Here it is: the squeezed-in blog on the Antagonist, from Aristotle’s Essential Characters (with funky names) to our modern take on those pesky evil-doers we love to hate.
Any antagonist—the primary conflict-creator—should seek a goal that is mirrored to the protagonist.
For writers, this is reflecting the protagonist’s goal.
The conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist may occur over the same treasure, the same career advancement, or the same approbation from the community. The antagonist may want the destruction of what the protagonist is trying to create. S/he will twist any concept that the protagonist developed to improve the world.
Least becomes great. Greatest becomes least. Two wizards travel sharp-bladed roads in Weave a Wizardry Web.
“Wizard against sorcerer. Fae against dragon. Wyre against Rhoghieri.” As children in the Wizard Enclave, Camisse and her niece Alstera recited that catechism daily. Yet the war against sorcery seems far from the Enclave, and the current leaders have forgotten that childhood chant.
Camisse hasn’t forgotten. Commander of an outpost, she defends the border against the sorcerers and wyre of Frost Clime. Her greatest fear is Dragon Rising, the day banished dragons will join Frost Clime. The Enclave’s forces are not strong enough to repel a triple alliance.
Faeron recently forced a renewed alliance on the Enclave, which angered the hidebound leaders. Her mother the ArchClans had promised to renew an alliance with the Rhoghieri. Camisse is appalled that the Rho haven’t been approached.
Then the wyre slip into the Enclave and kill wizards. Camisse recognizes the evidence of wyre attack, but her leaders won’t accept it. She may be a successful border commander, yet she fumbles when working spells.
With the aid of a Fae masquerading as a wizard, Camisse discovers she wields Fire. With Pearroc’s help, she no longer muddles her spells.
Granddaughter of the ArchClans, Alstera is the greatest Enclave wizard. Frost Clime and Dragon Rising drive her to investigate ways to increase the powers of wizards. Her search leads to a forbidden spell called the Nexus. This taboo linkage funnels power from enthralled wielders to a single wizard, a slavery that breaks a tenet of wizardry.
When Alstera meets Sanglier, he invites her to join a sharing circle. Wielders can link power, each one sharing, each one wielding. Even her cousin Faone, a Naught, can work spells in Sanglier’s circle.
Yet Sanglier is a sorcerer disguised as a wizard, intent on undermining the Enclave. Killing the commander Camisse will wreck the border defenses, allowing Frost Clime’s invasion. Decimating the Enclave in its very heart will ensure victory for his mission. His spells hide the wyre pack from the wizards. Sanglier plots to insert a wyre in the ArchClans’ own house. He commands the wyre Arctos to turn
Faone. And he tricks Alstera into using blood spells as well as practicing the forbidden linkage.
Camisse learns that her scheming mother, in a political maneuver to become ArchClans, was the one who shackled her Fire powers. Angry at her family, she turns to Pearroc—but he is a protégé of her mother’s chief opponent. Can she trust him with her powers and her heart? And can she believe anything he says when she discovers he is a masked Fae?
Alstera’s friend Nevil, for dabbling in the taboo Nexus, is spell-shackled, reduced to less than a Naught. Devastated, he commits suicide. Alstera knows the sharing circle is a type of Nexus. Even though she risks the same punishment as Nevil, she refuses to stop her investigation. The opportunity to increase a wizard’s power is too close.
Then Sanglier sends the wyre pack to kill Camisse and Pearroc.
And Alstera practices the sharing linkage one time too many.
Will they survive the sharp blades on their chosen roads?
In the recently-revived war between wizards and sorcerers, the Enclave wizards enlist the aid of Rhoghieri, wielders of the four base elements who live in Havens. The sorcerers have enslaved wyre, animal shifters who became outcasts when the wizards declared them anathema.
The Faeron, who withdrew when the dragons were defeated and nearly extinguished from the world, have returned to an uneasy alliance with the wizards—for the dragons did not die out centuries ago. Those nearly-mythic creatures are searching for a way to return so they can wreck vengeance on the Faeron and the wizards who exiled them.
Current Wizard Clans of the Enclave
Border Wars, 591
Saldoran’s Revolt, 497-510
Enclave inception, 382.
Brantimor. Clan Pater in 620. Red with Gold / Fire. Magister Amiste. Fae comeis Tithran Oran de Ciele. Sequence of Clan Leadership: Brantimor < Ignace (Border Wars) < Guyot, who became ArchClans in 566 < Evraud, who became ArchClans in 541 < Franchot (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Cosmée (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < Salbourne < year 463 clan split with the clan that becomes duCian < Chamisse, who became ArchClans in 451 < Thibaut, founder.
Bronchet. Clan Pater in 616. Blue with Gold / Water with Fire. Magister Beatrice. Fae comeis Laidriv Grieze de Kiern. Sequence of Clan Leadership: Bronchet < Pierrell (Border Wars) < Gismond, who became ArchClans in 576 < Sandoire < Gauthier, who became ArchClans in 536 (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Odette (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < year 494 clan split with the clan that becomes Rochein < Hellost < Alaric < Carrock, founder.
Charanaise. Clan Mater in 635. Green with Gold / Earth and Fire. Magister Piers. Fae comeis Tolki Regnant de Thettis. Sequence of Clan Leadership: Charanaise < Gerrault < Teobolt (Border Wars) < Ysador < Lisandre (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Giraud, who became ArchClans in 488 (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < de Bohune < Brielle, who became ArchClans in 463 < year 461 clan split with the clan that becomes d’Aulnois < Telfourd < Pherginda, who became ArchClans in 439 and founder.
d’Aulnois. Clan Pater in 631. Council of Five member. Green with Silver / Earth and Air. Magister Niels. Fae comeis Silmar Heim de Veirnt. Sequence of Clan Leadership: d’Aulnois < Bourdonnée (Border Wars) < Phergenie < d’Arcy < Horchadt, became ArchClans in 497 (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Aelwine < Guimalle, became ArchClans in 467 < year 461 clan split with the clan that becomes Charanaise < Telfourd < Pherginda, became ArchClans in 439 and founder.
Drakon. Clan Pater in 596. Council of Five member. Black with Gold / (unacknowledged Chaos and) Fire. Magister Brandt. Fae comeis Huron Talenn de Ysagrael. Sequence of Clan Leadership: Drakon < Reivel, who became ArchClans in 578 (Border Wars) < Bronn < Tanneal, who became ArchClans in 514 (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Yvgny < Draiven < Brandt, who become ArchClans in 449 < Gerhardt, founder.
DuCian. Clan Pater in 627. Red with Silver / Fire and Air. Magister Rowan. Fae comeis Vatar Regnant de Chardyss. Sequence of Clan Leadership: DuCian < Valmont < Raigneur (Border Wars) < Alysse < Telfor < Sebastien (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Léonor (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < Anselm, who became ArchClans in 474 < year 463 clan split with the clan that becomes Brantimor < Chamisse, who became ArchClans in 451 < Thibaut, founder.
Galfrons. Clan Pater in 610. Council of Five member. Grey with Silver / Water and Air. Magisters Eléonore and Talbot. Fae comeis Dagorr Sigis de Fanault. Sequence of Clan Leadership: Galfrons < Chambaud (Border Wars) < Harailt, who became ArchClans in 555 < Rombreaux (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Ferrant < Melisande < Jacinthe, joined as second generation after Carrock’s death in 426.
Letheina. Clan Mater in 613, became ArchClans in 624. Blue with Silver / Water and Air. Magister Raigeis. Fae Ruidri comeis Talenn de Ysagrael. Sequence of Clan Leadership: Letheina < Saigeis, who became ArchClans in 596 (Border Wars) < Morted < Sygny (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Maltroit (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < Romert < du Cyre, who became ArchClans in 444 < Raigeis, founder.
Metallin. Clan Pater in 616. Council of Five member. Black with Silver / Air. Magister Tallost. Fae comeis Aegethr Bourne de Chardyss. Sequence of Clan Leadership: Metallin < Sholeina < Garnier (Border Wars) < Nellost < Piers, who became ArchClans in 524 (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Enjoux (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < d’Ivrons, who joined the Enclave in the 3rd generation, 461.
Perrault. Clan Pater in 606. Council of Five member. Brown with Gold / Earth and Fire. Magisters Cosmée and Oralia and Jules. Fae comeis Sullin Bourne de Chardyss. Sequence of Clan Leadership: Perrault < Griselt (Border Wars) < Aherin (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Horst (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < Denis < Journet, joined as second generation after Carrock’s death in 426.
Rochein. Clan Mater in 624. Yellow with Black / Earth and Air. Magister Seir. Fae comeis Menos Heim de Veirnt. Sequence of Clan Leadership: Rochein < Giraud, who became ArchClans in 613 < Euphemie (Border Wars) < Montaigne < Harcourt < Tredennit, who became ArchClans in 520 (Saldoran’s Revolt) < Costaigne (killed in battle during Saldoran’s Revolt) < year 494 clan split with the clan that becomes Bronchet < Hellost < Alaric < Carrock, founder.
ArchClans Leadership < Letheina, 624 < Giraud, 613-624 < Saigeis, 597-624 < Reivel, 578-597 (Border Wars) < Gismond, 577-578 < Guyot, 566-577 < Harailt, 555-566 < Evraud, 541-555 < Gauthier, 536-541 < Piers, 524-536 < Tredennit, 520-524 < Tanneal, 514-520 < Horchadt, led during Saldoran’s Revolt, 497-514 < Giraud, killed during Saldoran’s Revolt, 488-497 < Anselm, 474-488 < Guimalle, 468-474 < Brielle, 463-468 < Chamisse, 451-463 < Brandt, 449-451 < du Cyre, 443-449 < Pherginda (last remaining of the original founders), 439-443 < original five founding members—Carrock, Gerhardt, Pherginda, Raigeis, and Thibaut—ruled by consensus from 382 to 439.
Current Aged Sages (61st Iteration of the Council of Five): 1st = Perrault, 2nd = Galfrons, 3rd = Drakon, 4th = d’Aulnois, and 5th = Metallin.
Current Faeron Septs
The Maorketh, sometimes called “the Kiern Alaisa”. Maorketh Alaisa Grieze de Kiern. Called the Chief Sister. Her ward (bonded mate) is Ivers, a wizard of Clan Letheina of the Enclave. Her palace is at the Harrows in the North.
First Sister, the Fanault Alviss. Maore Alviss Sigis de Fanault. Her palace is at Dagomer, on the east by the sea.
First Brother, the Ysagrael Tiraz. Maorn Tiraz Talenn de Ysagrael. Scree, the rocky and forested slopes leading down from Petrosse, is the location of his palace.
Second Sister, the Ciele Vyrthandi. Maore Vyrthandi Oran de Ciele. Petrosse is the rocky mountains on the Faeron border.
Second Brother, the Chardyss Vidar. Maorn Vidar Bourne de Chardyss. The vale between the mountains is called Moutelle.
Third Sister, the Veirnt Skuld. Maore Skuld Heim de Veirnt has her palace at Eiron, the green valley. Her ward is Romert of Clan Letheina of the Enclave.
Third Brother, the Thettis Harte. Maorn Harte Regnant de Thettis, whose palace is located at Bermarck, the forested area.
The first book in the alternate medieval fantasy by Edie Roones: Seasons in Sansward
Honor and death? Or cowardice and life? Stark choices, and not that easy.
Beren, a warder at Caldew Keep, swore an oath to defend her lord and lady. The
arrival of the Watrani horde, allied with the Gitane Witches, changes the world she has known. The Witches are sorcerers who have been exiled from Sansward for generations.
Beren’s keep lady orders her to protect the Eye, a magical crystal that increases a wielder’s power.
Besides the magnification of power, the Eye has two other important purposes: 1) It can remove the curse that transformed the fighting Prica warriors into wolves. 2) It will free sorcerers who were trapped in stone at the end of the Great War between the mages and the witches.
And the Gitane Witches are searching for the Eye.
Lady Treasache intends to steal away with the Eye in a desperate bid to keep it from the Gitane. The Prica Storr thinks to use the Eye to shift back into man.
Will Beren sacrifice herself in a futile attempt to guard the Eye? With only a sword as defense against sorcery, can she survive a battle against the Gitane? Or will she discover that the road to death is littered with people who chose honor over life?
The main Facebook page for Writers’ Ink, my publisher, is celebrating encounters with AML’s book all through August and September on Snippet Saturday: You may be able to find the first AML post here.
Whenever I’m beachy keen–and that’s not for crowded beaches in the heat of summer, but afterwards, when it’s me and the sand and the waves and the sun casting south–that’s the time that I reach for Gift from the Sea.