Our next scene shifts to action once more, as the group encounter their first real obstacle.
Sus Erymanthia, The Charging Fury, is that obstacle.
I chose to use a boar due to its rarity as an adversity in fiction. Often the first animals encountered are wolves or bears, creatures which encourage a natural fear reaction. Boars, on the other hand, are not inherently frightening.
However, as anyone who has encountered one in the wild will tell you, they can be just as ferocious as any bear or wolf.
The Erymanthian also serves to show the difference between Alza (who reacts to its presence in a cold and calculating manner) and Barsch (who reacts in a more “normal” manner). Additionally, it gives the reader more clues that Alza is not your average girl.
Finally, Barsch is once again reminded of a girl called Yumiere, whose existence and associated guilt point to a past that was not all sunshine and rainbows.
Our next Behind the Scenes, “The Twofold Meeting” will shed some more light on the higher forces involved in the group’s journey, and raise plenty of questions.
Look forward to it!
And remember, Never Lose Your Stride!