Monday, June 16, 2014

Beautiful People: Iskandar and Zahira



Beautiful People is back!!!  I was thrilled when Sky and Cait restarted this monthly link-up.  It is very good character building.

Today, I'm introducing the MC's from my current story Ebony and Aubergine.  (Oops, I guess I haven't introduced you all properly to this story yet, have I?  Time for another introduction post....)

The Hero:
1) What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it? 
Iskandar Haidar Shakra

His mother and father dreamed of great things for this son of theirs and they gave him a name they hoped he would live up to.  Iskandar means defending or helping men, and Haidar... I can't tell you yet.  :)   (And don't go look it up and spoil things.  :D)

2) How old are they, and when were they born? 
He is 25 and was born in the year 1365 of the Second Age of Jazaravia.

3) Describe their physical appearance. (Bonus questions: 1. What is their race/nationality/ethnicity? 2. Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it!) 
He stands 6' 2" or 6' 3", has a slightly dusky tone to his skin, thick black hair, and warm brown eyes. He is of average build for his height and stands very straight. He has dimples when he smiles and his face can change from deadly serious to a goofy grin in the blink of an eye.

He is Cathen, from the fictional country of Cathenir (his model is Korean). Pictures HERE and HERE.

4) Describe your character's personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences. 
Searching.

He's looking for purpose in life, for the reasons why he is who he is and where he is at this time.  He needs to know where he fits.  He needs to know why the events in his life have happened this way.

5) What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc?
Hmmmm... I have yet to find one that fits him perfectly but these two describe aspects of his character:
Hero ~ Super Junior
Your Guardian Angel ~ The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. 

6) Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character? 
None of them? Honestly, it's hard to find one that describes him. Many people who know him would say pride or sloth, but that is because they only see one side of him.

7) If they were an element (fire, water, earth, air), which one would they be? 
Water. Life-giving, supportive, cleansing, understanding, compassionate, but also the potential to be stormy and passionate.

8) What is their favourite word? 
Thank you, whether spoken by himself or someone else.  He never wants to take life or its pleasures for granted.

9) Who’s one person they really miss? (It could be someone who’s passed away, or someone they’re not close to anymore, or someone who’s moved away.) 
His mother, who died when he was a boy.

10) What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?
A mother kissing her child goodnight, women dressed in turquoise silk (it was his mother's favorite fabric to wear), women playing the harp, gardenia perfume.


The Heroine:
1) What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it?
 Zahira Yasmin Baraniq

Her father was so astonished to have a girl (his family runs to male children), that he was not prepared with a name. His sister-in-law and his wife suggested this name. Her father had simply insisted the name be worthy of a queen, and declared this one good enough. Zahira means helper or supporter and Yasmin means jasmine.
2) How old are they, and when were they born? 
She is twenty-one and was born in the year 1369 of the Second Age of Jazaravia.

3) Describe their physical appearance. (Bonus questions: 1. What is their race/nationality/ethnicity? 2. Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it!) 
She is 5' 9", slim with delicate features, brown eyes that can look alluring, innocent, childlike, lost and flaming by turns, small full lips, long tapering fingers, a wealth of glossy raven hair and a high forehead.

She is Chongtaran, a native of the fictional country of Manchongtar. Her model is Chinese. Pictures HERE and HERE.

4) Describe your character's personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences. 
Magnetic.

Her personality automatically and unconsciously draws people to her; men because she is beautiful and charming, women because she is friendly and cheerful. She is also mysterious and that draws people's curiosity and thus their interest.

5) What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc?
The Olde Village Lanterne- Blackmore's Night

6) Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character? 
Wrath or envy. Wrath at the sins and injustices committed by certain people, and envy of the lives others have led.

7) If they were an element (fire, water, earth, air), which one would they be? 
Fire. She blazes hot against indignity and injustice.

8) What is their favourite word? 
Stars! It is an exclamation she uses on all occasions. She is passionately fond of the stars and loves stargazing.

9) Who’s one person they really miss? (It could be someone who’s passed away, or someone they’re not close to anymore, or someone who’s moved away.) 
Her elder brother. She is deeply attached to him but only spends about three months of every year with him and then the rest of the time they are hundreds of miles apart in two different countries.

10) What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?
A brother showing kindness, tenderness or concern for his sister. The smell of birch bark, because her brother was the person who taught her to climb trees, using the birch trees in the palace gardnen.


I hope you enjoyed meeting Iskandar and Zahira.  I'm having a wonderful time writing their story.

To participate in this link-up, visit Sky's blog or Cait's blog.


Miss Melody Muffin

1 comment:

  1. What beautiful names! And I love the inspiration pix for these characters--it helps with visualizing them.
    Looks like another intriguing story to add to my future reading list. :-D

    God bless,
    ~"Tom"~

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