While Nyte had some detailed description and the Scrumptious Siren had a lot, there wasn’t much for Gregorio’s lair. Home to the ancient gnomish vampire, I made it very vague beyond there being tables and experiments everywhere. I added a bedroom for one scene, but most of my attention went to the entrance. This would be a long slide and some dips and slime, all of which will change from time to time. I have it in my head that Gregorio gets bored quite often and designing new entrances keeps him entertained. Not that he gets a lot of company, which is a gripe he makes clear at times.
I’ve thought a lot about why I didn’t make a lot of details for Gregorio’s lair and I think it’s the same reason I went all out with the Scrumptious Siren. I created him as a recluse that stays out of politics and gets food by having it delivered by his friends. He’s been around for so long that I can understand why he wouldn’t wander far away from home. Gregorio probably had seen it all until the Great Cataclysm changed everything and then he just wanted to stay safe. My description was rather basic and that felt right since he hadn’t done much with the place.
One thing I did create is a reputation, which hints that his home was nearly a legend since very few have gone beyond the doorway. This could be an in-story reason for Gregorio doing very little with a large lair. He is a gnome, which means he is always working on an experiment and that requires space. Not to mention the inevitable explosions probably destroyed a lot of the decorations in the main chamber. Still, I didn’t even describe scraps of such things, so the place comes off as very barren. There are many chambers that I haven’t added either because the action didn’t require them. All I know is that this place is supposed to be huge and there might have been a time when Gregorio had a lot of children who stayed there. Not biological kids, but those he turned like Nadia Sylvan and Clyde.
As I think about the lair, I get the sense that this is a place that is going to evolve as the series progresses. It started as almost dead and quiet because that was where Gregorio was at this point in his long life. With the changes that Clyde has brought to the world, I can see him reviving his lair and being more open to seeing the rest of Windemere. Will he sire more children? I don’t think he’s going to do that, but I can see him creating a home for Dawn Fangs who are looking for a place to live. Not all of them will want to be out in the open and Gregorio’s lair is built to contain a lot of power. Much of this is still in the works because it was never a focus during the planning stages. Yet, I really do think there is more to this place than I realize.
So, has anybody else designed a location in their story that didn’t come to life at the beginning? Was it better that way or did you consider it a problem?