I forgot that the last section of Beginning of a Hero introduced another facet of Windemere. I had focused on the dragon, which is standard for fantasy worlds and people would be more surprised if I didn’t have them. Then again, I had Fizzle. I’ll talk about the dragons tomorrow after posting the finale of ‘Catalysts’. Is it wrong to plug my own posts on my website?
Like all fantasy authors, I had the standard races in Windemere. Human, elf, dwarf, half-breeds, orc, gnome, and halfling. As time went on, I wondered what else I could throw into the mix. This is where the Calicos and several other species came from. They were originally part of an older story where each hero was a special creature, but I slowly slipped them into mainstream. Of course, they remained on the fringe for years until I decided a few months ago to turn Theresa Marley into a Calico. I had too many humans and didn’t feel like making her go elf. So, I gave her ear tufts, a tail, and various cat-like habits.
I’d love to say that this is highly original, but I’ve watched enough anime (Japanese cartoons) and read enough manga (Japanese comics) to know that the cat-people are rather common. Though, they’re always cutesie characters or stand-offish characters, but Theresa doesn’t help me get away from that. She was catty before I made her part cat, so that might be why I did it. Luke kept comparing her to a panther and I think she got compared to a lioness at one point too.
Calicos are going to be getting more and more common as I continue writing. Several characters in later books and later series are being altered as I write. They are still a work in progress because all I had was that they are cat-people and don’t have a central government like the other races. They stick to the laws of whatever city they happen to live in, but there are a division of Calicos who are wild. They tend to be bigger and more barbarian-like, so it will be interesting when I can find a way to introduce one of them. These cat-people were a race called ‘Beasts’ until last night when I realized they were too similar to the Calicos and merged them. I guess they do have their own culture with one group choosing to be civilized and the other to remain wild. Is that cat-like? I’m more of a dog person, so I don’t really know.