Seth writes . . .
As promised, we’re chatting with three fascinating people today – Dante, Kerran and Ke’arhra from:
Welcome to Today In Shenaya you guys.
As Dante is the commander of the city Illamar, a town surrounded by hostile desert where most of the action takes place, I think it’s only proper that we kick off with him. So Dante, can you give our readers some idea of the size of your town – how many people live there?
Dante: “Seth, It’s a modest city of roughly five thousand people. The city itself is divided into four main sections, with the central square at its heart. Originally it seems they – by that I mean the original builders - meant to have equal sized sections of the city, but it turns out that the northern section is the largest, the southern is the smallest, and the other two are about the same. Geographically each section holds roughly the same amount of territory, but people have come to favor the northern side of the city. The square is full of shops and people flock there all day long. Almost out of the main square is where you'll find the Black Rose Tavern; if you stop in tell Nell I sent you!”
Seth: Will do, as I hear the food is great. Which brings me to my next question. You’ve been cut off from the rest of the world for five years. How did it feel to be so isolated?
Dante: “At first I wasn't too concerned. But as the years started to go by, our situation was becoming more and more urgent; and we (the council and I) had decided to hide the seriousness of our predicament from the people as much and as long as possible. It was something that weighed heavy on my mind constantly. I never minded being separated from the outer cities. But to be cut off from supplies we had come to rely on was alarming. When you live in a desert, there is only so much you can provide. And when you have a large group of people concentrated in one area, there are many challenges to keeping everyone cared for. It's something I certainly hope I never go through again.”
Seth: A solution came from a most unlikely source – a tribe of pretty scary Desert People you didn’t even know existed. Now, you’re clearly a very level-headed man, how did it feel to be totally overwhelmed by the Desert People’s magic?
Dante: “You said it best - it was overwhelming. That is the first and only time in my life when logic failed me. How does one rationalize magic? You can't! It is what it is and you are completely at its whim. Extremely unnerving experience. And to spend so much time with such powerful people around me, constantly using their power...well, I'm very grateful to be back home in my city where things make sense. I respect the Desert People, I admire them, I hope to be able to call some of them my friends, but I could not live in close proximity to them.”
Seth: *smiling* I kind of don’t blame you! But there was someone in Illamar who reacted quite differently to the Desert People – Kerran.
Kerran: *grins, nodding*
Seth: “Kerran, you’ve an adventurous, almost restless spirit. Didn’t you ever want to leave Illamar to go exploring the world beyond the desert?”
Kerran: *looking surprised* “No. I never had a reason to leave. I didn't like the traders much; they were dirty, always traveling endlessly. Some people, the Commander included, loved listening to their tales from other cities, but that never appealed to me. Until I met Ke'arhra, I thought I was content with my life.”
Seth: *nods* “Yeah. All it takes is one woman to turn the world upside down.”
Kerran: “You’ve got that right.”
Seth: So tell me, although destiny is important to the Desert People, how did you feel when you were thrust into the role of the ‘prophesied one’ without your approval or choice?” *aside to the readers* Anyone who’s read Pledged, will know that when that happened to me, I didn’t react well at all.
Kerran: It was very uncomfortable. I knew they were expecting a hero, and I knew I was going to let them down. It was very confusing, because I actually cared what these strangers thought of me. It was like being in some strange dream. The things I spent most of my life fighting for suddenly didn't matter anymore. For a while it was like there was a stranger living inside me- and that was deeply disturbing.
Seth: *smiling* I think the real motivator was Ke’arhra. Initially you hated her, so if destiny had not intervened would you have chosen to be with her?
Kerran: Right from the moment I first saw her, Ke'arhra was different from any other woman I've ever met. I hated her because, well, she provoked me. She played me. And I really did hate her for that. If she hadn't been so damned irritating I would have been very attracted to her. If we met under different circumstances, I would have pursued her. Given what things were, if destiny hadn't interfered, I think she would have killed me. And I would have died hating her.”
Seth: Okay, this is where I hand over to Erin, ‘cause she’d kill me if I stole this moment from her.
Erin: *ginning*. I’ve got Seth well trained! Hello, Ke’arhra, since reading your story I’ve been dying to know something about you. When you first met Kerran you had very little time for him. Would you have chosen to be with him if destiny had not intervened?
Ke’arhra: *gives Erin a steely look* Based on what I knew of him when I met him, no - I would not have chosen him. I thought he had no part in the prophecy and was therefore useless to me. As arrogant as he was, I would most certainly have killed him. Even knowing it to be Aulani's will, I still resisted and did not want him at first.
Erin: Well, on that cryptic note, I think we’ll leave it there. If you’d like to know more about Dante, Kerran and Ke’arha then you can enter our GIVEAWAY to win a SIGNED copy of The Waking Dream.