Vigh stroked the fire as the travelling archivist conducted his interviews. When he was done with the younger ones, Vigh motioned with his head for them to step away from the group a few feet. He did not mind the archivist recording his thoughts and feelings for the history books, but there were things he was not ready to open up about to some of the others. He did not want to burden the young ones with the woes of a seasoned warrior.
What is your occupation?
I consider it an honour and privilege to be not only a knight with a knight-partner with whom to carry out the most dangerous missions, but to also be a master. I guide my pupils, but if only they knew all that they teach me as well. I lost too many close to me during the Big War; I will not lose them. I will ensure it.
Do you have any physical traits that stand out?
I am taller than the average polc. I’m not sure what in my ancestry contributed to this. It makes Boreth and me quite the pair as knight-partners, since he’s shorter than the average polc. However, we’ve been able to create fighting moves and adapt fighting styles that make us rather unpredictable when fighting the enemy.
Where did you learn most of your skills and abilities?
I learnt from Gorthan the Chief; he is the master of all the masters and he is one of the most skilled in all of Teloria. Not everyone has the opportunity to train with Gorthan; most are merely evaluated by him. It is a privilege to learn from the best.
Did you have any role models? If so, describe them, and why were they your role model?
When one reaches an older more middle-age, one does not think so much of who do I look up to, but more how I can I inspire and teach what I know and use all I’ve learnt to help others. A seasoned fighter such as me looks to the younger generation.
What event do you consider to have had the most impact on your life?
The Big War certainly had a major impact on my life. The way the Morkans attacked Teloria, the way they devastated our country. Teloria is still recovering. I lost the woman I loved. She was taken, captured. I searched everywhere I could, but never found her, and no evidence was found either of her death, though I’d be a fool to think she’d be still alive today. The young ones don’t know about this and I shan’t burden them with long passed sorrows. I can speak with Boreth if I need comfort on the matter.
Are you optimistic or pessimistic?
It is good to be cautious and aware of possible outcomes, but it does not serve to think the worst will occur. With enough skills, one can ensure the best outcome, and that is what I bring into battle and what makes me survive.
What is your greatest fear?
The worst has already happened, I’ve lost someone who was my dearest and most cherished. I’ve lost the one I loved. I’m not certain I fear anything more. Perhaps that I failed her, if that is true and not just my self-doubt, then that is what I fear.
What are your magical spiritual views?
In a world filled with war, it is difficult to see magic as the creator when Mirauk wishes to use it to destroy. I believe as many do that the Mighty Spirit watches over us, but was she the sole creator? I have my doubts. I believe magic is a tool, a spirit of power, and it is up to us to embody it for benevolence or malevolence. I know which side I’m on, the one that saves the world from Mirauk.
What are your magical political views?
The dragons come from the Portal. I don’t know that polcs were ever meant to use it. The Portal Key Spell allows one access to it, but at what cost? I would be curious to know if, without this spell, the dragons would allow a polc to enter. If so, I would respect the wishes of these mighty creatures.
Do you believe in the existence of a soul mate/true love?
I always thought that finding true love meant it was for life. I lost my true love; I’m not sure if I’ll ever find that kind of love again. I’m not saying I don’t believe others will find it for themselves, but when I lost the woman I loved, I lost my belief in true love for myself.
Are you able to kill? Under what circumstances do you find killing acceptable?
I am a seasoned knight; I have killed Mirauk’s polcs. In times of war when they plunder, destroy and kill, one must be ready to defend their home, and to fight the enemy. It is necessary, though I wish it weren’t so.
Who or what would you die for, or otherwise go to extremes for?
I will die fighting for my country. I will fight till the day I die; and fight to protect those I care for, I will.
Who is the most important person in your life, why?
Boreth. He’s my dearest of friends and my partner-knight, meaning that we go everywhere together, we battle together, and we received special training to have this title as knights. Our friendship also goes back a long time.
Who is the person you respect the most?
Gorthan, who is the Chief of all the masters and knights. He trains few, but mentors many and evaluates all. I had the privilege of directly training under his tutelage, and he granted me all my titles. He says he doesn’t possess magic, but his knowledge and understanding of it is almost akin to that of a wizard’s. He will always have my respect.
Have you ever been in love?
I’ve mentioned Tallelah, the polc I loved, the woman who had my heart, whom I would have married. She disappeared during the Big War. Her body was never found, so I went in search of her, hoping I’d free her from captivity. I never found her. It hurts. I rather not dwell on it.
If you died or went missing, who would miss you?
Perhaps Boreth would the most, but so would Meysah and Niome. I have been their master when it comes to their combat skills, after all, for many years. I also trained their older brother, Bahvley. And I suppose Jimmy would miss me too. The Stars seem to have brought us all together for a reason; I know our bond will only grow stronger.
Who is the person you despise the most, why?
If you asked me what the face of evil incarnate looked like, I’d tell you that all who have looked upon it and into the eyes of his malice have died. I don’t know what Mirauk looks like and I hope to never find out. Pure evil like him, that is what I hate, for taking away so much from so many.
What is your greatest strength? Your greatest weakness?
I am good at guiding and teaching others; I am an excellent master and knight, but I lack the trust at times that I will not lose those whom I hold dear and that may hinder me someday.
What is the one thing for which you would most like to be remembered after your death?
For fighting for Teloria and seeing the war through to its end.
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