Logan Thackeray: brother, rebel, guardian, human, legend.

Spoiler Warning: This article contains significant spoilers for Edge of Destiny, and minor spoilers for Ghosts of Ascalon. 

Writing about Logan is like writing about two or three different personalities that evolve during a story following what seems to be the engine that runs Logan’s life: his emotions.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Logan Thackeray, descendent of Gwen & Keiran Thackeray, is, first of all, a little brother. And like every little brother in the world (Tyria included) he looks up to his older one in awe. Dylan Thackeray sure is a good role-model: a strong fighter, passionate about his kingdom, and sure about his place. He is a Seraph, and we may very well say he is The Seraph. Dylan is the stereotype of the soldier, his strongest desire being only to protect his queen and fight for her as her champion, something he never had the chance to do. Because of that, he has his first reason for annoyance towards Logan when he becomes Jennah’s champion. Being the younger brother of someone that seems so perfect and sure about his way is just too much for young Logan, who at first chooses to play the role of the rebel. Instead of joining the ranks of the Seraph (where Dylan always thought his true place was) he becomes a mere scout-for-hire who works for caravans near Ebonhawk, almost a mercenary in the eyes of Dylan who always looks down on him, denying Logan that big brother relationship he always looked for, and that he will finally find with Rytlock.

The first time Logan and Rytlock meet is in battle. As soon as they both try to kill each other and fail (both being excellent fighters), prejudice and anger start to make room for respect, perhaps even admiration. Their bond soon strenghtens because they both realise they’ve much in common; being two outsiders of their own race, strong action-oriented personalities, and looking both for a place in their lives that truly feels right, righter than being a shiny puppet or taking orders from weaklings. The two wouldn’t ever be able to know each other if it wasn’t for Caithe, the firstborn Sylvari that  acts as the good conscience, giving advice, guiding them, and calming them down with her naive yet wise way of being.

STOP...Hammer time!

The third role that Logan plays in the books is almost quiescent at first and then explodes when Jennah takes the scene. I’m talking about being a guardian. Logan fights with a hammer and he is the best at defense. “I’ll guard you, let them come through ME first!” is Anet’s catch phrase for the profession and it sure fits Logan: his way of fighting creates blue magical auras that surprise his enemies and even his allies when they find themselves unharmed and safe instead of smashed somewhere as everybody thought. The true guardian in Logan though, erupts in the arena in Lion’s Arch while fighting to regain his freedom along with Caithe and Rytlock (Edge of Steel team). One day Queen Jennah comes to watch a match and strikes Logan like lightning: smitten by love at first sight, the fighter completely loses his mind and the guardian in him explodes, making him run to her and ask for the role Dylan never got: to be her champion. His relationship with Jennah is very complicated. It’s not clear if the Queen, who is also a powerful mesmer, uses her powers to attract Logan, or just to be sure he can be trusted. Therefore all the warm-hearted letters the two share may be of true love, or they may be a subtle way of pointing Logan (and Destiny’s Edge) in the direction wanted by the Queen. In either case, it would seem Logan is really infatuated with Jennah and while he derives strength from these feelings, he is also deeply attached to her, both for the vow he made (coming to her in the time of need, wherever, whenever she calls) and for the feelings he has towards the beautiful mesmer.

The last role is the simplest yet the most important both in Logan’s life and in the chain of events. He is a human, a living being driven by emotions. Logan is not only the chosen character to play the guardian profession, he is also the chosen ambassador of the human race among the portrait of races that is Destiny’s Edge: Eir is the stereotype of the northern warrior, strong and brutal, Caithe is the wise/naive sylvari, Snaff and Zojja are the smart yet subtle Asura and Rytlock is the ferocious Charr. Logan  represents the human race and therefore all virtues and limits of this race are at their fullest in him. He is courageous beyond all, honorable and full of talent yet he is also fragile and emotionally driven: a problem if you are a hero. This is why, because of his very humanity, that he leaves all of his friends from Destiny’s Edge in the beginning of their most important battle. Because he loves Jennah, she called for help and he is just not able to rationalize and see that a greater help could be done right where he was, killing the dragon, instead of leaving the battlefield to save the day somewhere else. The emotion of love completely overwhelms Logan, but he’s a human and humans do so. He is also loyal, both to his heart and his vow so the reader that first blames Logan for all that happens (the defeat of Destiny’s Edge, the death of Snaff and the break-up of the group) after some time should start to at least understand his behaviour… he ran away to save his Queen, his love, the brightest light of his race. Who wouldn’t put everything on the line for such a stake?

Destiny's Edge, the legendary heroes of Tyria

Little brother, rebel, guardian, human….Logan Thackeray is all these and more: there is one last role we know him to play in the novels, a role that is just a bridge to the true fulfilment of the character that we will probably experience in the game (his comeback in Destiny’s Edge and his role as a true Hero-Legend while defeating the Dragons). In the first novel, which takes place after the events of the second, we see Logan as the legendary chief of the Seraph, the old fighter that has lost that sparkle in his eyes, but still has it somewhere deep inside. The bureaucracy and the fights in Divinity’s Reach tire him and his love for Jennah is the only thing that keeps him going. In the official Anet Blog there were some nice passages that described the everyday skirmishes between the Seraph and the nobility, with their own army, to control the capital: here we see a much more mature Logan. The hero is just a legend now, but one of those legends that might come back when the time is right.

Probably the most complex character in the novels so far, Logan Thackeray both is fun to read and hard to embrace. The reader finds themselves both being exalted by the awesomeness of his actions and then screaming in anger for what he does to his friends, leaving a sense of something unfininished that keeps the expectations very high for the last of the novels and the game itself.

To The Readers: What are your opinions on Logan? Love him or hate him? Do you think he was right or wrong about his decision at the end of EoD? What role do you think he’ll play in Guild Wars 2?
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About the Author: Ubi Maior is an Italian Guild Wars player and fan. He enjoys reading & writing about the game and loves to hear the feedback and opinion of other fans. He can be found on twitter

 

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  • http://twitter.com/Loremasterkaae dara potocska

    I’ve not developed a huge opinion on him yet, though I liked the views you presented concerning him in your article. To answer what I might think his role would be in GW2 – I personally like to think he’ll be a mentor of some sort to our personal stories in GW2. Perhaps even working along side us in something and giving us some of those special cut scenes I think were mentioned being unlocked depending on where you were in your story’s path. Or perhaps he’ll be someone who gives us a lead-in for a dungeon. Even if not quite in these ways, I feel pretty inclined to think we will be interacting with him in some form.

    Thank you for writing this article and I enjoyed reading your perspective on him! ^^

    • http://www.facebook.com/belgeode Drew Bolton

      I am going to agree with Dara to that extent, I see him as a mentor first and foremost. From what we have seen thus far of the human starting area, it looks like we almost immediately get a chance to bond with him, and see his fighting style, as well as his impressive leadership abilities. It will be very interesting to see how HIS story plays out with OURS as we venture forth on an epic journey of Tyria, culminating wherever ArenaNet has planned for us to prove our mettle.

      Excellent article, and well worthy of the link I put on Google +.

    • http://twitter.com/ubi_maior Ubi Maior

      Thank You!

      I like the idea of him as a mentor…he sure doesn’t lack the experience ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Great stuff!

    While I wouldn’t say I’m a “fan” of Logan, I definitely would defend him against the popular opinion that he is either selfish or cowardly. Like you said, he is emotionally driven which is a fairly neutral trait to have in the scheme of things. 

    I already went on my rant about what I thought of his actions in my Jennah article (in that, they were justified and helped prevent another disastrous outcome) but to sum it up…

    I feel it was damned if he did, damned if he didn’t either way. In his position, either decision would have had negative outcomes. We don’t know what would’ve happened if he stayed. It’s possible they would have failed in their mission and much more would have been lost than just a chance at Kral. We won’t ever know. 

    But I do think people underestimate the importance of his role at Ebonhawke and what its destruction would have meant had he not gone to turn the tides. I confidently say, yes, the negative consequences of losing Jennah as a leader and the outpost in whole would have easily been just as terrible as not killing Kralkatorrik turned out being. 

    Kryta would have been thrown into political upheaval. The pact with the charr would likely have never happened. Thousands of lives would have been lost, and the humans would have been dealt a severely bad blow that they simply cannot afford.

    We can’t say he was right for abandoning his friends nor that his intentions were fully in line with the outcome, but what happened, happened and I think it was the better choice. 

    HAIL JENNAH (sorry, had to XD)

  • http://twitter.com/thelazygeek Connor

    Logan is a complete dick.  ”Oh, hey guys!  I know we’re doing something a lot more important but this chick I like is calling me and needs help.  So, like, later!” And he zips off in an instant with his troll-face and everything.  I thought he was a great character up until his most defining action, and then he became a character to direct my spite towards.

    It could (is) argued that returning to save Queen Jennah and Ebonhawke was more critical to help forge an alliance between the humans and charr and to save Kryta from political unrest should the Queen have died.  Either way, both choices would have had negative consequences, I just feel they would have been far less if he had stayed with his allies.

    “The needs of the many…” hmmm Logan?

    • Anonymous

      I actually disagree on the “far less” aspect. I really think had jennah died and Ebonhawk fallen, things would have been extremely bad as well. I wouldn’t say worse than not being able to kill Kral but still up there. 

      The humans are an important part of the fight against the dragons.  Ebonhawke is going to be a bastion against Kral now because of it’s location. If it was lost, then what? Not to mention the alliance with the charr. And I’m not convinced humans would have recovered enough in time to help in GW2′s timeline. 

      Also, keep in mind that the main reason humans are shifting priorities from centaur to dragons is Jennah. When she got mind-fucked by Kral she saw just how dangerous a threat they were, and so she initiated the treaty with the charr.
      If Caudecus got the throne, it’s likely he’d not want anything to do with fighting dragons or along side the other races. 

      • draxynnic

        It’s also not just Kryta. It’s the charr as well – from Ghosts of Ascalon, it’s Kralkatorrik that shocked them into realising they couldn’t stand alone as well. Now, if Kralkatorrik was nailed right after the Dragonrise and Ebonhawke destroyed, that takes a lot of pressure off the charr (removing one front entirely, and depending on how much of the danger the Dragonbrand would represent with Kralkatorrik removed, possibly another), possibly enough for them to feel they can continue going it alone. Almorra’s story would probably have played out in much the same way, but the charr legions as a whole would likely have been inclined to concentrate on the ghosts and the Flame Legion and regard the dragons as someone else’s problem. So that’s potentially two-fifths of the alliance gone in exchange for one-fourth of the KNOWN draconic threat (the races generally don’t know about the Deep Sea Dragon, after all).

        Making it even worse than the numbers might indicate, the humans and the charr represent the two races that really have experience in the formation of armies – norn, sylvari and asura all have their own specialised talents, but none of them are really likely to be forming the core of an army. (Norn and asura are too individualist – the sylvari might be able to learn, with good teachers.)

        So, yeah, a lot of the Logan-hate is based in the assumption that everyone would have been better off if he’d stayed and helped kill Kralkatorrik rather than going to Ebonhawke… when that’s just not a safe assumption at all. It may well have simply made things worse.

    • http://twitter.com/ubi_maior Ubi Maior

      I’d like to add to Izzie’s comment that Logan had given his word, in such a way that made almost impossible for him not to answer her call for help.

      Other than that I found the author doing a great job in using Logan as the stereotype for the Human Race…as a human he is emotions-driven, and rushing to rescue Jennah is excatly what a human stereotype should have done.

  • Jesse Wan

    I’ve said everything I’ve wanted to say on Logan, Jennah, and Edge of Destiny way back in February. http://www.talktyria.net/2011/02/12/queen-jennah-of-kryta/#comment-196266077

    So far, nobody else agrees with me. :(

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s cause you take a really harsh stance on it? I still think his reaction was based on fear of Jennah’s safety. 

      I mean, put yourself in his shoes for a hot second. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, imo. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775466869 Katherine Mathiowetz

    oh I like him  I like the charr/human brother hood we had going there til they screwed it up.yeah pretty pissed off on how teh second booked ended, they better fix that ….