Q and A with Krin O'Kar
Sunday 30th June 2013
Right, let's do this! Next week is Lyle, so any questions for or about our favorite psyker, please send them in!
Although Severus is nominally the main character of SotI, from the fan mail I've received over the years it's clear that Krin is the favorite character of a lot of readers. Although I'm fond of all my characters, I have to admit he's kind of my favourite as well.
When I started writing Servants Krin was intended to be the main focus of comedy in the group; the one who is the least like a true member of the Warhammer 40,000 universe and so can do things that exasperate the other characters.
As the strip matured I stepped away from the idea of Krin being separate from the 40K universe; if anything he's one of the ones who now adheres the most to the background. He's still the main source of comedy however.
As I said in my piece about Severus, all the main characters are basically facets of my own personality. In Krin's case, he's the slightly looney-tunes side of me who loves fart jokes. He's obsessed with guns and is not the brightest tool in the box, but can at times possess a quick wit. The way I see it, Krin isn't stupid because he lacks intelligence, it's more that he has an intrinsic honesty to him that most of the time slows him down but, every now and then, gives him insights others would miss.
I think this is the core of his character; Krin acts (and is) dim most of the time, and many people see him as just the dumb muscle because of that, but really he's extremely intelligent in his own special way.
Krin's other defining trait is his loyalty to his friends. One of my favourite Krin moments, which I think illustrates this side of his character, is in strip 47. In this strip Krin tells Severus and the rest of the party to get to the shuttle while he stays behind to hold off the pursuing chaos forces. The important thing to note is that he doesn't hesitate when telling them to go on without him; to Krin it's only logical he stay behind because they're his friends and protecting them is what he does. He's not suicidal, but Krin would lay down his life for any of the other characters without a thought.
Of course, this being the 40K universe, there's a lot of fighting and this is Krin's greatest passion. I had once intended Krin to be a guardsman, but there's something so much cooler about bounty hunters, right? Just ask Boba Fett.
From a storytelling point of view by separating Krin from the guard this gives him (and me through him) license to poke fun at the Imperial Guard.
One last snippet of information; in my head Krin is voiced by Tony Robinson in the role of Baldrick from Blackadder.
Now then, on to your questions!
Q: Lord Severus mentioned that you had a partner as a bounty hunter before you became his acolyte. Tell us about your partner. Who were they? Are they still out there?
A: My partner was a very special lady named Elizabeta. We worked together for a long time; she was the smart one and I was the muscle, although she definitely knew her way around a fight.
We were together for years until we took a bounty on a heretical called Taigir the Bloody. That was how we met m'Lord Severus.
Elizabeta... was killed by Taigir. I'm not sure I'll ever really get over loosing her. I still carry her autogun around with me; that's why I named it Betsy; I used to call Elizabeta that to annoy her, but I knew she secretly liked it.
Q: How was the bounty hunting life? Do you prefer working for the Inquisition?
A: Bounty hunting was good. I grew up on a pretty rough hive world, Steelfall, and ran with the gangs but I never wanted to stay there. The way I saw it, it was either become a bounty hunter or join the Imperial Guard, and I never really liked the Imperial Guard. Too stuffy.
Working for m'Lord Severus is great; I get to travel all over the sector, help defend the Imperium and meet some really interesting people. Bounty hunting was all about working for money, this is better; it's good to know I'm helping make a difference.
Q: As the brains/lynchpin of the outfit how do you tone yourself down so as to not overpower the rest of the cast?
A: Hmm, good question! I used to have to make sure that everyone got their fair share of fighting, you know, so they didn't feel left out. But now Brianna has joined the group I have to try to keep up! She sure knows her way around a pair of bolt pistols! (At this point Krin seemed to drift off into a daydream and took some time to snap out of it)
Q: What do you think about think about some of the great regiments, like the Firstborns or the Death corps?
A: They're pretty cool. Got some nice uniforms and they get to play with some really nice guns, but at the end of the day they have to follow orders, march all the time and never get to loot anything. I kind of feel sorry for them. They're also much better at guarding their armouries than some other regiments, so it's never as fun working with them.
Right you lot, see you next week for an interview with Lyle.
As a side note, go check out the Extras page where you can now find some fan made animated gifs of the cast!
Monday 24th June 2013
I've been told the RSS feed is on the fritz again. I'm looking into what's gone wrong, sorry for the breakdown in the meantime.
Q and A with Severus Hunt
Sunday 23rd June 2013
I've had a number of friends and readers ask me if the characters in Servants of the Imperium are based on the friends that I play Dark Heresy with. While I have taken inspiration for some of the jokes, situations and plot from previous Dark Heresy games, I can honestly say the characters aren't based on my friends. This sometimes comes as a surprise to the people who asked me.
The truth is that each of the main characters in SotI; Severus, Krin, Brianna, Lyle and Aki (and even Bob) are all created from facets of my own personality.
Severus Hunt is probably the closest to the real me than the others; like me Severus is focused (to an extent), likes to be in charge and, at the end of the day, cares deeply about his compatriots. He and I even share a goatee, although thankfully not a hairstyle.
Severus definitely isn't a cold and remote inquisitor who uses his acolytes like tools. To him the people under his command are also his responsibility and he takes their safety very seriously, even though some of them may fray his sanity to an alarming degree (Krin, I'm looking at you).
When I first started drawing SotI Severus was just the straight man of the group; the stiff and slightly inept leader that the others used to make fun of the 40K universe. As the strip developed and I started to think of each of the characters as a distinct entity, Severus changed into something else entirely. He's snarky and sarcastic at times, logical and level-headed most of the time and on occasion extremely passionate and even a little gung-ho if riled up.
At his heart, Severus is a man who believes deeply in the God-Emperor and the divine right of the Imperium, without being a fanatical hate-blinded zealot. In a way, Severus is what I imagine the Inquisition could be like in the very best of situations. Perhaps that makes him (and me) a little naive as well.
That's not to say Severus isn't without his darker side. It might not have shown through as yet, but Severus is definitely not someone who shies away from doing what needs to be done, even if it means doing some questionable things.
Although I seldom think of him this way, Severus is the hero of Servants of the Imperium. The story is about the whole team, but Severus is the guy at the front and ultimately he has to display the qualities of a classic hero. Bravery, loyalty, intelligence and the occasional snappy one-liner.
So on to your questions! I'd like to thank you all for writing in, I had loads of responses which made picking a few questions to put to Severus really difficult. Luckily it seems that a lot of you all want to know very similar stuff.
So, over to Severus.
Q: Severus, who trained you and how long have you been an inquisitor?
A: My master was Inquisitor Valdus Clay, a highly respected witch-hunter. He picked me up from my homeworld of Garalat while he was hunting a rogue psyker and decided I had 'the right stuff', whatever he meant by that. He made me his interrogator and started training me in the ways of the Inquisition.
As for how long I've been an Inquisitor? It's been nearly ten years since I was given my rosette. Before that I was with Clay for nearly twenty years. Yes, I am older than I look; thank the Emperor for rejuve treatments. However, it never seemed to work on my hair.
Q: What is you previous experience with the Inquisition? What is your best memory? Also, what happened to make you so unfazed by the crazy stuff Krin and the others get up to?
A: Well, as I said above I was with Clay for nearly two decades; in that time I saw a lot of weird stuff. As members of the Ordo Hereticus my cases during that time, and after I became a full Inquisitor myself, have mostly related to heretics, rogue psykers and other such individuals.
I have had my encounters with xenos and the forces of the Archenemy from time to time, but generally I leave that stuff to members of the Ordo Xenos and Ordo Malleus.
My best memory? I think it was probably either being given my rosette by my former master or taking down my first heretic as a full Inquisitor.
As for why I'm so unfazed by stuff; you try working with someone like Krin for an extended period and see how you cope! I swear that Lyle's picking up some of Krin's bad habits as well, and now with Aki and Bob in the group it's getting even worse. I think I'm going to need a double dose of rejuve before this mission is over.
Q: Where do you come from and what is your background? How did you gain the title 'Lord'?
A: I was born on the Imperial world of Garalat, one of the primary worlds of the subsector. My father was an Imperial noble, so I was actually born to the title of lord. Most people tend to call Inquisitors 'lord' anyway, just to be sure. I'd say it's out of respect, but I think it's more because they're afraid of us.
Q: Where did you pick up Krin and Lyle?
A: Lyle has been with me ever since I first became a fully-fledged Inquisitor. While a lot of Inquisitors are psykers themselves I'm not, so I wanted some psychic back-up if I was going to be hunting witches. Lyle was fresh out of the Scholastica Psykana back then; I'm not sure he knew what he was getting into when he joined me.
Krin I met only three years ago, while I was hunting a particularly dangerous arch-heretic named Taigir the Bloody. Krin and his partner were also hunting Taigir for the bounty on his head, and we kept running into each other until I pointed out we'd be better teaming up than getting in each others way. Looking back, I'm glad we did; taking down Taigir was a lot of hard work. After that Krin just sort of... stuck around. I'm glad he has. Sometimes.
Q: Have you ever had any other acolytes? Only four seems quite few for an Inquisitor.
A: I'm a great believer in quality, not quantity. I have had other acolytes in the past, but never more than three or four at any one time. Lyle has been with me the longest; others have either left after a while or sadly died during the course of our missions. That's another reason I tend not to have too many acolytes; losing them is hard to deal with.
So, hopefully that's answered a few of your questions! Next week I'll be talking about everyone's favourite bounty hunter; Krin O'Kar. Send in any questions you want me to ask him!
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