A Character Invasion7:00 AM
I'm going to try something a little different today! You guys have told me that you do indeed want to know more about my WIP, Pariah, so this week you're going to get a lot of that.
Don't complain, you asked for it.
Since I happen to suck at summing up or explaining my stories - is anyone good at that? - and that would probably be boring anyway, I figured there wasn't really a better way to talk about it than let the main characters themselves come in and tell you all about it. This, you did not ask for. I have no regrets, however, it's always fun to let my babies talk. Essentially I'm giving my MCs a guest post. Don't question my sanity, please.
Anyway. I'm going to introduce you to the MCs of Pariah, Sachi Tagaskri and Ize Lauryl.
This here is Sachi. She's a street thief in my alternate, steampunky 1800s London, and somewhat of a people's hero. She's harsh and sarcastic and practical and doesn't put up with nonsense or unwanted emotions from anyone, and she happens to be one of my favorite characters to write. Because let's face it, sarcastic and slightly pessimistic characters are the most fun to write.
And this is Ize. He's basically Sachi's opposite. He's mute and a little shy and also happens to be an assassin, but not exactly by choice. (It's complicated.) Very rarely do I abuse and beat up characters as much as I abuse and beat up Ize, which is a shame because he's a real cuddly sweetheart behind the knives and black clothes and occasionally dark/brooding attitude. (You're actually going to get to see more of him tomorrow, so be sure to check out that post too!)
I'll shut up now and let them talk a little. (In their respective text colors, so you know who's who.)
Hullo, I'm Sachi. You can't really listen to anyone else tell the story, see, they'll get it all wrong.
She conveniently forgets that I was there too.
Yes, well, you tried to kill me right off, so don't talk just yet. The beginning's the important part and you missed that. (That's Lauryl. Nice fellow, but he don't know what he's talking about sometimes).
And you can be rather offensive.
I know, it's one of my talents. Anyway, you want to know about the whole mess. It wouldn't have happened if that toff hadn't died, and someone decided I would be just the person to frame for it, which is flattering and makes for a good dramatic prison escape but was kind of inconvenient. Running around as a fugitive ain't much fun.
Isn't that what you do all the time?
Stuff it, Lauryl, it's not your turn yet. Anyway, what I was getting to before someone thought they'd try and be funny. Me and Eli - a friend, I guess, we've known each other since we were little - decided we'd find out who really did do all the murdering, before I ended up hanged for it, since I didn't really like the idea of spending forever running from something I didn't do. So I started poking around and that's where Lauryl comes in.
Thank you. Are you sure you won't interrupt?
All right. I was the one -
He's an assassin, you know?
Yes, they know, and you said you'd keep your mouth shut.
And I will, now.
...Fine. I didn't want to, but my uncle the crime lord hired me out to find this Tagaskri and finish the job for someone who really wanted her dead. So I tracked her down, but I wasn't about to kill someone innocent - not that I'd want to kill anyone at all...
And his girlfriend was there.
You took her hostage to get away from the police. And she wasn't -
He's touchy about that bit.
Can I finish?
All right, fine.
...I decided I'd help her find the real murderer, so maybe I could get away from my uncle, do some good for once, and maybe use that reward money for turning the real murderer in to get away and have some peace from what I'd done for once.
Glory, Lauryl, don't go all sappy on them.
Are you going to spend the whole time insulting me?
Don't I usually?
You see what she's like now. Anyway, it turned into a mess. Sachi and her friend Elias and me and Scarlette -
We got caught up in more than we thought we would. There were other assassins, and a particularly nasty jaunt on an airship, and trying to talk to someone like Sacharin when you can't actually speak over her, but in the end -
In the end nothing, Lauryl, we're out of time and you can't just tell everyone the ending. Where's your sense of theatrics, man? You have to leave them on the edge.
You have a twisted sense of humor.
I'm smart, is what I am. That's Lauryl for you. Could gut you in two seconds flat, but if you actually talk to him he's sweet as sugar. And you should see the way he gets all red around Scarlette.
You should mind your own business. Aren't we trying to wrap it up?
I don't know, it sounded like you were trying to argue.
You're baiting me. We're supposed to be finished by now. I'm terribly sorry about that, she isn't very good at presenting things coherently - and quickly, without arguing with everyone in sight.
And you aren't very good about not being touchy!
I'm not - we're finishing now. Hurry up and say goodbye.
Well, that didn't tell them much - what do you mean, that's my fault? - but all right, I'll leave it at that. We'll be back in the future, you know. We really ought to do this more often.
That wasn't nearly as coherent an explanation as I'd hoped, but oh well. They do love to argue. Via text, usually. Being mute makes it hard to argue with Sachi, even harder than usual. Maybe I'll bring them around another time, since that was actually kind of a fun character development exercise. What do you think?
So, that's basically it, if you got anything from the plot out of it. Pariah is a steampunk murder mystery featuring those two and several others, about Sachi trying to clear her record and Ize trying to clear his conscience. There's steampunkiness and gadgets and mechanical things and lots and lots of blood. I'm on the fourth draft - I'll be looking for beta readers soon, so do keep an eye out for that if you're interested! And if you have any questions about the story or the characters, do leave them in a comment below.
I'll leave you with some quotes!