Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Torchlighters: Samael Trezza Character Interview

Last week I did one of these for Callum, so now I'm going to go ahead and tackle one for Samael, his older brother and another point of view character in Torchlighters. This time I'm using a different set of interview questions, also found over yonder at a slightly adjacent address.

As always, I encourage you to head over there and take a look at the source material but for the time being, let's get to it.

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? - "You're going to laugh, but I'd like a coffee shop. I just want to make coffee with my boyfriend, have a few regular customers, decorate the windows for the holidays...that sort of thing. I'm really not at home to all this violence and burning. I also know it isn't likely to happen any time soon. I'm not the kind of man who can hide behind a wall of 'happiness' and let the world burn around me."
  2. What is your greatest fear? - "That this is all there is. That there's nothing after this. That no matter how we struggle and rail against the world as it stands it won't ever get better. I feel like that fear is likely. I feel like I have to try anyway."
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? - "I worry that I'm kind of a coward, sometimes. I don't love the fight like my father and my brother do. Given the choice, I'd rather avoid it. I fight anyway, but that doesn't make it easier to look at myself in the mirror some days. I do what is necessary, but I wish it settled better with me."
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others? - "Ambition to the point of abuse of power. When you start kicking people you think are beneath you, just to keep what you have, that makes you the worst kind of person. My father isn't wrong about that."
  5. Which living person do you most admire? - "My mother. She served in the Hellwatch for years instead of living in the lap of luxury because it's what she thought was right. The second she saw she could be doing better for her people, she did it without looking back. She doesn't look down on anyone and she doesn't hesitate when something needs doing. I wish I could be more like that."
  6. What is your greatest extravagance? - "Probably the house we live in, and that isn't even really my extravagance, it was Mom's inheritance. It's a big estate with several sub-homes that none of us are living in right now. We open them to the people of the docks when the weather gets cold. It gets cold fast out here because of how open it is. Let it never be said that we don't use our resources."
  7. What is your current state of mind? - "Right this second? Caught between discomfort and what I uncomfortably hope is righteous anger. I'm uncertain about a lot of things right now."
  8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? - "Loyalty. Hear me out. It's important for a person to be flexible in the face of new information and it's simply asinine to stand firm on principals once you know they're wrong. Loyalty to someone who is doing harm to the world is just as bad as betraying someone who is a legitimately good person. You can do as much harm being loyal as you can being treacherous. It's important to be willing to change yourself."
  9. On what occasion do you lie? - "If something isn't mine to tell, I'll lie to keep a secret. I hate it when people put me in that position. Not mentioning any names. Callum."
  10. What do you most dislike about your appearance? - "My eyes are a little too close together. I get that from my father. It makes me look like a predator, like a wolf or something. That's not me."
  11. Which living person do you most despise? - I'm still looking at all the problems Morwen Verida caused when she had the docks in her grasp. I can't excuse it.
  12. What is the quality you most like in a man? - Kindness. You don't judge a man by how he kisses up, you judge him based on who he deems to be inferior. If the answer is 'anyone', he's not someone I want to associate with.
  13. What is the quality you most like in a woman? - Kindness. Honestly, I respect it more here, too, it's hard to hold yourself to good standards when other people are treating you like you're worth less than other people.
  14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? - I say 'cast some shadows' too much, probably. You know, 'tell me what you're not saying'. I don't think they use that in Neith and Charon but in Daelan? Yeah.
  15. What or who is the greatest love of your life? - ...that one is a long story. I'm...not actually sure myself if it's real and he's certainly none of your business.
  16. When and where were you happiest? - You're really hitting this button hard, aren't you? Okay fine. Corvin Verida was a friend with mine all through my childhood. He was my first kiss. He was also my first fight. We've been through every major life event together and when we stopped attending school, we stopped having an excuse to have anything to do with each other. I don't know if he even misses me, but I was personally happiest in his company. ...if you tell anyone I told you that I'll open your belly, spill your guts into the sea, and leave you there to bleed to death.
  17. Which talent would you most like to have? - I wish I had more time to practice the piano, I would like to be good enough to be one of those guys that can just sit down at one and entertain people.
  18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? - I'd be taller. Look, it's not easy being a short guy in a city full of otherlings, angels and demons.
  19. What do you consider your greatest achievement? - Buckling down and learning how to fight with a knife. I'm not a big fan of fighting, but those skills didn't come easy and I'm proud of having gotten over that and finally learned it.
  20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? - Knowing my luck probably an imp. I'd want to be reborn as a normal human guy though. Working around a nephil's lifespan is hard when you love people with thinner blood than that.
  21. Where would you most like to live? - Family is important to me and I wouldn't want to be away from them by too much, but I wouldn't mind having my own place and a little cafe to run.
  22. What is your most treasured possession? - I have a book that my mother used to read to me when I was little and I learned my letters with it. It makes me think of those days when I look at it, so probably that.
  23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? - Grief is like a gut punch. Those first few days after the shock wears off before you start becoming accustomed to the world as it is now? Yeah, that.
  24. What is your favorite occupation? - I already told you I want to be a barista.
  25. What is your most marked characteristic? - Is it too arrogant to say my charm? Yes? Haha.
  26. What do you most value in your friends? - Loyalty. At the very least enough reason and mental capacity to come and ask me if they think I've done something wrong instead of just taking it for gospel.
  27. Who are your favorite writers? - There's a yaman poet, Israthil Ehrakash, who put together some of the most well known love ballads of the green age. I'm a huge fan of his work.
  28. Who is your hero of fiction? - Splinterhorn. He's only kind of a hero though, he's a cambion that goes on all kinds of capers. My father and I listen to his show on the radio together.
  29. Which historical figure do you most identify with? - Maven Ashfair, a lot. I'm a second generation nephil and it's given me a lot of trouble in my life and I feel like I really get where she's coming from in a lot of the stories about her.
  30. Who are your heroes in real life? - My parents. And I've actually got a lot of respect for Captain Barghest, but don't tell my dad I told you that.
  31. What are your favorite names? - I can't say I've ever given it much thought, if I ever have children they'll be adopted and likely have names already.
  32. What is it that you most dislike? - The taste and texture of coconut.
  33. What is your greatest regret? - Not having been more present in my sister's life when she was growing up. I was around but I should have paid her more attention.
  34. How would you like to die? - In my sleep, with my lover, at about 300 years old, after a night of quality time with the family and good coffee.
  35. What is your motto? - Shake the dust off, get back up and do it again. The world isn't going to wait while you're breaking down.

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