Your female, main characters of Myeu and Ahgielle in Orrleth have the perfect blend of action, wit, and at the same time, vulnerability. With Myeu’s magical prowess, and Ahgielle’s battle dynamics in particular, they clearly hold their own in both character, and ability amongst a predominantly male main character lineup. Likely no one would want to mess with either of them. Both would make for the most loyal and worthy friend, agile protector, and example of strength and resilience.
What influenced each character’s development?
Thomas McClellan: “Well, I believe that all of the main characters in the Lost Pack except for Lospeck and Sebastian originated in a dream I had. Obviously, the dream only gave vague outlines for the characters and start of the plot, but I still had a basis to work off from the start. Even so, this dream was limited mostly to aesthetics, notably in Myeu’s circlet/eye, and Ahgielle’s armor/ponytail. Though the braid was part of the dream, Ahgielle’s personality, armor detail, ponytail blade, and other weaponry were created by me through numerous sketches and redrafts. Likewise, Myeu’s hair, ornate iris, and circlet were present in my dream, but nothing else was as crisply displayed. In short, the core basis of the two ladies came to me in a night vision, but the rest I made up as I went along. I am a big fan of impromptu, yet I still have a very rough outline for my story. The world of Orrleth is no place for the weak. As such, dynamic, powerful women from both ends of the spectrum of femininity must be included to provide a well-rounded, engaging experience. Ahgielle’s shift in demeanor toward Tyrus and his brothers adds another persona to the mix. Later on, Myeu will show another side not yet known.”
Caius and Ahgielle share an interesting and mysterious relationship. Can you tell us more about the bond the two have? Can we expect a budding romance?
TM: “Though not much is mentioned about the two, Caius and Ahgielle definitely have something going on. I won’t go into detail, but the secrets only begin with Sebastian. A romance could be one possibility, but the feelings (if any) are most definitely not mutual, at least in the first book. Time will tell.”
Ahgielle’s armor is definitely her signature. Will we ever see her without it? Will we ever see her in a dress, perhaps?
TM: “Ahgielle’s armor is indeed part of her hardy exterior, but a softer, more effeminate side of her will be revealed at a later date. The beginnings are hidden as fragments throughout the first book, but more will be shown at a later point in the series. Her wearing a dress could happen.”
It is evident that Ahgielle holds power that is beyond her years. Will her background play a prominent role in the plot of the Orrleth series?
TM: “Ahgielle’s background has already been playing a prominent role in the plot of Orrleth for a very long time, but I suppose that is not quite what the question asks. Past, present, and future – Ahgielle’s tale will come to light later in the series.”
Myeu’s circlet is very interesting. Is there any backstory to it?
TM: “The story of Myeu’s circlet is just as jagged and twisted as the band itself. Expect sorrow as black as the raven of her hair.”
Myeu’s color-changing hair is very unique. What inspired you to give her this attribute?
TM: “This is a bit of a shift from what I mentioned in the previous section, but yes, the idea of contrast between stagnant and shifting in Myeu’s hair is quite unique. What inspired me to give her this attribute? Well, to begin, I felt that Myeu was lacking a bit visually, and one more radical component needed to be added to her appearance. After brainstorming with my mother, we decided on giving Myeu a mood stripe in her hair, which also fluctuates in strange ways in association with her magic.”
“There are copious amounts of secrets in the world of Orrleth. Suspicions often lead to truth.”
—Thomas McClellan, Author of Orrleth