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1. Do they believe in anything that most people think is impossible?
*If your characters could be played by any actor(s), who would they be? This is a very hard question! I've tried and tried to find an actor who would fit the mental picture I have for Valerius but none 'clicked'. The closest one I found was the actor Benjamin Sadler as seen in the picture above left (he looks like him only in SOME movies, not all!)... but still, he isn't really the same. I also think Gregory Peck might have acted him well, though he didn't have the look of a Roman. For Claudia there are a couple of actors that come close, and they would be a mesh of Keira Knightley, Liv Tyler (as seen in Lord of the Rings portraying Arwen), and Jean Simmons (as seen in The Robe portraying Diana). But until an actor actively takes on a specific role, I find it hard to imagine them as the characters themselves, be they my own creation or another's.
2. Are they strong, or the "damsel/knight in distress" sort? It depends really. Valerius is physically strong, trained to be a highly skilled soldier and capable of enduring extremely harsh conditions. And Claudia is slender and tall resonating womanly strength. When it comes to inner strengths though, it really is hard to tell. I guess I'll know as I write more! But they are both determined, steadfast and valiant, even though they have their moments of "distress, weakness". They do definitely rely on each other. But they both realize in time that their strength is not in themselves but in God.
*What’s their worst childhood memory? Besides the death of his infant sister, Valerius' childhood was without too much incident, and was rather peaceful and happy. However, the worst memory of his past, was when at the age of 14, his brother was killed while serving as Commander of a military detachment in Britannia. This shook Valerius strongly, having been very close to his older brother.
Claudia's worst childhood memory was when her mother died in childbirth, giving birth to her younger brother, Antony. She was only five, but she still remembers it clearly.
*Are they married? If not, do they someday wish to be? At this precise moment they are not married. Do they wish to be? Yes, they do. Very much. But some things are just not in their hands, and marriage right now is one of them.