Future Work: Sutyra . . . Again

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Who is Sutyra?

This is a character I designed in college and keep wanting to use.  She’s half lust demon and half something else.  I originally had her a demon-conquered Earth and she is freed by a human who she travels with.  Angels, demons, and humans began fighting again with her in the middle.  Sutyra used two magical pistols and loved causing trouble while getting drawn into bigger events.  Then, I moved her to Windemere . . .

What happened in Windemere?

I couldn’t figure out what to do.  She’s a fun character to write since she’s uninhibited, impulsive, and lacking in any ambitions beyond having fun.  Sutyra embodies so much freedom.  Yet, I could never figure out where here story could go.  I can’t have demons conquer Windemere since that wrecks all the other stories.  I can’t give her the guns because that technology doesn’t really exist.  Well, it does within a specific, highly regulated group, which she can’t join.  I tried her in a political thriller and she balked to the point where I tossed most of it.  I tried her in a short story series, but she was too directionless for that.  It was frustrating, so I shelved her.

Why bring her up now?

I was going through my ideas to organize them since I’m close to jumping to another notebook.  The Legends/Nytefall/Slumberlord book was done and now The Ether Thief one is nearly completed.  I could go with Mylrixians, Windemere history, groups, or kingdom builders.  Sutyra was sitting among that last category even though most of the stuff was crossed out.  All I could do was stare at the name and feel bad that a character I loved the design of couldn’t be used.

Or could she?

I think on problem was that I kept taking her away from the original structure, which was a trilogy.  If I think of her as a 3 act character then I feel more comfortable.  Parts of her different adventures can be added too.  I came up with this:

  1. Book 1–  A boy wanders into the Chaos Void and awakens Sutyra who protects him while they search for a way out.  This expands the Chaos Void as a location.
  2. Book 2–  They find themselves in Windemere and wander around while being hunted by a variety of enemies.  Demons want Sutyra returned, paladins have been called to destroy her, and there’s a mystery group.  They’re helped by a demon who has been trapped on Windemere for years and stumble onto an enclave of more masterless demons, who don’t want to go back to the Chaos Void.
  3. Book 3–  Sutyra and her friends have to protect the enclave while her true nature causes trouble.  I don’t know where this goes . . .

That’s where I start having trouble.  I want Sutyra to evolve, but I’m also not sure if I should have her settle in any way.  Can I have her continue to wander and be free after major events?  Is there a middle ground?  What do I give her for weapons?  I think I switched those to giant tonfas or kamas at some point.  Guess there’s a lot that I have to figure out here.  Any of this sound fun and interesting?

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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9 Responses to Future Work: Sutyra . . . Again

  1. She sounds great. I realize Windermere is the brand here, but she would be great in some major modern city.

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  2. Does sound fun, Charles.

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  3. Sutrya sounds interesting. You sound concerned that she might “settle down,” but there must be something deeper to her if she feels to protect a young boy and protect that enclave.

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    • I’m not sure if I’m keeping the enclave. Her getting tamed because of that is a big reason why. As for the boy, I might have her treat him like a pet for the most part. Otherwise, she’s not that different from my other strong female characters beyond being a demon. I’d rather have her keep that darker, selfish edge.

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  4. She does sound fun, and it would be great to learn more about the chaos void while following her story.

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