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Last but not least of the main Shared World cast. This one is a bit shorter than the others, because a lot of details on these characters are either spoilery or To Be Figured Out Later. At least, unlike one of the other important denizens of this world, she actually has a name.

...Or, at least, a name that she calls herself. Not so long ago, the priestesses under her command called her "Mistress." They're all gone now. No more priestesses, no more followers, no more temple... that burned to the ground as a foolish girl tore herself loose from her bedraggled band, begging Thea to escape with them. All that's left are some very pissed-off and very hungry gods. Even her vizier has abandoned her, although, if her suspicions are correct, he turned against her long ago...

...The questions of when and why don't matter now. She's not sticking around long enough for her fanatical former servant - or the powers they once worshipped - to come after her again.

She's had minimal contact with the mortal world, but she plans to keep to herself anyway, to lose herself in a minor American city. And then another. And then another. She'll pass herself off as a student, a whore, a teller of fortunes, an ordinary girl making a fresh start; depending on what the people around her need and what she needs from them. Nobody here knows who she is. Nobody from her world could have followed her here, and nobody from theirs has, in a thousand generations, returned to tell the tale. It's not possible. Is it?

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Five out of six main characters from Shared World, introduced as of... now!

Vikram Nishant is the other baby genius in this cast. He's one of Stephen's T.A.'s, around twenty-four years old, originally from India, and distinctive among the cast because he's the only one who never even tried to write off their supernatural experience as a dream. (Even Adrian floundered for a while. The two have kept in touch.) As a math and science geek with a usually ultra-rational - very Vulcan-like - outlook, he could have violently denied anything that didn't neatly fit with his carefully ordered view of reality, but he doesn't really believe in denial. It's not a scientist's job to say, "This isn't possible."

That doesn't mean that he has to think about it. The events of seven years ago are packed away in boxes, neatly labeled, and stored on shelves at the back of his mind. He's managed to successfully bury himself in his work by the time that Stephen comes flailing back into his life. Of course, Vikram recognizes his student immediately, realizes that Stephen's memories of the past are incomplete, and resolves to allow him a chance at a normal life, not having made the connection that the poor kid's life has never been normal, and is only about to get weirder.

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And more Shared World stuff:

Sarah Van Dale is actually quite an important character, and, at this point, the one about whom I know the least. (Actually, the main turning point of her story is one I can't share here 'cause of megaspoilers).

In a cast full of decidedly "special" people, Sadie is, perhaps, the most "ordinary." A born Rhode Islander, she was raised by a single workaholic father after her mom took off for parts unknown (no big mystery there that I know of, although you just wait for one to crop up in the sequel), and was very much a latchkey kid who learned the fine arts of defrosting and burglar-alarm-setting at an early age. Her junior high school years were no more of a nightmare than anyone else's. Something of a bookworm, she was never part of the "popular crowd," but she had enough friends that she didn't always have to go home alone after school. The summer that she was thirteen, she and her dad rented a house in a New England resort community for a week; it was the longest time they'd spent together since the divorce and the longest vacation he'd taken since before then. This was about as awkward as you'd expect. She loves her dad and knows he loves her, but it's not like they've ever had much to talk about.

Near the end of their R&R time, Sadie woke up from a nightmare gasping for breath as if someone had been trying to suffocate her in her sleep. She was perfectly fine once she'd calmed down, and would have had trouble articulating what her dream had even been about. The incident was quickly glossed over, as most important things between them have always been.

When Our Story Begins, Sadie - like Stephen - is twenty years old, and a sociology major (though not at Brown - I might just drop her at URI, honestly, although I know only marginally more about the uni that I am attending), and still living at home. She's generally sweet, gabby, a little bit flaky, but has no idea what to do with her degree or her life, and everyone seems to want her to be more certain than she actually is. The summer before her junior year, she meets the mysterious Thea (arguably the real central character and even more spoilery; I'll try to get to her later), whom she first assumes to be a fellow student, and whose "I am not of this world" schtick should be annoying but isn't. Even after that, it takes things a long time to get really interesting.

...hm. I actually know more about her than I thought, even if it's just back story.

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More character notes from Shared World:

Stephen Spencer's history as one of my characters is a bit too complicated to get into here. At twenty years old, he's the youngest of the group by a few months. He was also a child prodigy, so by now, he's a senior at Brown, a math major who gets along far better with his professors than with his classmates, and generally has just enough social skills to avoid raising eyebrows at best, and being hauled away for a battery of psychological tests at worst.

If he were tested, raised eyebrows would be the mildest reaction. Stephen may be smart, but he's one of the most mentally unbalanced of all the kids - and, yes, that includes Karen's stint in the mental institution. And if Adrian's charisma score exceeds his intelligence by a little and his wisdom by a lot, Stephen maxed out his intelligence at the expense of his sanity. He hears voices. Specifically, a voice - that of a woman named Melissa whom he befriended seven years ago. She was a... priestess? nun? witch? who saved his life and took him under her wing when he, too, had nowhere else to go. She speaks continually as if something terrible happened to her and he already knows what it is, but he's having just a little bit of trouble remembering her fate, or even what she looks like - until he believes he's seen her again at a campus party.

(Yes, I'm going to have to do quite a bit of research into Brown University, but it should be easy enough to do, seeing as I live in the same city and used to work on the bookstore staff. I've been waffling for a long time as to where, geographically, I want to bring everyone together, and I've been wanting to set something in Providence for a while.)

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More character notes for Shared World:

Karen Ross is actually as much Lily's brainchild as she is mine, and she has only become more deceptively twisty since then. On the surface, she is a stubbornly self-reliant medical intern and a lifelong overachiever. None of her patients or friends know that during her first year of college, she suffered a nervous breakdown, complete with incredibly detailed visions of people who didn't exist and things and things that could not possibly exist. Since her recovery, she has hung onto reality by her teeth, until a chance encounter with Adrian, who deliberately reawakens her recollections of their past adventures, believing that their reunion was meant to be. Needless to say, this profoundly angers her. The last time they saw each other, she was eighteen years old, ruthlessly ambitious, and willing to do absolutely anything to return to her normal life... no matter what it meant for the others.

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Character notes for Shared World:

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Adrian Brooke was a wannabe hero who never quite got-to-be. He is twenty-six in the "present day," a high-school English teacher with at least one novel-in-progress in his desk drawer. He is generally patient and likable, one of those education n00bs who hasn't had the time to become bitter and cynical yet, and thus does things like deliver dramatic Shakespeare readings from the top of his desk. Naturally, his students adore him, while the school administration and his family despair of him.

He is also one of two people in the group who has more or less complete and coherent memories of his time in the other world. Always a bit of a dreamer and an idealist (okay, more like a lot of both) who was not entirely unconvinced that he had an important, splendid, but as yet undiscovered destiny, he leapt into the adventure headfirst, marshaling his new friends as they tried to escape from their less-than-splendid fate at the hands of their abductors. He had enough intelligence and charisma to lead effectively, but the rules of fantasy novels and comic books can only carry one so far in life-or-death chases and fights, and his heart usurped his head when he fell for the sharp-tongued, resourceful Karen, one of the other transplants from the "real" world. Believing her to have been captured by their enemies, he gambled his own life and freedom to save her, unaware of the consequences that would reach beyond the boundaries between the worlds.

Adrian is named after Adrian Pasdar - aka Nathan Petrelli from Heroes - whom he still kinda sorta looks like in my head, although he generally acts like the mutant love child of Peter Petrelli and Tsuchiya Ruka. I hope that he's as much fun to read as he is to write.

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The original project that I threatened/promised that you'd hear about:

Seven years ago, a group of teenagers shared what might have been a dream and what might have been a magical adventure in a fantastic land. Today, Sadie, Adrian, Stephen, Vikram, and Karen are living their respective lives in our own world, haunted by nightmares of their collective past, and memories that not all of them believe are true. When they begin to find each other again, they also slowly discover that one of their old enemies has followed them back to their reality - perhaps because she's looking for the survivors, who should not technically exist, or perhaps because something is hunting her.

Shared World (working title; it was also called Inside the Labyrinth Walls for a while) is a contemporary fantasy with homages to Greek mythology, fairy tales, and those stories about teenage Chosen Ones. It's got mythical beasts, corrupt sorcerers, renegade priestesses, wannabe heroes, mind control, and some very stressed-out college students. I hope to have some notes or snippets available soon.

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