Dear readers, tonight we eavesdrop on an antagonist interview, held in a tavern in a world where magic is real and mages battle priests.
[A tall, solidly-built woman strides into the tavern and approaches your table. Chips of a dark gray stone, hematite, embedded in her leather armor, glint in the lamplight, and her gaze sweeps across the seated man from head to toe. Her brown eyes narrow, but only a fraction, and she lifts her chin, her annoyed expression smoothing into one of forced politeness. She shifts her sword and daggers, and sits across from him.]
Please forgive my lateness. There were pressing matters to attend at the mage bastion, as I’m sure you can understand. But of course, if the Circle clergy want you to interview me in order to gain a greater understanding of my role in the One god’s world, I shall oblige. Shall we begin?
Tell me a little about where you grew up. What was it like there?
Surely you know of the capital city, Lasath? Well, I saw little of it, save on training runs. I was born in the bastion there, but since I have no magic, I was taken to live with the sentinels. I became one of them from an early age.
You were born in a bastion? Were your parents mages?
My parents are gone.
[An uncomfortable silence stretches before the interview continues]
Did you have any cherished memories of your childhood?
[Talon shifts in her seat, her gaze going distant before she catches herself.] Sentinel initiates are not given many chances to be “children,” but we were cared for when no one else would have done so. Food and shelter were enough. They had to be.
What’s it like to live so close to mages?
Mages are human, after all, albeit with…extraordinary abilities. Living near them is unremarkable, most of the time.
Most of the time?
Talon: How do you feel about folks who can turn into crows? Or shoot fire from their fingertips? Or spin sand into glass?
[Another long, uncomfortable silence]
What can you tell me about the other sentinels who serve under you?
[The stiff set of her shoulders eases, as does the stern tone of her voice] They’re a good lot. My second, Captain Cobalt, is a gifted warrior, loyal beyond measure. He’s been offered his own command several times, but has turned it down. I don’t imagine he’ll do so forever, but for now, I’m grateful the gods have kept him near.Continue reading “Talon (of the Catalyst Moon series, by Lauren L. Garcia)”