Tonight I would like to introduce you to another character. So far, I have given you the details on the plot, and the setting; let you read the first and second excerpts; and given you info on the primary protagonist, Saul Deus. Now it’s time to meet Xandria. She is one of the two secondary protagonists in the story. She is a view point character for several chapters, and is the best friend of Saul. I really like her character, and I want to share her with you. Just like with Saul, this is a very long character profile condensed to just a few main points that you may find interesting.
Meet Xandria Jopp, one of the secondary protagonists of Deus Ex Machina!
Meet Xandria Jopp
Name: Alexandria Ann Jopp
Nickname: Xandria (by most), Xan (by Saul Deus only)
Hair: Chestnut colored, long, straight, often worn up on her head or braided
Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite Music: Symphony
Likes: Deus Clockwork, Saul Deus, history, dogs, fancy dress balls, dancing, a good argument, coffee, tea, aeronauticals, hunting
Dislikes: Kennith Penth, sailing, lizards, bees, lemons, strawberries, winter
Most prized possession: Her silver ring given to her by Saul Deus when they were 12
Why?: He gave it to her as a gift of friendship, but she always wished it could have had more meaning behind it
Personality flaws: Abandonment issues, timid emotionally, too trusting sometimes
Personality strengths: Trustworthy, courageous in physical ways, loyal
Xandria grew up in Brooklyn, New York. When she was six-years-old, her family met the Deus family. She and Saul Deus had been best friends ever since, and she considers him her closest companion. By the time she was twelve, she was harboring a secret crush on the son of the famous clockwork engineer. She was always a bit of a tomboy, often refusing to wear dresses, and preferred work shirts and trousers. When they were children, Xandria often dragged Saul into adventures with her. She was always able to put up with Saul’s workaholic ways, and has always stuck by him. In her late teens, she began to realize that Saul maybe didn’t feel the same way about her, so she eventually let him go. She became a school teacher, with a focus in history. She’s a strong woman, but she developed a small stutter when she is frightened or nervous.
Soon after she gave up on her romantic pursuits of Saul, she met and married Kennith Penth. Saul stood with her at her wedding, though he voiced his objections to her in private about marring Kennith. She should have listened because after five years of marriage, she walked in on him having an affair. She found out that Ken has been cheating on her almost their entire marriage, and it ended in divorce. The story takes place about a year after the divorce, and some of her old feeling for Saul are starting to return, though, once again, she doesn’t feel like they are returned. She sees her marriage to Ken as a failure, and a waste of time, time that could have been spent with Saul.
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There it is, folks! I’ll have more info on other characters as November continues!
Current word count for Deus Ex Machina: 36,600/50,000!
Until next time,
Andrew Ronzino, The Keeper of Worlds