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A Character Glimpse — Hektor

This post is a brief look at one of the main characters in my upcoming novel, False Light. The glimpse below describes a man named Hektor the Sard as the story begins. He is called Hek by friends, but Sard by most others. Hek is a good, but driven, man who I’ve come to respect in many ways. Perhaps you will too.


At 29, Hektor is an intelligent, accomplished soldier and an Achaean patriot who began his career as a barbarian mercenary. He is also a relentless social climber, trying to break into a rigid, corrupt and prejudiced system. Against all odds, through pure merit and shamelss self-promotion, he has advanced to become a senior infantry commander in the Achaean Kingdom of Pylos. And he suffers for it daily.

In his early teens, Hektor escaped from his barbarian birthplace, a massive black stone keep on the far off Spider Island of Sard. In a drunken rage, Hektor’s brutal father, the sole ruler of that keep, murdered Hek’s mother, a captured Achaean noblewoman. The boy’s uncle saved him from a suicidal attempt at revenge and got them both safely away.

Ever since the murder and escape, Hektor has been a devoted convert to all things civilized, especially to the Achaean civilization of his mother. Hek loathes barbarism utterly. He sees life as a simple choice: either a man defends civilization or he’s tearing it down. That conviction has carried him to Pylos, the origin of Achaean power and the civilized kingdom on the frontier, the one that most often faces barbarian raiders after rich plunder.

Hektor has a forlorn obsession with being accepted as an Achaean. Through intense, almost maniacal, focus, he has long since learned to speak, dress and behave as an Achaean noble. He has also struggled ferociously to master all that an Achaean noble should know, and more. And, since Achaean kingdoms fancy themselves to have a fighting aristocracy, Hektor has sought out and succeeded at every chance to match their most heroic standards. But prejudice, caste and Achaean tradition are barriers that have now brought his dreams to a standstill.

Though educated, handsome and accomplished, Hektor does not look wholly Achaean. And never will.


In recent posts, I’ve written about two other characters in False Light: Korinsia and Argurios.

A note: as you might surmise, everything about the book is protected by copyright.

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