Character Spotlight – Rook-Sha

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.

Rook-Sha 2

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.

Rook-Sha 1

The High Priestess of Alazon shepherds her flock, but only a fool would underestimate her!


About Will Ramirez

Will Ramirez grew up with a love for God's Word and fantastical worlds. The first passion led him to pastor Calvary Chapel Lighthouse for the the last 17 years. The second led him to create the world of Adme, the setting for his coming debut novel, an epic fantasy titled Soul Yearning. He lives in Central Florida with his bride of seventeen years and their four children. Since 2010, he's been a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and serves on the leadership team of Word Weavers of Orlando. He is currently working on the second book of the Godslayer series as well as The Unspoken, book one of a dark fantasy trilogy. In the land of Adme, powerful beings rule as deities and compete with one another for followers. But when a young priest is revealed as the prophesied godslayer, the pantheon unites to destroy him.

5 comments on “Character Spotlight – Rook-Sha

  1. She is an interesting character. And the ambiguity is part of what creates tension in the book. 🙂

  2. Great article Will! Nice idea to use pictures…I think they both show a different side to her.

    • Yeah, I must confess that I often use pictures when dealing with descriptions. I know how I see a character in my mind, but that doesn’t always include each detail (nose size, etc). It’s much easier to write description when I’ve got a full picture to draw from.

  3. Nicely done. Sharing your process encourages me as a writer to consider the photo approach. Presenting the teasers about her personality encourages my curiosity as a reader. Double whammy!

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