Introducing Adan Muari, from Sarya’s Song:
1. What is your full name? Is there anything significant about your name?
My name is Adan Muari. My name doesn’t have any specific meaning, though we are one of the older and more prominent families on Msaka Dolna and Msaka Ras.
2. How old are you?
I am 26 years old.
3. Tell us about your family. What do you like and not like about them?
I’m the oldest of my parents’ eight children; I have four brothers and three sisters. We’re very close; much closer than most families of our social station usually are. I believe this is because of how our parents raised us (and are still raising the younger ones). They’ve been much less indulgent with us than people of our class usually are with their children. I spent my fair share of nights hungry in the toolshed, for playing pranks and being irresponsible.
My father also makes us work in the fields on our lands, so we can learn what’s involved in producing the goods that give our family its fortune. Even at my age, even though I’m a full working member of the musical Service, I’m still expected to spend the month working our lands when I visit my family every summer. I think it’s paid off in more ways than one *flexes muscles* But mostly, because of that, I understand a little better what life is like for those less privileged than me, and I’m also used to the fact that sometimes life can bring discomfort and hardship.
When I was younger, this was the thing I liked least about my father – what boy likes being sent out to the toolshed without any supper, and having to work when his friends don’t have to do anything but amuse themselves? But now I’m grateful to him for raising me this way, and should I leave the Service and marry, I intend to raise my own children the same way.
4. Who was your first kiss, and what did you think of it?
Um. I’m afraid I don’t remember. There’s been a lot of kisses since then. There’s one first kiss that if it ever does happen, I know I’ll always remember it.
5. What is your occupation?
I am a singer in the musical Service in Sucevita, and the baritone soloist in the Great Choir there.
6. What are your best and worst qualities?
My best qualities are my voice, both in aesthetic quality and in its power as a True Voice. I’m friendly and easy to get along with, at least for most people. I’m not afraid of hard work, and I have more compassion for the less fortunate than a lot of people of my station in life. I’m also good-looking, and an excellent swordsman – in *ahem* more ways than one. *grins*
I also don’t believe in false modesty.
My worst qualities? I’ve often been told by someone whose opinion I respect that I’m an arrogant, overbearing ass who has no morals. So there’s that. Members of the Service are encouraged to be celibate, though it isn’t strictly required, but I’m just not any good at celibacy. I’m also not much of a scholar, but that doesn’t really bother me.
7. What quality do you value most in a romantic partner?
She has hair the color of sunshine, a loveably hapless yet stubborn personality, a beautiful voice – though it isn’t the type of voice considered suitable for the choirs. She Arranges and composes the most glorious music you’ve ever heard, and thinks that I’m arrogant, overbearing ass who has no morals.
Oh, wait – this was just supposed to be a theoretical question?
8. What is your favorite thing to do?
My second favorite thing to do is sing. My favorite – um, see what I said above about not being good at the celibacy thing.
I also enjoy swordfighting and other athletics (and no, that’s not the same as not-being-celibate).
9. What is your greatest fear?
Losing the people I care about – my family, my friends, and Sarya. Not that I have her in the first place, but losing what we do have, and all hope of anything more.
10. What is your most treasured possession?
My voice, and my friendship – or whatever you want to call it – with Sarya.
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