With the departure of the king of late night television, David Letterman, I was of the mind to speak of beginnings and endings. In the world of Necromancers’ Pride, there are various characters that are introduced and subsequently disappear. That is the beauty of creating a world and peopling it with interesting characters. The richness and diversity of the tapestry that is the world of Tarune is fabricated from its characters.
We get to known these beings. We see facets of ourselves through them. Our characters, no matter how short their visits on the pages may be, are very important to us. They are the vibrant notes to our song, to quote a Weaver turn of phrase.
A reviewer has likened even the world itself to a character. In point of fact, that is exactly what we wanted. Moving from one environment and landscape to the next adds as much to the story as do the people and creatures themselves. When you, as a reader, leave an area or a character behind, that character and location continue to exist in our minds. D.W. and I often talk of the ramifications of our plot choices and contextual twists and turns on characters that readers may not ever see again.
Why? Well, because we are fantasy dorks, for one, but mainly because it helps to add depth and dimension to our world. If we care about the characters you might never again see, then than adds a sincerity and honesty to the creation of the world that comes across on the pages. The world of Necromancers’ Pride is alive, it breathes and grows. It has beginnings, middles and endings, just like life.
How do we know when a character must depart? When that character has done what is necessary to push the story and your understanding of the world along. Some characters die. Yes, folks, it is a cold cruel world. Some unfairly get away. Yep, the bad guy doesn’t always get his comeuppance. That is called life. Other characters ride off into the sunset (a bit of a literary cliché, we know, but still poignant if used effectively).
So, just like Dave, leaving the theater and disappearing on foot into the New York night, we say goodbye to some characters. Just like whoever is meant to replace Dave, we say hello to some new ones. As with all of them, we are committed to giving the new faces you see the same attention to detail that has enraptured you with the old.
What are the best things about endings? Why, the beginnings that follow them, of course.
What characters do you remember fondly? This is your community. Share with us.