Character Interview: Rhees Lamral

Rhees is a character from The Heart of the Baenor, a good friend of Torin‘s from Kor-Baen. He’s hard-working, hospitable, determined to uphold justice, and loves his family. I hope you enjoy his interview. :)

Rhees: *steps into the interview room and presses a fist to his heart before sitting across from the interviewer* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. How are you today?

Rhees: I’m doing well. How are you?

Interviewer: I’m good. Are you ready to get started?

Rhees: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Rhees: Rhees Demmi Lamral.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Rhees: Forty.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Rhees: *nods* An older brother, an older sister, twin younger brothers, and a younger sister.

Interviewer: What was it like growing up in a big family like that?

Rhees: My older brother is ten years older than me, so he was gone fairly early on. But overall I didn’t mind it. It could be difficult to find a quiet space in the house, and my younger brothers often tagged along on any adventures my friends and I tried to take, which was annoying at the time but now seems quite endearing. I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. *smiles* In fact, I rather wish my son could have the same experiences I did with my siblings, but it looks like he’ll be the only child we have.

Interviewer: What is your son’s name?

Rhees: Kolis.

Interviewer: Is there any specific thing you wish he could experience from having siblings?

Rhees: The whole thing, really, but particularly the constant companionship. I think it can be hard sometimes to not get lonely when you don’t have anyone living with you who’s the same age. He has good friends, of course, but they have other things to do sometimes and there’s always the possibility of them leaving. With siblings there’s always someone to talk to and adventure with and they’re not going to leave.

Interviewer: *nods* I agree. I have two sisters, myself.

Rhees: Really? What are their names?

Interviewer: Isabelle and Lila. *sees Rhees about to ask something* I’m David, by the way.

Rhees: Ah. Nice to meet you. *smiles and presses a fist to his heart*

David: *imitates the gesture* You too. *glances at his question list* Where do you work?

Rhees: The forges. I’m one of the smiths.

David: Do you enjoy that?

Rhees: *shrugs* It makes money.

David: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Rhees: Extrovert, though I’m a combination of the two.

David: Do you have a favorite food?

Rhees: Coal pudding.

David: What is that?

Rhees: Dark chocolate pudding. But of course since we’re miners and blacksmiths we call it coal pudding. *chuckles slightly* My wife makes the best coal pudding.

David: Do you have a favorite color?

Rhees: Not especially.

David: Do you like to read?

Rhees: When I get the time.

David: Do you have a favorite book?

Rhees: The Hunter’s Daughter, I think. It’s an interesting look at ancient Rashan culture through storytelling.

David: Is it historical fiction?

Rhees: *nods* It’s the most common genre in Kor-Baen.

David: Why is that?

Rhees: I’m not sure.

David: Do you have a favorite animal?

Rhees: Shahr.

David: Those are panther-like, right?

Rhees: Um… They’re large, sleek cats.

David: Oh, sorry. I forgot you wouldn’t know what a panther is.

Rhees: It’s all right. Are they similar?

David: *nods* What colors to Shahr come in?

Rhees: Tan, black, midnight blue, and dark maroon.

David: Panthers only come in black, but they are similar. *glances at list* What are your hobbies, aside from reading?

Rhees: I don’t really have time for hobbies. I read occasionally, but most of my free time is spent with family.

David: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Rhees: All of them, but probably intelligence.

David: And honesty or selflessness?

Rhees: Selflessness.

David: Last question: Is there anything you can’t leave home without?

Rhees: No.

David: Thank you for your time. I’ve enjoyed talking with you. *smiles*

Rhees: You too. *rises and presses a fist to his heart* Have a good day.

David: You too.

Rhees: *leaves*

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