Another month, another edition of Beautiful People! For those who don’t know, BP is a monthly blog linkup hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up & Further In. Each month, they share a list of ten questions for writers to think about for one of their characters, and then the writers share their answers on their blog! It’s a great way for fellow writers to connect with each other, so for more information, click here.
This month, I’m introducing a new character from a new story idea that I’ve been toying with lately. I’m still in the brainstorming phases, so there isn’t much set in stone, but I know enough to do this. I’m still developing the two main characters, but I thought participating in BP this month would give me a chance to work on at least one.
The story takes place in a fantasy world with (at least) six different nations (two of which still need to be named). One of the main characters, the one I’ll be talking about today, is Myrina. She’s in her early 20s and is from the country of Lamori, which is mainly mountainous with some wooded areas and some flatter ground at the foot of the mountains. She’s also a commander in the Lamorian army, which will probably come up later on.
That’s about all you need to know to start, so click to read on and learn more about Myrina!
1) What’s their favorite place they’ve ever visited?
Myrina has traveled a number of places in the world, usually escorting important people either on business or diplomatic trips. Her favorite place that she’s visited, however, is the castle in one of the neighboring countries. Although she doesn’t agree with their system of government (it’s a monarchy), the annual journey to the castle is always a highlight for her, as she loves traveling through the countryside and seeing the magnificent stone castle and the surrounding city.
2) What’s one mistake they made that they learned from?
While she was still in training, Myrina failed to notice one of her staffs was cracked and during one of her sparring lessons, the staff shattered, costing her the match and giving her minor injuries to her hands. Though not a massive mistake, Myrina has learned since then to take care of her weapons and keep them in good condition.
3) What was their favorite subject in school? Or favorite thing to learn about?
Though not an especially strong student, Myrina is fascinated by history and politics. It’s one of the reasons why she is often assigned to diplomatic missions – she is knowledgeable enough in foreign relations that she knows how to best conduct herself and act around the leaders of other nations.
4) What’s their favorite flower/growing thing?
Myrina has loved mountain irises ever since she was young. They grew around her childhood home, so she would often pick them and give them to her mother. When she sees them now, they remind her of her childhood.
5) Have they ever made someone cry? What happened?
Myrina is the oldest of three, and so there were plenty of sibling arguments that ended in tears. One notable incident occurred when Myrina misled her sister (seven at the time) to believe that her pet cat had run away, thinking it would be funny/ However, her sister burst into tears and didn’t stop crying until Myrina finally admitted she’d hidden the cat in a box under her bed. Myrina was consequently punished.
6) Would you consider them a reliable or unreliable narrator?
I’d consider Myrina reliable. She has her biases, of course – mostly against dragons and monarchies – and she tends to be skeptical, but overall she tells it like it is.
7) What do they dream about at night?
Myrina often dreams about her mother, whom she lost around age twelve. She’s occasionally haunted by nightmares of her mother’s death, but more often than not, she dreams about happy moments they shared together.
8) They’ve gone out for a “special meal.” What would they eat?
Myrina’s family doesn’t go out for meals often, as they prefer to cook their own. However, every year for Myrina’s birthday, her grandmother would cook her favorite dish as a “special meal” – meat with grilled carrots and zucchini from the family garden.
9) What’s at least one thing they want to do before they die?
Myrina would love to travel the world for fun and not for work so that she could do some sightseeing and actually experience the different cultures, but one thing on her bucket list is to climb to the peak of Mt. Kya. Only a few have done it due to the harsh conditions, but Myrina’s determined to be the first woman to reach the top.
10) Do they have any distinguishing or unique talents?
Although not unusual for her culture, Myrina is a skilled falconer. She was taught by her father starting when she was about thirteen, and she was given her own bird, a peregrine falcon, at age sixteen. Aside from that, she’s also skilled in combat, but that isn’t particularly unique.
Fellow writers, how would you answer these questions for your characters? If you’re participating in BP this month, feel free too drop a link to your post, or just tell me about it in the comments! I’d love to hear about your characters!
Until next time!
Previous BP posts:
BP #17 – May 2016 (Riley Taylor)
BP #18 – June 2016 (Leslie Summers)
BP #20 – August 2016 (Chey Cooper)
BP #21 – September 2016 (Trevor Johnson)
BP #22 – February 2017 (Leslie Summers and Riley Taylor)
BP #23 – March 2017 (Eden Hunter)
BP #24 – May 2017 (Riley Taylor)