I talk to cookiemonger about Rumors of War now and again. She probably knows more about the characters and the story than anyone who isn’t me. I don’t share a lot … there’s way too much to talk about, and most of it seriously needs to be de-fragmented before it’s safe for human consumption. I think she does well, though.

She suggested I write about the characters here. Something about the comic, anyway. Easier said than done, I think. The other night I remember gesticulating vapidly while trying to sort out the cast into this complicated Five Man Band while explaining the Five Man Band trope, and I realized I barely understood the characters myself. I only write the story, I don’t claim to understand it. *facepalm*

It occurred to me that while I have grand plans and I know what’s going to happen to all the characters throughout the story, I’m really not sure of who they are. They don’t necessarily surprise me, and I’m well aware of some of the tropes they adhere to, but I don’t feel I have a good grasp on who they are, or what they’re doing. I’m trying to find a good way of phrasing “I know what I’m doing: I don’t know what I’m doing.”