’s Spinel went nuts with tagging people for interviews, including me. But she didn’t specify a character. I’ve pretty much interviewed all my main characters, except one. Or two. Here are Canon Aura and Storm Warning Aura, side-by-side. Fourth Wall? There are no walls now!
The Answers Must be written in your OC’s Point of View
Your OC cannot lie.
Your Journal Entry should be "Super OC Interview"
Tag as many people as you want.
1.- Hello, and welcome to 20 Questions with Fourth Wall Magazine! What is your real name and nickname?
Canon Aura: My name is Aura Lockhaven.
Storm Warning Aura: My name is Aura Lockhaven. Wasn't there an old TV show that began like this? To Tell the Truth?
CA: What's a TV?
SWA: It's something I heard about from another incarnation who spoke to me in a drunken stupor. I suppose you can call us both the Enchantress of Hartshorn.
CA: Isn’t that more of an occupational title? Most in my town of Hartshorn call me Lady Aura. It’s an honorary name, especially now that Mayor Hunter pays me an annual stipend to provide counsel. I really don’t have any other nicknames.
SWA: You’ll get there! I have about twelve nicknames, and they’re all too vulgar to repeat. Little trifles left behind by wicked sorcerers, murderers, and connivers I’ve defeated.
CA: It sounds like I’m in for it!
SWA: My apprentices call me Lady Aura.
CA: (Massive coughing fit)
SWA: Are you all right, dear?
CA: You have … apprentices? Plural? Do I lose my reason in the not too distant future? Do I go mad?
SWA: The wee bairns appeared on my doorstep. I couldn’t let them starve. Although the eldest could have cared for her younger sister and cousin.
CA: I’m 22.
SWA: I’m 25.
CA: You’re older than me? I see I held onto my beauty over the years.
SWA: Oh! You’re finally admitting you’re beautiful! You finally saw what everyone else saw! You finally listened to them! It’s about damned time, if you ask me.
CA: I didn’t ask you, but you do make the next three years sound wonderful.
SWA: Uh, next question?
CA: Wait! That didn’t sound very optimistic, Aura. What happens in the next three years?
SWA: I’m not telling you anything. It would be what the Americans call “spoilers.”
CA: Spoilers? You mean like too much heat and sunshine on raw capon on a summer day? Oh, merciful heavens! Yes, next question.
3.- What is your alignment in the great never-ending battle of good and evil?
SWA: You go first.
CA: I’m on the side of Good. I believe that people are people, and they become evil based on too many wrong decisions. That, or they are just too lazy to try to be good. Being good requires work and dedication. There is a game based on my world, called Dungeons and Dragons. In that game, I would qualify as Neutral Good. Look, I don’t like being told what to do. Do not tell me what to think, what to say, how to dress, and especially what god to worship. So, I tend to buck like a donkey at laws and rules. But I do answer to one law – love others with all my heart. I won’t harm you. I will hurt you, if you try to harm another. There is a difference. A spanking hurts, but it seldom leaves bruises, much less breaks bones. Harm is permanent. I’ve been harmed. The scars of the past will never go away. I won’t do that to anyone, unless it’s by accident or someone pushes me into casting one particular offensive dueling spell.
SWA: All I can add to my original counterpart’s answer is that I’ve been called upon by Thegns, Eorls, and the King’s daughter. Defending the defenseless means I place myself in the path of sheer evil now. So, I’m a bit more aligned with Lawful Good. I still won’t obey the law that says I have to cover my body or give a husband a son! Fog that nonsense! But that’s High Temple Law, and not the King’s Law. I’m not a member of the High Temple, so I see no reason to obey their petty rules.
CA: You’re more rebellious than I am!
CA: (Looking at SWA) You keep letting me answer first.
SWA: You were here first. I only exist because you exist. Besides, our lives were the same until about six months after you returned from the Valley of the Mystic Moon. Even then, they only diverge in that I met Viona and you didn’t. If I hadn’t met her and she hadn’t changed my life, I wouldn’t be helping Lady Candace today.
CA: I know who Viona is. Tasty little morsel! Say. Aren’t we supposed to be straight women?
SWA: Yes, but who says an unattached lady can’t enjoy another lady upon the mattress.
CA: You’re giving me ideas!
SWA: Good. Now, perhaps you should answer the question before both of us tighten our thighs too much thinking about the delectable Miss Viona.
CA: Am I … ? (Looks down). That isn’t thigh tightening. That’s vaginal clenching! Um, yes. To answer your question, I don’t have any powers, per se. I learned what I do. I was formally apprenticed to a wizard for ten years. He taught me everything I know. After that, I was initiated as a Wizardess. I became interested in the path of the Enchantress, since it offered more power to help more people, so I visited their capital. I became the student of Lady Naurelia t’Ardora, who taught me even more. Anyone can do what I do, with enough study and practice.
SWA: Not exactly. Aura, this may qualify as capon in summer, but there is more to us than that. We descend from a half-god.
SWA: The Lochaeffen was the son of a bard and a goddess. I don’t know who the goddess was, but I suspect Kregga, the goddess of war for the north. That power drifted down to us over the generations, growing weaker and weaker until it reached us. For some reason, it’s revived now. Why do you think Richard stood his ground on Rathstone Bridge when he could have retreated? He had that power, but didn’t know how to use it. I have it, and I know it, but I’m afraid to use it. Although my new friend Angela has said some forceful words about that. I want to believe her. I surely do.
CA: I … I … Next question?
5.- Fascinating! Now, superpowers and such aside, what do you feel is your greatest strength as a character?
SWA: You answer for both of us.
CA: I love. I am motivated by compassion. It’s all I had when I was an urchin. It kept me warm. It was that or bitterness and hatred, and I just couldn’t go that way. I couldn’t! It was too easy. Daddy raised me to take the hard, high road because the view was better at the end of the walk.
SWA: I agree with my counterpart. I will give you the benefit of the doubt until you prove to me that I’m a fool.
6.- Here's what may be a bizarre question: What kind of Universe do you exist in? Is it serious? Comical? Sexy? Noir? Horror?
CA: I don’t understand the question. You’re being metafictional, aren’t you. You do know that’s dangerous, considering I was created eight years ago by an English major. He looks at the real world in metafictional terms.
SWA: No wonder we’re both screwed!
CA: You know, Viona said that quite often. “Screw it.” What is a screw?
SWA: It’s like a nail, but with grooves. But in common parlance, it means … fog.
CA: We’re being fogged? When! Where! Where is he? Oh, please tell me you get laid every night.
SWA: (sings) Capons in summer!
CA: Dammit! Perhaps you should answer this.
SWA: Look. Our world is fantasy. How serious and realistic is that? It's called speculative fiction for a good reason. From a strictly materialistic point of view, there is no scientific evidence that magic is possible. Now, I counter that with, there is no scientific evidence that it isn’t possible. Oh, yes, I can say that! If you want me to stop believing in magic, and believe in cold rationalism, then prove to me that I’m wrong. Prove to me that magic doesn’t exist. I’m waiting. Until you answer me, I shall continue to believe. My world is serious. That heightens the tension. There are three words that are critical in fiction: Probable, Plausible, and Possible. If it’s Plausible, then it feels Probable, and that makes it Possible for the protagonist to be killed. That creates conflict, and conflict is the core of drama, which is necessary for fiction to work. There is a comic element, provided by myself mostly, but also by my costars, namely Tori and Rita. Lady Candace is more serious, and is the voice of reason, but she has to be. She’s a noble.
CA: In my world, the comedy is provided by circumstances. Which is how most of Life works. It’s a serious world out there, but there are moments during the day when something happens or someone says something that sends us to our knees in gales of laughter.
SWA: Horror? You should see her Balakalat and my … Oh dear Goddess what is that thing I’m about to fight!
CA: An ugly son of a bitch?
SWA: You’re being kind, and insulting fine she-dogs and their offspring.
CA: Of course, our story is sexy. I'm an enchantress. My particular skills make me seductive. I prefer working skyclad, so I'm naked as much as possible.
SWA: And get laid quite often.
CA: I do? When!
SWA: (Singing) Capons in summer, Aura.
SWA: You will discover that bedpleasure heightens your magical power, especially in rituals. Sex magic is part of being an enchantress. They just haven't told you that yet.
CA: (Grumbles) Is that what I have to do to get a lover? Hang out a sign that reads Help Wanted with Great Rite?
7.- A lot of super-people have certain recurring elements of tragedy in their background. The readers would like to know if you do as well. For instance, are your parents still alive and/or did you come from a destroyed planet? Stuff like that.
CA: Do we have to talk about this?
SWA: I think everyone knows this tale.
CA: Our mother died giving birth to us. Our brother, sister, and father died when we were ten. Our uncle kicked us out and stole our birthright. We were urchins for two years; homeless. Next question!
8.- Who made your costume?
CA: I don’t know the name of the seamstress or tailor, but the outfit was designed and ordered by Lady Naurelia t’Ardora. After I accepted the invitation to be initiated as an enchantress, she pulled me aside and gave me the best lecture of my life. She said, “An enchantress knows who she is. She is unashamed. You have been hiding in the shadows long enough. You are far too tall and beautiful to hide. Your hair and eyes are like torches. So, let yourself be seen. The helpless will cheer at your approach and their enemies will cringe.” So, she designed my outfit to do just that.
SWA: I went to Lady Naurelia for advice for this outfit. I needed formal wear to appear in the courts of Thegns and Eorls.
CA: I can’t believe I’m summoned by a Thegn!
SWA: An Enchantress is the best diplomat, and you’re the only one on the surface. You can’t hide in our town forever, you know. Anyway, she designed this outfit, too. After a time, I decided to wear it as regular garb. It goes with the office.
9.- Do you have siblings?
CA: Godsdam your fornicating mouth! What did I just foggin’ say, you cock-choking hoormister! Aye, go fog a broken wine jug, you ouisgui soaked breedbate!
SWA: Oh, talk about getting your Lockhaven up! Uh, look. We had siblings. They died. All right? Next question!
10.- What is your biggest fear/ worst nightmare?
CA: (standing) I don’t want to talk about it.
SWA: Aura, sit down.
CA: No! I don’t want to answer this one.
SWA: Look. We never fully get over our fear of spiders. And we will always have nightmares about Ester. It’s natural for any woman to fear being raped. Eventually, you will learn to control the hallucinations.
CA: It isn’t those!
SWA: I know! Sit down, please. Aura, the worst of our nightmares is being alone. Totally alone in this world. You know what? We aren’t! We never were. You don’t know it yet, but you will. Look at me, Aura. Look at me! You are loved! Far more than you know. I know for a fact that when I am old, I will sit on top of Cloudbreaker with Lady Candace and look out onto the High Plains and tell children to get off my prairie. You will, too. Please believe me.
CA: This isn’t capons in summer?
CA: What? I …
SWA: My counterpart is still stunned. We’re solo mostly. Most spellcasters are. It just goes with the job. How many wizards or enchantresses does one town or shire really need? Now, we both work with others when called upon. We often provide the sorcery for the swords the Watchers. We also team up with Miriam Fayne and Karyn Kriger, when there are enough arses that require that much kicking. My original counterpart does that much more than I do now. Apparently, we have other counterparts who team up with others on a regular basis to deliver some skull cleaving, but that is outside our jurisdiction. Right now, I’m working with a large team centered around Lady Candace and her retinue. I’m her magical counselor and the one with the plan, but she is in charge. So, I suppose my team with her is thirteen people.
12.- Who is your worst enemy and why?
CA: I suppose I am my own worst enemy. I doubt myself. My confidence isn’t very high and my self-esteem is even lower.
SWA: That will change. You may wish that were all you had for antagonists. My worst enemy is the Left Hand Path.
CA: So they exist.
SWA: Yes. They are a criminal order composed of rogue wizards, sorcerers, witches, and even those from our own order. I’m not sure what their goal is. Global chaos, from what I’ve seen. But I seem to keep getting in their way. Then there is …
CA: There is … what?
SWA: (whispers) The Knights of the Holy Torch.
CA: The High Temple’s witch hunters!
SWA: Yes. They captured me. They … Please don’t let them … NO!
CA: What is it?
SWA: NO! For the love of the gods!
CA: You’re still here, so they didn’t burn you.
SWA: Burning me would have been a mercy!
CA: Well, my very best friend is Elisabeth Lovejoy –
SWA: Elisabeth! Her name is Elisabeth? She told me it was just Lys. (Rubs hands together) Wait until I see that wench again.
CA: Yes, well. There might be a wee bit of difference between our two respective Lovejoys. I'm also close friends with Miriam Fayne –
SWA: Oh, what a sweetheart!
CA: Would you like to answer this question?
SWA: I will in time.
CA: I talk to myself all the time, but I'm not accustomed to interrupting myself. Another close friend is my master, Sagacius. Then, there is Viona. Yes, I know who she is. She is immune to skin-to-skin contact with a green-eyed redhead.
SWA: How do you know?
CA: I know! Ahem. I'm also friends with Lady Quantum. She and Viona live in another century, and I don't see them as often as I would wish. And I’m close with Sorceress, Nightfall, Calithne Doomweaver, and Amanda Morgan, who calls herself Aura. That’s a professional relationship. We all cast spells or own esoteric shops. We're forming a little ale klatch called the Spellcaster's Round Table.
SWA: And you still fear being alone? Don’t you think Viona would gladly welcome you into her world right now, and give you a room in her home? Don’t you trust your friends? I will add Lady Candace, Tori, and Angela to that list. I didn’t expect it, but Lady Candace and I have become quite close and tomorrow promises even more. Tori understands me in a way I never thought anyone would, and Angela kicks me in my shapely ass when I need it. That is always appreciated. I suspect that in time, I will become close friends with Amanda and Rita. Oh, there is also Inkie. She’s my … servant.
CA: OH MY GODDESS!!! (massive coughing fit) Did you just say ... servant?
SWA: DAMMIT! I knew you’d respond like that! Yes, I have a servant.
CA: Do I become too lazy to cut my own herbs?
SWA: No ... Not exactly. She just happened. Listen, Aura. If you’re ever in a public bath and a half-Elf is serving you, and you think you have the opportunity to free her from slavery, just forget it and go get drunk.
SWA: I can’t get five minutes to myself without Inkie fetching this or massaging that or brewing me this or cooking me that! I swear, I’m going to get fat because I can’t even cut my own firewood now!
14.- Confession time; Who is your lover?
CA: Ahem! I know who I want it to be!
SWA: (Sings) Manfred Rowanwand.
CA: How did you … Right! Please tell me you married him!
SWA: (Sings) Capons in summer!
SWA: I have my eye on a Walter Coldstone, although he seems to be sweet on my housekeeper.
CA: (coughs violently) You … have … a housekeeper! Housekeeper. Servant. Apprentices. I lose my sanity in the next three years. Five people in that little house? Idiot!
SWA: Gullibility apparently is never very far away from the sole redheaded Lockhaven.
15.- Existential question: What would you do if you could ever meet your creator?
CA: I’d ask why he created me eight years ago, and has only written one book about me in that time.
SWA: He’s busy.
CA: Doing what!
SWA: Pleasuring himself to Valkyria and Andromeda.
CA: Oh. I thought we were his leading lady?
SWA: Have you noticed that our breasts are the smallest in his lineup, despite our reported size?
CA: Wait a minute. You’re right! Isn’t there someone named Victoria to whom I can write a letter of complaint?
SWA: It’s a secret.
16.- What is your lifelong dream?
CA: Oh, merciful heavens! Um …
SWA: You’re blushing.
CA: I want a husband! Seriously. I want to be loved and have someone to love and adore.
SWA: And get laid every night.
SWA: Don’t deny it! It’s true.
CA: Do you … I mean … ?
SWA: No. I still don’t want to be a mother. I’ve helped too many midwives. Besides, there was our own mother.
CA: Thank the Goddess! How about you? What is your dream?
SWA: I would love nothing more than to return to simply defending the defenseless of Hartshorn. But I fear those days are long gone.
17.- What would you do if your dream came true?
CA: Well, if it did, I’d tell you to leave the room because it meant I was about to be on my back for the next hour.
SWA: Only your back? Right. You don’t know about being on top or being on your knees yet. But you will. Um, I’d give out free charms for a month! Oh, to just take care of my town again. To just be the local healer and spellcaster and advisor to the mayor! A simple, local life. Ah, bliss.
18.- As a character, do you have any personal demons or overarching regrets that haunt you?
CA: I can’t believe you’re asking that of me!
SWA: I’ll answer that. I regret being born because it meant my mother died! I regret telling my sister I wanted to grow up to be beautiful like she was because it meant she was raped and murdered! I regret lighting a certain candle because it burned down the house and killed my father! I regret every godsdamn day of my life! How’s that for a fogging answer!
CA: She’s getting her Lockhaven up. We both feel responsible for things that happen that are not our fault. We know it isn't our fault, but tell that to our hearts. It's our great flaw. So, before my older counterpart unleashes a barrage of foul language into your face like I did moments ago, perhaps you should ask the next question.
19.- What does your "secret identity" do for work?
CA: What is a secret identity?
SWA: I have no idea. He makes us sound like highwaymen.
CA: I’m Aura Lockhaven. I’m an enchantress. I’m the healer for my town. I make charms and bless fields, livestock, and looms. I don’t hide it. Why should I? If I hid it, I couldn’t help anyone. I'm proud of who I am and what I do.
SWA: And I act as mediator between quarreling parties. Why would we disguise who we are? Wouldn’t that detract from our already meager income? How could we defend the defenseless if the defenseless didn’t know who we are?
CA: Perhaps in the future, people wear masks.
SWA: They’re professional mummers? That doesn’t sound too bad.
20.- Last question, and it's a DOOZY for a super: What is the WEIRDEST thing that has happened to you?
CA: Now, really! How much more weird can it possibly be than to sit here next to myself from three years into my own future!
SWA: Riding a Zephyr. There I am, two hundred or more feet in the air, with nothing under me that can be seen, yet I am not falling. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it.
CA: How about being stripped naked, tied up, and fed to a dragon. That was weird. So was discovering that transformation spells are real because I botched a potion. How about being abducted by ogres and ravaged by them for days. Those were also weird.
SWA: I don't remember any of that happening.
CA: Good! Those are three things I can mark off my List of Trifles to Worry About.
SWA: Wait. Were you just ... Did you ... ?
CA: Me? Would I do that? Capons in summer are fine, roasted with enough garlic and sage.
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A few references here ...
Sorceress is the OC of
Viona and Calithne are the OCs of
Candace, Tori, Angela, and Rita are the OCs of
Amanda is the shared OC of Dangerguy and Twinsie!
Lady Quantum is the OC of
Nightfall is the OC of
Elisabeth/Lys Lovejoy, Walter Coldstone, Manfred Rowanwand, Miriam Fayne, Sagacius, the Lochaeffen, Inkie, and that darn Balakalat are my characters.
To help further differentiate Canon Aura from Storm Warning Aura, I returned CA to Leyton Hair.
This interview doesn't really add much to either variation of Aura. Her story is well known. It's just fun.