When did you join the Caulborn organization? How did you and the organization find each other? (The novel says Galahad XI brought you in 6 years ago to help with a Fae situation – what was that, how did they find you, and why did they bring you in?)
I came into the Caulborn when I was fresh out of college. One of the other agents, Mrs. Rita, divined my location (she never really told me how she did that), and one day Galahad showed up at my apartment. He told me about the Caulborn and the good that they did, and how I could help them. Some people might have just slammed the door in his face and chalked him up as a nutcase, but keep in mind that my dad is a Roman god. I’ve had dinner with many of the figures that most people have only known as myths, so what GXI was saying was no stranger than some dinner conversations I’d had. As for that fae situation, that’s kind of a long story. Nicholas has promised that I’ll get a chance to tell it soon. (Nicholas: Watch for a story in early 2012 telling Vincent’s first Caulborn case)
What traits/abilities did you inherit from your father (Janus)? Does his ability to open doors have any connection to how you find or use phasilions? Do you have any abilities related to opening a door in time?
My father is a god of Doors, and so I inherited pieces of that domain. I can Open any lock, bypass any security system, if it’s meant to be opened, I can Open it. My father was also a god of time, and while I don’t have any time traveling abilities, I have the Glimpse, which lets me randomly see into a given person’s or object’s past.
Why don’t you cultivate followers in your native dimension? I know you can’t have human followers because you are half-human yourself, but wouldn’t it be better to have a more diverse base of followers such as among some of the paranormals you have to interact with? Your power is directly related to the number of followers and depth of their faith, right? So wouldn’t it follow that the more diverse your followers, the more abilities you would have to try upon?
Everything you said is completely true, but being a god is a huge responsibility and not one that I take lightly. Think about it like this; suddenly you have an entire population in your head and you know everything they want, need, love and hate. It’s not a matter of what I get out of it as powers, it’s a matter of caring for your people and trying to balance what they can do for themselves against what they can’t. A lot of the old gods didn’t bother with this, they just took their followers for granted and did very little in terms of taking care of them. Look at those guys now – how many people do you know that still worship Feronia? She was big once. Understand too, that a god’s power comes from what’s given to him, not from what he takes. So my followers see what I do for them, and they give me their faith in return. If their faith in me is weak, if I don’t take care of them, then my powers drop. It’s very much a symbiotic relationship. Other gods may work through fear or threats, but that’s not how I roll. Having followers in another dimension does limit what I can do here on Earth, but that’s okay. It’s more important that I do right by one people than get a bunch of special effects from many.