Yes, it’s true. I’m still hearing voices.
But now it’s time for characters on the couch. I must say, it is tough to pick just one character out of two hundred, much less keep the answer within 200 words (not including the questions). I was going to pick Vengeance, one of my oldest characters and a Main Character of The Rogue King.
But no, I thought I should ask these questions of another Main Character from the same novel that I often find myself overlooking … Kael Ro’is, alleged orphan of a nomadic trader (don’t worry, he knows different).
My father aside, it would be Klif. Or, more specifically, the link I have with him. Without him … I don’t really want to contemplate what’ll happen. They say a Shadow Speaker who loses a bond mate goes insane. Or become empty ….
Riiight. Moving on … who knows about this vulnerability? Or is it a secret?
Practically everyone knows I’m a Speaker. Not sure if they make the connection. It’s the sort of thing you need to read up on these days. It’s certainly not something I tell people.
What do people believe about you that is false?
That being a Speaker automatically means I’m a monster. I’m not, you know. I’m probably more normal than some of the nobles round here but they can only see this … creature.
Well, Frisk would say it’s me not being quite so “out there” and Carine would certainly think it a flaw that I don’t lord it over people what with my bloodline. But I’ve never been the outgoing type and, honestly, I’m more likely to get beaten up than obeyed. It’s more-or-less a Speaker trait to blend into the background anyway.
I note you carefully left out Talsin.
I-I … ah. Heh … I don’t think she believes I have a flaw.
Okay then, what would the same friend say is your one redeeming quality and why?
Oh, all three would probably say I’m reliable. What with being what I am, I already have enough trouble getting people to accept me without adding a bad reputation. I’ve really no desire to see the dungeons.
To be normal. Or, at least, have people look at me and see me for who I am and not what I am. If I knew how to get that, I’d have it by now.