Meet Sun li
I’d like you to meet a friend of mine. Her name is Sun li. She’s the main character in The Jammer and the Blade. She’s the “Blade” part of the title. Only her blades are not crafted in some smithy, they’re energy blades, locus energy to be exact. Never heard of it? That’s ok, it hasn’t been discovered yet.
Sun li wields two of these weapons (called glaives, by the way). Here’s a picture of what they might look like:
So that’s a picture of Psylocke, from X-Men comics fame. I’ll confess that I don’t know a whole lot about this character. I’m sort of a “general” comics fan, i.e. I love the stories, the characters, and I’ll go to see movies about comic book heroes, but I don’t actually buy any comics myself and I don’t really know a whole lot about the backstory or larger universe these heroes inhabit.
Nevertheless I’ve known about Psylocke for a while and she was the initial inspiration for Sun li, at least visually. I liked the idea of a dual-wielding female warrior who fought hand to hand, but with blades of energy. This sort of felt futuristic and archaic at the same time and I found that appealing. I’m not sure why, but at some point I decided that Sun li had an Asian/Oriental background. When it came time to write The Jammer and the Blade that decision added a lot of flavor to the story for me, helping me better flesh out her family and the world she lived in.
For Sun li, family and faith are the most important things and yet she struggles during the story to balance these two loyalties when they seem to be at odds. For though she desperately wants to save her dying father, she also wants to honor the faith he has passed down to her, a set of traditions and truths called The Code or Kamido.
I think she is a fascinating character, noble at heart, but sometimes conflicted. She’s more than just a Blade in the end and I think that’s part of what made the story so compelling for me to write. I was really drawn into her struggle to do what is right in a fallen world where everything seems to be stacked against you and where sometimes choices are not easy ones to make.
I hope you enjoyed this snapshot of this character and, if you get a chance to meet her in the pages of the novella, I’d love to hear what you think about her. Just drop me a note in the comments below.
Until next time, As Stan Lee (creator of the X-men) might say: