I hope everyone is in a gluttony-induced haze of laziness for Boxing Day, having spent the previous day with their loved ones. This week marks the true start of summer in my humble corner of the universe, with the daily maxima of 38 degrees C (100 degrees F) or above for the next week. Thankfully, a ‘cool change’ of 34 degrees C (93 degrees F) will come next Wednesday.
Other than that, I have been throwing around some short story ideas. A particular one that has gained traction is a science fiction story based in the closest earth-like atmospheric conditions in our Solar System. I will just need to flesh the main idea out some more to see if it can work.
1) (n) a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.
2) (n) an object of envious feeling.
3) (n) (obsolete) Ill will.
This vice is one that many would feel at this time of the year. No matter how much some people have, it seems like all they want is more, even though they don’t need it. Then there are others who only want an opportunity to earn some for themselves, yet circumstances prevent them from doing so. Being in a poor area of the world, not having opportunities available, or even just having no motivation to put in the hard yards would be instances of this.
The character with this vice against shall be introduced very early in Book 2 (PoK), and be the focus of the main story in Book 3 (PoD). Their embracing of envy will come through a long period of forced deprivation of liberty, which will mix with their sense of entitlement to create a understated yet formidable threat.
The one thing I am finding with my antagonists is that there has to be something likeable about them, as an unrelatable antagonist is just as bad to a story as the perfect protagonist. Though people make it hard to believe sometimes, I do not believe people are born evil. We are blank slates, who are continuously shaped by the chaos of events that make up our public and private lives.
Do you prefer your antagonists despicable, unpredictable and unlikeable? Or as good people corrupted by the events of their lives?
1) (n) the state or quality of being kind.
2) (n) a kind act; favour: his many kindnesses to me.
3) (n) kind behaviour.
4) (n) friendly feeling; liking.
With this virtue, is proved to be a difficult one to implement. This is due to the fact that kindness is the basis of almost every good action a person performs. Due to this, I altered it slightly to the term ‘contentment’. It seemed a more natural antithesis to envy, since being happy with what you have is the opposite of never being happy with what you have.
The character with this virtue will be introduced in the later portion of Book 1 (PoP). They will have a very strong historical link to the Lust character. The issue will be that they were content with their life and had finally found peace with the raw deal life had presented them. But the Lust character shows up, and everything will change drastically for them.