Ask a Character: Nyx (The titular Prodigy of Rainbow Tower)

Sure, there are a lot of Beginning of a Hero characters that I can still do.  Selenia, Kellia, Kira, Kevin, and several other supporting casters.  Yet, I’m going to act like this is my hype week for Prodigy of Rainbow Tower.  No, I don’t have the cover art yet, but I’m going to act like it will be here this week.  So, there will be a sequel-based post every day this week.  Maybe a sneak peek or another interview or a repeat of the previous cover teaser or . . . something.  Anyway, let’s get this interview on the road:

Nyx is the major hero introduced in Prodigy of Rainbow Tower.  This half-elven woman is a powerful spellcaster and an orphan.  Her magic is very potent and, unlike other casters, she doesn’t need incantations, wands, ingredients, or gestures to cast magic.  She does point, but that’s more for aiming and old habits.  There are downsides to this power, which she can either explain or try to avoid explaining.  Nyx has a temper, a slight self-esteem problem when with Sari, and can drink an ogre under the table.  Hand-to-hand isn’t her thing, but she is able to bar brawl with the best of them.

So, ask away and enjoy the show.  No question is off-limits as some people proved with the Lich interview.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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33 Responses to Ask a Character: Nyx (The titular Prodigy of Rainbow Tower)

  1. Bastet says:

    Tell me oh Nyx, why do you have problems with Sari?

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    • Nyx: It isn’t really a problem. We’ve been friends since we were eight. Well, sort of. She’s the first and only friend I had a child before she moved away. It’s just that . . . she gets a lot of attention and tries to share it with me. It isn’t something I’m used to and it makes me self conscious.

      Sari: She means I try to tell her she’s beautiful and set her up with guys. Then, she flips out, blasts a hole in a tavern wall, and hightails it to the nearest bed to hide under.

      Nyx: I’m not that bad.

      Sari: Okay, a slight exaggeration.

      Nyx: I grew up as an apprentice and rather isolated one at that. So, I never got into the world of dating and always thought I was kind of plain. Sari simply won’t let it drop and leave me alone. Plus, she keeps kissing me.

      Sari: Uh, I kiss everyone. Besides, it’s your own fault for having soft cheeks.

      Nyx: You see what I have to deal with? She’d drive you nuts too.

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      • Bastet says:

        I actually think I understand you Nyx, you do rather exaggerate Sari!
        What sort of powers do you have Nyx, besides blowing wholes in tavern walls?

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      • Nyx: Just my magic. Not sure what else I would need. Kind of hard to top learning to cast a fireball surrounded by a lightning bolt while hovering a hundred feet in the air.

        Sari: She can sing!

        Nyx: That’s not a power. It’s a talent and not one that I get to use that often.

        Trinity: She’s got a pretty good punch too.

        Nyx: Again, not a power. Who invited my arch-enemy to this?

        Sari: I did. I thought it would be fun.

        Trinity: I think you’re slated to sit in on my interview, so this is fair. Odd that the boys aren’t here.

        Nyx: They couldn’t make it. Came down with a case of magical paralysis. Such bad timing.

        Sari: I think we can add casual abuse of magic to Nyx’s powers.

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      • Bastet says:

        Oh my I’m overwhelmed!

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      • Nyx: Just my magic. Not sure what else I would need. Kind of hard to top learning to cast a fireball surrounded by a lightning bolt while hovering a hundred feet in the air.

        Sari: She can sing!

        Nyx: That’s not a power. It’s a talent and not one that I get to use that often.

        Trinity: She’s got a pretty good punch too.

        Nyx: Again, not a power. Who invited my arch-enemy to this?

        Sari: I did. I thought it would be fun.

        Trinity: I think you’re slated to sit in on my interview, so this is fair. Odd that the boys aren’t here.

        Nyx: They couldn’t make it. Came down with a case of magical paralysis. Such bad timing.

        Sari: I think we can add casual abuse of magic to Nyx’s powers.

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      • Bastet says:

        That is a lot of power in one half-elf…I’d like to know more, but alas…I’m being called away, which has distracted me, I’m really sorry ’cause I was having so much fun…sigh. Will I find you tomorrow, I wonder?

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      • Nyx: I’ll be here, but the author won’t be. I’m sure he’ll get back to use eventually.

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  2. J.A. Romano says:

    How much practice did it take you before you were able to drink an ogre under a table, or are you just that good at handling your liquor naturally?

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    • Nyx: I’m naturally good, but it did take some practice to drink so much. I’m about five foot four and weigh maybe a hundred pounds. So, it took a while to train myself to handle all that.

      Sari: You’re really going this route, aren’t you?

      Nyx: What? I did practice a lot to get this good at drinking contests.

      Sari: She practiced a spell that prevents her from getting drunk. The spell turns the alcohol into raw magic when it’s in her stomach. Only a few people know this and they’re the ones that bet on her winning.

      Trinity: People call me the villain? At least I don’t cheat.

      Nyx: It’s only cheating if they call no magic. Besides, I still get a hangover that lasts twice as long as a natural one. So, I don’t get out of it unscathed.

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  3. ioniamartin says:

    Do you feel that having such power is intimidating to males? I bet you can handle getting hit on in a bar huh? What is the worst pickup line you’ve ever heard?

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    • Nyx: Magic is rather gender neutral, so there’s no intimidation factor between males and females. There are issues from other casters. My power makes me stand out and many apprentices took offense to being in the same class as me. It’s the equivalent of the teacher’s pet getting bullied at lunch, but with spells.

      Sari: Some guys probably think it’s a turn-on, which is why you get hit on at bars. Then she promptly knocks them through a wall or puts them to sleep.

      Nyx: I cushion the impact with wind magic. Let me think about that worst pickup line.

      Sari: I’ll get Fritz. *leaves room and comes back with Fritz* Do it. I’ll protect you.

      Fritz: Want to go back to my place for some real spell-casting?

      Trinity: That’s lame. You’re not trying.

      Fritz: I don’t perform on the spot.

      Nyx: You’re fine, Fritz. Sari went too far again. *gets magically pinched on the butt* Dammit, Fritz!

      *sends Fritz out the door with a wind spell*

      Trinity leaning to Sari: That was you, wasn’t it?

      Sari: I give the people what they want.

      Nyx: Does getting pinched on the butt count as a pickup line?!

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      • ioniamartin says:

        It does where I come from.

        I was thinking you might have heard the “Your tunic is like a mirror. i can see myself in it.”

        Fritz tried that on me but won’t admit it.

        Another question. Do you sense danger before it approaches or have any concept of things yet to come in the future or do you go into defense mode as things occur?

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      • *Sari and Trinity laughing*

        Nyx: What’s so funny?

        Trinity: I get the drop on you so often, so it’s a silly question to me.

        Sari: You fall for things far too easily, big sis.

        Nyx: As they’re eloquently describing, I can’t see the future. I can sense magic, but that doesn’t always mean I’ll know what it is. Typically, I cover my body in a thin layer of aura at all times, but it mostly to protect me from my own magic. In battle, I strengthen the shield to resist other spells.

        Trinity: That’s why we hit each other with fire and never burn off the other’s hair.

        Sari: I don’t get the tunic comment. Is Fritz a cross-dresser?

        Nyx: Uh-huh . . . wind magic possesses more defensive than offensive spells, so use that to help buffer me during fights. The problem is that I still need to know if weapons are heading my way. Otherwise, I get hit. There are a few casters who can see the future, but they put a lot of their aura toward that ability. So, they aren’t very strong on the offensive side of things.

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      • ioniamartin says:

        Do you get drained when you cast, or does your magic not affect you that way?

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      • Nyx: I have my limits.

        Sari: She pretends to get sleepy and hungry, but I think she’s unstoppable.

        Trinity: Not true. Nyx and I can reach our limits.

        Nyx: In fact, our magic makes is more susceptible to backlash. You see, using aura opens you up to emotions and feelings of those you target. If you aren’t careful, you can get struck by those emotions . . . it makes a mess.

        Sari: Hero’s Gate?

        Nyx: Hero’s Gate.

        Trinity: I love Hero’s Gate. There are other issues with casters like us, but the author is screaming book two spoilers at us.

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      • ioniamartin says:

        Have you ever heard of video games? Do they have anything like this in your world? Because you guys could rock a video game.

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      • Nyx: I’ve heard of them, but we don’t have anything like that.

        Sari: Give the gnomes time.

        Trinity: Nyder tells me that they are working on something that involves mind magic and illusions.

        Nyx: Are we supposed to know about him?

        Sari: The rules are kind of vague about that. I shouldn’t even be involved in this since I’m a book three debut.

        Nyx: Getting back to the question, we do have a game where we use illusions to fight. It’s similar to your video games. Technology is rare and odd since we have magic and you don’t.

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      • ioniamartin says:

        Well I’m not sure i agree with that. If Charles didnt have magic, how would you?

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      • Nyx: I mean more fireballs and lightning bolts. We have storytellers like him, but we call them bards.

        Sari: And gypsies.

        Trinity: And expendable.

        Nyx: Really?

        Trinity: At least the ones that sing off key.

        Sari: I can’t really disagree with that.

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      • ioniamartin says:

        In Torvanna we call them page binders or wordmancers.

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      • Nyx: Wordmancers sound like song casters to me. They’re very rare and probably more powerful than someone like me. A single note from their mouth can cast a spell.

        Sari: There are groups that hunt them down. It’s not pretty.

        Trinity: I’ve seen one in action. They’re dangerous when they don’t understand their abilities. This one killed several demons before a . . . can’t even call him a friend . . . someone killed her.

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  4. ioniamartin says:

    Reblogged this on readful things blog and commented:
    One of the strongest and most interesting characters of Windemere is now taking questions. It won’t last forever. Go ask!

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  5. Kira says:

    This great as always, Charles. Really like all the questions everyone asked! It’s strange seeing the name Kira in your story! lol

    Nyx, why would you want to drink an Ogre under the table?

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    • Nyx: It’s not so much a want, but an impression of quantity. Ogres are savage and don’t go into taverns. It would have been better to say that I could drink three dwarves under the table.

      Sari: She has. I’ve seen it. Made a lot of gold coins off that one.

      Nyx: You didn’t give me any of that.

      Sari: Of course not. You’re the noble heroine destined to save the world and I’m the gold-loving sidekick.

      Nyx: You’re dest- *voice cuts off*

      Sari: Oops. Slipped with a silence spell.

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  6. Hi Nyx! Glad it is finally your turn to be interviewed! 🙂 I do have one question for you: what was it like, being brought up by two people who weren’t your parents. Did you love them, or was it more like they were you’re master and that was it. Sorry if this is too personal a question. Feel free to tell me to jump off a roof, I’d understand completely.

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    • Nyx: I was very little when I was brought to Rainbow Tower, so there wasn’t any weirdness. I knew I was adopted fairly quickly because neither of my masters are elven. Willow definitely was more mother than master to me because she gave me my non-magical training. Cyril was my spell master and a stern father. I love them like they’re my birth parents, but I will admit to causing them some grief.

      Sari: The fighting or the fires?

      Nyx: They have special anti-Nyx defenses in Rainbow Tower, which react to my magic reaching a certain level.

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