tell me about your heroes!


  1. MeiLin Miranda (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    -Closest I can come is White Prince

    -Temmin, Heir of Tremont

    -When the story starts, Temmin is 16. He's tall and gangly, but has yet to come into his full height and weight. His hair is golden blond; his eyes are blue. He has trouble still growing a full beard, but his sideburns have come in and his mustaches are coming along. He's been described more than once as a puppy; though there isn't a breed with that name, he'd be a Golden Retriever puppy specifically. :) Temmin is smarter than he thinks he is, and quite perceptive when he stops contemplating his navel, which, being 16, isn't very often at present. He was deliberately sheltered growing up with his mother away from court at Whithorse; he's inexperienced in both politics and girls, and was treated as "one of the gang" in the Whithorse Estate stables. He's largely unaware of his privilege, though he feels he has more in common with regular folk than nobles. He is an expert horseman who until recently preferred to spend as much time as possible in the stables.

    -Temmin is showing signs of magical sensitivity, the first in his line to display any form of magic in 358 years. So far, he can't actually perform magic; he can only sense some limited forms of it.

    -At this point in the story, Temmin wants both to please and piss off his father, who was absent for most of his childhood and who currently disapproves of Temmin. Increasingly, Temmin wants the approval of his tutor, the enigmatic Teacher, who holds all of the royal magic for the family and is apparently immortal. Temmin wants to spend as much time as possible in bed with Allis and Issak Obby, both of whom he's fallen for, and both of whom are occasionally possessed by Gods. And he's trying hard to both get his head out of his ass (when he can tell that's where it is--hello, 16) and learn to become a good ruler.

    -The Kingdom is facing threats at home and abroad. Teacher is encouraging the return of magic to the royal line, but is that really a good thing for the Kingdom, or just for Teacher? And Temmin faces a "conveniently cryptic" birth prophecy that says he will lead the already-powerful Kingdom either to its ruin or to its ultimate glory. Will he gain the wisdom he needs to choose the right road?

    "An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom"
  2. A. M. Harte (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    @MeiLin - thanks, you're on the waiting list.

    @jzoetewey Mentors is a good idea.

    I just worry about not getting enough fresh input. It'd be a bit silly to run follow up posts if it's mostly going to repeat advertising for the same selection of fics, don't you think?

    Qazyfiction: fantasy fiction with a sinister edge.
  3. Frances Gonzalez (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Agreed, wholeheartedly. After a while it might be considered preaching to the choir... though it's a lot of fun. :)

  4. Xarro (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I think I'd better let the hero from my story describe himself. ;)

    "My name's Nathan Baker and you could say I'm your typical First Person Smartass. I could have stumbled out of some detective story but instead I find myself in the middle of an interstellar mess—and that's been so for more than half a millennium.

    Because, you see, I don't age. Don't know the reason, really. And that's about the only thing special about me, if you overlook the general cuteness/smugness mix that has been my signature for about as long as I can remember.

    To earn a living (and to piss off the Church), I run the only night club in the galaxy: Madilon. It's an old research space station I've redecorated a bit, so to speak. But of course, the Pope and the army won't let me be. They try to hunt us down and blow us into the ether.

    Luck's been on my side so far. But you never know... As I say: parties are illegal, Madilon's illegal-er! That's a pretty good incentive for those self-righteous bastards to come after my little business."

    Madilon — An anticlerical gay-themed sci-fi web series
    Hunting Jamie — A series about a vampire struggling to survive
  5. April.Raines (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Woot! I missed the villains post, but this is nearly as good. Well, better.

    Trope: Magnificient Bastard
    Name: Demetrius/ Decentius
    Story: The Shadows of Sicily (

    When he is first introduced Demetrius is a simple Sicilian slave with familial devotion and a touch of power hunger.

    Then he is changed. He becomes a Shadow and takes the name Decentius - as he has 'descended'. Dark haired, pale skinned, with icy blue eyes; his physique seems thin and unthreatening but he is stronger than he appears.

    Of course, not all of that strength is natural. Having risen to Immortality as a Shadow (think vampire), he can touch minds, possess supernatural strength or speed, and become one with the shadows around him.

    In his heart he wishes to regain that which he has lost; his family. In his mind this means protecting the mortals of Sicily from the depredations of foreign conquerers.

    Sadly, he stands second to the sleeping Signore Umbrae, whose servant Maggiordomo Theophilus will use his own resources and manipulation to block Decentius' grabs for power.

  6. A. M. Harte (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    @Xarro - thanks! you're included.

    @April - 'magnificent bastard' is actually a villain trope. is there not a hero one that suits Decentius?

    Qazyfiction: fantasy fiction with a sinister edge.
  7. grantcravens (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Here's my submission for the waiting list:

    Captain Cait Molyneux is the owner and captain of the Rose, the titular boat in Boat Story. She falls somewhere between the Accidental Hero and the Unchosen One: she stumbled across her current problem, and had no choice but to accept it.

    Cait is your typical 35 year old anthropomorphic red panda submarine captain: hardworking, even-handed, well educated, inspires the loyalty of her meager crew, and is broke. It is rare to see Cait crack so much as a smile around her crew, though one on one she has been known to be much more relaxed. She has taken it upon herself to be mentor to her young helmsman, Xiphos. Cait comes from a very big family, who we are just beginning to find out own their own sovereign nation. She doesn't like to talk about them very much, nor does she like to use her full name when she's meeting people for the first time.

    Cait appears to be very intuitive about people. While intuition isn't so much a super power, it's very helpful, and Cait's able to discern her crew's well-being by a quick survey.

    Right now, all Cait wants is to figure out what to do with this boy she's rescued, and break even. Standing in her way are sea monsters, potential kidnapping charges, tropical storms, pirates, family, and a shortage of tea.

    And it's not on the list, but I think the best quote to sum her up would be: "I am not afraid of pirates, and I am certainly not afraid of Burian Lake*."

    * see the villains thread.

    Boat Story: kidnapped kids, mysterious maps, debt, tropical storms, pirates, sea monsters, family, tea.
  8. Dary (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    You've already noticed thhe obvious problem with continuing the article series XD

    An alternative might be to focus on an archetype (not a trope, because there're way too many of them, and many are similar) and write a general article about it, with references to both web fiction examples and those from wider sources. Contrast them too. That way you're not just regurgitating a bunch of (what are essentially) press releases.

    More work, yes, but it makes the article more appealing, and a more appealing article means more readers (and more advertising for the series involved!). Cut down the work at your end by asking authors to do their own research into the subject, so they don't just talk about their characters ad infinitum. They're getting as much benefit from the article as you, after all, if not more!

  9. Karen Wehrstein (Inactive)

    Posted 10 years ago

    -his/her trope category : Paragon with (possibly) fatal flaw

    -his/her name : Fourth Chevenga Shae-Arano-e

    -a short description : Um... can I include images? Good one here: . He's also my avatar on twitter (@Chevenga) and Average height, athletic build, curly black hair, brown eyes. As he can also be a smart-ass narrator, I'll let him describe himself, in third person as this is after a bit of an identity crisis: "He was always burning to do things; long training every day barely sated him. He was very good with a sword, could be impetuous if he didn't care, thought and moved fast, spoke honestly, loved wholly, lusted frequently, slept badly, was obsessed with time since he knew he would die soon, and needed a hot bath every night." (Lion's Soul, New York: Baen Books 1991) In humility, he is leaving out the military brilliance, courage and general cheerfulness, plus the erudition and law-geekiness that his position requires. Nor is he mentioning the quirky and often black sense of humour.

    -superpowers / special abilities / etc. : weapon-sense, i.e. an ability to know where weapons are without seeing them. Later this morphs into other abilities. He is also prescient, though not reliably.

    -his/her [main] motivations or goals : Chevenga is raised to be totally committed to serving the people of Yeola-e, even if that means the ultimate sacrifice. He lives that until the point at which he starts to question it. In time his motivation becomes personal survival. More motivations would be spoilers.

    -the [main] obstacles he/she faces : at first, it's that he's got foreknowledge that he's going to die younger than thirty. Later, it's finding out that it was something more horrible than foreknowledge. And then there's the invasions, captures, tortures, etc.

    The Philosopher in Arms ~ asa kraiya (Beyond the Sword)
  10. A. M. Harte (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    @Karen - thanks, you're included

    @grant - on the waiting list. if april gets back to me though, you probably won't be in the post. :/

    Attention all other authors: if you were showcased in the villains post, *do not submit*! There is no more room on the waiting list!

    Qazyfiction: fantasy fiction with a sinister edge.
  11. Karen Wehrstein (Inactive)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Thx amaltia!

    The Philosopher in Arms ~ asa kraiya (Beyond the Sword)
  12. April.Raines (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    amaltia - You just want two steal another two hours of my life while I surf TV tropes. ;)

    Actually, if you've seen 'Rome' - the TV series, you'll have a good idea why my hero has a villain trope. But I'll go sacrifice another two hours to the internet gods just in case there's a heroic one that matches. I doubt it though.

  13. Sora (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    @April: Maybe Dark is Not Evil for your trope might work. I can't figure out how to do the tag marks in this one.

    @A_M, If someone hasn't gone and there isn't room left, you can kick off my character if you want. Vincent himself is pretty badass, so uh...yeah.

  14. April.Raines (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Ok, I looked (thanks for the suggestion SoraKainomori) and no... Magnificent Bastard is still the best. You could go with plain ol' Anti Hero or Villain Protagonist, but neither are as descriptive as Magnificent Bastard. Hope that's ok.

  15. A. M. Harte (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    @April Ok I'll put Villain Protagonist with a subset of which kind of villain (magnificent bastard).

    @Sora The waiting list is organized on a first come first served basis, but if you want to give precedence to those who submitted after you just let me know. :)

    Qazyfiction: fantasy fiction with a sinister edge.

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