Hello Dearies! And Welcome to Deliciously Vile villains with Rumple, the part of the blog where Rumplestiltskin talks…about deliciously vile villains.
My, my, we do so seem to love emotionally complex and sympathetic villains these days, don’t we. From Daredevil’s Wilson Fiske to the Mistborn Trilogy’s Lord Ruler (no, really, read the last book) to LITERALLY EVERYONE IN MY SHOW TO THE POINT IT’ S CONTRIVED AND ANNOYING…
Point is, villains lately have been much less Darken Rahl and much more Queen Cersei. And maybe that’s a good thing. But sometimes it’s great to just revel in pure evil (trust me dearies, I know.) The forces of pure darkness can make deliciously vile and terrifying villains when written right, from Heath Ledger’s Joker to the Nothing to the Ctaeth. The last is possibly the most terrifying thing to come out of the Kingkiller Chronicles, including the scary as fuck spider/fungus/demon Scraels.
And who is the Ctaeth, you may ask? It’s a fairy trapped in a tree.
Stay with me, dearies.
The Ctaeth is a creature who is completely omniscient and completely malicious. It can not only see the future…it can see EVERY FUTURE. You heard of that diverging timelines multiverse theory/overused plot device in sci fi? Imagine you saw every diverging timeline. EVER. AND YOU KNEW EXACTLY HOW EVERY ACTION AFFECTED EVERYTHING.
Like knowing exactly how to release a butterfly in South America to eventually cause a twister in Storybrooke. (No worries, we get those a lot). Since you’re a malicious creature that wants to cause a much misery as possible, you would do that. Or you just bring Robin back to the show…prick.
The Ctaeth supposedly is trapped in a tree because no one could kill it. And whenever a human (read…idiot) tries to talk to it, the Ctaeth manages to manipulate him/her just right to cause a plague or a war or other such darkness. That’s right dearies, the Ctaeth is locked up in prison and can still cause a plague just by talking to someone.
Eat your heart out, Hannibal Lector. With some fava beans and a nice chianti.
In the Kingkiller Chronicles we only see the Ctaeth during a few pages. (Out of easily 1800 so far). But this creature is easily one of the most memorable in a book filled with memorable characters. Why? Because it wants to cause suffering on a worldwide scale, and if ANYBODY SO MUCH AS TALKS TO IT, that is exactly what happens.