So, in regards to the MC’s age, I personally would put them mid to late twenties. But if someone wanted to imagine them a bit younger or older, that would work just as well. Eleanor was their guardian for most of their childhood and would have been her early forties when that happened, as I’m imagining her in her sixties during the events of this story.
One of the issues I may touch on is that these old families are…well, bound to die out eventually. So, with the exception of the distant cousins that are bound to occur in a small town, the MC and their aunt are really the last surviving members of the X family. Or, phrased with more relevance, the last of the X line who have a connection with the Ancestors. I’ll try to add in a little information as to how that works in the first or second chapters - I’m thinking maybe Faye and Annabelle will be a good catalyst for the MC to relay that information.
The Mayor is…kind of a sleaze? Not a creepy sleaze, but that slicked-back, fast-talking “of course I’ll personally see to that problem…three months from now” kind of guy. He’s a staunch traditionalist when it comes to the town and I wanted there to be enough leeway there for the reader to go either way. I was debating on including an option to go and speak to the mayor in Chapter Two, so that may be a good way to allow the MC to elaborate and develop that relationship further.
I was actually really hesitant about putting the MC in a position where they aren’t the outsider, but the more I worked out the story and plot, the more I realized it was going to be the most interesting angle. Initially, this idea grew out of a very Lovecraftian/Shadow Over Innsmouth story I was working on that did have the protagonist arriving in town in a more traditional set-up. But…here we are!