Character Interview: Lucienne Crain

Lucienne is a good friend of both Nissa and Detren, and one of the main side characters of The Shadow Raven. She’s also one of my personal favorites in the trilogy. She’s able to keep a level head even when Detren and Nissa are both declining, and help them through it, and I suppose she’s sort of a wise mentor character. I hope you enjoy her interview. :)

Lucienne: *comes in and sits, legs crossed*

Interviewer: Hello, Miss Crain.

Lucienne: *nods a bit* Hello.

Interviewer: How are you today?

Lucienne: *shrugs* Fair enough.

Interviewer: Let’s start with an easy question. How old are you?

Lucienne: Twenty-six.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Lucienne: *shakes head*

Interviewer: What is your job?

Lucienne: I’m captain of the infantry in Roenor’s army. I’m also on the royal council.

Interviewer: How did you get that job so young?

Lucienne: I proved myself in the academy.

Interviewer: It must have been difficult to outdo everyone else there.

Lucienne: It was, but I was rather fueled by rage and the need to do something worthwhile at the time.

Interviewer: Why is that?

Lucienne: It’s a long story that I’d rather not go into just now.

Interviewer: Of course. *glances at his script* Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Lucienne: Introvert.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Lucienne: Plum pie.

Interviewer: Favorite color?

Lucienne: Purple. Which is rather problematic, considering I’m not royalty.

Interviewer: Why is that?

Lucienne: Only royalty is allowed to wear purple – because the dye is rare – except on Linhalla, which I don’t celebrate.

Interviewer: What is Linhalla?

Lucienne: It’s the Lankadian celebration of the rulers of their gods, Kaysar and Rane. Since I’m an Abban, I don’t celebrate it.

Interviewer: *nods* Interesting. What is your favorite book?

Lucienne: Rebel Cause. It’s widely popular in Roenor, and you may have heard of Soldiers of the East?

Interviewer: *nods* Several times, in fact.

Lucienne: The two take place in the same universe. The whole series is incredibly well-known.

Interviewer: I’ll have to read those sometime. I’ve heard of them at least three times now. What genre are they?

Lucienne: Fantasy. They take place in a desert, where magic is real and unfettered. They’re quite fascinating. The author is Mandorian, so I think he drew from the idea of magic that existed there before the Faerie War. It’s a long story that I won’t get into, but it’s fun to read about. *smiles*

Interviewer: I’ll definitely have to look into that. Thank you. Um… *looks at his script again* What is your favorite animal?

Lucienne: I like all of them, really, but probably cats if I had to pick.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies, aside from reading?

Lucienne: Singing, playing piano, horseback riding, playing chess, and perusing the Anador Museum.

Interviewer: A fan of history, I gather.

Lucienne: *nods* All history. Roenor’s, Mandoria’s, Kaloris’… Even Adrelia’s, to some extent.

Interviewer: Adrelia isn’t one I hear talked about often, though I know it exists. Why is that?

Lucienne: Adrelia is much smaller than the others, for one thing. For another thing, it mostly keeps to itself. The Adrelian’s try to stay away from us aside from trade, and they refuse to make any sort of progress technologically. They hold fast to their traditions.

Interviewer: Interesting. I suppose they’re likely rather boring to study, then.

Lucienne: Beyond a point, yes. But it’s interesting to see how those traditions developed and that sort of thing.

Interviewer: *looks at the script* All right, we’re nearing the end. Which of the following is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Lucienne: Bravery. Without it, the other two are fairly useless.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Lucienne: Honesty. It lends itself to selflessness.

Interviewer: Last question: What is something you can’t leave home without?

Lucienne: A gold bracelet that King Alleyn gave me. We developed something of a brother-sister relationship when I came to the castle, and I always think of him when I see it. *smiles faintly, pain in her eyes*

Interviewer: I’m sorry for your loss.

Lucienne: *nods a bit*

Interviewer: *takes a breath* That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Lucienne: *nods, rising, and shakes the interviewer’s hand* You’re welcome. I enjoyed it. *smiles a bit before leaving*

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