Q & A with the Antagonists from Warfare Book I

I usually don’t like posts like this. I’m hardly ever interested in people’s characters unless those people are my close writing pals or their character are legitimately awesome. So I’ve never planned to go off ranting about my charries to people who didn’t care about them.

But… you guys do care. Or at least that’s the impression I’m getting. And that completely blows me away. The amount of support and enthusiasm you’ve shown for my WIP series Warfare is beyond anything I could ever imagine! YOU ARE THE BEST.

So here’s to hoping you’re interested in hearing about the antagonists from my current WIP novel Warfare Book I! I was originally going to offer the six very main characters for questions, but I think it’ll be more bite-sized to introduce them in groups. Here are all the baddies for now.

I don’t have face claims for them yet (I know, I know, lame. I’m just not allowed to search for images anywhere), so I’ll just hope my descriptions are descriptive enough.


• antagonist
• 35yo man
• usurper after the shogunate of Japan
• half-western, half-Japanese. Has dark brown eyes, and dark brown hair to his shoulders.
• rough and buff XD
• an orphan trained as a bounty hunter until he was 26. Then he decided he wanted to become a political leader and has planned for 9 years to put inside men and betrayers inside of the government, posing as high-level political leaders actually out to kill anyone in Maruko’s way.
• ennegram: individual.
• ideal: origin.
• fear: commonness.
• desire: authenticity.
• vice: envy.
• core need: to… stop going insane to rule and feeling like you have to earn everything. Accepting the free gift of God’s mercy would help him a lot.

I just love this guy. He’d bad and he’s mean, but if I were a male bad guy and was not saved, he’d be me. Literally.

Determined, self-driven, self-motivated, self-conceited, self-aggrandizing, rude… yep. Madison Lorfing as a non-saved, male bad guy. XD His political leaning is himself, the person he most admires is himself… XD I just die laughing each time I read his character interview.

Maruko also has anger issues (which I don’t have), which give him his actually evil side: relentless, needless bloodshed. He’s on an insane power trip and must have control of EVERYTHING and will kill or torture to death anyone who stands in his way. Which, for this book, is POOR WITTLE SCARED ARI (the protag).

He and I are both very committed to what we do, and tend to be strategic until we get too impatient. He’s like my evil soul mate.


• mini-antagonist
• 35yo man
• Maruko’s right-hand man
• half-western, half-… European? Wait, isn’t that the same thing? What did I write in this character interview???
• blue eyes, dark brown hair, pale-ish skin
• I think he’s actually more buff than Maruko. Sorry, ‘Ruko. You got beat in looks by your #2.
• GUYS THIS IS SO SAD. He used to be an alcoholic and KILLED HIS WIFE AND THEIR UNBORN BABY IN A DRUNKEN BRAWL. *dies sobbing* Maruko trained him himself when Maruko was 26. The two are great buds.
• ennegram: helper.
• ideal: freedom.
• fear: unworthiness.
• desire: love.
• vice: vainglory (well, really anger, but that was the closest the ennegram chart could get to describing him.)
• core need: to accept Jesus.

I totally forgot his first name. I always address bad guys by their last names and in the first draft, I had no idea about a first name for him anyway. Everyone calls him Kazanawi.

He struggles a lot with unworthiness to be loved and hates alcohol with a passion… and yet it is his greatest weakness.

He’s very rash as a result, especially toward Ari, whom he doesn’t personally have anything against but Maruko does, so Maruko hires him to keep trying to kill her (lol just read the book this is confusing), and Kazanawi loves chances to take out all that angerrr, and poor innocent Ari suffers as a result.

I made up his name (back in my I-REFUSE-TO-RESEARCH days of Loyalty [Warfare drafts 1-3]… *cringes*) and it actually sounds pretty Japanese, so I kept it.

He and Rasako (coming up next) rival to be Maruko’s #2. So far, Kazanawi is able to keep his spot as Maruko’s right-hand man, but it’s hard with conceited and annoying Rasako trying to outdo him.


• mini-antagonist
• 23yo man
• talented assassin, Maruko’s #3
• Ukranian parents. Looks exactly like Ari Kireina in male form. Hint, hint. He has light brunette shaggy hair and brown eyes.
• tall, thin, muscled.
• He was kidnapped before Ari was born (sorry alphas I literally just spoiled Book II for you), then escaped using baby smarts and ended up at an orphanage where he was taken in by Norin Shihai (no questions sorry >:)), head sensei of Satsujin-sha Shinobi Academy for training immoral assassin men. He trained there until he was 18, when Maruko heard about his almost matchless skill. Despite his brutal training, he hates assassinating and only does it to be accepted and loved by Maruko and Norin.
• ennegram: helper.
• ideal: freedom.
• fear: unworthiness.
• desire: love.
• vice: vainglory ALL THE WAY. ?
• core need: to accept Jesus.

Okay, so while I was writing the first draft of Loyalty back in ’16, my brother Russell thought having a female ninja was soooo stupid and lame and all the guys reading my book one day would want a guy ninja. So bam! Rasako was created as Ari’s long-lost brother. And I made up his name, too. I think I did pretty good, so I kept it.

Because Russell suggested the character, Rasako is modeled after him. Literally, in Rasako’s 102-question character interview, I asked Russell a lot of the questions. XD His last name, Deyuan, is “Duane” in Japanese, which is Russell’s middle name.

Rasako is super self-conceited and has a love for dropping the mic with epic one-liners, something both me and my brother love.

In the first three terrible, terrible drafts, Rasako had a slight love interest with Anata Tsuari which develops in Book II (only you know what I’m talking about, Chloe ?), but since revising the series, I cut it out. It was an unnecessary, unrelated subplot. Badly developed, too.

Rasako is now much better developed and has an actual mini-arc.

Hmm… seems I have no evil gals in this book.

But that’s only because we’ve only got an evil one writing it.

Wait, that’s a lie. Maruko has a few female warriors in his mercenary crew, but they aren’t in the spotlight. I don’t even name ’em. So no main evil gals. Just an evil writer.

WHEW. I’m so nervous to post this. Who actually cares enough to read all about someone else’s characters, much less ask them questions?

Guess I’ll find out in the comments below. ?

Ask any character above any questions; no limits, no boundaries! The last day to ask questions is Sunday. And please, it’s your turn to rant about your favorite charries of yours. Unleash it all on me. I DARETH YOU.*

*I’m Grand Sensei Dareth. And I dareth you to join my dojo! ? Who got it?

By | 2019-05-28T14:16:27-04:00 February 6th, 2018|Warfare, Writing|87 Comments

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  1. AAG February 6, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Question to Ari: How does it feel having a long-lost brother?
    Question to Daku: Why do you want to be a political leader?
    Question to Rasuku: Does Ari get on your nerves?
    To all: Do you like being a ninja? What are your tips for younger ninjas?

  2. Amie February 6, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Madi, I loved this! Okay, here are my questions (you decide which character, because, tbh, they all have the same problem and same cure! Though I think it’s awesome ones after your brother!)

    1. What is your best childhood memory?

    2.Most embarrassing?

    3. What was the best month of your life?

    4.If you were to go anywhere, where would that be?

    5. What is your favorite animal?

    Haha! I can’t wait to see how your imagination works with those questions! And you MUST answer them…or else Terrific Tom will do something and hack into your WordPress account! (JK, sorta…>:)

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      Haha, thank you SOOO much, Amie! Your questions are EPIC!

      NO KEEP TOM AWAY FROM MY ACCOUNT. XDD I’ll answer them, don’t worry! XD

      • Amie February 9, 2018 at 7:06 pm - Reply

        Haha! Okay, I have a weapon if you don’t! JK, I’m not that mean. (Or am I? >:)

        • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

          *fingers katana hidden down her back* Are you sure you have a weapon and I do not? ?

          • Amie February 10, 2018 at 12:05 pm - Reply

            No, but I’m sure that my weapon is better. *Smiles mysteriously*. But, suppose we extend the right hand of fellowship and not fight on the blog world? We can settle the differences in real life. (If we ever meet…)

            • Madison Grace February 12, 2018 at 8:06 pm - Reply

              *smiles mysteriously* Ah, alright, I suppose that will suffice. Wouldn’t want to cause a blog scene.

  3. EnniMorgan February 6, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Hoho, how much do I love this post! ?

  4. Chloë February 6, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Rasako: What are your thoughts on flowers? (Sorry. Just had to ask.)
    Why are you an antagonist?
    Do you have a twin? (>:) )
    And I’ll coem bacak with more questions later, gotta write!

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      YAY, thanks, Chloe! And have an awesome time writing! <3

      • Chloë February 9, 2018 at 9:48 pm - Reply

        Actually, make that sibling, just read his file properly for the first time XD

  5. Kendall February 6, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    I loved this!! I can’t get enough of your characters/books/writing/general stuff. XD
    (Does Hora not count as a main antagonist ’til later?)
    My characters… oh my. I’m sure you can relate to the “why is this fictional person so caught up in my every move, word and thought. (and why, for Pete’s sake, if I love them so much, are they so hard to write about?)
    Anyway, my CURRENT two favorite characters are a dude with rudeness issues and a girl out to love everyone like we’re told in John 15:12. A combination sure to explode at some point, you might guess. 😉

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      Awww, thank you SO much, Kendall! XD No, Hora’s not an antagonist until book II. In book I, she’s just there for a bit of foreshadowing to prompt Sataru and Hinoki’s emotional reactions in chapter 2, so she’s not actually on the antag force for that one. Which I should probably clarify in editing. XD

      Ah, yes, I can relate completely! I think about my characters allll the time but sometimes they don’t come out on the page quite so easily as I had hoped. -_- XD

      HAHA, I love that combination SO much. ?

      • Kendall Henson February 9, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

        Okay, cool!

        Ye-es ugh. :)))

        Thanks! They are super fun to write/plot/dream about. :))

  6. Mya February 6, 2018 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    To anyone: If you had to look UP to one person on the earth, and acknowledge that they’re better than you, who would it be?

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      Heh heh, they’ll have fun with this one. ? Thanks Mya!

      • Mya February 9, 2018 at 7:28 pm - Reply

        Mwahahaha…. np!

      • Mya February 9, 2018 at 7:28 pm - Reply

        Another: if you had to surrender to one of your enemies, who would it be?

  7. CutePolarBear February 6, 2018 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Yes, I’m very interested in the interview! It hurts me to write about people making bad decisions, and I’m not sure I’ve ever written an actual villain. I admire those who can. 😛 Here are some questions for your evil people:
    1. Would you like to time-travel in the future?
    2. Would you like to travel to different countries?
    3. When was the last time you said something nice, and to whom was this nice thing said?
    4. Do you believe in a god?
    5. Are you afraid to die?
    6. Do you feel superior to those who have a different skin color?
    7. What are your thoughts on marriage?
    8. What’s your favorite weather?
    9. What’s your love language?
    10. Do you ever feel if you’ve made horrible decisions in your life?

    Ten is probably good enough. 😀


    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Awww! At least you are probably very nice to your characters, then. 😛 Thank you so much for the questions and for commenting! 😀

  8. AGs in Alaska February 6, 2018 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Okay, when you wrote “wife and unborn baby” I though it was “wife and unicorn baby” . . . I was like, um, isn’t that a bit too much . . . fantasty than you usually write? Your characters sound great!!!!

  9. Diamond @ buildabearsfurever.blogspot.com February 6, 2018 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    These characters are pretty deep. I like how they’re dimensional, not just a stereotypical bad guy. Hahaha, “my evil soul mate.” That is pretty funny. And one of the bad guys is Aris brother?! I figured that out in your last post when it said he looked like her???. I don’t think I have any questions for the characters, actually.
    ❤️Diamond @ buildabearsfurever.blogspot.com
    P.S. I’m working on my novel and I’m a little over 7k. Not too bad for four days of my first novel!

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Diamond! That means so much! Haha, yep — very smart of you to put together those clues. 😉 Thanks for commenting!

      P.S. YAY! Just 3k more and you’ll be to 10k! *showers you in confetti* You’re doing awesome.

  10. Olive February 7, 2018 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Your evil soulmate. ? I SHIP IT! (Jk. ???)
    *hides tears* WELL YOU’RE THE AUTHOR HERE MADI YOU CAN FIX IT. And gosh darn it Madi you’re distracting me with tragic backstories and I’m burning my pancakes….are you going to end up saving all your bad guys? Because that’s not very satisfying. ?
    I burned my pancake. I threw it away and I’m adding more butter. ?
    *calmly bites pancake* I knew they were siblings. *looks instantly not calm* WHO ARE THESE NEW NAMES TELL MEEEEEE
    But ohmygosh Madi that evil look is just perfection?
    So do the good guys next time, stop making Ari cry, and now this pancake isn’t cooking at all what is wrong with this pan.
    And heeheeheehee at the dareth at the end I burst out laughing again, and I heard my my sibs mutter “what is she reading” in a sort of annoyed way because I’m supposed to be making them pancakes, not randomly laughing and hurting their poor widdle infected earsies. ?
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply


      Oh dear. ? I don’t think Maruko and I would get along well romantically. ?

      Oh no! Save the pancakes! XD I’ll end off the series with glimpses of hope for them, but not outrightly redeeming them — except for Rasako, I think.

      Yes, you did. Very smart you.

      Ahahaha thank you ?


      YAY, I was hoping you’d catch that! ???

      P.S. Sorry, pancakes…

  11. Abby Franklin February 7, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply

    I HAVE SO MANNY THINGS TO SAAAAYY! I have to kinda catagorize it so yay for lists!!


    2a. Questions for Daku: Do you consider yourself to be evil? Or are you doing the world a service by trying to take over Japan?
    2b. Questions for Josefu: What’s your most and least favorite thing about Daku?
    2c. Questions for Rasako: Are there any certain *EHEM EHEM* female assasins that bear resemblance to you in any way?

    3. GRAND SENSEI DARETH. I started dying laughing when i read that (the part you clearly did not want anybody to read, ?)

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply



      2. YAY QUESTIONS! Thanks so much for asking them! *happy dance*

      3. YESSS YOU GOT IT. ???

  12. Tess (blackiesunshine) February 7, 2018 at 9:14 am - Reply

    YOU SPOILERRRR!!!! i had no idea Rasako and Ari were sibs!!!!!!!!!!!! ok calm urself tess.
    I love your wittle viwans. Almost as much as I love Syre, my antag-turned-protag. And that’s saying a lot because I love Syre enough to like, feel like he’s real. Do you have that problem too, where you know so much about a character that you feel like they’re real? Cuz I know I do XD
    I know all about the I.R.T.R stage of writing. Don’t go read my first Nano. SPARE ME. XD
    I want more of these, cuz they’re awesome!

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Sorry!! *hides* AWW I WUV THE TOO. Awww, Syre sounds awesome. XD Hah, I WISH my characters were real… actually, no, what am I thinking? They’d bring destruction and death and pain on MANY PEOPLE. STAY FICTIONAL, GUYS.

      That makes me just wanna go read your first NaNo. XD Thank you SO much, Tess!

      • Tess (blackiesunshine) February 11, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

        You’re so welcome <3 I'm going to rewrite it in April and THEN it will be ready for all my frens to read. XD
        Yeah if our characters were real we could all go out to Chili's together! "Tess, party of 24" But then who'd pay for that…..:/

        • Madison Grace February 12, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

          HEHE YAY APRIL. Are you doing Camp NaNo?

          Haha yes ?? Hm, I have a couple of rich charries. I’d get their yen exchanged for US dollars! >:D

          • Tess (blackiesunshine) February 12, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

            Yesss that works.
            Yes I am doing Camp Nano! It’s going to be more of an editing job, basically going through the story, taking out the parts that make no sense, and replacing them with parts that do. XD Hbu?

  13. The AG Homeschooler February 7, 2018 at 9:26 am - Reply

    NO, WHY DID YOU SPOIL BOOK 2?!? Oh, no worries, I’ll survive. (I guess…)
    Here are my questions:
    Daku, would you rather be the most common person alive or be in agonizing pain?
    Josefu, how does it feel that you’re more muscular than Daku?
    Daku, Josefu, and Rasako, would any of you be interested in dating? (Josefu, please don’t have a breakdown from this question.)
    OK, those are my questions! I like it when you talk about your characters, so by all means, talk!
    Now I get to talk about mine. ? Hold on, this is gonna be a long ride! ?
    I’ll start with my first book, Lucky Number Thirteen. (That’s it’s working title, anyway.)
    Rai Hawkings: A so called bully who has a little secret.
    Destan Anders: The ‘cool guy’ who really just wants a family. Also, he becomes Seraphina’s best friend.
    Seraphina Kingsley: The main character who’s fiery and wants to take down the bad guys.
    Ivy Hart: Oh, just a little love interest for Destan.
    Apollyon: The main bad guy. Full of evil, hate, and hate. Did I ready mention hate?
    Now, my other book, Like Father, Unlike Daughter. (Definitely the working title. Not a fan of it.)
    Lillian Saber: The main character with a secret she tries to hide and an AWESOME last name. (?)
    Maxen Saber: The villain, and yes, him and Lillian are related. (That wasn’t a plot twist, so I didn’t ruin anything. ?)
    Dawn Saber: Maxen’s wife. A tough girl, too.
    And that’s all the names I’ve got for that book. Excuse my rambling, but you said I could. ? Also, this is probably the longest comment in the history of the world. ?

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:45 pm - Reply


      YAY for all those awesome questions! My baddies can’t wait to answer ’em.

      And ahhh, I LOVE all your evil carries! They sound amazing! I love the names and their relations. EPICNESS.

  14. The AG Homeschooler February 7, 2018 at 9:27 am - Reply

    ‘Dareth?’ You mean like Ninjago? ?? Okay, I’m done. ??

  15. ?Hope? @agdolldreams February 7, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Why did you choose this “career”?
    Is there anything you regret about your life?
    And for character 2:
    The same questions as above.
    Character 3:
    What is your ultimate goal in life?
    Are you like your sister in any way?

    The End XD

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      YAY, thank you so much for all the questions, hope! They can’t wait to answer them! <3

  16. Josie February 7, 2018 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Guess I'll have to search Evernote for book II. Sigh.
    Q U E S T I O N S:
    – Do you consider yourself evil?
    – What's the nicest thing you've ever done?
    – On a scale from one to ten, how good do you think you look?
    – Do you *love* anyone?
    – Can I join your evil team? *crosses fingers* I promise I won't start a mutiny and take over.
    – Do you know you're a fictional character?
    – Say something funny. Right now.

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      IT’S REVENGE FOR NO KAIT. D:< JUST KIDDING. Oh dear. You'll scar yourself. #NoPlotStructure YAY, thanks for the questions! I love them. XD

      • kirstyntodd February 11, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

        How do I search other people’s stuff on Evernote? I WANT IN ON THIS. >:(

        • Madison Grace February 12, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

          Aww, I’m so sorry, but Book II is unavailable. It’s pretty bad. XD I’m rewriting the entire thing in one or two years, though. I have to finish book I first and hopefully sign a book deal for the second book at the same time before I start writing it.

          • kirstyntodd February 12, 2018 at 8:21 pm - Reply

            AWW!! *Insert whiny grunt*

            • Madison Grace February 13, 2018 at 9:57 pm - Reply

              Your whiny grunts are making me laugh. ??

              • Kirstyn Todd February 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm - Reply

                *Whiny grunt*

  17. Julia February 7, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply


    And now I think I’ll finally remember which baddie is which. ?

    1. Do any of these characters listed have a sweet cinnamon-roll side?
    2. When you say that you had a ‘badly developed’ love relationship, how badly exactly?

    I’m sorry I actually can’t think of any others. 😛

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply


      Heh heh. ? Thank you so much, Julia! They’ll have fun with those. 😉

  18. Zielle February 7, 2018 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Long lost brother? *screams* SPOILER ALERT!!

    STOP MAKING ME LIVE IN SUSPENSE MADI. I will die before I get to read this…
    Your characters are so awesome I am in love with all of them! I can’t wait to see ARI AND HINOKI TOGETHER. You are just pure awesomeness.

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply


      MWAHAHAAA! *cackles and coughs* Ahem, sorry. Thank you soooo much! That means so much to me, you have no idea. <3 You're de best!

      • Zielle February 9, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

        Aw, you’re welcome! <3

  19. silverfoxstudios February 7, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Here are the questions for your bad guys in the story.
    What are your thoughts on female ninjas? Who are you worst/mortal enemies? What is your favorite color? (NOT black) Would you ever consider giving up being evil for a million dollars? What would you do with a million dollars?
    That’s all the questions for your bad dudes. I have a antagonist in my story called Ti-su. He’s an evil Japanese prison escapee who kidnaps the emperor’s long lost daughter and plans to overthrow the emperor. My story also involves ninja because they are epic and awesome and deserve more attention.

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Yay, thank you so much! Those are awesome questions! “Besides black” XDD

      OOH, Japanese characters! *high-fives you* Your story sounds SO. EPIC. I can’t wait for you to start writing it.

      • silverfoxstudios February 10, 2018 at 12:54 am - Reply

        I’m aiming to finish outlining scenes this month, and working on the novel in the second week of march. That way I still can participate in the April NaNo Camp. I did it in November last year and loved it.
        Thanks so much! Comments like that always make my day. Or night in this case. XD

        • Madison Grace February 12, 2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

          Ooh, that’s so awesome! Best of luck with it! I’m hoping to participate in Camp NaNo in April, too. Last year was my first time and I loved it as well!

          You are so welcome! Awww, yay! XD

  20. agdolladventuresblog February 7, 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Great characters! Daku – Will you ever become good? Hehe!

    • Madison Grace February 9, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks, agdolladventuresblog! Hehe, thanks for the question! They can’t wait to answer.

  21. kirstyntodd February 10, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Daku, where did the inspiration for your evil plan come from? Is there backstory to your ABSOLUTE CRUELTY?!

    • Madison Grace February 12, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      Ah, yes, such lovely questions! >:)

      • Kirstyn Todd February 15, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply


  22. Kirstyn Todd February 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Rasako, you are very good-looking.

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