[Legend of the Seeker][https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_the_Seeker]
Cara Mason’s beginning began as it should, whether or not the world was dying. She was born into a small village with a mother and father who loved her, and an older sister who adored her. Even after her mother died, things might have remained decent. The village would have rallied and perhaps her father would have remarried to a good woman who would take the girls into her heart.
Cara was smart and beautiful. Had she remained in the village, she probably would have gone on to marry and have children. Staying close to her family. Perhaps teaching.
Had she had ambition and faith, she might have had the powers looked for by the Sisters of the Light, or the Confessors. That could have been her role into the Seeker’s life. She would have been adept, but not as hard as she seemed to need to be to protect him and her travellor companions. If she had, perhaps she could have taken a mate and had children or helped out with the special children with powers.
She could have had a life of innocence and goodness.
But instead, she was kidnapped by the Mord-Sith and trained into the paths of pleasure and pain. She was broken, but not brittle. Somewhere in her she knew goodness, even though she was disillusioned by the Mord-Sith. Even though she thought her only surviving parent had betrayed her and sold her to the Mord-Sith. Even though she had been tricked into killing her father because of what she was told as a young child. Who, as a young child, had sat in a cell. Terrorized by rats and the pain of being trained. Till she became acclimatized to the group and her handler.
She was also raped and impregnated by the ruler of her land. She was convinced this was an honour to serve him so. Her child was taken from her. Yet she managed to keep a core of herself as idealistic and ready to be re-shaped by good when she learned the truth. When the tale was retold so she could keep attached to her loved ones, she still had heart enough to find friendship and love on the quest.
And had Leo remained the seeker, she might have gone on to serve and love him, till the Lord Rahl was vanquished and the Stone of Tears sealed the rifts in the world and defeated the Keeper’s plan.
Had Cara become bitter though, she might have joined the Sisters of the Dark and served the Keeper. Then if she had joined the quest, it might have been to scheme against it’s success. Instead of respecting Richard and Kahlan’s love, she might have seduced him. Which might have sabotaged their quest many times over. Because at the end of the day, love often won when good sense, magic and fighting proficiency weren’t enough. And that one different thing might have seen the Keeper win the day.
There were so many things that could have gone differently for Cara. And though she could have been a dark character, she was passionate, loyal to the right things and people, and had a moral code beneath that made her a loveable character. In many ways, I identified more with her than with Kahlan.
What do you think of her?
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