Circe Bell is one of the main characters of Orias (one of the two stories I am currently in the progress of writing). She is the daughter of the Grand Witch of Change - Eve Bell. Having lived in the coven for all her life, she has developed a yearning to explore the “world outside of the forest”. Circe is also a talented and powerful mage(or witch in her case) whose natural element is fire.
Here is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of the first draft in which Circe Bell explains to Cyrus (the main protagonist of the story) how she earned the nickname/title of “The Flame of The Forest”.
“Unlike all the other sisters, I am the only one who is born here. I am the first born of the coven and of this forest as well. This is all I have ever known. Over the years, I have had the yearning to escape from this forest, to see the outside world. I have tried but my mother and the forest never lets me go. I would run until my legs give out and I would still never get anywhere away from this place.”
Circe looks down at the forest below the overhang. Her demeanor changes to one that is of longing sadness.
“The frustration and anger would just build up continuously in me. I would strike out at everything and everyone. The sisters avoided me and my mother grew worried. Then there came a day where I couldn’t take it anymore and ran off into the forest without looking back. I kept running and my hands burned with fire from my rage. I ran till I collapsed to my knees, crying. I was shaking with fury and deep within me I felt it all pent up, waiting to be released. I let it go and the fire engulfed a large area of the forest around me in an inferno of pure hatred. An intense white light washed over me as I lost myself to blind anger. When I finally was able to see again, all that I saw around me was black. I had completely incinerated the forest around me till all that remained of the vibrant forest was black ash. I was crying but there was no more anger in me, I was crying for the forest, for what I did to it. In a moment of clarity I finally understood that I couldn't keep chasing the same path, I had to find others. On that day, the sisters gave me the nickname - the flame of the forest. It was meant to be mocking but I kept it because it served as a constant reminder, not of my tragedy, but of my reality. I am Circe Bell, The Flame of The Forest...”
Her voices trails before wavering and then falling silent. In the corner of Circe’s eye, a small tear wells up.
More information about the world of Orias, the story and it’s characters will be available on my website once it is up.
This piece was also part of my IB HL Visual Arts exhibition and was the final piece that I submitted. It was completed using Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos 4 Medium Tablet. All brushes used were my own custom presets.
Easter eggs/Side note: her arm bands were inspired by Ahsoka Tano’s from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and her necklace would seem familiar to you if you’ve read X-23: Target X. It’s all just a little tribute to two female characters that I hold dear.
I hope you like this piece! Please leave a comment about what you think below. You should also be able to purchase this piece as a print on the dA store if you so desire.
The characters and the story are still a work in progress and do not represent the final product.
©Timothi Ellim 2013Check out the other characters and The Trinity Artwork Series, all part of Orias.
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