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2019-03-30 12:17:00

Sprig

A seed of hope in a world of hate War rages as land runs out. Elves, Dwarves, Humans, and other races fight for control of the limited space they have. When a land mass suddenly appears out of nowhere, people flock to it, only to be caught up in i...

Tags: Kaia Sprig Daegal

2019-06-03 11:32:00

1.1 Germ

I stared at the rich dark earth, expecting something that never came. No change, just simple, barren soil. I concentrated, willing life and growth, and a green spark burst into existence. It was faint. I focused, causing small tendrils to form roo...

Tags: Mother Kaia Lyndon

2019-06-10 10:19:00

1.2 Germ

7 years later... "Welcome to the new land of Daegal!" The captain's voice was barely audible over all the chatter. He let out a hearty chuckle. "Now get off my boat, ya filthy lot." At his command, Humans began shuffling down the gangplank and ont...

Tags: Chipry Kaia

2019-06-17 10:02:00

1.3 Germ

The tiger dove toward me as groups of other races watched. Not one stepped in to protect me, an unarmed teen, from the Beastfolk warrior. I took cover on the far side of the well, trying to keep the small structure between me and the tiger. As I d...

Tags: Chipry Daegal Kaia Rodrigo

2019-06-22 10:29:00

1.4 Germ

Rodrigo finished his speech by explaining a large communal map in the tavern behind him. "Please mark the location you'll be searching each day to avoid overlap, and report any findings you may have. You'll be rewarded for any information you prov...

Tags: Rodrigo Zef Chipry Kaia

2019-06-27 12:23:00

1.5 Germ

My eyes opened to a bright light piercing through various shades of green. The leaves all around me filtered the light and created dancing shadows across my face. Chipry tweeted incessantly in my ear, the way he tended to do in the morning. I groa...

Tags: Kaia Chipry Lolan

2019-07-02 10:01:00

1.6 Germ

I stared hard, studying his face, to determine if I was crazy or not. Here he was, a half-Human half-Elf hybrid living among the Elves all this time. No wonder he wore the hood. The Elves would exile him if they found out. If I knew anything about...

Tags: Lolan Rodrigo Kaia Zef Chipry

2019-07-07 10:29:00

1.7 Germ

The bobcat Beastfolk stomped out from under the canvas, like a lion defending its kill. A fresh bandage was wrapped around her left arm, and fresh ointment covered a wound across her face. She stared at Lolan and me—her chest rising and fall...

Tags: Chipry Lolan Kaia Zef

2019-07-12 09:47:00

1.8 Interlude: Rodrigo

The colony lay dark and silent, as the sun still hadn't crested over the hills of Daegal. Rodrigo was sitting with his feet up on a mahogany wooden desk. He was wearing glasses, and an open book sat in his lap. The uncomfortable position put press...

Tags: Kethral Tibil Rodrigo Lolan Srak Kaia Tallesia

2019-07-17 09:47:00

2.1 Bind

The four of us walked through the forest as an awkward sight: a Treek, a Gnome, a half-breed, and a Beastfolk disguised as a Saurian. Once we got far enough out of sight from the colony the Beastfolk dropped her Saurian disguise, transforming back...

Tags: Kaia Zef Chipry Lolan Tigala

2019-07-22 09:19:00

2.2 Bind

I walked into the darkness followed by the rest of the group. Light from Zef's staff reflected in irregular patterns on the damp cavern walls. We walked in silence. I'm sure everyone else was thinking about our predicament, and how we got here. Tr...

Tags: Lolan Tigala Kaia Zef

2019-07-27 10:07:00

2.3 Bind

I felt Lolan start to breathe heavy and was reminded of his strange racial predicament. The person in yellow was using storm magic, which is only known by the Elves. And they were good at it. I was terrified, and I had no issues with the Elves in ...

Tags: Tallesia Lolan Tigala Kaia Zef Chipry Rodrigo

2019-08-01 10:58:00

2.4 Bind

I watched Lolan sneak through the tents. He was creeping toward another camp that was dark. I put on my Human jacket and pants from my bag, hopped down from my hammock, and whistled. Chipry startled and then floated down to my shoulder as I walked...

Tags: Lolan Kaia Chipry

2019-08-06 11:11:00

2.5 Bind

I woke up as a crack of thunder ripped through the sky and the rain came down in sheets. I had a small canopy of branches and broad leaves forming an umbrella over me. I kind of remembered doing it, half asleep, earlier that morning. I looked down...

Tags: Galia Chipry Lolan Zef Kaia

2019-08-16 10:48:00

3.1 Shoot

Do you remember before all of the fighting started, Zef?” asked Lolan. We walked in a line through the woods, with Zef in the middle and Lolan to his side, opposite of me. Despite the topic, it was a nice day to be in the forest, even if we might ...

Tags: Kaia Chipry Lolan Zef

2019-08-21 10:21:00

3.2 Shoot

I heard the crunch of leaves behind me as we searched around the base of the tree. I turned to look, but no one was there. That Beastfolk search party was supposed to be around here somewhere. Had they caught up? I studied the forest and looked fo...

Tags: Torm Lolan Zef Lobo Kaia Tigala Chipry

2019-08-26 10:57:00

3.3 Shoot

That was dumb. Why did I say that? Now she’s going to know we’re free, I thought, mad at myself for warning Tigala. The creature lurking in the branches looked at us. It bared its crooked teeth before turning its attention back to the tree-dwellin...

Tags: Mila Torm Lolan Zef Lobo Kaia Tigala Chipry

2019-08-31 11:09:00

3.4 Shoot

I rushed toward the center of the room and kneeled next to the body. It definitely wasn’t a Treek. The patchy skin was cold and lifeless, and its limbs were limp, giving me no help in moving it. I rolled it over and settled the body on its back. T...

Tags: Torm Lolan Zef Lobo Kaia Chipry

2019-09-10 11:04:00

3.6 Shoot

In tiger form, Tigala dove into the room, aiming more to disarm Lobo than attack him outright. She crashed into him, forcing his shapeshifted sword out of his hand. The blade glided on the floor as Tigala turned back to Lobo, growling at him all t...

Tags: Chipry Mila Torm Lolan Zef Lobo Tigala Kaia

2019-09-15 10:14:00

3.7 Shoot

I woke up to my body being jostled around. It all hurt. Every muscle felt overworked. Each movement flared the pain radiating through my body. I groaned as I opened my heavy eyelids. “Oh, good. You’re awake.” I opened my eyes to see Zef running ne...

Tags: Zef Lobo Tigala Kaia Chipry Raffa Lolan Rodrigo

2019-09-20 10:08:00

3.8 Shoot

The giant bipedal tree strode through the forest, each footfall a miniature earthquake. Is that really something I created? Could I do it again without the remnants of some old magical explosion? I was amazed and had so many questions. I didn’t kn...

Tags: Lolan Zef Lobo Tigala Kaia Mila Chipry Raffa

2019-09-25 10:55:00

4.1 Entangled

With mountains high and valleys low We dig deeper in the earth To protect our mountain home And all that it is worth Not the dragons of the sky Nor the serpents of the sea Nor the beasts of the land Can ever take what's mine from me The red-hair...

Tags: Lolan Zef Tigala Kaia Marv

2019-10-05 17:56:00

4.3 Interlude: Sillius

"She's dead! Are you really questioning me on this? They killed her," yelled someone near the back gate of the colony. A small Gnome went running toward it. He turned the corner to find a large boar-like Beastfolk holding a limp black and white p...

Tags: Rodrigo Sungura Sillius Lobo Zef Tibil Tigala Srak Kaia

2019-10-10 10:20:00

4.4 Entangled

"Rodrigo! There's a giant lizard running towards the colony!" said the balding Gnome who stood by the window. He looked back at us with raised eyebrows and panic on his face. Rodrigo stood, his forehead creased with concern as he looked out the w...

Tags: Tigala Kaia Marv Rodrigo Lolan Zef

2019-10-15 10:20:00

4.5 Entangled

From the stalk of neck where the Saurian representative had just chopped, were now two more necks and heads. The creature didn't slow down at all. In fact, it seemed to fight with more tenacity. "I'm going to help," said Zef. "Really?" I said. "T...

Tags: Zef Tigala Kaia Marv Chipry Lolan

2019-10-25 10:55:00

5.2 Growth

Once we had traveled far enough that the screams of the giant lizard and the battle cries of women and men faded out behind us, we stopped to take a break. I leaned against a tree. "So what do we do now?" Marv said. He was slumped against another ...

Tags: Tigala Kaia Marv

2019-10-30 10:24:00

5.3 Growth

"Great. So now you've made another creature out of magic you don't understand," said Tigala. I didn't respond. The rock creature just stared at us and we stared back. After a few moments of silence, it seemed to look around. It saw some other pebb...

Tags: Crag Tigala Marv Kaia Chipry

2019-11-05 11:35:00

5.4 Growth

Leaves slapped against my face as I ran through the forest. The only light that guided me was the reflection of the moon off of the deep green leaves. The flashes in the distance grew louder—closer. Something about running through the fores...

Tags: Chipry Crag Abigail Tigala Kaia Marv

2019-11-10 11:35:00

5.5 Growth

"My name is Kaia. I'm here with your father, Marv. I'm going to come get you," I said. I began climbing the tree, using my magic to bend branches to me and make easy foot and handholds. At the very top of the tree, I found a very small Dwarven gir...

Tags: Chipry Crag Abigail Tigala Kaia Marv

2019-11-15 11:37:00

5.6 Growth

The sun beamed through the web of vines, rising just high enough in the sky to land one of its rays directly across my eyes. I groaned and rolled over. I heard wings flap and then felt Chipry land in my hair. It was loose from sleeping and covered...

Tags: Abigail Tigala Marv Kaia Chipry Crag

2019-11-20 13:10:00

5.7 Growth

"So, what changed your mind, Marv? I thought you were going to hang back and keep Abigail safe," I said. He looked back at me with no sign of amusement. "Something was coming after us in the tower." "What was it? Something big enough to get in?" ...

Tags: Crag Lolan Abigail Zef Tigala Marv Kaia Gemma Chipry

2019-11-25 12:03:00

5.8 Growth

"You just did fire magic?" Tigala said, staring me down. I looked at Lolan out of the corner of my eye. "Uh, yeah. Yeah. It was just a little though." "Why on earth are you trying fire magic? You already blew up an entire forest. And then you try ...

Tags: Chipry Lolan Crag Abigail Zef Tigala Marv Kaia

2019-12-05 10:40:00

6.2 Roots

I pushed Tigala back into the crevice as soon as the Gnome stepped out of the portal, hoping he hadn't seen us. We peaked our heads over a rock and watched as he looked around. Whoever he was, he seemed wealthy. He wore bright clothes fashioned ...

Tags: Tigala Marv Kaia Chipry Lolan Crag Abigail Zef Havik

2019-12-10 11:09:00

6.3 Roots

"Run," said Zef in a quiet voice. I looked over at him and found him looking back with wide eyes. Was he scared? That was a first. Usually, he'd be joking in a situation like this. Him being scared was more terrifying than the fact that a group of...

Tags: Tigala Marv Kaia Chipry Lolan Crag Abigail Zef

2019-12-15 11:57:00

6.4 Roots

We watched from our perch above the Dwarven workers waiting impatiently for Abigail to make a few footholds into the stone. She was almost finished making a path to another opening below us where the worm's tunnel must have continued before they d...

Tags: Crag Abigail Zef Tigala Marv Kaia Chipry Lolan

2019-12-20 11:54:00

6.5 Roots

"They'd kill us too if given the chance," said the Treek, snaking his vine around the central column of the cavern. He wasn't wrong. They would try to kill us if the tables were turned. The looks on their faces when they saw me said it all. Treeks...

Tags: Chipry Lolan Crag Abigail Zef Tigala Marv Kaia

2020-01-03 09:53:00

6.7 Roots

"The cavern's coming down!" Someone shouted behind me as a wagon-sized rock fell from the central column and crashed into the floor. The vine wrapped around it had pulled a section of the column out of line from the rest and the column was proving...

Tags: Riak Havik Talia Chipry Lolan Crag Abigail Zef Tigala Marv Kaia

2020-01-10 10:13:00

6.8 Roots

I turned around to see Havik as he plunged a dagger into my side. The pain ripped through me and I fell to my knees. I felt him pull the dagger back out and then heard a thunderous growl. I dropped Talia to the ground and there was a cracking soun...

Tags: Tigala Kaia Havik Talia Lolan

2020-01-15 10:13:00

7.1 Interlude: Zef

"She's perfect, Fenna," Zef said, staring at the sleeping baby in his arms. "She'll never do anything wrong." "Hah, I think you're in for a surprise then," said Fenna, laying in bed. She was probably tired, but Zef couldn't tell. She looked more b...

Tags: Marv Tigala Kaia Chipry Talia Fenna Lolan Abigail Zef Amara

2020-01-20 10:39:00

7.2 Rest

A coughing fit brought me back to consciousness. My throat was hoarse. And even though, I was aware of my breathing and coughing again, the light that I had seen was gone. I was surrounded by darkness. Maybe I am dead, I thought. I blinked my eyes...

Tags: Lolan Abigail Zef Marv Tigala Kaia Chipry Crag Talia

2020-01-25 09:55:00

7.3 Rest

Zef kneeled down next to me. "That was a good idea, but it couldn't have waited until you were able to at least walk again? You need to rest." "I don't know," I said, my voice soft. "She could be trying to poison us," yelled a Dwarf with a rough v...

Tags: Talia Cavel Lolan Abigail Zef Cairn Marv Tigala Kaia Dunnel Chipry

2020-01-30 10:07:00

7.4 Rest

The next morning came in much the same way as the previous one. There was darkness all around us, only to be broken by the daylight that a Dwarf let in as he said, "We're going to the colony. If you plan to travel with us, we'll be leaving shortly...

Tags: Kaia Dunnel Raffa Talia Cavel Lolan Abigail Zef Cairn Marv Tigala

2020-02-05 10:13:00

7.5 Rest

I looked in the direction Raffa was staring and the forest was alive with creatures. An army of woodland and jungle animals charged through trees and underbrush. Among them were a rhinoceros, an elephant, a giant eagle, a gorilla, a towering warth...

Tags: Marv Crag Tigala Kaia Dunnel Raffa Sungura Talia Cavel Lolan Abigail Zef Lobo Torm Cairn

2020-02-15 12:13:00

9.1 Anemone

I woke to the bright light of the day shining in through the windows. I looked around. Where am I? I thought. The room was messy and cluttered with a desk at the far end covered in open used jars. One had a green paste in it, while another had som...

Tags: Marv Tigala Kaia Talia Lolan Abigail Zef

2020-02-20 09:26:00

9.2 Anemone

"We are the Grandsome Glories," said Geralt. I smiled at the child-like naming of his group. He didn't pay any attention though and stood with his head pulled back and his hand out to make them look more glorious, I guess. Seth kind of ruined it w...

Tags: Lolan Zef Geralt Wallace Tigala Rodrigo Kaia Seth

2020-02-25 10:16:00

9.3 Anemone

"A dragon?" said Rodrigo. He scoffed at the mention. "Dragons aren't real." "They might not be, but that's what some Humans just said. They call themselves the Grandsome Glories." I said. Rodrigo shook his head. "He named the group now?" "You know...

Tags: Lolan Zef Tigala Rodrigo Kaia

2020-03-01 13:19:00

9.4 Anemone

I woke the next morning earlier than the sun to a loud screeching sound outside. I jumped up from where I slept in the dirt and looked around. The others were rousing as well. Tigala was the last to sit up. She laid there with a scowl on her face ...

Tags: Tigala Kaia Lolan Zef

2020-03-05 12:41:00

9.5 Anemone

"We better get moving then," I said. "Come on. Let's get up there before we lose him again." I turned toward the next cliff and realized Lolan wasn't following. "What?" I asked. "I don't know if we should go up there," he said. "That guy, he's sup...

Tags: Tigala Kaia Lolan Zef

2020-03-10 04:08:00

9.6 Anemone

The wyvern slumped on top of me. It had to be as heavy as a horse. It was a wonder that these things could fly. I struggled to sluff the body off, twisting and shimmying this way and that to make the smallest bit of progress. But I was making prog...

Tags: Lolan Zef Tigala Kaia

2020-03-20 16:10:00

10.1 Dahlia

The tiger charged at me. Her stride was lopsided with the shortened leg, but she was still faster than I could run. I searched around frantically for something of use. I shot small vines out of the ground, timing them with her steps. Right before ...

Tags: Rodrigo Lolan Zef Tigala Kaia

2020-03-25 16:03:00

10.2 Dahlia

"But first, what did you find?" said Rodrigo. "Ah, come on. You can't just leave us hanging like that. What did you find?" I said. "No, we made a deal, and I need to know that you're fulfilling your end of it," said Rodrigo. "What if we say the sa...

Tags: Rodrigo Lolan Zef Tigala Kaia

2020-03-30 16:01:00

10.3 Dahlia

"So, it's not going so well, huh?" I asked Raffa as he walked next to me in the woods. He was imposing, even when on my side. Tigala made me feel the same way. "No. Not great," said Raffa. "Lobo won't work with me anymore, and he has been telling ...

Tags: Tigala Kaia Raffa Lolan Zef