Originally Posted by ZeroSlash
Not sure if it's related at all, but funny part IronStylus just said he had just finished watching Claymore. Right in the beginning she's (Teresa) not allowed to kill humans, but kills them in order to save Claire. She is going to get executed but instead fights back and kills them all. Basically, she knew killing humans was going to get her kill, but she had to.
For Diana, she believed in the moon, she stood to fight, she was going to get kill so she slaughtered them. Just because she didn't believe in the sun she was going to get killed, how is that fair? That just looks in her eyes like an evil bunch of people. Thinking differently gets you killed? I understand the differences between Teresa and Diana in their situation but basically they just both were going to get slaughtered if they didn't do anything, one for helping someone by killing, other for just believing something different.
There's probably no relation between them, just wanted to point that out.
Lastly, some people get twisted very easily. It might be that once moonlight was very powerful and people worshiped it, and the Solari actually just didn't want her to find out, that the Solari rebelled against them or something and killed them all because the power of the moon not only gave power but maybe made you twisted, so it was abandoned. Hence why her act of vengeance was scaled so high. I'm not sure if the power of the moon is what made her this way but it could have been. More importantly, we don't know how she was treated in the Solari, if she was open minded about the moon, maybe she had a terrible time there, and was an outcast.
However, I too agree that the statement as is "Diana resolved to destroy all those who would deny the power of the moon. " sounds like she'd kill everyone and anyone, who doesn't believe in the moon, instead of killing Solari who don't believe her. Etc. hard to explain, hope its enough.
Actually, I'll bet that there's a connection...
My main issue comes with the line, "Raising her relic blade, she turned and slaughtered the elders." It gives me a mental image of her standing and cutting down a bunch of cowering old men and women; and it's hard to connect with someone like that and to not judge them. Killing one, it seems like an eye-for-an-eye situation. Killing all of them...that seems like borderline genocide. And if that's what happens from the moon, it's a small wonder they sentenced her to death in the first place.
Which, really, shouldn't have surprised her. She comes up to a religious sect wearing armor that was hidden away and declaring that this is proof that the Solari are wrong--did she expect this to end well? Leona went to her death knowing what was going to happen, so there was no shock or horror...and Diana was vastly different, apparently. Not that different is wrong, really, but jumping up and killing everyone, and then promising to kill more...that's not pleasant.
"The religious leaders didn't like it when I showed up in my 'I Hate the Solari' costume and told them they were wrong, so now I'm going to kill them all!"
I'm not saying that all of this needs to be changed, but I need more details. Were the elders powerful warriors who she had to strike down? Was this a particularly fanatical sect of the Solari? And how did Diana receive her brand? Did she receive it before her execution?
I would ask if Leona agreed with the elders, but I know she wouldn't have, because she was all "protect the weak" and would have understood Diana's plight. The sun saved her because she had stuck to her beliefs and refused to murder; thus, the sun did not approve of murder.