Friday, January 25, 2013

Character Post - Haemon, Son of Carl

"His name was Haemon, Son of Carl, and he was the Chief of Kazimir Tribe."

Okay, I am going to finish this post. It's only been in draft form for a few months. I tried to just write about Haemon just freestyle, and it didn't work out so well. (Thus the reason it's been stuck in development hell.) '
So, I will be using a Beautiful People Questionnaire (The Evil Edition) as developed by Sky and Georgie Penn.

But first, a little background, because I did put some effort into this and I don't want it to go to waste.

Haemon was based off of the above picture, but with a few changes. My original description of him is a little stilted (in my own opinion) and I risked doing the grocery list type of description, but here it is:

"He was tall, and heavily muscled. His face was rough and weathered, but surprisingly pale. However, it was his attire that attracted your attention first. His jerkin, leggings and boots were darkest black, but his belt and scabbard, which was not empty, were purest white. Over all these he wore a long, finely tailored coat, red as blood on the outside and as white as his belt on the inside. Finally, those who dared, or were allowed to approach him were drawn to the fact that his hair was an unnatural white and his stunningly green eyes were always completely bloodshot. 
All in all, he cut a commanding, if not terrifying figure."

I can't add much more to that, as it's summed up pretty well there, but that might not be a good thing. I'm thinking in a future revision it'll be spread out a little more.

Haemon is my antagonist. He's the villain. He has two types of tempers. One is flash-in-the-pan, and that's the one he keeps most visible. He enjoys having people treading lightly around him, because he enjoys being feared.
The other is his deep, simmering temper. This one is much less obvious, and only identifiable by the fact that his little explosions pale in comparison to his volcanic explosions, often directed at someone who does not fear him, or at the very least, doesn't profess to fear him.
Those types of explosions are the ones that he's lain awake at night, brooding over how he can inflict the most humiliation and pain.

Okay. Moving onto the questions.

1. What is his motive?
Greed. Gain. He wants to have a life of ease like his grandparents had before the quake, and he believes the key to getting it is in the Old Cities.

2. What is he prepared to do to get what they want?
If I had to choose one word to describe Haemon it would probably be ruthless. Followed closely by calloused. He honestly doesn't care. 
He's a lot like a child. He wants what he wants and he's going to get what he wants any way possible.

3. Is he evil to the core, or simply misunderstood?
Originally, he was just curious, but curiosity became an obsession and now he's pretty much evil to the core.

4. What was his past like? What about his childhood? Was there one defining moment that made him embrace his evil ways?
In the beginning he had a fairly normal childhood. His father was the chief of his tribe, and he had a loving mother and a cute little sister. Now, I'm not exactly sure when in the timeline, but when he was a bit older, perhaps nineteen or twenty, his tribe was attacked and basically wiped out. His parents were killed and soon after he and his sister parted ways (not on great terms). 
He went on to investigate the Old Cities and then kind of took over and expanded another tribe with the ultimate goal being to repopulate the cities, but... he kind of started plundering other tribes along the way (since it worked so well the first time). And now he kind of has a life of ease because he's constantly being served, but of course, he's not satisfied... Anyhow, I think he is particularly vicious about attacking other tribes because he somehow equates it with getting revenge for the attack on his tribe.

5. Now that he's evil, have they turned their back on everyone, or is there still someone in their life that he cares for? (Brother? Daughter? Love interest? Mother? Someone who is just as evil as they are?)
Hmmm... He runs into his sister every once in a while and they fight like Titans, but if he were every to go easy on anyone, it would probably be her. He already kind of goes easy on her by not shooting her when she shows up. But that's about as far as it goes.

6. Does he like hugs?
Only if it's for the purpose of slipping a knife between your ribs. Otherwise, he's not real touchy.

7. Is he plagued by something? (Nightmares, terrible thoughts?)
He would say he's plagued by the stupidity of his tribe. If he's plagued by anything else, I haven't discovered/decided what it is yet.

8. Who is he more similar to: Gollum or Maleficent?
Maleficent, definitely. Shocking similarities. Very close in character.

9. If your villain could have his choice of transportation what would it be?In his situation, a jet black stallion. He wouldn't want a litter because he'd have to depend on his carriers. In this age and era, he'd likely have a black limo or sedan with two burly bodyguards to accompany him everywhere and a little hyperventilating secretary.

10. If you met your villain in the street, how afraid would you be? Is he evil enough to kill his creator?
Yes, he's evil enough to kill his creator. Without a second thought. Cleaning up loose ends.
How afraid would I be? Um, if we had met before, I'd be a touch terrified, because he may not just kill me. He may want to practice torture methods on me.
If he couldn't recognize me, I duck my head and get out of the way. Try and keep off his radar.
(Hint: If you run into Haemon, either cower and grovel so he lets you live, or start trying to appeal to his better nature so he kills you quickly.)

Welp, that's all the questions. So he's definitely not a nice person. Very much a self-absorbed dictator type. Just keep in mind that he's still development.
All questions (and any criticism for that matter) are very very welcome! (There's nothing quite like discovering someone's commented!)

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