It’s easy for us to forget where we come from. Often times I catch myself wondering where I would be if it wasn’t for my burning desire to chase the next story. My parents spent their whole lives tending the flocks and fields under the sun. Perhaps that could have been my destiny had strange circumstances catapulted my writing in front of so many of you. This thought spurred a detour from my journey and I decided to sit down with an old friend, Zultra of Zygethia. I wanted to ask him about his roots, and the criticism for seeking the crown.
For those of you who have met Zultra, it won’t surprise you that I found him chatting with the locals in a tavern in Nirath. I almost expected a story to arise, but there was no ruckus to be heard this time. He kindly ordered me a pint, and we found a quiet corner to speak about days of old.
We quickly found ourselves addressing the topic of Zultra’s self-proclaimed nobility as King of Zygethia. It was amazing to hear of the fervor and zeal his followers placed in the vision he shared with them. However I knew, just as well as he did, there were many who were despised at someone so lowly seeking a position of such great power. I decided to ask him about his roots, and how he got to where he is today.
Bradford J. Wilshire: “Can you set the record straight for those who would tear you down for being a self-proclaimed king? Where did this journey you are on begin?”
Zultra: “I was always a gregarious child, coupled with my academic interest and street smarts I caught the eye of the local Duke as he made his rounds through the duchy. He saw greatness in me and on my 18th birthday approached me and gave me a Barony, which I named ‘Crownhold’. I named it in honor of the Duke who gave me the title of Baron. He wore a helmet that looked like a crown.”
BJW: “What were your parent’s professions growing up?”
Z: “That I am not a tyrant or a cruel man, I am just working towards making Zygethia.”
BJW: “Would you say you are building the dream of Zygethia from the ground up?”
Z: “We are building from ground up, and it started by going around to all the local communities sprawling the message of Zygethia by myself.”
BJW: “Do you have anything to say to those who would spread rumors or mislead others about the fact that you aren’t a king yet?