I was looking through my other ideas while waiting for a headache to go away and I noticed a few interesting characters. Missing eyes, missing limbs, weak heart, and other disabilities that limit them. These heroes are not the standard, but I’m still working them to be heroes. It isn’t like a disabled superhero is new considering you have Professor X, Daredevil, and several others. Yet, I don’t know of many in the Fantasy genre, so this might rougher.
I’m going to stick to physical disabilities here because the mental ones are another can of worms. In fact, I think those can be easier to work with due to character development and personalities. The physical handicaps can be a lot tougher because the author typically doesn’t share these handicaps. So, you might slip and have the character do something that they can’t actually do. A blind hero reading street signs, a wheelchair-bound hair going up stairs, and other minor things that we take for granted. Can these things be done in some fashion? Yes, but you have to be clear instead of simply saying they do it. Even worse, you have to do this without harping on their disability because you don’t want that to be the sole identifier of the character.
My biggest challenge is going to be Freya Arvanti. She is a blind half-elven warrior who uses a spear. I played a male version of her in a game, which didn’t go well. Dungeons & Dragons wasn’t very good for such a disability back then. So, I’ve had to write test scenes with her. I gave her better hearing than normal because of her elven heritage, but it’s still difficult. I have to remember she works by her ears, touch, and nose. So, I can’t have her react to things that one can only see. I’m aiming for the blind swordsman concept with her.
So, has anyone tried to write a physically disabled main character? Any advice or warnings about doing it?