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The Ursulan Cycle
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From: siliconshaman Date: August 13th, 2014 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I've a small contribution to that... I set myself the task of writing a thoroughly unlikeable character... and found I'd succeeded too well. I can't write it/him.

So, in the spirit of sharing I'll throw it out and if you or anyone else wants to take a crack they can.

Primary character:
King Bohr, 'king' of the outer isles, [although technically just an elected clan chief]. 6'7" of greasy muscle only just going to fat. Late forties, married five times [and the last two overlapped] no son but a number of daughters. Politically minor importance, strategically important insofar as the outer isles are part of a major trade route through the north sea and act to protect shipping from the sea wolves. [precursor vikings & pirates]

The Chronicle of Kings said of King Bohr that 'no woman could stay a single night in his castle'...and I've taken that to mean would stay. Ergo, King Bohr and his men are basically everything bad in misogynistic over-the-hill frat boys. For the record, his daughters reside in a separate tower or bothie he keeps locked [or maybe they keep locked], watched over by his latest wives Fryja & Branwen(a celt not norse).

Needless to say... he wasn't keen on Queen Ursula and refused to acknowledge her. This being early in her reign Falcon persuade her to try diplomacy not force to bring him to heel. [you can tell Falcon hadn't met him.] Largely because the kingdom couldn't sustain a war, and the Outer Isles would be hard to attack even if they weren't defended by a bunch of crazy warriors whom had spent most of their lives fighting pirates.

and that's as far as I got, because my muse went on strike at imagining their meeting.

Edited at 2014-08-13 11:18 am (UTC)
siege From: siege Date: August 13th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

My take:

I rather suspect King Bohr would do the chivalrously boorish thing and try to Big-Daddy her, presuming he knows better how to rule than she ever will (and sadly, on the initial meeting, he will know more about leadership though Ursula has good advisers). Maybe he'll even suggest she marry one of his knights in order to put a Proper Man on the throne and "gain the respect of the people" (plus a voice like his in her ear). And of course, with self-confidence backed by knowing he's better at everything due to age, experience, and gender, he'll just steamroll Ursula and force Falcon and Sir Electra to intervene for her. At which point it's a "damnable gaggle of ____ women, conspiring against me" to take control of the isles. Which they really aren't, but why else try to match his power? Facing a man, he'd respect hierarchy and evidence so long as they can joke with him -- a woman, she's an upstart challenger.

So, already accused of conspiracy, what do the women do? Go talk with the other women, get a proper accounting of what goes on in the Outer Isles. Celts would normally not stand on letting the men run everything.. you can trust that! So even if restricted from managing the treasury and the household (possible, if no woman can stand the place), Bohr's wives would at least have friends who know household and regional affairs, "all the better to protect our girls from those brutes and their piratical sabers."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 18th, 2014 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)


I have saved these notes on the project pages. Do you have a link for King Bohr, particularly the part about no woman staying in his castle? I couldn't find a reference.
From: siliconshaman Date: August 18th, 2014 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Okay...

Ah.. only my hardcopy of the Lindersfarne "Chronicle of Kings"... there might be a version online somewhere but I've only seen extracts published of it, and seriously, he merits about 4 sentences and only indirectly links to Arthur.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 18th, 2014 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Okay...

No problem, I've just made a note of that on the character page. I couldn't find links to all the tidbits I remembered either.
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