This preview only shows three characters. A surprise compared to the other two I posted.
That’s because Desarmement has fewer recurring characters presently. There are two reasons for that: this story is less romance and group inclusive, and because Adrienne does not take note of many people.
Adrienne is the main character, Soroth is an acquaintance/friend/partner of hers, and Rana is a friend/employee of hers.
Soroth looks far more effeminate in this picture than he should. He also looks far more attractive than he should. He is not ugly, but he is also not traditionally handsome. He is simply charming enough that no one cares.
Rana actually looks pretty good, considering she was the latest addition to the group. She’s a cambion and perhaps the most eccentric of the group.
So I have been moving towards making characters that are not cisgendered in my fiction. While none of the main characters in the Noble Bard are explicitly non-cisgendered, there are some minor characters that are, for example. Largely there is a race that has four ‘genders’. Two ‘regular’ genders: Male and female. Then Two ‘other’ gender that lie someone in between. The simplistic version is that one is intersexed and one is gender-fluid. Gender and sex are relative and rather unimportant. The race, the Sidhe, is very fluid with gender, sex and sexuality.
For them, it’s more ‘You are whoever you want to be’.
But I bring this up because of Adrienne’s Story.
Rana Basira is a Cambian. Child of an Incubus, which, according to traditional mythology, are notorious for switching their sex. A Succubus will seduce a man, steal his sperm, turn into an Incubus and impregnate a woman.
I want Rana to be similar. She’s a shapeshifter, and she fancies switching genders, switching her sex. And when Adrienne explains it to someone she explains it like this: “I suppose Rana’s a women. Likes that form the most, but Rana’s a cambian, can change gender at will, so you might get confused calling Rana a women when ‘she’ is in a female form, and calling Rana a man when ‘he’ is in a male form.”
So I want to use a gender-neutral pronoun for Rana, but I’m not sure how to handle it.
Since there is not the same social implications for a Cambian as there are for a trans-person, it will be a little bit different. As it stands, since I am not trans (ad am not good friends with anyone that is), I don’t currently feel comfortable delving into the role. (Genderqueer I’m a little more comfortable with, mind you, but onto the point…)
So I would love any insights from readers on the best way to handle a gender-fluid character such as Rana. And also, which pronoun sounds the best. I’m leaning towards the Middle English ‘ou’.
So I realized with Adrienne’s story, I have a question for my readers. So far, her story is set after she has already developed a good deal of skills. Her story is not a coming of age story. It is not about her become a stronger what-have-you.
Not that there isn’t any character development. It is as much character-driven as plot driven.
But. Perhaps I’m too used to writing fan-fictions.
I almost feel as if I -can’t- introduce her, introduce the story, at the point I intend to, because she would seem to powerful.
So, after all the preamble…
Do you have to introduce your character before they become ‘powerful’?
London is a cesspool of the “supernatural” as if the entire fae realm and all those surrounding decided that the city was perfect for their own devices. It sat very near one of the largest gates to the fae realm. It didn’t help that corruption and chaos ran rampant through the streets, attracting the otherkin like moths to a flame. The whole of the world had been changed. Innocence became an antiquated term for the masses, those who still treasured the attribute isolated in hidden alcoves of the world. Far away from the desecrated grounds of London. It had been five years since the gates had opened and the world had shifted, slowly falling into madness. Five years and Adrienne knew that she had played a role in these events.
The entire month of March had been wiped from her mind. Not a single image would drift past her eyes. Not a single memory of any sort came from that time. Her only recollection at all was when she ‘awoke’ on the last day of the month, a mere moment before the first of April, covered in blood. Dried, crusted and a rusted brown, it had entirely ruined the elegant dress she had been wearing. No bodies, however, none that she could find, at least. Just blood and the heavy emptiness in the pit of her stomach that she couldn’t quite name. The night was quickly pushed to the back of her memory as she went on as if everything was normal. Which, of course, it wasn’t. Not anymore.
Another short post this week. A very small picture of Adrienne!
This picture is very small and actually part of an art style I rarely use. I call it mini-chibi. It’s a typical chibi style drawing, but smaller. I draw it at a size where the head starts as the size of a dime.
So yes, that picture is actual size. If not a bit bigger, actually. Hm. I’ll have to compare to be sure. But there is an uncoloured version of her (and the other characters from HPH) if you click the small Adrienne.
I did Adrienne last week, and again this week. As it stands, she has the most artwork collected for her. So don’t be surprised if you see a lot of artwork for her. More than the others. At least for a bit.
This picture of Adrienne was drawn for me by my friend over at Danendesign. She is a personal friend of mine and she drew this for me as a gift.
I absolutely love the face and the hair in this picture. The expression is somewhere between mild curiosity, kindness and boredom. Which is pretty fitting for an earlier Adrienne.