We’re here today to talk to Wilhelm VanLipsig captain of the ship the Loup Garou. Wil, what did you do before running freight for the Mining Guild?
I was a colonel in the Galactic Marine Corps. Then I did contract work.
Where does the handle, The Lone Wolf, come from?
I got that name serving in the Marines. I like to work alone and I’m ruthless.
Are you the hero of your own story?
I’m the hero of every story.
What is your problem in the story?
Some psycho son-of-a-bitch wants me dead and then he wants to take over the universe. The usual.
Can you tell us something else about yourself?
I’m 86 years old, look like I’m 26 and I’ve been changed so much by the Marine doctors, I don’t think I’m even quite human anymore.
Do you embrace or run from conflict?
I make love to conflict, then I beat until it surrenders. Incidentally, I don’t treat women the same way.
How do you see yourself?
I am the bringer of death. If you see me coming, you’ve got 10 seconds to say your prayers.
How do your friends see you?
I don’t really have any friends.
How do your enemies see you?
I’m the shadow of death, the invisible man. If they see me, I did something terribly wrong.
How does the author see you?
Dellani thinks I’m dead sexy, smoking hot, seriously jacked, evil and dangerously seductive.
Do you agree with her analysis of you?
I’m not arguing.
What do you think of yourself?
I’m the coldest hearted asshole in the galaxy.
Do you have a goal?
Get the other bastards before they get me.
Do you keep your achievements to yourself?
Most are classified. The only ones who know what I’ve done are the others who were there with me. Most of them are dead.
Do you have any special strengths?
My battle plans have made the textbooks and are required reading at the officer’s academy. One general said, “VanLipsig’s battle plans are a symphony of destruction with each movement bathed in the blood of the enemy.” I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of that.
Do you have any special weaknesses? Other than your obvious modesty?
Amusing, really. Yeah, I can’t carry a tune.
What do you believe?
I believe in honor and I adhere to it. Not everyone agrees with my code of ethics though.
What do you regret?
I regret the fact that I wasn’t there for the people who needed me.
What, if anything, haunts you?
The faces of everyone I’ve ever had to kill.
Has anyone ever betrayed you?
Yeah. And I killed her for it.
Have you ever failed anyone?
Pretty much every day, I imagine.
Did anything newsworthy happen on the day you were born?
According to my old man, hell opened its doors and spit me forth. I hope he’s waiting for me when I get there. I’ll kick his abusive ass.
Was there ever a defining moment of your life?
Meeting Matilda. She has made me become the man I wanted to be and couldn’t seem to find on my own.
What is your most closely guarded secret?
If I told you, I’d have to kill you. You look like you think I’m kidding.
Do you have any hobbies?
Does sex count?
What is your favorite item of clothing? Why?
I don’t really care what I wear but I always have my gun belt, even if I’m naked.
Name five items in your pockets.
I don’t carry anything. Too much stuff slows you down and can identify you when you’re dead.
If you were stranded on a desert island, would you rather be with, a man or a woman?
What the hell good would another man be? A woman with lots of stamina. It would be nice if she was intelligent too, but that’s not a requirement.
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Thank you to Pat Bertram for sharing these character questions with me several years ago.