Enhanced: The Complete Field Guide, Part Two (Characters)

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I fully expect this to be the longest of the three parts of the Enhanced Field Guide (places, characters, and plots). If you missed the first part–Places in Enhanced, you can find that here: Enhanced: The Complete Field Guide, Part One (Places).

Why will this be the longest one? Because I have a whole bunch of characters, both major and minor, and I fully expect that the more I write, the more characters will come up. So when this field guide is officially posted on its own page, I’ll update it with new characters when I start 105_0189-editedtalking about them. For right now, though, all of the characters in this post should appear or be mentioned somewhere in the first book, Enhanced.

Oh, and Kellyn Roth @ Reveries was the first one to guess which character this hairstyle belonged to: Meryn. Despite the fact that the hairstyle does indeed look like a boy’s, it is her hair. (Of course, Kell did just list all of the main female characters after I said it was a girl, so I don’t know how much effort it took.) You’ll get a full sketch of Meryn later on in the post–yay!–and she’ll look much less like a boy then.



POV CHARACTERS

BRIE ELLINGS

I just made up her last name right now. So it’s subject to change…but I kind of like it, so who knows?

Brie is my smol, emotional cinnamon roll who is thrown into this world with no experience and wants nothing more than to save her brother, Seth (see Plots–Rescue Seth and Characters–Seth). She has way too much hair and loves music and singing. She loves deeply and is extremely empathetic.

And because I know you want it, here’s my little chibi drawing of her:

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Isn’t she so adorable? I love her and so should you.

WILL ASHA

Will is extremely computer-savvy, and therefore the Reapers’ hacker. It might be weird to say that he feels some sort of emotional connection with computers, but he does–when he was part of the Delorem Program (see Places–The Delorem Program), computers were really the only thing that he could hold on to.

He also makes horrible jokes and puns that no one laughs at, and he likes cats. Going deeper than that, though, he feels responsible for his cousin, Taira (see Characters–Taira) and worries about her (and other people) a lot.

Fun Fact: In the original draft, Will and Brie were going to be a ship. Now, they’re not, but they do develop a sort of sibling-like relationship throughout the first book because Will likes to take care of people and Brie needs taking care of.

LILIAN SHAZI (also referred to as LIL)

Lil is the only POV character who is an adult, and she is definitely a mother figure to lots of people, but especially Will (see Characters–Will). Because of some time spent in the Enhancement Facility (see Places–The Enhancement Facility), she can’t feel physical pain. However, she has a very sad backstory (which I may someday write a novella about…) and her life is filled with emotional pain that just grows worse as the book goes on.

She always cares about people deeply and grows very attached to them. She notices the lonely soul and gives cookies to those with hurting hearts. And she’s so friendly and warm and inviting that you can’t help but be friends with her and want her love.

Fun Fact: She wears ribbons in her braids in her hair. I seriously use this for every fun fact I’ve done with her. But hey, if you have a good one, do you have to find a new one?

KAI WHITLOW

Kai is the hero. Not necessarily the hero of the story but just a hero in that he sticks to what he believes in, which is awesome. I adore characters like that. Despite being heroic, he’s also a little confused and a little lost about everything. He’s trying to grow up and figure everything out, and without a father, that’s especially hard. (His father died when he was young.)

He also has this desire to be strong and to show that he’s just like everyone else or better…which leads to lots of flirting with girls. (I don’t know whether to facepalm or headdesk.) But he just struggles and it’s awesome.

Fun Fact: In the first draft, Kai was totally honest. Like, he could only remember telling one lie in his life. *claps for Kai* So that’s part of what inspired me to have him be the hero, but yeah, no, he fails as much as the rest of us, don’t worry. He makes mistakes, too, but it’s just that in the end, good triumphs over evil.

MERYN …

Meryn who also doesn’t have a last name, oops. She’s the hairstyle up above, remember? She’s lived in the city (see Places–The City) her entire life, and she is a little spoiled (read: very spoiled). She goes on dates and flirts with guys and loves fashion designing. She fights with her sister Aislynn and also has some loving conversations with her at times as well.

And because I have nothing else to say at the moment, here is a full picture of her:

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She’s actually a little shorter than in that picture, but yeah, that’s a pretty good representation. And yes, she puts pockets in all of her dress designs because she understands the painnn.


MAJOR CHARACTERS (NON-POV)

TAIRA …

She actually has a last name, but I can’t remember it…I’d have to look at the first draft to find it. Anyway, Taira is very blunt and generally rude to everyone except for Will, her cousin (see Characters–Will). She’s rude to him, too, just not as much. And she glares at everyone because other people should not exist she has bad headaches the more she’s around people.

Mainly, she just chooses to stay away from people as much as possible. And she has some good reasons for it, but some would say that they aren’t really excuses. So yeah, she has problems and is very enjoyable to think about.

Fun Fact: Taira was one of the main characters in the first draft. Then, she was just going to be one of the POV characters in Enhanced, and then Brie decided she was more important and took over her spot. But she’s definitely going to show up as a POV in the second book, Cryonic, where you’ll get to see some of her internal thoughts, which will be fun.

SETH ELLINGS

As you may have figured out by now, Seth is Brie’s (see Characters–Brie) older brother. He’s adventurous and always looking for some new thing to do. He might possibly be an adrenaline junkie if he lived in our day. And he loves other people, but he kind of loves nature more. He loves to be outside and exploring the great outdoors, and that’s where he gets the most joy.

Fun Fact: He also has curly hair like Brie’s, but his is a bit more under control. Actually, he’s *coughs* kind of good-looking. I mean, according to the pinterest picture I found.

AISLYNN …

Aislynn is Meryn’s (see Characters–Meryn) younger sister. She’s very analytical and ordered and structured about things, which kind of clashes with Meryn’s very creative way of thinking. Hence fights. Also, Aislynn steals Meryn’s stuff, especially her holographic computer (she doesn’t really care about stealing clothes), and basically they fight a lot but also love each other deeper. Aislynn isn’t very good at showing that love, though. She’s also into science and psychology and loves learning.

Fun Fact: Hawaiian pizza is her choice of pizza. Because you need to know that for the story to make sense.

CHARLES BENNETT

He goes by Bennett (possibly because his name sounds like it’s from a Jane Austen novel–but if it actually is, then tell me, because I could use that) and he’s a politician. Or, I should say politician-in-training  or attempting-politician because he’s only in his early twenties and hasn’t done much yet.

But yes, Bennett has an oversized opinion of himself (which could be because he really is handsome and popular and all the girls flock around him) and he and Taira clash dynamically in the second book which is quite fun! He doesn’t do much in the first book, though, but, you know, he’s there.

Fun Fact: Bennett kind of spawned into the story by accident? I was writing the first part of Cryonic and Taira ended up meeting him, and they clashed so much that I developed him more, and he’s actually really important. For spoilerous reasons.

JETHRO CAVRILLO

Jethro is–do I dare to say?–the villian…ish. I need to develop his role in the story better because he’s kind of not at the moment and he needs to be. (Even though he has a heartwrenching reason for what he’s doing…*sobs in a corner because no one knows my pain because spoilers*)

Anyway, he’s the Lead Enhancer and founder of the Enhancement Facility (see Places–The Enhancement Facility), and he does lots of cruel things. Enough said. Possibly because his personality isn’t developed super well…shhh.

Fun Fact: His name used to be Javier until I realized that a) that was basically like Javert from Les Mis, and b) that Javier was pronounced with an ‘H’ sound rather than being pronounced like Javert from Les Mis. So I needed a new name, and I was reading the Bible…and yeah, even though Jethro is a great guy, I decided his name was awesome and would be used.

JULIUS …

I still don’t know how I feel about the name Julius. Like, part of me says yes, and the other part of me says no, and then the other part of me says yum, orange julius. So I may need to change his name, but I need suggestions. Anyone?

Julius is the leader of the Reapers (and they may be explained in the Other section of the Field Guide, if I do decide to post it?) and he makes elaborate plans but doesn’t share them with people. And then gets upset with people when they tell him something that conflicts with his plans even though that’s because he didn’t tell anyone.

He has a lot of annoying faults like this, and probably the most so is that whenever people try to tell him this, he won’t listen to them. So yeah, he annoys me sometimes, too, but he’s also really cool. He really does have a brilliant and strategic mind, and he does love people, but it’s even harder for him to show it than for Aislynn.

Fun Fact: He does, indeed, like orange julius. He’ll never admit it, though, because, let’s admit it, you can’t ever live that down.

RICK & RUBEN

I figured I should put them together to save times. They’re brothers and look very similar…but their personalities are fairly different. Rick acts stupid on purpose, and he pulls it off well, so he ends up being fun. He also has an obsession with old stories and fables. And he has a ponytail and a gold tooth.

Ruben, on the other hand, is more practical and refuses to laugh at Rick (that’s okay, Rick knows that he thinks he’s funny) and he likes to cook food and make lists and be ready for anything (while Rick takes things impromptu for the fun of it). Basically, he could be a butler?

Fun Fact: Rick and Ruben once broke into a chocolate factory…don’t ask.



Sometimes I forget about how much I love this novel until I think about how much I love all of my characters…seriously, all of them. *hugs them all* Anyway, be sure to watch out for the third part of The Field Guide–Plots! And if you didn’t see it the first part, here’s the link again: Enhanced: The Complete Field Guide, Part One (Places).



Do you, too, ever have the problem of not choosing a last name for your characters? It happens to me all the time obviously. Which was your favorite character? Which do you want to learn more about? I need to choose one to use for Beautiful People this month, so opinions are obviously needed! Oh, and tell me about your characters! What are they like?

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17 thoughts on “Enhanced: The Complete Field Guide, Part Two (Characters)

  1. May Everly March 7, 2017 / 5:41 PM

    I am not a big reader of Jane Austen, but YES IT’S ELIZABETH BENNET. AND ALL HER SISTERS. AND OTHER PEOPLE. I forget, don’t blame me. And Ellings is a nice last name, especially for one so spontaneous! Also, I really love the name Meryn, though that may or may not be because I have a charrie named Mery. And ever since reading the Lunar Chronicles, I cannot imagine a different Kai. XD
    Do you, too, ever have the problem of not choosing a last name for your characters? It happens to me all the time obviously.: Um, yes. Last names are the bane of my soul.
    Which was your favorite character?: MERYN. Or Brie. Am I just using the people that have nice names? No. Because that would be rude.
    Which do you want to learn more about? I need to choose one to use for Beautiful People this month, so opinions are obviously needed!: I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT LE CHARACTER WILL. Oh, and tell me about your characters! What are they like?: Oh no. You did not just ask that. Asdfghjkl. Well, for your convenience (actually, more of mine but does anyone care???), you should check out my “Introducing My Novel” post, from some time ago. I don’t remember if you read it or not, but if you haven’t my charrie explanations should be there. 😉

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    • Lana March 8, 2017 / 7:43 PM

      RIGHT. Kell figured it out cause there’s a Charles Bingley and then all the Bennets, so I guess Bennett is just a mix of all of those. Knowing me, I probably came up with his name while reading part of Pride and Prejudice or something.

      Hehe, I did actually look up a few different last names starting with E in order to find that one…but I did want something starting with “Ell”.

      Haha, I came up with Kai before reading the Lunar Chronicles, and they’re quite different. But yeah, I’ve had tons of people tell me that whenever they read Kai they just think of TLC and…I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not.

      True. Why do people even have last names? xD

      Obviously not. 😉

      OOH WILL. He’s fun, so maybe. I don’t know! Right now, I’m leaning toward Bennett, though.

      I have read that one! And all of your characters sound lovely and awesome and I want to read about them! 😉 Seriously, though, if someone asks me about my characters, it’s just like…”Uhh…I have thirteen major characters and I love all of them, so…buckle down for a week, mate.”

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  2. Kellyn Roth March 8, 2017 / 12:28 PM

    Do you, too, ever have the problem of not choosing a last name for your characters?: I seem to remember naming my characters by Googling “fancy odd last names.” Hence Chattoway. Knight came from … randomness … and another last name that actually sounds original (Farjon) is literally just the last name of a poet who happened to have a poem tacked on the wall while I was outlining (Eleanor Farjeon) and I just removed the “e” … I’m so creative … XD

    Which was your favorite character?: Aishlynn! Because I LOVE her name! Or Charles Bennett. Same reason. Oh, in Pride and Prejudice, Charles Bingley and Jane Bennet are (SPOILERS!!!) wed! So … there ya go.

    Which do you want to learn more about?: hmm … Charles. Just because. Dat name.

    Oh, and tell me about your characters! What are they like?: uh … I’m not going to start because I will never finish … 😛

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    • Lana March 8, 2017 / 7:37 PM

      Really? I’ve always thought your last names were awesome…especially Chattoway–it’s so fancy and great.

      Aislynn is pretty awesome. 😉 AHA. I’d looked it up earlier and was like “well, there’s no one in there named Charles Bennet” but that happened so kind of! So there will be some sort of odd Pride and Prejudice reference in one of the novels, hehe…

      I think I might do him! But it’s really odd to have you call him Charles…I either have to call him Charles Bennett or just Bennett. Charles…I just can’t. It doesn’t seem like him at all.

      Hehehe, that’s all right. I do know about most of them. 😀

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      • Kellyn Roth March 8, 2017 / 7:55 PM

        They may be awesome, but they’re the results of random Google searches, just like everyone else’s … 😉
        It’s like Charles and Jane had a child but Jane decided to use her maiden name and yet name him after her husband … this makes no sense …
        I suppose I can get accustomed to calling him Bennett, then. Or Benny. Net. Nette. Nettie. Ennett. (What? I like nicknames … but no, I won’t actually call him any of those things …)

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      • Lana March 14, 2017 / 5:49 PM

        Still…

        Exactly! Hehe, yep, it makes no sense. But that’s okay. No…if you want, you can call him Ben. Or you can jokingly call him Charlie, but he’ll get upset at you really quickly. I don’t recommend it.

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      • Kellyn Roth March 14, 2017 / 10:03 PM

        Yeah, I probably shouldn’t post the beast … XD

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      • Lana March 15, 2017 / 3:32 PM

        Post the beast? *is confused…*

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      • Kellyn Roth March 15, 2017 / 4:49 PM

        XD POKE. Poke the beast. I should really read over my comments because I POKE them … hehehe …

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      • Lana March 15, 2017 / 9:00 PM

        You mean before you post them? 😉 Haha, that makes a lot more sense though. Yep, I can kind of see Bennett as a beast…but probably not a super effective one. 😉

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  3. April McLauren April 2, 2017 / 8:53 PM

    uhm, yes. last names are just so much harder then first names and you find a last name you like but then it doesnt work with your first name so you change the first name knowing it works find another last name that work with the original first name dicide you hate it and then scrap the whole thing. so yes. i have a little naming trouble.
    BUT YAY CHARACTERS WONDERFUL NOVEL!

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    • Lana April 3, 2017 / 5:04 PM

      I UNDERSTAND THAT TROUBLE

      AND YES, YAY CHARACTERS! 😀

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  4. Jordy Leigh April 6, 2017 / 10:32 PM

    So, I realize that this is a month-old post, now, but this is the one that got me following your blog. Seriously, a comprehensive field guide! I’m looking for ideas for teasers and special content to give my blog readers about my upcoming novellas and this idea is AMAZING!! May I use it and give you credit? Please? 🙂

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    • Lana April 8, 2017 / 11:24 AM

      Of course! I’m flattered that you’d want to use it, really. 😀 I hope your readers love it!

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      • Jordy Leigh April 10, 2017 / 1:11 AM

        Aww, thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

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      • Lana April 12, 2017 / 5:39 PM

        Hehe, you’re welcome! 🙂

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