I have a problem.
I really, really, REALLY like character creator programs. Heck, I keep a couple MMOs loaded on my computer just because I use their character creation options to help me visualize my protagonists.
I’ve also watched a lot of anime, and often say that if I wanted my books translated into any media, anime would be my top choice.
So then I found an anime-style character creator.
And then I lost a few days.
When I came back up for air, I had my whole main cast!
Mind you, none of them are perfect; the creator only has so many options. And they’re just portraits, not full-bodies, otherwise I’d probably still be playing dress-up dolls. Also there’s only one face shape, which doesn’t suit anyone. Regardless, I think they get the point across.
First up, we have Our Heroes, last seen camped in the mountains at the end of Book 2. I’m not all that pleased by Fiora’s hair, but overall they look like themselves.
Next are a few of the highlights of Blaze Company, last seen stationed in the city of Bahlaer. Alas, there weren’t any good options for making my ogre-blooded soldiers, so we don’t get to see Magus Voorkei or Houndmaster Vrallek here. Some day, some day…
Also Sarovy looks like he’s twelve. Sigh.
Also involved but somewhat at loose ends are these
cranky lovely ladies, variously dispersed around the Crimson Army-controlled territories.
These four fine fellows are involved with Palace business, for good or ill — though Geraad doesn’t know it yet. Alas, there was nothing in the creator that I could use to mock up a goblin, so we’ll just pretend that cat on his shoulder is Rian.
And finally, these three remain influential, in their way.
I have a few new characters, too, but I don’t think I should show them. One is a big ol’ spoiler, and the other can wait. I guess I’ll do a post with Book 3 newbies some other time!
And some of the side characters…
And the former Guardians, and the gods…
(SIX WEEKS LATER)