Ask a Character: Luke Callindor Part 2


Luke:  I have to do this again?  I got the first one months ago.

Me:  Yeah.  Remember how badly that went?  You got maybe 5 questions.

Luke:  Do you really think it will go differently this time?

Me:  More people have read the book and there are more followers.  Can’t see any harm in trying again.

Luke:  This would work better if you let me mature on your blog.  I’m stuck as my original self instead of the mature warrior I’ve become by the 5th book.

Me:  Mature?  Your love life is a wreck and you recently thought it would be a good idea to go one-on-one with a Crossbow Dragon . . . in the air!

Luke:  Maybe I wouldn’t have done that if you weren’t playing Shadow of the Colossus.  At least I’m not whining as much as I used to.

Me: That is a plus.  So, ready for a few questions, hero?

Luke:  You’re asking them?

Me:  No.  I have trouble asking questions that I already know the answers to.  I’ll let your fans do the asking.

Luke:  What fans?  Everyone loves Fizzle and Nimby.

Me:  You’re whining again.

Luke:  Not whining.  Declaring a fact.  Anyway, ask your questions and I’ll answer.  We’ll see how this goes.

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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25 Responses to Ask a Character: Luke Callindor Part 2

  1. L. Marie says:

    Many heroes face a dark night of the soul as a testing ground for their worthiness to be a hero. What, Luke, is the darkest night you’ve faced? Why? (And um I’m not referring to your love life by the way.)


    • Luke: The darkest night I ever faced has yet to be told. Uh . . . it’s in the second book. It really messes me up and changes everything. Death, betrayal, and failure all in one package.

      Me: Yeah. You’re really going to limp to the end of the sequel.

      Luke: Limp? I’m going to have to be dragged. You’re a sadistic bastard.

      Me: I’m not . . . fair enough.


  2. sknicholls says:

    Do you have a girlfriend? if so, what is she like? if not, why not?


    • Luke: I have a fiancee, who is a very fierce and cunning woman. We have similar backgrounds in that we have big expectations on us. So, it’s nice to be with someone that understands that type of life. We don’t hold those expectations on each other, so we can be ourselves when together.

      Me: Then there’s the rest of the train wreck.

      Luke: The other woman is exciting and full of energy. She’s a wanderer like I am and there’s a definite spark there. I’m still not sure how deep the feelings go, but they’re strong.

      Me: There’s also your groupie, the vampire, the fairy, and the old flame. You’re a regular chick magnet.

      Luke: As I said, train wreck.


  3. Hmm, I wonder, if you could spend the rest of your life anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do there?


    • Luke: Your world or my world?

      Me: One and then the other.

      Luke: I like wandering for now. I can’t really think of anywhere I would want to stay for more than a few months. Your world has some interesting places, so I would probably explore that big continent and the island continent. What are they called?

      Me: Africa and Australia. That still isn’t settling down.

      Luke: When I stop wandering, I’ll consider going home. Although, I like the idea of making a small home near Visindor Forest. It’s close to Gaia, but not so close that I would feel like a city-dweller.


      • Africa, huh? Yes, I suppose that would be a good place for an explorer.
        And when do you think you’ll be ready to settle down?


      • Luke: Whenever the wanderlust fades. There’s no way to give a specific time on it. It could be when I’m done with my adventure or twenty adventures from now.


      • Do you think it will ever fade?
        Maybe a better question would be, do you want it to fade?


      • Luke: It fades eventually. It’s like a family curse. Every Callindor gets the urge to wander and go on adventures. In time, you run out of adventures and feel like settling down. This can be anywhere from five to fifty years. It depends on how long it takes for you to find a reason to settle.


      • A curse? So you mean that none of your family has ever really wanted to settle down? Or is the curse the wanderlust to begin with?


      • Luke: We always want to settle down. We simply want to wander and go on adventures first. It’s in our blood, so people call it a curse. Many Callindors have died following their blood, but that’s the nature of us. People throw the word ‘curse’ around quiet often because they don’t understand why we act the way we do.


      • If it was possible, would you get rid of your curse for future generations?


      • Luke: No. That’s beyond my power and heroes have to come from somewhere. I think it would be wrong to come from a long line of heroes and break that tradition for future generations. It’s a little selfish in my mind.

        With the wanderlust, comes the opportunity to help others. It isn’t only wandering and fighting monsters that we crave. We seek to save people, defend the world, and do whatever it takes to stop those that seek to do harm. That is why being a Callindor is seem as important.


      • I understand. And I’ll bet Windemere is a better place becasue of you and your family. Stay strong Luke!


  4. Luke, what has been your favorite adventure so far, and what made it your favorite?


    • Luke: Journeying into Kalam’s lair was a big adventure. It was rather . . . complicated. I had to learn some new tricks to get through there. Nyx had it easier since she knows magic.

      Me: How about picking one that you can discuss at length?

      Luke: It’s all been one big adventure, so I’ll have to pick my favorite part. Fighting the giant cyclops was intense and I got to fight alongside Selenia. It was great that she was having as much trouble as I was.


  5. ioniamartin says:

    Luke does not whine. He is sexy and simply stands back and looks for a solution in a nasally voice.


    • Luke: Thank you. I think. Am I really nasally?

      Me: Your voice goes up an octave when you’re upset.

      Luke: I’m a book character. How would you even know that?

      Me: Because that’s what my voice does and you’re me. I’m assuming.

      Luke: I have gotten better. I do stand back and look for a solution these days.

      Me: True, but you also jump for the first idea in your head. For example, the dragon fight. Then there’s the shark.

      Luke: You realize you’re blaming me for what you have me do. That’s a little unfair.

      Me: I didn’t say it was bad. Every group needs the spontaneous one.

      Luke: Sure. That sounds like a compliment.


  6. Sahm King says:

    LUKE! It occurred to me that you have two swords. I find this fascinating because wielding two swords, I think, is difficult. I have a question concerning the discipline of a warrior of note from my world, namely Miyamoto Musashi. He was the founder of a school of two swords, Niten Ichi-Ryu (and famed author of the Book of Five Rings). I am wondering how you feel you’d fare in battle not against him (because he’s been dead for centuries… We can go zombie apocalypse with this just for kicks, though!), but against an opponent using the Niten Ichi-Ryu style of kenjutsu. That is, how confident are you in your skills? Let us assume said opponent is a master swordsman.


    • Luke: It’s funny because I rarely go up against another twin-blade warrior. It’s a very difficult style to master and one has to start young to be really good. I began training at the age of 2 by having to do things with both hands. Ambidexterity is key here.

      Me: I think you’re rambling.

      Luke: I’m biding time and trying not to say a simple ‘I would win’. I have a few advantages over the warriors of your world.

      Me: Not really.

      Luke: I’m half-elven, so I’m faster and more agile than a full human. Your master swordsman might be stronger, but my style is very much about flipping and leaping around. I use my body as a distraction . . . that didn’t sound right.

      Me: You can’t unsay that.

      Luke: The swords of your champion would have the advantage of reach, but I’m used to that. I’m going to assume that the style is similar. Many moves revolve around one sword parrying and the other one striking. If you attack with both swords at once and miss, you’re in trouble. That’s why I learned some elven martial arts and dwarven boxing. I have a few more tricks up my sleeves.

      Me: You’re gloating.

      Luke: I’ll sum up. I am a unique fighter, but I will admit that I’m not the type to utterly defeat another master swordsman. It would be fun, exciting fight, but I would win in the end. If anything my special gifts would see me through. Unless you say ‘no magic’ and then it would be a bit tougher.


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