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.

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.

CAW: NB/E Races Korrigan

Made using Lunaii Dollmaker once again.

The Korrigan have so far been the most fun to design.

The traditional folklore has little that I could work with, as well as varying information.

So I chose what I wanted to use and discarded what I didn’t. They are also perhaps (along with the Haltija, who come in second), the most varied from their traditional mythology.

Lucretia from the Noble Bard is a Korrigan.

CAW: NB/E Races Tomte

Made using Lunaii Dollmaker.

Like the traditional tomte, they look old.

Designed to not only look old, but also to be ugly to most of the other races. This representation is perhaps the least accurate.

They are stockier, their skin is a bit ruddy looking, and I’ve changed their skin colour to a more greyish caucasian look.

Basically, they are meant to look like black-eyes, really sick old people. Not fun.

CAW: NB/E Races Haltija

For a little bit here I’m going to be posting races for the Noble Bard and Exiled Setting. While I will be having full pictures included later, right now I am only showing ‘avatars’, so to speak. They were created using Lunaii’s Dollmaker. As such, they are not original artwork.

Haltija

These pictures, of course, are so much cuter than the actual race.

Which are meant to look a little demonic.

When I upload the full pictures of them, you’ll understand the difference.

Caalix is a Haltija.

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.