The fourteen main characters of my story have yet again had their assembling reassessed. It seems to have worked out since the character teams are in equal numbers. If they are at the end of Book 2 is another story…
Where there were clear-cut motivations for the characters that appear in Book 1, now it seems their motivations are to be muddied until the end of Book 2. This has been driven by trying to consider different character perspectives objectively. Where Antagonist #1 and #2 were shown to be ‘evil’ very early in Book 1, now its final chapters have made me reassess if this should be so.
Antagonist #1 is driven by lust for power, but should her decision to seek the power be for a ‘good’ cause?
Antagonist #2 is tormented by his past, but is his cause driven by desire for revenge or to protect innocents from the suffering he experienced?
The descriptions below I will not classify as Antagonist or Protagonist, as it would require a *SPOILER ALERT* tag.
Character #3 is being driven in different directions by his past. He runs from what he has lost, yet he is looking to reclaim it at the same time. Sounds like a conundrum, but I promise it will be understandable. But is his cause good or bad?
Character #4 runs from persecution for a deadly event he accidentally caused. I am still working on clarifying his motivation, though the public wanting his death seems reason enough to flee.
Character #5 runs from persecution for a deadly event he deliberately caused. I cannot find a way to bend his story other than to desire revenge against those who condemned him, pure and simple.
Character #6 is saved from certain death very early in Book 2. Her story will be the driver of Book 3, and is the one I’m most proud of. While her actions will be understandable, they will most definitely be evil.
Character #7 is a ‘wild card’. You’ll never be sure which side of the fence he sits on.
Character #8 has found contentment in his life after many years of emotional pain. Yet he will find what he thought was lost forever never was lost. I could not come up with his character, until I found out about a folklore story that existed in my story’s historical timeframe, and it was PERFECT! That the lady in the story had the same first name as Antagonist #1 made it even better. Now even Book 1’s desert sequence has meaning! I would be as proud of this as Character #6, but this is not as original a thought.
Now for the other 6 characters… well, having something to focus on is better than nothing I suppose.