Mall Rats - Characters

Before I begin - Housekeepig

Still om Flounder as of the time of this post. Things will get sorted at some stage. Also, writing this using my phone. Honestly, kinda liking the keyboard I bought save for the fact there isn't a way to lock it in the open posiion leaving it with a tendency to bow in the middle unless it's on a solid surface. Given it was intended as a foldable travel thing I can understand, though do not like, the design constraint. The app I am using for thse posts, markor, is a genuinely solid app that both lets me do what I want, and doesn't seem to have a lot of flash to it. Pretty sure there are options I'm not using but eh.

AndFTP disappoints me. Why hasn't filezilla been ported to android? If nothing else, give it the ability to go 'hey the file at the destination is the same size and modify date skip it.' It's either 'replace nothing' or 'replace everything.' This annoys me.

Moving On.

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Main Characters

I am well aware I have at best a ... thin grasp of how People work, and a similarly thready grasp of the wider world. This has long been a fear of mine and why I tend to favor scifi or fantasy settings. Easier to buffalo the audiance when you're making up the whole world.

Sarah - A young woman of wealth and taste. She's well aware not just of the privilage her family's money provides, but also that her father has tried to shield her from becoming, in his words, 'a poor immitation of the walton brats.' So, she's spent highschool in public education rather than private schools and only has a limited amount of contact with her wider family and the circles they walk in. Covid was the perfect excuse of extracting her from the wealth bubble. She thinks she is well and truly free of the poor behavior and snobbish attitudes that define wealth, but even now in the year before collage she has so much to learn. Fortunately for her she's taken a recent argument and turned it into motivation to try doing better. She is why there is even the chance at doing something with a now years dead mall rather than watch as investment vultures bulldoze it down to nothing to slap yet another warehouse store there, or worse, a gated community that serves nobody in the wider community.

Anderson - On the one hand this guy is a dreamer. Where others say 'Things could be worse,' his mind pivots to 'Yes, but things can be so much better.' Identifies as an Anarchist, but given the place he lives doesn't so much as lean right wing as completely bowed down towards conservitive thought processes only a few friends are aware of the true extent of his views. Most see him as being 'a bit argumenetive, but guy shows up and will outwork most anyone even though he looks like he'd blow away in a stiff breeze.' In the past he's performed acts of 'artistic vandalism' to abandoned or closed down places either to showcase who he feels is responsible for the closure, or to show that a space could be better used. These bits of gurilla art are at best tolerated and at worst are quickly removed by locals. He had plans for the mall ever since it was shuttered when covid killed off the last stores that clung to the place. Now, he gets to put those plans into action.

Paul - Poor vision as well as other tics tend to excluse him from 'normal' society and so tends to either be relegated to house help with family concerns, or stick to what he knows as he is well aware of just how vulnerable he is without any sort of support. On the up side what few friends he has understand his fears, at least to some degree, and try to include him in doings and goings on while also keeping family looped in so he has more going on. Largely due to disability induced exclusion from normalcy as well as a percived need to be careful with avalible funds he has a long abiding interest in refurbishment of places, clothing, electronics, and so on. He'll be quick to point out he does not 'Horde.' That's a longstanding fear, that any sort of parts bins he keeps will overflow into burying himself alive in 'junk.' Unlike most of Anderson's other 'art installations' he sees the mall as a way to put several ideas he's had into practice. If nothing else it gives him something to do over the summer.

Karan and Faust - Everyone else knows them as the sort of shy twins that are 'there' but generally are the hangers around and pair of hands rather than debate and contribute to the discussion types. What nobody knows is they are not human. They were sent out by their enclave to keep tabs on the human settlement they're part of to make sure they aren't found out, or if they are that they have time to escape as they feel co-existance is impossible. That view might change, or it might not. At present they view Anderson's mall project as a way to keep a Genius Loci alive and through it a means for their community to have a place of safety and shelter.

Secondary Character

I'm going to be perfectly blunt. I only have vague archatypes for everyone else. 'The supportive father that's trying to toughen his kid up for life,' 'The Disconnected Family,' 'The unknowing abuser,' etc etc. i want these people to feel like people, but they're not the focus. If this were a painting instead of a story I'd describe it as abusing the fact they are tucked away to not spend much more tha na few brush strokes on each.' Yet even then I do want them to feel like People instead of cardboard cut outs. Again, my fear is... I don't know how to People well and it terrifies me to essentially trot out into public and go 'Hey lookit me! I don't know what i"m doing or understand how humans work!'

The Mall and other Supernatural Things

At first I was going to have only The Mall as supernatural. Then I got to thinking that is both boring and unrealistic. It would not exist alone and would be part of a wider ecosystem. So, I'm trying to figure out why the humans largely do not know about this.

Rules for the Supernatural:

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Now What?

Next piece will be me writing about the key locations I want to touch on, why they're important to the story, and any details that I think deserve focus. After that is going to be any other notes I can think of for story beats, technology and or magic i want to touch on, and so forth.

I plan on starting actual draft writing 2024-01-02.

I am setting a date because if I don't, I won't start and it will be endless notes all the way down.



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