Monday, April 25, 2016

Polaris: Protagonist Bao Lai

Hi all,

I've posted a lot about my otome series Polaris but I guess I haven't really introduced the story and MC (Bao Lai).  This is a small blog so I bet not a lot of people find their way here.  Still, if you've found me, I hope you'll give Polaris a try.

So first off, Bao Lai is the main character and from her perspective, the readers experience the story and makes choices along the way to determine how the story turns out... or never reach the ending because a bad choice was made.  Every book in the series (so far) will have Bao Lai walk down different paths in order to choose between two men in different endings (or in my next otome novel, one of the paths will allow her to have both men <3).

The male characters she can ultimately end up with are:
  • San An- Nan Rong's prime minister and former crown prince
  • Shu Jin- San An and He Pi's brother.  A servant prince.
  • He Pi- Nan Rong's missing emperor
  • Kang Lang- He Pi's fiancee, a Ning assassin, and currently a courtesan in Nan Rong's Circle
  • Han Bei- Ning's champion and Grand General.  Kang Lang's brother.
  • Bai Hu- one of the top generals in the South's army
  • Zhen Yue- one of the top generals in the South's army
  • Qing Hai- San An's nephew and a new recruit to the army training under Bai Hu.
  • Possibly Su Jian - the antagonist
  • Possibly Ying - Su Jian's assassin
* Currently, Polaris: Emperor of Nan Rong allows readers to choose between San An and Kang Lang.

Main Character Bao Lai:
Bao Lai (Chinese for Polaris) grew up at Tian Mao Yi Temple to the south of the capitol, An, of Nan Rong.  [Nan Rong is the southern country bordered on the east by Ning, west by Ye, northwest by Feng Jia and north by Bei Ling.]  Because the temple consisted only of men, she spent her entire life a cross-dresser in order to blend with the crowd and don't cause "distractions" for those reaching enlightenment.  Since she is used to being treated as a boy/man and actively tries her best to be accepted, she is a tomboy, easily prone to anger, tactless around men who do see her as a woman, oblivious when it comes to relationships, ignorant/innocent/childish from lack of experience outside the temple, and sometimes brutish (mostly against Kang Lang).

At the temple, She trained with monks and former military men when they came to practice and tell stories, but she's not particularly powerful.  She is capable but she also lacks confidence and real training to hone her skills.  Mostly, she's unaware that the deadliest tool she owns is her mind.  Bao Lai can be clever but also reckless and stubborn.  She's far from perfect and therefore is hard on herself for this aspect, even though imperfections make her human, which she learns from associating with the other characters.

At twenty-five years old, Bao Lai was kicked out of the temple after her caretaker, the priest Tai Hung, died.  The story takes place about a year after this event.  She is mistaken for missing Emperor He Pi by Qing Hai, which led Bai Hu to take her to the capitol where she becomes a stand-in.  At the palace, the story unfolds and paths diverge.  Bao Lai becomes caught up in He Pi's political and personal troubles.  The men in His Majesty's life also seem to harbor strange feelings for her but she isn't sure if the attraction is stemmed from her gender or because she resembles He Pi.  In later routes more paths will be opened up, each brings new light to the story from different perspective.

Other facts:
  • One of her greatest fear is women.  Bao Lai is very nervous around women. The monks at the temple either saw her as another male or because of her gender, ignored her completely.  Hence, she feels inferior and is easily intimidated by pretty women.  Due to her past, around men, she can be a bit too comfortable, which works both for and against her favor.
  • At the temple, she skipped studies for the training halls where she spent her time listening to war stories from veterans
  • Her childhood dream was to enter the army and become a general
  • She likes pretty things
  • She dislikes bossy people
  • She's too gullible but also over-analyze things
  • For most routes, her "girlfriend" is Kang Lang

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