Katherine de Gand, but everybody calls me Kaylyn
Which book/world do you live in?
Tell us about yourself:
I was born in born in AD1130 and I had just married Baldwin de Gant (brother of Gilbert de Gand, Earl of Lincolnshire) when he went on pilgrimage and died at the siege of Damascus, (1148) and was reborn as child-of-darkness. I was 20 when I was turned (2/11/1150) since he came back with his maker who also made me. I’ve been a daughter-of-darkness since. I was 150 when I meet a handsome warrior of the Kingdom of Mewar, Rajveer, who became my brother-in-darkness…
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
As an Anglo-Norman lady I was used to relying on the men of the house, be it my father or my husband. I’ll admit it took me centuries to become independent and then I was taken prisoner and lost my independence again. So I guess my weakness is still my lack of independence. My strength might be the power to mesmerize mortals into giving me their blood willingly. I never abuse that power and I’ve never killed anyone who didn’t want to die. But I did bring merciful death to old or sick people who had enough of their lives.
Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).
One is my maker, Bran the Raven. He took care of me after Baldwin got himself killed by his own stupidity. I consider him a father and never tire of his presence. Two, my brother-in-darkness, Rajveer. Let’s just say I don’t really see him like a brother. Three, his fledgling, Shashank, who has taken care of me during the imprisonment years… as you can see I’m still pretty much dependent on men in my non-life.
What does ‘heroism’ mean to you?
Considering how many men I’ve seen destroy themselves in the name of heroism, I’m against those forms of warring heroism, but I admire people who have the strength to live through the centuries and change accordingly. Like Bran says, it takes stamina to live for centuries, and I think that’s a form of heroism that I aspire to.
What do you think of your ‘creator’?
I’m happy she’s writing down our stories.
Give us your favourite piece of advice:
Go with the flow. Be fluid and you can live forever. As long as you don’t crave being the centre of everybody’s attention. Being discreet is the best way to survive the passing of time.
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