Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Dark and Forbidding Land: Hero and Hertzal
Hero and Hertzel are two characters in the Senta and the Steel Dragon series. They are twins and Senta's best friends. Both arrived in Birmisia colony shortly after Senta from Freedonia, where they escaped persecution for being members of the Zaeri minority. They along with Senta and her boyfriend Graham form a quartet of (in this book) ten year olds. The twins lost their parents in Freedonia and now live with their older sister Honor.
I don't know where the idea for these two characters popped up. They, like so many characters in this series, just seemed to fit. Senta needed a best girlfriend and it seemed natural to have a male friend for Graham as well. Of the two, Hertzal is a much more interesting character because he never speaks. This is a result of a trauma in Freedonia. This makes him a more difficult character to write too, but he really comes into his own in this book.
I have always wanted to name a female character Hero, since seeing and reading Much Ado About Nothing. Hertzal, I looked up, searching for something that sounded good with Hero.