Pack Alpha

It’s Rider’s turn to answer questions.  I know it’s a little early but it’s done.  Ya’ll will get what you get.

I’m thinking of posting the next story as it comes out.  We’ll see.  AJ has changed the last three stories she’s started writing so we are a little leery of doing so at the moment.  Don’t want to get your hopes up and then stop mid story.

Character Interviews


What is your darkest childhood memory?

Lake and I got lost in the woods once. We were like 6 and we were following a fox and her kits and we got lost . We couldn’t find our way back and it got dark. Our dad found us a few hours later huddled together against a tree waiting. We had remembered to stay put.

What bad habit are you struggling to overcome?

I bite my nails – always have it’s the only anxious trait I have.

Why does your journey matter to you personally?

I never expected I’d be what I am. I’m not exactly old enough to lead a pack but here I am. I think it’s all Nox. But he doesn’t. I don’t quite get it. He says something about magic. But I just want to learn more about this world – my mom kept it from me. But it’s part of me.

What does a perfect world look like to you?

I don’t think I have any idea what a perfect world looks like. My mom to be a live and love my older brother would be grand. To have known him for more the past five years of my life too.

What smell or scent reminds you of your childhood home?

I’ll have to go with Nox on this one, apple pie reminds me of mom all the time.

What is your biggest regret?

That I didn’t get to know my big brother growing up.

Who was your childhood sweetheart?

I didn’t/don’t have a childhood sweetheart.

What do you fear losing the most?

My family. I’ve already lost my mom, I don’t think I could take losing my dad or brothers right now. Which includes Matt (and all of my nieces and nephews)

Is there a secret spot you like to retreat to? If there is, why that spot?

Not really. The kitchen but it’s not a secret.

Do you have a family member that’s ever let you down? If so, how has that affected you?

My mom. But it was magic making her hate my brother. But for a long time I was disappointed she couldn’t love him specially after I got to know him – he is just so awesome. Sweet and caring, the heart on that guy is so frigging big. I can’t imagine not ever knowing him.

Are you afraid to be alone?

Absolutely. Isn’t everyone.

Are you proud of who you are?

I’d like to think so. I still have a lot of growing up to do, but I’m getting there.

What keeps you up at night?

Right now, I have a lot of responsibility. Alot keeps me up at night – all that responsiblity

What was your favorite stuffed animal or toy as a kid?

I didn’t have a favorite stuffed animal. I was too much a guy, my mom says I used to carry around a tiger I called Tony – original I know. But I don’t remember him much. I think mom trashed him after he was covered in much slime of babydom.

What was your worst injury ever?

I broke my foot playing soccer.

What song makes you think of your crush?

I don’t have a crush. Never had a crush I still think of either.

What was your bravest moment?

Becoming pack leader of a bunch of strangers cause of my brother.

Who can make you smile no matter how bad you feel?

Lake is my person who I know can cheer me up. But now I think Cass is the best person to do it.

What is one thing you always carry with you?

I always carry with me a photo of my family when we were last all together. I even have glued Nox into the picture

Who is one person you would never ever want to see again? Why?

I don’t know. I don’t ever not like someone that much. No one has really hurt me that badly.

What, to you, is the worst way to die?

Burning to death, drowning, anything that takes a long time.

You can bring one person back to life. Who would you choose and why?

My mom so she could learn to love Nox like he deserved and needed to be loved.

Is it easy to admit when you’ve made a mistake?

Yeah, I do it all the time.

Is it easy for you to forgive others? (Truly?)

I guess. But I don’t know. Few have ever needed it.

You’re on your death bed. Who do you want by your side?

My brothers (and my family but mostly my brothers)

Your childhood bully has grown up to be a philanthropist. Do you praise him and give to his cause? Or do you turn a shoulder to him and scoff?

I’m not as good natured as Nox so even though I have no bully I would say no. A dick is a dick is a dick.

Who would you want to raise your child if you die unexpectedly?

If I had kids. My brother probably. I bet he and Matt will have lots of kids anyway – just like Nox.

Do you suffer from a reoccurring nightmare? If so, what happens in it?

Not really.

What do you notice first about a person?

Their shining personality. I’m a eyes kinda guy tho.

Do you find it difficult to praise others?

Not really. If someone does a good job they should know it.

Which color do you feel looks best on you?

Emerald Green. I don’t know!

What’s your drink of choice?

Water with lemon

Which parent do you take after more? (If they know their parents)

My dad.

What quality about your parent do you admire? Abhor? (If they know their parents)

My dad. I mean he’s doing the whole Doctors Across Borders now that mom is gone. He’d never have done that with Mom here, she’d never have allowed us to stay with Nox.

Do you wish to be a loner? Or have a family one day? (Or if they already have a family, do they enjoy family life or regret it?)

I need family.

What odd habits or ticks do you have?

I don’t think I have any. I’m anal about my workouts.

Have you traveled to other lands? Or planets, even?

To just New York City

Do you feel a need to fix or repair problems that don’t directly involve you?

Only Nox. Everyone else no.

How do you view other races or cultures?

With respect. I grew up human. I am Therian now, but I didn’t know any of it existed before now.

Do you worry about what the future will bring?

Yeah I guess. I’m ruler of a pack now and I’m still learning things. I could screw up a whole lot of people.

Speculation

So yesterday I posed a question on Facebook. I didn’t expect any answers from anyone but it got me thinking.

And then AJ’s alpha said I’d be freaking out over it all cause being inundated with were blood, we as were’s as a community would be suffering through all this social distancing in 2020. Dumb ass virus!

But still, back to the topic, I would be so freaking out. I would lock myself in my bedroom and probably starve if I didn’t have vampire friends. Or I’d move into Alex’s apartment and we’d live alone. No one allowed but Alex. And Alex couldn’t leave cause I know I’d fucking get sick the moment he did. I catch everything. So hate my human heritage in that. My one weakness – the fucking common cold!

I can see myself in mass anxiety panic in the corner of my room – stay away. And Alex laughing at me then growling at me to get in bed and then he’d wrap his arms around me and keep me safe. I’m so fucking easy! But as I remind Alex – just for him.

But really what about vampires? They can’t catch it they aren’t alive, but are they carriers? Like a mosquito or a tick? AJ come on! Find me that answer in your big book of secrets!

Dragons

Series: World Lore

  1. Classify your race.
    Dragons are one of the first races of long lived supernaturals.
  2. Give a general overview.
    Dragons are shape shifters. They are born in human form but when they reach puberty they can take on the form of a dragon. The stronger a dragon is the larger their dragon form. All Dragons can bend the elements though power comes from size and varies from dragon to dragon.
  3. Give them personality traits.
    Dragons are typically seen as wise and intelligent creatures with hoarding issues.
  4. Give them a physical description.
    Dragons can shape shift into any human form they like, many do so over the years to hide their age. A dragon’s true shape is that of its dragon form, their size and color of scales can vary. All dragons bear the brand of their clan on their bodies which translates to a tattoo in human form.
  5. Describe the clan or tribe.
    Dragons are part of one of five clans. They usually join the same clan as their parents as they are branded at birth. On rare occasion a youngling is given the choice – usually when the youngling was orphaned young.
  6. Explain the relationship between your race and other races.
    Dragons keep to themselves. They do not typically mate with humans but the biology is compatible. This is a decree by the Golden Clan to keep the Venatori from mating with the netherdragons that result from the copulation of human and dragon.
  7. Give your race a History.
    Dragons were once hunted as sport – the medival times saw them as dangerous, and they were thought to be extinict. They were just hiding in plain sight. The Dragons are secretive and beyond this very little is know about the Dragons.
  8. Explain your race’s alignments.
    Dragons are typically lawful neutral.
  9. Create a map showing their setting.
    Dragons can be found anywhere in the world, however they prefer large cities like New York City as they can blend in easier.
  10. Explain their religion.
    Very little is know of Dragon religion.
  11. Describe your race’s language.
    Dragons have their own language to hear if you are not a dragon typically means your death.
  12. Explain your race’s physical attributes.
    Dragons are strong and have keen eye sight. They can shape shift into any manner of humanoid they desire as well as their one and only dragon form.
  13. Think about your creatures’ occupations.
    Dragons do whatever they can. If they can use their occupation to supply their hoarding addition then all the better.
  14. Explain how advanced they are.
    No more advanced than humans, however they have a better understanding of magic and the supernatural than most beings as it is their culture to disseminate that knowledge through the ages.
  15. Describe the other civilizations your race interacts with.
    Dragons keep to themselves mostly hardly interacting with anyone outside of their clan – except in the case of their jobs.
  16. Describe your race’s magical or special powers.
    Dragons can shape shift into any humanoid creature and their one true dragon self at will. They can bend the 4 elements and understand the umbra better than most.
  17. Come up with population statistics for your race.
    Dragons make up .5% of the population of earth that’s about 37 million dragons around the world.

Quarantined and Bored?

AJ isn’t quarantined yet. Nor is she bored. We have lots going on. But all across the world the landscape of your lives are changing – mine isn’t. I’m the same old world. Still stuck in 2017. I think my world just change drastically not that AJ doesn’t plan on doing that anyway so no big deal but it’s gonna change.

But with everyone home and bored, AJ wants to advertise the First Age. My home and birth place. A place AJ still absolutely loves. And you get the benefit of coming to play with me – in my first incarnation anyway.

So what is the First Age? Here’s a bit AJ wrote to advertise on her Facebook timeline:

Bored? Like to write? Like the Wheel of Time? Even if you don’t. The First Age is a modern-day twist on the world Robert Jordan created with the Wheel of Time. Join us in a new age defined by returning gods, prophets, monsters, and an ever-changing landscape. Help us define this brand new world with every character’s decision. https://thefirstage.org

And me of course that should be mentioned again. Alex is there too – though we’ve never met. AJ is keeping us separate on purpose! How dare she!

Heartbeats and blood

All other Character Interviews

It’s Ant’s turn to answer the questions. So without further adieu here are Anthony Giovanni – the son of the hound’s answers.


What is your darkest childhood memory?

My mother is my darkest memory – so everything in my childhood was dark. My mother is a psychopath – clinically diagnoses by todays standards, but back when I was a child she was stark raving mad. My mother is glaring at me about that. She was a prostitute, a theif and an assassin in life, and she kept the assassin part when she became a vampire and oh so much deadlier. I grew up with Aurora as my mother figure because my mother couldn’t raise me, so until my powers manifested – which did much earlier than they would have if I’d been full Primeval vampire my mother wasn’t raising me.

What bad habit are you struggling to overcome?

I should probably stop teasing Alex so much. He is my Chevalier after all. I’m bound to him for the rest of our lives or until he finally decides he really isn’t enough for Nox and leaves everyone high and dry. But the hatred Alex has for vampires is strong, and I do love to poke at that ever growing landscape.

Why does your journey matter to you personally?

I don’t want to be in my mother’s shadow. I don’t want to be the Son of the Hound. A cool name for myself is what I want. And with Nox I get that. I follow because he bound me forcefully but you either love Nox or you hate him. And I couldn’t do the latter. He’s broken, and once I realized that everything else made sense. I’m not in Nox’s shadow like I was my mothers, I’m his equal, he respects me. Not that my mother didn’t, but to the world I was hers. Yeah I am Nox’s, but standing by his side is not the same as standing by my mothers.

What does a perfect world look like to you?

There is no such thing as perfect. A world like that could never exist.

What smell or scent reminds you of your childhood home?

Mint tea. Mint curbs the appetite, even for a vampire. Maybe Nox should wear some mint. Aurora kept it on tap as a childhood. For herself, my mother and eventually myself. I can’t stand the stuff but I will admit to putting on a pot when food is scarce.

What is your biggest regret?

My biggest regret is I didn’t turn Isabel when she was Annibale back when I first met her. I knew she was my soul mate. And then she died, and then I found her but she didn’t know me even though I knew her. Finding Izzy has been extremely satisfying. Having her remember me glorious.

Who was your childhood sweetheart?

I didn’t have a childhood sweetheart. I didn’t have a traditional upbringing. My friends were my mother’s herd – my father, best friend was 50 some odd year old 16 year old.

What do you fear losing the most?

My sense of identity – particularly now that I have one outside of my mother’s shadow.

Is there a secret spot you like to retreat to? If there is, why that spot?

I don’t have a secret spot, but it’s a place only Primeval vampires can get to or myself and my mother. Sanctuary is peaceful if I stay with my father

Do you have a family member that’s ever let you down? If so, how has that affected you?

My mother? She was never there for me when I was growing up. But then she isn’t exactly here for me 800 plus years later either. But that is the nature of her condition. The fact that we have the relationship we do is heartening though

Are you afraid to be alone?

Yes, absolutely. It’s terrifying to think of being without Ryan or my mother. 800 years is a long time to form an attachment.

Are you proud of who you are?

Not really. Who am I? I’m just learning that I think. I’ve been the son of the hound for so long I don’t even know who I am.

What keeps you up at night?

I’m a fucking vampire! I’m up all night anyway!

What was your favorite stuffed animal or toy as a kid?

I didn’t have stuffed animals or traditional toys as a kid. I had a sword. I still have that sword though it’s more of a long dagger now.

What was your worst injury ever?

I’m a vampire I don’t really get hurt. Not in the traditional sense.

What song makes you think of your crush?

A song no one has heard in hundreds of years.

What was your bravest moment?

Leaving Annibale after she died. I was in love. I didn’t go to back to Italy with mother for a few decades.

Who can make you smile no matter how bad you feel?

Ryan can. He always has been able to. Probably why he’s my best friend.

What is one thing you always carry with you?

A sword – always!

Who is one person you would never ever want to see again? Why?

I don’t have any enemies that I haven’t already killed. And I have no one that has hurt me to the point of never wanting to see them again.

What, to you, is the worst way to die?

Straight up? fire!

You can bring one person back to life. Who would you choose and why?

I’d say Annibale but I have her in Iz so I’m good.

Is it easy to admit when you’ve made a mistake?

I don’t make mistakes.

Is it easy for you to forgive others? (Truly?)

Is it easy for anyone?

You’re on your death bed. Who do you want by your side?

I won’t have a death bed, I will just be dead.

Your childhood bully has grown up to be a philanthropist. Do you praise him and give to his cause? Or do you turn a shoulder to him and scoff?

No, but mostly because I didn’t have a childhood bully.

Who would you want to raise your child if you die unexpectedly?

If I had a child and I wasn’t around, Nox and Alex, or Ryan.

Do you suffer from a reoccurring nightmare? If so, what happens in it?

I am the nightmare, I don’t have them.

What do you notice first about a person?

Their heart beat.

Do you find it difficult to praise others?

Yes, praise was not given lightly.

Which color do you feel looks best on you?

Blood red.

What’s your drink of choice?

AB-

Which parent do you take after more? (If they know their parents)

That’s a hard one. My father I guess. In looks and personality. I’m not crazy like my mother.

What quality about your parent do you admire? Abhor? (If they know their parents)

My father’s ability to love my mother despite all the things he knows she’s done in her life as human and vampire.

Do you wish to be a loner? Or have a family one day? (Or if they already have a family, do they enjoy family life or regret it?)

I want a family!

What odd habits or ticks do you have?

I use sex as a trade for feeding me. Though that’s fairly normal for a vampire. But I was raised to feed on the willing so I never take without consent.

Have you traveled to other lands? Or planets, even?

Only earth sadly – but I’ve been everywhere in the world several times over.

Do you feel a need to fix or repair problems that don’t directly involve you?

No. I do as I’m told and that’s usually to kill someone – until I met Nox.

How do you view other races or cultures?

Humans are food. The others could be food if I chose to figure out how to persuade them to let me feed. But humans are abundant enough and willing enough there is no need. The Venatori are bastards.

Do you worry about what the future will bring?

Not really. Like I said I do what I’m told.