I think that the answer to this question, particularly when dealing with Fanny Fae is a resounding, “HELL Yes!
Of all of my muses, Fanny tends to be the one that is beset less by senses of self-doubt. She got where she got to who she was by having a strong will, a very solid sense of who she is and what she wants, and she doesn’t really too much care how she achieves her goals. She has two favourite sayings. One is, “All is fair in the pursuit of Power”, and “Those who wish to achieve things should do so without mercy.” the latter being attributed to the Vedic philosopher, Kautilya in the 4th Century B.C.E. who was more Machiavellian than Machiavelli himself and long before Machiavelli was even born! She usurped the power and position that she probably would have attained anyway, and her reasons for not just waiting were manifold. But to her mind, the fact that her foster-mother, Morgienne, was instrumental in Fanny/Faelyn’s mother’s death, was tantamount to a blood feud between them. One was going to be the victor and one the loser, and Fanny is just way to egotistical to have even considered for an instant that she might have come out short in the end.
She knows that she is rather attractive by human standards, but she realizes that she probably isn’t that beautiful as far as the Fae are concerned. That does not seem to bother her too much. She uses the assets she has and makes no apology for it. If she ever admits to being wrong about anything, it is more of a strategic acquiescence than actually believing that she is wrong. She has all the time she needs and she knows that given patience and time she can usually get her way about anything she sets her sights on. The problem comes when there is no time – then the temper will flare. Ask her the same question over and over again expecting a different answer and she will show you that side of her very quickly!
She absolutely hates waste and especially wasted effort. Fanny is extremely imperious at times and she treats me, her mun, as if I were any other servant in her employ. I can’t tell you how often I have heard her start a sentence when addressing me, “You there, ….scribe. Yes….take this down…..” I have said it repeatedly in the prompt communities and to other muns, writing for Fanny isn’t about me. It’s about taking dictation. I don’t get to put my spin on it at all. I cannot tell you how many times when someone wants to stick her in a group RP situation and she flat out decides she doesn’t want to play, it doesn’t matter whether or not I want to write it, she won’t budge. Forget trying to make her. It doesn’t work. Just this past week someone asked me to bring her into a game dealing with the Fae and humans in a particular scenario and Fanny just raised her chin higher and gave me a withering look of contempt and said, “Absolutely not.”
Fanny does what she wants with whomever she wants when she wants and not one bloody moment before. And being a ruler in her own right, I suppose that would be the appropriate response. I also write nomanselizabth, Elizabeth I, who historically had an incredible ego that needed constant stroking and reassurance and also had a volatile temper to match. Elizabeth, even through all of that, is probably at times far easier to manage than Fanny herself is. Elizabeth understands her popularity and cultivates it. Fanny doesn’t really understand it and isn’t quite sure what the fuss is about. Again, in all of this, I don’t know if this is “ego” as much as it is Fanny being extremely particular about the people and situations that she will put her energy into. She does her prompts when it’s time (mostly), but sometimes I do have to push her to get her to respond to particular prompts. She will give a one and two word answer and sometimes if I ask her for more, she will comply somewhat if she is feeling generous, or clam up completely.
One of the things that she does do that is probably less egotistical is that she likes to ask questions of those she interacts with. She has the ability to play the diplomat very well when she wants to. That requires her being able to set her ego aside at least for a few moments in order to probe and get the information that she seeks, and she usually will get it. On those rare occasions when she doesn’t, however, she plays a little bit like the fox and the grapes in Aesop’s fable and acts as if it really wasn’t what she wanted in the first place. She knows what she does well, she tends to stay away from the things that she doesn’t or delegate it. Even though Fanny/Faelyn can be difficult, I wouldn’t ever give up writing her.
Muse: Fanny Fae / Faelyn
Fandom: Original Character / Folklore / Mythology
Word Count: 810