Happy Birthday Hunter!

Another day, another celebration of birth! And you know what that means: another birthday highlight for one of my minor characters! Today, we’re focusing on Hunter Dorsey, one of the younger members of the Ninurta Court.

Basic Info:

Age in Aquarius: 19
Height: 5’11 | Weight: 160 lbs.
Hair: short walnut brown hair | Eyes: honey brown
Human Race: Irish-American | Species: Angel
Hailing Planet: Ninurta (Saturn)
Ability: Invulnerability
Rank: none
Specialties: defensive strategies, decent tank, dependable
Roommate: Alexander Clay
Best friends: Alexander Clay & Bruno Reyes
Mentor: Ethan Bishop
Soul mate: will be revealed in Book Two: Taurus 😉

Three facts about Hunter:

  1. Hunter was actually recruited by Owen during his travels; the former prince was visiting the teen’s colony when he saw the potential in his soul. He’s still very close with his family.
  2. Before Gio’s recognition, Hunter was the only one who could take a punch from Harry and feel no pain. He would still get sent flying, though.
  3. There’s a good chance he rescued an abandoned coyote pup and is raising it in secret. He named him Chick. Chick is chill.

My thoughts on Hunter:

When Hunter Dorsey was first conceptualized, he was not designated an ability. I hadn’t taken the time to really research superpowers yet, so I was just going off of whatever powers I could think of and assigned them accordingly. Hunter wasn’t supposed to be one of those characters–but now that I’ve got the story figured out (both TCoLD and its eventual spin-off, more on that at a later date), I’m interested in seeing how Hunter develops.

He was born to a large family in St. George, Utah. With several siblings and cousins of various ages, Hunter’s childhood was filled with laughter and joy. The colony sits right on I-15, granting them control over who comes and goes. While his education did include the basics of self-defense and gun safety, Hunter was ultimately sheltered. He always had family close by, and living in a secure environment allowed him the peace of mind that most in this post-apocalyptic world would never know. Bandits tried to ambush their scouts every now and again, but more often than not the St. George colonists were victorious.

Owen, during his tenure as prince, passed through the colony in hopes of locating the newly awakened Zulwini Tribe. He instead came across a thriving town of humans, with one teenager in particular standing out. Owen explained to Hunter’s parents about their cause and their son’s role in the mission–and, though skeptical, his mothers knew it was Hunter’s decision to make, as he was already an adult. Eager to get out and see more of the world, Hunter accepted Owen’s invitation, and the prince unlocked his potential. His ability wouldn’t manifest for another couple of weeks during a training incident with–you guessed it–Harry.

It wasn’t long after his recruitment that Alex was taken in, and the two became fast friends–so much so that after the court settled down in Enterprise, they insisted on sharing a home. This was fine by Gio and Albert, since Alex has no ability and the point was to pair a member with powers to one or more without… And it was during the chaos of that first month that Hunter found a little coyote pup all alone. With no sign of a parent and winter still upon them, he snuck the quivering mass of fur into their home, letting only Alex in on the secret. Bruno’s recruitment led to him joining their friend group, and he was eventually briefed on their pet.

I honestly love the idea of the teenage members of the court thinking they can keep a secret like this from the elders. And, yeah, Gio is technically a teenager, but he also remembers over a hundred of his past lives where he lived (in some cases) well into his sixties. It makes him weirdly mature for nineteen, which makes his random moments of youthful behavior seem out of place. In contrast, Hunter only has the memories of his current life to guide him morally, so as far as he knows nineteen is the oldest he’s ever been. The best part is that, as prince, Gio can feel the presence of all living beings within his territory, meaning he already knows about Chick. He just doesn’t see a problem with keeping a pet, so he hasn’t said anything about the pup to anyone, even Jeremy. This will cause some interesting encounters and discussions in the coming books, so look out for a Chick cameo!

If there is one thing I should admit, it’s that I’m nervous to see if I can pull off Hunter’s love interest when the time is right. Not just his–so many minor characters are in the same boat as him, and I want all of their ships to sail! His mate has already appeared in the first book, and she’ll make another appearance in the second one. It’s funny to think that, as small a character as Hunter is, that there are other characters I’ve created that I deem even less significant to the plot. However, just like all my characters, Hunter and his mate exist for a reason–it’s just not a super mega important reason. And it won’t be revealed for a while. #sorrynotsorry

Also, since Bruno will have a bigger role in the next book, I’m eager to include scenes where he’s interacting with Hunter and other minor characters. So, yeah, there will definitely be teenage hijinks in Taurus. And new characters. And tragedy… And a love triangle between three major characters that might evolve into a love square. Shit’s gonna happen, folks.

For those of you who don’t know, Hunter is a supporting character in my trilogy Saturn Rising, which is the first installment of The Chronicles of Life & Death. The first book, Aquarius, is available now on Amazon as an e-book and paperback. You can even read it all for free with Kindle Unlimited! Learn more here.

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