Quest of the Broken-Hearted (Possible Spoilers?)

By Kayla Matt

By Kayla Matt

I can say that only know of 3 characters who are confirmed to survive Legends of Windemere.  The rest are still up in the air, which has left me with having to create alternate endings.  One such ending can lead to a stand-alone book that gives a character closure if she survives: Kira Grasdon.

I will say that at least 1 person will die in the Sari/Luke Callindor/Kira Grasdon love triangle.  At least as things stand right now, so I have plans for Windemere to continue in each scenario.  If alive, Luke and Sari would join the other surviving champions as cameos in future series.  Maybe even together.  As for Kira, I have two paths if she survives.  One is that she marries Luke and joins him on the cameo circuit.  The other is that she doesn’t get Luke and plunges into darkness.  Hence, that story being called ‘Quest of the Broken-Hearted’.

Princess Farah from Prince of Persia

Princess Farah from Prince of Persia

I’ve been playing with this idea for years because I love the Kira Grasdon character.  I love Sari and Luke too, which is why the love triangle drives me nuts when I’m writing scenes about it. Anyway, I see her losing everything and simply checking out on life in the scenario where she is alone.  There are in-book reasons that she’s going to fall like this and I won’t go into those (BOOK 7!).  In fact, I have her slated to become a brothel girl in Gaia simply to survive.  This really isn’t the story, but a show that at this point, Kira will have absolutely nothing.

Now, I was playing two games when I designed the current version of Kira Grasdon.  One was Prince of Persia, which is why she’s from the desert and resembles Princess Farah instead of Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros). The other is Castlevania, which involves a whip-wielding vampire hunter going after Dracula.  This is where the Kusari-Gama came from and where the basis of her story appears.

Having nothing to lose and being depressed, she heads on an adventure after hearing about the evil city of Lacarsis.  It is home to thousands of monsters and it moves around the continent of Ralian.  Nobody gets out alive and there’s been a big rise in attempts to destroy it.  Kira heads off to try her hand and finds that it’s not what she expected. The demon lord treats the adventurers as guests and challenges them to defeat various monsters for entertainment.  Think gladiators without a central arena because sneak attacks happen.

This would give an early introduction to Rayne who is a servant given to Kira during her time there.  She gets a few life-saving ideas from Rayne and tells her about the outside world since she’s been in Lacarsis since she was a baby.  There’s also Roland from Beginning of a Hero who might make an appearance as an example of those who challenge Lacarsis and fail.

If this happens then it will focus a lot on Kira acting self-destructive and possibly finding a new reason to exist.  Though, it could also be nothing more than an epic sendoff for one of my favorite characters.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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13 Responses to Quest of the Broken-Hearted (Possible Spoilers?)

  1. I knew I shouldn’t have read this post 😦


  2. Kirsten says:

    I think you wrote this post well and it is clear that these are possibilities…not set in stone. I still like Kira though, just so you know 🙂


  3. Keith Bennett says:

    You disgusting worthless misogynistic piece of shit. I hope you rot in hell.


    • This seems a rather harsh and offensive comment to a man that is struggling with his conscience, over the need that one character in a love triangle ends up broken-hearted and empty inside, despite it being a true reflection of the nature of real life. Charles is obviously a very feeling man. I am bemused as to where you get this opinion from, and surely no one should be resigned to rot in hell.


    • ioniamartin says:

      Generally speaking, it is usually acceptable to voice your opinion over what is posted on any blog, this much I support and agree with. However, this post was not about the author, but rather the content of the author’s books. If he has offended you in some way, why leave your comment here for all to read and interact with AFTER the main portion of the discussion is over with? It seems you are usually a late commenter, is this for fear that others will disagree with you or is it just coincidence that you tend to wait to spew hateful remarks until after the chance of most people noticing has already passed?

      I mean you no harm, nor any insult, but I am very curious as to why you feel as you do about this author. We are a friendly group of bloggers who like to talk. I am curious as to your standpoint on this matter and would be happy to listen to your views on the author’s work and why you feel as you do.


  4. It sounds like you are really struggling, Charles. Sadly, even in real life, one point of the infernal love triangle always ends up being ultimately destroyed in some manner, be that emotionally, or in rather sad cases, physically. I love that you are so invested and connected to your characters that you feel their emotion and pain.


    • Thanks. It’s definitely the toughest subplot I have because I’m not sure how it will end. I switch between who ends up with who and who dies every month. I’d love to give all three happy endings, but it really doesn’t seem possible given the situation.


      • I understand your problem. Sadly, in the real world there is rarely a happy ending for all three. It is deep, emotional interactions and relationships such as these that make a work of fiction great, reflecting real life, and dealing with these issues well are the mark of a great author.


      • Good point. It’d be easier to go for a ‘clean’ romance than this mess. It isn’t like I’m pretending it’s anything more than a mess. Luke’s horrible love life and the trouble it causes is a big part of his evolution.


  5. ioniamartin says:

    Reblogged this on readful things blog and commented:

    Some very interesting comments and viewpoints on this blog. Even if you don’t want to read the post, you might find the comments worthy of a look-see.


  6. Reblogged this on Julian Froment's Blog and commented:
    Interesting to see how an author connects with the fate of his characters and can feel their misery and pain. Interesting comment thread too, although some are a little off-topic.


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