Hi, everyone! I'm here to link up with The Notebook Sisters for the September edition of Beautiful People. This month it's villains! Yay! And, of course, I have to do my favorite villain (who is also recurring), Heliopolite Tajisscra, or just Tajisscra. He's got his reasons, but he's still black-hearted. You'll find him in Alicia, Lonish the Swordmaster, and various short stories set in the world of Rindavae. I also have plans for some of his family members to show up in other novels.
1. What is their motive?
Well, Tajisscra and his people, the Estackam, have a huge chip on their shoulders because they feel that they are not as favored as the Cheol Ruvin, the people chosen to keep the records of Rindavae by the Good Master, the Maker of Rindavae. They feel that the choice was unfair, and so they've basically been feuding with the Cheol Ruvin ever since. Tajisscra simply has greater drive than the others of his people. He wants respect from all of Rindavae, but not necessarily for the Estackam. He wants to be respected personally. Also, he sees Mortals as puny invaders who have no sense of the reality of things. When he meets intelligent and brave Mortals such as Lonish and Alicia, he tries to use them for his own ends.
2. What do they want, and what are they prepared to do to get it?
Tajisscra wants power and respect. He's willing to do anything (short of hurting his sister) to achieve those goals.
3. How do they deal with conflict?
Tajisscra is an Estackam. He's usually in a position to blast anyone who opposes him with his Wand. Unfortunately, when he runs into real conflict he tends to talk his way out of things rather than staying and fighting. He can shed real blood if it comes down to that, though.
4. Describe their current place of residence.
Well, Estackam tend to congregate near rivers, so I like to think that Tajisscra, when he's not terrorizing Alicia and trying to recruit Lonish, lives in a cheerful little cottage by the riverside, enjoying his garden and fishing as he plots up evil schemes whereby he will gain control of Mount Lucor and make all of Rindavae bend to his will.
5. If they were writing their story, how would it end?
Tajisscra has a thing about tenacity. While I have chronicled some of his greatest escapades into ponderous volumes, he would say that his story is not yet over, that he will rise again, and all that. I think if he searched deep down he would realize that a true happy ending would be living with his sister in a cottage by the river, not trying to make all of Rindavae respect and love him or get vengeance on the Cheol Ruvin. Still, Elori Tajisscra is just as twisted as her brother, and I think both of them would agree that the only happy ending lies in taking Mount Lucor.
6. What habits, speech patterns, etc. are unique to them.
Oh, this one's actually easy because I describe the way Tajisscra talks in Alicia. He has a strong, outwardly calm and even kind voice, but there are undertones of emptiness and darkness underneath. You can never really pinpoint his tone because he hides behind all the vocal tones (rather than making his voice flat to hide his purpose). As for habits, he has the extremely bad habit of trying to make a hybrid "superwarrior" in order to take over the world. On a smaller scale, he fiddles with the carvings on his staff when he grows bored.
7. How do they show love? What do they like to do for/with the people they love?
Tajisscra does not truly love anyone, although he might be able to love Elori, his sister, sometime in the future if he gets his act together. He believes that the language of love is shown through physical contact, such as a hug or kiss, but he's definitely not a touchy-feely person. When he tries to win over his niece, the half-Mortal, half-Estackam Marie the Clever, he has a difficult time because he really does not know how to show affection but tries to do it anyway. He claims that he would do anything for Elori, but sometimes I think that's just a lot of hot air.
8. Do they have any pets?
Nope. Tajisscra is a loner.
9. Where would they go to relax/think?
Tajisscra can relax anywhere where there is no other living creature. He prefers riversides, though, because the sound of the running water is very calming on the nerves.
10. What is their weapon of choice?
Tajisscra wants to use a sword. As an Estackam, he has the power of a Wand, but he also has a boyish fascination with sharp blades. He thinks that swinging them around and actually feeling the sword slice into the person you're slaying must be high fun. Unfortunately, you lose all that with a Wand. It's a dream, you know. Maybe someday he'll find a sword of his own.
Thanks for reading, and God bless,