I make a point of trying not to complain about my pregnancy. I know that lots of women would trade anything for this experience, and I know I’ve been very blessed to have had a fairly easy-peasy time of it so far. But it is a fact that my physical abilities are now startlingly narrow compared to a few months ago.
Activities I wouldn’t have blinked at before, like shoving the bed one foot to the side, sitting all day at a desk, or taking a bath, are now out of the question or ridiculously taxing.
It’s got me thinking about characters with hampered abilities–whether from battle wounds, illness, or other conditions. I’ve started re-reading Raymond E. Feist’s Krondor trilogy, and there’s a character who just keeps walking no matter how many times he gets kicked and stabbed. It’s become a little annoying.
However, the new fourth season of The Legend of Korra deals with this in interesting ways. We’ve seen Korra bounce back from taking a beating so many times over the course of the show.
So what happens when she can’t just bounce back physically and emotionally? What happens when she has to take time to heal? That’s what we get to find out. The second episode airs tonight!
These are my questions to consider with impaired characters:
How long does a character stubbornly try to ignore her hampered abilities? (For me, as long as I can.)
How is she affected mentally and emotionally when (not “if”) something forces her to come to terms with her limitations? (Don’t know about your character, but I tend to get a bit depressed.)
Who does she trust to support her during those times? (Trust is the key word here.)
Does it ever get any better? (Soon I will have a tiny baby! And after a while I’ll be able to move boxes and beds and whatnot again.)