Morgana – A Formidable Nemesis
“Peace is the child of the sword.”
Morgana, The Return of Sir Percival: Book I – Guinevere’s Prayer
When I think of the character Morgana in The Return of Sir Percival, the word
“nemesis” comes to mind. She is intelligent, ruthless, conniving, manipulative and
unscrupulous to a fault, and, like any blue-blooded ancient Roman, she desires “to
rule the world and make mankind obey” (quote from Virgil’s Aeneid). However,
she also desires vengeance.
In creating Morgana’s persona, I drew upon the plethora of historical sources
chronicling the venality, mendacity and savagery that were a constant in Roman
dynastic struggles, as well as a few of my own experiences on the road of life.
Throughout the story, Morgana displays these same qualities particularly in her
opportunistic manipulation of her Norse allies.
Whenever I look through Morgana’s eyes in the story, my philosophical
orientation is clarity itself: “The world will yield unto me what I seek, or I will take
it, whatever the price.” That being said, Morgana does have her wistful moments,
and they have a particular significance to the story.
If you have a perspective on these windows into her thoughts, I’d love to hear from you.