Creating Character Superpowers
A look at my debut series and the superpowers that went into its creation
About the series: Nate is the master of darkness and shadows. Clara has explosive telekinetic abilities. When the Blue Star, the most dangerous power source known, steals Clara’s memories and leaves her with blue blood and a lightning scar, she’s forced to run away from The Complex and the evil threats chasing her. On a path to corruption from the cold, Clara and Nate discover there’s a lot more behind the Blue Star than they first believed. Will they stop the evil before it takes control of her?
Okay, I’ve always been in love with superpowers. It’s one of my favorite styles and it’s incredibly exciting to play off character personality to create these abilities.
In the Soul world, there is a long list of characters who have superhuman abilities and I figured I’d toss in a list of the big and cool superpowers featured in my urban fantasy series.
Nate “Black Hole”
Umbrakinesis (shadow manipulation) — essentially, Nate can not only become a shadow, he can create and control them. It’s incredibly useful, and as the books continue, his skills grow. I won’t spoil anything about his ability, but I’ll tease this… Nate’s a very pure character, but shadows aren’t always associated with good things…
Clara / Finnley “Supernova”
Telekinesis / Telepathy — Based loosely off Scarlet Witch, Clara/Finnley’s powers are very much volatile. Known as the ‘Supernova’, she prefers the explosive nature of her telepathy superpower. Her confidence is a huge piece of her power as well, and as her story continues, that becomes more apparent in the things she can do.
Teleportation — Glitch got his name because his power essentially looks like a video game glitch to anyone observing. That was an absolute blast to create, especially when he doesn’t have control of his power (Nate described it as having his insides twisted). As he learns his power, his strength grows to the point he can even make teleportation clones.
Light manipulation — What power do you give to the bright and bubbly match for Glitch? Light! Even more interesting is her direct opposite to Nate’s abilities, which makes for an interesting dynamic when they are fighting in close proximity.
Sub-characters in the Soul Trilogy
Coming soon in the next trilogy
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Originally published at https://www.laura-winter.com on January 22, 2021.