The Lords of the World: characters

The Lords of the World” is now available from Alternate History Fiction magazine!

After making sketches of the characters we talked about for Martian Law (later renamed the Lords of the World), I got to work on better pictures.

Martian Law

A quirk in the expression on Singh’s face and my (Mu-rau’s) response to that expression   generated the first line of the story, as well as Singh and Mu-rau’s relationship.
Writing a story is about giving your characters problems and then working through the solutions to those problems. For Martian Law that was easy. Singh is an international legal consultant, so the problems he deals with come directly from current events. All I had to do was supply an English paint-job to some generalized post-colonial strife and hook that bigger political picture into a personal conflict between Singh’s love interest and her bad-guy husband. With the help of Simon in a conversation I stupidly failed to record, I did just that. The result was these characters:

P.Q. Singh portrait by Ivy Cave AKA Thundercake

P.Q. Singh portrait by Ivy Cave AKA Thundercake

 Percival Q. Singh

Birthplace: Selenia Excavation, First Lunar Republic

Education: Savantry of La-uu’hi/veo’sa-uu (Helas Plantila, Mars), Nest of Social Engineering

Languages spoken: English, Selenian Creol, Ga-uhi/ge-uu’bi/bo’sa-u/nai, Mi’xa-u/ku’xa-uu, Scots

“I am vast, I am cool, I am unsympathetic.”

His problem: He is supposed to help earthlings, but doesn’t know much about them

 

Jama’ Mu-rau

Birthplace: The Byzantium Community (now the Konstantiniyye’den bir Marslı Çeyrek), Turkish Federation.

Education: Moral Philosophic sub-Savantry of Himalaya

Languages spoken: Ga-uhi/ge-uu’bi/bo’sa-u/nai, Turkish, Greek, English

“There is always a third option.”

Problem: he wants to help humans, but humans don’t trust him

Selma Dunwitty (wife of Arthur Dunwitty, General in the English People’s Army Birthplace: Burgh o Landeen, Sooth Scotland (now London, England)

Education: The Landeen Heich Schuil for Weemen

Languages spoken: Scots, English, Ga-uhi/ge-uu’bi/bo’sa-u/nai

“It is not who I am, but what I am.”

Problem: She’s being blackmailed by the Scots in order to put pressure on her husband.

From there, the story went easily. I only ran into problems at the end, which needed a solution to the problems I gave my characters. Because I don’t know the solution to a corrupt authoritarian state driven by rabid ultranationalism.

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