Heyo Abnormals, Dern here. I’m about to delve into a lot of storytelling mechanics, some of which is a bit spoilery, particularly around the character of Weretiger. If you’re happy with how the story is going and just want to be surprised about what happens next, now is a good time to eject out of this blog post.
OK. I think we’re alone now. The beating of our hearts is the only sound now. So lets talk about what we’re doing here in a larger scope. O and I want to make The Adventures of Dwarf and Elf (& Weretiger) into a book series. Our plot is mapped out in two ways. The first is an over-arching plot that’ll take about 300 pages to cover. The second is the individual books, which are about 100 pages each (there’s some wiggle room, a book might be 80-120 pages).
There’s a lot of reasons behind our desires to write something in a more epic tone, including a desire to show off our skills. But we also want to bring new readers into the fold, so that led to some early story decisions.
On the very first page, we dropped a major hint that this was a “new” story – Elf had his arm back. But it could also have meant that we were telling a prequel. We stayed tight-lipped on this, and Dwarf’s magnificent arms (and massive stone-based bankroll) hid on the third page. It wasn’t until Page 11 that a tree died, the gloves came off, and we finally got to show that this is an entirely new campaign with vaguely familiar characters.
At their cores, we wanted Dwarf, Elf and Weretiger to be true to themselves, as they were made in Commissioned years ago. But we also wanted to make them each their own separate characters. So far, we’re seeing that Elf is a bit of a cheater and a rule-breaker, while Weretiger is an appeaser that’s quickly loosing control of his path. And Dwarf? Well, Dwarf likes to punch things.
When we plotted out the main arc, we had plot line set out for each of the main characters. We need them to show some growth, and change over the next few years. And these plot lines were brewed to be a mix of the old and the new. There’s some events from earlier in Commissioned that we want to repeat, and there’s others we’d like to avoid. Weretiger was the trickiest one, though.
A big part of Weretiger and his player Al is that he’s a victim of bullying. Al’s character had a beautiful character arc this past year, with lots of legit growth when he confronted and reconciled with his bullying friends. And right now, by letting Weretiger get bullied inside of the game, we’re ignoring that. And it feels rough.
We could have started out with Weretiger punching people in the face, having no hardships to overcome, and just being a general bad ass. And it would have been awful. By putting Weretiger through the ringer again, we’re giving him strife to overcome, and giving readers a chance to love him as the scrappy underdog again.
I mentioned earlier that the main arc is divided up into three books. What I didn’t say is that each book takes a closer look at either Dwarf, Elf or Weretiger. And Book 1 is Weretiger’s book. By the end of this story, he’ll have his moment of badass, and he’ll find his path. We’ll also finally find out why his name is Weretiger, when all the other Furrs we’ve met so far seem to have more normal names.
So, for those upset for Al, that miss him standing up for himself – we are sorry. Weretigers not going to take it much longer. But for the sake of the story, things are going to get worse for him before they get better.