Author Archives: Rii the Wordsmith

About Rii the Wordsmith

An aspiring author, artist, avid consumer of storytelling medium, gamer, psychologist (insomuch as one with her bachelor's is a psychologist), wife, mother, DM, Christian, a friend to many, and, most importantly, an evil overlord.

Such Edgy. So Villain!

Much Evil. Very Scandal. Okay Doge speak aside, the importance of scrutinizing both “Because I’m evil!” and “It’s okay. They’re evil!” in their parallels and differences is that doing so hopefully steers you far away from most of the toxic … Continue reading

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“It’s fine. They’re evil!” /Wink

A close parallel to the topic of whether or not villains do evil/bad/unsanitary/unhealthy practices because they’re evil is wehether evil/bad/unsanitary/unhealthy and here I’ll add /edgy practices are performed because there is a villain. What I mean is easily encapsulated by … Continue reading

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“No…Because I’m EVIL.”

In Justice League Unlimited, there’s an episode where due to shenanigans, The Flash and Lex Luthor’s minds get switched. Lex, at this time, is in the depths of a secret society of supervillains (who aren’t hugely fond of him right … Continue reading

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The Evil Race/Class

You know one of my favorite things? How many instances there are of scary-looking bikers being totally awesome people who aren’t actually terrifying thugs. I mean, some biker “gangs” are groups of people who do awesome charity work, like helping … Continue reading

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A Cat’s Quest

NO. DEVELOP YOUR CURSING VILLAINS PROPERLY. Actually this is pretty unfair to Drakoth (that villain cat there). I liked the main story of A Cat’s Quest, and Drakoth was developed decently and not horrendously generic, even if he put up … Continue reading

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Dynamic Villains

I was working on a post about writing dynamic villains, but I’m pretty unhappy with it right now – then a friend tagged me on facebook with the following meme: I think this is a fantastic prompt. I mean, it … Continue reading

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Implementing Mental Disorder

After about three years of peace, my depression has come back in full-blown Crazy!Yuri mode. While I am fairly easily able to say, NO YURI, FRIGGUN STOP SUGGESTING THAT, it’s a never-ending thought now that my depression is back. And … Continue reading

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To Empathize with Nazis

A friend sent me an article about mindflayers in D&D and an analysis on what the lead designer Mike Mearls said about the tremendously evil creatures ability to garner empathy, or at least sympathy. The short of it was that … Continue reading

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Foiled (achoo!) Again!

“I didn’t write a blog post today,” I sigh to my husband yesterday, not complaining about anything so much as that the day was continuing in its not-so-great course. Not only did it start when the baby woke me with … Continue reading

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Personality vs Competence

So your villain is scheming and he comes up with some sort of awesome plan, but the plan has a pretty big hole in it, and you run it by your sounding board people and they point out the hole … Continue reading

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