Reblogged from Tallis Steelyard:
Welcome to the Hotseat of Truth, a device in which a protagonist is trapped. The only way to escape is to answer five searching questions completely honestly or the Hotseat will consume them to ashes!
Today’s victim is Tallis Steelyard, the creation of Jim Webster. Tallis is the leading poet of his generation. Married to Shena, he lives on a barge tied to the Fellmonger’s Wharf. Shena is a mud-jobber, a dealer who buys finds from the shore-combers who scour the mud of the estuary and sells them on. Tallis is a jobbing poet, earning his living from his art.
Port Naain is the largest city on the west coast of ‘The Land of the Three Seas’. It is situated on the estuary of the River Paraeba. Described by some as a wretched hive of scum and villainy, like all cities, it meets you half way and reflects back to you your soul. So Port Naain has erudite literary salons, delightful tea rooms, bordellos, respectable young ladies supporting themselves honestly, thugs, mages, sages, chivalrous condottiere, slums, fine houses, bad beer and reasonable coffee. All human life is here.
Question 1: What is the most important principle you adhere to in life?
When everything is said and done, I still have to be able to look myself in the face when I shave.