Oliver Pent

Time for another character profile from Scarlet Rose. This will probably be the last full one you’ll get for while, unless I’ve forgotten someone (not an unlikely happening).
Oliver Pent is in his 50s, and he’s the one who takes charge of Anna, posing as her father after her memories have been replaced. He’s an interesting character (though currently underdeveloped in my first draft) and a bit sad as well.
He was instrumental in bringing Jasper and the Doran brothers (Preston and Jenson) together and has known Jasper ever since he was young. Oliver has his own hopes for Enigma and, even though he’s worked for the Reasoners his whole life, he frankly doesn’t care if they continue in power or are overthrown. What he does care about is his own position in whatever government is in charge.
But the older he gets, the more Oliver discovers that power does nothing to ease the gnawing loneliness. And the one thing he wants most is the one thing that consistently eludes him…the love of his daughter.
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Sign of Kings

Creating symbols for fantasy worlds can be fun. Trying to describe them in a book can be a little trickier. The Sign of Kings, in The Shield and Spear, is a case in point. I’ve drawn it, but had a hard time describing it. Hopefully, whenever the book is published, I’ll have a picture of the Sign in there. But, for now, here is a picture of it…I twisted the Sign in wire and then used a nature photograph from one of my friends as a background.
The Sign here isn’t perfect; the center part should be slenderer, but it was
the best I was able to do.
Also, a piece of good news. I finished my current correction of The Shield and Spear! All major corrections are taken care of, characters and emotions have improved well, and other bits have been straightened out. I’m going to start reading the book out loud to myself for a ‘final’ polishing (as if any correction is every final) but maybe I’ll be able to submit the book to a publishing house by the end of this year after all!
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