October Interviews – Encarz!

Handing the mic over to Encarz. It’s a bloody miracle, I haven’t heard the man speak for months!

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Was it hard murdering your own mother?

Not especially. Pushing someone off a balcony railing  does not warrant much physical effort. Did I regret it? I might have, if I had given myself the time. But once I looked down and saw her blood running down the iron fence posts and into the snow… I knew there was no time for something as time-consuming as even a tinge of sadness. There was too much that had to be done following her demise.

Have you ever fallen in love?

Once, I think it was safe to say I was in love. But the act of loving never served me, it only brought destruction to those I chose to inflict my affections upon.

Now that Pharun has taken the throne from you, have your feelings towards him changed?

Feelings? No. I have no feelings towards him. He has never been more to me than a crippling inconvenience and a cruel infliction from the gods. Do I see him, now, in a different light? I see him as capable of doing more than just talk. He accomplished what he said he would do, and that is worthy of note (even if it took him for goddamn ever).

What does it take to have a long reign as a king?

You must put the kingdom and the throne above all else. A man who is incapable of putting his lover, his family, or his friends second is not fit to rule for any length of time. A king must be iron, he must be solid and resolute and unforgiving. That is what I hope for in Shrukian, if he ever has a chance for the throne.

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October Interviews – Ekaterini!

More interview catching up!! Image credit: dashinvaine

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What was Encarz’s father like? How did you two meet?

My husband, Prokopios, was exactly as you would expect. He was a weak man who overcompensated for his shortcomings with feigned ambition and cruelty. When I was young, too young to marry, I was given to be his wife. Had I a choice, I would have never married such a fool.

What was Encarz’s relationship with his father? Was there one?

Prokopios was too busy stirring up minor skirmishes with his barons and pretending to be king. When he did pay attention to his sons, it was only to inflict pain and abuse. He was often drunk and he had a temper that was quick to combust. He made sure they hated him.

What was Encarz like growing up?

He was a good boy. He loved his mother. He was a fine man, a good warrior, a sharp thinker. He was intelligent beyond his years but always very down-to-earth. I appreciated that he was not a man of nonsense – not like his brother. Graeme was always an inspired mind and a very dull child.

Do you take your murder personally?

Of course I do. What kind of ungrateful, terrible boy kills his own mother who gave him the world? He could have been so happy if he had just trusted me as he used to.

What was it like ruling as a woman in Dragoloth?

Very difficult. Everyone wants to make you jump through as many hoops as possible. Perhaps if i had taken things over in a different way it could have been another story.

Describe a time when you put a man in his place.

Besides the time when I made my husband swallow poison, and then had him buried while he was still breathing? (Something they don’t tell you, in the history books).

When did you first get a taste of real power?

As soon as Prokopios died, and I could breathe again as a woman who was not controlled by her husband.

October Interviews – Olympia!

Cy is behind – Cy is very behind in posting, responding, and everything else! I’m also behind on these interviews. So here we go – Blitzkrieg catch-up!!

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What was it like growing into a woman in Dragoloth?

I was ignored through much of my childhood. Pharun was a pain in the ass and Shrukian was father’s pride. I was confined to  my nurses and my embroidery. Dragolothian women are not often taught how to read, but one sympathetic tutor educated me in modern letters, though I cannot read the ancient ones.

When did you and Shrukian start to become more than brother and sister?

He was sixteen, I think, I was nearly nineteen. He was such a beautiful man, then, young and fresh with new muscles. You would not be able to ignore him, either, if he were living just down the hall from you.

When Encarz found out about you and Shrukian, how did he react?

At first he wanted to discourage it heavily, but then he started to ignore it. I think he knew that there was nothing he could do to make it stop… and Shrukian meant so much to him that he would have pulled down the moon to put on his cloak pin if he thought it would make his son happy.

What do you have to say to all of your haters (like me ;p)?

You don’t know a strong woman when you see one, and if you do then you must resent them. You don’t know anything about my life and you have no right to judge me.