Name: Nicodemus Etalo: Please, call me Nick.
1) Tell us about yourself.
Well. I have an older sister and younger brother. My parents are no longer together. I work for the Trintaty Military. I work with a team to rescue people who’ve been taken by the scum of the universe. I get aboard the ship and defeat whoever thinks they have a right to make people do things against their will, and then we get the survivors back to our ship and help them get their lives back.
2) How did you end up in the situation you’re currently in?
We had intercepted a Krutan ship to rescue those whom it was holding prisoner. When I found the Krutan, I also found a woman in a room with him. He threw her across the room, and she hit the ceiling, which subsequently fell on top of her. I rescued the woman, Zehána, and we blew up the ship. It should have been over at that point, however it was just the beginning.
3) Do you have any regrets?
No way. Zehána had endured more torture than any of the people I had helped rescue so far. That alone stands that I made the right choice.
4) Is your life now as you envisioned it? If not, then why?
Absolutely not. Twice, I had envisioned the rest of my life a certain way and neither time I was right. The first vision I had wasn’t a positive one. I was a young child, I didn’t realize I had an option of how I was supposed to live, so I thought I’d always live my life with this… broken heart so to speak. You know that heavy feeling you get when you’re not living the life you were meant for. With my mother having once been in the Trinataty military, we lived a good life, had lots of things – whatever we wanted and then some. However, I learned the hard way that we were not allowed to help others. I had researched about the Trinitaty Military when I was older, and I left home the moment I could because I did not want to live that life.
The second time was when I met Zehána. I had been serving the Military for a long time, and I had it down to a science. Find the scum of the universe, rescue the people, get them home or to base, and then on to the next ship of universal filth. It was the perfect life for me. I lived and breathed my job. However, the day I rescued Zehána everything changed. I had convinced myself it was because of the circumstances I had found her in, and then she was not treated like the other survivors. My need to protect her became above and beyond what was normal, especially for me. Nothing in my wildest dreams prepared me for what came next.
5) Do you believe in monsters?
I certainly do. Working for the Trinitaty Military, I have seen my fair share. It’s why I continue to do what I do.
6) Do you have a moral code?
Yes. I’m usually a good soldier, I do what is expected of me. Unless I feel that it isn’t the right thing to do. As I told my friend, Connor, “Sometimes you have to think for yourself, question the motives of your superior. Sometimes you have to break the rules to do the right thing.”
7) Would you die for someone you love?
That’s an easy question since death is always a possibility when you’re saving people from monsters. I wouldn’t even bat an eye.
8) Who is your greatest enemy?
Before this particular adventure, I don’t think I would have known the answer. However, the Krutan, whom Zehána calls “the beast”, has definitely showed me what a real enemy looks like. Highly intelligent, calculating, and patient.
9) Tell us about your family?
My mother disappeared after I left home, although I’ve heard rumors that she went back to work for the Trintaty Military. We are not close in any way. My father still lives on Zynast, the planet I’m from, but we don’t keep in touch. I have a younger brother who is a mediator for the Trintaty Military, whom I see from time to time, and my older sister… well, she’s been through a lot. She works at the base so I see her every time I come home.
10) How would you describe yourself?
An average guy who wants to do the right thing. I suppose you could consider me a workaholic, but honestly, I just love my job. Being able to save people who have been kidnapped from their homes, feels good. I’m a little stubborn which sometimes gets me in trouble, but I always think things through.
11) How do others see you?
I suppose it depends on who you talk to. Martin, the captain of the ship I travel on, thinks I’m a pain in the as— butt, however, he knows that I am very good at my job – which allows him to bask in the glory of a skilled team. My friend Connor gets annoyed with what he sees as my lack of respect for the rules and stubbornness, but he knows I’m an intelligent guy, trying to do good in the universe. My sister sees me as a hero, but she thinks I can be difficult at times, and maybe a bit overprotective. And Zehána, she sees me as someone she can trust, and honestly that’s good enough for me.
22) Do you think you will be successful in your quest?
I sure hope so, because Zehána’s life is in my hands. And this is one point in my life I do not want to fail.
Amanda Schmidt – Nick’s creator can be found here