In honor of my Days of the Dead blog tour, I’d like to introduce you to one of my vayash moru (vampire) characters from the Chronicles of the Necromancer and Fallen Kings series. Vayash moru play an important part in my books, aiding–and sometimes opposing–Tris Drayke and Jonmarc Vahanian.
Here, I’d like to introduce you to Lady Astasia, the youngest member of the Blood Council. She is beautiful, wily, and guided both in life and undeath by a strong sense of self-interest. In the conflict with Temnotta, she has deserted her Blood Council colleagues to site with the invaders, making her and her brood outcast, and making the rest of the Council bloodsworn for her destruction.
Q: What has immortality taught you?
A: Most mortals are fools and the rest are liars and cheats. Only the strong deserve to survive.
Q: You’ve often set yourself against the purposes of Jonmarc Vahanian. What are your intentions in this conflict?
A: I would see him in his grave.
Q: You’ve left the Blood Council, and some would say, gone rogue. Now, the Winter Kingdoms face an outside threat. Where are your loyalties?
A: I want to see the palaces of the Winter Kingdoms burn. I wish to see the power of the Volshe gain ascendance and to serve the ancient Nachele as they rise from their crypt-prisons to conquer.
Q: What is your biggest disappointment about immortality?
A: That the strength, speed and wealth I have gained as an immortal are not readily accepted by mortals as proof of the superiority of the vayash moru.