"Huh. I just got a generic 'Will of the Multiverse', with a - mm, somewhere between penchant and obsession - for a particular genre of genre-parodying romance plots. ...Um. Two different genres, that is to say. A type of novel that parodies a dating simulator and introduces the 'villainess' as a sort of character that exists. Mostly as an isekai target. ...Not sure which I'd rather, really. On the one hand, I finally got to get some worldbuilding ideas that had been rattling around in my head for ages down on paper, and then actually make use of them, which was nice. And I managed to mitigate most of the problems I could have, right out of the gate, by collaborating with the proctor to find a Heroine to work with - an alternate-universe version of herself, actually - and being picky about the plot. On the other hand I am responsible for a kingdom and it might not be a wholeass planet but - I have no idea how anyone can stand that sort of power weighing on them. At least, anyone with functioning empathy, which is rather hard to come by in the halls of power, as far as I can tell, so I'm not sure most of them bother to have any. Certainly not the average Sith. I mean, really, is that fan-theorized 'Peace is a lie, there is only suffering' thing real? Because if it really always was passion, I have some complaints about the bit where -
"I'm just going to lay out this line of thought that's always been nagging at me and pay attention to the truth values afterwards.
"There is a difference, is the thing, between the path of the Sith, and the path of The Dark Side. And we see this with Dark Jedi. They're an inversion of what the Order teaches, perhaps - but they're still fundamentally of that Order's line of thought.
"And it has never made sense to me that the Sith order has always been so focused upon the Darkness, because that's what keeps breaking it apart.
"Passion can be for constructive use! And yet the iconic Sith have a passion for control, and a passion for destruction. And a passion, in the greatest and worst, for suffering.
"But you can construct something different from that.
"It's a Jedi line, but - 'Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hatred. Hatred leads to suffering.' So why, when the first Sith seized the Force, did they throw themselves upon the path of suffering! Why is the focus always upon fear!
"Why not -
"You can flip it around. Because courage is not the absence of fear, it never was - it is acting despite your fears. And peace is a lie, when people suffer. So to return to the Sith Code, to construct a brighter mirror of it," and she's gathering steam, dropping into full Dramatic Noble Speech Elocution -
"Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
"You must act despite your fears. You must cultivate a passion for justice, for without justice there is no peace.
"Through passion I gain strength.
"Of course you do. You gain strength because the passion itself drives you to develop the strength and fortitude necessary to act upon wrongs that are hidden in the dark.
"Through strength I gain power.
"This one...This one is tricky. Because what is the difference between strength and power? And yet, they are, or else the Code would hardly mention it. Through strength of will and fortitude of mind you gain the power to act. Not the power that seizes spoils, but the power that breaks chains, because -
"Through power I gain victory.
"There is an enemy of all life in the galaxy and that enemy is suffering. That is what you wish to be the victor over, lest it consume you! Workers of the world unite, for you have nothing to lose but your chains! And indeed we see that in the very next line, because,
"Through victory, my chains are broken; The Force shall free me.
"And how many Dark-siders you've met were truly free?
"I'd say exactly none of them - not even the kriffing Emperor himself has gained true freedom, for all his so-called 'power'. Because he is still chained by fear, and chained by greed."
Her voice is soft, as she continues. "It is this last line, I think, that the Sith as they practice today most often forget. Because we are not free, when a single soul is in chains -" and once more, passion takes her; "And this I know they have forgotten, for this Code was itself forged in the revolt against an Empire - built upon the backs of slaves."
She takes a moment, and a breath.
"...That just happened." Another breath. "Might need a minute. Bit busy having. Feelings. And emotions. And. You know."
...Does she have a -