Think there’s already a lot to unpack with this post. I don’t have a great explanation for that title, but it sounded good. Chastity and Desirae aren’t the types to throw down like the superheroes above. So, why did I do those things? Because these two characters have a lot of similarities, but come off as light/dark combinations. Was about to say ‘mirror image’, but that means opposite and that isn’t necessarily true. Now, how do these characters stack up
- Both characters run profitable businesses that depend on entertainment and making their customers happy. They also have secret industries that involve the gathering of information.
- Chastity Sullivan is open about her business and has a public reputation as a successful businesswoman. She has trade agreements and works within the community. Desirae Duvall is a secret to Windemere outside of a few black market and criminal circles. Even those aren’t fully aware because she shields herself with aliases and fake stories to make her appear like a small army of unassociated people.
- Both characters openly enjoy sex and flirting even though Chastity has mellowed a lot over the series. They are very sensual characters who used sex to begin their businesses.
- Chastity focuses on the pleasure of others and considers what they would want to make them happy. This is why she has loyal customers. Desirae manipulates and has no worry about loyalty since she plays with the minds of her customers. When it comes to pleasure, she does care about providing it to others, but she will focus on herself more when she is physically involved.
- Both care about their employees and friends. Well, Desirae doesn’t really have any friends, but she does show that she cares about those who work for her.
- Desirae is much more ambitious and cunning than Chastity. While they are both always looking for new avenues to run their businesses, Desirae definitely works with fewer scruples and less morality. Chastity has things that she will not get involved in like drugs, slave trade, weapon dealings, and other heinous criminal acts. Desirae sees some of those as paths. Not the slave trade though.
- Both can fight if they have to, but prefer not to. Chastity has shown that she can throw down with the rest of the gang if she has to. Yet, she depends almost entirely on her powers. Desirae is the same, but she finds ways to avoid violence as much as possible.
- Chastity does not have a bodyguard or set up assassinations of those who might be a danger to her business. She will handle anyone she meets who may pose a threat to her friends, but she tries to do it without killing. That could expose the Dawn Fangs. Desirae has Renald and sends him out to eliminate obstacles all the time. She doesn’t like getting her own hands dirty, but has no problem having him leave a few corpses around.
- Chastity has been going about her business, which includes knowing as much as possible about the world. This puts her on the same level as Kai Stavros and his global spy network. Desirae . . . is a mystery to both of them? That’s a strange one. It seems we have someone who is so good at keeping secrets that a professional spy and an expert information broker doesn’t even know she exists.