Ashley, how did you make it so that, despite him embodying the sort of traits in a human being that normally make me start scanning a room for weaponizable objects after they've been talking for over 10 seconds, Duane's somehow my favourite character? I'm confused and frightened by this.
It took some planning ;) First I had to contrast him with a character that most people would hate even more - namely Sette - to make you side with Duane by default and relate to his frustration. Then I had to give him a few moments of badassery. Then I had to show his backstory so you saw how human he is. Just a da all along. Nooow it feels safe to let all his worst traits come out, since you hopefully understand where he’s come from and why he has these traits.
Now it’s up to Sette to deal with an overbearing and obnoxious travel companion. The roles have reversed a bit.
But man, there’s a lesson to be learned here. All those people we hate, the bigots and the Nationalists and the assholes; they’re humans underneath their rhetoric. If we knew their stories we might be able to find some connection with them, a way to communicate with them better.
Or we’d just hate them more and our depression would deepen.
It was a nice thought there for a minute.