I have a secret to confess. I’ve been working on a project for about six months now, steadily hacking away at it in secrecy. But, no more! I’m ready to share Winterborn with you in all its greatness and imperfection!
Winterborn was a project I started as a way to get back to my Paranormal Romance roots, so to speak. Growing up, I was enamored with Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches, the quintessential staple of Paranormal and fantasy literature. It’s been years since I’ve written about any of them and I thought it was high time that I featured them in my work. Thus, a dinky little five-thousand-word short story was birthed and promptly forgotten about. That is, until I realized the little nagging feeling I felt at the back of my brain wasn’t going to go away until I stared my characters in the face and said: “Okay, the hell do you want from me?”
Enter Winterborn’s main characters, Edna, Byron, and Seth. Old school names for an old school story and a plot rife with elements I haven’t touched for years. This blog post will serve as an introduction to the characters and plotline of a story that is not yet completed but is quickly cementing itself as one of my favorite books not yet written.
Edna Deveaux Ersland:
The great granddaughter of Evelyn Deveaux, a Haitian Mambo (Voodoo
priestess) who brought black magic to the French Creole after migrating from Haiti in the midst of the Haitian-French Revolution and slave uprising started by Toussaint Louverture. She is the subject of a “Final Destination” style generational curse that’s actively trying to kill her. Head over heels for Byron Lee since they were kids, she’s dedicated to keeping the newly transformed wolf out of trouble, even when he’s more of a danger to himself than anyone else. Edna, although an adult at twenty-three, is a classic teenager dying to escape from a controlling parent. Having no real concept of time and being an Ancient, Seth quite literally treats her like a child, which is almost entirely to blame for her rebellion and her constant need to test the boundaries of their parent-child relationship. Part of her wants to see how far she can push the Vampire, the rest of her enjoys the danger it brings because she knows without a doubt that he would A, never hurt her, and B, he’ll always be there to have her back.
In a Nutshell: Edna is an extraordinarily powerful young woman in love with a man both her controlling father-figure and the world want dead. Having the power to keep him alive isn’t the issue, it’s fighting off her own demons that will determine their survival.
Byron Lee Wallace:
Byron is the literal boy next door. He grew up in Warwick Rhode Island beside the Ersland Manor and moved back recently after his alcoholic father was murdered by Ioan Sharks. This move comes years after the drunken brute beat
his sickly mother to death. Because of his hard, strictly religious, upbringing, Byron has always longed for a normal life (white picket fence, the whole nine yards), a prospect that was stolen from him permanently when he was attacked, bitten, and subsequently transformed into a Lycan. He was found one night by his childhood friend and crush Edna, clinging to the shreds of his humanity after accidentally mauling a young woman to death, and she’s been taking care of him ever since. He openly returns the witch’s feelings but, after several mishaps where he’s accidentally scratched and even bitten her, he tries to keep his distance. Much to her dismay. Byron lives in a perpetual whirlwind of guilt, self-pity, and self-deprecation because he blames himself not only for the woman he killed the night of his transformation but for the murders and missing persons cropping up all over town. He still has a very human mindset and has not yet completely transitioned into the realm of the supernatural. Where death, missing persons, and magic are an everyday occurrence for everyone else, he still sees things through the eyes (and morals) of a mortal. He’s a welpling, a literal puppy who’s still in the midst of learning to control his transformations and will be forced to grow up very, very soon.
In a Nutshell: Byron takes being a good person to an entirely new level, but he’s soon to realize that being a good guy and staying alive doesn’t always fall in line. Watch him grow into a formidable force as he realizes that protecting his mate means more to him than his father’s religon ever could.
Seth is a very old Vampire. So old that his personal history is lost to antiquity. (Okay, let’s cut the crap, Seth is Dracula. Literally, the OG Vampire himself. But that’s just between you and me.) Rumor has it, he met Evelyn during the French Revolution and aided her escape to the American South. No one really knows the relationship they shared, but Seth took it upon himself to watch her cursed
family after her unfortunate passing. Some suspect that the two were lovers and her dealings in black magic allowed her to give birth to Seth’s children, thus creating the curse that has now all but wiped them out. The master Vampire has lovingly admitted to having been reduced to a “Housewife with fangs” and it is noted by Lenora Bulwer (a Huntress and agent of the Vatican) that bringing him out of “retirement” would be extremely bad for anyone who crossed his path. Lenora hints at his power and at the fact that he was born Vlad Dracul, the former ruler of Wallachia in what is now modern day Romania. Why he abandoned his life after his suspected death in 1476 is up for debate and is purely speculation. After Edna returns home covered in unexplained cuts and bruises he discovers her illicit relationship with Byron and contracts Lenora into hunting and killing the wolf. He is extremely protective over the last of Evelyn’s brood (and possibly the last of his living bloodline) and will stop at nothing to keep Edna alive. He also could or could not be responsible for all the disappearances in Rhode Island and has a fondness for burning beautiful houses to the ground.
In a Nutshell: Seth is daddy, by all meanings of the word, and someone you’ll want to keep your eye on. He loves his child, takes care of all who are indentured to him, and rains merciless hell on anyone who even thinks to abuse those he loves.
Stay tuned for more about Winterborn, including more character introductions, the Antagonists, Supporting Cast, and MUCH much more!
Zodiac: Cancer is a mysterious sign, filled with contradictions. They want security and comfort yet seek new adventure. They are very helpful to others yet sometimes can be cranky and indifferent. Cancer has a driving, forceful personality that can be easily hidden beneath a calm, and cool exterior. The crab is Cancer’s ruling animal and it suits them well, they can come out of their shell and fight but they can also hide in their shell of skitter away back into the depths of the ocean. They are very unpredictable. With cancer, there is always something more that meets the eye, for they are always partially hidden behind the shell. They have a deep psyche and intuitive mind that is hidden from the world. Cancer is deeply sensitive and easily hurt, this might be why they have their defense shell in place, to avoid being hurt by others.
They are nurturers so they surround themselves with people, whom after a while can offend or hurt a cancer without even knowing they did so, therefore Cancer’s protective shell keeps them safe from hurt. They are complex, fragile, unpredictable and temperamental and need constant support and encouragement, more then any other astrology signs, Cancer needs to be needed. When cancer gets the support it needs, it has a tremendous amount to offer in return. When cancer gets offended, they tend to sulk instead of confronting the persons face to face. This needlessly prolongs the pain and suffering. Cancer is very possessive, not just with material possessions but with people as well. Cancer will always want to stay in touch with old friends and anyone who has ever been close to them, because it is easier to maintain a friendship then attempt to learn to trust a new person. It is easier this way for them emotionally. If you befriend a Cancer, you will stay friends for a long time. Cancer makes the perfect mother, this is the sign that represents motherhood. They have unconditional love and caring more so then any other astrology sign. Cancer are very intuitive. Most of the psychics of the world are Cancer astrology signs. They have an excellent memory and are very observant and can read people very well. They can usually tell of other people’s intentions are good or not.
Never dupe a Cancer, they can see your motives. Cancer has a lot of emotional issues to deal with but once they overcome this large hump of shyness and insecurity, there is practically nothing they can’t do. With their strong intuition, sensitivity, powers of observation and intelligence, they will have great success in anything they undertake.
General information: Elliot Belan is the quietly concerned friend who often follows Victoria and Kaizer around like a lost puppy. Known for his signature blonde hair, green eyes and dazzling smile, he is a favorite among the student and faculty of Viking Lake University. On the outside, he looks like the type of man who would never hurt a fly, but he hides his true heritage and intentions behind a kind facade. As for Kaizer, his so called friend, is only standing in the way of finding happiness with Victoria. Extremely calculating despite his boyish good looks, there’s nothing he wouldn’t do to have pint-sized heroine by his side.
ISTP – The Mechanic
Quiet and reserved, interested in how and why things work. Has excellent skills with mechanical things. A Risk-taker who lives for the moment. Usually interested in and talented at extreme sports. Uncomplicated in their desires. Loyal to their peers and to their internal value systems, but not overly concerned with respecting laws and rules if they get in the way of getting something done. Detached and analytical, they excel at finding solutions to practical problems.
Villain Archetype: The outcast. He’s the lonely outsider, who wants desperately to belong. Tortured and unforgiving, he has been set off from others, and usually for good cause. He craves redemption, but is willing to gain it by sacrificing others. Waste no sympathy on him – he’ll have none for you.
Best strengths: Tolerant, Orderly, Appreciative, Determined.
Zodiac: Sagittarius seem to be guided by luck, good things happen to Sagittarius and this is usually because of their optimistic outlook and positive disposition which attracts good fortune. Despite hardships, Sagittarius is always optimistic that good things will happen tomorrow and the future carries good luck. Sagittarius have a vibrant, expansive personality that is free like a bird, Sagittarius cannot be contained. They are full of curiosity and they always look forward to the future, seldom dwelling on the past. Sagittarius are detached from emotions because emotions hold a person back, they do not like to talk about their feelings, they simply experience them and move on. Sagittarius can be reckless and irresponsible because they will jump at a suggestion of something new before they weigh the advantages and disadvantages.
General information: Daughter of Naval Captain Charon Morgan Bartlett and the late Poinsettia Bartlett who committed suicide when her daughters were ages thirteen and eleven.The sisters were raised with the mindset of following in their fathers footsteps, joining the navy and serving the rest of their lives as military women, but after Mischa met Dr. Jules Tomlin in her last year of High School, she put all her efforts into learning medicine, much to her fathers unhappiness. While she continued to fight on the sea front, she soon completely lost interest in the life her father chose for her and eventually left Dock Argus for good. Three years later, her younger sister Willow, a champion fencer and renowned naval officer in her own right, met with an unfortunate end during a demonic raid on the northern coast of Vitale, a small island known for its involvement in the “black trade”. The ship she was defending subsequently sunk, taking with it Willow and her unborn child. Mischa never stopped blaming herself for not taking her sister with her when she departed.
With Dr. Tomlin as her surrogate father, she fought through endless opposition from male physicians and was eventually the first woman in the history of the Guardian realm to not only be appointed as a Viceroy, but to hold a position of power greater than Brigadier General. During the last Great Demon War, her mentor was called onto the battlefield to support Baal Dresden, father of Führer Ezra Dresden, and when things took a turn for the worse, the good doctor was left to die in favor of Baal, leaving Mischa with a grudge to bare against Ezra who she believes made a very bad, biased call.
Personality type: INTJ – The Scientist – Independent, original, analytical, and determined. Have an exceptional ability to turn theories into solid plans of action. Highly value knowledge, competence, and structure. Driven to derive meaning from their visions. Long-range thinkers. Have very high standards for their performance, and the performance of others. Natural leaders, but will follow if they trust existing leaders.
The BOSS: a real go-getter, she climbs the ladder of success. This is a “take charge” female, who accepts nothing but respect. Reaching her goal post the most important thing in life to her, and she isn’t bothered by a few ruffled feathers along the way.
The LIBRARIAN: controlled and clever, she holds back. She’s prim and proper, but underneath that tight bun lurks a passionate woman. Dressed to repress, she might be the know-it-all whose hand is always up in class, or maybe she is the shy mouse hiding in the library.
Best strength: Logical problem solving. If you have a problem, she has an answer.
Inferiority Superiority Complex – Sometimes, it turns out a character who seems to think the world of themselves actually doesn’t; their high-and-mighty attitude hides crippling insecurity. They’re often eager, even desperate, to prove themselves, and they won’t take it well if their attempt fails. Commonly they’ll try to feel more secure by putting others down.
Irrational Hatred- Hates someone over something that isn’t their fault or have no control over.
Married to the Job – Is so devoted to their career that it seriously affects their ability to hold any kind of relationship outside of it.
The Perfectionist – Has to be perfect at what they do, or at everything they do.
Motive: She has something to prove, not only to herself or her father, but to the young women who are subjugated by the males of her world.
Internal conflict: Her need to remain aloof and professional that is constantly at war with the passionate being she really is.
External conflict: Trying to remain a level-headed, rational women in a world dictated by cowardly men. If she reacts to their taunting and cheap attempts at intimidation she’s considered a ‘bitch’ or ‘unfit for her position’. So she hides her hurt and anger behind her work.
Biggest fear: Not being respected as she deserves.
Connections: Secretly dating General Axel Mariselle.
Zodiac: Libras are the diplomat of the zodiac. They are able to put themselves in other’s shoes and see things through another person’s point of view. They are the ones that always want to make things right and have balance and harmony in their life, their surroundings and the lives of the people close to them.
They have captivating charm, elegant taste and they are easy to like due to their eager-to-please, easygoing nature. In return for a Libra’s amazing ability to be a good listener, sooth and calm people, they expect admiration. Libras will gather a group of people, everyone will become friends then the Libra will be in the center of the group. They like the attention and the admiration for the people that they have brought together. Libras are very intelligent, they often hide this inside their easygoing exterior. They express their intelligence through creativity, most are involved in some sort of artistic or creative pursuit. Many people overlook just how intelligent a Libra actually is. When others see a Libras wide range of interests and hobbies, their intelligence and creativity is more then obvious. Libras love variety and different situations. They welcome change. Libras love luxury. They will spend lots of money and surround themselves with beautiful things and they seem to be constantly fussing over their appearance. They love anything upscale and classy. Libras work hard to please others, and others find them incredibly captivating.
General information: Born the fifth son of Baal and Zahra Dresden, he was the first in over a hundred years to be diagnosed with the Hysteria Gene–a genetic disorder common in large Reaper families that is catastrophic in nature, granting it’s barer extraordinarily destructive power in the form of uncontrollable rage. Around the time of the last great Demon War, some fifty odd years ago, Zain returned home to his pregnant wife Maia and the gene was activated, sending him into a frenzy that ended in the termination of the woman’s life and her pregnancy. Though, he is completely unaware that he committed the heinous deed, he still blames himself for not being able to protect them, despite his obvious mental and emotional instability. He spends the rest of his life muted, diminished by mind altering drugs, constantly toeing the line of his burning need to avenge her, and wishing he could join her in death.
Personality type: INFJ – The Protector
Quietly forceful, original, and sensitive. Tend to stick to things until they are done. Extremely intuitive about people, and concerned for their feelings. Well-developed value systems which they strictly adhere to. Well-respected for their perseverance in doing the right thing. Likely to be individualistic, rather than leading or following.
Hero Archetype: The LOST SOUL: a sensitive being, he understands. Tortured, secretive, brooding, and unforgiving. That’s this man. But he’s also vulnerable. He might be a wanderer or an outcast. In work he’s creative, but probably also a loner. The PROFESSOR: coolly analytical, he knows every answer. He’s logical, introverted, and inflexible, but genuine about his feelings. At work, he likes cold, hard facts, thank you very much, but he’s also honest and faithful, and won’t let you down.
Best strength: Coolly analytical, good at problem solving.
Worst flaw: Self-depreciating.
Ego flaw: Wants to do it ‘all’ himself. Refuses to ask for or allow assistance.
Motive: Survival. Zain is biding his time but for what no one knows.
Internal conflict: He struggles with some innate knowledge that he did something very bad but can’t bring himself to face his past. He misses Maia terribly and often still searches for her in his dreams, awakening to only nightmares and an empty bed. He lives each day in his own personal hell, his body, a jail cell he has no hopes of ever escaping.
External conflict: He still physically fights against the Hysteria Gene, even with the help of the medication there is some foreign part of him that craves that power. He wants to taste that darkness inside of him, to claim it and bend it to his will, but he knows that the Gene will only drive him to destroy everything he loves, including himself.
Genesis: Meet the First General who needs no introduction.
Axel Mariselle has dedicated his life to the service of Führer Ezra Dresden and his cause, whatever it may be. From conquering dates in High School to the vanquishing of nations–Axel has remained dutifully by his masters side. Yet, behind those eyes that smolder like simmering coals, is an undeniable madness. He’s quite insane, quite literally off his rocker, but he’d sooner take his own life than not be the man that hand delivers to his lord everything he’s ever dreamed. Ezra’s Dark Knight, he is an assassin, homicidal genius, master of war and best friend. And his unquenchable thirst for destruction is leading him down the irrefutable path of his own demise.
Name: First General Axel Mariselle
Birthday: August 1st
Zodiac: Leo is the lion, this well suited symbol represents Leo very well. They possess a kingdom which they protest and cherish. The are high esteemed, honorable and very devoted to themselves in particular! The kingdom could be anything from work to home to a partner, whatever it is, you rule it. Leo is always center stage and full of flair, they enjoy basking in the spotlight. A Leo always makes their presence known. Leo are full of energy that acts like a magnet for other people. Others are attracted to Leo’s wit, charm, and what they have to say for they speak of things grand and very interesting. Leo will never settle for second best. They want only the best which can cause lavish excessive spending habits as they enjoy their life of luxury, which is all to easily justified by the grand and magnificent Leo! Public image is very important to Leo, with luxurious possessions and ways of life, this keeps the public image in high standing. They will do whatever it takes to protect their own reputation. Leos are very generous, kind and openhearted people. If a Leo is crossed, they will strike back with force but they are not one to hold a grudge, they easily forgive, forget and move on. Leos are always trying to make things right in the world, they have larger then life emotions and they need to feel like they have accomplished something at the end of the day. They react to situations with action instead of sitting back and thinking about it, they are not impulsive however because they look at the future and consider consequences of their actions.
General information: Prominent First General of Führer Ezra Dresden and son of Colonel Augustus Mariselle, a war hero who served alongside Baal Dresden in the first, third and fourth Great Demon Wars.
Personality type: ENTP – The Visionary – Creative, resourceful, and intellectually quick. Good at a broad range of things. Enjoy debating issues, and may be into “one-up-manship”. They get very excited about new ideas and projects, but may neglect the more routine aspects of life. Generally outspoken and assertive. They enjoy people and are stimulating company. Excellent ability to understand concepts and apply logic to find solutions.
The SWASHBUCKLER: Mr. Excitement, he’s an adventure. This guy is action, action, and more action. He’s physical and daring. Fearless, he’s a daredevil, or an explorer. He needs thrills and chills to keep him happy.
The BAD BOY: dangerous to know, he walks on the wild side. This is the rebel, or the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s bitter and volatile, a crushed idealist, but he’s also charismatic and street smart.
Best strength: Executing complicated plans, following orders, taking care of tough decision making, reliable. He has a strict preference for duty and policy over ethics and will always see things done, even if they aren’t the right thing.
Berserker – The Berserker is a character who throws himself into a fight with such reckless abandon, it seems like he WANTS to die. It could be over-enthusiasm, overconfidence,Unstoppable Rage, or the desire to die in battle. Whatever the cause, it’s usually accompanied by a bellowing warcry Sometimes with total obliviousness to whether he’s actually fighting the enemy. And he never, ever retreats.
Deadpan Snarker – Prone to sarcastic and cynical remarks.
Entitled to Have You – Believes that he is entitled to the affections of his love interest simply for existing.
Fearless Fool – Not scared of anything even if it is dangerous.
Hair-Trigger Temper – This character will get extremely angry for many particular provocations — or has never learned how to control his temper.
Ambitions: Serving the Führer until there is no one left to serve. Be it Ezra or another, he’s tied to the position by a strong sense of honor and duty that later transfers to Ezra himself, in whom he finds a friend/brother.
Motive: Duty, Honor, Fulfilling the destiny of his father.
Internal conflict: None. He’s the most mentally fucked up yet harmonious character I’ve ever met.
External conflict: Kaizer, Mischa, Ezra–Basically everyone who apposes his way of thinking.
Biggest fear: Dying in battle as his father did. Though this fear isn’t nearly enough to keep him off the battlefield, it just makes him work harder.
It had been over three years since he’d last laid eyes on the man who’d thrown him out of his home and Kaizer would be lying if he said he wasn’t still holding a bit of a grudge. He knew he’d have to return sooner or later to sort things out with the asshole, he just didn’t think he’d have Victoria in tow. What if something happened to her? What if Ezra took out his frustrations on her instead of him? He didn’t have the power to fight off one brother, let alone his entire guard, especially his first general, if he was forced to defend himself. He stared down at her, his body tensing as doubt and uncertainty flooded him. Was he making the right decision? Or should he be headed in the other direction, running for her life as well as his own? The thought of losing her kept him rooted in place, unable to move for the fear of never laying eyes on her again. Kaizer watched a door open down the hall as Zain stepped out to greet them, his all knowing eyes reading his posture and knowing instantly that he was thinking of bolting. “Zain’s waiting for us, Kai.” She smiled up at him, completely oblivious to the dangers they were about to face. He couldn’t help but sigh as he placed a hand at the small of her back, keeping constant contact as he pushed them forward.
“I guess it’s too late to run now.” He muttered, watching Zain nod knowingly as they approached. He didn’t speak as he stood aside and allowed them to pass into the confines of Ezra’s personal sanctuary. He remembered that office clearly from his childhood, having been sent there for punishment at least twice a week until he graduated high school. It once belonged to their father and just entering it again made him feel like a sniveling child, begging for forgiveness for whatever petty crime he’d committed. It almost felt like stepping into a principals office, knowing you were either going to be suspended or beaten with a yard stick longer than you were tall. It was decorated in rich woods and earthy tones that were aesthetically pleasing to the eye, welcoming and warm, a place you never would have expected to be a military briefing room. He stared over at the antique claw-foot, wooden writing desk, polished to perfection and reflecting the grim image of the man who sat behind it, a golden pen in hand moving smoothly across parchment as he signed orders to move his armies around the world. Ezra Dresden was a man to be feared, not only because of his power or the soldiery he commanded, but for is intelligence and dedication to completing any task he set his mind to. A formidable foe, he was not the type of person you wanted standing beside your enemies on the battlefield, and although at that moment he could have launched himself across the room and strangled him for his expulsion, he couldn’t help but be proud that such a person was his own flesh and blood.
Kaizer watched him lift his head, as if he’d only just noticed them entering the room, his dark eyes going from Zain’s calm form to Kai who moved to stand protectively in front of Victoria. Those eyes of his flashed as he shuffled the documents he’d been working on and set them aside. Rising gracefully from his high-backed, antique chair, he moved to stand in front of his desk, leaning casually against it as he slipped his hands into the pockets of his expensive cotton slacks.
“Before we begin,” He spoke, his deep voice erupting from his chest in the form of a thunderous growl, “I just want to remind you that were we not in the presence of a young woman, I would be slamming your head against the floor for your ignorant, ill-advised, behavior.” His eyes briefly burned a brilliant amethyst before returning to their natural jet black.
Ezra Dresden is the man every woman wants in her bed. Dark, powerful and dangerously sexy, it’s his pride both as a man and a Grim Reaper that keeps him at the top of the heap. Introducing, the Führer. Ezra the Third.
Name: Ezra Dresden III
Played by: Kim Woo Bin
Age: 331(Looks roughly 31)
Birthdate: December 29th
General information: The eldest and current Patriarch of the Dresden Clan. The commander. He’s Ezra the Third, and the fourth Führer spawned from the impressive Dresden lineage.
Personality Type: The Protector. Quietly forceful, original, and at times insensitive. Thanks to his mother, he has a very well-developed value system which he strictly adheres to. Is known to very respectful of women, a real gentleman, he refuses to strike or even curse in front of a female. Well-respected for his perseverance in doing whatever it takes to get a job done. A born leader. Has trouble losing or accepting defeat. Hairpin trigger. Enraged by idiocy. Will lay your ass out flat for disrespecting a woman in front of him.
Hero Archetype: The WARRIOR –A noble champion, he acts with honor. This man is the reluctant rescuer or the knight in shining armor. He’s noble, tenacious, relentless, and he always sticks up for the underdog. If you need a protector, he’s your guy. He doesn’t buckle under stress and he doesn’t “go along” just to get along.
Ambitions: Keeping his family in line, cleaning up after his idiot brothers, ascending to Guardianship
Motive: Familial ties and power.
Internal conflict: Constantly fights with a need be perfect in mind, body and spirit.
External conflict: He thinks his brother is an idiot and can’t do anything right.
Biggest fear: Losing more family members to Lucifer or anyone else.
Bio: While most Grim Reapers are worrying about reaping their first soul at the age of twelve, Ezra Dresden was preparing to take over the world…in not so many words. At the tender age of eleven he worked as a naval captain under Charon Bartlett, by thirteen he was elected by the Guardians (the four sovereign entities that rule the Guardian Realm, home to the Reapers) as Viceroy and took on the role as Führer. The commander in chief, head of the military and militarized police force, Ezra is the embodiment of power. After over three hundred years of micromanaging his people, he is just weeks away from realizing his ultimate goal of ascending to the coveted seat of Guardianship. Forceful and trustworthy, he plays the overbearing father figure who rules his family like he rules his realm; with an iron fist.
Next on our list of character introductions is our spunky heroine, Victoria.
Adorable to look at, our heroine is a fiery little number with a potty-mouth and a penchant for getting her way, even if it means resorting to violence. Although she isn’t physically the strongest, she uses her enhanced mental prowess to overcome any obstacle she finds in her way. Now introducing, Victoria Bouchard, Kaizer’s Angel.
Zodiac: Virgo exists in the mind, everything is inside. To the world, Virgo presents a calm and collected exterior, but on the inside, nervous uncontrolled energy resides. They are constantly trying to figure things out, how to improve everything; analyzing and thinking. Virgo can tire itself out without even moving! Virgo has a constant drive to improve and perfect, this can lead to extreme pickiness and finickiness. They are pure, their motives are honest, never malicious and they want to accomplish something.
General information: Since she was a small child, Victoria has always had problems with her sight, a fact which often left her ostracized by her siblings and classmates. A true daddy’s girl, her only friend and confidant growing up was her father Percy Bouchard, who doted on the girl, spending a good portion of his time making sure she felt right at home. During her teenage years, Mr. Bouchard was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and spent the remainder of his life on earth in constant suffering. Victoria blamed herself. After her father’s death, she was sent to Harlan, Iowa to attend college at Viking Lake University, where she met and fell in love with Kaizer Dresden, a brilliant albeit lazy Grim Reaper. She knows his secret, to a certain extent, and he’s forever curious about the strange mental abilities she displays.
Personality Type: ISTJ – The Duty Fulfiller
Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living. Extremely thorough, responsible, and dependable. Well-developed powers of concentration. Usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments. Well-organized and hard working, they work steadily towards identified goals. They can usually accomplish any task once they have set their minds to it.
Heroine Archetype: The SPUNKY KID – Gutsy and true, she is loyal to the end. She is a favorite of many writers, and for good reason. You can’t help but root for her. She’s the girl with moxie. She’s not looking to be at the top of the heap; she just wants to be in her own little niche. She’s the team player, the one who is always ready to lend a hand.
Best strengths: Intellection, Learner, badass adorable, little miss badass, badass adorable.
Ambitions: To graduate at the top of her class and later, help find the psychopath who’s making sashimi out of all her friends and classmates.
Internal conflict: She seems composed on the outside, but inside she struggles with the potential to do great evil in the world instead of good.
External conflict: She’s self-deprecating when it comes to her love for Kaizer. She can’t help but believe that she isn’t good enough for him.
Biggest fear: Failing. Whether it’s in life or a board game. She can’t stand to lose. Being blind, losing her sight and being ineffective…these are the fears that haunt Victoria Bouchard.
Bio: Victoria was born in Norfolk Virginia. As a child she always dreamed of attending Harvard, or generally any Ivy League school, but quickly realized that her dream would be far from possible with her parent’s limited income. Victoria was cursed with poor eyesight as well as seemingly limitless mental abilities. She soaks up information like a human sponge, processes data like a super computer and can sometimes even hear the thoughts of the people around her.
We’ll continue our list of characters tomorrow with Mr. Ezra Dresden, the Grim Reaper Führer himself. The epitome of a powerful ‘badass’ he’s quite literally every woman’s wet dream. I think you’ll enjoy him~! Until next time!
I promised you character introductions and who better to start with than the hero of our story himself? You’ll find a list of the main cast at the end of the post, as well as the actors/actresses portraying them. For the extended plot line and an excerpt from Genesis, follow the link below. Enjoy~!
Zodiac: Scorpios are very deep, intense people, there is always more than meets the eye. They present a cool, detached and unemotional air to the world, yet lying underneath is tremendous power, extreme strength, intense passion, a strong will and a persistent drive.
General information: The youngest son of the Guardian Realm’s prestigious Dresden family. He was exiled to Harlan Iowa after blacking out and going on a rampage that resulted in the murder of several mortals before their time was up. Since then, he has taken up communications at Viking Lake University to pass the time and has developed a deep relationship with the mortal woman Victoria Bouchard.
Personality Type: ENTJ – The Executive Assertive and outspoken – they are driven to lead. Excellent ability to understand difficult organizational problems and create solid solutions. Intelligent and well-informed, they usually excel at public speaking. They value knowledge and competence, and usually have little patience with inefficiency or disorganization.
Hero Archetype: The BAD BOY- Dangerous to know, he walks on the wild side. This is the rebel, or the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s bitter and volatile, a crushed idealist, but he’s also charismatic and street smart.
Ambitions: To get back into his family’s good graces, to prove to his eldest brother Ezra that he’s competent and capable of handling business. Finding a way out of his ‘relationship’ with Victoria without hurting her (*Good luck). Later, to stop the psychotic killer trudging through Harlan murdering all the humans, his friends included.
Motive: At one point he is ruled by power and familial duty, but as the story unfolds, he realizes through the help of his brother Zain, that his loyalty to the woman he loves is ultimately more important.
Internal conflict: He’s constantly torn between wanting to do something great, and wanting to do absolutely nothing at all.
External conflict: He’s having a hard time balancing his love for Victoria with his fear of losing her.
Biggest fear: Losing someone close to him, most importantly, Victoria.
Bio: Being the youngest of fifteen, he’s spent his life being overlooked in favor of his powerful elder siblings, so naturally he’s learned not to ask for much. He’s lazy, and would much rather spend his time watching horror movies on Netflix and binge eating pizza than saving the world. He was exiled to the mortal realm as punishment and currently resides there, still ‘grounded’. At the end of the day, Kaizer just wants someplace–and someone–he can call his own, without fear of losing it to his family or the Guardian’s who rule his home world.
Astrological sign: Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac, and that shouldn’t be taken lightly — nor should Scorpios! Those born under this sign are dead serious in their mission to learn about others. There’s no fluff or chatter for Scorpios, either; these folks will zero in on the essential questions, gleaning the secrets that lie within. Scorpios concern themselves with beginnings and endings, and are unafraid of either; they also travel in a world that is black and white and has little use for gray. The curiosity of Scorpios is immeasurable, which may be why they are such adept investigators. These folks love to probe and know how to get to the bottom of things. The fact that they have a keen sense of intuition certainly helps.
The Scorpion symbolizes Scorpio, and that is no accident. Much like the Scorpion would rather kill itself than be killed, those born under this sign are in ultimate control of their destiny. It is life on the Scorpion’s terms, too, since these folks promote their agenda (they are quite the executives) and see to it that things go forward. Others may find this overbearing (it can be) and even self-destructive, but that’s the beauty of the Scorpio: they have tremendous regenerative powers, much like the literal Scorpion can lose its tail and promptly grow a new one. Fearless Scorpios rarely lose; they just keep on going, since they are stubborn and determined to succeed (this Scorpio trait is in keeping with the Fixed Quality assigned to this sign). Scorpios work as hard as they do so they can someday sit back and feel satisfied with themselves. These folks are intense, passionate and filled with desire. They’re also complex and secretive, so don’t expect to get much out of them, lest they become suspicious and exit stage left. It’s best not to bet against Scorpios, either, since these folks are surprisingly resourceful.
Chinese zodiac: Occupying the 2nd position on the Chinese Zodiac, Oxen possess such character traits as dependability, strength and determination. Oxen are tolerant individuals who believe that the road to success involves hard work and scrupulous behavior; they don’t believe in taking shortcuts. They characterize those who don’t work hard as lazy individuals not worthy of respect.
Oxen are capable of trusting others and will listen to their opinions with an open mind. However, Oxen prefer making decisions that are based on their own research. Oxen favor strong, life-long alliances to casual acquaintances.
Home is where Oxen go to seek comfort, occasionally watching television or reading. They prefer the rural outdoors and spend the majority of their “home” time working in the garden or caring for the yard.
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Current status (marital/dating): Single
Political Party: Republican
Police/Criminal/Legal record: Arrested once for suspected drug trafficking but released due to lack of evidence.
Social class as a child: Rich
Social class as an adult: Exceptionally rich
Birth date: 10/29/1985
Birth place: Dublin Ireland
Current residence: London England
Occupation: Triad member, CEO of Cavaletti enterprises.
Title/Rank: Triad / Triginta / XXX / 30
Talents/Skills/Powers: Too many to list.
Hometown: Dublin Ireland
First Memory: Being shoved in front of a train by his elder brother and stopping said train with physical strength alone.
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her; how/why: The day he first drank blood. His father took him into London as an eight year old and cut open the wrist of a prostitute. He drank from her and instantly developed a taste for blood which became an obsession.
Other memories/events that still affects him/her; why/how: Being inducted into the Triad at seventeen. He was given power and a position he wasn’t ready for, but assumed his role as if he were born for it. Giovanni is a natural leader and he isn’t used to being anything else.
Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why: Being unable to stop his father from dying and becoming one of the undead creatures who prey on humans and anything else that produces plasma.
Biggest role model and why: His father whom he loved above all else.
Backstory: Giovanni Cavaletti was born in Dublin Ireland to living vampires Niccolo and Lucretia Cavaletti. The youngest of seven children he was spoiled rotten while his siblings, who all competed to take their fathers coveted place in the Triad and ended up killing each other over it. Left to Lucio and Giovanni himself their father chose the latter to take his place as the more responsible, and more powerful, child. Lucio, in a fit of rage cut his fathers heart from his chest, rendering him one of the undead. Giovanni avenged his father’s ‘death’ by suffering his elder brother the same fate.
Posture: Straight, perfect posture.
Build: He has a swimmers build, lean but muscular.
Hair: Black, inky.
Widow’s peak: No.
Describe their smile: His smile is usually boyish or sheepish, he uses his smile to get what he wants especially from women who find his charm hard to resist.
Glasses/Contacts: He wears a pair of black frames, but only for show since he is a vampire and his sight is perfect.
Tattoos/Scars: A scorpion tattoo on his upper left shoulder.
Ambidextrous, left or right handed?: Right handed
Distinguishing features: Uncanny clear blue eyes.
Who does s/he take after; mother or father?: He takes after his father.
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): Depends on the occasion. He can be very elegant but then again he can also be very lazy.
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Business suits, stylish sweaters and slacks.
Other outfits one might find in their wardrobe: T-Shirts and Jeans.
Jewelry and/or other accessories: Expensive watches.
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: He’s a vampire, he’s very balanced.
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: Sometimes.
Write a piece of dialogue that this character might say (can be between someone else): “You’re serious about this?” She asked, her voice barely above a whisper as she looked from him to the forty or so werewolves who waited for them just beyond the window. Giovanni did the same, shrugging his shoulders before giving her a grin.
“We all have to die sometime. Why not go out in a blaze of glory?”
“You’re an idiot.” She stood, cocking her shotgun as he climbed to his feet and kicked the door open.
“Just one of the many things you love about me.”
Describe their voice: He has an English accent. Heh.
Describe their house/dwelling: Large.
Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: He’s very intelligent.
Known languages: English, Gaelic
Long-term goals/desires in life: To abdicate the Exodus division. He see’s their tactless violence as useless in keeping a society of vampires peaceful.
Short-term goals/desires in life: Find Lucio and stop him from spreading the drug venom.
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Business suits, stylish sweaters and slacks.
How self-confident is s/he?: He’s very self confident and self aware.
Is this character generally dominant or submissive?: Dominant but can also be submissive for the right woman.
Describe their level of patience: He’s incredibly patient.
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?: A combination of both.
Most at ease when: Alone, reading.
Ill at ease when: When in the company of werewolves and the undead.
If granted one wish, what would it be and why?: Peace among the species.
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?: Restraint
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?: Gluttony
Optimist or pessimist: Optimist
Greatest fear: Being enclosed in tight spaces. He suffers from claustrophobia.
Biggest regret: Not sensing his brothers plan to kill his father and being unable to stop it.
Does this character have a deep/dark secret?: No.
Likes: Beautiful women, expensive wine, blood.
Clothing: Anything comfortable but stylish.
Place and why: His personal library. He enjoys reading.
Room in the house and why: His personal library. He enjoys reading.
Food/drink: Blood and expensive wine.
Music genre: Classical/Opera
Song and Singer/Band: Luciano Pavarotti
Movie/Tv Show/Performance: He doesn’t watch television but he enjoyed Les Miserables the stage play.
Actor/Performer: Luciano Pavarotti
Book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Historical figure: Does his father count?
Subject in school: History
Animal: The snake because nothing is expected of it yet everyone naturally fears and respects it.
Clothing: …Dresses? The man will wear anything that’s not womens clothes.
Place: The morgue.
Food/drink: Italian food. I know, it’s ironic.
Where does this character hang out?: His library.
Where is this character’s dream place to live?: A place surrounded by only nature and literature. Where petty squabbles and war can’t intrude.
Mode of transportation: His blood red Aston Martin Vanquish.
Most prized possession and why: His blood red Aston Martin Vanquish.
Describe character’s sense of morals: He’s pretty moral, he just has moments where he doesn’t care about anything other than his immediate set up. He’s fiercely loyal to those he calls his own.
Describe character’s sense of self-control: He has an incredible sense of self control. With his obsession with blood he has to less he go off and murder everyone.
Spontaneous or structured?: Both. Depends on his mood.
Instinctual or logical?: Both. Depends on his mood.
How does this character act in public?: Depends on his mood. He’s usually very cordial and an upstanding citizen because of his popularity as a well known CEO. But sometimes he has to kick someones ass. These things happen.
How does this character act in privacy?: He’s very charming, very witty.
What does this character think/feel about…:
Psychoanalysis (Describe why they act the way they do): Giovanni was spoiled as a child, he’s used to getting what he wants when he wants it, but this need for getting what he wants is circumvented by the values his parents instilled in him as a child. He was taught to never take what was unnecessary to him and to never take from the less fortunate but instead to give.
Immediate family members and their ages: Mother-245
Ethnicity and/or species of the mother: Living Vampire
Ethnicity and/or species of the father: Living Vampire
Birth order: He’s the youngest.
Any important/infamous/famous ancestors?: No.
Did this character know their birth parents?: Yes.
Are the parents still alive?: Yes.
Have the parents been separated either by choice or otherwise?: Yes.
What happened to separate the parents and why?: His father became undead.
How old was this character when this happened?: Seventeen.
What effect did it have on him/her?: He misses his father dearly.
How did the parent(s)/caretaker(s) treat him/her growing up versus now: He grew up in a very loving atmosphere other than his siblings all murdering each other.
Did/does s/he have any siblings?: Yes.
Name the siblings and their age difference to this character: Lucio is the only ‘living’ sibling he has left.
Have any of the siblings died?: Yes.
Who, why, and when?: They all murdered each other.
How has this affected the character?: It makes it difficult for him to trust so he’s constantly watching his back.
Describe his/her relationship with the sibling(s) growing up and now: They hated him, he never understood why.
Has this character ever been married?: No.
Does s/he have a family of their own now?: No.
Does s/he believe in a god/goddess?: No.
What are his/her spiritual beliefs?: He’s a vampire…
Is religion or spirituality an important part of this character’s life?: No.
…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: The snake because nothing is expected of it yet everyone naturally fears and respects it.
…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: Fondle himself. Daily. Hourly.
…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: A man made river. He’s something that was created to be in a specific place that he doesn’t necessarily want to be in.
…s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: They would probably get along.
…s/he became physically handicapped? What would they do?: Relax and enjoy early retirement.
…s/he was proposed to (if they haven’t been already)? What would they do?: Laugh. Proposing is HIS job.
…s/he had a child (if they don’t already)? What would they do and how would it affect them?: He would treat them with all the love and affection in the world.
What song best fits this character?: If I was your Vampire by Marilyn Manson
If you could compare this character to an existing character (physically or personality-wise), who would it be and why?: Gaspard Menier
Cavaletti Family History:
Niccolo Cavaletti was the grandson of Edgar Cavaletti, a living vampire who was the first member of the house of judges to successfully have a case overthrown for lack of evidence, thus exposing the botched legal system of the sanctioned five who based their verdicts on their particular like or dislike of an accused party instead of facts.
Niccolo, who followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and took the place of one of the sanctioned five fathered two children, Natalia and Elijah. The twins were expected to be excellent judges, except, Elijah had no plans of following his father into a career he deemed boring and worthless. Just after his twenty-ninth birthday he started an uprising, murdering his parents and a slew of other vampires before he and his band of two hundred were finally brought to justice. His sister Natalia escaped the carnage and sought refuge in the house of Leviticus where she eventually became the first living vampire to switch houses. She fell in love with a male Leviticus by the name of Esmond, a man exiled from his family and unable to give his last name to his new bride. Thus the Cavaletti legacy was able to continue. The two went on to give birth to three children, two girls and a son they named for her late father, Niccolo.
Niccolo Cavaletti the second went on to marry a woman named Lucretia, the daughter of a very wealthy Leviticus executioner. He fathered seven boys; Paris, Joshua, Bartholomew, Arden, Lucio, Micah and finally Giovanni. Niccolo, who was set to retire from being one of the sanctioned three who ran the house of Leviticus watched his sons fight for the right to take his place, most of them killing each other until only Lucio, the eldest of the three, Micah, who never wanted his seat of power in the first place, and Giovanni, the youngest of his seven children remained. When he decided the youngest would be the best candidate to take his place and would thus become the youngest person in history to assume a sanctioned position, his son Lucio attacked him and cut his heart from his chest, turning him into one of the undead. In a fit of rage over the death of his father, Giovanni attacked his elder brother and commit him to the same fate. Micah and Giovanni, aside from their mother Lucretia, are the last remaining heirs of the Cavaletti blood line. Micah, an eccentric painter moved to Paris some time ago, leaving his well known glass company to his then seventeen year old brother and hasn’t been heard from since, leaving the now twenty eight year old to govern the family estate on his own.