Characters are at the core of every story. Creating characters that readers care about is an absolute must if we’re to be successful authors. When I started jotting down ideas about the world of Adme, I wrote them in a 3 x 5 memo pad. On the back of page two, there’s a solitary line.
Rook-Sha – High Priestess of Alazon.
I wasn’t entirely sure who Alazon was at that point, or the role that he might play in the book. But Rook-Sha was firmly entrenched in my mind from that moment. I’ve always wanted to share my favorite characters. Having recently written some scenes with her, I thought today as good a time as any to introduce her.
I use a few pictures when writing scenes that she appears in, but this one captures her physical features the best. Hailing from the remote kingdom of Natos, no one knows for sure how she entered the ranks of Alazon’s faithful. But it’s clear how she succeeded in moving through those ranks as quickly as she did.
Possessing a cunning worthy of the most powerful leaders in Adme, she uses her wisdom, power, and beauty to rule the temple of Alazon and counter the revolutionary forces of Sir Ferris Clayborne and his militia. Despite presiding over a nobility whose power is fading, Rook-Sha stands regally, inspiring the faithful to hold their ground in the cause of Valor.
Sometimes a mother to her flock, other times a punisher of the wicked, she is the mouthpiece of Alazon. The repository of truth in Adme.
The question I always get from initial readers is this: Is she good or evil?
Well, you’ll have to read someday to find out. The picture above probably gives the impression she’s good. The gentle color of yellow tends to do that. That picture doesn’t always fit though. Which is why I have a second one.
The High Priestess of Alazon shepherds her flock, but only a fool would underestimate her!