Delving Deep Into Baron Territory
War Baron Morgan, newest ascendant to the glittering spire of the Artisan’s Guild, has been notoriously difficult to get ahold of for interviews, despite repeated attempts. However, this reporter had an inkling that she knew the one person in Vegas who would be able to make that happen: Courtesan extraordinaire, and rumored love interest, Dirk Donner.
Thank you for joining me today, War Baron, Mr. Donner. I know how busy you both are.
Dirk: No need for formality.
Morgan: Agreed. I can’t stand it when people use the whole ‘War Baron’ title. It’s just… awkward.
Alright then, I have some questions here from your fans, wanting to know a little more about you both.
D: I’m all about making the fans happy.
M: And I’m sure they all know it.
D: If they don’t, they will after this. You don’t mind if I eat while we do this, do you? I’m starving and that pecan pie looks amazing…
Not at all. Let’s start with something easy then. Just to set the tone. Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
D: Hmm. That’s a good question. I don’t really dream of traveling anywhere in particular. Most of my dreams include Morgan. And my bedroom. *slow grin*
M: Dirk, I don’t think that’s what she’s asking.
D: Oh. *pause* Oh, okay, um, Sweden then.
M: Wait, you’re a Viking and you’ve never been to Sweden? Isn’t that where you’re from?
D: Well yeah, I mean, I have been there, as a kid, but I’d like to go back. Y’know. As an adult. To reconnect with my roots. Your turn.
M: Well, I mean, we’re both pretty well traveled. But I suppose, I’d like to go back to Scythia. I’d like to take Dirk there, to see where I grew up…so perhaps he gets a better idea of, well, I don’t know, me.
D: Lord Byron.
M: Really? Why?
D: Because he captured passion. It’s what love should be. There’s not a definite science of what love is, because it’s different from person to person. He’s able to show the different styles of love.
M: That’s…surprisingly deep, Dirk.
D: I know. It happens. I’m betting your answer is some Amazonian who penned a book of strategies.
M: You’d be wrong. Why write down how we fight? That would take time away from the actual, you know, training.
D: Good point.
M: No, I actually enjoy the works of Herodotus. In just a few short words, he got so much about my people wrong that it’d be laughable if so many people didn’t believe it. I mean, really, crash landing in Scythia because we didn’t know how to use a boat properly and having sex with, marrying even, the Scythian men as an apology for raiding their territory?
D: Cutting off one of your…
M: Wrong guy, but good example of the rampant historical inaccuracy surrounding my kind.
D: Let’s not get started on historical inaccuracy. Next question.
Alright, here’s a fun one: Tell us about your family.
D: *chuckles* It’s a little complicated.
M: Yeah, it’s complicated. I don’t think that’s going to cut it as an answer, though.
D: Well, my mother is passed on. I don’t really have a very good relationship with my father. He was gone a lot. I have a daughter, Astrid, who I don’t get to see much because her mom is… an Amazon. She was a Valkyrie. And then she met me. *long pause* Potentially you.
M: *eyebrow* Is that so?
D: *Grinning* Your turn.
M: Well …
D: Oh! And Jinx. My brother. The one who causes me problems. Oops. Can’t forget him.
M: *laughs* Right. But we can try. Anyway, my family. I guess, as an Amazon, the entirety of the Amazonian tribes. My mother was Basilissa, Queen Iole.
D: She goes by many names.
M: Yeah. At one point she was married to a Vegas War Baron who shall not be named. I don’t know who my father is, not that I really care. Family is sort of a nebulous term when it comes to my people.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
D: When Morgan almost died, at Primo’s concert.
M: I thought we said his name wasn’t going to be spoken.
D: *around a mouthful of pie* Then at that guy’s concert.
M: Scariest moment of my life? As a being without fear, I don’t experience fear.
M: *pats back, laughing* No, erm, I’d have to say almost dying on the rooftop.
D: At the citadel?
M: There’s something about the prospect of burning to death after being beaten within an inch of your life and drugged…yeah. Made me a little nervous.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
M: I’m relatively certain you didn’t want to be a courtesan when you were a kid.
D: Well, no. I actually wanted to be an architect. I love building things, ships, houses… It’s why I went to Collegium, originally.
M: Originally? What happened?
M: I wanted to be like my ancestors, great warriors. I didn’t want to be Queen, though.
D: Why not?
M: Because it seemed boring. I mean, it’s not to say my mother didn’t get out and spar with us and battle and whatnot. But it seemed like she did a lot of paperwork and treaties and …
D: So you’re a fighter, not a leader?
M: Pretty much. I mean, yeah, I can lead. I had to. But as Vigiles, I didn’t have to deal with the politics part.
What is your favorite meal?
D: *wicked grin*
M: Food, Dirk.
D: Steak. Potatoes. Wait… no. Barbequed lamb.
M: Roasted baby sheep?
D: When you put it that way... steak.
M: Not judging. Favorite meal…that requires me to eat, yes?
D: Usually. I know it’s a foreign concept for you.
M: Barley and hops. Generally fermented and brewed. Sometimes purified. Best made by the Dwarves. Wartooth’s has the best in town. As far as solid food…
D: *stares* Why are you more Viking than I am?
M: I’m not really picky. Whatever’s put down in front of me.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
D: Morgan. *laughs*
M: Agreed. Although, Sam keeps trying to get me to do this… meditation thing. Of course, the sparring circles aren’t bad. You work up a sweat…have to go take a shower…
D: And by shower, you mean sex in the shower.
D: With me.
M: Next question.
And finally, since I know you’re both very busy, is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you?
D: Don’t let anyone tell you that there is something you can’t do just because they believe that you can’t do it. Always rise above the expectation of that person.
M: Nothing is insurmountable. There’s nothing you can’t do if you really want it.
D: You can achieve anything.
M: The best things in life are never the easiest to obtain.
D: They’re the ones you work the hardest for.
Hand of Time
The Nemesis Chronicles, Volume 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Geek Treats Collective
Date of Publication: April 20th, 2013
Number of pages: 352
Word Count: 154,224
Cover Artist: Robb Lombard
Morgan... Three months after the events of Vegas turned her life upside down, she's finding that getting back to normal is anything but easy.
Dirk... Trapped between juggling his new responsibilities and making Morgan understand his feelings, the former courtesan is discovering that letting go of the past is much harder when the past refuses to let go of him.
Nemesis... Still reeling from the Society's attack, they find themselves facing a familiar foe and a new menace hellbent on testing their fortitude.
Midsummer madness heats up Nemesis Island. It's a time of celebration and renewal, but the Society has other plans... with Dirk, Morgan, and the rest of Nemesis at the top of their list.
Inspired by Sci-Fi and Fantasy, with a healthy appreciation of all manner of geekery, they longed to create a world where sword, sorcery, and a little sprinkling of real life could come together. With this in mind, the pair sat down and started the stories that would eventually become The Nemesis Chronicles.
When they aren’t weaving fantastical tales, they spend their time being owned by the Feline Mafia and watching the rain fall in their home city of Seattle.
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