Although Blue Hawk is a very private person, he has agreed to answer your questions, as it is a prerequisite to being hired.
- Who is/was your closest friend?
Although by tradition, I was welcome in every tribe, some of the younger shamans and apprentice shamans envied my position as a Wandering Shaman. I had done no special service for their tribe, had no obligation to perform such a service, and yet I was respected and honoured and given gifts and food and lodging that was at least as good as that given to them. I did not ask for these things, but was obliged to accept them as a gift to the shaman is considered a sacred gift to the spirits.
The older shamans, though, especially the ones who had lived long enough to see the previous Wandering Shaman, looked upon me with respect and pity, for they knew the task that lay ahead of me. One such man was Screeching Raven. He treated me not as a child but as a much younger brother, and my secrets were his, and his secrets were mine. He taught me much, not just of the lore of the spirits and the power of the land, but of family, and friendship, and brotherhood.
When it was at last time for Screeching Raven to join the world of the spirits, his successor in the tribe, one of those who felt I was trying to place myself above them, made it clear that I was no longer welcome in that tribe. I was angered, but out of respect for my friend’s spirit, I left that tribe and did not return before I was taken by the storm.
- Where do you hope to end up?
I wish to return home. The spirits have told me that I shall not return until my task is ended; whether I will return as a living man or as a spirit has not been made known to me.
When next I see the land of my birth, it will be because I have made it safe, and so that is the place I wish to see more than any other.
- What is your general approach in a fight? Do you have a favourite move/tactic?
A fight is never the best path to take. I shall try, at all times, to end the fight before it begins, by finding that which is common between adversaries. At times, though, they do not listen, or cannot speak. At those times must I fight.
If I am fighting alone, I wait for the aggressor to weary himself on my shield , while waiting for an opening to pierce him with my spear. When such an opening appears, I take it. Those men in metal tire very quickly, and I usually can outlast them before they can get through my defense. If there are too many for me to fight, I will run, and the metal men will tire themselves out long before they catch me.
When fighting in a band of warriors, I lay down my spear and shield, and begin the drumming to summon forth the spirits to aid in the fight. I keep the spear and shield close at hand, in case someone defeats my brothers and attacks me, but with the spirits aiding them, that did not happen often when I was fighting alongside the tribes.
Describe your physical appearance, including eye and hair colour, clothing style etc.
Blue Hawk has just waved at me to indicate that I should take care of this question myself, so I shall do my best to describe him.
Blue Hawk is a bit shorter than average height, with a wiry build. He does not look like he can wear a suit of armour or carry a longsword; he has a build better suited to a runner or a dancer. His eyes are green and his hair is black, braided in a ponytail down his back to his coccyx.
The shaman wears a roughhide vest and pants; in the winter he wears furs to keep warm; in the summer, he might go bare-chested. On his back, he carries a drum, slung across one shoulder, and across his chest he carries a waterproofed bag, made of the skin of some animal, in which he keeps his herbs and salves.
On his chest lies a necklace of bone and horn, which I cannot see clearly; when I look at it, it seems blurry, and it wearies my eyes to look upon. Blue Hawk has told me that the shapes of the carved bones are a secret that are only for other shamans to know.
What is your attitude to religion, native and foriegn?
I am far away from my own land, and I understand that the gods of this place are not the gods and spirits of my own land.
I am confused, though, about some of the strange things the gods of this land ask their followers to do. One god says that he is the only god, and must be the one to be worshipped, and another god says the same thing about himself, and then each of the priests claims that they know the one true way to worship their one true god…
This is not my land, and I will treat any gods and their followers with respect in their own lands. Even if their gods command their followers to bicker like young children.
- What is your attitude towards magic?
Magic is a gift from the land and from the spirits, and it is to be used to protect the land and the people of the land. It is sacred and the power to use it is always attached to an equal responsibility to use it wisely and for the purpose it was intended.
There are those who treat it as a lever to perform trivial tasks: “Move me here! Move that item there! Warm me up for I am cold, cool me down for I am hot.” These people annoy me, as they disrespect the gift they have been given by the spirits for using it frivolously.
- What is your attitude towards humans/non-humans?
The legends of our land speak of times long ago when the tall men of the trees came to aid us in battle, and the short men of the mines came to give us mighty weapons.
We will respect anyone who comes in friendship to aid us, and smite down any who come to make war on us, whether they be metal man or tree man or short man or lizard man or any other man.
- What is your attitude to money? How careful are you when spending?
Your merchants try to treat me like I am too stupid to understand money, and so I give them itches when they sleep. Money is easy to understand. I have what you want, but you do not have what I want, so you give me something that I can take to the person that has what I want, and they give it to me.
I do not understand the people who collect these tokens, as if they are beads of honour to be added to a necklace to show the great deeds done. They say they are saving to buy great things, but I know of no great things worth a thousand days of food, or the skins of fifty deer.
I keep what tokens I need to buy the things that I will need, and discard the rest, for they are not worth the weight of carrying them around.
Um, he’s starting to get irritated with me, so if you have any other questions to ask him, they had better wait for a later time.