Friday, September 12, 2014

Beautiful People Linkup--September

The "Notebook Sisters" are co-hosting a linkup called "Beautiful People." Each month they announce a new set of questions to answer about your character so you can learn more about them.

This month, I'll be interviewing Hans Levarius, the alchemist, necromancer, and antagonist of my YA medieval fantasy, the sequel to The Sorceress. It is still untitled, though I'm planning to resolve that soon. I'd toyed with The Necromancer, but then that'd be two books in the series that have the same title as the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. Anyway.

One quick note about Hans: When I was making my Pinterest board for the story, the person I cast to play his part is Benedict Cumberbatch. He looks a lot like him, and he'd be excellent at the straight-faced and low voice thing.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Hans Levarius

1. What is their motive?

Power, riches, your typical bad guy stuff. He's a little very bitter over his childhood, because his older brother was the clear favorite, and Hans often got the shaft.

2. What do they want, and what are they prepared to do to get it?

To kill the king of Stormcastle and become ruler. He then plans to take over the surrounding kingdoms, and so on, until all of England is his. Hans deals with blackmail and poison, so it's not very hard for him to get people to do what he wants.

3. How do they deal with conflict?

Hans is sneaky, so he doesn't usually have to deal with conflict directly. He has others do it for him until the time is right to reveal himself, and by that time, he'll have all the power necessary to take over.

4. Describe their current place of residence.

It's a small room in the king's castle. It has a bed, a wardrobe, a bookshelf, etc. What the king doesn't know is that Hans is hiding potion vials and spell books underneath the floorboards.

5. If they were writing this story, how would it end?

With him sitting on the king's throne, the crown upon his head.

6. What habits, speech patterns, etc. are unique to them?

He often speaks as if he's irritated, at least when Anya (the protagonist) is in the room. When he's alone with the king, however, he's very smooth and influential. He's charismatic in the sense that no one has a reason to distrust him and generally listen to what he has to say.

7. How do they show love? What do they like to do with/for people they love?

Love? Hans doesn't love. Love is weakness. Love means you're willing to sacrifice yourself for someone else. That's not Hans at all.

8. Do they have any pets?

Nope. He doesn't have enough time to care for someone/something else, not even a potted plant.

9. Where would they go to relax/think?

In his room in the castle, amidst his spell books and potion supplies.

10. What is their weapon of choice? (FYI: words, eyes/looks, and fists count as weapons too.)

Secrets, lies, blackmail, poison, anything that allows him to kill while remaining undercover.

What's your villain like? Leave a comment!


Boquinha said...

So your villain is Lane Kim.

The Magic Violinist said...

@Boquinha XD What makes you say that?

Shelumiel said...

Hans is downright evil.

Cait said...

I'm having trouble seeing Sherlock being evil...I mean, there's Khan...BUT STILL HE DIDN'T MEAN IT. *resides currently in denial* Oh but I love my villains too much. The entire of my books are grey areas so hopefully it's hard to tell who even is the villain. STILL. Some good pure ol' evil is always fun. Hans sounds chilling.

The Magic Violinist said...

@Shelumiel *Nods* That he is.

@Cait Ha ha, I know. XD I think it'd be weird to actually see him acting as someone evil, but it's a fun idea. I love it when books have gray areas like that, like it almost makes you guilty when you're rooting for someone who's not totally good.


Anonymous said...

Ahaha, Hans reminds me of Peter Pettigrew... very wily and good at sneaking around to get his way! :)
nice post!

Becca McCallum said...

Hans sounds like my little brother, without the poison and blackmail. In the sense that he's the younger one, and wants ALL THE POWER. And not dealing with conflict directly. WHICH means that your villain sounds like a real person, so well done!

The Magic Violinist said...

@nevillegirl I hadn't thought about that comparison at all. XD But now that you mention it, he is sort of like Peter.

@Becca McCallum LOL! I almost spewed my drink when I read that. Wow, that's a little scary.

Kathryn said...

Question: Does Hans truly love nothing, or does he only tell himself that he loves nothing? Surely he must have a soft spot in his heart for SOMEONE! Please don't leave me in a black abyss of total evil here!

The Magic Violinist said...

@Kathryn Great question! :) And this gives me a chance to delve deeper into Hans' past.

Hans loved someone once, a beautiful woman named Katarina, but after she grew ill and died, he deciding that love was nothing but a set-up for hurt.

Thanks for commenting!

Boquinha said...

Hiding things under the floorboards . . . :P