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Fortune’s Soldier: A Bloody Crown, Chapter 04

Chapter 4: The Month of the Mouse, Moransday the Thirteenth. Torclach in the Barony of Selcost, Kellalh Rhona walked with her back straight, her eyes forward, her face studiously neutral. She wore clothing originally made for her father, now tailored … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Soldier: A Bloody Crown, Chapter 03

Chapter 3: The Month of the Dog, Turisday the Fifth. Kaessekros on the Red Isles in Kellalh The last time Alec Rathwig had stood in Kellalh, he watched a city burn. He had sailed away as flames consumed everything behind … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Soldier: A Bloody Crown, Chapter 02

He paused and looked east. The jumble of buildings—most of them two or three stories—blocked his sight, but the smell of sea still air reached him. Over there—he could see it from the docks—was home. Over the Small Sea were the islands of his home’s west coast, protected by a jumble of rocks and shoals that made navigation dangerous for any but the most seasoned and familiar of sailors. In his youth, he had denigrated the Islanders, called them savages and barbarians. Now, he would kiss that rocky ground if he ever stood on it.

Turning back to the laneway, he scratched his stubbled chin. He knew this city well, but had never ventured so deeply into its the warrens and alleys. Here he found the desperate and the poor. Did he belong? He had long ago fought his way out of poverty, but in some ways he remained desperate. He desperately wanted to stand again in the court of his father’s home, to hunt in the forests of his youth, and to breath its free air.

People walked through the narrow street, cut off from the sky by the overhanging upper stories of the surrounding buildings. Those structures looked old and decrepit, many tilting at odd angles. The people on the streets had much in common with the structures—ill-maintained and stooped. They watched him like crows over a battlefield, their eyes on the pack slung over his shoulder. His hand didn’t leave the elaborate, basket-style hilt of his straight-bladed sabre.

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Daugther of Glory, Chapter One

One The tears would not come. Mairwen could feel them there, in the pit of her empty but unhungry stomach. She could feel them in her throat when she couldn’t sleep, when she stared up at the stars and thought … Continue reading

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Stonefall, Chapter 1: the Call

Chapter 1: The Call The wagon bumped and shuddered as it drove over the uneven ground of the steppe. The horizon seemed to stretch forever in all directions, with only minor undulations—waves on the sea of grass—to break the monotony. … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Soldier: A Bloody Crown, Chapter 01

Chapter 1 The Month of the Sparrow, Ferisday the Twenty-Second. Kaessekros on the Red Isles in Kellaldh She sat watching the sea. The sun set somewhere at her back, out of her view. The window of her room looked out … Continue reading

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Status Quo? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Status Quo!

Please be warned, this is kind of a political rant – not about current politics – that is long and tedious. Basically, in my games, I ignore the political status quo in fantasy and historical games because doing so would … Continue reading

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One For Thebes

A recent In Our Time episode, Melvyn Bragg and his guests discussed the Greek city-state of Thebes. There were a couple of points that really piqued my interest – Thebes position in the centre of Greece and its alliance with … Continue reading

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That Dungeon is Dark!

Things have been quiet because all of my writing has been focused on getting a substantial buffer for my Patreon (you are backing my Patreon, right? I mean, of course you are!). Things are looking good as the releases up … Continue reading

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This Bureau Needs Adjusting! A Review

I didn’t seek out the Adjustment Bureau, even though it was a movie based on a story by Philip K. Dick, and his stories almost always have something valuable in them. No, I didn’t seek it out, but it was … Continue reading

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