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My 30 Days of Writing-Day 28: What The Blind See


28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there’s nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.

Another question I have to answer in the negative.  Well, there is one exception, the Seer from SuD, who as you might imagine is blind.

But of course!

She wasn’t always blind, but age did her eyes in, plus the whole blind seer thing was too good to pass up.

The interesting thing is what she “sees” in her visions. Most prophecies are, by definition, vague, mostly because the predictor is on drugs or some kind of manipulative bastard who is playing politics.  But in the Seers case, she tells you the unvarnished truth. If she says she saw “a man without a body”, that’s what she saw in her mind’s eye. Her visions are cryptic to her, she merely passes on the information as she sees it. Of course being thousands of years old, she has enough experience to recognize recurring patterns, but even then once she gets into interpreting her own visions, she knows she imposing her conscious self into what her unconscious spits out and that’s when things really get messed up.

Also the clarity of her visions is not constant. It all depends on the actions of others. The more others try to manipulate fate or impose themselves on the streams of existence, the sharper the images become. In essence she shares the collective consciousness of all human beings, and as certain acts affect more and more people, the paths of prediction becomes clearer as a result.

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3 comments on “My 30 Days of Writing-Day 28: What The Blind See

  1. You had to use that image right at the top of the post… Ugh. No wonder I can never sleep.

    It has always fascinated me that people depict seers as being blind without considering the all ways that they could have lost their sight in the first place. Merely losing their sight due to old age is… Well, it’s not exactly thrilling drama, and as an origin it sucks. Sorry. Complete honesty here. If you follow back the logic of them seeing things they may not understand (and may not want), then it becomes clear that they may have, uh, removed their eyes to stop the visions themselves. C’mon, tell me – how cool would a flashback to her stabbing at her face with a knife to make the visions go away be? 😀

    I’m really enjoying reading these posts. 🙂

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    • Surely Oedipus would not agree. Or for that matter Casandra. Of course, how about loosing your eyes when you see the same thing happening over and over again, each time leading to an inexorable conclusion that history will repeat itself in a multiplicity of ways.

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