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#9. Collette DeGrazzi, Dark Gaiacept

November 9, 2009


Collette DeGrazzi is a Gaiacept, master of controlling the plant life of the planet. DeGrazzi, however, had a particular affinity for what we’d consider the darker side of nature. Where most Gaiacepts were able to cause growth, DeGrazzi could cause decomposition and decay. She was a Dark Gaiacept.

DeGrazzi was beautiful and graceful, but as a Dark Gaiacept she was feared. But this is human nature death and decomposition is beneficial and necessary for new growth to begin but is cause for fear and disgust.

She fell in love with Aaron Mundaris and they were married. They were like the yin and yang, light and dark, death and life, calm and tumultuous.

But the harmony did not last. DeGrazzi grew jealous of Mundaris’ celebrity and suspected him of infidelity. They fought often. Despite their troubles, DeGrazzi became pregnant with twins. But this only served to drive a greater wedge between them, and they separated.

The separation caused DeGrazzi’s anger and hatred of Mundaris to grow. She gave birth to the twins. And, as she had anticipated, when Mundaris learned of their birth, he returned in order to meet his children, and perhaps with hopes to rekindle his relationship with DeGrazzi. But the children were not there.

DeGrazzi had abandoned the children days before. She did not know where they where, she did not know if they were alive. She rid herself of them to spite her ex-husband.

This sent Mundaris into a rage and they fought. The conflict was brief, but massive amounts of magic was summoned, blooming green and liquifying black, a flurry of growth and decay swirled about them. When the quiet came, Degrazzi was dead and Mundaris had fled.

But as DeGrazzi knew well, from death comes life. She returned from the world beyond, forced her way back. Her hatred of her former lover burned too strong. She had hurt him, but she was not yet satisfied.

Collette DeGrazzi is a character from For The Trees, a large and unwieldy collection of index cards, outlines and snippets of dialogue that will one day be a graphic novel. I hope.

Some sketches


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Crash! Landen permalink
    November 9, 2009 9:15 pm

    Is Paul Pope an influence at all? This character seems to have a little of that ‘feel’ to her…

  2. November 9, 2009 10:07 pm

    No, I don’t know Pope’s work at all. But I’m taking a look at some of his stuff online right now…

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