Oliver introduced the Golden Maiden, but telling you about a concept isn’t good enough. It’s one thing to tell, but it’s another thing to SHOW. Now that you know HOW to find her, can you spot her in the wild? And if you can spot her in the wild, you can make her your own. Now that you have her, what do you do with her?
She can’t just sit around looking pretty all the time. Let’s be real. That shit is boring. None of your characters can sit around looking pretty- you can’t afford that. Those are your employees. Put them to work.
We know the Golden Maiden usually appears beautiful, intelligent, respected or in a position of power or influence, and is the target of affection or sexual pursuit. We know they give carefully crafted advice, don’t engage in violence or will only defend themselves, and they aren’t a part of the regular adventure. The Golden Maiden spurs the protagonist on, leaves them with too many questions and too much pressure to turn away from the adventure.
It’s easy enough to spot a Golden Maiden opportunity in the fantasy genre. They’re practically everywhere. It’s like there’s a GM factory just across from Distressed Damsels, Inc. You can find a ton of examples, now that you know what you’re looking for. But if you’re not writing fantasy, can you still put the Golden Maiden to use? (more…)