And we're back!
Working my way through the characters chapter of Powerchords, 18,000 words long and growing still. I'm probably gonna move the Compact System info to Chapter 5, revising it as I get fedback in from my Compact playtesters. Meanwhile, there are six characters left to go, and then a few bands and maybe a handful of magic items, and then...
Input my initial editing chages, go over it again, input THOSE changes, and send this monster off to the editors.
Over two years and around 200,000 words of text later, and the end is in sight... for the first book in the series, at least. No, this book isn't gonna be 200,000 words long. That would break me and make the book unaffordable to anyone who wasn't getting it for free. It IS gonna ring in around the 100,000-word mark, though, so you're all getting far more than any of us expected way back when. :)
Meanwhile, because Kickstarter has apparently fixed its update interface, here's one of the many characters you'll find in Chapter Eight. Enjoy!
See ya next week.
Archon Core-X, aka Rave-N (Mortal)
Motif: Prophetic Mad Poet
Magic grows in unexpected places. In Archon’s case, it grew from the heart of a shy boy growing up in an industrial zone of Piraeus, Greece. Originally a poet, he became frustrated with the limitations of the page. Driven by feelings too urgently transcendent for the silent word, he taught himself musical engineering and a variety of instruments. Deepening his studies into the realms of magic, he forged sonic alchemies that soon transcends music too. That boy’s given name, Antonios, recalled the beautiful god Adonis; his passions, though, came from the darker side of beauty… and so by the time he’d reached adulthood, that boy had embraced the teachings of Raven-the-Mentor, taking the name Archon (“one who rules”) Core-X (from Raven’s genus, corvis corax).
Now in his early 30s, Archon has positioned himself as both healer and revolutionary. Facing off against the forces of apathy and consumerism, he shapes lyrical yet intense WAKE THE FUCK UP! music. With a combination of traditional Greek folk-styles, Pythagorean magic, and technomagical spincasting, Archon inspires small but potent revolts against the status quo. Confidence has since replaced his shyness; his intense gaze reflects clarity of purpose, and his voice rings through dazzling soundscapes. Unlocking the mental doors that have been shut and locked by Big Box Media, Archon has gathered a tribe of dedicated souls… a tribe that grows each time this Core-X spreads his wings.
A handsome Greek man of average height and build, Archon (also known as Rave-N) dressed in ever-present black: black slacks or jeans, black boots or sneakers, black t-shirts or turtlenecks (sometimes decorated with bright tie-dyed accents), occasional archaic black clothing, and a black leather trenchcoat that he wears even on hot nights. A silver Eye of Horus hangs around his neck; the way he caresses that symbol appears to hold a special significance of which he never speaks.
Based in Greece, Rave-N travels across Europe with his tribe, hitting the festival circuit each year and opening minds wherever they go. That tribe focuses its energies behind two projects these days: a band called Per Sé Phoné, and an outlaw nightclub called the Portal. This club – which switches from place to place in order to avoid crackdowns from the Greek authorities – has become a hub of the magical resistance in Greece, providing sacred space for the Old Gods, sanctuary for kindred spirits (human and otherwise), and inspiration for a better tomorrow.
Vocations: Well-read and technically proficient, Archon’s skills focus mainly on getting his message across. Dazzling eloquence and charisma enhance his naturally (and culturally) passionate nature. Though he often wears dark glasses, Raven-N’s gaze seems to burn through the lenses; even in crowded clubs and festivals, his low-toned voice cuts through all distractions. When he raises that voice, either in song or argument, almost everyone listens. Like his guiding spirit, he’s a charismatic shadow. And though his lessons tend to be more compassionate than cruel, he’s got a certain trickster’s gift as well.
Powers: Archon’s magic is subtle yet effective. He almost never displays obvious power, but sweeps people up in emotional waves. Music enhances his mystical charisma, but even in silence it’s obvious to folks who know how to see it. When he needs it, he’s got decades of magical study to back up the military training every Greek man (and many women, too) receives. When all else fails, he’s got a tribe to back him up… and considering that his best friend Haris the Odinson is a skilled professional enforcer, that’s no small thing!
Weaknesses: Like most charismatic people, Archon tends to be mistaken for his message; where he tries to get folks to think for themselves, many of them let him think for them. This fosters a sense of dense responsibility in Raven-N… a sense he sometimes overrides by pushing aside almost everyone else aside. He has a prophet’s purpose, and can be idealistic to a fault. And somewhere under all that black, the shy boy he once was still waits for the father he hardly knew – wanting to be loved and yet fearing he’ll never be safe with that love if and when he gets it.