Portrait of a Character – Dratha
As Take Back the Night unfolded, I wanted a character who would be an assertive woman.
So many of the Daranaean women I had been writing were utterly passive, accepting of their fates and not questioning. But Dratha wasn’t going to be like that at all.
She would be glamorous and sassy, the Daranaean version of a legendary beauty.
As with all Daranaean characters, there is no actress chosen to play Dratha.
Instead, I suggest her as looking quite a bit like a greyhound, although I do see her as darker than this image. But she is regal and beautiful, a model of sleek perfection.
Tough and assertive, Dratha is the most expensive Daranaean woman – ever – at the time of her life. When she’s questioned under oath, she’s asked what her price was. After evading the question, and insisting on revealing her name before her purchase price, she finally reveals the shockingly high figure. Arnis, the Alpha of Daranaea, clearly desires her, as do all Daranaean men.
The Alpha of Daranaea, like all of the men of their world, has the hots for Dratha. But she’s a Prime Wife, so she can (and often does) refuse relations. They have at least one son together, Vidam, so she has fulfilled her marital obligations to him. After Arnis is arrested, it is unclear whether Dratha takes up with anyone else, but she probably doesn’t. She may be a trendsetter, but she’s not a revolutionary, like Mistra quietly is.
The existence of Daranaeans in the mirror seems a certainty.
Such a beautiful female would still be quite the object of desire but, like a human woman, she might be even more oppressed. I see her as vainer, as someone who enjoys her luxuries because she’s got nothing else. In the mirror, even more so than in our universe, I see the Daranaean women as being without rights, almost stateless.
“You couldn’t afford me, anyway. I was purchased for four thousand, eight hundred and twenty-three Stonds.”
This tough old gal has a lot of life left in her. She’ll be back.