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personal - GemStone IV interview with Waylund

Interview with Waylund

Interview held on Leyan, day 3 of the month Imaerasta in the year 5112.


A ruddy Dwarf, with grey streaked brown hair tied in a single braid, moves to an open chair and sits at the table. His weathered face and broken nose are offset by sparkling chestnut eyes. His relaxed posture and varied attire, including the single orchid on his chest, denote that, despite his apparent youth, he is more tolerant and amiable than most of his race.

1: What is your name (required) and training level (not essential)

I am known as Waylund Strongiron. I have only reached my twenty third train, despite my time in the lands.

2: How long have you wandered the lands?

My adventures began long ago. When I arrived in the Landing, I was an outcast from my clan. I was young and I was very lost. I began the path of Voln after meeting a kind cleric, who taught me to survive the wilds. Then, I joined the Warrior's Guild. I left adventuring for more years than I care to admit. I have returned to the Landing recently.

3: What hunting style do you opt for?

I use my axe and my hands. The Lands changed while I was away. I have been relearning my art. Voln changed as well. I have been thinking long and hard about my path. I am considering hanging my axe and shield on the wall. The axe is one of Anzel's, not Dwarven, but it has been my closest friend in the Lands, so the decision is not one to made lightly. My hands are strong though and I am thinking that they may be enough. I am at a crossroads. My instincts want the weight of a solid axe, but I may decide to find nice armor and let my hands and feet do the work, as I learned to do in Voln.

4: What percentage of your time do you spend hunting? How do you spend your other time?

I hunt often. Most of my time is spent releasing undead. My path in Voln is near complete, so I expect to explore other pursuits soon. I also continue Guild training. I seek the ability to make an excellent sheath, but, even if I have little use for one. I have a desire to create excellent and useful items, so I am drawn to forging, perhaps.

5: What is and/or was your most enjoyable hunting area and why?

I have not ventured far into that lands, so many areas are unknown to me. I usually hunt alone, so I spent a great deal of time in the graveyard. I am reaching a point in my training that will soon require me to move to other areas. I look forward to new challenges.

6: What do you enjoy most about your time in the lands?

Becoming a greater warrior and advancing the goals of Voln. I also look forward to a time when I can complete my home and open a shop. I am drawn by curiosity, not a common trait among my kind, and by unique items, a trait very common among Dwarves.

7: Is there anyone within the lands that you admire? (Any profession) Who and why?

There are many in the lands I have met and whom I admire. Many are generous with their knowledge and assistance. Some from the time before I was away and whom I have not been able to find. However, one person made my time in the Lands truly stand out. Guenhafyr. I met her when my beard had barely began to grow. She taught me ways to survive and introduced me to Voln. With her guidance, I learned to survive and prosper. I have only seen her a few times since my return - during the Krolvin attacks on the Landing. Sadly, I was unable to catch her attention. She has always been very kind, knowledgeable and willing to give of her time for one who is so inexperienced as I.

8: What has been your best moment in the lands so far?

Again. This is hard to answer. I would have to say that adventuring with Guenhafyr was definitely exciting. Fond memories. Further, finding new friends - many times in dire circumstances - has also provides a great deal of great moments. Nothing is so exciting as having your bacon saved by a fellow adventurer at just the right moment or, to the opposite extreme, being able to help another in need.

9: What has been your worst moment in the lands so far?

I have enjoyed the Lands since arriving from the "turnip farm" of my clan. I had no family. My clan was unhappy with my decision and I arrived with no skills to speak of. I would have to say that, since my return, the Krolvin Invasion was most taxing. I enjoyed the opportunity to defend the Landing, despite the fact that I am still not very skilled or recognized as a citizen. I spent a good amount of time under a empath's care and, occasionally, a cleric's. The worst evening, I would have to say, was a night that I required a Cleric's services several times in a few hours. Seems I had a knack for finding powerful opponents who had no mercy. I have had to seek Lorminstra's favor a few times since then.

10: What advice would you give to a new warrior?

Hunt...and make some non-warrior friends. Actually, make as many friends as possible, because enemies tend to accumulate. Try to get a good number of deeds early. Join a society, such as, Voln. Carry some herbs, because empaths aren't always available. If you have a question, ask an elder, they are usually friendly.

11: If you had to do it all again, knowing what you now know, would you do anything differently?

Most of my training came before I was away. I would have focussed more on my Voln training and my efforts in the Guild. But I would not really change anything.

12: Is there anything you want to add to this interview?

I would also like to say that I admire this project. Preserving the experiences of warriors is a worthy endeavor. I would be more than happy to provide other answers should you decide to create a more detailed survey. It is an honor that you would take an interest in a fairly young and inexperienced Dwarf such as myself.

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