Enter Ragoor, a where-beast that entered NovaForge initially out of need to build intrigue in an early chapter. At that point in time I did not intend for him to be a were-beast and certainly did not intend on him becoming one of the top character players in NovaSiege, but here he is in book 2 leading a horde of were-beasts at Julieth's side. They are beasts when they are in the shadow and then when sunlight touches them they morph back to human form. This type of character is the most fun to write, because everything he does initially is new and un-plotted. As an author, I initially know everything that will happen, and them my mind goes (Wow! What about this!) and I run with that curve ball until I get another.
I hope you enjoy Ragoor and all the were-beasts as much as I do. I'm looking forward to sharing NovaSiege with all my readers when it releases June 19th. The book's now available for eBook pre-order on Amazon! Below is a snippet with Ragoor. I hope you enjoy!
Beady, moist eyes watched the winged woman intently in the moonlight as she landed and came toward the were-beast. It had followed her and her company since leaving Kaskal, always at a distance, waiting for its time. Its tongue lapped its mouth, saliva dripping from its maw.
She kicked up plumes of sand as she quickly approached. “You are the one who spoke to me when we fled the underground. Why are you here?”
The beast sniffed the air, its ears perking in the wind. “I come for what was taken.” It neared her, its clawed hands flexing. “And if you will have me, I come to serve.”
Julieth reached a hand toward its face, almost touching the fur of its cheek, and then suddenly stepped away. A shiver of fear crept through her… and yet somehow she trusted the thing. After we fought the beasts in the caverns beneath Olan he met me in human form. He did not attack me. Surely if his desire was to kill me he would have already attacked. She extended her wings in the wind, prepared to instantly flee. “What was ‘taken’? Why do you follow us?”
“It is only the essence that I follow.”
“The essence?” Julieth stepped back, her muscles tense.
“Your companion is a thief.” The beast’s eyes watched her wildly, glimmering.