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 →

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 →

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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