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- The Sons of Thestian, Book one of The Harmatia Cycle by M.E. Vaughan
Being released this November!
A link to my flash comic on deviantart.
This is in dedication to Amanda Todd who is no longer with us due to depression from her bullying peers. Originally meant for spirit day, but I couldn’t make it in time. Also meant to be finished by Halloween, but that didn’t bode so well either.
It always saddens me to hear another teen committing suicide because of bullying. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary situation. Sure, I can’t possibly know what they are going through or how they are feeling, but those people who make their lives shitty are not going to be there forever. Your suicide effects more than just yourself, it effects your friends, families, and those who are trying to help you.
If there is anyone who is experiencing any bullying or feels like there is no other option in life know that there is help.
Here is the Suicide prevention hotline which is open 24/7 for those in need.
This is a really great peice of work, and I would encourage everyone to look at it. Messages like this should be spread because unfortunately this really is somebody’s reality.
Ok - So this is a Meme for my character Kestrel McBurney who is pure indulgence as an OC, because she is in the literary sense a self-insert.
That’s right, she’s basically me. But not me, because she’s awesome and I have developed her into something original too and thrown her (flailing I might add) into the depths of danger.
In the basic - she’s a walking-talking death-trap and a self-acclaimed money-making failure.
Tell me what you think. I’m going to try and do some of these for my other characters in this Saga - such as Shaylin, Jen and Gal.
[ ] They are possessed by an angel
[ ] They are possessed by a demon
[ ] They are a werewolf/vampire/faerie
[ ] They are physically strong
[ ] They have a rare hair/fur colour
[ ] Their eyes are an unusual colour
[ ] This happens to be red
[ ] Their eyes change colour
[ ] They have wings
[ ] They can grow extra body parts/shapeshift
[ ] They are immortal
[x] (if a female) they have large boobs - This is not a gift. It is a curse.
[ ] (if a male) they are very muscular
[ ] They are very attractive to the opposite gender.
[ ] They are telekinetic/pyrokinetic/etc
[x] They have sixth sense/can mind-read/etc – Rather, she has a good sense for when bad things are about to happen to her. Because they happen ALOT.
[x] They have an object of some sort that gives them powers - She has a locket that holds within her very own Knight of the Round Table.
[x] They have a special ability/power, but they don’t know about it yet - Not in the first book, no.
[x] They were bestowed/cursed with these powers - Everybody wants to kill her.
[ ] They are a healer
[ ] They are from a very rich/royal family
[ ] They don’t know that they are from a very rich/royal background
[x] They have lost one/both of their parents – Her mother is ‘gone’, but she’s never as far as she seems.
[ ] They ran away from home
[ ] Their parents are cruel, uncaring, abusive etc. – Her mother loves her so much she gave Kestrel up to protect her, and her father thinks the absalute world of her.
[ ] They witnessed one/both of their parent’s death
[x] They are part angel/demon/faerie/some other mythical creature - The descendent of Merlin, so yah - I’d say so.
[x] They never knew their parents - She never knew her mother.
[ ] They were abused/spoiled as a child
[ ] They are very attractive to the same gender
[ ] They have lots of friends/no friends – She doesn’t have a GREAT social life, but she does have friends. More, increasingly.
[ ] They are emo/cutesy
[ ] They look much younger/older than they really are.
[ ] They are currently in a relationship
[ ] They have lots of morals and state them a fair bit for example: ‘I would rather be with my friends than with my boyfriend/girlfriend’ ‘Nothing matters more to me than my friends/family’ ‘I wouldn’t hesitate to die in place of a friend’ etc. It’s fine if your OC has these beliefs/values, but if they constantly say them out loud/preach them to others, then we have a problem.
[ ] They have a mental disorder
[ ] They have an emotional disorder
[x] They struggle to stay sane – Actually, she keeps her head on relatively straight in the first book, but to do that she’s already several levels of crazy.
[ ] They are a psycho
[ ] They have multiple personalities
[ ] They are very intelligent – Hahahaha.
[ ] They have hallucinations – “I WISH I was hallucinating right about now.”
[ ] They can summon spirits/demons/angels etc.
[ ] They have an unusual/unrealistic pet - Does Austin count?
[x] They have a guardian spirit - Galahad in a physical sense, Merlin in a mental sense, and one other…
[ ] They have a ‘special type’ of soul
[ ] Their soul is not the same as them
[x] They can talk to spirits/ghosts - Eventually, yeah.
[ ] Some part of their body glows
[x] They have a rare/unusual name - Kestrel. It’s a bird. Hey, I think it’s pretty.
[ ] They were born on an important date, such as New Year’s Eve, Midsummers Night, The Winter Solstace etc.
[ ] They have a twin/sibling that they were separated from at birth/a young age
[ ] They are connected with a certain element
[ ] They are connected with a certain animal
[ ] They always dress like a certain ‘label’
[ ] They look quite a bit like a character from a popular anime/manga
[ ] They are a race/species that is discriminated against/misunderstood
[ ] They have a certain power that is misunderstood/feared
[ ] They live/lived on the streets at some point in their lives
[x] They are hiding from someone/something - And she’s doing it so well, she doesn’t even know it herself.
[ ] They have a rare blood type
[ ] They cry blood
[ ] Certain noises/smells/situations/etc make their powers activate/give them a nervous breakdown
[ ] They are from a different country to where they live
[ ] They are very mysterious/dark
[ ] They are very lively/happy
[x] Their mood changes a lot/very quickly - She’s a hormonal bitch, whaddya expect?
[ ] They are very patient – *Snort*
[x] They are from a long line of (insert profession/power here) – Sorcerers, yeah - I’d say so.
[x] They have amnesia - In a sense, if that counts.
[ ] They have some sort of permanent medical condition
[ ] The have a curse upon them
[x] They are involved in some sort of prophecy - The Once and Future King.
[ ] They are ‘the chosen one’
[x] They have insomnia – oh yes.
Overall points: 18
Take points off your OCs overall score if they fit any of the following statements:
[ ] They smoke
[ ] They are an alcoholic
[x] They are overweight - A little bit, yes. She likes food.
[ ] They are addicted to drugs
[x] They have a short temper – *Pepper-sprays Gal in the eyes* AAAAARGH!?
[x] They enjoy bullying others – Famous quote - “Kestrel’s a bitch. A wonderful, beautiful bitch.”
[ ] They do not care much about others
[ ] They are emotionless
Final score: 15
RESULT: Balanced Character
< 5 Anti-Sue
Your character may be a bit on the boring side. Of course, this does depend, but generally if they are scoring that low, it wouldn’t hurt to ‘spice them up’ a bit ^^
6-15 Balanced Character
If your OC scored around here, then they are probably quite a well-balanced and interesting character. Those scoring in the higher end of this category may be a bit too much though.
16-25 Borderline Mary-Sue
We have a problem. You need to tone your character down. They are most likely a bit annoying to others, too.
26 < Mary-Sue
Mary-Sues can make stories, and such seem very imbalanced.
Kestrel McBurney & ‘The Kestrel Saga’ © Madeleine Vaughan