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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...

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...