The central character in The Crane Girl is called the Vorschkraag.
Note, I said the central character, not the main character. The main character, the hero, the reader surrogate, the Crane Girl herself, is a woman named Rana. But on the island where Rana lives, the Vorschkraag is the center of everything: geographically, politically, spiritually, even (gulp) ontologically.
The V won’t get much screen time. She’ll only appear in a couple chapters at the end of the book. But it’s her book.
I picture the V as a girl, about ten years old, although strictly speaking she’s genderless and immortal and definitely not human. She’s the quintessential demiurge, a spirit who creates for the sheer joy of creating, a lover of everything that’s alive and free. She’s an empress without laws, a sleeper whose dreams are the same as reality. If she’s a goddess, then she’s a goddess like no other: not a mother like Gaia, nor a wife like Hera, nor concerned with sexual chastity like Artemis; an accidental goddess, not interested in obedience or worship, only interested in making a world.
Her eyes are silver-in-silver and glow in the dark.
I keep searching for a picture that sums up the way I think about this character. I’m hunting Google Image Search and DeviantArt, cropping and altering and splicing images together, trying to figure her out. Sometimes she’s five years old and sometimes she’s thirty. Sometimes she’s a queen and sometimes she’s a little kid curled up in a ball. (I’d post the images, but most are copyrighted.)
I don’t know just who she is yet.
But I’m going to find out, and if you’re interested, you can too.
I am interested in finding out more, particularly whether V is also teleologically central. 🙂
You’re just lucky I read those philosophy books recently so I know what the hell you’re talking about!
Also: yes. 🙂
“an accidental goddess, not interested in obedience or worship”
This has always been interesting to me, separating the power from the desire for worship and control. Why would they necessarily go together? I have a character who is omnipotent and omniscient, and she gets very cranky when people try to worship her.
Well, now you’ve got me curious, so I have to ask: how does an author create a sense of conflict with an omnipotent, omniscient character?
You’re not the first person to ask me that. I wrote a blog post about it a while back: