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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: Chipry Kaia 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: Zef Rodrigo Chipry Kaia Lolan

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: Zef Chipry Kaia Lolan

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: Lolan Rodrigo Kethral Tallesia Kaia Tibil Srak

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: Lolan Zef Chipry Tigala Kaia

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: Kaia Lolan Zef Tigala

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: Tigala Kaia Rodrigo Lolan Tallesia Chipry Zef

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: Chipry Kaia Lolan

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: Lolan Zef Galia Chipry Kaia

2019-08-11 10:02:00

2.6 Interlude: Lolan

"Let him up!" she screamed. "Stop it! He can't breathe!" The boy plunged once again into the water, replacing the nearby screams with the sloshing. He struggled to break free of the grip holding him under. He flailed as hard as he could but the bi...

Tags: Wikith Tarnall Lolan Brendell Ashlynn

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 Zef Lolan Chipry

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: Lobo Kaia Tigala Torm Zef Lolan 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: Chipry Lobo Kaia Tigala Torm Mila Zef Lolan

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: Zef Lolan Chipry Lobo Kaia Torm

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: Torm Zef Lolan Chipry Lobo Tigala Kaia Mila

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: Tigala Kaia Raffa Zef Lolan Chipry Rodrigo Lobo

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: Mila Lobo Tigala Kaia Raffa Zef Lolan Chipry

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 Tigala Kaia Marv Zef

2019-09-30 09:55:00

4.2 Entangled

The hippo Beastfolk worked on Lolan for about an hour before she was ready to stop. Rodrigo didn't say much else to me. And I didn't say anything to him. We sat in silence throughout the whole operation. I contemplated what Rodrigo meant, while he...

Tags: Rodrigo Zef Lolan Nadira Tigala Marv

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: Marv Rodrigo Zef Lolan Kaia Tigala

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: Chipry Tigala Marv Zef Lolan Kaia

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: Kaia Chipry Tigala Marv Abigail Gemma Zef Crag Lolan

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: Zef Crag Lolan Kaia Chipry Tigala Marv Abigail

2019-11-30 08:48:00

6.1 Roots

"There's a Treek down there," I whispered to Lolan who was laying on his stomach next to me, peeking over the edge. Lolan followed my eyes to the Treek wielding vine-like roots. The Treek commanded the plants to burrow into cracks in the stone and...

Tags: Zef Crag Lolan Chipry Tigala Marv Abigail

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 Havik Marv Abigail Zef Crag Lolan Kaia Chipry

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: Chipry Tigala Marv Abigail Zef Crag Lolan Kaia

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: Lolan Kaia Chipry Tigala Marv Abigail Zef Crag

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: Zef Crag Lolan Kaia Chipry Tigala Marv Abigail

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

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 Talia Havik Lolan Kaia

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: Chipry Marv Abigail Tigala Talia Zef Fenna Lolan Kaia 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 Kaia Chipry Marv Abigail Tigala Crag Talia Zef

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

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

2020-02-10 10:53:00

8.1 Ivalace - Rodrigo

It was getting dark. Not that it changed much for Rodrigo, but he could tell. Through the small window in the side of the room, he could see the light begin to fade. He looked around at the stone walls, the metal bars. He couldn't believe he was i...

Tags: Lolan Tibil Srak Rodrigo Sillius Kethral Chras Tallesia

2020-02-12 10:52:00

8.3 Ivalace - Lolan

People stared at them, studied them as they walked into the colony. Kaia was looking worse for wear. She was sweating and holding her own weight less and less as they walked. Lolan was tired, but he couldn't give up now, not with the end so close,...

Tags: Tallesia Lolan Tigala Talia Zef Cavel Dunnel

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: Kaia Marv Abigail Lolan Tigala Talia 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: Geralt Zef Kaia Wallace Lolan Rodrigo Seth Tigala

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: Tigala Zef Kaia Lolan Rodrigo

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: Lolan Tigala Zef Kaia

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: Lolan Tigala Zef Kaia

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: Kaia Lolan Tigala Zef

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 Zef Kaia Lolan Tigala

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: Tigala Rodrigo Zef Kaia Lolan

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: Lolan Raffa Tigala Zef Kaia

2020-04-05 11:11:00

10.4 Dahlia

"She'll be back," said Lolan. "I think we've built up enough trust with each other at this point to work past things like this." "Still, I don't want this," I said to Lolan. He was wading in the water in front of me with all of his clothes still o...

Tags: Kaia Lolan Raffa Tigala Zef

2020-04-10 16:12:00

10.5 Dahlia

We ran through the forest to the waterfall. It was a distance off and we could hear the struggle still ongoing. I hated that we had to leave them because of my carelessness with magic, but there wasn't much I could do about it now. I wasn't sure ...

Tags: Zef Kaia Lolan Raffa Tigala

2020-04-15 16:00:00

10.6 Dahlia

Tigala got up and brushed herself off while I ran over to Zef. He was still unconscious by the tree where I had left him. I hoped he would be okay. I didn't want to leave him unattended while we went to look at what Lolan had found though, so I li...

Tags: Tigala Zef Kaia Lolan Raffa

2020-04-25 17:34:00

11.1 Chrysanthemum

We arrived back in the colony and noticed a somber air to the place. The warm weather from earlier in the day had receded to overcast skies and a brisk breeze. I could hear the claps of thunder from a distant storm. When we walked through the rear...

Tags: Lolan Tigala Marv Zef Abigail Rodrigo Kaia

2020-04-30 19:00:00

11.2 Chrysanthemum

We hopped out of the tree and crept past a sleeping Tigala and Zef on our way over to the tent. It was eerie, walking through the dense fog in the middle of the night. No one else was up except for a few guards patrolling the walls. With the rate ...

Tags: Leena Luvon Lolan Tallesia Galia Kaia

2020-05-05 20:05:00

11.3 Chrysanthemum

It must have been an hour before we saw the fog grow in the valley once again. We didn't see the Elves leave, but we assumed that it was them. Lolan and I waited in the tree, not daring to follow them and risk being seen without knowing where they...

Tags: Kaia Tigala Lolan Tallesia Zef Rodrigo Galia

2020-05-10 19:00:00

11.4 Chrysanthemum

We made our way to the base of the hill where the Dwarves were gathered around. Their tents were cleared from the area since they moved their encampment underground. Instead, the clearing had several pillars built around it. The pillars were short...

Tags: Dunnel Tibil Kaia Tigala Marv Lolan Abigail Cavel Cairn Gemma Zef

2020-05-15 16:02:00

11.5 Chrysanthemum

As soon as Abigail was free of the vines she darted off into the tunnel behind her, free of all of the looks from the other Dwarves. The Dwarves that had gathered around now looked at me with anger. "What were you doing?" asked Marv again. He didn...

Tags: Zef Dunnel Kaia Tigala Marv Lolan Abigail

2020-05-21 00:30:00

11.6 Chrysanthemum

I woke up early the next morning not feeling well. I had dreams throughout the night of my parents. It was a topic I didn't like to dive back into in detail. Maybe I ate something bad or maybe my emotions from the previous night were making my st...

Tags: Galia Tigala Lolan Leena Luvon Zef Kaia Tallesia

2020-05-25 20:00:00

12.1 Interlude: Zef

Zef looked at his empty plate, sad that he had already finished the dish. It was nice to take a day off the day before and fill his belly, but he still wished he had more. "Weren't the girls supposed to be back by now?" asked Lolan. "Eh, who know...

Tags: Sungura Tigala Lolan Dunnel Zef Kaia

2020-05-31 00:23:00

12.2 Dracaena

"Ahh! Hot! Hot!" yelled Galia after a moment. Around us, the plants I had grown were barely upright. They hung limp and wilted while others turned to molten drops of sap and fell around us. Galia danced in place holding his arm with some of that b...

Tags: Tallesia Kaia Galia Leena Luvon Tigala Lolan Zef

2020-06-06 01:12:00

12.3 Dracaena

People were beginning to see the destruction that a dragon could cause. It was devastating. With every flame, there were more ruined buildings. With each swipe of its claws was the loss of another life. And despite the threat that people faced, th...

Tags: Zef Raffa Tallesia Kaia Sungura Dunnel Tigala Lolan Rodrigo

2020-06-11 01:37:00

12.4 Dracaena

I covered my face with my arms as I expected the worst. The dragon was a split second away from spitting fire all over me when I unleashed the mass of whipping thorns inside its mouth, but the fire didn't come. I was afraid to look, fearing that ...

Tags: Tigala Lolan Marv Abigail Rodrigo Zef Kricoo Kaia

2020-06-16 02:14:00

12.5 Dracaena

There was silence as I looked out at the collection of wounded warriors. They stared back at me. I wasn't sure what else to say. Was this not going to work after all? "Who's with me?" I asked. More silence. Then I heard a voice. "The Dwarves are w...

Tags: Tigala Lolan Raffa Rodrigo Zef Torm Lobo Nadira Kricoo Kaia Dunnel

2020-06-20 23:03:00

12.6 Dracaena

"He should be stable now," said the apothecary. "Are you sure? We can't wake him up? There's nothing else we can do?" I asked. I didn't want to just leave him like that. Raffa was still unconscious with his upper arm now wrapped in the cleanest cl...

Tags: Cavel Cairn Kaia Geralt Marv Galia Tigala Lolan Rodrigo Leena Zef Luvon Simone Lobo Kricoo

2020-07-01 03:26:00

13.2 Ficus

I woke up in the same pile of dirt I had previously slept in, the day I first saw the dragon. It was the main room of the Gnome house near the center of Birdsbane, as Geralt called it. When we arrived, he made sure everyone knew how the town got i...

Tags: Lobo Kricoo Kaia Tigala Lolan Zef

2020-07-06 02:09:00

13.3 Ficus

All of the different races began conversing, planning the best ways forward, and discussing the earthquake we had all just endured. I turned back to the Gnome house, grabbed my bag, and headed back into the road as the crowd began to separate and ...

Tags: Hartol Zef Cairn Lobo Kricoo Kaia Torm Sillius Porthos Tigala Lolan