Hello friends, I’m sorry I’ve been silent for a bit longer than usual. I’ve not really been in a good place for writing lately – however, one cannot expect the world of Predgarians to sit still.
So today I’m going to nip over to the other side and talk about Jackal. Like Falcon, this character has evolved so much from the original idea that it’s safe to say he might as well be a different person.
One thing I really didn’t expect was the love the readers would have for this man. He’s my villain, my antagonist – so why do people like him so much?
Well, it turns out that readers like bad guys who are intelligent, witty, look badass, and can kick ass as well.
Jackal is certainly all of the above, and I’m told the tension that is created when he’s with Falcon is very good too.
I’ve really enjoyed putting Jackal together as a character, he’s fun to write. His scheming mind keeps my brain sharp and his wit makes his interactions memorable.
So what can I tell you about the Sarpien general?
It’s mentioned in Mind Games that Jackal has been a Sarpien for 49 years. A lengthy time of service, but not as long as some others I could mention (yes, I’m looking at you, Cobra.)
He wasn’t always a general, of course. He started off as just another Sarpien warrior in the service of a mediocre blue sclithe. It wasn’t long before his first general singled him out for his expertise and intellect.
After several years of trying to get noticed, he was transferred to Rajiti to serve Lord Gavelgash. It was less than a year before the general, Silver Warthog, promoted him to Elite.
Warthog kept his Elite small in number, fearing too many Sarpiens plotting his downfall. This only made it easier for Jackal to excel though, and he cut a path to the top – quite literally, with his blood-red sabre.
It was less than a week later when Lord Gavelgash was gifted a Sarpien from another sclithe in a gesture of goodwill and respect. Gavelgash knew of this warrior and her growing reputation, so she was given a spot in the Elite of the very new General Red Jackal.
Though at first these two were at odds, always trying to kill or at least out-do each other, they soon saw the benefits of working together.
Jackal taught the new warrior the art of intrigue and guile, demonstrating how the long game could be more satisfying to watch, and she taught Jackal a level of brutality he hadn’t considered, and how it could affect the minds of their enemies.
Gavelgash’s name became known across all Courin because of his two most prized and feared warriors. Dakkonin armies would visibly falter when Jackal and his partner stood across from them.
But gone are those days. The Dakkonin defeated Gavelgash in the end, and Jackal’s partner was killed…allegedly. After all, it’s not like her body was ever found or anything.