Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Gal's 2017 Halloween Frivolities Day 36: Barr's Character Has Spoken


Truly, I am the greatest subjugator ever spawned from the Reptilians.  Naga should be a trophy on my cosmic mantelpiece, a triumphant reminder of my first success as a solitary conquistador.  Instead, it is a contaminated burden, adulterated with memories that, akin to the birth world in my collection, I can never let go of, ultimately.  My blood and past will always bond me to Naga, for I am Zian Axakil Din'amu Ur, born a commander general's son, reborn as the Serpent King.
            Cosmic colonialism, extremist planetary nationalism, and alien genocide are about in the Dracos Constellation, where the Reptilians rule without mercy.  Enter Serpent King, a dark occult science-fantasy novel following the origins of Zian Ur, the last of the Nagans and a cosmic conquistador with a unique destiny.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Welcome to The Gal, Zian.  Some of my readers have yet to read your story.  What should they know about you?

Zian Ur:
My name is Zian Ur. I am a Reptilian conquistador from the planet of Naga in the Dracos constellation.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What do you believe in?

Zian Ur:
I do not share the superstition and religion of my Nagan people, that’s for sure. They believed in Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent that loomed over their skies, forever watching them like eternal children and demanding fanatic loyalty. I believe in myself.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What haunts you?

Zian Ur:
My people and their past. I am the last of their kind, and their last moments will always pervade my memory.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you have any phobias?

Zian Ur:
Yes. Joining my people in extinction, and failing as a conqueror of worlds.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What's the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

Zian Ur:
Finding out my origins, and what made me different from my Reptilian people.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Are you lying to yourself about anything?

Zian Ur:
No.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What was your childhood like?

Zian Ur:
Like other military children on Naga, I learned how to fight. I studied in a noble academy. I worked hard, and people feared me. I was a natural warrior.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Were your actions the result of freedom of choice or of destiny?

Zian Ur:
Destiny. As the Nagans were superior to every species in the Dracos constellation, I proved to be superior to them. I am superior to all.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
If you could go back in time and change anything, would you?

Zian Ur:
My parents deserved better. I owe you no explanation. You’re an inferior human from the inferior Solar System.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What does your name mean to you?

Zian Ur:
Zian Axakil Din’amu Ur. My family name Ur means “Original” or “First”. Zian means “Warrior”, Axakil means “Destroyer”, and Din’amu means “Devourer”. All in early scripts of Sapientia, our world’s language. As a member of a noble military family, it is tradition that I have a mighty and intimidating name to match my superior nature.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What scars, birthmarks, tattoos, or other identifying marks do you have?  What stories lie behind them?

Zian Ur:
My eyes are quite unique. As you can see, they are like a snake’s at first glimpse, as are all Nagan eyes, slit and surrounded by gold. But there is something else there that is beyond the normal Reptilian gaze.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What was unique about the setting of your books and how did it enhance or take away from your story?

Zian Ur:
Serpent King: Shadow and Light tells my story in the Nagan Empire. You see the various planet colonies my people own, experience the different peoples and their customs. It all enhances the story, allowing you to see the work of my people, what lead to their rise and fall.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
How do you see yourself?

Zian Ur:
As born to rule any planet I come across.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
How does your enemy see you?

Zian Ur:
As their master.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
How does the author see you?

Zian Ur:
Perhaps a tragic antihero, or a sad, pathetic inheritor of a fascist mindset doom to conquer and consume without ever finding fulfillment… but he’s a bleeding heart fool, and a dreamer who writes books. Real victors are beings of passion, beings of action who take what they want, and I’m the greatest of them all!

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Why do you think the author chose to write about your story?  Do you think they did a good job?

Zian Ur:
He created me nearly a decade ago, played with various concepts and storylines. It was about time he wrote my origin story as a good introduction to my character. It was decent work for a human. I would have done better myself, if I wasn’t busy ruling planets.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What do you think about the ending?

Zian Ur:
I think it shall forever haunt me, and will always bring me back to my dead world, again and again.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?  Would you change anything about the story told? Did they miss anything?

Zian Ur:
He portrayed me in the best manner that his little mind could. I would have made it better, as stated. Like most humans, you are horrific at retaining information!

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Have you read any of your authors' other works?  Any good?

Zian Ur:
I read the short story he wrote about me, Sinbad and the Serpent King. It was nearly an accurate portrayal of my encounter of the Arabic sailor. Once again, substandard but I understand a human’s recollection of events will always be limited.


 


About the author:
You can find me on my website or my Amazon Author Page.  Check out my debut novel!  Proud member of the South Carolina Writer's Workshop.


About the book:
Sunlight hits the tapestry of ovular golden designs stretched across the outside of opulent dome-shaped ruins on my home world, possessed by Reptilian poltergeists.  I revisit the planet often, the cradle of my origins, and the remaining puzzle pieces of the people responsible for half of my ancestry.  I am reckless and ashamed inside whenever I sojourn to this wretched ball, so I mustn't stay long.  If I do, then I'll smash down walls, cause damage to a few more palaces, and continue to endanger the preservation of this place's essential yet painful history.
            My tortured, tragic beginnings were composed upon Naga, the planet's interlaced lands and oceans ruled by the greatest civilization of the Draco constellation.  My Reptilian people taught me how to hunt, strike, and kill.  They showed me how to conquer.  In return, I killed them all.  Vengeance was the reason behind their demise, for they did more to me and my parents than they did for us, but I often wonder if the annihilation of my people was truly worth it.
            Possibly not, if the visions of my mother and father are to be trusted.  Their ghosts seem to be lost within the ghostly soup of this possessed planet, contaminated with the shared suffering and agony of serpentine spirits trapped on the grand world of Naga.  My vengeance was in their honor more than my own.  If they are truly underworld slaves here, then this planet has every right to shame me.
            Truly, I am the greatest subjugator ever spawned from the Reptilians.  Naga should be a trophy on my cosmic mantelpiece, a triumphant reminder of my first success as a solitary conquistador.  Instead, it is a contaminated burden, adulterated with memories that, akin to the birth world in my collection, I can never leg to of, ultimately.  My blood and past will always bond me to Naga, for I am Zian Axakil Din'amu Ur, born a commander general's son, reborn as the Serpent King.

            Cosmic colonialism, and alien genocide are bound in the Dracos Constellation, where the Reptilians rule without mercy.  Enter Serpent King, a dark occult science-fantasy novel following the origins of Zian Ur, the last of the Nagans and a cosmic conquistador with a unique destiny.

(Maps by Cat Scully)

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