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23. Figuring It Out

They assigned two women to Athia’s protection, Tricorn trainees local to Galister. Nineteen and twenty, a little younger than Athia, and plenty happy to be closer to the hero. Clare, the younger one, used a bow and short sword, imitating the style of Serra the Savior....

22. A Tease

A member of Gar’s bodyguards asked, “uh, ma’am, people is wondering. Who’s the Mayor?”   She squinted, face scrunching, “the mayor.”   Gar approached her while the people dispersed back to their homes. He took a long breath as he got to her.   “My...

21. Patience and Reprisals

Jon met her outside the hall as people filed in, one after another. He waved, bouncing on his toes, like a young suitor hoping for a glance from a higher ranking other. Athia snickered to herself, always fond of attention, though not necessarily the person giving it....

20. The Who and the Where

A member of the militia joined with Athia as she walked out towards the Socratian camp. An hour remained before the town meeting, and she planned on using it. The militiaman, Jon, tapped a spear on his shoulder while they walked. He volunteered, young and excited to...

19. Be Brief

Lieutenant Gar oversaw his small Tricorn company as they tended to their weapons and a large pile of cudgels. They chatted among themselves, quiet but with humor. Above them a stained-glass mural depicted the heroics of the town’s namesake, Galister. Blood flowed...

18. All We Don’t Know

Bog-skulks, as expected, came from bogs. Such places, swamps and other inhospitable environments, produced many of the most fearsome of lurkers. Stories of such things stretched back to the beginning of oral history. An ancient king, before Loiys and the boom of...

17. Step One

A palisade wound around the town of Galister, named for one of the Loiysian heroes of the First War. It began as a fort under his command and, after the war, grew into a village and then a town. Newer segments of wood branched off from the old, original walls, to...

16. Testing Defenses

Lieutenant Lorenz of the Tricorn squared off against Athia in Kamil’s training hall. Lea put the spar together, a little demonstration to assure the Olstin Chapter Commander that Athia could do the job. For that purpose, the city’s other captain and the commander both...

15. Fortifying

The fortification power lent itself to two main applications. In general, practitioners used it for protection. No need for armor if your skin could turn a blade. Most of its wielders used it for that defensive purpose, which resulted in a rarely used ability. That...

14. Making a Name

Tricorn Captain Lea didn’t have a last name, like most people of old Loiys. Last names stayed reserved for nobility and those of some repute. Exceptions existed, such as Athia who preemptively picked her own last name. She also picked one for Lea.   “Captain...