Struggling with her fate, used as a pawn between warring factions, life for Axandra is almost too much to bear. Even the ministrations of her beloved companion, Quinn, may not prove powerful enough to overcome the stress threatening to destroy Axandra's fragile soul.
Character Interview: Proctectress Axandra Saugray
Axandra Saugray: (returning the bow before taking her seat) Good morning, Elizabeth. It’s a pleasure to see you again. We haven’t spoken for several weeks.
ENL: Not directly, but I have seen you recently. I was re-reading the lines of my latest installment of your story. It’s getting ready to print.
AS: Indeed. That’s very exciting news. I look forward to living it. I’m very proud of you.
ENL: That’s very kind of you. I’d like to ask you a few questions while thinking back to those first chapters of your life. You ran away from home when you were very young and never went back. Can you explain why you made such a decision when you were only six years old?
AS: There were… extenuating circumstances. My childhood was very complicated because my mother was the Protectress, always very busy and always very sick. My father… well, I believed he was my biological father, but now I understand that isn’t the case. My father shunned me constantly, so I was left to fend for my own emotional well-being. I felt unwanted, and for a remoter, that can be particularly damaging. When they delivered me into the hands of the Prophets, I felt I had no choice but to find my own way in the world. I never intended to return.
ENL: But now that you have reclaimed your rightful place, how do you feel about the work that you do?
AS: I know that my purpose is to be the voice that binds everyone to our Covenants, and it’s extremely important that someone is always watching over our choices and keeping each other in line. And it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had to do. Honestly, I’ve considered running away again. I’m not a social butterfly, yet I’m expected to interact with dozens of people every day. It’s exhausting. I’d like a week of peace and quiet. Also not easy for a remoter.
ENL: You use the term “remoter” to describe yourself. What exactly does that mean?
AS: A remoter is anyone with the ability to extend their telepathic abilities outside of their own mind without direct physical contact. Not all telepaths are the same. Senders only send telepathically, which is quite rare; Receivers only receive, which is much more common. Touchers can only receive or send by direct contact. I can both send and receive over great distances remotely, hence the term.
ENL: Speaking of telepathy, it’s rumored that you are probably the most powerful telepath on the planet Bona Dea.
AS: It’s possible, yes. I don’t like to point that out. It makes people uncomfortable to think that I have the ability to control them with my mind. They have to trust me, or I cannot perform my duties.
ENL: Do you have that ability?
AS: (reluctantly) Yes.
ENL: Have you ever used this ability to manipulate someone?
AS: Once—No… Twice.
ENL: And when was the last time you used this ability?
AS: At least 10 years ago. And now you’re going to ask me for what purpose, so I might as well explain. I was seventeen and already on my third year volunteering. Since my adoptive parents passed away a couple of years before, I went into volunteering early. I…convinced another volunteer to trade work assignments in order to avoid something I really didn’t want to do. I felt so guilty about it, I volunteered for an extra two weeks. No one even knew what had happened. I haven’t used it sense.
ENL: Not at all?
AS: No. I suggest we move on to another topic. I know you have several in mind.
ENL: No peeking, Protectress. So, are you and Quinn going to get married?
AS: (blushing and grinning) The romance has been fun. Quinn is… really wonderful. I know that sounds too good to be true. He’s attentive and loves me for who I am, even if part of that is being the host to something far more powerful than myself. I don’t know. We’re taking it one day at a time.
ENL: We look forward to finding out. Thank you very much for coming by, Madam. Your service is appreciated.
AS: You’re welcome. Your service is also appreciated.
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