Sunday, August 21, 2011

Enemies Among Us

It's said a story is only as good as its antagonist. Okay, I say it, but I have no idea if anyone else has.

At any rate, we're talking baddies today at CIC. Describe yours, characters. What's their history, their story? Ruminate on why they are the way they are. What have they done to you lately? Why do they hate you so much? And, most importantly, do they have any redeeming qualities you can exploit?

What are you going to do about defeating your enemy?

67 comments:

Cleome said...

Squirrels are greedy and mean. They have no redeeming qualities but I plan to exploit their greed to get my brother back.

Marenya said...

Lord Synedd was arrogant. He thought that because he didn't die from his wounds at the final battle of the war with Elmoran that he was destined to be on the throne. He thought his powers were greater than the rightful king's.

His downfall was that he loved Raynor too much. He wanted him as a son, and so was blind to the fact that Raynor was deceiving him until too late.

His other weakness was that that he considered me too weak and insignificant to be a threat. He overlooked me completely until I let his pet demon out of its cave. After that, things got unpleasant rather quickly.

Raynor said...

You saved my life twice, Renya. I'll never forget it.

Ginger said...

I've been keeping this a secret, but people are going to find out anyway. I was manipulated by Lord Velyan into giving him power over me. He - and his friends - think humans are like animals to be rescued or trained as they see fit. He decided to take me away from Kaelin. He convinced himself he was "rescuing" me from a demon, who is lower than a human in his eyes. He said it was for my own good.

He convinced me to go in the lake with him and then held me under until I was nearly dead. Then he revived me with magic, which burned my throat so I couldn't speak. Now I'm stuck with that magic.

And he did other things. But Kaelin killed him.

He's dead. But his friends are after Kaelin now. I just want to go back to New Jersey as quickly as possible, back to our own world, and forget all of it.

Micah said...

At this point, my greatest enemy is my son Joel. He rejected the teachings of his whole village and turned the the enemy of our souls. But I am not afraid of him.

Marneya said...

Oh, Micah! your own son. How horrible.

Ginger said...

I can't imagine how horrible that must be for you, Micah.

Marenya, what did Synedd do to you exactly?

Marenya said...

Nothing so bad as what happened to you. He just tortured me with lightning and threw me in a cell, where the guards beat me up. You know. Nothing I couldn't handle.

Raynor said...

Right. Nothing she couldn't handle.

After being mauled, kidnapped, locked in a trunk, suffered a broken leg under a horse, put under a spell, starved in the dark and having to deal with me.

She is one brave little lass, our Marenya.

Ginger said...

What did Synedd do to you, Raynor?

Raynor said...

I'd rather not talk about it.

Aidan said...

We aren't really sure why Asmodai hates us so much, but he's one bad dude.

Laura Martone said...

Maybe that's the trouble with my stories... I don't have any obvious antagonists. It's always a "person against herself" kind of scenario. Must work on that.

Devi Marconi said...

Wow, Ginger and Marenya, you really have both been put through the wringer. Makes my life seem positively smooth by comparison.

Christine Hardy said...

The life of a fantasy heroine is tough, Laura. But not as tough as the life of a fantasy hero.

Aidan said...

I appreciate that, Christine. You're a nice lady.

Aidan said...

Ginger, you'd be happier not knowing what happened to Raynor.

Laura Martone said...

Oh, I don't know about that, Christine. Fantasy heroines, at least in your and Betsy's worlds, certainly seem to be tested at every turn. After all, DEALING with the fantasy heros is a trial in and of itself.

Aidan said...

Haha, very funny.

Laura Martone said...

Hehe. I am pretty funny, if I do say so myself. ;-)

Raynor said...

I'm sure she didn't just mean you, Aidan. I've been told I'm rather difficult to manage at times. Though I'm not exactly a hero.

Ginger said...

Kaelin is very easy to get along with.

Peter said...

I'm pretty easy-going.

Marianne said...

You're not a fantasy hero. And you are not easy.

Christine said...

You're welcome, Aidan. But I'm not really that nice, if you stop and think about it.

Peter said...

I'm very easy, as long as you do it my way.

Aidan said...

You let me marry Marenya. That's nice enough for me.

Kaelin said...

I am? Thank you, Ginger. I don't know that everyone I meet would agree, though.

Saxen said...

You're my hero, Raynor.

Aidan said...

Oh gross. Spare us your newlywed bliss, Saxen.

Ginger said...

At least you don't complain or argue, Kaelin. And you let me be all stupid and emotional when I need to. That's pretty easy-going for a guy.

Raynor is blushing. Nice job, Saxen! You have officially discomposed the prince.

Ginger said...

You're MY hero, Beautiful Lord.

Marenya said...

Mine also.

Raynor said...

Mine also, pretty boy.

Aidan said...

I swear on Asmodai's ring, if one more person calls me Beautiful Lord...

Aidan said...

You take that back, Raynor.

Marc said...

You know, if you think about it, all Aidan did was lie there. Kaelin did all the heavy lifting. At least with the last demon go-round.

Kaelin said...

You aren't stupid and emotional, Ginger. You're very steady for what you've been though.

Ginger said...

Thanks. (I love you.)

Marenya said...

I know he did. And I still can't believe Aidan made you do that, Kaelin.

But Marc, you and Jason did your share, too.

Kaelin said...

Moi aussi, je t'aime

Aidan said...

I didn't make him do it. It was a mutual decision.

Saxen said...

Blushing. I can't even imagine.

Perhaps his highness is too warm in his wedding finery?

Raynor said...

Heavens, can we just get on with it already? What is the holdup?

Saxen said...

I believe everyone is enjoying the common room just a bit too much, my prince. They've forgotten we're to be married...right now.

Marenya said...

We haven't forgotten, Saxen. We're waiting for Raynor's parents. They were supposed to be here by now. I hope nothing serious happened to delay them.

Saxen said...

I didn't know they could come. Raynor!

Marenya said...

It's a surprise. He doesn't know

Saxen said...

Ah. Not a word, then.

Aidan said...

Come on... lets get this show on the road. I'm hungry. Never got breakfast. Too busy beating up Raynor.

Christine Hardy said...

Some of us have to work for a living, Aidan. And no one brings me breakfast in the morning, either

Aidan said...

I work! I'm on my HONEYMOON remember? Vacation???

Except I've done quite a bit of work while I've been here.

Micah said...

Marenya, it does hurt, but I am not afraid of him. Instead, I fear for what he might become

Christine Hardy said...

You've done some excellent work, Aidan. Really impressive.

Aidan said...

Aww, thanks. I'm touched, really. Come here and give me a hug (while Marenya's not looking).

Christine Hardy said...

Oh Jeez, now I can't finish what I was going to say. You are the limit, you know that?

Marenya said...

I don't mind. She's twice your age and her husband is a "really big dude" with a famous temper.

Christine Hardy said...

Thanks, Marenya. Ever so much.

Aidan said...

It's just a hug. Sheesh.

Never mind, then.

Christine Hardy said...

When did Marenya start getting so bratty? I don't recall her like this in the book.

Aidan said...

She's not bratty.

She's PERFECT.

Christine Hardy said...

You're welcome.

Marenya said...

What will he become, Micah? A demon?

Aidan said...

Hey, it's not like demons are all bad.

Okay, well, the demidemon kind anyway.

Nutmeg Cross said...

You're all crazy, you know that, right?

(But in a good way, of course...)

Micah said...

A human cannot become one of the enemy's spiritual servants, but all that was once good in my son has died.I weep for him, because I remember how he was and how far he has fallen.

Devi Marconi said...

That's terrible, Micah. Truly terrible. I'd be devastated if I lost my daughter. Even though we rarely see each other, I always have faith that Olivia is a good-hearted, happy woman - and I don't know what I'd do if she was longer who she is.