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It’s another addition of Beautiful People and for this month I decided that I would do a different character. So this month I’m focusing on Ash Bregar who is a prickly nineteen-year-old known ironically as a witch hunter whose only wish is to go back home. Except he can’t because he killed a witch and that’s very frowned up where he’s from.
Here’s the Beautiful People Writer’s Tag for May 2016…
How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?
Ash smiles very rarely. It’s not that he never smiles but rather that he doesn’t have a lot of things to smile about since he’s been thrown out of his home and is constantly plotting ways to get back there. But if we’re being honest he was kind of prickly even before that because he’s not cool with being ruled over by witches and having to treat them like Gods. Occasionally Nick will manage to wrestle a smile out of him, but he would definitely not smile at a stranger. In fact, he’s more likely to pull a knife on a stranger than to smile at them.
What is the cruelest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
That he needs to leave his home and make it on his own. It’s not anything specific or quotable, but essentially being expelled from his life and having his family and friends turn their back on him. He initially reacted as anyone would with shock, and then over time the shock turned to anger, and the anger turned to resolve. He took his time away to learn how to navigate in the ‘secular’ world getting tips from people, learning to bounty hunt and throw around his muscle to get results. But more than anything it caused him to close himself off to starting new relationships with the fear of having them abandon him too.
What is the kindest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
Probably something like “hey, you’re actually not that bad.” haha. There’s really only one character I could picture telling Ash something really nice, but he’s also one of the characters who turned away from Ash after the whole witch murder incident so those words are likely to go unsaid. But certainly Ash is the sort of character that on the surface is quite gruff and unyielding, but over time, despite his best efforts, softens to others. His reaction to being told that would likely be to scoff or say nothing. Because he avoids compliments like that.
What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
For Ash this would likely be the moment around 13 or 14 where he started to question his faith. In this particular world, in the particular country he’s from witches are regarded as Gods on Earth. They’re considered in some ways more holy because you can see and interact with them in the flesh and how you treat them has a direct effect on how your crops do. But around this time Ash would start deciding if they really are Gods or just talented mortals. His best friend at the time Authro would be in the process of being identified as having a small amount of magic and potential to become a disciple, meaning he could become a witch one day. And it would be Ash making the connection between someone he’s known all his life becoming a God that would make him question whether witches are divine at all. So it’s not necessarily a memory in particular, but a short period of time where his view on the world would start shifting.
What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
Chicken Soup for the Soul? Hahah. I do think that Ash would benefit from realizing that he isn’t the only person in the world suffering from some sort of injustice. He can be a bit trapped in his own bubble and focused on his own issues. He’s spent so much time on his own obessed with his goals that it’s difficult for him to look outside of that. And he could use with a bit of inspiration. He does spend most of his time scowling.
Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react?
Not that I can think of. Even the bounty hunting he’s done in the past is pretty tame since he’s pretty much rounded up people that are addicted to magic, and are sick and weak from withdrawal. It’s not as exciting as it seems. It’s a grey area because the selling of magic is illegal but there’s not a lot of policing of it, there’s more policing of the users who are more victims than anything. But Ash goes along with it because he needs the money and he’s focused on his own goals.
Do they like and get along with their neighbours?
He is technically homeless so he doesn’t have neighbours. If he did he would probably spend most of his time ignoring them and only talk to them to pump them for information. Unless they tried really really hard to be friends with him, then he would probably crack under the pressure. Underneath it all he wants the companionship.
On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with?
I would say 7. He’s very unpleasant to begin with and he’s not a barrell of laughs, but overtime he becomes likeable. And he has his moments where he’s actually quite affable. That being said, he spends a lot of time talking about his own goals and despite being a bounty hunter/witchhunter he constantly gets caught in traps and has to be resucued. So he’s like that friend where people ask “why are you friends with him?” and you shrug and say “he’s alright once you get to know him”.
If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?
Home, that’s pretty much his single most desire. All he wants to do is go back to the place he was raised and live the life he feels he was meant to live. He wanted the peacful country life. Not the current rogue lifestyle he’s living.
Who was the last person they held hands with?
Sadly, his sister. The group does a spell where they hold hands, but he was in the middle so he didn’t. So definitely the last person he held hands with was his sister right before, and even then that was in a dream. But he has a strong connection with her and she’s often made effort to hold him in check from exposing to everyone how un-devote he is.
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How likeable or easy to get along with is one of your characters?
OR How do you think you would like Ash as a character?
Let me know in the comments!