When I opened the program to start writing Outrunning Perdition the first character that came to my fingertips was Riser. I honestly don’t know where he came from. He was a surprise to me, and I hope as you get to know him, you will grow to love him as I have.
Riser is 13 (planet years) old. He is extremely bright and sure of himself. When I think of him, I see a tall, for his age, brown haired skinny kid, with bright blue eyes. He is a Watcher. A Watchers job is to watch for many things, but the most important thing is the Citadel. When we meet him, he is watching for Perdition. he has figured out that she runs on a fairly regular schedule and he is concerned that no one will believe him, because he is unproven.
Riser has a habit of running his mouth. Over the course of the book Aroot, the Leader of the Outcasts, whom I will write about soon, is constantly telling him to keep his mouth shut and to listen. Aroot is grooming him for a leadership position, possibly as the Leader, but Riser is unsure if he would be able to do a good enough job.
He is used as a spy and a thief. He is given leadership of the young ones. He is given a father figure he never knew. Although the book only covers a few weeks, we see Riser grow from a rash boy, to a young man who is looked upon as a leader.
What will happen with Riser? I’m not exactly sure yet, but I know that whatever he does, he will do it with his whole heart, believing that he is doing right.