I think I finally figured out a way to insure I post on this thing fairly regularly. Today is the first day of the ABC blog posts. I will be making a weekly blog post using the alphabet, and each letting will correspond to a word that pertains in some way to my current work in progress, or the characters within.
So, without further ado.... A
As I said, A is for anger. Anger is a pretty heavy theme in this work. I have a lot of angry characters, and even an angry country!
I am fascinated by anger. As someone who struggles with anger, I find it to be a volatile and consuming emotion. Since I have so much experience with it, I thought it would be an apt emotion to explore in my story.
When I think of anger as it applies to my work, the first thing I think of is Dax Csorba.
Dax is a commoner, a nobody. He's been a nothing his whole life. His father was a fisherman in Medfin, and while he did he best to make a living, the family never had much. Dax views his life as a constant struggle just to survive. The seed of Dax's anger is planted in his soul when he loses his family in a tragic accident. A nobleman’s son demands Dax's father take him on a voyage, one they do not return from. Dax's father is blamed for the death of the Noble’s son, and his family suffers. Shortly after losing his father, his mother passes away from an illness, and Dax is forced to do what he can to survive. He never forgives the noble for what his family endured.
His anger fuels his every decision. Constantly boiling just below the surface, waiting for a reason to explode.
While Dax's anger is the most outwardly evident, he is not the only angry character in this story. My lead, Elisaveta Fairheart, carries her own burden of anger.
Having lost her mother due to complications at birth, Elisaveta grew up with only her father and the castle servants as her family. Reyovar did his best to raise Elisaveta on his own, but he often failed where it counted the most. For years the two have been growing apart, a silent resentment steadily growing, feeding off their negative energies. Elisaveta holds anger in her heart toward her father because she feels he is controlling, over protective, and he does not listen to her. She believes he doesn't consider her to be anything more than a show piece. Something pretty to pull out and show off before storing away again.
Anger also plays a large role in the plot of the story. Amenvale, where our heroine is from, borders a country called Triosh. The Trioshi people are a very prideful, hungry people. Though their country is small, they believe themselves to be mighty. Many years back, Trioshi and Amenvale were caught in a bloody war. After many losses on both sides, a truce was formed, and a bond was struck.
However, deep seeded resentments blossomed in the hearts of the Trioshi people, and they became angry with the truce. They felt it did nothing but stifle Triosh, keep them from growth while Amenvale prospered. Tensions rose, and finally the people began to cry for action. A young, power hungry general rose to answer that cry. Fuelled by his convictions, he amassed an army, and rode against Amenvale, intent on taking over the kingdom in the name of Triosh.
So, there you have it. There is just a small glimpse at how anger plays a rather significant part in Liberty Lost.
I hope you enjoyed this first instalment of the ABC blog posts. Look for B next week!
Author E.H. Demeter