I, Necromancer: Chapter 3, Page 17

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Written by Donathin Frye   Twitter
Illustration by Mharz   Twitter
Colors by Snowdon   Twitter

When I write characters, I start much the same way I would if I were playing a character (whether on stage or in an RPG). I define their perspectives on the world around them, their goals, how much they need those goals. From there, I go back and define their personal history, and work my way back to the present: their goals, their needs, their perspectives — and finally, their relationships to other characters. It’s one of the most fun parts of my process as a creator.

And that’s why I love writing scenes like this, even if they are partly expository. Each character’s the hero of their own story, and the more specific I can make their actions and perspectives, the more dynamic a scene like this is. This page exists to tell the reader that an attack on Korsova could mean the humans declare war on all elves in retaliation, to suggest that Vanion’s as power-hungry as he is a would-be freedom-fighter, to suggest that he believes he can prove his claims of a human weapon of mass destruction … but that’s all information dumping if I can’t find a way to frame it through the characters’ perspectives, their voices, their own goals, obstacles and quirks.

Hopefully it’s something that I pull off and all of the characters seem distinct, with hints and hooks for the reader. I at least try, and have a blast doing it. 🙂  And that’s my bit of a rant on writing scenes like this. Thanks for reading!


4 thoughts on “I, Necromancer: Chapter 3, Page 17

  • 6th April 2018 at 2:00 am

    I really enjoy how unique each of these characters look. Also, can we talk about Vanion’s manipulation techniques? “Do you doubt the strength of my magic? Of our people?” ? That guilt is THICK, sir!!

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    • 6th April 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Subtlety is definitely not what Vanion is best at… And yes! Mharz’s inks and Snowdon’s colors really make each of the chiefs distinct and specific. I love it too.

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  • 20th April 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Vanion – “I’m cool!”

    Everyone else: “Fake news, prove it!”

    Followed by instant regret by everyone. Seriously, I wouldn’t even ask that question. XD

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