The "Unexpected Inspiration" Characters

Feb 26, 2017

Character Aesthetic for Blythe


Here’s my second character aesthetic post! (Adair’s is here.) This one is for Blythe, the other main character of my trilogy. As much warrior as healer, she’s strong-willed, quick at making decisions, and just as quick to speak her mind and heart. She has a soft spot for those in need, which is how Adair ends up connected to the rest of the characters when he stumbles into their carnival camp. 

Blythe is the type of person who needs to be busy all the time, so she always has too many careers and hobbies going on. I tried to include some of these. Her main job is as an arcane healer for a troupe of carnival performers where she also works as a sword dancer and knife thrower/performer. “Do no harm but take no shit” works well as a motto for her because she has a healer’s oaths, but she has a background with weapons as a Protectorate (military-type group who protects the culture’s art and trade) and becomes one of Adair’s sentinels (bodyguard/spouse) in book 2. She always wears her hair in a long braid, which is a symbol of her status as a Protectorate. She has a bottle necklace where she keeps seeds and small plant clippings that she comes across. She loves to knit and crochet and has a habit of making things for her friends. (Etri, her best friend, has *so* many scarves and pairs of socks.) All of my characters are some flavor of lgbt+, so I’m going to try to include something for this for each of them. In Blythe’s case she’s grey romantic (aromantic).

(Once again, Pinterest can’t give sources properly and Google is failing me in reverse image searching most of these to any kind of original source. #6 came from here, but the closest I can find for the others is #2 here, #4 here, #5 here, and #7 here.)


~Meri

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