Kalidia is one of these characters who came to me because of the image claim I wanted to use. I discovered Meghan Ory on Higher Ground (the same show in which I discovered Jewel Staite and Kandyse McClure too). Seeing her in more significant roles such as Ruby on Once Upon A Time and as Riley Neal in Intelligence made me very eager to use her for a roleplaying character. Of course, coming up with a fresh concept as I was already writing more than twenty active characters was easier said than done. I admit that I prefer coming up with an idea of character instead of their face, for starters. It makes my life easier. Yet, the muse had spoken so I had to comply and think harder.
I felt that she would be an imperial but coming up with a new concept, since imperials are my most common characters by now, took a bit of time. I decided to have her be a Morellian, but without her knowing what she was. She was born out of adultery and her parents had kept her existence a secret. They gave her up to a couple of human friends on Centares because they knew they would raise her well and love her. Unbeknownst to her, her parents died during the plague and she never was revealed what she was. She only was told very few things about her birth parents and she lost her adoptive ones when in her twenties.
Kalidia had interest in esotericism, martial arts and writing. I liked the idea to expand on characters having artistic tendencies in the past few years. As for esotericism, I didn’t have other characters deep into such matters, so it was something new for me. Never fitting in, she wandered across the galaxy for a long time. She knew she wasn’t human because of certain small things, but it didn’t give her any useful clue.
Revelations came to her thanks to a chance encounter with a fellow Morellian. She got accidentally hurt on the head in a clothing shop and this stranger helped her and escorted her to the medical center. There he found out that she was a fellow Morellian and looked after her as she recovered. Then he told her about what she was and what had happened. On a hunch, he offered her to come with him to imperial territory and they eventually found work as privateers.
- Do you write characters interested in esotericism?
- How can ‘random’ encounters affect your characters?
- Do your characters easily accept significant revelations or are they more likely to be skeptical?