Revisiting Legends: Trinity the Queen of Shayd #fantasy #adventure

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Where to even begin with Trinity?  Over the course of Legends of Windemere, she has worn the mask of a villain, hero, savior, tormentor, victim, friend, rival, and a few others.  I think she’s the most diverse one of the whole cast because I had to move her from one spot to another.  It wasn’t really supposed to be this way either.

Trinity is the ruler of a species called ‘Chaos Elves’.  These are a species of elf that maintain some of the demon taint that was thrown into the mix of the original model, which nearly destroyed Windemere.  They live on the shadowy continent of Shayd and are known for being deadly assassins.  Although, they used to be known as annoying pranksters before the Great Cataclysm happened.  Very few people know that Baron Kernaghan’s prison cracked enough that he managed to enslave the chaos elves and turn them into his personal army.  He’s gone through many puppet rulers to keep them under his thumb, but now he has Trinity.  This might not be a positive for him.

Originally, Trinity was a deal-loving caster who debuted in Prodigy of Rainbow Tower to counter the power of Nyx.  She was actually stronger at first because she had more experience.  While Nyx trained for most of her life in Rainbow Tower, Trinity took the throne and became an agent of the Baron at a very young age.  By the time she appears in the books, she’s had a lot of kills and misery under her belt.  Plenty of suffering too because she’s done what no other ruler has done before.  She accepts the punishments of her people, which has kept many of them alive because the Baron would never dare to kill her.  This upbringing always made me think of Trinity as a mirror image of Nyx and that either one could have become the other under different circumstances.  In fact, this is a plot point for one of the books when Trinity confronts Nyx . . . This is also where I began having problems.

I always expected Trinity and Nyx to be bitter rivals who would push each other to the highest levels of skill.  Then, they’d settle their feud once and for all with all of the hatred coming out at once.  Unfortunately, I could never maintain their hate because I would see how they’d respect each other.  Nyx wouldn’t hate Trinity who does evil to protect her people.  Trinity wouldn’t hate Nyx for following her destiny.  This would result in them being forced to team-up at times, especially since both of them despised Stephen Kernaghan.  I did manage to create a few scenarios where I could have them really throw down with each other, including their final encounter.  Yet, it never had the emotions that I wanted.  Instead, there was an odd amount of pain and anguish that they felt when doing battle.  It came alongside a sense of pleasure and excitement since nobody else could challenge them in the same fashion.  So, my bitter rivalry became a friendly one that made me change a lot of stuff later on in the books.

For those that made it far into the series, you probably know more about the Trinity/Stephen stuff.  This is probably the darkest I got and it’s a big reason I hated the guy.  I was never sure if I should be overt with the fact that he had raped her and probably threatened to kill her people if she said no.  Before anyone freaks out, I’ve made it clear many times that Stephen is the irredeemable monster of the series and I had to take a shower whenever I wrote a scene where he wasn’t getting his ass kicked.  I think Trinity helped to flush out the horror that he was and it strengthened her a bit because she got to fight back at times.  There’s a big scene that touches on this and Nyx is involved too, but it’s kind of a spoiler.  I didn’t let this part of Trinity’s history define her either.  It was another scar for her to have among so many others, but this is the one I think about the most.

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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11 Responses to Revisiting Legends: Trinity the Queen of Shayd #fantasy #adventure

  1. L. Marie says:

    Trinity has had one of the most interesting arcs among your characters, which makes her extremely sympathetic. And yes Stephen is awful. Was it difficult to write his scenes? What did you have to do to get out of his head and write someone else’s scenes?

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    • It was difficult writing his scenes in that I had to hold back from making him get his just desserts too early. A character that evil is tough to maintain when you’ve already decided on giving him a torturous end. I wanted him to gradually erode. This meant I spent more time observing him through other characters than being in his head. You’ll note that there is a lot of reaction to his presence from whoever he is with instead of him reacting. This actually fed his arrogance and narcissistic tendencies.

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  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    I’m currently reading and enjoying Charles’ Windermere series, where I discovered the fascinating Trinity – is she truly an evil villain, or, a victim?

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  3. It is clear that Trinty is one of your favorite characters. You can feel the affection when you write about her.

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  4. That’s a great play on characters who mirror each other. Rape happens, but it’s easier for a woman to write about than us. We tend to get flack for such scenes. I’m reading a SF piece right now where it happens, but the author is a woman. I’m going to go down that path in 2020 some time (maybe even twice), but I’ll try to keep it all off the page.

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