Introducing Haveshi Yellowcrow, from The Warrior and the Holy Man. This is Haveshi as she is at the beginning of the second story, "The Path of Latan the Clerk."
1. What is your full name? Is there anything significant about your name?
My name is Haveshi Yellowcrow. The Yellowcrow is the god of the clanless and outcasts.
2. How old are you?
I am thirty years old.
3. Tell us about your family. What do you like and not like about them?
I had a husband, Tirn, a son, Bebir, and a daughter, Leshi. They are no longer part of my life. My children were the cleverest, best-behaved, and most beautiful children ever born. I miss them every day, but they were very young when we were forced apart and so would not remember me. As for my husband, I loved him very much, but if he ever truly loved me, he stopped a long time ago.
The two guards who work with me, Jokun and Aday, are like brothers to me. Although they are much larger than I am, and I am a foreign woman, they treat me with great respect and loyalty.
4. Who was your first kiss, and what did you think of it?
Tirn. I liked it enough to turn my back on the warrior's path and marry him.
5. What is your occupation?
Before I married Tirn, I was one of the few women invited to become one of my clan's warriors. All Krunabashai women are taught to fight, to defend our homes, our children, and ourselves, but only the most skillful are invited to enter upon the warrior's path. Now I am a guard for hire, and the leader of a team of three guards.
6. What are your best and worst qualities?
My fighting skills are as good as any man's; better than most men's, in truth. Although I have a man's job and a man's skills, and although I live a very rough life, I do take great care and pride in always looking my best. I also strive to do my very best to fulfill my responsibilities to the people I'm hired to guard. If necessary, I would even give up my life to protect them.
As for my worst qualities, I sometimes have a sharp tongue.
7. What quality do you value most in a romantic partner?
I would like a husband who will stand up for me. I'm able to take care of myself and protect myself, but I dream of one day finding a man who will love me and stand by me no matter what.
8. What is your favorite thing to do?
When I had lost everything else, my skills as a warrior were all that were left to me. Perhaps it sounds unwomanly, but I enjoy a good, hard-fought battle with skilled and honorable opponents.
9. What is your greatest fear?
The thing I feared most already happened - No, that's not quite true. More than being separated from my children, I fear my children dying. But the last I knew, they were well and being cared for.
10. What is your most treasured possession?
Besides my fighting skills and my memories of my children, I treasure the yellow feather that I was given by the Yellowcrow when I left my homeland, the Krunabashi Desert, to begin my new life.
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Sneak Peek Sundays are now on Saturday; the idea is that I'm going to take all day Sunday off and focus on other things. This week's sneak peek is into The Path of Latan the Clerk. Here, Latan's bodyguard, Haveshi Yellowcrow (from last week's sneak peek), makes something very clear:
With his morning hygiene and grooming completed, Latan went over to the fire where the male guards were eating breakfast. Jokun dished up a pile of meat and onion hash onto a tin plate and handed it to him. As he ate, Haveshi Yellowcrow emerged from the woods and sat down by the fire. Instead of eating, she took a small mirror out of a pouch she was carrying, along with a dark stick, and began applying a black line around her eyes. When that was finished, she took out a small ceramic pot, opened it and dipped a fingertip in it, and applied a red substance to her lips.
As she put the small pot of lip color back in her pouch, she glanced over at Latan and met his eyes. His face flamed at having been caught staring. He was sworn to celibacy in the service of a Source, and had no business being so fascinated by the sight of a woman putting on cosmetics. Besides, it was rude to stare.
“You’ve never seen someone putting on makeup before?” she asked.
“I, well, no,” he stammered. “I just, it surprised me that a woman in your situation would bother with such things.”
“Just because I have a man’s job and a man’s skills doesn’t mean I have to look like a man.”
“Ah, well, no, of course not.” Then curiosity led him on. “Don’t you worry, being that you look so obviously like a woman, that someone might try something, er, untoward?”
He barely even saw her move. In an instant she was behind him, one arm around his neck in a chokehold, the other pressing the sharp edge of a knife to his throat. “No one,” she said in a low voice in his ear, “tries anything unless I want him to.”
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