The Deleted Cartel Files: Reyana Shenko, Katrala Nuruodo, Tonyh Vankar
Just like with every other faction, not all my underworld / Hutt Cartel characters survived until now. It is interesting that I had a two or three character deletion rate per playable groups since I joined SWRPG in summer 2008. I find it amusing since the characters got deleted on a very random basis and not through some kind of single ‘purge’. My three deleted Cartel characters are Reyana Shenko, Katrala Nuruodo and Tonyh Vankar. All of them got written for at least a short time, but the only one who had a longer run was Tonyh.
Reyana was one of my earliest characters at SWRPG. Back then the actual underworld Drifter’s Paradise/Hutt Cartel hadn’t come back to life in an organized fashion yet. A friend and I decided to create a couple of Corellian mercenaries, using Claudia Black (for Reyana) and Ben Browder (for her husband). I remember they were childhood sweethearts and that we had a blast writing a flash back thread about how they had first met when they were kids. Reyana had a fiery temper and a knack to get into all sorts of trouble. Yet, I chose to delete her a few years afterwards as my friend and I got no more writing done for them. My muse wasn’t able to keep writing Reyana without her husband around.
Katrala Nuruodo was a Chiss character who was a bit of a renegade from her own species, due to her ties and appreciation for non Chiss societies and people. She had an adoptive human son, which had finished to make her a pariah to her people. I used Michelle Forbes for her. I think I only wrote a couple of threads with her and the details are fuzzy. She was supposed to become one of Drifter’s Paradise executives’ personal assistant, but I never reached this point. She had a strong and detailed back story but the actual writing wasn’t so easy to me, which was why I decided to delete her.
Tonyh Vankar was my first male character, which was a pretty big step for me. While I had male characters in original and fan fiction (including Lando Calrissian and Zekk in the Star Wars universe) before, it took me about three years to take the plunge to write a male roleplaying character. Tonyh was a former imperial soldier who had become a bounty hunter. I used French actor Mathieu Delarive while I wrote him. He was an honorable man who had a witty sense of humor and who didn’t hesitate to rely to violence to get things done if needed. I wrote him for one or two years if I remember correctly. He was a solid first attempt at writing a male character and I learned a lot with him. Yet, the muse died at some point, and I felt stuck with him. Unable to come up with a fresh angle and story, I requested his deletion.
- Do you mostly stay in your writing comfort zones or do you regularly stretch your boundaries?
- Is there a type of character that was especially challenging for you the first time you wrote them?
- If you write Star Wars characters (fanfiction and/or roleplay) do you prefer to write Force users or non Force users?