(Image: Chapter Twenty-Four, Reyortsed, looking sinister.)
Here we go, the BIG chapter. Time for the first showdown.
I had a lot of fun creating Reyortsed and I loved writing more of his backstory later in the series, but the creation of the character was the best, if you'll forgive his absurdly corny name (it made me smile; and no one tried to convince me to change it, so it stayed).
At the point that I created Reyortsed I hadn't come across stories with a sexy villain. They existed for sure, but mostly I'd found the scary characters looked scary. But I grew up in a strong Christian home (and still maintain a strong relationship with G-d), and I always had a clear understanding that Satan doesn't run around in red pajamas with a pitchfork. He disguises himself as something attractive, desirable, something seemingly harmless. That's how he traps you.
I wanted my villain to be a real threat. Someone insidious, unexpected.
So I basically imagined up the sexiest guy I could and made him evil. HAHAHA!
So much for all that deep, dark subconscious writing I was talking about last week...
...For the record, I still find long hair attractive, but if I were to create Reyortsed today he would look considerably different. Funny how our perception of beauty changes.