The winner of the poll by a longshot this time around ^^ Kaida, one of my favorite fantasy characters.
Kaida is an Ice Nymph from my fantasy story, "Double Edged." I just recently renamed the story >_> since I didn't want a title that screamed "THIS IS GENERIC FANTASY STORY #1 billion and 5!!!" You can find the first chapter of the story here --> [link]
This story had originally started out when I was about 15 years old. It was very pathetic back then, one of those wannabe manga stories set in some Japanese-ish type setting... with Japanese names and all that jazz. After posting it somewhere and having it ripped apart I decided that in order to avoid any history buff that would ruin the world my story was set in, I needed to make up EVERYTHING and drop the Japanese names. Also, in order to keep from being freakishly cliche I refused to use Dwarves, Elves, Ogres, or any of that...
And so I came up with Nymphs, Valcorians, Avians, and what fantasy doesn't have humans? lol. There is one more race but I'm currently thinking on a name for it... SO GET TO THE CHARACTER ALREADY! D8<
Anyways, Kaida was one of the few characters that resisted the name change, mostly because she's newer than the rest of the characters, but also because the name just fit. She only came about when I decided that the princess's bodyguard needed to be a major character. But a bodyguard/princess romance was just too cliche, so to avoid this, I made Kaida. Kaida is not human, she is a Nymph and wields strong elemental magic. I kinda liked this idea. >_> the King in my head liked this idea too, it meant not leaving his daughter alone with a man, and this woman was well trained and just as able to protect as any of the men.
Her character has changed quite a bit so far as appearance and still doesn't seem to be done changing yet. I realized I didn't have a lot of Nymph characters and I needed a reason for this, so I began to develop their culture and such a bit more. What I came out with was this really peaceful race. So peaceful in fact that they outright refuse to kill. As in, if you kill another sentient being, it's the worst sin you could ever commit. They won't put you to death for it, but they will oust you. Metaphorically, they kill you, you're dead to them and should you ever return you won't be welcomed. It was an interesting thought so why not use it? They train to defend themselves and use a staff weapon to do so, aiming to knock out instead of kill any assailant.
And so worked out another piece of Kaida's past. The entire continent is in unrest, it was only a matter of time before her town was attacked, and she killed an opponent in an attempt to save it. Unfortunately their law doesn't care for what reason you killed. So she was outcast, and left to fend for herself right alongside humans. So her views began to change, and she realized that while she had been ousted in such a way she still loved her people and needed to protect them, and the only way to do that was to fight. What harm could it do her now that she would never be accepted by her own people again?
Eventually she was taken in by a human family, with a son in the military. Some of their ways rubbed off on her, mostly their endearing way of finding fun, or happiness in the most simple of things. Cut in with a few more events that I won't discuss for fear of too many more spoilers, and you have Kaida's personality as it is now. An odd quirky sort of character with a sense of humor and a love for her friends, whom she'll go to many lengths to protect. Including going against nearly all of her teachings as a Nymph. Pictures!
She needs more of them >_> in order from oldest to newest. [link]
<- My favorite version thus far, drawn by Other versions?
With some slight tweaking she does have a few more version around, but never outside of the fantasy setting. She is never human.
And that's it! If you have any questions feel free to ask! Also, take some time on my poll to tell me who you'd like to hear about next! Here are the previous spotlights incase you missed them!
#1: Riley [link]
#2: Zeph [link]