Character Sketch: (Old Man) Blue

The character sketches were a collaborative effort; a rough road map to understanding our characters. As we continued to co-write Charlotte’s Journey, this was a way to keep the “shape”, or a baseline, of a character in mind; so we didn’t create two competing arcs as we wrote first drafts.

Blue was introduced to give our party of adventurers a martial ability that neither Charlotte nor Raul posses. In some ways, he is the avatar of the barbarian hero that Charlotte so idolises, but he also makes it necessary that she practice her diplomatic skills by endlessly teasing Raul. Blue is really there for colour; he’s comic relief, deus ex machina, and occasionally a sounding board for a lesson Charlotte needs to learn. For all that, we still love him.

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CC.018.J.2 | Charlotte and Raul Meet Blue (But for Real This Time)

Episode CC.018.J.2.

Luke: This is where James would write an intro to this section he wrote. He may talk about what it was like to write it; or something he learned about his process, the story, or one of the characters; maybe he’ll just go on a tangent about cheese. I’m not sure which, because he hasn’t done it yet…

James: This section is long. It actually covers a few important events, not the least of which is meeting Blue. Originally, Blue was supposed to join the team right here, but that didn’t work for the story as I was writing it. Some emergent ideas reshuffled the timeline of events, and hopefully improved the next section I’ll be writing with Blue’s surprise re-appearance.

Although it doesn’t make it into the narrative itself, I took efforts to explain all the magic in this section under the strict rules we imposed on our story. You can see those explanations in the comments.

Finally, this section might be a failure. Blue doesn’t join the team as the cue card suggests he should, and an implicit connection between the ruined fortress and Count Vilnius never arises. Both failures may, in the end, prove to be better for the story, but there you have it.
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