Character Interview Number Twenty Six – Lex Fox – Sci-fi/historical

Tell Us About Yourself

Name (s)

Lexington Fox – but everyone calls me Lex.


Please tell us a little about yourself.

I was a first lieutenant with 1st Platoon, 5th Company, 2nd Mounted Rifles Cavalry, under the command of Captain James Houston. Originally from Boston in Massachusetts, I enlisted on my twentieth birthday, July 3rd 1855.

I must admit, I enjoyed serving as an army officer, and the only thing that blighted my life were the circumstances leading up to my death in 1860…on earth, anyways.

Our unit was selected to complete a special mission on behalf of Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. Little did we know at the time that our commanding officer’s cousin–Governor Sam Houston of Texas–had arranged the entire thing to support his conspiracy among a number other southern state governors to form their own breakaway confederacy.

Anyway, our supposed task was to escort Princess Inuck-Shen, daughter of Chief Blooded Chin of the Blackfoot tribe, into the Bitterroot Mountain range in Kalispell, Montana. Once there, we were to hand her into the safe custody of her husband-to-be, Snow Blizzard, self-styled Chief of all Cree nations.

It was doomed to failure, for if the wedding went ahead and peace between the plains peoples was forged, it would have strengthened Lincoln’s position in the House, especially against those dissidents who didn’t like the way the war of attrition with the native American peoples was developing.

As it turns out, Snow Blizzard was in on the plot too, and together with a number of other tribes–AND Captain Houston and his ever present lapdogs–he set about hunting us down in an attempt to wipe us out. Of course, the blame would have been put squarely on those tribes sympathetic to Lincoln’s agenda.

It looks like Houston got his way, and I often wonder if our great nation ever split as he intended.

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less.

A cross between Brad Pitt and Jude Law.
Would you die for those you love?

I didn’t get much choice. Although I died doing the job I loved. My father was a colonel in the 2nd Company 1st Mounted Rifles, and like him, I have a strong sense of duty. Dying for what you believe in is the greatest way you can honor those you serve with, and the great nation we strive to protect. In my case, I’ve been given a chance to do that all over again on Arden.

What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?

My strength lies in the fact that I have a strong sense of honor and duty. Give me a task to accomplish, and I’ll always strive to complete it to the best of my ability.
As to my weaknesses? Perhaps, it’s trusting others to have the same high standards I do. My presence here on Arden proves there are too many dishonorable backstabbers hiding behind a uniform…and that’s not right.

Do you have any relationships you prize above others? Why

Hey, I’m only twenty-five and I’m in the saddle for most of the time. But now we’re on Arden? Who knows, there are a surprising number of women here. They’re tough. Strong. That’s because they’ve had to learn to adapt and survive. I can’t think of a better kind of person to settle down with. So we’ll see… J

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? How do you think it influences you?

Yes I can. I was nine at the time, and my own father was on leave from the army. We went to visit his brother, Uncle George, out at Fort Smith in Arkansas. While we were there, a huge group of Plains Indians came into town to trade. It was the first time I’d ever seen any of the Native American people up close, and I found them fascinating, and much friendlier than I was led to believe they’d be.
As a treat, my family went to watch them hunt horses. I saw some of their braves chase after a colt on foot. They kept running and running. It was incredible. I thought, one day, I’ll get to work with people like this and hopefully learn something of their traditions. They were so free, and in harmony with their surroundings, it made me appreciate how much we could learn from them.

Do you have any phobias?

Men without honor. I won’t have them in my company.

Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I can bend my thumb back until it touches my wrist. An absolutely useless skill if ever there was one. Oh, and I can lasso a fly at twenty paces.

Tell Us About Your World

Please give us a little information about the world in which you live.

As I’m sure some of the other guys have already said, Arden is a beautiful. It’s like earth in many respects. Vast sweeping grasslands. Mountain ranges. Forests. But the colors…how can I say this. They’re off. Just when you start to relax, this place reminds you it’s not really home, especially when some of the critters jump out to say hello. They’re not used to humans, so they’re not afraid of us.
Only last week, my patrol were taking a break and enjoying a coffee, when this woodpecker type bird swooped down, perched on the rim of my cup, gave me a “who do you think you’re staring at?” look, and then proceeded to wash himself in my beverage!
I couldn’t believe it. Even when I tried to shake him off, he just kept at it until he was good and ready. Then he jumped down, took his good time preening his feathers, and flew away without even saying thank you. That’s Arden! Shame the Horde spoil it!

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where?

As you can imagine, travel is difficult because of the Horde. Thankfully, we’ve got a large supply of bullets to keep them at bay. I love riding out into the Sengennon plains. It reminds me so much of Oklahoma

Name and describe a food from your world.

This is probably getting quite boring for you, as I know you asked some of the other guys this question. But, everyone – and I mean everyone – loves the rhobexi. God, what a taste. However, I also enjoy provat. It looks very similar to our sheep, and tastes like pork mixed with beef.

What form of politics is dominant in your world? (Democracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Monarchy, Kakistocracy etc.)

There’s no real politics here. We’re all survivors, and most of us are from one form of military service or another. That’s spilled over into our everyday way of life. It’s strange really…there’s a disciplined aspect to the way things are done, but, everyone is entrusted with the responsibility to fulfill their respective duty. So in one regard, everything is quite relaxed. I like it. If it wasn’t for that idiot, Houston, I think everybody would be happy.

What is the technology level for your world/place of residence? What item would you not be able to live without?

I come from the nineteenth century. From what I’m told, I lived at a time leading up to a technological explosion on earth…but I guess I’ll never know now. Anyhow, as you can imagine, coming here is like living in a dream. We stick to our own group and methods, especially when we’re out on patrol, but once were back in Arden, wow! It’s like the best of both worlds…My particular favorites are the food dispensers that can serve multiple meals all at the same time, and the sickbay. Life in the saddle can be quite hard, and it’s a refreshing change to be able to heal the niggling injuries we pick up in a matter of minutes. Awesome in fact. J

Anyway, thanks for asking me about my life. You must come and visit once we’ve got the Horde under control. Things will be much more relaxed then and perhaps I can show you around?


Bye for now,



Author notes:


Book(s) in which this character appears plus links


The IX


Author name:

Andrew P. Weston

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Character Interview Number Five – Princess Anyu

Tell Us About Yourself

Name (s)  Princess Anyu

Age:  34 yen-ars (102 Earth years)

Please tell us a little about yourself. I was born on BE 6927, beinor 152 to Queen Constance of house Gurun, the same beinor (day) her prince consort, Lord Engineer Kian of house Xing-li was slain by Lord Yelu in the Great Hall of the Assembly during a session of the Great Council.

With terrorists apparently targeting my extended family (my maternal grandfather, King Kendric I, was slain in the throne room before my birth), my mother forced me to learn fencing, something I hated.  Instead, I love science and love the courtly ways of palace life, especially dancing and fine food.

In addition to the rank of “princess,” I have earned a place among the engineers of house Xing-li to which Prince Kian also belonged.   Though many say my skill with a blade is unmatched among Beinarian women, it is my prowess as a scientist that gives me the greater pleasure.

Would you kill for those you love? I do not know.  Despite the dangers around my family, this has never been tested.

Would you die for those you love? Yes.  In fact, I offered to defy our mother in order to stay with my sister Leonora as Lord Yelu’s forces closed in on the palace, perfectly willing to share the same fate as her.  Leonora had to practically force me to leave her side.

What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses? I am a brilliant scientist with a passion for learning.  This is both a strength and a weakness as my curiosity can put me into harm’s way.

I am very talented with a sword, despite not particularly liking fencing or any sort of martial arts.  I would much rather dance.

Do you have a family? My mother, Queen Constance of house Gurun

Older brother, Prince Caranden (born BE 6917, beinor 1)

Older sister, Princess Leonora (born BE 6919, beinor 33)

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? I am still 16 yen-ars away from coming of age, so legally I am still a “child.”

Lately dreams and visions come to me which both intrigue and frighten me.  I hear voices that others do not hear.  I know things others do not know.  I do not understand any of this, only that one night I felt called to a secret chamber in the palace where I saw a hidden star craft.  A strange man appeared before me, beckoning me to come away from the sight.


Tell Us About your world


Please give us a little information about the world in which you live. B345A15 Quartus, also known as planet Beinan, has a thick upper atmosphere that protects us from the harshest effects of living close to such a hot, bright sun.  Four continents (Dong-Bei, Xi-Bei, Dong-Nan Fang, and Xi-Nan Fang) support diverse life.  Our largest ocean is called the Amba Mederi (ocean).  Major cities include the capital city of Hejing, the coastal city of Bira Hecen, and north polar city Olos-Mir in Dong-Bei and Nan-li City in Xi-Nan Fang.

Does your world have religion or other spiritual beliefs? We have two major religions.  The dominate religion believes in a trinity goddess and is headed by our high priestess.  Less common is the belief in a single male god.

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where? I am on my way to the primitive planet D425E25 Tertius, driven to that very hostile world in another galaxy by Lord Yelu’s coup d’etat against my family.

On that planet there is no nirlar (chlorine gas) to breathe, though I have heard nirlar exists in compounds like natrium-nirlar (sodium chloride).  Instead, fully twenty percent of that world’s atmosphere is made of bilast and dilast which are lethal all Beinarian life.

What form of politics is dominant in your world?  Beinan is ruled by a constitutional monarchy held accountable to and impeachable by the Great Council, a parliamentary body consisting of representatives from all nine recognized noble houses.  Kings and Queens of Beinan hold both executive and supreme judicial authority, having the final say in all criminal trials and sentences.

Does your world have different races of people? If so do they get on with one another? On Beinan, our skin color varies from very fair to very dark.  Our eyes naturally range from grey to blue to green.

“Brown eye syndrome” is a genetic disorder that destroys two of the five cone receptors in our eyes and creates significant sight loss.  It is characterized by symptomatic darkening of our irises.  It lasts ten generations from initial exposure and is caused by high level and/or chronic exposure to radioactive argene (known to you as thorium 232).

According to modern science, nara trees are able to filter out and limit the effects of argene on our bodies with the greatest number of sufferers being in Xi-Nan Fang, the southern continent where most mining of argun ore (from which argene is extracted) occurs and where the fewest trees remain.

The non-noble houses of Skeinera, Croften, and Plover, along with lesser noble house Ana constitute the greatest number of brown eye syndrome sufferers.  Not surprisingly, the greatest number of Lord Yelu’s supporters come from these houses and suffer from brown eye syndrome.

What is the technology level for your world? Beinarians are a space-faring people who rarely venture beyond the confines of our world anymore.  Though astro-engineering and astro-navigation are the hallmark skills of house Xing-li, I am the first Beinarian to leave our solar system in generations.

Though we possess many weapons that most would consider “advanced” like laser épées  (Lord Knight Corann of house Ten-Ar first met my grandfather, then Prince Kendric, in Kendric’s laser épée class) and laser crossbows, what we consider “heritage” weapons made of silver, steel, and wood all hold a special place in the Beinarian heart.  These were the weapons we used during our tens of thousands of yen-ars (what we call one revolution around our sun) of blood feuds on our original home world of A672E92 Quintus.  Because they use less advanced technology, heritage weapons notoriously escape detection in standard security weapon scans, making them perfect for assassinations of one’s political rivals.

Does your world have any supernatural/mystical beings? Most Beinarians worship the triple goddess of Banamu Hehe, Abka Biya, and Abka Gahun.

Author notes:


Book(s) in which this character appears:

Peers of Beinan series book one, “The Great Succession Crisis,” (prologue, epilogue, narrator of book); Peers of Beinan series book two, “The Ghosts of the Past.”  Peers of Beinan series book three (release date 2015), “Princess Anyu Returns.”

Author name:  Laurel A. Rockefeller

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Laurel A. Rockefeller

Author, Peers of Beinan series

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