Hey everyone! It’s time for another character change progression. This is the third novel in a trilogy, and there are no new main characters for you to meet, so instead, I’m letting you all see how the established characters have changed over the three novels. Enjoy!
Jill Trueheart (Secondary Protagonist):
Jill Trueheart is a young girl who travels to New York to become an apprentice of the story’s protagonist, Saul. She is my favorite character in the story. If you wish to read her introduction from my 2013 NaNoWriMo journal, click here.
Deus Ex Machina
In Deus Ex Machina, Jill Trueheart is a serving girl on board the Skydart, a transatlantic zeppelin. While doing her job, she meets Saul Deus, a man she’s heard of and admires. After talking with him, Saul informs her that she has “the clockwork heartbeat”, a natural knack for clockwork. Saul offers for her to apprentice under him in New York, Jill tells him that she might take him up on that offer.
(Jill is only in this novel for a short time. She was intended to be a one-scene character with no further development. But she ended up being awesome, so I made her a full character in the following novels.)
The Clockwork Heartbeat
In The Clockwork Heartbeat, Jill travels to New York to accept Saul’s offer to become his apprentice. She claims to be sixteen, but is really fifteen, and looks fourteen. She is brazen, has no filter, and is an extreme tomboy. She tells Saul that she lived in a newsie house dressed as a boy for over a year before she was caught. Saul tests her abilities with clockwork, and she passes with flying colors. Saul offers to teach her and for her to work in his store to save money to go to college and become a licensed clockwork engineer, as well as rent the back room in the store.
When she meets Dr. Jim Kleverland, the two bump heads right away and can’t stand each other, but together, along with Saul, Tanya, and Xandria they are able to test out Saul’s father’s True Automaton and deem him alive. Though she is convinced that the True Automaton is a “her” not a “him” despite the fact that it’s built in the male form. She names him Sam because it can be used for both genders. The group agrees. Sam likes Jill and will imitate almost anything she does.
Jim Kleverland tricks Jill into giving him the key to the secret workroom under the clockwork stairwell at the store so he can get some things he left in there. Trusting him, Jill hands over the key. She blames herself for Kleverland hurting Saul and taking Sam. It’s the first thing in her life she’s really regrets. Saul doesn’t throw her out or blame her in any way.
In True Automaton, the Great War has begun, but Jill doesn’t care too much about wars. She’s asked to be in Saul and Xandria’s wedding, but is miffed that she has to wear a dress for it. She is confused about how she feels when she finds out that one of her street rat friends fancies her. She asks Saul his advice on it, but when she’s out for a walk to think, she’s taken by the Black Cats and flown to Germany where she meets Jim Kleverland again.
Kleverland needs her to help him and the Germans train Sam to become a solider so the Germans can win the Great War. When Jill refuses, Kleverland threatens to kill everyone she loves. Jill conseedes, but continues to annoy him at all costs. Together, Jill and the Germans are able to train Sam, and she feels worse and worse about it as time goes on. When she learns that Saul, Xandria, and Tanya were captured and now prisoners of war in the same base she’s in, she uses her influence over Sam to convince him to help them all escape. During the escape, Kleverland shoots Xandria, and then Jill. She almost dies, but is saved by Sam. She’s in an English hospital after Saul, Tanya, and Sam got her and Xandria patched up and to safety. She will make a full recovery.
There you have it! Like the others, I kept some of the stuff in the third summery vague because I’m not finished writing it yet. I wanted you to see some of the development of Jill Trueheart. I hope you enjoyed it.
Current word count for True Automaton: 68,827/50,000!
Until the morning sun rises,
Andrew Ronzino, The Boo Box