CAW: The Exiled Characters

Yet again I am using Lunaii Dollmaker.

Mairwen, Finn, Ciar and Aonghus

This time it is characters from the Exiled Storyline.

Some notable differences between this image and the actual character faces is that Mairwen and Finn’s facial tattoos are not included.

Yes, Finn and Ciar are identical twins. Yes, there is a major personality difference between the two of them.

Mairwen, Finn, and Ciar are Maegi (or Seelie), while Aonghus is an Urisk.

The Exiled story is intended to be a series of short stories and novellas, with perhaps one novel.

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CAW: NB/E Races Maegi

Race avatars made using Lunaii Dollmaker.

Commonly called Maegi (as they are the most magical race), but also called Seelie amongst themselves.

Easily the most reclusive and xenophobic race. The pictures shown are the most common skin tone, but they tan easily and darker skins can be found. Especially among the exiled.

They were, at one time, one of the ruling races, and they are one of the ancient races. However, they are the only of the ancient races that play an important role in the stories.

Ciar, Finn and Mairwen are all Maegi. Finn and Mairwen are specifically exiled Maegi.

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.

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.