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Ogre Sweat

The goblin encampment was in flames, but the party of saboteurs hadn’t planned on finding an angry ogre in their midst. “Me Thragg! Me crush hoo-mans!” Meg watched her fellow scouts flee, hiding behind a tent with a twisted ankle. Mighty Thragg thundering close, she uncorked the Ogresweat potion. “If a sip fooled the goblin… Continue Reading →

Far From Acheron

“Memfit, I died.” She rubbed her wrist, eyes wide as she found her once fair skin now a crimson color. “Yes. Yes you did, Mistress,” Memfit replied. “Humans are fragile, and a sword through the heart tends to do that.” Aireae looked up from her hand, her gaze meeting that of the foot tall blue… Continue Reading →

Crossing

Bluebell smiled, gazing at the bridge’s fluorescent lighting. “It’s wondrous!” “It’s new,” the old man holding her hand said. “I hope that’s okay.” The girl looked to him, nodding under her short blue hair. “That doesn’t matter. It just needs to cross running water.” Kenneth’s eyes were tired, but happy. “So, how does–” The young… Continue Reading →

Aniyah

Aniyah got down on her knees and looked into the square hole that served as the shack’s entrance. It wasn’t dissimilar to peering inside a doghouse, and moments later she shook her head noticing several doghouses actually were cobbled together as parts of the hovel. “Yo, Phil. Thanks for savin’ my ass ‘n all with… Continue Reading →

The Boy in the Jar

The boy awoke with a start, and the curved glass of the cylinder distorted the face of the girl pounding upon it. His confused eyes met hers peering through translucent green fluid. Feeling the shock of her fist hitting the container, he watched her scream. But the girl’s words were rendered incomprehensible by the liquid… Continue Reading →

Tears of the Joyous Mare

The stars had begun to take their places above the riders, and they approached the weathered sign of the Joyous Mare as it swayed in the twilight. The raucous noise from the tavern within drifted into the growing blanket of night, greeting the pair as they slowed their horses to a walk. Atop a grey… Continue Reading →

The Old Man of the Elder Trees

Once upon a time, men could tread the Easrune Wood without fear. But those were days long past as Reed walked with stealthy poacher’s steps and an arrow in his bow. Midsummer moonlight filtering through the canopies of dark leaves above illumed the wood in patches of pale lunar glow. He was no stranger to… Continue Reading →

A Contract in Azure and Indigo

Chapter One: The Contract Ama pushed a lock of grey hair into her prim bun. “Any sign of him yet, Bean?” The young man working in her cottage yard stood straight, wiping sweat from his brow with thick, callused fingers. “No, Mame Ama. He isn’t there… just like the ten times before.” She flapped the… Continue Reading →

The Brynesmark

Eevin dunked his hand into the dirty water sloshing within the leather bucket beside him. Removing the worn bristle brush from the bucket with a splash of filthy droplets, he quickly leaned forward on his hands and knees to scrub the stone step. His weary eyes sought out every inch of dirt and tar left… Continue Reading →

Ounta

Aen crouched in the brush, surveying the path that curved between massive redwood trunks and lesser conifers. The young hunter, no longer a child but still absent a beard, concealed himself beside a rotten and shattered pine. Having been there since dawn, dusk now deepened the shadows that filtered down from the towering forest canopy… Continue Reading →

Elanni

Elanni reclined on the layered animal pelts that covered her floor by the fire. Twilight had almost surrendered to the night, filling the cabin with thick shadow and darkness that wavered in the red light of the hearth. In the silence she sipped tea from a bowl between graceful palms, and patterns of ember-light danced… Continue Reading →

Angel

Emily lifted the sparkling pink case of her iPhone and checked the time under the streetlight. Within seconds, she finished tapping out a text message to her boyfriend, telling him of the delay with Melissa but that they were still coming tonight. The sound of bicycle tires approaching on the paved road pulled her attention… Continue Reading →

Rumble at the Red Rock Tavern

“Well, at least the night ended well for Chris,” Joe said finishing his bottle of Coors Light. Sitting alone in the empty booth at the Red Rock Tavern, the scruffy-faced hipster put the beer down on the table and rose to leave. Joe was happy to see his friend leave with Ashley; they were good… Continue Reading →

Adraxis Alas Asmon

Removing his fingers from the keys, Howard leaned over the typewriter and silently mouthed the words he had struck onto the paper. He shook his head and groaned. Pulling the release lever, he cranked the feeder knob and yanked the page free. Having wadded the paper into a tight paper ball, the young man pitched… Continue Reading →

Out to Pasture

Part One Erden brought the mallet down one last time before dropping it onto the clover at his feet. Stepping back, he frowned at the wooden rails still waiting to be hammered onto the fence. There were so many things that needed to get done today, but the saberwolf had left the fence in a… Continue Reading →

Method One, Standard

Patrick choked on his Mountain Dew looking at the lowly one on the twenty-sided die. With his usual game-mastering fair, Dave chanted nonsense holding his newfound antique book as a prop. The pantomime was typical for Dave as he described the effects of the Reincarnation Beam, until the oddly authentic looking spellbook erupted in green… Continue Reading →

The Showroom

The service manager stepped though a door and forced a smile as he approached the customer desk. “I have good news,” he said to the woman on the opposite side of the counter, “it should only be another hour. They just dropped off the parts!” He flinched as her ears pinned back and whiskers bristled…. Continue Reading →

A Hymnal Upon the Wind

The wind carried drifting snow that clung to the black fur of Aile’s bearskin pelt as she sat with it wrapped around her. She stooped towards the fire and turned the spit above it with a stick before quickly returning her hand under the protection of the fur. As she pulled the mantle tight around… Continue Reading →

The Visitor

Mankyn Greyspirit cast a dubious gaze at the broad figure armored fully in plate for tournament before him. “You are an apprentice to Yir the Profound?” “I am,” echoed the voice from within the closed helm. The tall, lithe man gave a quizzical smile at the response. “Forgive me then,” he said rising from the… Continue Reading →

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