Kel: hate them | don’t really care | like them | LOVE them | THEY ARE MY PRECIOUS
ship with: OMG, so many… my closest friend put it the best: “Kel is the little black dress of the fandom. She looks good on everyone.” I’ve had soft spots for Kel/Neal and Kel/Owen and Kel/Wyldon more than others. But I also love her with Lalasa and Uline and Dom and Buri. Kel/Buri/Raoul was my OT3 for a while. There’s just no one she’s not wonderful with.
important friends: NEAL. Owen. Peachblossom. Merric. Dom. RAOUL. Alanna. Yuki. Faleron. Roald. Jump. Wyldon (eventually). Shinko. The beauty of Kel is that she collects things - people, animals, principals - and they cling to her as much as (or more than) she clings to them.
general opinions: We should all strive to be like Kel. Seriously. She’s level-headed and mature and rational, but she’s not perfect. Her flaws are very serious at times (she can be a bit judgmental, and she’s inconsistent - what’s good for the criminals who hurt Lalasa, for example, are not good for the criminals whose crime did not affect her personally.) I love her because she’s real, because she got where she is by working hard and proving to everyone that she’s more than they expected - and that they were WRONG for not expiating more. She can move mountains, this one, and I adore her for it.
which is a good segue into….
Wyldon: hate them | don’t really care | like them | LOVE them | THEY ARE MY PRECIOUS
ship with: Vivenne. Kel. Myles. (don’t look at me like that. Just go read my Wyldon/Myles fic so it makes sense.)
important friends: We don’t really get to see Wyldon’s friends, so let’s play. I imagine him having a good relationship with Duke Gareth - in my mind, Gareth selected him for the job of Training Master. I also see Vivenne as the rock he clings to for strength. She’s probably the only one who can verbally kick him around and get away with it. (except maybe his daughters.) And while I ship Kel/Wyldon (hardcore), I acknowledge that him developing a friendship with her is one of the most pure, perfect things I can imagine because it’s the ultimate sign of his growth. (plus, there’s the fact that if you take away the epilogue, their series OPENS AND CLOSES WITH HIS OPINION OF HER and you get to see how much he’s grown.)
Another Very Important Relationship for him is with Owen. He goes from hellion page to pretty good squire to pretty damn good squire to good-enough-to-marry-my-youngest-daughter, and that’s awesome. I love Owen/Margarry because I get to keep imagining their knightmaster/squire dynamic and how it shifts into father/son-in-law. And I just keep laughing and laughing.
general opinions: How can I make myself more clear? Wyldon is likely my favorite fictional character of ALL TIME. He comes in as this conservative prat, and you (and Kel, and the other characters) don’t know if he’s making her life hell because he wants her to go, or because he feels he should do his job to the best of her ability - and then he does the right thing and he looks at what she can do, and he puts his entire social belief system on the line and CHANGES HIS MIND. Wyldon is described from the onset as being “as brave as can be”, but this… THIS is what makes him courageous in my book. Because nothing takes more inner strength than looking at your opinions and asking if maybe you should change your mind about them. Especially in his case, where he’s throwing out aspects of his life and potentially relationships with other people.
(life note: when I started reading these books, I was on the other end of the political spectrum. While these books aren’t the reason I shifted, they played a part in my overall social awareness. Maybe I love Wyldon because I can relate to his reluctance, to his traditional ways, and to his complete abandonment of them. Or maybe I love him because he looks like Ed Harris or Patrick Stewart or Graham McTavish in my mind.)