Chapter 21: To The Sea

Chapter 21: To The Sea

“What is it, Gnome?” whispered Arden. They were huddled together partway down a narrow alley between two large and sturdy stone buildings. Rain came insistently now, and a growing stream of runoff from the sprawling stone that paved most of Hillcrest was rushing down the alley around their feet on its way toward lower ground

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Chapter 20: The Temple

Chapter 20: The Temple

What a thrill! The warm night air crackled with power and possibility. Dortmund had never felt so alive, so totally in control, so completely focused. He had shown that big stupid oaf. All his practice was paying off. And he had shown Ruprecht his might, too. Ruprecht will follow me to the ends of the earth, he thought

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Chapter 19: Pieces

Chapter 19: Pieces

After leaving Waif, Gnome had traced his steps back to the site of the ambush but the bastard Rove was nowhere to be found. Unwilling to risk being followed—and hopeful he might learn something useful—Gnome hid in the shadow of a nearby alleyway for a full day before threading his way home. Though quite hungry,

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Chapter 18: Unexpected Encounters

Chapter 18: Unexpected Encounters

It was a rare morning when Boudreaux woke up before Arden. With less ale than usual to sleep off, and with his nerves still bristling from Arden’s troubling tale, he found himself with his eyes open, staring up at the ceiling in the hazy silence of first light.  The truth was, however, that he awoke

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Chapter 17: The Plot Thickens

Chapter 17: The Plot Thickens

On several occasions, Arden had joined Boudreaux for ales after training. They had gone together to a basement tavern called The Iron Axe not far from their cottage. The stuffy smell of sweat-soaked wooden tables and chairs on an old floor that had seen much worse, caused Arden to yearn for the fresh air of

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Chapter 16:

Chapter 16:

The experience with Magda had linked Ohlen to a force he had not known before. He became keenly aware of the will of the natural world: the plants, the animals, the trees, and even the springs and streams that fed them. In communing with Magda he had encountered a beauty and simplicity untouchable by sentient

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Chapter 15: Elias

Chapter 15: Elias

Elias’ earliest clear memory was of the chill morning air and lush green vista that greeted his blue eyes when he stood on tiptoe to peer through the balistraria in the highest turret of Ingroff castle.  His early boyhood had been spent in gloomy candlelit chambers and dark narrow corridors, but some part of him

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Chapter 14: Private Lessons

Chapter 14: Private Lessons

The look in Elias’ eyes told X’andria that she ought not mention the conjuration of fire anymore within the walls of The Emporium.  “It is a beautiful day,” she agreed, a little too loudly for the small Practicum space they were in, but effective, she felt, for any imaginary ears that might be eavesdropping on

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Chapter 13: Dark Corridors

Chapter 13: Dark Corridors

They looked at each other for a long time in that alleyway, not sure of what to say next. Something in Dortmund’s manner put quiet, ruined Ruprecht at ease. Feeling at ease around another person was a welcome change indeed. For Dortmund, Ruprecht’s obvious anxiety and confusion were like delicious confections for his starved ego

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Chapter 12:

Chapter 12:

Jastro’s trading vessel swayed and creaked as it cut its way through the gently undulating night-black water. The big man had spent more of his life on the sea than on land, and while in his early years he had dreamed of amassing enough wealth to retire on one of the many islands he had

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