A teaser to an untitled novel in progress by
July 31, 2015
Below are a list of a few main characters in my novel. I’ve decided to disclose a few details about each character’s role and background. My hope is that I entertain without giving out the full story. I’ve included illustrations, which are photographs taken by other people. (Unfortunately, I do not draw very well myself.)
Eleanor is a half-human, half-shape-shifter. She is prophesied to be the companion of Arlan’s companion so they both can help restore peace to another realm of reality. For several reasons, she is known popularly as the Purple Cloak.
For most of the story, the Purple Cloak is under attack by a villain. Because of her being under siege by this enemy, she relies on her friends and later Arlan to see to her well-being.
In my story, Eleanor is known by her dark purple hair that covers a purple birthmark on the right side of her face. She appears Russian, Japanese and Romanian in her human-like form.
Eleanor is a character based off a combination of few real people I met.
Two things about her personality distinguish her from the other characters: She is diffident, and she uncomfortable about her body image. Despite her personal insecurity, she helps characters Arlan and Adela with their similar issues.
Arlan is a half-human. The other half of his genes originate from a race of people who can appear in both physical and non-corporeal forms of light.
Like Eleanor, his abilities do not begin to emerge until the age of 22.
Arlan is prophesied to become Eleanor’s companion. For a few reasons, he is known as the Red Cloak. He is known for the red tint in his hair when his hair is shown in bright light.
He appears to be of African descent in his human-like form. Although he gains his abilities of light, he maintains his physical form throughout most of the story.
Arlan is based off of a person I know very well. Like Eleanor, he is uncomfortable with his body image.
Ashlynn is a clairvoyant, making her perhaps the most influential character in my story.
Although she is a blonde who is physically blind, she can see future and past events in people’s lives. She is a member of a race of people who can listen to people’s thoughts and sense their feelings. However, her abilities to see visions makes her more special than others of her kind.
In my story, Ashlynn is tasked as being a confidant and counselor for Eleanor. The two become very good friends. The blonde who is blind helps Eleanor understand her insecurities that are routed from past events. Ashlynn also helps maintain peace among her friends and other characters.
Ashlynn is based off a real person I met. Like the real person, Ash is known best for empathizing and working well with people.
Adela serves as a guard or personal protector for Eleanor. She is assigned to protect Eleanor up until Arlan’s abilities emerge so the prophecy might fulfill itself.
As the story goes along, Adela realizes she is gay. After two failed relationships with two male characters, she discovers her sexuality and develops a secret crush on a female main character. She battles an internal struggle while keeping this secret from her colleagues around her. She doesn’t tell her friends until near the end of the story, for which she receives mixed reactions but overall support.
Adela is based off a real person I met who was recognized as an outgoing and gregarious person. She is best known for her long scarlet hair, which she wears in a French braid. She is also has a reputation in the realm as being a noble woman.
Elden is asked to be a confidant for Arlan. Although he does not have abilities like Ashlynn, he serves in a similar relationship to Arlan as Ashlynn does to Eleanor.
The handsome young-looking man with the braids is not a perfect counsel for Arlan. In fact, Elden was surprised he was asked to help heal Arlan because Elden has a checkered past. A costly and selfish mistake he committed years ago has ruined his reputation among common people in the realm. Because of his mistake, Elden was banned from serving with his fellow guardians, the militia, in the realm. Before meeting Arlan, he lived with his cousin in an isolated city.
Elden is influential because he once shared similar struggles as Arlan does. Elden helps Arlan feel good about how he looks and helps him heal from hurtful events in the past. As the young men’s friendship grows, Elden begins calling Arlan by the nickname of “brother.”
In the middle of the story, Eleanor makes a startling discovery about Elden. She finds out he may not be what exactly he looks like he should be. Of course, this will complicate his friendship with Arlan.
Jaylan is actually Eleanor in disguise. She is an alter-ego she morphs into in the middle of the story. She uses her guise as Jaylan to help Arlan form healthy relationships with women. She also must get close enough to Arlan after she discovers he somehow is an anecdote for her poisoning, which restores nearly all of her shape-shifting ability.
Eleanor planned her shape-shift into her alter-ego Jaylan very carefully. She does not want Arlan to discover her, and she wants to see how he will respond to her appearance. Jaylan appears to look Indian or Pakistani by physical appearance. She also appears to be a human in her late-20s or early-30s.
Not only does she appear older, but Jaylan also carries herself more maturely beyond Arlan’s age. Jaylan becomes a big sister figure to Arlan as he develops his abilities and overcomes the big mistake he made early in the story.
As a reader might imagine, the Jaylan alter-ego will complicate Eleanor’s relationship to Arlan if she reveals her true identity.