Ever wondered what kind of wizard you would be? No, we not talking sorting hats here, we’re talking about how your personality and power would come together. In the Book of Water (Enchantress Trilogy) by our author JW Whitmarsh there are four different kinds of wizard; enchanters, illusionists, seers and druids. Each have distinct approaches and perspectives but, ultimately, it is the person inside who shapes how the wizard comes to their power.
After a quick word from the author find out where you would sit
Nexus-Fiction: We’re trying to decide what kind of wizard people would be if they were born gifted in the world of the Elemental Cycle. Maybe we should start with some famous examples.
JW Whitmarsh: OK, but bear in mind this would mean they would have to be limited by the lore of my world. You can’t really dump a character from another world into a distinct fictional construct cohesively.
NX: Indulge us.
JW: Very well.
NX: Right. Let’s start with a biggie. Gandalf?
JW: Difficult. I think you’d have to treat Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White differently. Gandalf the Grey seems to have an affinity with fire magic principally, which says enchanter, but he also does defensive wards and shields in the manner of a seer. I’m going to say seer with exceptional skills in elemental charms. Gandalf the White on the other hand is all about light magic and in the Elemental Cycle world he’d probably be a summoner like Loreliath, but that’s not an option in this test.
NX: Alright, Merlin?
JW: The recent TV Merlin on BBC seemed to be a seer mostly but if we’re talking about the Merlin of legend he would definitely be an illusionist.
JW: He is quite controlling and gets others to do his bidding a lot so I’d say he’d be an enchanter.
NX: Who’d be a druid?
JW: Radagast the Brown would fit very comfortably into the druid role, I think. Or Herne the hunter.
There you have it. Now it’s your turn to decide what you would be.
Question 1: If you had to face one of the following, which would you LEAST want?
- Going blind
- Losing both hands.
- Losing sense of taste and smell
- Going deaf
Question 2: It’s raining hard outside and you want to pass the time. Pick the game that would amuse you best.
Question 3: Your bedroom is drab and spartan. You can cheer it up with one thing, which would you choose?
- A teddy bear
- A plant
- A ceiling painting of the stars
- An encyclopaedia
Question 4: You have to go onstage and entertain a crowd for a short time. What is your act?
- A Stand-up routine
- Magic tricks
- A poetry recital
Question 5: Which danger sign would most likely adorn your workshop.
- 2. 3. 4.
Question 6: You’re worried about security for your home, which do you invest in?
- A state-of-the-art alarm system
- Beefing up the neighbourhood watch
- A guard dog
- Hidden traps
Question 7: Which of the following phobias bothers you LEAST
- Crowded places
Question 8: You’ve got some time to relax, what do you want to do?
- Take a walk in the park
- Visit an art gallery
- Listen to classical music
- Have a massage
Question 9: You have to commit a bank robbery and want to use as little violence as possible, how would you go about it?
- Fill the bank with smoke and set off the fire alarm to get all the employees out first.
- Hack the security cameras so you can pass by unseen.
- Convince the bank manager that you have his family hostage
- Pump a sedative into the air conditioning to send everyone to sleep
Question 10: You are in fear for your life, how will you protect yourself?
- Find a vantage point from where you can see anyone approaching.
- Escape to deep within the forest
- Surround yourself with the best guards you can find
- Retreat into a cave network that you know intimately
Add up the following scores for each question. Pens and pencils ready.
1: 1)d 2)b 3)a 4)c 2: 1)d 2)c 3)b 4)a
3: 1)b 2)a 3)d 4)c 4: 1)b 2)c 3)d 4)a
5: 1)b 2)c 3)d 4)a 6: 1)c 2)b 3)a 4)d
7: 1)b 2)d 3)c 4)a 8: 1)a 2)d 3)c 4)b
9: 1)d 2)c 3)b 4)a 10: 1)c 2)a 3)b 4)a