Hello, everyone! I am actually getting around to participating in Beautiful People this month, as you can see. I wanted to do it last month, but unfortunately ran out of time. So here I am this month!
What is Beautiful People, you ask? Well, it is a monthly link-up hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Each month, they post ten questions for character development, and all those who want to participate can answer them for their characters on their blogs. So let’s get to it, shall we?
This month, I have a new-ish character to develop. Aletra Kiavar is a mernevna (enchanter) apprentice in the Windsong storyworld. In her time, enchanters are still frowned upon and not able to use their powers openly, and she eventually gets involved in changing that.
- What’s their favorite book/movie/play/etc.?
Aletra loves books and learning in general, though at the beginning of her story, she has yet to see a real library. She especially loves reading about history and the healing arts
2. Is there anything they regret doing?
She is the youngest of fifteen girls and mostly regrets letting her oldest sisters boss her around for so long before she left home for her apprenticeship.
3. If they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?
Her mentor would probably take care of her, since he’s the only person around. She’s also, as I mentioned earlier, interested in healing and takes care of him, and could probably take care of herself if needed.
4. Is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?
Aletra’s journal is where she records all her thoughts and observations of the world and things that stick out to her in her learning. She would be horrified to lose it, pragmatically since it would set her intellectual career back quite a bit, and personally since she often puts her thoughts and opinions in as well.
5. What are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?
- Give her a book (or scroll).
- Learn that she’s a changeling and not report her to the authorities.
- Teach her about nature.
- Be friends with her mentor.
- Take her traveling to a city.
6. Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.
She usually keeps her hair up in a ponytail to keep it out of her face. Then, she wears a white or light brown dress with a sleeveless bodice laced up over the top. She also has a cloak for when it’s raining. More often than not, she goes barefoot; since she’s a changeling and regenerates fairly quickly, small cuts don’t bother her. She has ankle boots for traveling.
7. What’s their favorite type of weather?
She is fascinated by the unexplained: diseases, ocean tides, and thunderstorms. She often goes outside during thunderstorms and watches the lightning from under the eaves of her home.
8. What’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?
Before her story, just various scraps with her sisters. The real fight comes later in her story (though I don’t know when or how yet).
9. What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?
Mostly just “Aletra,” but later on in her story, one of her friends starts calling her “Thunder Watcher.”
10. What makes their heart feel alive?
Learning, exploring, watching thunderstorms, climbing trees, solving mysteries, and making new friends. She loves activity and constantly wants to do new things.
So that’s Aletra! What did you think of her? Did you do a Beautiful People post this month? (If so, drop the link in the comments!) Are you planning to? Have you done it in the past? Tell me in the comments!