Earlier this year I wrote a little of Judith’s inspiration soup and showed the kit I had quickly pulled together. Months have passed and I have had a chance to develop the kit further; and I would like to share some of her garb with you, as she progresses from adventuring Esquire through to Lady Knight.
Sometimes losing a character can come at the worst time, particularly when you might only have a few days or a week tops to pull together an idea or kit. Having recently gone through this drama myself, I have a few words on tackling such a circumstance. This does not cover preparing a spare character for fests, but some of the principles still hold.
With the sun beginning to shine, the days beginning to lengthen as the clocks spring forward, the mind turns towards the fest season and all the hi-jinks it is sure to bring. And whilst fest seasons come with chances for heroics, great deeds and grand stories, they can also bring times of sorrow and character development.
Picture the scene – you’ve arrived on the site and swagger into camp in your character kit – all layers and details and marvelous things. You go out on an adventure, you get in a fight, then suddenly find yourself contemplating your character’s corpse. All you have is what you brought with you (and if you have your entire soft kit wardrobe with you then you are a cunning devil). So, what do you do?
Join the monster crew for the rest of the event (which is always an option) or try and cobble together a character to continue the rest of the event? And in the rest of this blog post, I will try help and help you as you make the transition from character to character in a hurry.
Recently I lost my knight character and started a new one. This one had be prepared for a while, but only because I have begun to think ahead and consider the costume kit I want to prepare. I like going to the larger events with the way “in” for a replacement character if things don’t quite go according to plan.
The process I go through for each of my recent characters – Miriam, Wren, Ravenna and Brigit – is similar though each have their own “recipe” as to how they came together. The full inspiration of Brigit will be detailed at a future point when I am settled in her character and have a few more pieces of kit to show off, but I would like to share the origins of my character’s “inspiration soup”.
There comes a point, so I’ve been told, where a character either dies or is retired. And I have reached that point with Mercy Blackstaff, my Vleyborian Physician in the Fools and Heroes LARP system.
So, Mercy takes a bow and exits stage right, for a new character to enter from the left, hidden in shadow. A new character – a hero or merely a fool?