This month I’m talking about River…the narrator of Possible NaNo Project Number One (Witches Black and Silver), which is an Italian-based epic fantasy about…well…witches. River is my sweet little introverted naive baby who does not deserve the things I put her through.
At least she never gets burned alive. Which…some other characters do.
There are witch hunters, okay??? And a magic-y plague that witches get blamed for even though they totally didn’t create it.
How did you come up with this character?
I was thinking about the lack of gentle main characters in epic fantasy. Most of our MCs are very rough and tumble or cutthroat, which is cool, but I do want more quiet, shy characters. River is very much this kind of narrator. She just kind of wants to go about her life and not get burned for being unfortunate enough to be born with magic.
Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?
River has never been truly starving, but she’s also had not quite enough to eat, either. She needs to be very careful about how much she spends and how much she makes, because if she spends too much or makes too much she’ll be noticable, and a witch does not want to be noticable.
Plus, she’s saving up to leave the country, to go somewhere were magic isn’t illegal, and she can just be a witch and not worrying about being dragged from her home in the middle of the night.
Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?
She’s a very good cook, thanks to all the hours she’s spent making potions, and it’s around the same idea. She’s also a great seamstress/dressmaker, a skill she gained from her mother, who runs one of the high-end shops in town.
List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.
One: Nix, her familiar, tends to be a bit too…talkative around non-witches. And a talking crow is very noticable, and River would prefer not to be burned alive because her idiot familiar told someone that their necklace was wonderfully shiny.
Two: It always frustrates her when someone blames the dressmaker for a dress not fitting, when really it’s the costumer who now has different measurements, but they say that the apprentice took their measurements wrong.
Three: Bad costumers. AKA, the people who treat dress shops like their own living room; aka, making a huge mess, or takes up more than their far share of space by tossing their stuff everywhere, the people who don’t want to wait for their turn, ect.
What is their favourite type of weather? Least favorite?
She loves windy weather. Wind always has a touch of magic in it, and it gives her a boost of energy, and it makes her feel happier, more cheerful.
She hates hot weather. She hates feeling sticky, and the way that dry weather seems to seep her energy away.
What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?
She’s a Hufflepuff, and ISFJ.
Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?
She’s way more likely to worry about present problems, because if she doesn’t (at least in her mind), she won’t have an unknown future. She’ll be ash and bones and charred skin.
What is their favourite thing to drink?
She’s fond of hot chocolate.
What is their favourite color? Least favorite?
She likes shimmering metallic colors, because that’s what magic tends to present itself as. In her case, when she uses magic, it glitters silver. When another character, Ember, uses magic, it glitters gold, and another, it’s a reddish-bronze color.
She doesn’t like red. Red’s supposed to be the color that repels magic (it doesn’t), but that’s what people believe, so it’s what the witch hunters wear.
What is a book that changed their life?
She doesn’t really read fictional books. She reads a lot of cookbooks, but doesn’t really have time for much else.