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Tell Us About Yourself

Name (s): Ruznak.  Some call me “Admiral” Ruznak, but I don’t really think I’ve been to sea recently enough to keep that title.

Age: Ninety-six.

Please tell us a little about yourself. Well, what’s there to tell?  Oh, sure, I may be the last surviving refugee from the Borden Isles after their rebellion, and I might be the foster parent of Euleilla, the new wife of Sword Prince Maelgyn, but really?  I just own a small town inn.  I’m nothing special.

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less. I’m a one-legged ninety-six year old man with — what do you think I look like?

Do you have a moral code? If so what is it? Well, yes, but nothing so formal.  I mean, I think that the Borden Isles rebels had a real point, but committing treason and rebelling from the mainland wasn’t the right way to respond.

Would you kill for those you love? I would and have.  Don’t let my old age fool you — I’m more than capable of doing so again.

Would you die for those you love? I’d like to think so.

Do you have any relationships you prize above others? I do love my foster children, and wouldn’t ever value any of them over the others.  All of them work in my inn.  Well, all of them but Euleilla — I suppose she’ll be living in Sopan now that she’s married His Highness.

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? After the Borden Isle rebellion died down, I settled into the simple life of an innkeeper.  I was only fourteen when the rebellion started, so I suppose that counts.

Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself. People think I named my inn the “Left Foot Inn” because I lost my left foot, but they’re wrong.  It was my right foot that I lost.

Tell Us About your world

Please give us a little information about the world in which you live. I live in Svieda, the third or fourth largest Human kingdom in the world.  We’re situated between the first and second largest human kingdoms, however, so our borders aren’t as secure as we like.  We do have some natural defences, though — the south is all coastline, and there is only one safe road through the Mar’Tok mountains — but we’re in a pretty tight spot.

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where? Me?  Well, I travelled from the Borden Isles to my current home in Rocky Run.  My foster-daughter Euleilla has already done more travelling than I ever will.

Name and describe a food from your world. Eh, I may run an inn, but most of the foods I serve are pretty simple — breads and stews and the like.  However, when my foster daughter and her new husband recently visited, they brought a delightful drink they discovered in the Dwarven lands; Mo’Kah Tea, I think they called it, but it isn’t like any tea I’ve ever drunk.  Smooth and rich, and best served sweet.

Does your world have magic? If so how is it viewed in your world? Yeah, we do.  Different countries think of magic differently; Svieda is one of the most mage-friendly countries in the world.  Our whole feudal structure was developed in order to encourage the development of mages.

What form of politics is dominant in your world? (Democracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Monarchy, Kakistocracy etc.) Well, we have all kinds.  Svieda mixes equal parts feudal monarchy and republic.  Bandi is largely a republic, but Mad Lady Phalra rules as a dictator-for-life… and since she’s an immortal elf, that’s a pretty long life.  And Sho’Curlas?  Well, it claims to be an ‘alliance,’ but it’s really nothing more than an empire ruled by the puppets of its own mad elf.  And who knows what’s going on in Poros?  They change governments week to week.

Does your world have different races of people? If so do they get on with one another? There are five major races — maybe six, if you count the Golden Dragons — and a few minor ones.  Used to be more, but a lot of the races the Elves manufactured have died out.  The Merfolk are the hardest to get along with… or the easiest:  They only care about the sea, and so as long as you stay off the water you’ll never have to deal with one.  The Nekoji get along amazingly with the Dwarves, as do most of the lesser races.  We Humans… well, some of us get along with everyone — Svieda’s recent alliance with the Dwarves of Mar’Tok and the Nekoji of Caseificio should prove that — but some of us… well, some human poachers are still enamoured with Nekoji skins, so that should tell you something.  The Elves… well, after thousands of years of living, most of the Elves are insane, so who knows what they think about everyone else?

Name a couple of myths and legends particular to your culture/people. Eh, we Humans don’t have many of either — we’ve got histories.  Try the Elves or the Dwarves, though — they’ve got lots.  The Dwarves, well, most of theirs are about their own people — the fabled Dwarven Axemen, or the long-lost Sea Dwarves.  The Elves, though… the Elves talk mostly about the wars of their ancient kin against their nameless enemies, and their creations.  And the insanity of other Elves.  And the way things were ‘better’ in the old days.  Of course, most of them are insane, nowadays, so just about any story they tell of the past has to be looked at as myth or legend, at best.

Does your world have any supernatural/mystical beings? Lessee… Humans wield human magic, but most people think that’s fairly commonplace and not so mystical at all.  The Merfolk shapeshift, but only when they’re near water.  There are all kinds of things unique to Dragons — they’re the only creatures truly immune to magic; even the Dwarves are slightly susceptible to it.  The Elves… well, it’s not a common term, but I’ve heard them called “Biomancers” before.  That’s real freaky stuff — especially the living weapons they’ve made — but they apparently aren’t as good at it as their ancient kin.
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In Treachery Forged (and future sequels)

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David A. Tatum

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