Character Interview: Ammadeus Maste

Ammadeus is a mentor character to Coraline in The King’s Paladin (which you’ll be getting an excerpt of tomorrow). You’ll see that he’s pretty brooding and mysterious, and he’s a seer (the only one in the word, I think) which places a lot of responsibility upon his shoulders. I hope you enjoy his interview. :)

Ammadeus: *steps into the interview room and sits across from the interviewer, shrouded in his cloak and sitting rigid*

Interviewer: Good morning. How are you?

Ammadeus: *shrugs his broad shoulders*

Interviewer: I’m not going to hurt you. *laughs, because he’s a fairly small guy and Ammadeus is fairly burly*

Ammadeus: I know. Continue.

Interviewer: *clears his throat* Well then… What’s your name?

Ammadeus: Ammadeus Maste.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Ammadeus: Twenty. *the weariness of his voice indicates he’s far older, but there’s no lie in his tone*

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Ammadeus: No.

Interviewer: Do you have a job.

Ammadeus: *doesn’t answer*

Interviewer: …Does that mean you can’t tell me?

Ammadeus: *still doesn’t answer*

Interviewer: All right then… Do you have a favorite food?

Ammadeus: *shakes head*

Interviewer: A favorite color?

Ammadeus: Anything but red.

Interviewer: Any particular reason for that?

Ammadeus: *doesn’t answer*

Interviewer: All right. Do you read?

Ammadeus: I can.

Interviewer: What’s your favorite animal?

Ammadeus: *doesn’t answer*

Interviewer: Do you have any hobbies?

Ammadeus: *still silent*

Interviewer: Which is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Ammadeus: None.

Interviewer: Why not?

Ammadeus: They’re all empty.

Interviewer: What makes you say that?

Ammadeus: *sighs* Intelligence gets you nowhere. Bravery can just as easily be called foolishness. Kindness is the only one that’s any use.

Interviewer: Honesty or selflessness?

Ammadeus: Selflessness. You won’t be around long anyway; why bother advancing yourself?

Interviewer: Well that’s… dark.

Ammadeus: *shrugs*

Interviewer: Um… one last question. What can’t you leave home without?

Ammadeus: I don’t have a home.

Interviewer: Why not?

Ammadeus: *shrugs again* Don’t need one.

Interviewer: Wow. Um… that’s it, then.

Ammadeus: *stands and leaves, leaving the interviewer mildly terrified*

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