first prompt; themed What Could Have Been
in which we were encouraged to think of choices and events in our character's lives that could have happened differently and what consequences these would have on the character's personality.
At first I really wanted to do something cute that would have resulted in a happy scenario, but I've done that a million times with most aspects of Edward's life already, so I opted to explore something I'd never really looked in to before; Edward's relationship with his necromancer.
First off; since I've never submitted to this club before, I should explain that Edward is an undead who works through magic (necromancy). In his world, there are people who can use necromancy to raise the dead either as mindless zombies or bind a soul to the body to create a sentient creature most commonly referred to as an undead.
Usually, undead are independent and can function and roam around by themselves, but in the presence of their necromancer, an undead is physically unable to disobey.
Edward, in his story, is an undead that belongs to a very powerful necromancer, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but has in canon never met her. For reasons unknown, Catherine has never contacted him.
What I took a swing at here was what if Edward had found her early on and stayed with her instead of roaming the world by himself. Catherine puts a very high value on beauty and isn't too fond of the fact that her most powerful undead is a disfigured corpse. (Edward doesn't have a lower jaw under that scarf)
Yes, Catherine makes her undead call her mistress and treats them like either pets or very large dolls.
As you can see, he's not treated very well by her. He's mostly kept locked up in a cell in the basement, only occasionally let out to do chores (as a reward if he behaves), usually, it's preferred if he just doesn't show his face. This has a massive impact on Edward as a character, I realized. As he instead of becoming highly aggressive and asocial, adapts a very submissive personality where he doesn't know how to function unless he's given orders.
First submission to this group and it shows what an asshole I am to my characters.
Feel free to ask if there's something you don't understand or you're curious about! My super-quick explanation probably doesn't make a lick of sense.
Drawn in Photoshop CS5.
Characters belong to me and ~Yezzixa
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