Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 1 February 2014 (Character Interview: Inside the Jump)

I am Temn yr Astok, and at this late date it does not matter who my parents were, or who sponsored their marriage. I am the Astok great-clan, pure and simple, except for a few rivalrous upstarts.

There are days I envy the Immortal of T-7, who can order assassinations at will. Our ancestors went through a period where that was customary, and then the practice was banned. Now Karis is nominally a republic, though the great-clans are the more important pieces on the board — not as important as they ought to be, but that is another story. That takes us out beyond Karis, where I have now sent my faithful emissary, Iric Desnaray yr Astok. I created him, and he has the wit to know it, and obeys me.

Karis has never been at war with T-7 and its Immortal, nor have we been at peace; our present relationship is diplomacy: we have something they want, and they have something we want.


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7 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 1 February 2014 (Character Interview: Inside the Jump)

  1. daezarkian says:

    Great character voice, and I love the names. Nice work!

    • epbeaumont says:

      I remembered stealing the family name Astok from somewhere else, back when I was 17 — and lo and behold, thanks to the Internet, I turned it up again. It originates with a minor character in one of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars stories.

  2. Intriguing and I like the idea of the relationship being diplomacy. Great 8! I definitely want to keep reading.

  3. Nice! Curiosity totally piqued! Is this released yet, or is it a WIP? I want to read this, E.P. 🙂

    • epbeaumont says:

      Actually, it isn’t a work-in-progress but a completed character interview, the backstory work I do on every major novel. But as I am rereading the interviews, I realize that they have a distinctive voice and definitely a different form from the novels… so yes, I think I will be releasing many of them alongside the novels in their universes. 2014 is my Year of Getting Stuff Out There, so stay tuned!

  4. Well, diplomacy’s better than war. Usually.

  5. burnsmillie says:

    I want to know what they want from each other.

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