#BP #Friendship: Madnes and Oz

Madnes Solver, E E Rawls, wonderland, fantasy author, madness solver

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The Beautiful People monthly meme, hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up & Further In, where writers answer a series of questions about the characters they create.

Last month my BP post’s focus was on V. Chronicles—the Fantasy novel series I’m currently editing. But for this BP post I’m going to focus on the serial series:

Madnes Solver.

The friends I’ve chosen for this are:

Madnes (the protagonist) and Oz (the antagonist).

  1. How long have they known each other, and how close are they?

Madnes and Oz have known each other since they were children. They are cousins, and they used to be very close, two peas in a pod, though they differ in personality. Sadly, things didn’t stay that way. A change overcame Oz, an icy cold, and he began hating the world and everything he once loved. Madnes didn’t understand why or where this change was coming from, but it put an end to their friendship. And soon Oz moved away with his parents, and Madnes couldn’t bring himself to say goodbye or try and mend the broken bond between them.

Madnes is human, but did I mention that Oz is of the Crowv race, a humanoid that is part crow?

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  1. What’s their earliest memory of being best friends?

Probably that very day they first met. Their parents introduced them to each other, and though Oz was quite shy and timid he gradually opened up to Madnes after he saved him from some bullies.

  1. Do they fight? How long do they typically fight for?

They may have had little arguments and spats as kids. But the big fight came when Madnes saw how Oz was changing and began questioning it. Now they are young adults, and Oz is one of the antagonists of the series. He seeks to crush and ruin Madnes until he hands over the Madness Solver power to him. So far there is no end in sight for this fight/battle, though Madnes is determined to somehow restore his friend.

  1. Are their personalities similar or do they compliment each other?

They complement each other well, or used to. Both Oz and Madnes are thinkers, and they can understand each other’s thought processes. But this also makes it difficult for them to be open about emotions and feelings.

Oz is more emotional, deep inside, but he hides it well—and rarely does it slip out. As kids, with Oz by his side, Madnes was more outgoing and adventurous, and usually the one to get them both into trouble. But since the time they parted ways, Madnes grew introverted and kept to himself.

  1. Who is the leader of their friendship (if anyone)?

It used to be equal. But now Madnes is the only one still trying to restore that bond and draw Oz out of the darkness he’s sunken into.

  1. Do they have any secrets from each other?

Oz does. The reason he wants the Madness Solver power from Madnes is so that he can use it to find his mother, who vanished without a trace years ago; ever since, he’s been searching for her to no avail. He believes the power will grant him the knowledge and ability to find her (if she’s still alive) or punish the people responsible. He’s willing to do anything to get the power, even make his former best friend suffer until he gives up on life and dies, therefore releasing his power for Oz to take.

  1. How well do they know each other’s quirks and habits?

They know the young versions of each other very well, but they’ve since grown into young adults, and been apart for years. Basic quirks and habits probably remain, but people change over time, so there remains a lot they don’t know.

Current habits: Madnes fools around with his deep red hair when he’s either nervous or thinking up a solution to a problem. Oz has a tendency to eat cream-filled buns when he’s depressed or upset—he stress eats them, and somehow keeps a lean figure. 😉

  1. What kind of things do they like to do together?

As kids they read story books, played silly games (Madnes’ ideas), and got into mischief. But those are all no more than memories now.

  1. Describe each character’s fashion style (use pictures if you’d like!) How are their styles different/similar?

Oz is the prince of the Red King’s kingdom in Wonderland. As such, he dresses in all the fineries of royalty: silk blouse and trousers under a colorful robe or tunic paired with a sash or cape. When he wants to blend in or visit Earth he wears more casual—though still fine—clothes: casual waistcoat and pants, cotton long-sleeve shirt, men’s black frock coat occasionally.

 

Madnes wears steampunkish clothes with a Victorian twist. A long, open coat or jacket, vest or laced-up shirt, trousers, sometimes a cravat. But always—always—a top hat, his trademark signature. 😉 His top hat is dark brown, with a pair of goggles wrapped around the base (no key though).

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They are young, around 16 years old, so don’t compare their faces to the people in the photos, hehe. 😉

  1. How would their lives be different without each other?

I think Oz would have fallen into darkness a lot faster if it weren’t for Madnes’ friendship, and he would be lacking the bright childhood memories they shared together. I think that leaves a glimmer of hope that he could one day change, that otherwise wouldn’t exist.

As for Madnes, he would’ve been lonely as a child without Oz, who was his first true friend, and he wouldn’t have learned how to get along with people who were different than himself and had different likes and dislikes.

If you’d like to know more about this series, you can read it right here on the blog! A new chapter is added every Wednesday, and is also a part of the #BlogBattle. 🙂

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22 thoughts on “#BP #Friendship: Madnes and Oz

  1. OMG YOUR BOOK SOUNDS SO AMAZING I AM JUST IN AWE RIGHT NOW. I looove the name Madnes Solver. It’s so catchy and epic. And I’m partial to the name Oz as well, ehhe, considering it’s the nickname of my country. SO YEAH. I’m monstrously intrigued (especially about the part crow/part human!!) and the fact that Madnes is pulling Oz out of the darkness is afjdksla so amazing and incredible.
    Thanks for joining in!!

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    • YAY I’m so glad you like it, Cait! Oz is one of my favorite names, I just had to have a character with that name! 😀 I hope to get Madnes Solver published one day. It’s been a fun project! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this. It’s nice to get more insight into Madnes and Oz’s friendship, and the changes it has gone through over the years. I like the idea of the antagonist and protagonist being former friends, it adds depth to the story, Great post. 🙂

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  3. Very nice, E.! I like how you picked a friendship that’s fallen apart rather than one that’s still going strong. It gives us more insight into why Oz and Madness grew apart, and how difficult it might be to repair that friendship. And ha ha, I remember Oz’s obsession for cream puffs. 🙂

    I’m curious about the Crowv race. You said they’re crow-like humanoids, but I wanted to get a more accurate picture in my head. Are they human except for having black crow wings? Or do they have other crow “parts” as well?

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    • Thanks, Sara! I felt the need to give more insight into what happened between Oz and Madnes, and it just fit perfectly with the friendship theme. 🙂
      Cream puffs, hehehe! 😀
      I’ll have to write another post sometime about Oz and get more into the Crowv race. Basically, crowv are like shapeshifters, only they shift back and forth from human to crow, or human with crow wings, crow claw, etc. Kind of like how modern Japan portrays Tengu. 🙂

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        • I’ll have to delve more into Madnes’ world first. I probably shouldn’t have taken on another project as I’m busy with V. Chronicles, haha, but the muse couldn’t help itself. 🙂
          Tengu are a mythological spirit-like people in the form of crows, who are said to live on the mountains. A Japanese myth. Wikipedia will probably give you a more thorough answer, but basically that’s what tengu are. 🙂

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          • *lol* New story ideas can be so tantalizing, can’t they? 😉

            Something similar happened to me last week. I went to Cape Cod for the day , and took a journal with me in case inspiration struck. It did – I thought of the opening line of the novella I’m planning to write, and jotted that down along with two more paragraphs. XD I don’t dare doing more work on it now. It would take time away from TKC, and I need to plan the plot and arcs before I feel comfortable diving into Draft #1. But I haven’t written any stories since focusing on TKC, so it was exciting to begin afresh on something else – even if it was just two or three paragraphs. 🙂

            Gotcha. I’ll have to Google “Tengu” in the future. Thanks!

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