OK she spawned a rather long thread (Does Evil Need a Reason lol) - I am currently rewriting my first book, and I am about to reintroduce my 'devil' character. She is a personal assistant to the headmaster at the Royal Academy (for all but twenty years of its history has been my Abbot character) who wears smart suits, has auburn hair she ties up in a tight bun, she peers over her spectacles at naughty schoolboys and glares at them. Speaks in clipped tones. She instills fear into them. I am looking to bounce some ideas around for maybe giving a small foreshadowing of what she really is. An ancient woman who was the second creature in the universe to be created (she may have been the first), her sister is my 'eve' character Izanami, she has been charged by the Universal Father to be in effect the bad bacteria to her sisters good bacteria and keep the universe in balance that way. Created infertile she is truly immortal unlike my other pre-mortal characters who begin to die when they produce a child. She is a fifth element character which means she has control of all elements, and can control the fireflies (energy streams) that travel the universe. Her birdform is the Great Skua but that is too obvious as a symbol. OK Anything just to get my juices thinking - the scene is my MC who is 17 is just returning to school after becoming king. The Abbot newly reappointed as headmaster has summoned himself, his bestfriend Matt, and his arch-enemy Jack, at the start of the story Angus and Jack had been fighting, then Matt and Angus had gone fishing instead of continuing to school. They are waiting outside the Abbot's office and she is peering at them.