I’m working on a five part novel series titled ‘The Hour of Eden’. It’s a dystopian alternate timeline in history (not future!) in which the undead, who seemed to rise out of nowhere, threaten the existence of humanity and force them to live in a society protected by only one thing: The Hour of Eden, a song played from massive bell towers that repulses the undead. I’ve been quarreling with how to write my main character and felt that he would make a better anti-hero due to the nature of the story. His name is Noël Everlock, here is the blurb I have written for his character, let me know your thoughts and if you think he would make a good anti-hero protagonist for this story or things I could maybe tweak/add/change. I see Noël as more of a pragmatic anti-hero, who grew up in Ahlgren, a poverty-ridden city full of crime and disease. His father, Torbern Everlock, was a well respected medic for the country’s military guild before retiring to Ahlgren after having his son. During his retirement, his wife Katherine did most of Noël’s raising until she fell ill with a plague that struck the city. As time passed, Torbern grew lazy, depressed and unmotivated due to bad memories and traumatic experiences. With Katherine’s illness and Torbern’s apathy, Noël was forced to take responsibility for the family if they were to survive. From a young age he learned how to use handguns and daggers, and pillaged men and families for their food and goods. As he grew up, Noël became numb to violence and would commit murder without a trace of remorse, because it was the only way he could get ahead and survive. He developed a hatred for his father, who he viewed as capable but uncaring to his ill mother and their current situation in one of the country’s poorest cities. Despite his violent habits and remorseless killing, Noël can’t bring himself to kill women, perhaps due to caring for his sick mother for so long. However, that doesn’t stop him from sleeping with many women on a regular basis. After the destruction of his city, the death of his mother and the discovery that he himself is an undead who is resistant to the sound of The Hour of Eden, Noël will go to any length to find out how this happened. After growing up in the hard streets of Ahlgren, he has little remorse when he feels he must resort to violence or ill actions to get what he wants. He even sacrifices others to get ahead. Noël rarely ever keeps his word as he is more interested in his own goals, unless it involves people he loves or cares for, which are few and far between. Very few trust Noël. Along with his violent background in Ahlgren as a thief and felon and the fact that he is undead, people are afraid that he is an ill omen and a representation of the country’s downfall (religious factors also play into why people are so afraid of Noël). More than anything, he wants to know why his father kept so many secrets and chose not to share them; he seeks revenge on him despite the fact that he’s dead, and it eats him alive. The only time that Noël shows some compassion is for his love interest, Aleena Lockhart, even though it takes him a while to warm up to her. There are moments where he would put his own motives aside just for her well-being, and despite having slept with multiple women on a regular basis, he is in love with her and her alone. This is what I have so far. I’m just curious to get some feedback as the main character of a story is one of the most important elements! Thank you!