Parr is a character who popped up uninvited in chapter 4 of The King’s Paladin and immediately caught my attention, partially because he sprung into existence with a full character arc, backstory, and relationship arc with Coraline (i.e. he’s the most fully-formed character to ever just show up). He’s the son of two Mandorian advisors and captain of King Shordin’s private guard. Enjoy his interview!
Parr: *comes in and takes a seat across from the interviewer* Hello.
Interviewer: Hi! How are you today?
Parr: I’m all right. How are you?
Interviewer: I’m doing just fine. Are you ready to get started?
Interviewer: Excellent. What is your name?
Parr: Parr Alexander Renate.
Interviewer: How old are you?
Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?
Parr: *shakes his head*
Interviewer: Do you have a job?
Parr: I’m captain of King Shordin’s personal guard. *lifts his chin, but sounds almost resigned*
Interviewer: Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Interviewer: What is your favorite food?
Parr: Meat pastries.
Interviewer: Favorite color?
Parr: I’m almost always in sky blue. *lifts an arm to bring attention to his sky blue uniform jacket*
Interviewer: But that’s assigned. Is it your favorite?
Parr: *shrugs* I don’t have a particular preference.
Interviewer: Do you enjoy reading?
Parr: It depends on the book.
Interviewer: Do you have a favorite?
Parr: I tend to enjoy history books, or books set in deserts.
Interviewer: Why deserts?
Parr: There are no deserts on Themar, so it’s interesting to read of them.
Interviewer: Do you have a favorite thing about deserts?
Parr: The color. I imagine it’s a very beautiful mix of reds and golds and oranges.
Interviewer: *smiles* I imagine so, too. What is your favorite animal?
Interviewer: Any particular reason?
Parr: Not particularly.
Interviewer: What are your hobbies?
Parr: I don’t have any.
Interviewer: I imagine guarding the king would keep you rather busy.
Interviewer: What’s it like being captain of his personal guard? What are some of your duties?
Parr: I mostly serve as an escort, with the rest of the personal guard. If there’s a threat, I neutralize it.
Interviewer: Surely you’re not with him 24/7.
Parr: No. I’m captain for the day shift. Rin Marrow takes over for the night shift. *a smile plays at his lips briefly before he hides it*
Interviewer: Is that a man or a woman?
Parr: A woman. One of few who was able to earn a place among the guard.
Interviewer: I take it you admire her.
Parr: *nods* I do. She’s a capable captain.
Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?
Parr: Intelligence. Bravery is worth nothing without it.
Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?
Interviewer: What’s something you can’t leave home without?
Parr: My sword.
Interviewer: That was the last question. *smiles* Thank you for your time.
Parr: *nods and leaves*