Kirintha the Fair wrote:I just thought it bizzare in the novel they didnt perform a divination or commune that could have casually uncovered Danifaes evil intent.
That's just one among the *countless* weird things and/or errors in WotSQ. Especially Smedman's and Athans' books.
Mutilating males for watching rituals (or generally treating them like pet dogs), when that's flat-out evil, has no place in anything related to Eilistraee, and when males canonically even participate in most rituals (and--btw--they participate to *all* rituals in the current era)? Check.
Hunting lycanthropes a priori as abominations in the very same region where the followers of Eilistraee are explicitly said to be effin' friends with Selune-worshiping lycanthropes, and when--as Eilistraeeans--they should be very familiar with "seeing the deeper beauty within" and showing compassion? Check.
Militarist mindset, when the Eilistraeeans are supposed to be about understanding, acceptance, and celebrating life? Check. Choosing a random, rather dimwitted, new convert with a shaky faith, poor understanding, and no skill that other priestesses don't have, to carry out an important task (especially when people like Qilué also exist)? Check.
Focusing on a ridiculous plan to kill Lolth, when the Eilistraeeans would have put most of their resources into helping the drow refugees, or lost drow that were left without a home or felt without a place in the world during the Silence? Check.
A sword made by Eilistraee that had the power to destroy souls, totally OOC for this goddess (even tho that sword would lose that power later on)? Check.
Lolth gaining truckloads of divine power by literally cannibalizing herself, by losing tons of followers, influence, cities, and by expending a huge amount of divine power to start sustaining her own realm, rather than leeching off the Abyss? Check.
And I'm 100% sure we could go on forever.
IMO, the latter part of that series, alongside LP, was intentionally written like that to throw mud on Eilistraee, and make Drizzt, the speshul snowflake, even more speshul (after all, Perkins admitted that WotC wanted to do away with her back in 4e to make Drizzt more special, so this would also be in line with that childish mindset). It literally portrays as a wildly different goddess than she is in her lore and in other novels--and it depicts her as a quite unlikable and hypocritical character at that.