"No kidding about her acting like a female dog…Ergh. If he’s the ‘leader’, why can’t he reprimand her? - Commander Hurtz of DeviantArt"
A comment to my last page of comic. Cross posting this answer here because it’s actually delving into world Canon that I had to cut out of the actual story and can be seen as important details.
Lets see if I can actually explain this in a way that both makes sense and gets out all my thoughts on the matter.
Adaesha is a witch (with a ‘b’) when it comes to Rahst and anything that has to do with Rahst for good reason. She had been a very loyal member of the Tao Guard for the last 6 years. Because of her marksman skills, leadership skills and friendship with the Guard’s former leader, she was pretty much guaranteed the leader position after he either died or retired.
After their leader goes MIA, Drast puts Rahst in charge, which is a huge insult to her because not only is Rahst a horrendous leader, but he’s also a whiny little brat that earned his rank with no leadership experience and doesn’t know where his place should be. Because of Rahst’s position as Drast’s little patsy, Adaesha has no chance of the leader’s position as long as he is around… and she knows it.
While Rahst is called ‘leader’ and is the poster boy for the team, he really sucks at the position. Adaesha, while still only his first officer, acts more like a proper leader then he does and actually handles most of the orders. Rahst lets her do it because… well… for lack of better words, he’s actually intimidated and terrified of her but is too proud to admit it.
As for her hostility towards Juneri… nobody on the team really wants him there because his abilities turned out to be a big disappointment. He’s a reth’kaa, a member of his species that can tap into his own soul to gain certain supernatural powers. When Rahst heard that he was a Reth’kaa, he hired him to the team without question thinking that he’d be the Tao Guard’s rival for Liah. Well, it turns out that Juneri’s abilities are nothing more then weak empath abilities that are barely worth mentioning (Rahst refers to them as ‘worthless’ abilities). However, Rahst keeps him on the team because he is one of the best marksmen on the team. Juneri stays on the team and puts up with their verbal abuse because the pay is so good, but he describes himself as being ‘the Tao Guard’s little fat kid that always gets picked last’.
Wow, I rambled on more then I expected. I hope this all made sense.