It's time again for another tag! The wonderful Victoria @ Wanderer's Pen tagged me for the Dual Character Inquisition Tag, which I'm so excited to do! Thanks so much Victoria!
I originally started answering the tag questions about Taylan and Mida from my Camp NaNo novel Golden Revenge, but a quarter of the way through, I felt like I had answered similar questions for them before, so! You, dear reader, get an exclusive sneak peek of my latest WIP, Of Traitors and Tricksters. I'll be sharing about the story's two main POVs today, Bakari and Ebonee.
Here's a short blurb about it!:
Bakari is a traitor. Promised to be healed of a disease that makes even walking difficult, he kills the prince, his master. When he's betrayed and caught with a bloody knife, the royal family sentences him to execution by magic at dawn. Yet as the sun rises, the magicians discover he may be harder to kill than they thought.
Ebonee is an entertainer. Having fled from a rogue magician gang with her younger sister, she now dances for their food in the palace. But old friends and enemies are not finished with her yet, and want one last favour... A favour that could free her from their clutches forever. All she has to do is perform one tiny trick.
How harmful could it be?
Right, now to the tag!
1) Who inspired this character?
Bakari -- He sprung from one word: traitor. From there I had to ask myself who this traitor was, why he was a traitor, etc., until I got to the core of who he was.
Ebonee -- She too came from a word: trickster. I was trying to think of a title for this WIP, and "tricksters" sounded good with "traitor" so...
2) What is their weapon of choice?
Bakari -- He'd prefer not to be violent. At all. But if absolutely necessary, he'd take a curved knife.
Ebonee -- Magic. She'll use her mind-reading talents to peel apart the layers of your brain to render you basically useless. (But only if you try to harm someone she loves. The rest of the time she's quite kind to others' brains.)
3) Have they ever been physically violent with someone else? What instigated it?
Bakari -- Well, there was that one time with the prince, you know. *nods to blurb* I can't tell you the details because, well, spoilers.
Ebonee -- She prefers sparring mentally with magic, but in the past she's had to fight her way out of situations where others have wanted her dead. Also spoilers, sorry!
|I'm using elements of Ancient Egyptian and Hebrew cultures in this WIP, so finding an image of Bakari or Ebonee is a little tricky! This is a pretty accurate representation of what Ebonee would look like preparing for a performance, though!|
Bakari -- He was a rule-follower growing up, but now he's been pushed into a place where he has to be a rebel to survive.
Ebonee -- Sort of in the middle.
5) What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?
Bakari -- He was quiet and timid; the kind of child who would hide behind their parent's legs and peek out.
Ebonee -- Loud. Very, very loud. She could not stop moving, dancing, or running. And she loved to tell everyone and their sheep about her opinions on matters of "great importance."
6) Where would they go to relax and think?
Bakari -- Outside on a balcony at night, with the stars splashed across the sky. It's a quiet, peaceful time where for once burning gazes aren't fixed upon him.
Ebonee -- Before her apartment's fireplace. She would pull a stool up before its crackling depths with a cup of hot tea and watch the flames dance. It's comforting, to be surrounded by nature's rhythm.
|This is similar to where Ebonee used to live|
Bakari -- No. He's more likely to cower and think it's his fault than blow up.
Ebonee -- A slight one. If you say something to insult her choices, or what she's doing to keep her little sister safe, you'll probably be yelled at.
8) Would they be more likely to face their fears or run from them?
Bakari -- Run. Run far, far away.
Ebonee -- She'd face them with some trembling but face them nonetheless.
9) When they are upset, do they turn to other people or isolate themselves?
Bakari -- He turns to his father for guidance. No matter what bad decisions he makes, his father always loves him and is there for him.
Ebonee -- Isolate. She wants to protect her little sister from her fears, so she pretends that nothing is wrong.
10) Say 3 things about where your character lives (as broad or specific as you like).
Bakari -- In a palace made of polished limestone and layered with vibrant murals. He once had a servant's room, but now he lives in a larger, but heavily guarded, room near the Magicians' Quarters. The room's furniture is hard and stiff, yet the scent of blossoming jasmine wafts through the narrow window. (I think that's more than three, but oh well!)
Ebonee -- An apartment within the Dancers of the Moon Compound. There are two bedrooms and a warm, cosy living space decorated in firelight and patterned wall hangings. Her dance partner and friend, Lapis, lives next door.
So there you have it, a glimpse into the lives of Bakari and Ebonee! I officially tag the following bloggers so I can read more about their lovely characters:
And of course, anyone else who wants to do this, consider yourself tagged!
What WIP are you working on at the moment? Tell me about it! What are your thoughts on Of Traitors and Tricksters? Who would you prefer to have tea with; Bakari or Ebonee?
Good luck with your writing, and have a phenomenal day! <3