Today I am privileged to welcome Pietas from Kayelle Allen’s latest Sci Fi spectacular Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire.
So, let us see what Pietas has to say to us.
How old are you, Pietas?
At the time of the Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, I am 1,916 years old.
Do you have, or have you ever had, a nickname?
I detest nicknames. However, my closest friend calls me “Pi.” It is irksome. Pietas is pronounced pee-ah-toss, not pie-ah-toss. It’s a long story, but I don’t know his real / mortal name. My nickname for him is Six. Six is an integer. Therefore, he refers to me as Pi, as he puts it, because pi is an irrational number. I cannot begin to tell you how annoying that is. Yet at the same time, coming from Six, it’s acceptable.
Are you married?
No. I cannot imagine settling down with the same person for eternity. It would take a special person indeed for me to desire that. I have, however, cohabitated with the same person for centuries at a time and been quite happy. At least at first.
Where were you born?
On Earth, in a small country called Wales. You might have heard of it. The year is far beyond yours: 2620. In my universe, it’s currently the year 4536 on Earth.
How would you describe your physical characteristics?
I’m 7 Terran feet tall, have long, platinum blond hair, fair skin and blue eyes. Everyone says they’re turquoise, but it’s actually an optical illusion. Up close, my eyes are quite blue and have tiny green flecks. I’m built more like a dancer or swimmer, tall and slender. However, I was genetically enhanced to possess bones nearly as strong as carbon fiber. I heal almost instantly, making me impossible to kill. As one biographer described me, “No one takes a beating better than Pietas. He might not win every fight, but he always gets back up, more often than others can or will.”
How would you describe your personality?
I believe Kayelle Allen would call me mercurial. I do not think I am abrasive, but others do. My goal is to remain calm. It’s not easy. Life has hardwired me into the rage position.
What do you most like about yourself?
I will not break my word or sully my honor. Who I am is dependent upon truth and honor. I believe that’s my best and perhaps most admirable quality.
Do you have a trait you dislike?
I try to help others. I’m not as cold as others think I am. It’s irritating that the tendency to assist people often makes me a target for scam artists and would-be thieves. I’ve grown a thick skin over the centuries. I wish I was colder toward people. I would be less likely to become involved in random incidents of drama.
Do you generally tell the truth? If so, under what circumstances would you lie?
At this point in my life, I can tell you with all truthfulness that I have lied once. I was a child, and I feared being punished for a mistake. Although I was not caught, the guilt of knowing I’d lied and the worry that I would eventually be caught made me miserable. I vowed never to soil my name in such a base manner again, and I have not.
What hopes and ambitions do you have?
Should I admit I want to rule the galaxy? Perhaps not wise to admit such a thing to a human.
How are your relationships with your own sex, generally?
I have no problems with men of honor, only with liars and cheats.
How are your relationships with the opposite sex, generally?
I have no problems with women of honor, only with liars and cheats.
How would you describe your dress style?
In this book, I am wearing cast offs and hand-me-downs. Everything I owned, every stitch of clothing, every weapon, every possession, every single item, was stolen from me when I was exiled. If it were my choice, I would get up each day and don a pristine uniform. I am the Chancellor of the High Council and the War Leader of the Ultra people. Clothing does not change that. Still, I miss having clothing and shoes that fit.
What hobbies/interests do you have?
I have little free time. It’s a daily, desperate fight for survival where I am. However, every day, I spend time playing with my “kitty” — a massive, sentient panther named Tiklaus. At heart, this beast is playful and sweet — yet a stone cold killer of enemies and prey.
What sports do you do, or watch?
I lean more toward intellectual pursuits than sports. That said, I do enjoy watching athletic championship events. Seeing a well-seasoned athlete compete and win is always uplifting.
What are your favourite foods/drinks?
In this book, we have little more to eat than fish, rabbits, and whatever wild fruit and berries we can glean from the countryside. I prefer not to dwell on what I do not have.
How would you describe your sense of humour?
I appreciate humor in others. I sometimes make people laugh, but it’s unintentional. I don’t realize what I say is amusing until others react. I suppose I rather miss the point of humor. Banter with a friend, though? That I enjoy. I suppose others would call my humor “dry.”
How would you describe your temper?
My sister says it’s “legendary” and others say it flares hot and then dissipates quickly. I don’t believe I have a bad temper. I simply have no patience for fools.
Do you think your author has portrayed you accurately?
Frankly, she scares me a little. I think she lives inside my head rather than me living inside hers.
Do you think readers will like or dislike you?
In the first book, Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas, I’m certain they will take an immediate and intense dislike of me. I deserve it. By the end of book two, Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, I believe they will have glimpsed my heart. Though they might not love me, they will respect me. I would rather have respect than love. Anyone can deserve love. Not everyone deserves respect.
Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire
Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, by Kayelle Allen, is military science fiction with romantic elements.
When the immortal Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that’s the problem. He’s not.
Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped inside their pods and it’s up to Pietas to save them. He can’t release one at a time. It’s all or nothing. He’s facing over five hundred thousand hungry, thirsty, homeless, immortals all looking to him for answers.
It’s not all bad. The beautiful telepathic warrior he’s loved for lifetimes is at his side. He’s bonded with a sentient panther. He hates humans but the one dumped on this planet with him has become a trusted friend.
But before Pietas can build shelter, figure out how to grow food, or set up a government, he must take back command from a ruthless enemy he’s fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father.
Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever…
This excerpt is the foreword, which was “written” by Pietas, the hero.
You’re human. Lies are your nature.
Truth is mine. Honoring my word means more to me than life.
Humans are craven, contemptible and reprehensible supplanters of power. What you need is the truth.
Traitors among my kind lied to you. They concealed themselves among you and claimed we were myth. They fed you false hope you were safe. They lulled you into complacent ignorance. The deceivers manipulated, confused, and desensitized you.
You chose to believe the lies.
You’ve heard tales of visitors from outer space. Stories of aliens who walk among you. You called them urban legends, myths, tall tales for the campfire, untrue.
You refused to believe the truth.
This book relates my tale but is not from my point of view. Call it Science Fiction, but it happened. I exist. My dimension is not yours, so you have not been aware of me–until now–but I know everything about you.
To honor a worthy human friend, I considered sparing humanity. I have since seen the folly of blanket exemption. Not all of you deserve to die, but there are requirements for being protected. Will I choose you?
Perhaps. I offer no guarantee. Your fate is a bequest no one can usurp.
Read this, if you dare to know the truth.
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Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s a US Navy veteran who’s been married so long she’s tenured.
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