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Misty portrait by Jessica Kuczynski

Download Character Sheet: Misty Character Sheet

You can find the other premade characters here.

 

Who Misty Is

Player:                               

Gender: Woman.

Manner: Cheerful and friendly.

Goal: To help others.

Backstory: Misty has always felt close to the Otter Goddess. Since she was a pup growing up in the gregarious Floating Village, the goddess’ blessings of bounty and joy have surrounded her. But bounty is meant to be shared, and now that she has devoted her life to serving the Otter Goddess, Misty has been called to go out into the world and help others. And as Misty sets out to do just that, she is filled with a fierce determination to bring as much generosity and joy into the world as possible. Continue Reading »

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A photograph of a red brick building that has a black wrought iron sign with the word "ask" in bold white letters.

A photograph of a red brick building that has a black wrought iron sign with the word “ask” in bold white letters.

I have a monthly Q & A series on the Mythcreants blog that is goes up on the third Monday of each month, where I answer reader questions about portraying disability. I wanted to share the most recent articles in this series with all of you.

This Q & A is the most recent one: How Can I Respectfully Subvert the Magical Cure Trope? This short Q & A article touches on the storytelling challenge of subverting oppressive patterns without turning away readers who experience that form of oppression. From there is goes into some disability specific aspects of representation.

How Can I Make a Villain With a Disability Work? This Q & A is about portraying disability respectfully in speculative fiction and key challenges that are specific to representing disabled villains.

How Do I Avoid Stigma Around Schizophrenia in My Writing?  This Q & A focuses on how to address the impact of stereotypes and  stigma when creating a positive representation of disability.

How Quickly Should Characters Adjust to a Disability? This Q & A is about figuring out how quickly side characters should to adjust to a main character’s new medical technology.

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Xylem portrait by Jessica Kuczynski

Download Character Sheet: Xylem Character Sheet

You can find the other premade characters here.

 

Who Xylem Is

Player:                               

Name Pronunciation: ZAI-luhm kwin-tik

Gender: Man.

Manner: Calm around animals and nervous around people.

Goal: To have a career working with animals.

Backstory: Xylem is a nineteen-year-old gnome who grew up in the bustling city of New Capital. His parents were prominent botanists who tried to share their love of plants with him, but they quickly realized that Xylem’s passion was for animals. Then when Xylem was nine, a fire at the New Capital Research Gardens killed both of his parents. His aunt, Stella Quartic, tried to raise him as best she could, but she was busy working three different jobs. After that Xylem found it increasingly difficult to fit in with the other neighborhood kids, so he retreated into spending time with animals, especially Waffles, his enormous part-mastiff dog. Continue Reading »

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Whiskers portrait by Jessica Kuczynski

Download Character Sheet: Whiskers Character Sheet

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Who Whiskers Is

Player:                               

Name Details: They do not share their true name.

Gender: Nonbinary.

Manner: Friendly.

Goal: Entertainment.

Backstory: The secret child of a powerful fae being, Whiskers delights in trickery. They frequently play tricks on others just to see what will happen. Sometimes these tricks go as intended, but just as often they backfire. That’s fine by them. At least the result won’t be boring. Continue Reading »

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Zella portrait by Jessica Kuczynski

Download Character Sheet: Zella Character Sheet

You can find the other premade characters here.

 

Who Zella Is

Player:                               

Name Pronunciation: zehl-lah

Gender: Woman.

Manner: Passionate.

Goal: Discovery.

Backstory: Zella grew up in a community of fairies that collectively maintains a magical forest garden. Each fairy in the garden has a unique connection to nature. Zella’s connection is her ability to talk to plants and harness their magic with alchemy. The plants tell her what their properties are and Zella experiments with different ways to use them. Zella is driven by the thrill of discovery and that drive has puller her out into the wider world. She misses her home, but there is so much to discover out here. Continue Reading »

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Nikau portrait by Jessica Kuczynski

Download Character Sheet: Nikau Character Sheet

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Who Nikau Is

Player:                               

Name Pronunciation: nee-koh

Gender: Man.

Manner: As a fruit seller Nikau is charming and jovial. As a thief Nikau is focused and determined.

Goal: Stop injustice.

Backstory: Part of a parrotfolk community in the Cloud Mountains, Nikau grew up living in harmony with his forest home. However this harmony is threatened by poachers who target the rare plants and animals their forest shelters. Angry at the destruction this poaching causes, Nikau is determined to stop it at its source—the rich buyers. By day Nikau is a friendly fruit seller, but at night he is a stealthy thief tracking down and exposing each buyer one by one. Continue Reading »

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Victor portrait by Jessica Kuczynski

Download Character Sheet: Victor Character Sheet

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Who Victor Is

Player:                               

Name Pronunciation: vik-tore nev-en

Gender: Man.

Manner: Gregarious.

Goal: To figure out his future.

Backstory: Victor is a traditionally trained actor and aerial performer. His performances entrance young and old alike. For many years he has been part of The Anyplace Variety Showcase, a well-loved performance troupe that tours the festival circuit every summer. As a Showcase member, he makes enough money to get by in the off season, but he rarely makes more than that. Now that Victor is approaching his retirement, he is worried about his future. Victor loves performing, but he needs to find a way to make some extra money. Continue Reading »

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Ayo portrait by Jessica Kuczynski

Download Character Sheet: Ayo Character Sheet

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Who Ayo Is

Player:                               

Name Pronunciation: aayo CLAY-ton

Gender: Nonbinary.

Manner: Shy in everyday interactions. Charismatic on stage.

Goal: To go on an adventure.

Backstory: A shy kid from a prosperous and supportive merchant family, Ayo has always done well academically. They discovered their love of storytelling at a young age and are now the storytelling champion of their area. However, as much as they love telling stories, they have always secretly wanted to be part of their own adventure. Continue Reading »

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Jacqueline portrait by Jessica Kuczynski

Download Character Sheet: Jacqueline Character Sheet

You can find the other premade characters here.

 

Who Jacqueline Is

Player:                               

Name Pronunciation: jack-ah-lynn Y-uh-ng

Gender: Woman.

Manner: Bold.

Goal: Excitement.

Backstory: Jacqueline grew up in a small coastal town that is regularly troubled by pirate raids. Tired of feeling helpless, she joined the Gray Falcon Mercenary Company. The Gray Falcons are a disreputable crew of bounty hunters that have had great success in capturing pirates. There Jacqueline prospered as she quickly gained a reputation for tenacity and bravery. However, after a falling out over one of the Gray Falcons’ questionably legal activities, Jacqueline left them and set off on her own. Continue Reading »

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Chandra portrait by Jessica Kuczynski

Download Character Sheet: Chandra Character Sheet

You can find the other premade characters here.

 

Who Chandra Is

Player:                               

Name Pronunciation: CHAN-dra WIL-ymz

Gender: Woman.

Manner: Vigilant.

Goal: To defend.

Backstory: Chandra’s homeland is a place of war. It wasn’t always this way, but a long drought pushed the existing tensions to the breaking point. In the ensuing conflict Chandra became one of the defenders of a refugee group. It has been hard, but she has held firm to her belief that she could protect without killing. Now this group has crossed over into a land that is at peace. But despite all of the abundance and diversity around them, it hasn’t been easy finding a place in this new land. Continue Reading »

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