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THOKMAY

THOKMAY, by Dennis Mombauer Up ahead, the monastery rose into the snow-veiled sky, a solid shape amidst the whirling whiteness. Thokmay, Ngari und Dorje had wrapped themselves in layers of fur-lined cowls, but the cold still crept in, rasped over their skin and made their bones feel brittle. “Thokmay, our most promising pupil.” The high […]

THE THING WITHOUT COLOR

THE THING WITHOUT COLOR, By Aidan Doyle   The vast whiteness of the mountains marked the empire’s northern edge. If it wasn’t for the sword farm, no one would choose to live in such an isolated location. Akamiko trudged along the path towards the wooden building that served as the outpost’s barracks. It was more […]

HEART OF TASHYAS

HEART OF TASHYAS,  by Raphael Ordonez       Light-headed from hunger and sun-smitten, the vagabond conquistador Francisco Carvajal y Lopez eyed the rattlesnake with something more than indifference. The insistent buzz of its tail filled the still, sultry air. A few bits of armor and three blades  —  a poniard, a rapier, and a […]

THE PRICE OF MOKERY IN DALLIUM

THE PRICE OF MOKERY IN DALLIUM, by James Rowe For a thousand years it has been a crime in Dallium to insult a philosopher in public without proof of the veracity of the insult. The law stemmed from shortly after the time of the philosopher Placles and was occasioned by the explosion in discourse this […]

LETHE’S CUP AND THE WHITE SWORD–Part 2

LETHE’S CUP AND THE WHITE SWORD–Part 2, by Cullen Groves  (click here for Part 1) The Argument: Upon the Empire’s pale, a dreadful battle Had broken Christian knights, for all their mettle; Retreating thence to Gereburg’s high castle, Surrounded by the pagan spears a-bristle, They looked for Freydegar, who Scathnung wielded, The White Sword, Scathnung, […]

THE MAN IN CHAINS

THE MAN IN CHAINS, by Harry Piper   This happened many, many years ago, when I was still young. When I still had fire in my blood and thunder in my soul. It was the spring after the death of High King Llewellyn. Bad times for our nation. Anglisc men were coming over the border […]

EYES OR NO EYES

EYES OR NO EYES, by Martin Rose   There is no magic left in the world, nor much left of heroes to go with it. Lest you think the post of ‘wizard’ to be venerable and worthy, let me assure you otherwise, for I am the most miserable so-called wizard of the Thirteen Keeps. I […]

SEVEN MOVES ON AN ORDRULK BOARD

SEVEN MOVES ON AN ORDRULK BOARD, BY Adrian Simmons   1 The dead merchants, hung in the trees with their heads tied in their hands, nearly drove Muriq back from the Governor’s Forest. They had been there for a while, perhaps a little over a week. Flies swarmed around them and welled up from the […]

LETHE’S CUP AND THE WHITE SWORD–Part 1

LETHE’S CUP AND THE WHITE SWORD, by Cullen Groves   Was in the green of spring, Love walked the land And bent her great black bow in mighty hand; Dost think her smooth of skin and fair of face? But she was born of that long ancient race, Those giants who defied the gods of […]

SHADOWS IN SAKAMURA

SHADOWS IN SAKAMURA, by Matthew Wuertz   The moon cast Tsukiko’s shadow as a larger figure than it should have been, both in height and girth. She walked along a simple road, wearing armor and carrying a naginata – a pole weapon fitted with a curved blade at one end. She carried the sheathed weapon […]

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