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personal - GemStone IV interview with VILKEA

Interview with Ruffelin

Interview held on Tilamaires, day 31 of the month Eorgaen in the year 5109.


1: What is your name (required) and training level (not essential)

In these lands I am called Vilkea. Within the Sea of Fire, I am known by a different name. As the daughter of a bladesmaster its natural that I should take up a similar skill. While I may be weaker than most warriors, this weakness has allowed me to help others find their strength and to see with a different point of view.

2: How long have you wandered the lands?

I've been wandering these lands roughly 5 years now, though I wander in and out as much as through them.

3: What hunting style do you opt for?

There is no other hunting style I prefer more than the dance of blades. Wielding two at a time is challenging to say the least but it provides a freedom in the dance that is hard to attain with the larger or solitary weapons.

4: What percentage of your time do you spend hunting? How do you spend your other time?

I spend half of my time in these parts hunting and the other half socializing, whether it is in the forge or working on guild skills, or simply talking with friends and strangers alike, all is well spent.

5: What is and/or was your most enjoyable hunting area and why?

Like many I've grown to appreciate the independence able to be attained in Darkstone castle, but at the same time I've enjoyed far more the company that one always seems to find there. Whether it is a long time friend who happens on you there or simply aiding another hunter of the grounds, the community of Darkstone is one of the most distinct in the land probably due to its difficulty to enter.

6: What do you enjoy most about your time in the lands?

To say that I enjoy most the company of my friends, and even some strangers is an understatement. Whether it is blade-dancing by their sides, showing them areas that are to often forgotten, debating in a large crowd, or simply standing by their side, it is the community that makes this a home worth returning to, and there is nothing to which it compares.

7: Is there anyone within the lands that you admire? (Any profession) Who and why?

OThere are plenty that I can admire here and many who I'd label as brothers, sisters and mentors: Sir Brinn for his concise words of wisdom, Aydan for his wisdom and tactics, Ainsley for her ability to cheer up any soul, Misun, Bristenn, Shannivar, Metadi, Eahlstan, the Order for their companionship and constant push to improve, and many of the triage unit of Solhaven for patching me up with a grin for the hundreth death (or more.)

But the person I admire most in the lands is Meureii. Not for his strength or wisdom, but for how much I've seen him grow in the years I've known him. He grew from a strong, ambitious warrior, to one who thinks through his actions and respects both sides of the fight on and off the field.

8: What has been your best moment in the lands so far?

Its for this reason that the best moment I've had in the land is a little duel I had with Meureii, that I lost, and do not regret the loss one moment.

9: What has been your worst moment in the lands so far?

My largest regret is when a sharp tongue hurts my friends, which happens too often. Its far sharper than my blades.

10: What advice would you give to a new warrior?

Before you fight, determine what it is you fight for. Silvers and wealth fade. Fame will always be surpassed by others. Its the preservation of life that leads some to hone their blades, but its ironic that it may take life as well. If you fight for honor, compare your blades to honor: you must know the weight of each, the balance of each, the reach of each, and the edge of each; if either part is unsuitable, the whole blade is useless, as is honor. Too often warriors forget that the true fight is not won through blades.

11: If you had to do it all again, knowing what you now know, would you do anything differently?

Other than a sharp tongue and a stubborn flaw, I have few regrets. But through my mistakes I've grown the most. I would not trade a single one of them.

12: Is there anything you want to add to this interview?


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