Welcome to over one hundred of the dumbest questions about your character. These are things that, if someone were to ask you in real life, you could answer without giving it any thought whatsoever. Most characters, however, can't answer this because authors never think about it - it's unimportant. Well, these things are going to help you define you character more.
Some tips: Answer these in character, but only in a situation where your character would be 100% honest with themselves and with the person asking the question. Otherwise, answer as an author, and still be 100% honest.
1. What about you is heroic?
I don't try to be heroic. I merely do what my position requires of me.
2. What about you is social? What do you like about people?
The desire to please. I think that always brings out the best in people. I have very little time to be social, myself. The evenings are always occupied with family time. During pre-dinner drinks, Mother will sometimes invite higher-ranking officials to the balcony with us, or visiting royalty. I try to talk to them when Mother has finished.
3. Of what benefit could you be to the current group?
I don't know about any 'groups', but I hope to benefit the outlying provinces when I'm in power. I don't think Mother realises how dangerous they could be in their current state.
4. Why would you choose to join the current group?
I did not choose, I was born into this role.
5. Invent an adventure/plot that your character would actively undertake (as opposed to just tagging along)?
I don't even like to leave the palace grounds. Adventures are hardly the style of a crown princess.
1. What is your real, birth name? What name do you use?
Princess Assili of Assiraz, Imperial Crown Princess of the Kazinian Empire. My brothers and my parents call me Assili, but everyone else calls me Your Highness, or variations thereupon.
2. Do you have a nickname? What is it, and where did you get it?
Mother sometimes calls me her golden-capped honeyeater, because one was singing on the baclony when I was born. Nobody else knows of this, though.
3. What do you look like? (Include height, weight, hair, eyes, skin, apparent age, and distinguishing features)
I look a lot like Mother. I have her bright green eyes and red, wavy hair, usually half-tied up to keep it off my shoulders. I have her pale skin that thankfully does not get affected by the sun, neither as a tan nor freckles. I'm twelve years old, and I must look it, because so many people treat me like a child on our first meeting. I use makeup to try and look older, but it never takes people long to realise I'm not one to tangle with. I am not 'cute'.
4. How do you dress most of the time?
I wear a silk sarong with a sash and usually a top with straps and bare stomach. In a few years, I'll have the figure for more interesting tops, like halternecks and strapless tops, so that's something to look forward to. I like earrings made of gold, or a single feather, and a necklace and bangle to match it. I like to walk around the palace barefoot, but most often I'll wear sandals, because I'm in meetings so often. I wear my crown and family Colours most of the time, only removing them in my own chambers.
5. How do you "dress up?"
When meeting with more important officials, like Mother's advisory panel, the Commanding Circle, visiting royalty or the treasurer, I'll wear more layers of gauze and sashes, and more flamboyant jewellery.
6. How do you "dress down?"
Remove most of my jewellery, crown and Colours, and wear a cotton sarong instead. They are considerably chepaer, but cotton breathes much more easily. It's only ever my family who sees me 'dressed down', though.
7. What do you wear when you go to sleep?
A silk nightie that comes to my knees.
8. Do you wear any jewellery?
Of course. I especially love earrings, but rings and bangles irritate me. I start fiddling with them and get distracted in meetings. I particularly favour jewellery made only of gold. The patterns that can be made with the metal are so delicate and intricate. I love feather jewellery, too, as long as there's more than just the feather making it beautiful.
9. In your opinion, what is your best feature?
My hair. It's the only part of me that doesn't still look like a child.
10. What's your real birth date?
The 57th day of Pre-Monsoon, 4040.
(aka 18 November, twelve years ago. Summer, autumn, winter, spring for Kazinians is Monsoon, Post-Monsoon, Dry and Pre-Monsoon.)
11. Where do you live? Describe it: Is it messy, neat, avant-garde, sparse, etc.?
I live at the imperial palace in Assiraz, which is a property large enough to house a small city. The frontage is mostly open, with lawns and a few palms and ornamental trees lining the driveway. My brothers like to ride their horses there. The surrounding gardens are a well-manicured rainforest populated with the finest of Kazin's birdlife. Mother chose them individually for their plumage or for their song. Those with both are kept close to the palace.
The buildings themselves are white marble, very open and spacious. There are separate buildings for the live-in servants, for the Commanding Circle, the laundry and the bath house. My family lives and conducts business in the main building. Most rooms are three-walled and open out onto a balcony. They are all furnished with white-painted wooden furniture and decorated with vases, paintings and other works of art, mostly from around the empire, but foreign dignitaries have given gifts that are displayed, as well.
12. Do you own a
I don't personally, but the palace has a stable where we keep our horses. If I need to go anywhere, I can take a coach, though I rarely feel the need.
13. What is your most prized mundane possession? Why do you value it so much?
My family Colours. Every Kazinian is proud of her Colours. As a member of Kazin's royal family, I wear them with more pride than anyone. They proclaim who I am, and who I am to be.
14. What one word best describes you?
1. What was your family like?
There's no need for the past tense; my family are all still with me. We're a professional, ruling family with a professional relationship. Mother does show my brothers and I some family bias, which I think is detrimental to my two eldest brothers, who often use it as opportunity. Father takes the opposite route and pushes them harder than the other recruits in the Assiraz army.
As far as familial time goes, we have cocktails on the balcony every evening before dinner. Kanera and Sahid often leave early to have dinner elsewhere, which is something that's ony been happening in the last few years, but there'll always be cocktail hour. Mother's made sure of that.
Author note: Cocktail hour is more interrogation from Shizaaqa to see how her children--the future of the empire--are going. From the royal family's perspective, it's quite relaxed. For anyone else, it'd be just as intimidating as a meeting in the throne room. There's nothing familial about this family.
2. Who was your father, and what was he like?
My father is the General of the Assiraz army, a position that can only be earnt by the respect of his peers and his empress. I see little of him, because the army is a man's territory, but I know him to be a firm and well-respected General. He certainly does well to deal with my brothers on a daily basis.
3. Who was your mother, and what was she like?
My mother is a strong empress, but, I think, she does not show enough regard for affairs beyond her own borders, by which I mean the provinces where she is still respected. In the outlying provinces, and the kingdoms beyond them, she ignores too much how little respect she has there, which only seems dangerous to me. I very rarely leave her side, so that I can learn all about what it takes to lead the empire. She's a good teacher. She knows what she's talking about, and how to make me understand it.
4. What was your parents marriage like? Were they married? Did they remain married?
Marriage isn't a Kazinian tradition, because such a tie allows for no flexibility. My parents have been together for twenty-three years, and I don't think my mother wants to replace her General.
5. What were your siblings names? What were they like?
My eldest brother, Sahid, has attained the rank of Sergeant, but the Commanding Circle doesn't expect him to climb much higher. They say he hasn't enough respect for authority, but I don't think this is the problem. He thinks that, because he's royalty, he is the authority, but the Kazinian army doesn't recognise royal ranks, only their own. Mother's influence doesn't help, either. If Sahid brings this to her attention, she'll reprimand the Colonel, the Lieutenant, even the Commander responsible for exercising authority over him. I want him to be in my Commanding Circle when I'm empress, but at this rate, I can't see him anywhere but the outlying provinces. He's a blind arrow.
Kanera shows more promise. I'm told he has the potential, but he hasn't seen fit to use it. He seems to have learnt from Sahid that his royal status is enough to get him though anything, as long as he puts in just enough effort. I don't think it's any secret he's my favourite brother, and I really do hope he can put himself forward as I know he can.
Shoaib is weak, plain and simple. It isn't entirely his fault--as Mother's third son in a row, she has always disdained him--but he's fifteen now and should be able to break out of that shell. I try and make Sahid and Kanera help him, but I think they only belittle him further. The reports Mother and I have from Father and the Commanding Circle are always the same. I have little hope for Shoaib, and if he can't pick himself up before he's completed his army training, I'll have no choice but to give up on him. I want my brothers in my Commanding Circle, but I have no room in it for weakness.
6. What's the worst thing one of your siblings ever did to you? What's the worst thing you've done to one of your siblings?
None of my brothers have ever done anything directly to me, but they have all disappointed me on numerous occasions.
Likewise, I never set out to hurt my brothers, but I'm sure I've embarassed them whenever I've told them off. I think I have a good relationship with my brothers.
7. When's the last time you saw any member of your family? Where are they now?
I see them all on a regular basis, at cocktail hour if not during the day.
8. Did you ever meet any other family members? Who were they? What did you think of them?
I have two aunts who are the queens of Silrona and Syzra and Mother's younger sisters. I've met them both briefly, when they came to visit for my tenth birthday. Queen Shala or Silrona I'm sure is only in power because she's my mother's sister. She's not a strong woman at all. Queen Issa of Syzra is very similar to my mother, though I can see why she's only queen. I think ruling the whole empire would overwhelm her.
My mother's only brother, a few years older than her, is in her Commanding Circle, and probably one of the most respected of them. I've never met my father's siblings, as they all live in Syzra, but I think they'll be coming for my next birthday.
1. What is your first memory?
My earliest memory I think is of Mother taking me into the gardens, not long after I learnt to walk, to show me her favourite birds. One of the birds of paradise was giving its mating display, dancing around and showing off midnight-black, glossy plumage that it would flash with white feathers from its tail, wings and crest.
2. What was your favourite toy?
I never had toys.
3. What was your favourite game?
I never played games with my brothers. I had private games I would play in my mind in meetings, counting how many times a minister would cross and uncross her legs, guessing how long it would be before a Commander would storm out of the room in frustration. I've since learned professionalism.
4. Any non-family member adults stick out in your mind? Who were they, and how did you know them? Why do they stick out?
Not really, no. The ministers all have their own quirks that stand out for different reasons. The minister for agriculture wears too much perfume, so Mother and I know when she's arriving before she has been introduced. The taxation minister has an enviable dress sense. I suppose I could say I have recently started paying close attention to the Commanding Circle, since it is highly likely that one of them will be my General in years to come. I think Commander Zakaariss stands out most, at present. He seems to command respect from even the others in the Circle, and is undoubtably the most adept at handling my brothers.
5. Who was your best friend when you were growing up?
I can't afford to have close relationships with anyone in the ministry. I suppose the closest I would come to having a friend would be my brother Kanera. His relaxed attitude can be quite infectious sometimes.
6. What is your fondest, childhood memory?
My very first meeting, where Mother expected me to participate in the conversation. I had just opened my mouth for the first time, having finally gathered the courage to say something, when a peacock almost screamed behind me. He was right behind me, tail fanned out and everything. He shocked me initially, but the comedy of the moment relaxed me and I was able to speak freely. I would have been seven years old.
7. What is your worst childhood memory?
Three years ago, Sahid somehow convinced me to come and see the army barracks and training grounds. It was my first time outside the palace, and the single most disgusting time of my life. As though the smell of my brothers when they have returned home from training wasn't enough, that room reeked of hundreds more sweaty male bodies. And they all wanted to come and touch me, to kiss my hand! It was horrible.
Assili isn't an adolescent yet, so we'll skip this section o/
2. It is common for one's view of authority to develop in their adolescent years. What is your view of authority, and what event most affected it?
3. What were you like in high school? What "clique" did you best fit in with?
4. What were your high school goals?
5. Who was your idol when you were growing up? Who did you first fantasize about in your life?
6. What is your favorite memory from adolescence?
7. What is your worst memory from adolescence?
1. Do you have a job? What is it? Do you like it? If no job, where does your money come from?
I am the next in line to Kazin's imperial throne, but I regard this more as a lifestyle than a job as such. I'm still learning, but I find it mostly enjoyable. My brothers wonder how I can sit through so many 'boring' meetings all day, but really it's only a handful of ministers who bore me.
2. What is your boss or employer like? (Or publisher, or agent, or whatever.)
The closest I have to an employer is my mother, who I've already spoken about.
3. What are your co-workers like? Do you get along with them? Any in particular? Which ones don't you get along with?
As I say, there's only a handful of ministers who I don't like. Mother and I see eye to eye, so I think if there were a chance I couldn't handle someone, Mother wouldn't either, and they would no longer work at the palace. At least, not in a capacity that would force her and Mother to speak with each other. I don't foresee any major changes in the ministry when I become Empress, though I think a few members of her advisory panel are too agreeable, too soft.
4. What is something you had to learn that you hated?
Foreign languages, especially Llayan. Their grammatical structure is needlessly complicated. It has given me a stronger appreciation for my own language, though.
5. Do you tend to save or spend your money? Why?
I don't yet have the autority to spend money.
Likes & Dislikes Questions
1. What hobbies do you have?
I like to walk through the gardens with Mother, rarely saying a word, merely listening to the birds. Birdsong is my favourite kind of music, but I do love to listen to the gamelan players over lunch time, too.
2. Who is your closest mundane friend? Describe them and how you relate to them.
Again, the closest I would say I have to a friend is my brother Kanera. He seems to genuinely believe the best thing I can give him is my smile, and he'll do any number of silly things to earn it from me.
3. Who is your worst mundane enemy? Describe them and why you don't get along.
So far as I'm aware, I haven't made any yet. Mother has warned me of Prince Nolryn of Raykin, and I suppose he is more 'steel over words' than Raykinian monarchs tend to be, but I wouldn't yet go so far as to call him an enemy. They're a simple people with simple needs, and a small army. Raykin is no threat.
4. What bands do you like? Do you even pay attention?
There was a band of gamelan players who visited the palace about three months ago. Their music was so perfectly serene that I could hear the birdsong behind them. I've asked Mother to see if they might return, so I hope for that.
Kazinian music doesn't quite fall into the category of 'songs'. For us it is most often like background music, something to listen to while doing some other task. Those that make me pause and take notice, or even go out of my way to sit and listen to them, are with gentle, slow notes that ring out above everything and give me time to appreciate every note. Gamelans were made to echo. The faster music some bands play, trying to immitate birdsong, is too much like noisy bells. Leave the birdsong to those who know it best.
On that note, my favourite birdsong is that of the male collared rain-piper, a drab brown bird with a black collar, but his song is enough to lift any weight from one's shoulders. He especially loves to sing while it's raining, and the two go together so perfectly. I love the sound of rain, and the collared rain-piper makes it even more refreshing.
6. What song is "your song?" Why?
Mother always tells me when she hears the song of the golden-capped honeyeater she thinks of me, because one was singing on the balcony when I was born. She always tells me how she wishes it was a prettier bird, so she could have a jewellery set made of its feathers for me.
7. What's been your favorite
I've never been one for plays. Music is more my thing. Some playwrites and players are trying to combine the two now, so that might be worth taking an interest in. They haven't come up with anything so far, though. The playwrite still insists on writing the music rather than leaving it to the musicians.
8. Read any good books? What were they?
My favourite book is Night of the Panther, about a woman who was a famous singer in her province, but lost her voice. So she trained her daughter to carry on her legacy. The ending is just beautiful. Playwrites have tried to play this story for me, but none have yet accomplished the beauty of the ending.
9. What do you watch on the Television?
(Hasn't been invented~)
10. When it comes to mundane politics, do you care? If so, which way do you tend to vote? If not, why don't you care?
No. Mundane politics is left to those lower down in the chain of command, and they know not to bother Mother or myself about them. We have our hands full with larger scale politics--relations between provinces, taxes, that kind of thing. To care about the tiniest inner workings of Kazin is too much.
11. What type of places do you hang out in with your mundane friends?
I enjoy cocktail hour with my family, or walking through the palace gardens with Kanera.
12. What type of places do you hang out in with your normal friends?
As I've explained, I don't have friends outside my family.
13. What annoys you more than anything else?
Sahid, and meetings with Llayans.
14. What would be the perfect gift for you?
A songbird, ideally with beautiful plumage as well, but such things are few and far between. Birds tend to either have a beautiful voice or beautiful plumage, rarely the two together. I always prefer the song over the feathers, though.
15. What's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?
There's a giant painting of the rainforest in the palace, with birds and flowers painted in amongst the leaves. Each bird is a work of art of in its own right. I can stare at that painting for hours.
16. What time of day is your favorite?
The dawn chorus.
17. What kind of weather is your favorite?
When it's raining. I'm going to buy plenty more collared rain-pipers to accompany it when I'm Empress.
18. What is your favorite food? What is your least favorite food?
I love the taste of quail, but only if it's been pre-boned. The whole bird looks beautiful, but they are so small and fiddly that I get frustrated trying to get any meat off their bones. I particularly like it in a salad with mango.
My least favourite would probably be Tsaythi food, but I don't like any foreign food, really. Raykinian food is too bland, Llayan food is too dry, and Tsaythi food is just raw fish. There's nothing inventive there.
19. What is your favorite drink? (Coffee, Coke, Juice, Beer, Wine, etc.)
A cocktail made with honeydew melon juice, pineapple juice, coconut milk and cream. I don't like alcohol, though I'm told I will in a few years.
20. What's your favorite animal? Why?
The collared rain-piper, as you might have gathered.
21. Do you have any pets? Do you want any pets? What kind?
There are hundreds of birds that live on the palace grounds, but they're all too wild and timid to be classed as pets. We also have six tigers, but they're here as security rather than pets. I wouldn't wish to pat them.
22. What do you find most relaxing? (Not as in stress relief, but as something that actually calms you down.)
Heavy rain. I fear I'm being a little repetetive with my answers here.
23. What habit that others have annoys you most?
Fiddling. People fiddle an aweful lot when they're nervous.
24. What kind of things embarrass you? Why?
Overhearing Sahid and Kanera's conversations. They have filthy minds.
25. What don't you like about yourself?
Nothing. What a strange question.
26. How would you like to look?
I've already inherited Mother's hair, eyes and skin. I hope to inherit her figure, too. There's so much more variety in clothing for women with breasts.
Sex & Intimacy Questions
She's twelve, people. I'm not even going there.
2. Who was the first person you had sex with? When did it happen? What was it like? How well did it go?
3. Have you ever had a same-sex experience? Who with, what was it like, and how did it go?
4. What is your deepest, most well-hidden sexual fantasy? Would you ever try it?
5. What was the wildest thing you've ever done, sexually? Who was it with and when did it happen?
6. Is there any sexual activity that you enjoy and/or practice regularly that can be considered non-standard? (Bondage, Fantasy Play, etc.) Why do you like it?
7. Is there any sexual activity that you will not, under any circumstances, do?
8. Do you currently have a lover? What is their name, and what is your relationship like? What are they like? Why are you attracted to them?
9. What is the perfect romantic date?
Lunch, with just the two of us. I haven't thought any further than that.
10. Describe the perfect romantic partner for you.
Traditionally, the empress's partner is the General of her army, and, while this is certainly not law, I see no reason to break with tradition. I want a strong, well-respected General, one who can protect my empire and my city. I want him to have no fear in correcting me, but to still respect my authority. I want him to have a balance of work and leisure that Mother and Father seem to lack, and to know when one outweighs the other.
11. Do you ever want to get married and have children? When do you see this happening?
Again, Kazinians do not marry. The idea is far too restrictive to me. Of course I wish to have children--I will need heirs. I want to have at least two daughters. I think Mother has been selfish in stopping at only one.
13. What was your most recent relationship like? Who was it with? (Does not need to be sexual, merely romantic.)
14. What's the worst thing you've done to someone you loved?
Drug & Alcohol Questions
Again, twelve-year-old. And not Raykinian XD
2. Do you drink on any kind of regular basis?
3. What kind of alcohol do you prefer?
4. Have you ever tried any other kind of "mood altering" substance? Which one(s)? What did you think of each?
5. What do you think of drugs and alcohol? Are there any people should not do? Why or why not?
I don't like either. I don't like people using drugs and alcohol as an excuse for why they aren't themselves. You were yourself before consuming it. It's unprofessional and irresponsible. I'm told I'll start appreciating liqueurs in a few years, but I don't think so. It's too bitter, and pure fruit juice will always be tastier to me.
1. What one act in your past are you most ashamed of? What one act in your past are you most proud of?
Mother has always taught me never to be ashamed of anything I do. I do what I think best in the curent situation and, so long as I learn something from my mistakes, there's no reason for me to feel ashamed of them. I'm still learning, and I always will be.
I'm proud of myself for maintaining composure in a lot of situations, for being able to stand up to people more experienced than myself, for staying on top of meetings where the other party is boring me almost to tears, but I don't know that there's any one act I can be particularly proud of. Everything I do is, after all, what I'm here to do.
2. Have you ever been in an argument before? Over what, with who, and who won?
Of course I've been in arguments before, over any number of issues. I win more often than I used to, and Mother has been teaching me how to form an argument and how to best articulate my points. Occasionally I get into an argument with Mother, only to find she was simply testing me, then she smiles and tells me how proud she is of me.
3. Have you ever been in a physical fight before? Over what, with who, and who won?
No, never. Physical fighting is best left to my loggerhead brothers.
4. What do you feel most strongly about?
My brothers. I don't want to see any of them thrown to the outer provinces. As loggerheaded and... male as they can be, I want them to stay here in Assiraz. I want at least one of them in my Commanding Circle.
5. What do you pretend to feel strongly about, just to impress people?
Anything to do with the Llayans, though I wouldn't say I pretend to feel strongly about their issues. I try to feign interest, let's leave it at that.
6. What trait do you find most admirable, and how often do you find it?
Confidence. Mother most often sees it as defiance and disrespect towards her, but I think anyone with the strength to speak their mind to her is admirable. I want to reward people like that when I'm Empress.
7. Is there anything you think should not be incorporated into the media or art (sex, violence, greed, etc.,)? If so, what and why, and if not, why not?
Art should be beautiful, something people feel uplifted when they see it, something that brings a smile to the viewer's face. Art with 'messages' always seems pretentious to me. If the artist has an issue with how things are run, they can say so to my face. Complaining to the general public before they've complained to those in charge is taking the coward's path.
8. Do you have any feelings in general that you are disturbed by? What are they? Why do they disturb you?
I sometimes feel compassion towards the people Mother sentences, either to the dungeons or to death. Even, sometimes, the murderers. They look so pitiful and helpless under Mother's glare. I hope I don't feel this when I'm made to sentence people, or I may set murderers free.
9. What is your religious view of things? What religion, if any, do you call your own?
I believe in Kazin's gods, Ulzaq, god of war, and Nizaaz, goddess of healing. The basis of our religion is in dying an honourable death, thus encouraging people to lead honourable lives. I hope to die having ruled my empire in such a way that I'll be remembered for the good I did her. When I see the gods in the afterlife, I want to be proud of what I have to show them.
10. Do you think the future is hopeful? Why?
Yes, because I will make it hopeful.
11. Is an ounce of prevention really worth a pound of cure? Which is more valuable? Why do you feel this way?
It's something Mother has always taught me, yes. Far less resources are wasted this way.
12. What's the worst thing that can be done to another person? Why?
Locking them in the dungeons with no hope of release, and perhaps a dagger. Suicide is the least honourable way for a Kazinian to die. In the eyes of the gods, there is nothing more cowardly.
13. What's the worst thing you could actually do to someone you hated?
I could do that, I think, though I hope I won't be put in that position for some time yet.
14. Are you a better leader or follower? Why do you think that? If you think the whole leader-follower archetype is a crock of shit, say so, and explain why?
I'm a leader, for obvious reasons.
15. What is your responsibility to the world, if any? Why do you think that?
I have no responsibility to the rest of the world, only to Kazin. The three kingdoms have their own rulers to look after them. My responsibilities to Kazin are to keep her the strong empire she is, and hopefully to strengthen her and make her an empire her people are proud to be a part of.
16. Do you think redemption is possible? If so, can anyone be redeemed, or are there only certain circumstances that can be? If not, why do you think nothing can redeem itself?
That is up to the gods to decide, not me. I think in certain cases it might be, but in others, like if someone has led a sustained life of thievery and only tries to turn themselves around for their own good, I can't see the gods looking favourably on them.
17. Is it okay for you to cry? When was the last time you cried?
In public, certainly not. It's a weakness that other parties won't hesitate to capitalise on, and it makes them remember how young I am. In my own chambers, or if I'm in the company of someone I trust, then I don't mind. I know they'll comfort me.
The last time I cried were crocodile tears. I told Sahid that, if he wasn't careful, he would be sent away to the outlying provinces. This is true enough, and while I don't want him to go, I wouldn't cry over it if he were sent off. It was merely an attempt to straighten him out, show him how real his situation was if he didn't start trying. This was only last week, so I don't know if it's had an effect yet or not.
18. What do you think is wrong with MOST people, overall?
Inability to accept blame. It's always someone else's fault, even when they're talking to me.
Post-Supernatural Awareness Questions
(She's Kazinian, Kazinians don't do magic)
2. What do you think now of being supernatural? Is it cool, or have you been screwed?
3. Do you have a mentor? Who are they? How did you become their student?
4. Do you have any magical items? Where did you get them?
5. What do you think of the other denizens of the World of Darkness? Why for each? (If you haven't met something, do you think it exists, and if it does, is that bad or good?)
6. Think of a major event that happened during your training/initiation. What was it?
7. What is something you had to learn during your training that you hated? Why did you hate it?
1. What is the thing that has frightened you most? Do you think there is anything out there that's scarier than that? What do you think that would be?
I live a sheltered life; there's been nothing to scare me.
2. Has anyone or anything you've ever cared about died? How did you feel about it? What happened?
No. My grandmother--Mother's mother--died a decade before I was born. I'm sad if I find one of the birds in the garden has died, but since they're not really pets I have no real attachment to them. We can always buy a replacement.
3. What was the worst injury you've ever received? How did it happen?
Again, I live a sheltered life. There's nothing dangerous enough around the palace to injure me.
4. How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
... I'm ticklish everywhere. Nobody would dare to tickle me now, though.
5. What is your current long term goal?
To eliminate the warring between our provinces, especially the outlying provinces. Kazin could be a greater empire than it is now if only these squabbles could be sorted out. I also want to help my brothers into the Commanding Circle, however much they would work against me.
6. What is your current short term goal?
To break Shoaib out of his shell. It's possibly a lost cause, but I don't want to give up on him already.
7. Do you have any bad habits? If so, what are they, and do you plan to get rid of them?
I still play my own private games with certain ministers. I hope to break this habit some time, but those certain ministers do make it difficult.
8. If you were a mundane person, what would you do with your life? What occupation would you want, and how would you spend all your time?
I would be a musician, but with a permanant residence here in Assiraz, not a part of a travelling band. I wouldn't mind being on the advisory panel, either, though that would depend on what sort of an empress would be ruling in my place.
9. What time period do you wish you had lived in? Why? (Looking at this as an attempt to change history doesn't count.) What appeals to you about this era?
I rather like living in the present. Perhaps in the time of Empress Assiraz, the empress who drew all Kazin together under her own family Colours. I think she would have been a fascinating empress to learn from.
10. How private of a person are you? Why?
I have nothing to hide, but I do enjoy my time alone to listen to the birds or relax in my chambers.
11. If you were to gain an obscenely large sum of money (via an inhertiance, a lawsuit, a lottery, or anything else) what would you do with it?
I already have an obscenely large sum of money in the treasury, but I don't officially have access to it yet. Anything I wish to spend it on needs to pass by Mother and the treasurer. When I'm Empress, the first thing I'll spend money on is cleaning up the army barracks. They're filthy and cramped.
12. What would you wish for if you found a genie?
I doubt a genie could give me anything I can't already get for myself.
13. What do you do when you are bored?
I've already spoken of my little games in meetings. If I'm bored outside a meeting, I'll take a walk in the gardens, or send for my brother Kanera if I want company.
14. What is the most frightening potential handicap or disfigurement you can conceive of? What makes it so frightening?
Losing my hearing. Most of my pleasure in life comes from what I hear--birdsong and gamelan music especially--but in the throne room, too, I would be lost without hearing. We have a saying that blindness cuts you off from things, but deafness cuts you off from people. I'd be lost without my music and conversations.