Revisiting Legends: Fizzle the Lovable Drite #fantasy #adventure

Fizzle is probably the most popular character of Legends of Windemere.  He isn’t a champion, but he might as well be in the eyes of some readers.  It reached a point where I was getting requests for a Fizzle book.  This is when I tried some ‘Fizzle only’ scenes and I realized that I couldn’t go for very long with him as the central character.  As popular as he is, the little dragon worked best as a supporting mascot and occasional timely rescue delivery service.  Now, who or what is Fizzle in more detail for those who haven’t read the series?

In the first book, Luke Callindor meets this small dragon (called a drite) with red dragonfly wings, a really long tail, hallucinogenic/sleeping gas breath, powerful magic, and the speech pattern of a small child.  That last trait is because he learned trade-speak from a child, so this improved a bit over the course of the adventure.  Fizzle is the guardian of Visindor Forest who decides to travel with his new friend because he wants to be of help.  He has never left his home before, so he is very curious, especially when it comes to his favorite food.  This would be apples and some comedy happens surrounding the fruit.  He acted as a secondary caster and a stealth operative when he could.  As cool as that sounds, his main role was to be used when I needed a non-champion agent to settle something.  This is because he was the main Non-Player Character of the DM in the original game, so he was really stuck in that roll.

That isn’t to say Fizzle is hardly used in the series because I slipped him into scenes as much as I could.  This became much more essential when I saw how popular he was.  I couldn’t give him his own book, but I did rewrite all of the outlines from Volume 5-15 to have more Fizzle.  In the game, he went into hibernation for what would be the 4th volume adventure, so I kept that to give myself time to rethink him.  Drites sleep for several weeks to come back stronger and the heroes were heading back to Visindor Forest anyway.  I had it that Fizzle was gifted with extra ‘strength’, which only appeared in two forms.  One was more obvious than the other:

  1. Obvious one is that he had some resistance to Stephen Kernaghan’s magic.  This wouldn’t last for the whole story, but it was enough to protect the champions when they were weaker.  Fizzle also kind of gained this ‘stealth’ ability where the villains would ignore him and he’d get a sucker punch.  Again, this would lose it’s usefulness once they realized that they had to pay attention to the little guy.  Still, he’d get some good shots in at times and his magic certainly increased.
  2. The less obvious upgrade given to him by Gabriel the Destiny God is that he was able to continue along a fate path that he wasn’t meant to be on.  Nearly everyone else who follows the champions meets bad luck because it isn’t their destiny to do more than support for a bit.  Fizzle goes with them to the very end.  He is able to be a strong factor in events instead of a spectator or innocent bystander.  A few readers were calling him a secret champion, which isn’t too far off.  (Though, another character might have a stronger claim to that title.)

Perhaps one of the best uses of Fizzle is that I used him to ask questions about the world I was building.  I began this tactic with Luke Callindor, but it switched to Fizzle since he was out of his forest for the first time.  Since I write in present tense, I can’t do flashbacks and info dumps of history are clunky.  Having characters ask questions is one of the best ways to do it, so I used Fizzle for this when I really wanted to share something.  That didn’t mean he understood either, but the information came about.  I did try to do some social commentary when he ran into a homeless child in the sewers, but I don’t think that worked as well as I planned.  It would make sense for a creature living in the wild to be confused about how the ‘civilized’ beings let a child suffer, especially when he’s seen beasts adopt abandoned children.  Sadly, I really couldn’t get beyond a conversation between him and Luke Callindor about it because it didn’t fit the tone of the book.  (I think I’ve gotten better at putting serious stuff into my books though.)

A side-note that isn’t much about his origins:  I really wish I knew of a way to make Fizzle plushies.  I’m sure those would sell or work great as swag.  Haven’t had any luck finding a way to do it.

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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15 Responses to Revisiting Legends: Fizzle the Lovable Drite #fantasy #adventure

  1. So wish you could do Fizzle plushies… I’d buy one for sure! I love that little guy!

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  2. L. Marie says:

    I agree with Victoria. 😀 You had a nice balance in the scenes with Fizzle. With characters that are popular, sometimes authors cram too much of the character into books to the point where we’re sick of them. But you didn’t do that with Fizzle. So well done!

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  3. I’ve had similar experiences with popular supporting characters. Even requests for a book unique to them. Some characters are better in small doses. Leave the readers wanting more. I would love some root monsters as plushies, but I never go anywhere to hand them out.

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  4. Fizzle is a great character for sure. Your use of him to bring in some backstory is terrific. Plushies would be great

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  5. V.M.Sang says:

    Interestingly, I have a little creature called a dragonet in my Wolves of Vimar books. His name is Muldee and was found by the characters near to where they found the artfact they were searching for, mistaking him for a baby dragon, much to his disgust. He decided to travel with them to see more of the world and helped themout of a number of situations. Then he went off with a secondary character to find out more.
    He didn’t feature in books 2 and 3, but insisted he had a role to play, yet, so he has reappeared in book 4, not yet finished. He was right. He turned out to be quite important.
    Your Fizzle, although a bit different in appearance, does sound a bit like Muldee. He does not have magic, though. He has psi abilities, though.
    I have looked at the possibility of making a Plushy, as you call them. The problem is with copyright. I found a number of patterns for dragons, that were small enough to be a dragonet if done in the correct fabric, but they were copyrighted. I hope you have luck with your pursuit of this idea.

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    • I’d have to get a personalized plushie due to Fizzle not looking like regular dragons. It’s the dragonfly wings that make it tough because regular dragons have leather/bat.

      Fizzle was an interesting one in the story. I had him drop out of 2 books for hibernation because it allowed me to give him a boost and path change. Being the guardian of a forest, he really had to settle some things back home. It was in the initial outlines that I kept forgetting he was there until the last book, which was silly. That’s why I did a ‘Fizzle run’ to add him in and put reminders he was there.

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  6. Fizzle was such a burst of sweetness when things got heavy.

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