Today I’m sharing an interview I did with Makari from my Shadow Stalker Serial. He plays a big role in Part 2 of the serial and will play an even bigger role in the Savior of the Serpent Isles Series.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today, Makari. I know you’re busy trying to help Auren out.
Makari: Yes, and you’re welcome.
Makari, you’re the son of Drevin, the emperor of the Galvadi Empire. What was it like growing up as a prince on Nadiria?
Makari: I wouldn’t say I grew up as a prince exactly. My father doesn’t acknowledge me as an heir. I’m just a means to an end for him.
That’s a pretty harsh outlook. What makes you think your father feels that way?
Makari: told me. He made it very clear from the time I was young that I only had one purpose, which was to find the delohi-saqu. Beyond that, I was of no further use to him. If I did my job well, he might reconsider, but I have my doubts.
Why is that?
Makari: Just a feeling, but to answer your earlier question about what it was like for me growing up on Nadiria, I imagine it was just like it is for anyone else who lives there. When I was five I was sent to an academy. We are taught what it means to be a subject within the Galvadi Empire, how it is our emperor who protects our minds from the delohi-saqu through the cleansing, which we receive daily. When we are old enough, our aptitude is tested so we can be trained for our future jobs, which is how we serve the emperor. Once we are trained, we are assigned to our tasks, and we spend each day fulfilling our purposes for the empire.
You don’t get days off?
Makari: No, no days off. We are taught that we do not need a day off from our lives.
What do you do for fun?
Makari: We are taught we do not require entertainment in order to serve the emperor.
Right, well, your original purpose was to find the delohi-saqu. You’ve found her and have since learned she’s not who your father claimed. What do you plan to do now?
Makari: Beyond protecting her to the best of my ability, I’m not sure what I can do. According to Zain, she has a very important purpose. I will see she fulfills it.
What does your father plan on doing with Auren once he has her?
Makari: Originally he only spoke of killing her, but as time goes on he grows more and more angry and resentful. I can’t say for certain, but I do believe he plans to make her suffer long before he kills her. I think he wants to use her to punish her father, Zain.
Auren seems dead set on helping her father and Shai escape from Nadiria. Do you think it’s possible?
Makari: I really don’t know. I know she will try, and that she will likely risk herself to do so. It will make protecting her from my father harder, but I can blame her for wanting to help them.
Well, that’s all we have time for today. Thank you for your time, Makari.