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How to Write: Character Study - Villainous Femmes Fatale (Kreia from KOTOR 2 and Princess Azula from A:TLA)

Listening to: Daft Punk: Lose Yourself to Dance
Word Count of An Autumn Veil: 215,000
Word Count of book two: 16,000

vil•lain (ˈvɪl ən)


1. a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel.
2. a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot.
[1275–1325; < Middle French < Late Latin villānus a farm servant]

Great stories stick with us because of their unforgettable characters and earth-shattering events. Few things highlight great heroes and great events like great villains. Villains bring conflict. They force the heroes to fight, challenge their beliefs, and leave them with physical and emotional scars. Some villains were once heroes, and tragically fell when they could no longer bear the weight of living and dying. Others, so it seems, were born evil the same as you were born with brown or blue eyes. These villains in particular take on universal characteristics, giving them a larg…