fayanora: black (black)
I was thinking about Voldemort earlier today, and about his ethics or lack thereof, because this one fanfic I'm reading has a version of him that is far more ethical than the canon one, and at one point I got to wondering what my character Lyria Spellspinner thought of Voldemort, and she popped up and answered me. This is her answer (I am giving her the reigns to type it now):

Voldemort is a fool. While I don't approve of killing children, and thus find it amusing that his attempt to kill an infant turned him into a powerless wraith, he made a fatal mistake in the fourth book, one which I believe might have been out of character for him, given other things we know about him. His mistake was letting Harry have his wand. Why did he not simply kill Harry while Harry was still tied up? Yes, he was supposedly repairing his reputation among his inner circle, but frankly, that was unnecessary. Someone whose name still inspires fear 13 years after his downfall and disappearance does not need to bolster his reputation.

Voldemort strikes me, in all the rest of the series, as being someone who does not hesitate to blast obstacles out of his way. He already knew he could not convert Harry, so why did he not kill Harry when the boy was helpless? Voldemort is arrogant to such a degree that he is unlikely to have been cautious with Harry before the wands connected during that scene.

It would be interesting to read a fan fiction AU where Voldemort did not hesitate to kill the prone Harry. Or hesitated just long enough to show his Death Eaters the act in person. Obviously, it would have caused him to pass out when he killed the horcrux inside Harry, but what beyond that? I suppose Dumbledore's plans might change, once he realized Harry was no longer a horcrux; Harry would no longer need to die, because it would have happened already. He would no longer have the connection into Voldemort's mind. Voldemort would still be wary of Harry, would still be obsessed. It would be interesting, to say the least.
fayanora: Steph Chloe Cake (Steph Chloe Cake)
Okay, so I saw a post about The Hulk, and I found myself thinking about my character Lyria Spellspinner, who also has a problem with losing her mind and becoming someone completely different when enraged. I found myself thinking, "Which one is scarier when Hulking out, Banner or Lyria?" I thought about it for about 10 seconds before coming to the only reasonable conclusion: in a fight between The Hulk and Lyria, whether Lyria was out of her mind with rage or not, the safe bet is to bet on Lyria.
fayanora: Fanning sisters (Fanning sisters)
I hate it when morally ambiguous characters are just labeled either villains or anti-heros. I think that’s why I like my character Lyria Spellspinner so much. She's cunning, manipulative, secretive, isn't afraid to kill people when she feels it's needed, defies the laws of nature and man by being heavy into the dark arts, befriends dark creatures, performs necromancy, performs forbidden soul magic, and has a temper problem (in that if she loses her temper, everyone heads for the hills screaming hysterically, and witnesses will probably need therapy for the rest of their lives. Those on the receiving end of her wrath generally end up either dying horribly, begging for death, or going insane from the trauma).

But she's fiercely loyal to her employees and her loved ones, protects children (even when they're not hers), doesn't kill needlessly, feels remorse for some of the more horrible things she's done and has nightmares about it for decades or even centuries ("losing her temper" involves a massive temporary personality shift in which she is not herself, and thankfully has only one trigger1 which doesn't often happen), she's usually very level headed, she treats people with respect (sometimes even when they don't do the same for her) but isn't afraid to show contempt for people she dislikes if she thinks they're useless and harmless, she's fighting on the side of Good, and even though she's ungodly wealthy, she's generous to those in genuine need (even if she doesn't like them, if she doesn't think they deserve whatever misfortune they've run afoul of). She is a heroine, and if anyone ever thinks differently, well, they're well within their rights to think that. But to me she's a heroine.

If I had to give her a Hogwarts house, I'd say she's equal parts Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Griffindor, with a dash of Hufflepuff. But adult Lyria would probably get sorted into Slytherin... and would probably have very little patience for most of the idiots in that House during the events of the books, especially Malfoy. Child Lyria, however, would probably have ended up in Ravenclaw.

1 = Her trigger is if somebody murders someone she loves.
fayanora: Elle reading (Elle reading)
Who wants to beta read a fantasy horror story about some kindly vampires* fighting a creature that would give even nasty vampires nightmares? It's called "Family Dispute" because I'm fond of funny titles for my horror stories, and the nasty creature in this one is distantly related to vampires.** (The two species share a common ancestor, that common ancestor being a terrifying flying monster called a Vampyri.) There are also Rakshasa in it, because Rakshasa and vampires in that world tend to live together, the vamps eating the blood and the Rakshasa eating the meat. Takes place in the Lyria 'verse. Bonus: the vampires are Black.

So, any volunteers?

* = They eat only animal blood, not human blood.

** = Other horror stories of mine include "Deviled Eggs," and "Nine-Tenths of the Law."
fayanora: Sammi Hanratty classy (Sammi Hanratty classy)
I made this comment about my Lyria story on a friend's LJ, and felt it was good enough to repeat here:

I'm not writing a simple story. The Lyria/Playground of the Gods story is a complex mix of high fantasy, science fiction, and horror with comedic elements and urban fantasy elements (but no elements of romance stories, even though there are relationships/romances between some characters). Also, I plan for there to be the occasional completely unrealistic and absurd thing happening, inspired by the kind of unrealistic and absurd stuff that happens in reality, because sometimes reality has everything from WTF Moments in the middle of a serious time, like the Christmas Truce in WWI, to Deus Ex Machina stuff like a whole fleet of enemy ships wiped out by a freak wind. Because that's just how I do things; I don't do simple genre tales, they're boring. Life is complex, and fiction should strive to equal life's complexity.

~ ~ ~

Also adding here one other thing: Sometimes random shitty stuff happens to the good guys, like that freak wind gets *their* fleet of ships instead. And other times, the good guys are incompetent. Sometimes, the leader of the good guys is not really suited to the situation zie finds zirself in, and this is true of the Lyria series: the leader of the good guys is Kell, God of Innocence and Innocents. He is not suited to lead people against an enemy force, and He knows it. But He got saddled with the job and can't pawn it off on anyone else. So of course Lyria decides to do her own thing, only just barely cooperating with Kell since she knows He is aware of His shortcomings.
fayanora: Dakota & Elle by LJ user dancingwithme (Dakota & Elle)
I love it when I'm just as excited to be writing a chapter as I would be to be reading it, trying to keep up with the ideas, to type fast enough to get them down. It's exhilarating when the story is so engaging that writing becomes more important even than Netflix, or Tumblr, and almost more important than food!

At least, with my writing style, which is basically "1. Think of the essentials of what you want to happen in the story/chapter. 2. Set up the initial conditions. 3. Let your characters loose, nudging them back in line on occasion as needed."
fayanora: Elle Fanning by LJ user bitemeee (Elle Fanning)
Very annoying: Wrote a chapter of Lyria novel months ago, seem to have misplaced it.

EDIT: Found it! YAY!
fayanora: Steph Pensive (Steph Pensive)
Well, a few days ago I had a pretty productive time of things. Rewrote chapter 11 of my Lyria novel because I didn't like a single thing about it, finished editing the existing chapters, finished chapter 17 (well, not 100%, but 99%), and renamed the Ghost chapter as chapter 18.

Today I was going to go out and add to chapter 11, fix the formatting on chapter 16, wrap up the last 1% of chapter 17, and start editing chapter 18. I did not have my info file on me when I wrote chapter 18, so a bunch of names of things are just [placeholders] at the moment, because I could not remember the names offhand. Also, there's a small continuity error in chapter 18, an easy fix.

However, I did not get to do that. I had an other IBS incident, nothing major, just enough to keep me from going out, though. Being out on my own in public writing, if I went in such a condition, I'd be getting up to go to the bathroom every few minutes, and at the Safeway I do most of my work at, the bathroom is on the other side of the very large store from the deli seating area. And I have so much stuff with me when I go out that it's a big annoyance to get up for anything. (My green grocery bag with my sunglasses and some other things in it, the messenger bag I keep my Dana and my Nook in, my cloak, and sometimes my umbrella; doesn't sound like a lot, but it is, and I would not trust it to be there on its own while I was in the restroom, someone would surely steal it.)

This kind of thing makes me wish I could focus on writing at home. Which, I guess I kinda can, but not well; there's really nowhere comfortable to sit. What';s odd is I am most comfortable writing in a straight-backed metal chair pulled up to a table. I don't have that kind of thing at home. I have a pair of desks in my room, but one has my computer on it, and the other... there isn't enough room between it and the bookshelf to sit. I suppose I could move them a little, but there's already barely any room between the computer chair and the fan behind it, which is right by the wall.

And I could use my bed, but I'd have to be on my belly, and that I can only do for so long before I have to get up again.

So yeah, today might have been productive if I had somewhere in the apartment to sit and write comfortably, without having to move the computer.
fayanora: Steph Chloe Dartagnan (Steph Chloe Dartagnan)
I have a character who is an albino. And it occurred to me today that in addition to her eye protection, she should have skin protection, too. So far, she just wears robes with a cowl and usually leaves the cowl up, which has the added benefit of hiding her appearance from others. (Albinos are considered soul-less by her people, and are often treated worse than animals.) But I need other ideas for skin protection as well.

The story takes place on a world with magic. They also have technology (magical technology mostly). I don't know if they have sunscreen yet or not. It's not terribly important, since at her power level magic-wise, she can heal from burns and stuff with relative ease, but it would still hurt and it would still take a day or two to heal from a sunburn. And she does need her cowl down to use a lot of her powers, because seeing clearly helps her out, especially in battle.

I'm also not entirely sure what the effects of solar radiation on an albino would be.

Anyway, if anyone can think of something else to protect her that would be appropriate to the setting, I would appreciate it a lot. I mean, I could always go with "amulet that filters out certain light spectra," but if there are non-magical ways of doing it too, that would help, since some of her enemies can sense the use of magic.

Also, she originally comes from Okonikaat, her planet's version of Africa* (though living in a colony nation of exiles now), but as an albino I don't think that "black" is appropriate to describe her, so if anyone can think of another way, preferably a PC way, to refer to her ethnicity, I would love to hear it. Best I've come up with so far is based on the caste system of the country she lives in, and so: "Ruling Caste features and hair texture, but snow-white skin and hair." (Well, that and "Okonikaati," but I fully expect that to go over the heads of a lot of [white] readers, even after the explanation of what a typical Okonikaati looks like.)

* = Minus the white colonialism, since whites are an extreme minority on Orion.
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The magic system I have for the "Playground of the Gods" (AKA Lyriaverse) storyverse has rules and limitations, like any good system of magic. But it is also flexible within those rules. Magic there is really good at making energy, moving things around. There are lots of variations on that. You can also make magical pseudo-matter that has a number of applications, anything from completely indestructible metal (adamantium), to a kind of stone that floats (luftstein). As well as bombs, portals, machines, and possibly weather work. With magic in the lyriaverse, you can make objects (including yourself) fly without even using luftstein, start fires, control the wind, and anchor objects or people in place like flies under an invisible pin.
(Pseudo-matter only looks and acts like real matter, but is made of magic and contains no atoms. If a piece of adamantium were left on a magically mostly-dead world like Earth 1, in a matter of months it will weaken and dissolve into the air around it. Only on magically powerful worlds like Orion can adamantium be left lying around; some pieces have been known to be buried in the soil for several thousand years and still be in excellent condition when dug up.)

There are limitations, of course, at least for mortals (gods are a different ball of wax).

Mortal Laws of Magic:
1. Mortal magic cannot make real matter.
2. The degree to which magic can rearrange existing real matter depends on the complexity of the rearrangement. The more complex the rearrangement, the more power and control it takes to achieve. Meaning that it is fairly simple to, say, blow up a building, and fairly simple to use magic in small, discrete steps to MAKE a building, but things like making a loaf of bread out of a pile of grass clippings using magic is, for mortal sorcerers, effectively impossible. With enough liquid magic (called godsblood), one could do it, but even then, the diagram-spell necessary to do it would take up an area of roughly one square mile, would take months to write out, and if you get the smallest thing wrong in the diagram-spell, the whole thing could explode like an atomic bomb. No mortal creature could do it without using a diagram-spell. This rule also explains rule #1.
(There are some cheats for this sort of thing. If you had enough knowledge of DNA, with time to experiment you could use magic to make a tree that grows loaves of bread. Lyria makes use of this kind of bio-magic at times.)
3. Mortal magic cannot be used to travel though time.
4. Demons from Hell and other Hell-borne lifeforms fall under the jurisdiction of The Hellmaster, and are not permitted to be freed from Hell by anyone but The Hellmaster. Any Hell creatures found outside of Hell are immediately picked up and returned by The Hellmaster. Mortals, and sometimes even gods, found to be violating this rule are subject to punishment by The Hellmaster. (There are ways of hiding Hell creatures from The Hellmaster's sights, but The Hellmaster does have others who work for him, to compensate for such workarounds. I have a couple of short stories that demonstrate the reasons why this rule is so important.) [Note: The Hellmaster is... an interesting character. It is so vast and horrifying to look upon, I think The Hellmaster's visage might make even Cthulhu shit himself.)

There are no Mortal Laws of Magic against the magical subjugation of another being, even a sentient being, nor against resurrecting the dead (the only limitation there is that if the brain has decayed, you're pretty much out of luck if you're looking for a total resurrection. An area of possible exception is powerful liches, assuming they took proper pre-death steps). Nor does any Mortal Law of Magic make it impossible for mortal sorcerers to make changes to existing life-forms (like Lyria making a giant rat/cockroach hybrid and giving it sentience), if you can work around rule #2 by taking small, discrete steps. But those magics are considered immoral and illegal by most civilizations.

Even the gods have limits, which were decided by committee long ago and written into the laws of physics there:

1. Gods cannot destroy planets or the life on them. (Nor stars, the fabric of reality, etc. etc.)
2. Gods cannot greatly alter the lifeforms on a planet without their consent.
3. Gods cannot wound or kill anyone who does not worship them. (One loophole: if the mortal in question used to worship you, but no longer does, it is still permissible, though if they've given their worship to another god, you might anger their new god.)
4. Gods cannot cause harm to a planet's life by control of the weather. (Includes blotting out the sun.)
5. Gods can travel through time, but only to the past, and they are unable to make any changes to the timeline.
6. Gods are unable to create new life forms that might threaten the ecosystem of a planet unless they are merely lifeforms made entirely of magic, as such beings generally have no need to eat. But if such beings are destructive or harmful to the environment, the Council intervenes. (This rule has not been strictly enforced ever since the civil war of the gods began.)

Of course, the gods can get around some of these limitations using mortals.
fayanora: Chloe (Chloe)
On Tumblr there was a discussion about which Hogwarts houses differnt non-Potterverse characters would be in, and I decided to do that for my own characters:

For my own characters, I would put Lyria in Ravenclaw because she's brainy, even though she's also morally ambiguous and ambitious; I do this because her ambition is not self-serving, ultimately. Money is only a tool for her, and she doesn't seek power for power's sake; she has things she wants to do with that power. Good things, even if she does a lot of bad things to get that power. Lyria is also loyal, but I think her intelligence is the stronger trait, because while she would choose her loved ones over her ambitions and her inventing without a moment's hesitation, she would regret it forever if she couldn't go back to those things.

Forizano would be a Hufflepuff, because his strongest trait is loyalty. Yes, he's also brave, but he doesn't go into a situation requiring bravery unless he has to, either by being drafted into the military, or to protect the people he's loyal to.

I think I'd put Serret in Hufflepuff as well. Especially with new background info for her I came up with a few days ago. Basically, she would die for Lyria even if she knew Lyria couldn't bring her back to life.

I would put Meriel - Lyria's 9 year old daughter - in Slytherin, I think, because while she, too, is brainy enough for Ravenclaw (being at least as smart as her mom, if not as knowledgeable), she's cunning and sneaky and will go to any lengths to get what she wants. And though it hasn't really come up in the story yet, she's also very manipulative. I may even end up making her even more morally questionable than her mother is, farther down the road.

On to my Traipah universe now. I think Nokwahl... hmm... probably either Griffindor or Hufflepuff. *Thinks* I think I'll go with Griffindor, because she gladly goes into risky situations to help people in need, and if that's not bravery, I don't know what is. It's also daring, and nerve. She's also kind and compassionate, which I guess is close enough to "chivalry." (I have issues with that word.)

Alex Davison... hmm... I think I'd say Hufflepuff there. Sure he can be brave, but his bravery is a lot like Forizano's bravery. Sure, he'll also do all he can to help the innocent, but... well I guess a case could be made either way. I think the Sorting Hat might have a hard time making up its mind on him.

D'Reenah (Nokwahl's younger sister) is definitely Ravenclaw. No doubt there. Her braininess is mostly in creativity, writing, etc., but it's still braininess.
fayanora: SK avatar (Default)
I just spent a good hour or two working on an alphabet for "the common speech" of Orion, for the Lyria storyverse. I drew inspiration from a number of different sources, using Omniglot to look at different alphabets.

Here it is:

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PTSD

May. 15th, 2014 10:29 pm
fayanora: Aghast (Aghast)
Been re-reading what I've written so far in my Lyria novel, in order to make edits in places because I made Forizano continue to be a double amputee, and after reading this one chapter, I realized that Lyria, Forizano, Meriel, and possibly Jedocas and the others who were there as well, would all likely develop PTSD after the incident in that chapter. Lyria and Meriel, for sure, and it seemed plain Forizano would as well. So now I'll have to do even more editing, but that's okay - this is a realization I should have made ages ago, and it's too good an opportunity to pass up. (Protags with mental health issues? Why yes, we do indeed need more representation of that in fiction.)

Actually, I'd be very surprised if Forizano didn't already have PTSD, considering what happened to him in the war. And I know for a fact Lyria did already, too; she just didn't let on much, because after 300 years those wounds would have become a familiar ache. But this recent incident would reopen those wounds.

So if anyone wants to help contribute to my research on PTSD, feel free to comment or drop me a line at fayanora at gmail dot com. I have a fair starting point from Tumblr and from knowing at least two people with PTSD, but every little bit helps. Especially since I am interested in how the condition differs for different people, because I can already sense that the different characters will not respond to having PTSD in the same ways.

What's even better for the story, I plan to have these common issues bring Lyria and Forizano together, and faster than I had previously planned. (Oh, and lastly: it fits in nicely with my plan to use Forizano as an authorial chew-toy. That poor man is gonna be going through a LOT more before this is all over.)

Hmm... come to think of it, without realizing it, I may have made Nokwahl, of my Nokwahl/Traipah stories, have PTSD as well. A lot of her behavior makes sense in that context, and it fits, given what she's been through.
fayanora: Steph hail satan (Steph hail satan)
I used to be too nice to cause any of my characters pain or suffering. Now I take a perverse pleasure in putting my characters through all kinds of hell. I think I have finally grown as a writer.

Especially poor Forizano Lysvalo. That man is going to be my special chewtoy. MWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

I have made my decision: Forizano will not get such an easy out as his legs being regrown. He will become a physically disabled character.
fayanora: Martha and Ten by mischief89 (Martha and Ten)
Okay, so I have this shape-shifter character in my Lyria story who is a Vrayshra of the Pyenari sub-species, and I was originally going to have them be MTF trans. The way that would have worked is, Vrayshra have a definite form and definite sex until their second puberty. (First puberty turns them from four-legged to two-legged. Second puberty turns them from solid matter to a magical kind of pseudo-matter that can easily change to energy.)

But... I have instead decided to make their gender non-binary, in the following way: they keep shifting back and forth among male, female, and neuter both physically and in clothing. (Pyenari are actually naked all the time; when they seem to wear clothes, that is part of their body.) And generally treating gender as something that shifts with mood, because Pyenari can totally do that.

Also, she will be proudly Pyenari. Shape-shifters aren't well trusted by most folks on Orion to start with, and Pyenari are looked down on even by the other sub-species of Vrayshra because they eat souls sometimes. But zie is not going to hide zir species, no, she will proudly be in full Pyenari form all the time, and damn the haters!

Though I might go the Pi route with zir and have zir change form by mood, too. Like, not hiding what zie is - maybe even having zir distinctive purple Pyenari stripes in all zir forms - but just, "I feel like being a Basilisk today," or "This particular situation calls for a demon form," or even "I feel like a dainty little flower of Elven feminity at the moment."

Yes, I like that. That is what I shall do.
fayanora: by lj user holdonbaby (Elle looks up)
I just thought up a device for a scifi or fantasy device in a culture that still has slavery. I'm thinking it might be a good one for Lyria's world. I'm calling it a Babel Shackle for now; put these on your slaves, and they won't be able to understand anything anyone says, except for the words of whoever has a Master Shackle on their person. Then the masters could communicate with their slaves, and slaves couldn't communicate with one another. It would work on all forms of language, because it would have an element of intent to it; if you intended to try to communicate, it would send a message about that intent to the other shackles, thus even coded winks or whatnot would be scrambled in the brain. Kind of the opposite of an Omnitongue talisman. (Omnitongue talismans allow the user to understand any and all languages. Well, almost all; some magical beings have languages that magically defy Omnitongue translation.) May even be useful to have some kind of magical AI built into it, to allow slaves to communicate work-related things to each other.

There may still be ways around it, but that would seriously hamper organized escape and/or rebellion attempts.
fayanora: Djao'Kain (Djao'Kain)
Well, the last few days have been quite productive for me. I did a bunch of drawing Tuesday while Amy was spending the night at a friend's house. Still, though I worked on it for several hours, I didn't finish the coloring for even one of the three figures in the drawing. But I got all the lines done and some of the coloring that day before my butt fell asleep. Then I finished the coloring for two of the figures today. And got some writing done earlier tonight, as well.

What I've been drawing this time is a modification of a drawing I did maybe a year or so ago. The original picture - of Ahndahn sitting in a meditation pose, next to a pregnant Shao'Kehn - is on my wall, drawn on paper. I took a photo of it ages ago, and recently traced it so I could colorize it. But before I did, I edited it to add Nahtahdjaiz between the two of them. The two figures I've finished are Nahtahdjaiz and Shao'Kehn. Still trying to decide on the color scheme for Ahndahn. According to the Noiionayya, She's supposed to have bone white skin and chalk-white hair, but I might go with more human coloring instead. (Human "white" with blond hair.)

Nahtahdjaiz's hair is cool in this one. I decided to make Her hair match Her eyes, so Her hair is a riot of bright colors - blues and purples and greens. It's amazing, especially with the highlights and other details I added to it. Also, I gave Her stripes again, but I did a lot better on the stripes this time than I did the last time. I'm quite proud of it so far.

I've been contemplating adding Nwoikis and/or Grahbahn to the image, it wouldn't be too hard now I've figured out what to do. Then it could be a family portrait like the one I started months ago and never finished because I didn't like it. But I don't know for sure yet.

Oh gods, I just looked at that one again, the "family portrait" one I gave up on. It's horrible! I can't believe I kept it. It's bad even by my old standards, but especially bad now with my current skills.

One last thing: I also finished cleaning up that new version of the old Kusahnjiijahn picture, where I've given Her better colorizing. Here it is:

Under the cut for size )

writing

Feb. 24th, 2014 07:34 pm
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After months of being stuck on my Lyria story, I made another breakthrough that allowed me to do a whole bunch of writing last night. So much writing that I only paused to return home and eat before going back to it.

Could have done more than I did, even, but one character, Lord Reuben of Kathros, is incredibly loquacious (nice way of saying "long winded"), and I had to keep looking up words in the thesaurus. My favorite bit was his use of the word "arcanum." He's fun to write for, but EXHAUSTING. When I finished that part, I was pooped and had to go to bed early.
fayanora: Elle Fanning by LJ user bitemeee (Elle Fanning)
When they say to write some every day, to help make writing easier, they mean it. For months I haven't had any inspiration in my Lyria storyline, but lately I've been writing poetry again, and last night I made a major breakthrough as to how to put three major elements into the story and tie it together with other things nicely. I can now proceed with writing in that story, I've made much a major breakthrough inspiration. I was stuck before, but not now.
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Given that Hollywood loves to whitewash characters, even against the objections of the author in book adaptations, I doubt I will be selling the rights if I ever get around to finishing the Lyria stuff and getting it published. Because though Lyria lives in a country with lots of white people, Dralakkith is very small and the total percentage of white people on Orion in general is very small. (They may even be transplants from Earth.) The most populous human "race" on Orion is a dark brown skinned race that does not occur on Earth, though there are similarities to Earth ethnicities.

In fact, it strikes me that one character, who has a magic power of being so ordinary that nobody can remember what he looks like once he's out of sight (a power which was enhanced by Lyria), that given the parameters of "ordinary" on Orion, he would NOT be white. Hell, even though Dralakkith has a high white population, they are surrounded by many countries where white people are uncommon, so they tend to not think of their own race when they think "ordinary." So the fact that he wasn't white would not affect his ordinariness to the people of Dralakkith.

This same tendency of non-whiteness is also common among the elves and Fae and other humanoids on Orion. In fact, white people are so uncommon there that most human/oid citizens of Orion tend to think the Dralakkithians are from The Hollow Realm, to be so pale. Lyria's initial reaction, in fact, to a Dralakkithian was revulsion and pity. But she got used to them in time.

I may, in fact, use this information and subsequent anti-white racism to give white readers a taste of what it's like to be on the receiving side of true racism, as opposed to "reverse racism" "my feewins gawt hoot."

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