CAW: Noble Bard Characters

Once again I have shown my favoritism for using Lunaii Dollmaker.

Alyse, Kaine, Caalix and Lucretia

These are the four main characters from ‘The Noble Bard’

Alyse is actually the only main character that is a human in this setting. I’m trying to shy away from that.

You’ve already seen images of Alyse and Caalix, so you are somewhat familiar with them.

The other two are Kaine, who is half-Sidhe, and Lucretia, who is a Korrigan.

You may notice that Lucretia, unlike the Korrigan in the sample pictures, does not have wings. This is on purpose. It is also explained in the novel to some extent.

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Plot Types

Short post today lovelies.

While working on my novels, I’ve been going over the plots. Especially the plots for Alyse’s story and Adrienne’s.

Mairwen’s, as I said before, it already pretty well established. Much of the short stories are coming of age type of plots, while the novella is a quest plot. I am going to be organizing the stories in her series soon, preparing all of them for publishing and writing. (Since not all of them are currently written, after all, only some.)

Alyse’s story has the beginning of a plot, a shaky middle plot, and no real ending. The whole story is rather loose at the moment. I have scenes. Lots of scenes. Her story needs the most work. I don’t want to do the traditional fantasy plot of epic quest, but it’s hard to avoid it when it comes to fantasy.

Adrienne’s is a quest, but not the usual kind. Her story contains too much to worry about specific plot details now. She’s likely to star in far more stories than the others, and reappear in different things. So her stories involve a few different plots. Including a defeat the monster plot. Well. Needless to say, lots of plot in there.

Heroes and Villains

It is quite common in fantasy novels to over play the good vs evil aspects of life. Where the heroes are good in every way conceivable, and the villains are true, pure evil that cannot be matched in reality.

While the trend in writing has started to veer from that, it’s hard to avoid. Simply because in a world of magic, of sweeping landscapes and escapism, it seems so ideal. It’s also much easier to write.

Which may be why I’ve run into problems with my antagonists.

None of my protagonists are really the ‘Hero’ type. A thief, a runaway and a brothel owner. None of them are out in the world trying to save it, trying for gold or glory or to be remembered.

Mairwen is an exiled thief, unaware of what she did to deserve her exile, surviving off what she can steal and having no qualms with doing so. Her past is shrouded in dark secrets that she is afraid to uncover, and most of the time, if she can avoid it, she won’t help others.

Alyse is a spoilt rich noble who longs for adventure and excitement, but find the idea of being a pirate or a thief far more entrancing than rescuing anyone. She’s thrust into an adventure that is more spurred by revenge rather than anything noble.

Adrienne is perhaps the darkest and the farthest from a hero of the three. She owns a brothel that she uses as a front to stay involved in the underground crime world. She uses whatever means she finds necessary to get the information she wants, and she’s not above killing people simply to make a point.

With such ‘heroes’, how can you create villains that properly mirror them?

When characters become more than good versus evil, the antagonist must be as in-depth and sympathetic as the protagonist.

Only Mairwen’s villain comes close to such an assessment. Her story allows for the conflict between the ‘hero’ and the ‘villain’ without either character being either in their entirety.

Sadly, Alyse and Adrienne’s antagonists have to be… something else. Alyse’s antagonist currently does not have depth. She is simplistic, rather than detailed, and she falls rather flat, reads rather boring.

And Adrienne’s? It seems too hard to write a proper antagonist for her. Then again, I shall perhaps have to wait for the villain to introduce themselves in the same way the rest of the characters have.

Character Art [CAW]: Alyse by DeeDeeSteele

Another piece of artwork of Alyse [first one here]. This time it’s an art request from a few years ago.

I requested this picture through GaiaOnline, I believe (or Menewsha, it has been a bit of time…) from DeeDeeSteele.

I’ll be honest, I like her artwork better than the last one I posted (my drawing). Partially because it’s coloured, and also partially because, well I just like it better.

The pose is dynamic, the color are soft, and the clothing flows well.

This was requested back when I was debating whether her hair was brown, black or auburn. She’s still in her ‘thinner’ stage in this picture as well.

Be sure to visit DeeDeeSteele‘s website! :3

Characters

I’m currently going over the book Plot Versus Character in order to get a better, concrete example of the characters in my story. It isn’t a theoretical book, but rather, it’s intended to be instructional. Sort of a ‘Here’s the steps, get to it!’.

So, on the subject of getting to it… Character ‘layering’ is the first step including. Picking the core personality and moving from there, until your character is a fully-fleshed person. Not just a cardboard cut-out.

As characters are my forte, this shouldn’t be too hard. I am, however, not only doing the main character in each story, but also the important characters. IE. All of the main characters. The ones listed here on a regular basis. And I may even do some of my fanfiction characters as well. Just for the heck of it.

Well, it starts with the Myer-Briggs personality types. So here we go.

Alyse: ESTP The Doer

Kaine: INFP The Idealist

Caalix: ESTJ The Guardian

Lucretia: INTP The Thinker

Adrienne: INTJ The Scientist

Soroth: ENTP The Visionary

Rana: EFSP The Performer

Mairwen: ENFP The Inspirer

Finn: INFJ The Protector

Ciar: ESTJ The Guardian

Aonghus: ENFJ The Giver

Well, that took me a few minutes because I checked and double checked a couple different sources to make sure I had it write. But. I think that these are correct. Took long enough. Definitely interesting to think about, however, since I already have some idea of the characters in my head. Which ones are similar, which ones are more different than I thought.

Character Art

I am going to start posting character artwork on Wednesdays. They will be either my own, fan art, or commissioned/requested artwork. I will be doing this for a couple of reasons.

  • Since I’m coming closer to publishing, I would like to share more details of my stories and characters. I would love for people to get a visual representation of the characters.
  • I like drawing my characters, and I like sharing them. I do have a significant amount of artwork stored. A lot of it is on my Deviantart account, and I will be re-sharing some on here that are not ‘new’ on there.
  • I would like to give credit to artists who I have requested artwork from, or have drawn my characters for me or have been commissioned. I love artists and I love to support them.

So to start off I will post some of my earliest artwork of my characters. In this case, Alyse, way back when she was designed for submission to Forgotten Realms.

This is Alyse! The artwork is kind of terrible by my current standards, but overall, her design has changed the least.  She still looks about the same. The biggest difference is she has a little more meat on her bones now.

She’s soft and squishy from leading a noble’s life. As she would be. Throughout the story she losses some of the baby fat, but as she never participates in high strength activities, she keeps a significant amount of it.

Next week is Caalix. :3

Note: If someone wants to draw any of my characters, I will be happy to post the artwork and a link to your website on my blog! If you don’t have an officially website, I can link it to your email, your facebook page, or whatever else you’d like. I love artwork. :3

Also, not all of the artwork included in Character Art Wednesdays (CAW) will be drawings. Some of them will be doll makers, photo manipulations and (someday) cosplay!