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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...

13. At Least One

ARC 2: Distrust (name pending changes!) Something stood in the shadows around Athia’s camp. It paced in silence around her circle, a dark from that never strayed close enough for her little campfire to catch. When she didn’t stir from her slumber, breaths slow and...

1/3. Incoming

Plan is for the second arc to begin this week. I'll be moving back to my old format, two posts a week instead of one larger one. Starting to get settled into my new job and get a routine going, so that's nice. With that hopefully resolved, I'll go and finish up some...

12/15 An Update

Thought I would take a minute to fill you in on what's going on right now! Right after I kickstarted the blog I wound up accepting a new job. Due to that, I've wound up with a larger workload and have been trying to adjust to a new schedule, in fact I'm on call right...

12. The Why

Carius’s enhanced perception gave him just enough time to slide his leg free of Veil’s strike. Veil’s blade dug into his horse’s shoulder and the beast fell. He flung himself free, his blade coming to life with blue light that trailed where it moved. It cut hairs from...

11. Rising Gale

Athia scrambled across the ground as Iylians died. Their assailants got off three salvos before their portals hit the ground. Those on Athia’s side of camp screamed and ran. Lerian riders swooped in from behind.   They charged with long swords, using the reach to...

10. Three Way Stop

Nothing happened for a solid week of travel. Athia played the part of a traveling rube and it got to be a pain on the third day. Still, she sucked it up and kept up the act. No one cared to look too closely at her, all the Einarr’s people were too busy worrying about...

9. Discretely Noticeable

Figuring out an elaborate assassination attempt created by someone you didn’t know wasn’t easy. Athia stopped at two Lerian towns over the next two days to gather gossip and secure supplies. Some quick work made her enough money to replenish her rations for a time....