I’ve been working on a story and character for a while now, but there’s something different about her. Freya Arvanti is a half-elven warrior with a magic spear that was used by her deceased father. Her town is turned to glass by a demon and she goes off with either one or a handful of survivors to awaken the Zodiac Gods whose power sealed the demon in the first place. Sadly, it was at the cost of their bodies. She is strong, determined, stubborn, and kind even though she is seen as an outcast by most of the other children.
She’s also blind.
That’s where things get sticky. I’ve been obsessed with having a blind hero since college. Not like Daredevil who has radar sense, but someone who has no sight. Freya works entirely by her other senses like the classic blind swordsman. I wrote a few test scenes with her and got used to her not reacting by sight. I had to make sure there was a sound or a gust of wind that she could react to. I probably cheat here by giving her superior hearing due to her elven blood. Yet, I don’t think it takes away from her too much, but I always get nervous about writing her. And next week could see me returning to her story once I’m done with Darwin. I’m still not sure if I want her to have a solitary book, a duet, or a trilogy. If I go for duet or trilogy, the first book would be a collection of short stories with Freya the focus of one. Then, she shares the spotlight with the survivors in the following books.
So, has anyone ever written a character with a missing sense? Mute, blind, deaf, etc. If so, how did it go?