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I really, really, really love writing for Dream Eater. Even if that means no Zhiro, who I love very much and miss when he’s away, but he’s not quite so…free…as Dream Eater is. Zhiro will never tell you what is on his mind. Dream Eater says whatever he wants, especially if he thinks it will mess with your head for him to say it. It’s fun to have characters that have that strange sense of carefree honesty and bitter wisdom. He brings an entirely different lens through which we can explore the world. I’m very excited for future chapters with him, and I hope you are too.
Tricksters are some of the most interesting characters in many myths and legends. Some play by a very strict code, others bend the rules to suit them. They challenge heroes in ways that a dragon never could, and often when facing a trickster, you’re your own worst enemy. I think more than any other kind of figure, tricksters force heroes to do one of the most difficult tasks of all: Think outside the box. Adapt. Change.
Coyote. Loki. Lucifer (depending on your interpretation). Anansi. Quite a few of the Greek gods, although Hermes is often called out as the worst offender. (Which isn’t entirely fair, IMO, considering all the various shenanigans of that particular pantheon.) And more fairy-tales than I can count. Some are malicious, some are good-natured, and for some it depends on the time of day and whether or not they like your face.
What’s your favorite trickster figure and why?