It's here! I'm excited to be doing this monthly now, and can't wait to see what costumes you've managed to come up with. Remember to place a link to your post in the comments so I can stop by. :)
For this challenge, I decided to pick the main character from a series that I've just started writing. This character and her story have been growing in my mind for some time now, and I recently sat down and wrote up two or three chapters of her book.
Since then, I've had to set it aside and work on other projects, but her character is still developing in the back of my head, and her story is still growing and nagging at me, so I look forward to the day when I can drag By Sword out of obscurity and experience again the beauty, tragedy, and glory of . . .
The Epic of Aedonia
A noble king's death leaves his kingdom in chaos, with treachery and deceit simmering below the surface, enemies on the doorstep, nobles clamoring for surrender, and his daughter to take up his sword and save her people.
Ceridwen, or Gwen as she is more commonly called, is the daughter of King Esmond of Aedonia. After her father is slain in battle, the country of Aedonia is ripe to fall. An army of invaders steadily pushes their way inland. The chiefs are divided, and whispers of treachery set them still further at odds.
When Gwen claims her father's sword and throne, she expects that her greatest difficulty will be leading her men to victory in battle. She doesn't anticipate the dangerous politics that threaten to tear her country apart from within.
"I, Ceridwen, daughter of Esmond, here claim my father's throne. By right, by blood, and by sword."
I'm still figuring out exactly who Gwen is as a character. At first glance, she appears so strong and determined, but I know that most of that is an act. Still, the act is so good, I couldn't pierce it for the longest time. I'm still working at it. Gwen doesn't like to show weakness to anyone, even me, her author! ;) But leading a country at war is no easy task, and Gwen has her fears and faults the same as anyone else. Sometimes it takes writing your character into a terrible situation in order to figure out what those fears and faults are.
"Aeon, help me."
And yes, I realize that if she actually tried to fight in this dress, chainmail, and cape, she would be slain instantly. But I like the way it reflects the dual aspects of her personality - warrior and maid, captain and queen.
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Next month's challenge Character Accessories takes place on March 9th, and answers the following question: What is one object (not a weapon) that your character is likely to have around at all times? I'll post more information about this challenge as it draws nearer.