Equilibria Series - Earth Drummer: Character Interview with Tarek

Publication Date: May 30, 2014

Synopsis: Gentian is tiptoeing uncomfortably around his grieving father and headstrong twin sister, doing as he’s told for the sake of peace. However, when strange fire-filled dreams start to take over his nights, Gentian faces a tricky decision. Should he go ahead with his own arranged marriage, his future all planned out before him? Or should he accept the Shaman’s offer of becoming his initiate and learning about Earth magic? With his animal totem Tern to guide him, will Gentian be able to make his choice before his entire world spirals out of control?

Trouble is brewing in the harmonious land of Pangaea. Ever since the continent was split into four elemental parts by Strife, the balance has been edging ever so slightly in favour of the dark. Now, four elementals just coming into their powers must meet Strife head on and restore balance to their world.

In Wave Singers, we met Merry and the people of Thera, the Mer.

In Earth Drummer, Gentian must make a decision that could save his people - or leave them to face the darkness alone.

Character Interview with Tarek:  

Hello Tarek, thank-you for agreeing to speak with me today.
Well, you are always welcome in my home and besides; you brought the gift basket, what was I meant to do? Leave you sitting outside?

Um, right. Thanks again, anyway. I like your place, it’s very ‘rustic’.
Well, the spirits like it and that is all that really matters.

Quite. Tell me, did you always want to become a Shaman?
There is very little of ‘want’ involved in becoming a Shaman. I felt the call very early on. I’ll always remember that. Jode and I were hungry, curled up outside one of the Stronghold kitchens. A loaf of bread, freshly baked wafted through the air towards us. We didn’t question it - why would we, we were hungry - so we ‘liberated’ the bread and thanked the spirits and the gods for delivering it into our hands.

Did your parents agree with your choice to train as a Shaman?
I never asked. I just turned up next to them in the spirit realm one day and that was that. They were pretty happy. Especially my mother.

Were you a good child?
No indeed. I’d like to say I was very mischievous, but my carers would probably disagree and start throwing around words like ‘disgraceful’ and ‘downright naughty’. No idea why.

Why do you think the spirits chose you to be a Shaman?
Who knows? Maybe the spirits chose me to help guide Gentian to his own path. That boy is wrapped up in the future of Pangaea, I can tell.

Do you think Gentian has what it takes though? After all, he’s going through a lot of family issues right now…
Who knows, eh? Once you’re on your path, it’s up to the gods what turn the wheel takes.

O-kay. Let’s see; what’s it like, travelling the spirit world?
Ahhh. Like nothing you ever dreamed possible. As a spirit, I fly.

That sounds amazing.
It is.

How long have you been a Shaman? When will you stop?
Well that’s a bit personal. You don’t just ‘stop’ being a Shaman, you know. It’s in your blood. It becomes as much a part of you as your totem animal. As the food you eat and the air you breathe. Even when I’m dead I’ll be a Shaman. Sure, I’ll have lost my knuckle bones - tradition and all that - but I’ll still be a Shaman. At this point, I can’t help it.

You mentioned your totem animal briefly there - what animal is Jode?
Ah, that would be telling. If he wanted you to know…


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