Today was a great day for writing. I was able to crank out a lot of words. My vacation for Thanksgiving has begun. I will be flying to Nashville on Monday to go to my sister‘s for the holiday. I’m super pumped for it.
So far in the story, I’ve given you the plot, the first and second excerpts, and introduced you to Symon DeMyn. But now I would like to introduce you to Princess Rachel, who is the oldest daughter of King Kaylon of Vastervale. She was introduced in The Priest of Tears, but I’ve been able to expand her character a lot more. She has a much bigger role in this story now.
Meet Rachel Daylyn, a secondary character of The Wayward Witch.
Meet Rachel Daylyn
Name: Rachel Lyndra Daylyn
Nickname: The Blacksmith Princess, the Fox
Hair: Short, black hair with a pink stripe on the right side
Favorite color: Pink
Favorite Music: Opera
Food: Succulent chicken and vegetables
Likes: Theater shows, a good drink, making arms and armor, bard songs, the Mythic Clerics (though she pretends like she doesn’t), Symon DeMyn (though she doesn’t let on)
Dislikes: The boring parts of the Creeds (the holy texts of the Five Divines), milk, yellow flowers, stubborn customers who are far too demanding
Most prized possession: Her blacksmith apron
Why?: It means a lot to her
Personality flaws: She has a big, sassy mouth
Personality strengths: She is loyal, and will go out of her way to tend to the needs of someone she cares about
Rachel Daylyn is the third of the five children of King Kaylon Daylyn and Queen Panella. She is third in line for the throne behind her two older brothers. Because of the near impossibility that she would ever have to be crowned Queen of Vestervale, she has been left to her own devices. She also leaves the public “princess” duties to her younger sister, Valery. She learned the ways of proper court and crown when she was a girl, and has these skills on reserve if she ever needs them, which is more often than she’d like. She was also trained in the art of rulership if her service to the country was ever needed, like all her siblings.
When she turned thirteen, she became aware of the art of armor and weapon smiting. She begged her parents to let her try her hand at it. So she began to apprentice under Orlynd Mason, the country’s official Crown Blacksmith who, with his seven apprentices, crafted and maintained the Crown Paladin’s arms and armor. She worked with for years and developed a knack and an eye for smiting. She eventually became good enough that she opened her own private blacksmith shop when she turned 19. Her father has used her for his special requests ever since. Her skill became known worldwide, and she was soon crafting arms and armor for people all over, but always stayed local to keep close to her family.
She met Symon DeMyn when she was asked to craft a functional replica of the Mythic Clerics armor of legend for him. She did so, but found a disliking that a commoner worthy of the Mythic Blades would be wearing her armor. Over the three years of his appointment as Mythic Commander, however, she has grown to like the man, and though she won’t admit it to anyone, a little flirtatious with him, in her own, feisty way.
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Rachel has been a blast to write. She’s sassy, and sassy is always fun to write.
Current word count for The Wayward Witch: 46,458/50,000!
Until the light returns,
Andrew Ronzino, King of Vastervale