Poem: The Burning Sky

Progress

Means fire.

The sky is aflame.

The seas all sick

The forests all maimed.

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Exercise 1: Character Ideas

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m sensitive to criticism. This post has nothing to do with that. I just decided today- well, yesterday now- that I was going to write up five characters. These are those characters. It’s sort of an exercise and sort of just an excuse to post something worth posting. Progress on the new novel, ‘Deceive’ is being faltering again, and, because like anything I ever write, I can’t stick with one idea, I’m tossing around other stuff as well. We’ll talk more about Deceive in the post following this one.

-Eris

PS: Sleep. Who even needs that stuff anymore, you know?

Name: Adial Shard

Species: Human

Age: 27 Sirius Spins [Station rotations, each equivalent to an earth year]

Gender: Male

Occupation: Captain of the Guard

Height: 2 meters. [about 4 spares.]

Weight: 82 kilograms. [8 teeth and 2 nails]

Biography: He grew up in Arcton, onboard Sirius Station. The measurement system there is unique to the station’s ecosystem, being in the wild part of the Station, living in areas mostly overgrown. While not the best of environments for a growing boy, he hardened quickly after his family moved from the Star Dome of Sirius. His father died shortly after the move– of Mortality Syndrome. Since then, life has taken a toll on Shard. What remains of Sirius Station has become dangerously unstable. It seems to be filled to the brim with genetic mutants, aliens, and refugees of all kinds, and sparks of conflict threaten to bring the entire station down. Shard feels that it’s his job to keep that in check.

Name: Vae of the Thorn

Species: Anthroelemental

Age: 4 earth-like revolutions around a similar star [20 equal-hour day, 503 day year split unevenly into 5 seasons]

Gender: Reproductionless /w female pronouns

Occupation: Guardian

Height: exactly 2.8 meters [earth measurement standard]

Weight: exactly 100 kilograms [earth measurement standard]

Biography: One of the original Elemental Statues created by Puck the Thief, Angus of Thought, and Sirius Traveler. Her aspect is of Sirius, and her function is to wait until she is reactivated by those who seek that ancient artifact, so that she may judge whether or not they are worthy. Until then, she travels from town to town, deactivated and causing incidental havoc. She is incapable of responding to anyone but those destined to seek Sirius.

Name: Grav Orlay

Species: Genetically modified human

Age: 30 Station Standard Rotations [earth-year model]

Gender: Bigendered [With modifications to make switches painless and simple]

Occupation: “Of the Colony 50.”

Height: merely 1.9 meters [about 5 ft 9 inches (male and female)]

Weight: precisely 40.9 kilograms [90 pounds.]

Biography: To be “Of the Colony 50” is to be quite special. Bred and aged to be exactly the right weight, size and disposition, Grav is perfectly fit for the mission the Colony 50 will be sent on. As to where exactly that is and what exactly that will entail, Grav does not know. Grav Orlay is the only bigendered human in the colony group.

Name: Mack

Species: Human

Age: 19 earth years

Gender: Fluid

Occupation: Station Mastress

Height: 1.6 meters

Weight: 50 kilograms

Biography: Sh/e was originally born on Centauri Station. Mack is now almost all that’s left of Centauri Station- with the advent of FolTechD and the rising popularity of outer limit colonization, Mack is a bit lonely at hi/s station. Sh/e isn’t lonely for always, though. After Centauri developed FolTechD, hi/s role was promoted- especially since hi/s parents were both obliterated in the gravitational forces involved in the FolTechD drive’s creation. Mack was instantaneously given a condolence memo as well as congratulations as sh/e was made Station Mastress for Centauri. Needless to say, Mack, who had loved hi/s parents dearly, was less than thrilled by the transition’s implications. The highlights of hi/s day is watching newcomers Fold in, dealing with their problems, and deciding which of the dark green suits in hi/s closet would be best to put on this cycle. Thrilling.

Name: Madria Stormsway

Species: Artificial lifeform class A / Half-demon

Age: 47 standard earth years

Gender: Construct / Female

Occupation: Rogue Weather Rectification Construct / Wandering seer and mage

Height: 1.8 meters

Weight: exactly 150 kilograms

Biography: Originally created to help control the weather, locals believe her to be an incredibly powerful half-demon. While magic does seem to hold some power on this plane, her abilities stem almost entirely from constructs of technology. Her slight frame belies an incredibly heavy body, and while she was originally built with pacifist programs, they have malfunctioned over the years and are now no longer compatible with the way her system has evolved.