NaNoMango 2018, Part 2: The Beholderverse angle

I’m a big fan of The Cosmic Beholder and while I was working on this project, I was also preparing for a scene in Abúi’s Travels where Abúi and Adrienne interrupt Captain Evening’s team in the showers. Among others, I did character sketches of Jung-La:

Jung-La as she would appear, briefly, in Abúi's Travels, where no one wears clothes if I can help it.
Jung-La as she would appear, briefly, in Abúi’s Travels, where no one wears clothes if I can help it.

And Aideen:

Aideen, as she appears in Abúi's Travels, where no one wears clothes if I can help it
Aideen, as she appears in Abúi’s Travels, where no one wears clothes if I can help it

Aideen is the property of the artist known as Cyberkitten01 on DeviantArt, and as such is herself a borrowed character within the Beholderverse. Aideen is a small, loud and sweary Northern Irish girl who can transform into one of her ancestors, the warrior goddess Liath:

Liath, the warrior goddess
Liath, the warrior goddess

I thought it would be fun to write an adventure set in the Beholderverse, so I made Jung-La and Aideen the protagonists of my NaNoMango project. That didn’t work. When writing Jung-La’s dialog in particular, I found I needed the character to be more of an ingenue to balance out the brashness of Aideen and her magical transformation into a seven-foot warrior. So out went Jung-La and in came Tess:

Tess, the protagonist of 'Cultish Manners'
Tess, the protagonist of ‘Cultish Manners’

Tess is not familiar with the Goth scene in her city, so she can have things explained to her by Aideen as they move through the story. She can react to a crisis as if for the first time, while still stepping up to the plate, and she can be constantly surprised by both Aideen’s antics and her transformations. Perfect.

They are, of course, best buds. Tess’s emotional stability is what Aideen needs in her life:

Tess and Aideen on the couch at the end of an adventure
Tess and Aideen on the couch at the end of an adventure