Check out this post from the Legends of Windemere blog on the topic of an Overseeing Villain.
The Dahaka from Prince of Persia
Quest of the Brokenhearted has a lot of monsters since Lacarsis is known as the city of evil. That means there has to be one that’s above all the others and pulls the strings that keep the story going. I had a few early versions of a terrifying master that ranged from a vampire to a demon and then a ghost. At one point, I even had it be a projection of Dariana that has gone insane, but that got tossed pretty quickly. In the end, I came up with the Shadow Earl and everything else fell into place.
Much like many of my characters, I began with a name and role when I finally cleared my head of failures. The Shadow Earl was rather self-explanatory in terms of abilities and general appearance. I was still trying to decide between ghost and demon…
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