I got tagged by Rebel-rider to jot down eight interesting things about Bria, the lead protagonist in my novel Mine Dogs.
1) Bria is taller than other females in her wolf-like species, but no taller than the young males of her tribe that she must compete against if she wants to join the elite scouts known as Outlanders. However there are strong social taboos against female warriors or scouts.
2) Bria's pack are wild hunters and shepherds. She is almost consigned to serving her pack as a shepherd, the default profession for misfits and malcontents.
3) Bria secretly trains in staff fighting, which allows a quicker and smaller combatant like herself to survive in a competition ring with larger males. Shebeth wolf males can be pretty hefty, but lightly padded nerves in their wrist, knees and ankles give Bria the edge to win one of the ten coveted positions as an apprentice Outlander.
4) The public outcry against a female trainee in the Outlander training camp persuades the pack council to ask Bria and her sister to join a dangerous reconnaissance mission surveying the distant lands around the human mine known as Ana-ech. Bria's Mother, a fighter who has some experience with humans, joins this mission as well.
5) The mission is only barely approved by Bria's Pack council, since so far only domesticated and dog-like Southerners have been enslaved by the humans in the mines. Bria herself has little respect for the Southern dogs
6) The mission meets with disaster and Bria finds herself trapped with a more domesticated Southern Pack Dogs, in the underground mine of Ana-ech. At first her only goal is to escape from the mine with her sister, but months laboring beside the enslaved mine dogs changes Bria, firing up a resolve to help rebels inside the mine lead a revolt.
7) Bria finally has an opportunity to escape with her sister, but this means leaving hundreds of Southerners to slowly die in the mines.