It’s remarkable what a woozy mind can come up with when it’s night and it should have been asleep. Staying in bed unable to sleep is useless, so when that happens, I usually get up and do some computering. Lately, computering consists of ‘writing’ (or as in tonight’s case, outlining).
In the original ZaakX book, there was a wee little water sprite called Pwyll. Those who read that awful first draft know what it’s ultimate fate was. It was blasted into vapor by Cyrilla, at the end of the book. For no real reason, except that it had been foretold, loooooong time ago. Fact is, it was totally pointless, the whole sprite. So in rewriting the book into Nexus, I cut Pwyll out.
But just as with some other characters, it had a mind of its own and returned in the form of Paul.
Pauls character in ZaakX was ‘Ping Pong’. Now there’s a name to inspire fear and awe and such. He had a tiny chapter full of sillyness. But he was in a futile kind of way important for the plot, thin as it was. So, Paul became Ping Pong, and that was that.
Pauls role and function in the second part of the book was clear. But the ending of that part was still very, erm… woozy. Unclear and while not in fact pointless (the climax is needed to start up part 3), I just didn’t know why. He was going to die in the failed revolt, but his death was kinda pointless (again): no build-up, no emotional attachment and there was no functional reason he had to die.
Tonight, Paul and Pwyll merged. They aren’t the first to do so, but it still is very remarkable to see it happen. Like the spirit of the dead taking over a living yet soulless shell. It suddenly comes alive.
Other characters that are merged from multiple ones in the old book:
- Briana (Michael+bit of Natan+Random)
- Rafael (Rafael+Jean+Yama-Dharma)
- Kára (Unnamed Valkyrie+Lianne)