It’s been a crazy time. I kinda forgot about this, but at the suggestion of friends I’m joining in on Character Monday! It’s where you talk about a character from a story that you work on, and give information as to them both for your own benefit and for readers. It should be fun!
Let’s kick this off with a character from my novel, “Home”, named Seera. Oh how I love Seera.
Name: Seerasinosa of clan Zik’tal, Seera for short
Role: Main Character
Age: Young Teen/Teenager
Appearance: Seera is a bit small for her age, and quite slim. Of course that means she’s still the size of a small horse, but that’s what you get when you’re a dragon. As a dragon she possesses a straight tail, with an overlay of tailfeathers, and a streamlined head and wings. Her wings are a dusky brown color, while her body is of a more tan shade. She tends to hide behind things at this stage in her life, due to circumstances.
Occupation: Does trying to survive mass genocide count? However, she will eventually be a fighter.
Background: Seera grew up with her clan and parents on the shoreline of a vast forested and mountain-spined continent that is the start of Home. This clan is well known to the two main characters though they didn’t know Seera had been born and was growing up. At the start of the story Seera is found captured after having witnessed the violent deaths of her whole clan and being force impregnated by the soldiers of the main antagonist. Her true story begins when they break free.
Personality: Seera was very much a funloving little dragonling, and excelled at swimming. Indeed, other dragons aren’t sure they’ve seen a better swimmer. She lives for it, when she can. She has a bubbly and a bit random of a personality when she lets it shine through the scars forced upon her. However those scars make her, at first, timid and uneasy around others for fear not of them, but of their loss. In time though she begins to demonstrate a strength borne out of the pain she has endured.
Inciting Idea: I wanted a character that would both look up to the main characters but eventually be able to stand on her own. I also wanted a character who had a deeply personal reason to hate the antagonist, which is why her backstory is, I admit, rather ugly in nature. While I know this can lead to Mary Sue-ism, Seera has and will continue to grow into her own two feet, making her story not just what happened to her, but what she does to move beyond it.
Conflict: With the antagonist set on a mass-genocide of anything not human, in his quest to steal the power of all demigods to make himself a god, Seera has to constantly battle him and his forces. However, within the groups struggling to counter and simply survive, word gets out that Seera and the other two main characters are in fact the ones who are believed to end him, and become embroiled in political/personal squabbles there. Additionally, Seera will have to decide what to do about her eggs and eventual young, when she does give birth, which strikes a huge internal struggle. These forces will play out over the coming chapters.
Why you should want to read her story: Seera is someone you would want to read about to see the overcoming of personal fears and learning to face them head on, even when odds seem insurmountable.
Any questions for Seera? She’d love to answer!