The Mark of Tyranny
Friends, Enemies, and Rivals
Writing Exercise Question: Who would you consider your closest friend? Your most hated enemy? Your Rival?
Adran: With eight elementals fighting to be heard in my head, I don’t have much room for friends. My Enemies are all those who would defile this land for their own gain. But Rival…. Moiraine. She always seems to scheme her way three steps ahead of everyone.
Aleyn: Stelle of course! She’s the only one I’ve known for longer than a month here. Besides, we were imprisoned together for years. You get to know someone quite well in that time. I don’t really have any enemies or rivals, aside from Kalak. But he’s dead! So I’m fine!
Aristes: What, you mean aside from my wife? Hmm… Slice is a fine one, tells a great story! Bite is a good lad too, but not so much of a story teller. Enemy? Well, whoever Leta and Lyssandra say is our foe. I’m the fist of the Council, and I like it. Rival though…. that Arena Master. Big as me, for a start, and almost as good with a weapon. Still hasn’t agreed to duel me though, settle it amicably.
Azad: Friends? None, they complicate things. Same with Rivals, drive you to do stupid things. Enemy? Whoever I’m paid to hate. And Nibenay.
Betresh-Lal: Friends? I…. don’t have any, anymore. Enemies though… most of Athas would consider me their enemy, if I revealed myself. And Rivals? Isn’t that more of a friendly conflict? There is nothing friendly about the war I wage.
Cha’ka: My adopted clutch are all the friends I need. The fuzzy one, the firey one, the large scaly one, even the skeleton. Elthea… all of them. My enemies are those of my clutch. And Rivalry? The Arena Master, he is an ally worthy of my blade.
Davion: Well, Verin and I have been working together since Kalak was overthrown. She’s my closest confidant by a wide margin. My enemy? Well, it was once Kalak, but Titarion has replaced that in my mind. And my rival? I have none. They die long before hand.
Dragonborn Arena Master: Hehe, well. Lyssandra would count quite highly, with Leta only a shade below. For obvious reasons. Slice and Bite have been my friends since their adolescence, when they were enlisted in the Arena. Rowan and Crusher have been gladiators for years too. My enemies? Those of Tyr’s! She’s my city now, no one is going to harm her while I can stop it. Rivals? Hmm… Still Slice and Bite. Those nimble bastards are the only ones who can beat me ever remotely often in combat.
Elthea: Cha’ka. Ever since I revealed myself as a Shadow Bride, he’s the only one who hasn’t changed how he treats me in some way. My Enemies… does Adran count? Self-Righteous whore treats me like some traitor. Have I ever done anything against Tyr? Tyr and Nibenay are allies! I can aid both. Rival? Moiraine. I learned all her tricks when I was her second in command, and I think she’s starting to realize it. She expects to rule the city unopposed? I think not.
Haneth Tsalaxa: A man in my position doesn’t have friends. He has toadies and those seeking to take advantage. Better to do away with all of them. My enemies? Leta and Lyssandra. Those two will pay for what they’ve done. I will burn this House to the ground if it means catching them in the flames. And Rivals? None worthy of the name.
Harzen Scorchedskull: Friends? Enemies? Such things change so quickly, and I seem to accumulate so many. I will make many more enemies and friends in the coming millenia. A Rival though? Hmm… who could possibly match my cunning, knowledge, and magical ability? Nibenay I suppose. That one is far too clever.
Moiraine: The Arena Master and I usually see eye to eye. Jenora is fairly unoffensive. Everyone else is either a rival or an enemy. That’s how the game is played.
Mr. Bread: Hells, I don’t know. Just get out of my face, before I call you an enemy.
Nihlus Vor: I know plenty of ladies that would call me more than friend, and that’s all I need. Enemies and Rivals though? I’m the son of a wealthy merchant. If we don’t have enemies or rivals, we are doing something wrong!