Rabyd Writer – My Fantasy Novel – Character Development | Catching up with All Things Rabyd

All Things RabydA blog dedicated to the thoughts, opinions, ideas and random madness of Edward W. Raby, Sr. – Pastor, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer, Bodybuilder and Football Fan. \”Yes, the dog is foaming at the mouth. Don\’t worry, He just had pint of beer and is trying to scare you.\” This is a Theology Pub so drink your theology responsibly or have a designated driver to get you home as theology can be as intoxicating as alcohol.

As I continue to work on the world and backgrounds for my fantasy novel one of the most important things I have to consider is the development of my characters and in particular my main character. Part of that is also a consideration of the world the adventure will be set in because that world will only produce certain types of characters.  The character should fit the world but stand out because of his or her uniqueness.

For this novel I did not want to have the end of the world kind of struggle that is common these days in fantasy novels where magic is earth shattering and overly domineering in my mind.  I just don’t like that kind of novel as much as the more low powered magic novels that are more swords and sorcery adventures.  The party of adventurers going off to explore a dungeon still has massive appeal to me  Yes, there is Dungeons and Dragons in my background and I have a far different view of it than most Christians who I grew up with and that different view mostly involves all these moralists writing on the blackboard 500 times – ‘it is only a game.”

That said I wanted to stay with what is normal in fantasy novels but drift off the edge where I felt it is needed.  My world has the standard races like Dwarves, Elves and Halflings as well as humans.  The bad guys are pretty standard as well with orcs, trolls and kobolds.  I have some differences of course but the main ideas here are much the same.

I wanted magic to be challenging and more Dungeons and Dragons like in that mages have to memorize the spells but lose that memory once they cast it which requires them to keep a spell book.  The exception is faith magic which involves prayer and meditation.  I also wanted magic to have limited power and effects.  Useful; but not necessarily game changing.

That said, I turned to character development.  I am writing a first person point of view novel told from the standpoint of my main character.  She is going to find herself alone in the adventure due to certain circumstances and have to rely on herself to not only continue in the adventure but to get home safe.  She is not a novice but she is also not the most powerful character that can destroy everything.  She must rely on her wits more than her powers and skills to both succeed and stay alive.

I say she because the main character is a woman.  A half-elf woman who has both the skills of a thief from living on the streets and the skills of a mage from having a private mentor who teaches her.  She is agile, sneaky and clever.  Being half elf she also has certain immunities like being immune to poison, disease and certain forms of magic.  Being human she shares some of their passions.  She can indeed handle a sword and knife but those are always last resorts to her when all else fails.  I like the kind of things she can do but being alone in the adventure will hopefully stretch her understandings of herself.

I also want the novel to have some realistic elements that give the ideas a more modern flavor.  I want some grim elements, sexual situations and real world type problems to be a part of the story so it will have more of an adult focus.  The world the character is in is hostile and gritty not the more clean worlds you see in juvenile fiction.  I am not so much going for originality as I am going for a story I can finish.

Now all that is left is to get a basic plot outline down that is flexible as I write because sometimes during the writing process new ideas come up that are better than the original.

During November I will be, as I have stated before, be participating in National Novel Writing Month.  The good news for you is it will not stop my blogging what I normally do but it might cut into other activities.  In November though most of the Rabyd Writers will be reports on how I am doing.  It’s that accountability thing I keep working for each year.

Blessings and Cheers!

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