Meysah shifted impatiently on the grass where he sat. He was eager to answer the questions the travelling archivist was asking his sister. He hoped he’d get many of the same ones, for he had thoughts. Finally, the archivist turned to Meysah, who opened his mouth ready to answer.
What is your occupation?
Being a knight is great, and now I have my best friend by my side to live all the adventures with me. It’s scary, but I feel I can make a real difference. I want to be as great as my older brother before he left. I want to help keep my sister safe; she’s the Great Wizardess, by the way. Well, she will be given the title soon enough.
Where did you learn most of your skills and abilities?
I learnt most of my skills from Master Vigh. My older brother and I have the same master. Even Niome, even if she’s a wizardess, learnt her fighting skills from Master Vigh. He’s one of the best skilled in all of Teloria, so imagine when I become as skilled as him. And now we’re on this mission together; I’m going to learn so much!
Did you have any role models? If so, describe them, and why were they your role model?
I’ve always admired my brother. He was such a courageous knight, ready to lead, ready to do what no one else would, ready to be on the front lines. He was so brave. He left shortly after the Big War and never returned. They say he died by Mirauk’s sword. He faced evil incarnate without fear. I’m terrified, but Bahvley’s legacy will forever inspire me and push me to face my fears.
How do/did you get along with other siblings?
I get along great with everyone. Okay, so my sister can sometimes have her serious expression of “I’m the Wizardess,” but I see her fun and silly side when no one’s looking. My brother and I always had our horse races. We took our horses and raced throughout the fields just outside Teloria City, sometimes down the streets. We always joked. I’ll always remember those times, when everything was simple, before the war.
What event do you consider to have had the most impact on your life?
It was when the Morkans attacked Teloria during the Big War, well, shortly after. Bahvley went after them, for they stole the Book of Enchantment. He left to save Teloria; he promised me he’d be back. He hasn’t come back though; Mirauk killed him. My brother died a hero. I wish he could be here now.
Are you optimistic or pessimistic?
I’m definitely optimistic, but I’m also definitely fearful. I want to believe in the best outcomes, but I fear the worst. I should probably work on that before I encounter my first enemy.
What is your greatest fear?
Honestly…everything? I think I fear facing the enemy. I’ve never fought outside of Teloria before, nor have I fought the enemy before.
What are your magical spiritual views?
So the Mighty Spirit gave birth to creations, but she probably didn’t create alone. I mean magic exists in everything, so she probably conceived with magic, together creating the world, and she gave birth, like my mom gave birth to me. It just makes sense to me.
What are your magical political views?
Okay, the Portal gives polcs more power. The rule is, don’t go until you’re close to death, and don’t come back out. What if we just never go? Forget the Portal and its spell; forget the power it gives. Polcs who are magical enough don’t need it to become stars. If we forget the Portal, then there won’t be wars about its power, no?
Do you believe in the existence of a soul mate/true love?
Well, now that I’m a bit older, I’ve found myself distracted sometimes, but I don’t know if that’s love. I guess I’ll know when it happens.
In your opinion, what is the most evil thing any being could do?
I don’t know if there’s anyone more evil than Mirauk, honestly. He’s so evil; he curses you if you look into his eyes. And the worst thing he could do is use his power to have control over all the lands and force us to submit to his rule. Ask the others, they’ll all tell you the same thing.
Are you able to kill? Under what circumstances do you find killing acceptable?
I’ve never killed before. It scares me. I know that going out there and fighting the enemy means I’ll probably kill some of them. I’ve never fought the enemy before. I don’t know if that scares me more than the thought to having to kill one.
Who or what would you die for, or otherwise go to extremes for?
My family is everything to me, and when I say family, that includes Jimmy and Master Vigh too, and I guess Boreth because he’s with us now. And no one else would do anything about finding the secrets Niome’s master told her. No one would leave the country to fight or find clues that might help us. So here we are! What have I gotten myself into? Anything for Niome, I won’t let her face the enemy on her own. I’d give anything for Bahvley to be with us.
How close are you to your family?
Niome and I are very close. Everyone sees her serious wizardess side, but I get to see the funny silly side of her. Before Bahvley left and… Well, was killed, he and I would enjoy teasing Niome and playing jokes on her, but she always got us back. Bahvley and I would race with our horses. Mom and dad always encouraged us to go out and to follow our hearts. They’re both magical too, but chose to retire from all that wizarding when they decided to form a family. Dad says we’ll all be great someday. I’m glad I have my family.
Who is the most important person in your life, why?
Argh, you’re asking me to choose between my sister and my best friend! No, I’m not choosing. I follow Niome, the same I’d follow Jimmy. I would take those two with me to the dark lands of the evil lord and I know they’d stand by my side. I’ll do anything for either of them, except choose between them.
Who is the person you respect the most?
Is it silly of me to respect someone who’s reportedly dead? Bahvley, my older brother, was a leader, the Second Captain of the team who left to attempt to retrieve the stolen Book of Enchantment. He went to confront Mirauk! Bahvley rallied his friends and inspired so many to follow him. I don’t know if I told him enough how much I admired him, respected him, loved him.
Have you ever been in love?
Oh boy, is it love? There is this one polc; her name is Ihal. She distracts me and I can’t stop thinking about her. Wait, not true, I can, but I like thinking about her, a lot. He hair is so fiery, like the fire that burns… You know what, I need to work on that. Just don’t tell Jimmy, I’ll never hear the end of it if he finds out I like Ihal.
If you died or went missing, who would miss you?
Niome would. We both miss Bahvley so much. But let’s make sure I don’t go missing or die, okay?
Who is the person you despise the most, why?
Mirauk killed my brother. He leads his armies to attack and destroy all that the Mighty Spirit created. So yeah, I’d say I despise him the most.
What is your greatest strength? Your greatest weakness?
I’m a good knight. I learn fast and I can be quick, but I’m so scared all the time. I get so scared I feel sick to my stomach. I hope that doesn’t happen in combat.
What is the one thing for which you would most like to be remembered after your death?
For being the most famous and handsome knight in all of Teloria! Or at least for being among those who thwarted the evil lord, Mirauk. I know I’m not the most famous or handsome, maybe I will become it. I’d like to think these more pleasant thoughts when I’m scared. So let’s throw it in there too.
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