Since early December last year, I’ve been running the Ruffians & Roughnecks post series every Friday, taking a word that describes some variant of “bad guy”, e.g. ruffian or rogue, or alternatively a “rough diamond”, such as a roughneck, and matching it with a character from my novels.
As in the A Geography Of Haarth series, each entry has been accompanied by a relevant passage, either drawn from one of the two Wall Of Night series novels currently published, or my Kids/YA standalone, Thornspell.
The definitions have been taken from Merriam Webster Online, my current go-to dictionary when writing.
Today’s post marks the culmination of the series (so I shall have to think of something new for next Friday—the pressure to come up with an Idea!)
Sorcerer: a person who practices sorcery, often for evil ends
No question, we’re talking about —
Arcolin: ostensibly a Swarm envoy to the Southern Realms dukedom of Emer
“The Darksworn had abandoned his formal robes for a sleeveless black tunic and close-fitting hose, his long hair woven into a braid that altered the angles of his face. He looks more like Rhike now, Malian thought, rather than Nherenor—or would, if his face weren’t painted in runes. The same intricate shapes swirled blackly down Arcolin’s arms and onto the backs of his hands. The brushstrokes flickered with power and when he moved she saw the same magics dance across his palms. Armored in sorcery, she thought, and let her lip curl, just a little.”
~ from © The Gathering Of The Lost, The Wall of Night Book Two: Chapter 48 — A Place For Troubled Times