Another Thing for the Mantel

After typing out three scenes, which apparently wrote themselves completely against my will—and are now demanding at least one follow-up scene—I have another addition to my already filling up mantel.

Torq—Marque’s horse—has just joined the ranks of Lady Seyanna,  Onnoquo, and the pain-enhancing potion.

Lady Seyanna Hillborn has no lines whatsoever, and in my honest opinion, in novels people without lines do not deserve to have names. It was however, difficult and awkward to refer to her ladyship as just “a mid-tier local noblewoman” in the scenes where she is mentioned, so now I have to deal with her somehow.

She resides in the City, so the most likely access to her would be through Illai’s POV.

I just need to invent a purpose for her.

What if… Ah. Got it. It is relatively easy…

The two (or three) scenes, which just materialized out of nowhere, were a new (or somewhat new, as the person was brushed past before) character introduction through real interaction with the people we already know.

The person is now fleshed out and acting—a few days before I initially planned to activate the character—and I have a chance to tie together several seemingly unrelated plot lines in one tight knot. It might, however, end up being a distraction from the main story line, so I am not yet set on it… we shall see.

Now…

The talking pet bird clearly needs more say in the narrative. Yes, pun intended. Shall work on that. Access POVs: Venny? Northhill? Verra? Nobody else is in the Castle at the moment. Hm…

The pain enhancer is still the hardest to deal with. Why in the Void had I thunked up such a thing?

I should be able to put it to good use, though—after all, I had not a clue how Marque’s Gift actually worked for the better part of the book, and now the magic of it is shaping up rather believably, at least I think it is…

So… The pain enhancer. That might need some work…

 

TTOW: 386,500 or close

2 thoughts on “Another Thing for the Mantel”

  1. The follow-up scene sketched. Might need a few passes before I will consider it first-draft-worthy, but it’s going there… another thousand+ words today. 872,200.

  2. Found a few more things on that mantel:
    1. Marque knows that Dae slept with Neena (it is not a spoiler, for Dae openly brags about it in the beginning of the book), but had not had a chance to tell Verra that. Tempting.
    2. The two craftsman from Westead, Illai talked to while arresting the Prophet, are Gifted. Why waste them? Welcome to the Congregation, boys. Already changed their craft from woodworkers to something much more fitting…
    3. Might revisit the fat banker, too…

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