Quintessential Heroine Quartet: RPG Version

In role-playing games (RPGs), there are four main classes for a character: the archer, the magician, the warrior and the cleric.  Sometimes there’s a variant, hybrid or totally different class mixed in, but these are the staples of an RPG, the foundation to build upon.  Yesterday, I matched up the best female character for a certain class based on personality and formed an RPG dream team.  Here is my casting:

1) Archer – Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

This is perhaps, my most puzzling choice of characters.  Though Hermione is a witch, powers set aside, I feel like she would do better as an archer.  Sure she has an extensive knowledge of spells and a killer knack for figuring out things, but again, when her powers as a witch are disregarded, Hermione makes a better bowman.  Her precision, as demonstrated when she recognizes the key to a spell was in its pronunciation, would be a great asset as a bowman: to be able to hit a target is great, but if an archer can hit exactly what they want, it would make the bow and arrow an extension of their natural limbs.  A bowman (or I guess I should say bow-woman) should have a good eye for weaknesses and a good plan, as they’re pretty limited by what they can do.  I feel like Hermione would pick up on small weak points and such, as she picks up on the underlying message in ex-Professor Umbridge’s seemingly innocuous speech and is the only person, it seems, in all of Hogwarts who actually figured out that a basilisk preyed on unsuspecting Muggleborn students.  She even correctly predicts how the basilisk moves around the school (slithering through pipes).  To top it all off, with just a few clues and Professor Snape’s rather random hint, she figures out that Professor Lupin is a werewolf.  Hermione’s practicality also makes her a great choice for wielding the bow and arrow; though she is very stubborn, most of things Hermione believes in with no doubts are based on strong logic.  She knows when a situation is too much for her to handle and is good at thinking on the spot.

2) Magician – Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Another seemingly mismatch, as Annabeth is a warrior in her book series.  Annabeth’s great intellectual potential, I feel, isn’t truly explored as a warrior (or in the books for that matter, though I guess that’s tolerable because she isn’t the main character): there are so many things she could do if she had control over magic.  Annabeth is very obviously a smart girl, which comes with being a daughter of Athena, but her cleverness goes beyond just a gift.  She has an originality that isn’t explicitly the domain of Athena; the spontaneity and ingenuity of the plans that Annabeth can come up with is akin to that of a child of Hermes.  In particular, her aptitude for being a magician is most apparent in her interest in architecture.  Annabeth likes stability, which magic is not exactly, but it can be if built slowly and improved over time.  Annabeth doesn’t just want to design beautiful, functional buildings, but to have a whole city match and work together, as many beautiful buildings can look out of place and odd if they’re all squeezed in side by side.  The beauty of magic is that it’s so versatile and that everything should be thought out in advance to work: magicians usually have the lowest health point meters out of all classes, which makes them extremely vulnerable to attack.  Making sure that one has a good defense and a killer offense is a challenge that Annabeth would love to take on.

3) Warrior – Auden West from Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

One of the first things that one notices about Auden is how straight forward and practical Auden is, which mimicks the calm of a warrior.  Warriors, when in combat, have to get very close to their enemies and hack away, using less elaborate traps.  When asked her name, Auden takes the question literally and says her name, though the question was really a rhetorical question meant to lead up to a fight.  Auden doesn’t want to get into fights and she doesn’t usually go out of town as a result of childhood trauma, however, she doesn’t back down from a fight if she knows that she is right.  She isn’t cowed by Belissa, who accuses her of trying to steal her ex-boyfriend Eli.  She doesn’t run away from an angry Maggie, who is distraught that Auden went after Jake, Maggie’s boyfriend, even though Auden didn’t know that Jake had a girlfriend.  Auden’s cold honesty and sense of justice makes her a warrior because bravery is key.

4) Cleric – Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Ah, the cleric.  One of the most powerful roles in a game that I feel has received a mixed reaction.  In some communities, clerics are revered and in others they are not, but even if they do so grudgingly, all must admit that clerics are a vital organ in the RPG team.  Blessed with the power to heal, clerics help their team by tending to the weak and amplifying the powers of those who fight.  Jane Bennet is soft-spoken, patient, and hopelessly kind: a classic beauty with a girl-next-door type of personality.  She is shown in stark contrast with her sister, Elizabeth Bennet, who is fiery, stubborn and spiteful.  They balance like yin and yang, the most obvious of their balances being in their perspectives.  While Jane is often optimistic, Elizabeth tends to be more skeptical and critical of actions and promises.  Out of all the Bennet sisters, Elizabeth feels the closest with Jane and Elizabeth is most inclined to protect Jane because Jane is so pure-hearted; she can be easily tricked into thinking the best about people.  When Mr. Bingley leaves her, Jane supposed that he had simply lost affection for her, and instead of vindictively seeking him out to vent her anger at being strung along in a love game, she mourns their love, pining away for Bingley until he comes back for her.  Jane’s altruism, temperance and understanding make her a prime example of a literary “cleric” in disguise.

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