagin does listen to his wife’s pleas, and he does draw the baby in, and with what little piece of mercy he might muster up, he does allow the Child to live. This shows that Jagin does have a soft spot for Verbena, his wife, if very little of a spot. This soft spot that Jagin does have is very small, however, and in his rage he might someDay oversee it and forget that he had once loved her.

Another emotion which Jagin portrays in the Prologue is fear. Only a shadow of fear passes through his eyes when he first glimpses the eyes of his firtborn daughter. Something about her unnerves her, and I like to think it is that she possesses a bit of his aggressive Spirit already. This moment is reflected by the events and responses of Jagin later in the novel.

In all, Jagin enjoys his power. He’s a King, he’s the best swordsMan in the Land, and he always gets what he wants. Almost. I don’t see King Jagin being quite as gallant as some Kings are. He isn’t as mean-natured as to rub his Power in others’ faces or to be completely arrogant about it. He doesn’t have to be. He’s lethal and everyCreature knows it. What Jagin enjoys the most is always having what he wants.

In a way, Jagin is also lazy. His daughter is the only Creature who might ever cause him to cower. So, instead of seeing his wife in more pain and having to live with the blood of his own brood on his claws, he arranges to have the Child executed by another CatFox, probably one of his best Soldiers. In this way Jagin shows his true colors as a Powerful but scared evildoer. His selfishness and greed lead him into tyranny.

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