Let’s meet Pietas from Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, a science fiction romance by Kayelle Allen. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.
Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire
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 free 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 will call on him for rescue and he has no way to answer.
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.
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…
Genre science fiction with romantic elements, sci fi
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13 (for violence) No explicit content or profanity
Please tell me about yourself.
I’m what’s commonly called an Ultra. My race is genetically enhanced, created to serve mankind. To ensure we could fight their enemies, they made us “ultra” strong, invincible, unkillable. Without meaning to, they made us immortal. They also created us with the inability to gain our own freedom. My father accidentally discovered how to break those genetic shackles. Once we were free, mankind no longer told us what to do. We told mankind. It’s the only thing about my father that I can honestly say I’m proud of. I imagine I’ve told you far more about “me” than you wanted to hear. I’ll stop now.
Age: at the time of this story, 1,916
Birthplace: Earth, in a small country called Wales
Ethnicity: I’m what you’d consider white. My people come in many colors, but we are all Ultras.
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Ultra
What do you look like?
Physically, I’m 7 Terran feet tall, platinum blond hair, teal blue eyes (an illusion – they are actually quite startlingly blue with green flecks). I’m built more like a swimmer or dancer than a warrior, although I have all the strength of one.
Who is the significant other in your life?
Currently, her name is Joss.
Please tell us about your education.
I have an eidetic memory. I forget literally nothing, although I like to tease my sister by pretending to forget things she tells me. I’m a scientist as well as warrior. Not unusual among my people. I am a geneticist and credited with the creation of many races of non-humans.
Are you book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
I imagine all those would describe me. When one is immortal, one tends to pick things up.
On what special skills do you rely?
In addition to physical strength, I have multiple Ultra gifts, chief among them the ability to cast confusion, disarray, and fear. It’s called Chaos. I’m a master. So much so, my people refer to me as the Bringer of Chaos.
What is your family like?
How long do you have? I’ll shorten this. My father is a monster who deserves the worst possible perma-death. My mother– *pauses* I’m sorry. I can’t speak of her without emotion. She deserves far better than my father. I have a twin sister who is the bane of my existence. We look and act nothing alike.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I put others ahead of myself. It’s what a king should do. I worry that I take too much for myself and look selfish. I strive to avoid that.
What is your biggest personal flaw?
Hubris. I tend to think I have situations completely in hand. Often, it turns out I was overthinking my ability and reach. That can be a fatal flaw in a king.
When there is a setback, what doubt or flaw surfaces?
I internalize and think failure is my fault. I guard against self doubt, because that, too, can be fatal flaw in a king. Which then leads to hubris. It’s a frustrating cycle I continually guard against. I hope I’m moderately successful.
What is your breaking point?
If I ever reach it, I’ll let you know.
When (if) you lie or are upset, what gives you away?
I told one lie in my life. I was a child and had omitted a duty because I did things out of order. I hadn’t intended to skip doing it. When my father questioned me, I knew what would happen to me if I hadn’t done it. I feared being punished. He was never gentle with me. I lied. He didn’t catch me, but the feeling of dread that he would discover my untruth kept my heart, mind, and stomach in turmoil. I swore I’d never lie again. Punishment would have been over and done with if I’d told the truth. I decided no consequences would ever frighten me into lying again, and they have not.
Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?
At this point, I’d say it’s my friend, Six. He’s human. Or he was. He was turned into an Ultra by artificial means, giving him the strength (at least temporarily) to kill one of us. His type of soldier is called a ghost, because he had to die before he was transformed. Despite the fact that he was my sworn enemy, there is no one closer to me. If he were to betray me… I cannot speak further about that. It would be the worst thing to happen. For me.
What would you like to tell your writer?
I’m glad I decided to trust you and tell you my story. Now get busy and write the rest.
What would you like people who hear your story to know?
I am real. Kayelle Allen writes about me and publishes it as fiction. I’m not in your dimension, but I am real. Never doubt that for a moment.
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Kayelle Allen did a tour in the US Navy, where she climbed around airplanes (on the ground, thankfully) fixing black boxes that helped pilots find their way home.
She wrote her first science fiction novel at 18 and to this day, it’s hidden under the bed, where she vows it will remain. Gems from it, however, launched several series in her galaxy-wide universe of stories.
From childhood, Kayelle was the victim of an overactive imagination and inherited the Irish gift of gab from her mother. From her father, she got a healthy respect for mechanical things.
No wonder she writes Science Fiction and Fantasy peopled with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s been married so long she’s tenured.
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