Welcome to the Hotseat of Truth, a device in which your protagonist is trapped. The only way to escape is to answer five searching questions completely honestly or the Hotseat will consume them to ashes! Today’s victim is displaced mage, Raven, from Catalyst by Stephanie Barr
Raven is a powerful mage (half-dragon) who was left in the mundane realm after he helped tear the magical realm from the mundane one. He’s waiting for the Catalyst to show up so she can pull them back together. He and his familiar, Gypsy, have reincarnated innumerable times but they keep their memory and, while still magical, are generally stymied by the lack of magic manna in the mundane world.
Question one: Has waiting taught you patience?
I thought it had until I met Chloe. I guess there’s more to this patience thing that waiting powerlessly. I guess sometimes it means not being in charge. That I hadn’t expected.
Question two: How does powerful magic wielder cope with being trapped in a world where the magic is so weak?
I had to learn other skills. I tend to like working with my hands, so I usually take on craftsman-type jobs, learning new skills each life to keep it from getting boring. And I can do little things, some telekinesis and sensing things, but I’ll tell you, getting back to where I really have my powers back is something I’ve more than dreamed of. I can’t wait. Well, I can, but I don’t like it.
Question three: What is the first thing you will do when you can return to your own world?
Well, we’re not really returning to my own world, more like, thanks to the Catalyst, the world is coming back to us, so we’ll all be one world where magic is as normal as gravity. But, yeah, I have plans. Probably check my hoard—it has been twelve thousand years—and then show Chloe what a naturally-born mage can do when he’s not dependent on her power to do magic. What spell will that be? I don’t know. After some of the stuff she’s managed, she’s not easy to impress. But I’ll come up with something.
Question four: Does reincarnation hurt?
Yes and no. Reincarnation isn’t inherently painful but death can be. My last death was pretty miserable dying from an overabundance of shock treatments. But it is inconvenient. You never know where you’ll end up and some families are pretty miserable to grow up in like this one was with an abusive father and a mother who was grateful he had another target. It’s also kind of tough to go through school since I have literally heard it all before, but there’s usually something new and exciting to liven each life up. I feel like I learn something every life when I live long enough to do so. I do get to make new mistakes since I have the chance to learn from my old ones. Hmm. You’d think I’d make less of them…
Question five: Is Gypsy a friend as well as a familiar?
Why would you have a familiar that wasn’t a friend? I mean, I can’t even remember when she wasn’t a big part of my life. She knows me better than anyone and she still sticks with me. We wouldn’t keep seeking each other out, life after life, if we didn’t care about each other deeply. Not that keeps her from telling it like it is. In fact, that’s the best part of our friendship. We can tell each other the honest truth without worrying about it destroying what we have.