Today I’m introducing you to the last of the (planned) characters, and next week we’ll start to get into the actual story. These characters encompass sub-characters (important but not permanent party characters) and villains. I’m sure there will be plenty others who come as I go along! That’s usually how it goes. As I did last time, I’ll be showing some of the beautiful deviantArt pieces that continue to inspire and move me through this project. I hope to eventually start building some photos of my own to use, too.
Grace: The queen of the Faerie Kingdom, and she has ruled solo for the last hundred years. Courters have come and gone since she was widowed, but she really has no desire to re-marry since she handles running things just fine by herself. At over a thousand in age, she barely looks older than her daughter. She is exasperated and vexed by her only child’s lack of interest in the political scene—she has to learn eventually—but she is more vexed by her decision to not embrace her true gifts. When trouble begins to stir and consume the lands of Fantastica, Grace is quick to mobilize the Alliance of Three between the three racial lands of the world in order to keep peace between the factions. Leaping at a chance to get her daughter out of the library, she tosses Liena out of the castle with only Ginger, a Bottomless Bag, and a supply of peppermints on hand in order to save the world. Grace isn’t worried about the outcome, however. Once Liena sets her mind to something, it gets done. Like mother, like daughter, as they say.
Collin: A faerie noble who lives in an outlying city to the kingdom itself. He is the only child born to his parents though surprisingly unspoiled for such a thing. Despite his age of a hundred, he still maintains a somewhat naïve outlook on life. Stubborn, passionate, and loyal, one could say he resembles a puppy more than a faerie. Sadly, like a puppy, he is apt to get himself into a great deal of trouble thanks to a slightly idealistic view of the world. He has skill with a sword to rival some of the best in the world, yet his (surprising) lack of magical ability can get him in hot water. His path is destined to cross Liena’s many times, which is perhaps to her folly since Collin has decided he wants to be her suitor, and she isn’t sure he suits her!
Dexter: A sentient caterpillar that lives in a hollowed Mac Apple he pilfered from a garden many year ago. He eats words out of books for a hobby as well as sustenance, and he gains extra power depending the types of words he eats. His choice to nom Liena’s spellbooks might not have been a wise one, however. The hiccups it gives him end up shooting fireballs!
Amazonia: She hates being second-best at anything, and therefore she intensely dislikes Liena for the way the princess so effortlessly bests her without trying. The competition has been on-going since childhood, and with every passing year, Amazonia gets more and more frustrated and Liena gets more and more bored. (She has nothing against Amazonia. In fact, she thinks this ‘rivalry’ thing is just stupid.) You might think this ire for Liena would drive Amazonia to the side of evil in an effort to destroy her, but the truth is that Amazonia quite hates evil. She doesn’t want to be bad—she just wants to be the best. Unfortunately, her efforts to try to save the world first might just create more trouble for the team than necessary.
Veronica: There was a time where Veronica was the best and brightest student in school. (That would be centuries before most of the party was born.) She has incredible gifts, and she evolved into a sorceress without any difficulties—many mages have blown themselves up in such an attempt. Unfortunately, a seed of nastiness inside Veronica was promptly exacerbated by her evolution, and evil consumed her wholly. Such is the common plight of sorceresses, but most choose to stay with the low level type terror. A few burned towns, an occasional raid, etcetera. Not Veronica. The original Most Likely To Succeed has her eye on world domination, and after centuries of planning, she’s ready to launch her first strike.
Next week will be the first chapter (or scene; depends on the length). In the meantime, might I encourage you to come check out what my publisher is up to? Hydra Publications is having a BIG Summer Bash, and for two days, 30 titles will be available for free! (Including mine. Try before you buy, yes?) Come join us on FB for the event, and help us countdown the days to some summer fun! (Event here.)
Oh, and speaking of my book, the release date has been moved forward to June 25. That’s right–next week!! There’s still time to pre-order and enter into my giveaway (here) for a chance at some beautiful original art.
See you there!