Dear readers, tonight with me is Kara Tanner, a recent graduate of the Magic Academy of Solyr. What follows is Scribemaster Tarano’s interview with Kara several days before her planned graduation.
The chaos that unfolded on Kara’s graduation day is still unclear to many, but we do know the academy came under attack, a number of students were injured, and that Kara and several of her friends (including an amnesic soldier treated for his wounds at the academy) disappeared. Their current whereabouts are unknown.
To start, Kara, I would like to congratulate you on your nomination as Speaker Supreme. You must have worked very hard to get here.
Thank you. I’m honored to be chosen, and will absolutely not make a wreck of my speech.
I’m certain you’ll do fine. To start, what do you most enjoy about your studies at Solyr?
Everything. Where else can you learn to set someone’s hair on fire and talk to the dead?
You set someone’s hair on fire?
Really? I honestly expected you to be more concerned about the other thing.
Well, you are a Glyphbinder. Soul glyphs are one aspect of your training, are they not?
Oh, right! This is an opportunity to promote Solyr to our patrons in Tarna. Five know I love promoting our academy!
If you could simply answer the questions as you would for someone outside Solyr?
Of course, Scribemaster. Forgive me. I’m practicing. For my speech.
What would you say is the most challenging aspect of your studies at Solyr?
The variety. Every week offers new aspects of glyph magic that either complement or contradict what’s come before, but wielding the power of The Five Who Made the World is inspiring. The Five made literally everything … the world, the sky, us … so channeling their power? Nothing compares.
Now that we’re into advanced glyph combinations, I find the more esoteric mixes fascinating. A week ago we learned the proper Life glyphs to form ice sculptures based on glyphs of idea, and there’s been no shortage of gorgeous and occasionally obscene ice sculptures popping up since.
Well, you taught us to create ice sculptures … with glyphs of idea. Look, I’m eighteen, and many of my peers are as well, but I imagine girls mature faster than boys. If I come across one more ice peni—
Why don’t you tell us more about your particular school! What’s it like to be a Glyphbinder?
Challenging. We teach Firebrands, Lifewardens, Soulmages and others, but Glyphbinders learn tricks from them all. Every school is scribed differently, and remembering how the lines work is a chore.
I won’t horrify you with what happens when you scribe Rannos the Wolf on a squirrel and accidentally use a Firebrand’s blood lines, but it’s not a mistake anyone makes twice. You never forget the smell.Continue reading “Kara Tanner (of Glyphbinder, by T. Eric Bakutis)”