Well, to start, my name is Chariska Jerhas. Chari, for short. My friends refer to me as such, I mean.
Prior to my joining Flynn and the others, I was the high priestess of the Saryu Cathedral in the city of Cordom, on the world of TseTsu. It … sometimes still feels strange, refering it as such. The world of … my world, if you follow my meaning.
However, I implore you not to misappehend me. Those were not good days. My people are zealots, and I was little more than a sheep among wolves. I have no faith, but circumstance cruelly conspired to play as though I did.
What is your role in the story?
My role? I’d like to think my intelligence allows me to contribute, in my own ways.
That said, the realist in me knows better. I was well-read on TseTsu, and it’s a trait that serves me little elsewhere. My knowledges are arcane and I’ve walked worlds of science.
So, in truth, I serve two purposes. The first, I’ve become an adept gunwoman, in thanks to an advanced rifle Flynn had in tow when we first met. I’d no clue what it was, at the time, but came to grasp it quickly.
The second: as a Saryu priestess, I was trained in the ways of healing. My magicks can mend broken bones within moments, close wounds that were freshly cleaved. This gift does not come freely, however: any priestess who mends another, suffers their pain. And it is worsened when healing oneself.
So therein lay my truer value. To kill and keep others from being killed. I am a weapon and a salve, and worry how my fellows would suffer in absence of me.
What is your favorite hobby?
I like to read. Liked to, rather, actually.
That’s the curse of traveling other worlds, you see. The conduits we’ve taken allow us to speak to other people, but they don’t do a damned thing for the written word.
Oh, I did purloin a volume from a former goddess’s library some months back … but it was little more than Saryuan propaganda. It swiftly fell stale.
Also, I rather enjoyed the pleasures of the flesh. Though, I’ve had less opportunity for such a luxury these days.
What challenges are you trying to overcome?
Ask any of my companions, and you would get a better answer. I left home in service of emancipation, and did not look back. Yet as an unbeliever to my own goddess, I learned there were so many beings very much like her.
In truth, it sickens me. I would see them all overturned, if I could.
If you could make one wish, what would you wish for?
The ability to read anything would be deeply welcome. We’ve moved from world to world at such a clip, there’s never time enough to learn more than the basic syntax. There’s so much more I wish to learn, and little means to learn it.
Title: Killers, Traitors & Runaways (Outcasts of the World II)
Author: Lucas Aubrey Paynter
Genre: Cosmic Fantasy
As reality nears its final days, worlds fall to ruin. A benevolent god is shackled, and when freed, will create a new one … allowing only the pure of heart. A company of seven have united on a bloody quest to stop him, but have little hope of emerging victorious.
The outcasts are adrift—they have a mission but no means to fulfill it. Airia Rousow, the fallen goddess who set them on their path, is gone. Guardian Poe, her intended successor, believes deification will absolve him of his sins and his remorse alike. And Zella Renivar, daughter of the Living God, is still hunted by her father’s agents, drawing danger on them all.
Trapped in this storm, Flynn is able to find and open the ways between worlds, but cannot discern which path is the right one. Since losing the trust of his closest friend, the temptation to fall back on his former, deceitful ways grows with every crisis he faces.
These are heroes not of virtue, but of circumstance—and it will fall on Flynn to keep them all together.
Lucas Aubrey Paynter hails from the mythical land of Burbank, California, where there are most likely no other writers at all.
Back in 2014, he published Outcasts of the Worlds, and he’s now releasing its follow-up, Killers, Traitors, & Runaways.
A fan of gray-area storytelling and often a devil’s advocate, Lucas enjoys consuming stories from a variety of mediums, believing there’s no limit to what form a good narrative can take.