Imagined Nation – Harold Character Sketch

This is Harold…

© Aaron Shively 2011

Harold is an interesting one.

He works for the Haunters… It’s not so much an organization as a union. You see, they’re not in it to power anything or to collect anything… There’s a secret purpose to the Haunters existence. They were placed in their roles by a much larger force with much grander schemes… More on that later…

In the hierarchy of resident room haunters, it goes like this:

  1. The room itself
    • Like hitmen, bogeymen pride themselves on their skills. The hardest assignments are given to the best and darkest. The room is not only the greatest vehicle to frighten children, it is also the biggest possible ‘banana peel’ for a haunter. It is extremely easy to become caught unawares… Plus, when it’s off-time, you have to room with the lowest rank, the closet haunter, because the bed haunter has too much rank.
  2. Under the bed
    • Why? Because it’s closer to the kid and the one place where almost everyone fears to look… It’s innocuous enough to dispel any parent’s worries but dark and forbidding enough to keep the children wondering what could be within it’s inky shroud.
  3. The Closet
    • It’s easy to scare from a closet, when the time is right. It’s almost always dark, it’s almost always frightening… The clothes and hangers make their own shadows… the haunters in this rank only have to manipulate them. This station, however, is also prone to a lot of down-time… Tidy children will close their closet doors, making it risky for the haunter to open them back up, lest they destroy their greatest weapon… The Doubt Shadow.

Harold is a Bed Haunter. He is the highest rank in Javier’s room because… well… over the past few years…There have been quite a few injured Haunters returning from that rank. They didn’t understand exactly how much a flyswatter-wielding kid could hurt a quasi-ethereal creature. (The answer, as it turns out, is quite a bit.)

Harold was going to be named Room Haunter, but he pleaded with the assigner and got a much safer placing.

Harold is being punished because he saw something that he shouldn’t have.

In our world, Harold resembles a plushy… a strangely adorable creature that’s soft and squeezable, much to his chagrine (and Javier’s dog, Bowser’s delight). True, he has the ability to call upon supernatural forces and augment darkness and other humans’ perception… But to Javier and anyone with an extra special talent, he remains the adorable ‘easter moose’.

In MindSide, Harold was one of the most eligible bachelors (the more frightening you are, the cooler you seem to girls over there). He was a rising star in the Haunters… Until he was unfortunate enough to stumble upon what was stumbled upon.

Roger’s just there because he’s a subpar scarer…

Like Roger’s, this is just a sketch and not a definitive final concept…

More to come!

-Aaron Shively


About Aaron Shively

I have been working as a freelance writer and artist for the last decade. In that time, I've done everything from ghostwriting to toy design and everything in between. I am currently working on a novel series called 'Myth' which has held my attention for the past sixteen years. I have spent my time developing the world, character and story and am now ready to funnel all the preliminary material into the manuscript of the first installment, 'of Men and Monsters' Bookmark & Share

Posted on 04/16/2011, in Concepts, Imagined Nation, Imagined Nation Concepts, Projects, Updates and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Awesome site! Thanks for dropping by and checking out mine, I appreciate it 🙂

    • Thanks!
      I’m hoping that maybe in a few years you could be blogging about one of my projects getting optioned ;), as much of wishful thinking as that may seem.

      To those who are casually reading this, his site is Manic Moviegoer! It’s brimming with great posts of new movies and old flashbacks. Check it out!

      I’m actually probably going to put it on my side bar as a part of a link-group anyway.

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