The main cast of Warden's Reign has agreed to sit down with me and conduct a series of interviews. If there are any questions you would like to ask them, send me an email, and I'll make sure to add those to my list, though please understand, the cast may refuse to answer. They do have their right to privacy, afterall.
Today I had the pleasure of sitting down with the main character himself, Kole, and this is how it went:
(SPOILER ALERT!!! This interview was conducted after the events of the first book, Warden's Reign. If you have not yet read the first part of Kole's journey, comeback after doing so.)
What is your full name? Do you have a nickname?
Kole. I know I have a last name, I just don’t know it. I hope I can find that out someday. As far as nicknames go, Felix calls me Blondie. I don’t mind it much.
When and where were you born?
Socren as far as I know. Fifteen years ago.
Where do you live now? And with whom?
I used to live in Solpate Forest in the northern camp along with the other orphan refugees. I lived with… I think there was twenty-three of us—ten boys, thirteen girls. There were other kids in Solpate, children who escaped with their parents, but the lived in the other camps. Now, though? I don’t really have a home.
What is your occupation?
Are you talking about my apprenticeship or the job Russé set me up to do? I trained to be a shepherd at one point under Russé until… well, until we had to leave the forest. My current job, whether I want it or not, is releasing the Souls.
What is your favorite food?
It was Goren’s rabbit stew until Felix gave me one of those dumplings he stole from the Socren market. I don’t know if it was just because I was starving at the time or what, but I could have one for every meal and never get tired of it.
Have you ever been in love?
Like, in love? No. I don’t think I ever want to be. Not if it twists your head up like it did to Aterus. No feeling in the world is worth that.
What about a crush?
I—uh—I don’t really know. Doesn’t matter anyway, does it? Like I told you, love isn’t for me. Not in that way, at least.
What are your pet peeves?
Lies. Not little fibs, harmless things, but life changing ones that are intentionally hidden by people you trust. There’s no reason for it other than selfishness. What comes of it in the long run, anyway? Just a false friendship.
Also, Felix snores sometimes when he’s really tired. It keeps me up. I try to shift around and clear my throat and hope he’ll wake up and roll over or something. Doesn’t always work. Think next time I’ll throw a pillow at him.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
A week ago I would’ve said I’d be a master shepherd helping the refugees. Niko would be, too and we’d just live together. Happy. But now… I can’t imagine where I’ll be in five days, never mind years. Alive. If nothing else, I just hope that I’m alive.
Do you care what others think of you?
Uh, well, yeah. More so now than before. I don’t know. I’ve always tried to prove myself to someone—Russé with my training, and Darian as much as I hate to admit it. That guy is… he thinks age is what makes someone valuable, as if turning eighteen makes this grand difference in who you are as a person. Sorry, I got a little off topic. I guess now more than ever I care what people think of me. My scars are the first thing someone sees when they meet me, and I can’t control how they will react to them. I’m helpless to it, and I hate that. It makes me wish I had been more carefree before the incident.
Do you like to read?
I know how to read. A bit poorly, though. There wasn’t a lot of books around in the camps to practice—nothing fun anyway, mostly logs, inventory and stuff. I’d read the journal entries Niko shared with me. But I do like stories. Goren told a bunch of them over the years during dinner. I think I’d like to read something like that if I ever had the free time.