Spoiler-free Character Sketch: Alexia Sullivan

andrew-seaman-4Fi_4Q6_eFM-unsplashAlexia was a character born out of a desire to create someone quickly and throw her into a world that I had already created. In the five years that I spent working on Memory Aether, she has transcended being defined by the world building around her and has taken on a life of her own. I had to bend the story around her more and more as things went on.

Alexia is one of those secretively smart individuals you have to watch out for. She’s half Slytherin, half Ravenclaw. A Slytherclaw if you will.

She probably already knows your Netflix password, but due to her interior ethics, isn’t using it. But she still saves it “just in case”. If I really wanted to peg her down, I might say she’s got a chaotic good allignment, but it depends on which version of her we’re talking about.

When Alexia first entered medical school, she was motivated to find the cure for her ailing mother’s life threatening disease. She was passionate and hungry for knowledge.

But as the war went on, and her mother passed away, her fervor died down and she found herself trapped in a job that hindered her from finding out the things she really wanted to know. The real answers, she was convinced, could only be found on the wrong side of the tracks.

She let her curiosity and passion for finding a cure trump her moral scruples and made friends with hackers, cryptologists, and unlicensed medical technologists who experimented on things they shouldn’t. She eventually found her way to her tribe: The Abature, a place filled with people just like her who weren’t completely rotten, but still felt a need to buck the system every now and then. Together they meted out vigilante justice in electronic form.

By the end of book one of the Memory Aether series (yes, there are more books to come), Alexia has become a combination of her old life, when she still had enthusiasm for learning and discovery, and who she became during the war: a more practical and cynical person who will plow through any rule that doesn’t make sense.

One of the biggest things Alexia will wrestle with in book two is determining whether being a good person is more than just letting your own ethical code tie one of your hands behind your back. There are things she can do to right the great wrongs of her life. But for the first time, she’s pausing and asking if she should do them. Before, having the ability alone was permission enough. Now she wonders if there’s more to it than that.

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