Interviews

Elahmeth Part Four: Welcome to Elahmeth

Rachel, Sara, Meme, and Liz join us one last time, graciously allowing us into the world of their Roleplaying Guild: Elahmeth. Yesterday, we witness a very touching, special, and singular moment: the naming of their guild. Today, as we conclude our interview with the Roleplayer’s Guild, we take a fun twist to see how each member would be like in the world they themselves created.

 

Mayra

Thank you for continuing to share your stories with us, and allowing us to step into the world of your guild!

Tell us a bit more about your main characters.

 

Liz

Oh that’s true. We haven’t explained our characters…

 

My character is Draco. He’s an assassin, best skilled with swords. He’s also a telepath.

 

Meme

Now I really wish I’d kept that elegant description/analysis Sarah made of my character. Le Sigh.

 

Thason is a former Sidhe Knight of the Summer Court. He made the grave mistake of not just cheating on the Queen with another Sidhe woman but actually falling in love and siring two children with her. Chaos ensues and he’s left to die on the other side of the Veil in modern-day Manhattan stripped of everything. As a side note, he has wind glamour.

 

Rachel
Kait’s a fae god.  Giant cat most of the time, and yes, he’s been known to eat people.

 

Sara

Balthos, my main character, is a gambling man with time magic who’s married to Rachel’s character.

Mayra

To conclude, I have a bit of a fun question: If you found a portal that led to the world you all write in, how would you think you would react? What would you do? What do you think the other members of Elahmeth would be like? How would you act as a character coexisting with your own characters? Or, better yet, how would your characters react?

Sarah
Oh wow. I think this is my favorite question I’ve ever been asked. XD

 

Liz
Wow that is a fun question!

 

Meme
Ooooh I like that question!

I think it depends on which world. If we were to go to the world of Liz’s novels for example I would be grabbing the other members of Elameth and getting the heck back through that portal. Lol. I think Liz would be fine in that world – as the author she would know where to hide and who would be likely to accept her. Rachel is smart and really good at navigating woods so she should be all right until the aliens grab her. Sarah, I am sorry, but I see you in the same boat I would be in – end up lost and then dragged off to some auction block. Hangs head.

 

If it were the world my main RP character is from I would make a point of keeping my hands to myself and trying to curb my natural instinct to apologize for bumping into any and everything. Let me just tell you, if I were in my character’s or the world of Rachel’s novels, then I would lose my freedom in less than three seconds. Rachel you might also struggle here. Lol. Sarah and Liz I feel would actually do pretty well. They don’t seek out people and know better than to apologize to some fae thing.

 

I feel like I would wander around in Sarah’s world until I stumbled someplace I shouldn’t and then my only defense would be a rock or something. I have this very vivid image of wandering into pixies and yeahhh. I am not very adept at this survival stuff, heh. Sarah would be most at home in that world, I think. Since she knows the ins and outs like the back of her hand. Not gonna lie, I see her setting up as a robber baron or something. Complete with a throne! Hahah. I am unsure about Rachel. I sort of see her setting up a healer’s shack. Liz, I could see you as a dog breeder. Very elite. Fancy schmancy court clothes because of course the only people to have dog breeders would be rich and/or influential right? Weird but going with first thing to pop into my mind.

 

Oh, God. If I were to coexist with my character he would hate me. I would be thrilled because, oh my gosh I know you! Hugs! And yeah; it would be bad. His life sucks and I have put him through the wringer in roleplay, too.

Liz
We tend to portal hop and make our worlds an obstacle for the characters. I think I would probably react similarly to my character and think it’s all a dream at first, like it couldn’t possibly be real. I would also be relieved that it’s not the world I created in my series, because then we’d just need to backtrack through that portal. Then, knowing what I know about every world we have created, I would wonder about the whole reason behind this.

 

I think we would discuss options for what we’d do. Which direction, what we have with us supply-wise, and the best way to find a way out. Knowing us, we would probably discuss how our characters’ adventures went and what we should do differently or similarly.

 

My character would have some choice words for us for all that he’s gone through, specifically me and probably Meme because she helped with a lot of that background story. He’ll be very angry and probably untrusting of why we’re there and if this is some sort of a trick. He’d probably get protective of the other characters and threaten us.

 

If I was a character, I would go one of two ways, depending on how meta it all is. One, I would be another character and I would try to gain trust, especially because I know I would lose if I had to go against any of them. My character was a trained assassin so he has an advantage there. Though he also has telepathy so that may not actually work with him. Two, I would take advantage of the whole “I am your creator” thing after we come up with a common story amongst the four of us that we want to share and really believe it ourselves so he wouldn’t figure it out.

 

I honestly think it’d be terrifying to be in our worlds we create. We make them difficult and full of dangerous things that you have to be wise and tough and skilled to best. But I think we could stand a chance because we are a really good team.

Meme
I love how put together you make us seem in that Liz. I just went full on here we go, thrown in a world!

Liz
I tried to think life or death, we can do this.

Meme
I hope that we are more like your imaginings than the wild flailings of my imagination.

 

Rachel
I honestly just keep on circling back to how my main RP character, the Kait, came about after a dream where it tried to eat me, so…. D:

Meme
That was a while ago, though, Rachel. *waves it off* So much has changed.

 

Liz
I still think the Kait would try to eat her/us.

Meme
But she is the one who linked it to Balthos in the first place.

 

I think out of wariness she would live.

Rachel
This is true…  But I still don’t trust Kait much.

Liz

Yes, but I think an on the spot, first response of us would be to eat us.

Meme
Nods. Or crush us.

Oh, there is no trust. None.

Rachel
I think he would debate whether or not eating us would undo things that have been written, honestly.  If someone didn’t talk him down first.

Meme
Is it wrong I almost want to write this scene?

Meme
I would like to add that, Rachel, in Sarah’s world you wear a Gandalf hat.

 

Rachel
I accept this. XD


Meme
HEHEHEH

Sarah
Yeah, in my world Rachel would be some kind of druidic stone caster/healer. So not much difference from now actually!

But as for my answer to the question –

 

Honestly the first thing that came to mind was Balthos  (my character) looking at me, surprised, as I stepped from the ether into the sunroom of his and the Kait’s house in Australia. The Kait isn’t home at the moment, probably meeting with Thason (Meme’s character) over something.

 

Balthos drops his phone, flashes me a smile and says, “Well, if it isn’t the old creator herself. Got a taste of your own medics for once, did ya?”

 

He’s referring to how we’ve poofed our characters through so many portals by this point it’s not worth counting. He’s laughing at me slightly, but it’s good natured, as is his way.

 

“Oh, shut up,” I say, looking around at the house I’ve only ever seen in my imagination. The view of the ocean through the glass wall of the sunroom truly is remarkable. “Can’t walk around my own world once in a while?”

 

“You’re world, sure, but this isn’t it.”

 

Eventually he suggests we kidnap Chadwick, his cinnamon bun of a best bro (Rachel’s character) and go out for drinks and general trouble making, as is also his way. In the morning we make waffles and get to work on figuring out how to get me back in the right timeline.
There may or may not be a side quest into mine and Rachel’s world’s along the way. XD

 

Liz
That’s beautiful Sarah ❤

Meme
I love it. So much. Oh Sarah ❤


Mayra
That was captivating! Thanks for sharing that with us, Sara!

 

Sarah
Haha thanks guys 💜

 

Mayra

Any final thoughts you would like to add regarding yourselves as individual writers, your guild, or your writing?

Sarah
I think for me, I just feel so lucky that I’ve been able to make such great friends through writing and I’m amazed at how close writing has brought us together. We were already classmates and therefore read each other’s work regularly in classroom workshops, but it takes on such a different feeling when you write together as friends. I look at writing as a form of weaving. You’re weaving characters and worlds and motives into a narrative. Well, this kind of writing has added a new layer in that we are almost weaving into each other. Weaving ourselves together in real life and on paper into a story that we will keep close to our hearts forever. I mean it’s cheesy to say but having this huge, tangled, messed up, beautiful thing between us, I know that no matter where we are ten years or twenty years from now, we will always be bound together in this moment and have it to look back on.

 

Meme
We are such good friends that even when our characters are fighting and furious with one another that we don’t carry that over into the real world. This is a very good thing, actually, since our characters tend to have emotional outbursts and we all get dragged along for the ride. Hahah. For example, does anyone else remember Draco getting into the Fae wine? Dear Lord. Do not give a sci-fi character magick wine. Just don’t do it. As Sarah said, writing together has certainly brought us closer. Linking our lives and the lives of the characters in our heads, it somehow tightened all the bonds between us.

 

Liz
As an individual writer, and a co-writer, I always liked how involved we all got. We shipped the couples, we got mad with them (even though we were the reason for what happened), and sad, and I think at the end of the day we all enjoyed creating that response. It’s nice to see someone read to the end of the adventure and have that giddy, sad, anxious feeling of ‘please don’t let it end already’. When Meme and I had our scripts read before an audience for the first time, it was rewarding to hear people laugh and actually find it funny. Thank you again, Sarah, for your awesomeness in that. I look forward to reaching out and getting reactions from people. As for our guild, it’s just amazing to have created our group and how we stick together, and support each other. I consider myself truly lucky to have something like this with such amazing people.

 

Rachel
I feel like everyone else has definitely expressed what I feel about our guild.  We’re a strong group of people who are able to do crazy things together that would be unimaginable otherwise.  I mean, I bet if you would have asked any of us if we could write over a million words in a year, you would have gotten a round of laughs.  Yet we’ve done it, and written even more than that together since then.

 

We’re there for each other when we need someone to flail about plot points, or to bounce character motivations around.  When we need a beta reader, we have each other to turn to for honest, constructive criticism. And when we desperately need a distraction from the crappy parts of day-to-day life, we have our RPs to escape into.

 

But the guild’s a lot more than that.  It’s a strong friendship that binds up all together, even when we don’t have the energy to write a new reply for weeks or months.  It’s having people scattered across the world who you know, with a single text, will send out prayers and requests for strength on your behalf when it feels like everything’s falling apart.  I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

Mayra
Absolutely beautiful and incredibly touching!

 

Thank you, Meme, Sarah, Liz, and Rachel for all the wisdom, insight, and anecdotes you’ve shared with us! I have truly enjoyed having a conversation with you guys and I hope our readers, as well, enjoyed learning more about Elahmeth!

 

Rachel
Thank you again for interviewing us in the first place!  It really was a lot of fun – we love flailing about this stuff |D;

Sarah
Yes! It was a lot of fun talking with you, and I’m glad you had fun too. =]

 

Liz
We do love flailing! ❤ It was great to do this. It was great to talk with you.

 

Meme
Thank you for letting us blab about our crazy adventure!

 

It was really fun talking to you!

Closing thoughts:

Sara, Liz, Meme, and Rachel were welcoming, and their dynamic as writers shone through in the way they built on each other’s response and bounced off each other constantly. Interviewing them was almost like becoming a temporary fifth member of Elahmeth.

We would like to express our gratitude to Elahmeth and it’s four marvelous members, once more, for allowing our readers to step into their world and for sharing something so special with us. Thank you!

Published by Mayra Pérez González

Mayra Pérez González

Mayra Pérez González is a wordsmith, professional daydreamer, papercut survivor, and optimist. She grew up in both suburban Los Angeles and rural Mexico. Mayra is a Spanish Literature student at UCLA, the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Books & Quills Magazine, and a staff writer at La Gente Newsmagazine. Her work has appeared in the charity anthology, Stardust, Always. Mayra is very good at getting lost, forgetting, procrastinating, saying completely irrelevant and random things, laughing, and being awkward. She's very bad at hiding her emotions, surviving in any sort of apocalypse or dystopia, and writing any sort of bio.

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