A shift is needed…

I have some news, today I reached 60,000 words!  I’ve gotten a lot farther than I expected to, so I’m very happy.

I would like to go into some details on the antagonists of Deus Ex Machina.  I’ve already talked about Saul, Xandria, Tanya, and a bit about the surprise group of villains, the Black Cats, but I have yet to talk about the British up to this point.  This year, I’m doing something a little different.  The character of Saul Deus is a bit racist, he hates British people.  Because of that, he views them as the bad guys, but as the story goes on, it comes out that their intentions may be good, despite their actions, and that the Black Cats, who work for Germany, are the real villains.  However, it’s not that black and white.  Both England and Germany want any information that Saul has on a True Automaton, but they take different routs to get it.  So, there is no clear “bad guy” in this story, because Saul doesn’t know if the so called “antagonists” of the story are telling the truth or not.  Let me tell you about them….

Wittman & Eastwin

Francis Wittman and Charles Eastwin are representatives of the crown of England, his royal highness, King George.  On orders of the king, Wittman and Eastwin have come to America to speak to Saul Deus and learn everything he knows about George Deus’ (Saul’s father) work on the mythical True Automaton.  As it turns out, the king prior to George, King Edward, paid George Deus a lot of money to create a True Automaton, but three years after being commissioned, Mr. Deus canceled the job after hearing why England wanted one.  Eventually Mr. Deus died, and so did King Edward.  King George remembered the commission, and wanted everything that he thinks belongs to him, in other words, everything related to the True Automaton that George Deus was building.

As the story goes on, we find out that war had been brewing between Germany and England, and Wittman and Eastwin tell Saul that because of this war, George Deus was commissioned to build the True Automaton to help protect England from German attack.  However, Germany also wants the True Automaton, so they send the Black Cats after the same information.

Germany will do anything to possess the information

England is being noble about it, but intends to get their hands on it no matter what.

Eastwin is a short, skinny man with a pencil thin mustache, a fine suit, and a bowler hat.  He is very serious and doesn’t like to joke around.  Wittman is a tall, large man with a clean shaven face, a fine suit, and a bowler hat.  He’s a little more jolly than his partner, but he can be threatening when he needs to be.  He has a phlegmy sort of a voice, and often has trouble getting out of his seat.

They seem to be willing to steal information, but not put Saul Deus’ life in danger to acquire the information they seek.  Some goons that the Brits (as Saul likes to call them, no offense to any British people) hired to look for a key in Saul’s house, kidnaps Saul and Xandria.  The British men let them go after talking to them for a bit, explaining that the thugs weren’t supposed to kidnap them, but rather steal the key and leave.  Eventually, Saul begins to believe that the crown of England wants him alive for some reason that is unknown to him.

Saul is left to wonder if Wittman and Eastwin are being truthful, or if they’re lying.  He can’t figure it out.  In his mind, they are the villains simply because they’re British, but are they really?  Is Germany the real villains here?  Or is England just better at hiding their true plans?

* * *

Wittman and Eastwin are meant to be the faces of England in this story, and no one, especially Saul Deus, is sure whether or not they are sincere.  I purposely keep the true antagonist vague, I think it adds to the story knowing that there are two groups of people after the information Saul has.  Wittman and Eastwin are fun characters, and I’ve enjoyed every scene they’re in.

Current word count for Deus Ex Machina: 60,432/50,000!

Until next evening,

Andrew Ronzino, A Guy Who Does Not Hate British People


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