Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.
Katelina: Hello Dreibrand, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Dreibrand: I am the second son of the House of Veta, one of the original noble families in my homeland of Atrophane. Although I have a serious face, I have a sense of humor and a sincere smile. I’m trained in the martial arts. I graduated from the Darmar’s military academy with top honors. I am skilled with weapons and can fight on foot or from horseback. I grew up in Atrophane, but since becoming a commissioned officer with the Atrophane Horde I have been traveling west and exploring new lands.
I am one of the main characters in Union of Renegades, The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and The Borderlands of Power by Tracy Falbe. These novels are The Rys Chronicles.
K: Wow, that’s a lot of books! I bet your character changes a lot through the series (though hopefully not the hair…)
D: At first I am solely focused on my own ambitions, and I’ll do whatever its takes to achieve my ends. Killing people and making war were my main means of advancing myself. Then I fell in love with Miranda and that begins to change things for me. Going into battle knowing that she is relying on me made things harder. I had to start taking her needs into account and fighting for them too. Eventually we start a family and my thoughts turned to building a legacy for my descendants. This affects me powerfully as I try to transition away from the bloody destruction of war and find new and peaceful ways to maintain my hard-earned wealth and power.
K: That’s sweet. So Miranda sort of helps you change for the better? I assume she’s your girlfriend? Wife?
D: As I said, I’m in love with Miranda. Of course I enjoy her physical attributes, but I love most how I can trust her. She is entirely on my side and I know that she would never betray me. I’m the first person in her life that ever helped her or protected her. She had only known slavery and abuse, but this history has given her great strength. She knows what it means to be powerless and that makes her understand the true value of being powerful. I know that she would never let my enemies succeed against our family, even if I died. She’s filled with love and compassion but I also see how she could be totally ruthless if she needed to be.
K: Wow. That is sweet! *swoon*
Jorick: *interrupts* Perhaps you’d like some help with this interview?
K: What? Oh. Um, no, no, everything’s fine. *cough*. Um, right. So, Dreibrand, we were talking about, uh, character shaping. What’s something that you think helped shape who you are? Other than Miranda.
D: When Lord Kwan told me I would not be part of his historic expedition into the Wilderness after I had served him so well and faithfully for years. This drove me to realize that I was never going to achieve my ambitions by serving the powerful among my countrymen. I had to make myself powerful, no matter the risks.
K: You say risks. Do you have a lot of enemies?
D: Yes. Right from the beginning my main rival among the Atrophane was Sandin Promentro. He had wealth and influence that I did not have, but he still felt threatened by my ambitions and tried to keep me back. But then I found worse problems than him for a while. I sided with Shan, the rival of the rys Queen Onja, and served in that terrible war. Then when I thought that I had finally won a peaceful future, ancient magical beings called tabre rise from hibernation and try to take it all away.
K: Holy cats! Your author sounds as bad as mine!
D: Yes. I have a couple things I’d like to complain to her about but doing it in public would give out spoilers for the series. But for the sake of answering, I’ll say that some more sex scenes would have been nice.
K: Oh man, I am in the wrong series-
Jorick: *ahem* I believe we’re running out of time. Since you’re discussing characters and challenges, what’s the biggest challenge you face, Dreibrand?
D: Apart from staying alive and not being betrayed by my allies, I have to say the worst challenge was when Shan became corrupted by his power. His killing rampage that seized the souls of the dead was pure horror, and I was disgraced to be called his friend. After that he abandoned me and I had to face my enemies without his magic.
K: What? Oh, yes. Running out of time. *ahem* What’s the one thing you want the most in the whole world?
D: I want to establish a legacy of wealth and power to pass on to my children and allow them to live without fear of war.
K: And if you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?
D: I’m a great guy and my men love serving me.
K: Oh yes, I can certainly see why the… erm… men… would.. *looks at Jorick*. Never mind.
J: Thank you, Dreibrand for consenting to be interviewed by someone who can’t manage to focus.
K: I’m focusing (I just don’t think we’re focusing on the same thing…)
K: You can find Dreibrand Veta, inThe Rys Chronicles fantasy series by Tracy Falbe
To begin reading The Rys Chronicles download Union of Renegades for free at http://www.braveluck.com
The Rys Chronicles by Tracy Falbe can also be found at:
Barnes & Noble Nook http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Union-of-Renegades/Tracy-Falbe/e/2940000720509/
And a special thank you to Tracy Falbe for playing along!
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