So I had a heroine, Bryerly, and I had villains, Rafe and his crew. What and why they were doing what they were was still a mystery to me. But heck. Like all good pansters, I’d figure that out later. I had more delicious things to attend to.
I knew that my hero was a Truth Keeper. I wasn’t sure what that was, but I wanted to find a name that meant truth. So I went to Google’s translating tool and scanned through all the languages I could find til I settled on one I could make a name.
VERUM. It’s Latin. It’s sexy. It fit.
And once I had the name, I could see him in my head. Husband had been doing a lot of Insanity workout DVDs at the time, so there was a face and body that matched the idea of Verum perfectly for me.
Exhibit A, Shaun T, the creator of Insanity Workouts.
Okay. So who was he? What’s a Truth Keeper? Hmm. He’s dark, delicious, probably immortal, so he could have come from a long time ago. Someone called a Truth Keeper would probably be nearly omniscient. Maybe he could be Egyptian. Oooh, I loved that section of history. I trotted off to do some research about Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, thinking that if Verum could run afoul of the deity who represented Truth, that his punishment would definitely have something to do with that, right?
So here’s Ma’at!
Ma’at – a goddess who personified concept of truth, balance, justice, and order – represented as a woman, sitting or standing, holding a sceptre in one hand and an ankh in the other – thought to have created order out of the primal chaos and was responsible for maintaining the order of the universe and all of its inhabitants, to prevent a return to chaos
Okay, so Ma’at would have the power and the motivation to curse Verum if he pissed her off. Got it. So he’s called to keep the truth of mankind. THAT’S why he was there when the murder was happening. He had to observe the truth. Perfect conflagration of hero/heroine/villain? Check. So how does one introduce sexy-sex into this mix? Obviously, murder witnessing doesn’t do a damn thing for libido. Unless you’re some kind of sick perv. If so, I don’t want to know.
So in the next segment, we’ll talk about how I twined these polar opposites together.
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