We have an exciting character spotlight today with Drast Kaligula, who is one of the main characters in Robertson’s and Boyd’s novel, Anaerfell: The Blood of Dragons, which is the prelude to The Kaelandur Series [I reviewed the first book, Melkorka recently].
Drast Kaligula is the son of Serder Dagmar Kaligula, a tyrannical, power-hungry man who wishes to live forever. Drast and his older brother, Tyran, are hard-pressed by their father to kill the God of the Dead to grant their father immortality. Their quest becomes increasingly dangerous as they are forced to wield life-draining magic to defend against skin-switchers and three-headed dragons! Please enjoy this exclusive interview with Drast. (Here is an image from Legends of the Cryptids that is, according to the authors, an uncanny likeness to their imagining of Drast.)
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect? Happiness? Concepts like these were created by pathetic dreamers who are incapable of accepting their lot in life. Perfection and happiness are delusions. You may find pleasure, gratification, or satisfaction in this life, but never happiness.
What is your greatest fear? Ha! If you are going to twist my arm, then the answer is to not be remembered. But I hardly should have to worry about that. I assure you, songs will be sung about me long after I am dead.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? The same trait my father deplores in me: my love for my brother. Nine Lands, I know he has tried to beat it out of me, but I cannot shake my allegiance to Tyran. We are bound by blood.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Weakness. I thought I already alluded to this answer.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Virtues were created by fearful men to restrain power. Virtues will leave you either bored with life or hamstrung. I can barely read through the virtues without vomiting in my mouth.
Which living person do you most despise? Any of the skin-switchers. Best we skin them and wear them to stay warm than allow them to keep breathing.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Besides their tits? I don’t know…um, let’s go with their tits.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I knew this servant girl once named Kura. She cleaned up my vomit when I missed the chamber pot, and she never cried when I got bored and dragged her into my room. I cannot say I loved her, but I did not hate her.
Which talent would you most like to have? Finding a way to get you to stop asking questions would be terrific.
What is your most treasured possession? What? Why would you bond yourself to a thing? Attachments make you vulnerable to being manipulated or worse.
What do you most value in your friends? My brother is my only friend. He is loyal, dependable, and will not hesitate to take a man’s head from his shoulders.
What is it that you most dislike? I have never been a fan of cold weather. I am also not fond of the smell of burnt dog.
What is your greatest regret? I suppose I could have had another tussle with Kura before setting off for Anaerfell. No matter. I’ll eventually find another girl.
How would you like to die? Ha! If Tyran and I are successful in killing Wolos [The God of the Dead], I will not have to worry about dying, now, will I?
Drast is quite the character, isn't he? He is one of the two main characters from Anaerfell by Joshua Robertson and J.C. Boyd. I am very excited to read this dark epic fantasy as soon as I finish the Kaelandur series (Read my review of Melkorka here.)
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Until next time,