What makes a hero a hero? There are likely many answers that would be given for such a question. Some might call it just being in the right place at the right time. Others may say it is an ordinary person doing extraordinary things to help someone in peril. The descriptions can be as endless as the people who give them. However, I have my own description and that is what this post is about.
Early in my life, I discovered books, and I found something in the stories I read that encouraged me and made me feel that anything was possible. What I came to realize is that I loved heroic tales. Tales where good won the day over evil, where light conquered darkness and the hero (or heroes) saved the day. I have found such tales are what I want to write, and thus I created a series about heroes.
My definition of a hero is not based on the background of a character. For me, a hero does not have to have humble beginnings, though that is often the case. A hero is not defined by their past, but by their attitude and character. In my stories, a hero has compassion, a hero has dedication, a hero has the courage to do what others would not, in order to save and protect.
This is the basis of the Rangers of Laerean, an entire army of heroes, dedicated and self-sacrificing, committed to the cause of protecting those who cannot protect themselves. To saving those who are who cannot fight the terrors and oppression that come against them. This is the purpose of the Rangers, it is why they were founded.
They are not perfect, they have flaws, but they are sworn to protect and to serve the people. They are dedicated to the principle that others are more important than themselves. For my own definition, this is what makes a hero. This is what the Rangers of Laerean is all about. This is how I want to live my own life, and I will reflect this in my stories. If my books are about anything, this is it. They are about ... HEROES!