I wasn't intending to make any Halloweeny art this year, so this is just kind of a nice coincidence.*Comedic44
and I were discussing the prospects of a Magda Daubenmire (an ice cube's chance in hell), though it got us both wanting to see an evil Magda.
I've already outlined exactly what Magda's issues are elsewhere. In brief, Magda is meek and mild and kind and a lifetime of being taken advantage for this in thousands of tiny and not-so-tiny ways has coalesced into a HIGHLY suppressed part of her that is nothing but acrimonious malignity and misanthropic vengefulness...
To her credit, Magda is acutely aware of this kink in her psyche and wishes it gone. It makes her sick, makes her doubt that she is or is capable of ever being a good person, makes her nervous as she's freely allowed to train and grow powerful in the field of psychomancy, unintentionally duping screeners who never find her less than responsible and harmless.
She's very intelligent, whether she'd ever admit it, even to herself. And she cannot let go nor quash this blackest side of her own mind, this part of her that would snap the souls from the still gasping bodies of every person who ever belittled, mocked, or abused her, because it whispers to her a truth she finds difficult to deny...
They probably deserve it.
Befriending Morgan has been a much-needed release. He was the first and only person to see straight through to this rotten part of her, and remains the only person she can discuss/rant/lament over it with, and without inhibition or shame at that.
Morgan is kind of her opposite in this respect, his dirty secret is that he's naturally overflowing with love and good feels, and his own struggle is against his false, adopted shell of wickedness. Morgan became a murderer- twistedly- entirely out of love: for the death of his lover in the war and to save anyone further from the same fate. It was never personal. Morgan loves people. The same does not come easy to Miss Alder. Magda, were something to push her over the edge, would fall so much farther, and it would be very, very personal.