My fun post for today is a slightly 'tongue in cheek' interview with Narjohol, the antagonist in the first book of the Destiny Trilogy 'Starquest.' Each book is a 'standalone' and complete but features some of the same characters. Narjohol is a slaver from the planet Salmar, and a not very pleasant alien.
(The automatic scan of Narjohol’s travel pack recorded:
A hand held weapon of mass destruction, An electronic whip, A small container of food, most of it still alive, An unusually designed short bladed and very sharp knife, A great deal of money in intergalactic currency,One automatic laser branding iron.)
Please make yourself comfortable Narjohol – it’s all right if I call you Narjohol is it?
Er. Okay. Can you confirm your occupation for us?
Interstellar slave trader
And where do you live?
On board my slaveship, mainly.
So where do you come from originally?
My home planet is called Salmar, a good many parsecs from your world,
Originally a penal planet, my ancestors were overseers.
The question is rather frivolous. Salmaran children are abandoned by their mothers as soon as they are able to fend for themselves and they never meet again. There are usually about three in a litter and they go their separate ways.
So do you ever see your brothers and sisters?
Of course not. What would be the point? Salmarans have no need for companionship, that is a weakness you humans have.
I see. Are you married?
The concept of marriage, is meaningless to a Salmaran. The females of our species are for pleasure and breeding, there is no necessity for anything permanent .
What happens to the slaves on your ship?
Most are sold to the highest bidder. Some of them are special orders, privately commissioned.
For what purpose do you use your own slaves?
Both male and females can be used for pleasure purposes and those who do not find favour in our eyes for such pleasure are used for performing basic and the most menial tasks.
What is your main ambition?
To make as much profit as possible from the sale of slaves, of course.
That is self evident, if I may say so. Anything else?
To capture and kill a young Anraatian who has something I want.
May I ask what that is?
Certainly not. That is between him and myself.
No particular species. Whatever my clients request or that I think may fetch a good price at auction. Many of my clients have a liking for Earth women.
The question is meaningless. Elaborate please.
Do you keep small animals for companionship?
As I've told you before, Salmarans have no need for companionship, although I did once capture a venomous Blachmas monster, and derived great pleasure from watching it devour small Terran mammals.
That gave you pleasure?
What else do you - enjoy?
Anything that involves pain or blood - especially blood, I love the sight of it. I especially enjoy making others suffer.
That seems a strange way of deriving pleasure. Why do you think you enjoy
What a peculiar question. Why should I need a reason to enjoy something?
Let me put it another way. Have you ever suffered such treatment yourself and did you enjoy it ?
Yes, I was once whipped to within an inch of my life. The other Salmaran seemed to enjoy the experience, but not as much as I did when I got my revenge on him.
Did you have a happy childhood?
The question is irrelevant. Childhood is a time for learning to survive and prosper.
Do you have friends?
Friends>? I am not sure how I’m supposed to interpret that question. I have people who are useful to me whom I will reward as I see fit.
Affection is a meaningless concept to me.
Have you any children?
Undoubtedly, there is a need to continuously propagate our race,
Do you ever see any of your children?
I wouldn't know where to begin looking, nor would I want to. It is sufficient to know my line continues.
Would you describe yourself as wealthy?
Yes, but not as wealthy as I intend to become.
What is your favourite food?
Another irrelevant question. Food is a necessity. As long as it is fresh that's all that's important. If I was to insist on my 'favourite' food I might end up starving to death!
You're not very forthcoming with your answers, are you? Is there a reason for this?
In my line of business you learn to keep certain things to yourself. It’s habit forming.
Sufficiently comfortable for our needs. Not so comfortable for the slaves, of course, especially when we have had a successful hunting trip. Would you like to see for yourself, my dear? She'll be making planetfall in approximately thirty of your minutes.
STARQUEST * CHILDREN OF THE MIST * BELOVED ENEMY