Ripe

Another night had come, but with it, it brought the first semblance of peace that Tystnad had known in some time. Overlooking the roof of the world, he sat on the cliff ledge with his feet dangling down. Cradled in the clouds, hung the swollen moon; bursting with the crisp wintery light that suffused the … Continue reading Ripe

Coat

The Dreadwood. A fowl name for an equally fowl place. Blackblade had heard it mentioned before, albeit in whispers, and fleetingly. Those who had survived the worst of its evil allure spit their words like bile when describing it... wishing desperately that they would not be expected to dwell on those dark memories for too … Continue reading Coat

Tasty

From the darkened sky she drew a sliver of midnight, and draped it over sunkissed soldiers that did not feel befriended with the chill of night. FΓΆrandra was not accustomed to these neck of the woods. The very air seemed so much colder than the areas that surrounded her own dwelling. Yet the same trees … Continue reading Tasty

Dizzy

He blinked... once... twice... barely having hold of his thoughts as they churned faster than his body could pursue. The axe had long since dented the loam, and he fell beside it to steady himself against the earth. His sanity, spirit and consciousness all fragmented, coalesced, detached, and then collided again with his body - … Continue reading Dizzy

Ancient

If the capital city shone with what felt like a bright luminiscence as sunlight caught its glittering white spires, then it was contrasted starkly by its personality during the night. The order of the daytime guard was almost immediately replaced by its nightime revelry. It came as no surprise, since layers of arcane protection surrounded … Continue reading Ancient

Ghost

Cozily seated by the hearth of his home, with the steady crackle of firewood to ward off the bite of winter, the wizened wizard sat in a spell of mere idle reflection. The firelight warmly wrapped itself around his old frame. He had reclined in his favourite chair, as quiet collusions of thought drifted though … Continue reading Ghost

Enchanted

" ...the properties of the stone. Have you tested it before?" asked the mage, as he carefully turned the precious mineral in his hand. "Oh no, no. Certainly not. That would besmirch the quality and consequently affect its value..." Answered like a true swindler. Did the man really believe the scripts he was selling to … Continue reading Enchanted

Build

The whip cracked against the large back of the gladiator, nearly causing him to drop the heavy wooden beam he was shouldering to the excavation site. "Faster!" The overseer was spitting his commands in ruthless succession... His hand must have ached with the lashes he dealt to the throng of exhausted labourers. That frail little … Continue reading Build

Mindless

Pain. Agony. His torment was sealed in the torn musculature pulled by the cement-like mud through which he waded. The rains had been plentiful. The wetland was a merciless force of torture... dragging his dreary movements two steps back for every one he planted forward. He was swallowed again and again by the sloshy footholds … Continue reading Mindless

Ring

He stumbled amid the shifting obscurity of twisted shadowy boles. His breath was ragged with exhuastion; deep, violent intakes of air bathed his lungs in the suffocating fear of the feverish night. He felt his heart clawing to be released; the rising palpitations unleashing a pounding beast that could no longer be confined by the … Continue reading Ring