Hello, this is Mirriam, your friendly announcer and abused authoress! (Not that I can complain, I do a fair share of character-abusing myself. I feel bad for them). I’ve dragged Eristor back for the fourth part of our interview and made him promise to behave and smile. (I’m not sure he’s holding up on the smiling end of the deal, but I made him hot chocolate and he seems to have mellowed out some.) Once again, other characters may or may not pop in and out, and I will certainly interrupt from time to time.
Are you left-handed? I was born so, but taught myself to become ambidextrous. My brain seemed averse to the idea; it took nearly twelve years of practice.
Where do you get your clothes, and who designed them? As Damian can attest, we have attending tailors. Neither of us particularly look forward to their visits, but I suppose being able to wear clothes is a plus.
How good is your memory? Can you remember your entire life? Are there and blank periods in your life that you can’t remember? Most elves have larger memory spans than humans, I believe, simply because it goes hand-in-hand with our long lifespans. I have no long ‘blank’ periods; then again, I do not remember every little detail.
How many children does the average family have? I can hardly say, it differs from family to family. Thanks to the aforementioned long livety, however, dozens of children throughout the centuries is very normal. Before their death, an elf usually gets to see at least ten generations.
Do you have plans to eventually settle down and have a family? I cannot say I have plans, but it is something I have thought over. There is currently no one I can imagine myself ‘settling down’ and raising a family with, but should I meet this person, then yes. I would hope to marry and raise a family with them.
Are you tender inside? (Mirriam here: I’m giving this question to Sienna for obvious reasons) Okay, picture one of those dark, bitter chocolate bars that I really, really, really miss. From earth, naturally. Now picture yourself biting into it and finding a lot of sweet, gooey caramel inside. That’s Eristor. And please, Mirriam, don’t let him read my answer to this or I’ll get the Cold Shoulder of Frigidity for years.
Do you like contraption weapons (eg. Bow, ballistics weapons, cannons and guns, catapults -if anyones invented them yet) or do you prefer weapons you have control of at all times like a sword or spear? I’m afraid I have no idea what cannons and guns are, but when waging battle bows, catapults, and trebuchets are common-enough weapons. I, however, prefer to use a weapon in close quarters, something fast that I remain in full control of. Hence, my kelehb sticks.
(Hey, Sienna here – Jenny, I just wanted to let you know that now Alec and I can’t stop calling them kebab sticks. Eristor hates it, it really eats his lunch. But we have a blast.)
Who has impacted your life the most (in a good way, and in a bad way)? My original parents, of course, and my younger sister. I know you may think it strange that I have mentioned only one sibling, but the truth is I have another brother. He, however, lives in the North and I have not seen nor heard from him in many years. In a bad way – Caranthir.
Has anyone put ink in your tea before? Fortunately for them, they have not. But please do not give Alec any ideas.
Have you ever done something you still regret? I believe everyone has done many things they regret, but I would not sit and talk about them.
What are your weaknesses? (family, being tortured?) I have withstood enough torture that it is nearing the ‘merely unpleasant’ stage. I have no more family left to be threatened, except my aforementioned brother who really is no longer related to me, and my sister who is most likely dead. That leaves friends remaining, and I admit they are my strength and my weakness.
When is the last time you laughed so hard it hurt? …I…. believe…. I…. (Sienna: He doesn’t know.)
And why were you laughing? (Sienna: He was probably laughing at me.)
Did you have a childhood pet? I had several horses and dogs growing up, but it was Raeta who would find unusual creatures to adopt into our household. I believe the most interesting was prickledog. Even the servants wouldn’t go near it.
What kind of guy was Caranthir *before*? I had reservations about his race, but I admit before Oscariath turned him, he was kind, just, and fair. He had a sense of humor and especially enjoyed riding with Raeta and spending time with my mother. He and I would spar on occasion, and I would sometimes help him with political and economical strategies.
Does you look more like his Mother, or Father? I look more like my mother, but I’m told I have my father’s personality.
What would you do without Tylir? How do you mean, ‘without him’? Is he dead? Did I never meet him? Did he leave? If the first, I would mourn him. If the second, I would have no idea, therefore I wouldn’t care. If the third, I would hunt him down and demand to know why.
What sort of responsibilities did you have as prince? I was mainly an overseer, of many different things. I appointed who would train our soldiers, I devised exercise strategies, I oversaw the care of the stables and often played ambassador for Tirran. That being said, I had a good deal of free time on my hands once my studies were through, and often spent them in less-than-useful ways.
What is the most annoyingest thing Tylir has ever done? The most annoying…est? I assume you are referring to the time he loosened the cinch on my saddle so that I fell off. Or perhaps you mean the time he stuffed my pastry with grass… Or are you asking for pranks he played when he was a child?
How much do you remember of your Father? I remember a good deal of my father. He was firm and could appear harsh, but he had a soft heart and his strength, though often mistaken for sternness, was what kept the kingdom together. When he was relaxed, his laugh would come readily and often.
Have you seen the picture Mirriam drew of you holding a gun, circa 2009? What are your thoughts on it?
I still am at a loss as to what a gun is, and I have no idea why I am pointing one at the viewer. Mirriam? (Hey, um. *cough* Sorry, Eristor. That was an OOLLLDD plotline… not sure if it’s still going to happen or not. Probably not. But then again…. I’m not helping. Just – I don’t know. Just look at the ruddy picture.)
Are you slightly nervous (because Eristor is never out right SCARED) of what Mirriam might put you through? It occasionally keeps me awake at nights. Mainly because I hear faint, echoing laughter that does not sound as if it will have pleasant repercussions for me. Fortunately for me, at the moment she is taking her maniacal tendencies out on two people named Mir and Eva, whom I’ve never met.
Do you like having his own little fanclub? Or do you not know….? ….I have a fan club? (Hey, Mirriam again. I, uh, tend not to tell characters if they have fanclubs for fear they might become impossible to work with. Only Mir knows about his, and that’s because he needs all the love he can get.)
What about pink? Do you like pink? I certainly don’t despise it, but I would personally never be caught alive in it.
Have you ever rode a Korrabeast? No, I have not. They are not indigenous to my country.
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen! Unless I missed a question or you have more, this is the last section! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Please know that it took a lot of willpower for Eristor to buckle down and answer these, and I put up with many glares on the side. Sienna thought it was hilarious, and Alec can’t stop poking fun, so I’m sure Eristor will only act more irrascibly with me from now on.
On another note: A few people have mentioned the lack of recent artwork around here, so I’m showing you the illustration for the next issue of Aletheia magazine! It’s a new style, but I had fun with it. NOTE: I’ve also been lagging behind on letters. I’m so sorry, I’m working on art commissions and balancing them is more difficult than it sounds. You WILL get your letters, you WILL get your artwork – this is what I get for being a social butterfly during my senior year. ALTHOUGH I DID FINISH ALGEBRA. TODAY. I AM DONE WITH IT. AFTER FOUR YEARS. I HAVE CRUSHED IT!!*eheheh. eheh. ehe.*