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

2019-09-05 11:16:00

3.5 Interlude: Tigala

Up ahead, she could see them. The creeping Gnomes covered themselves in blurry illusions that mimicked their surroundings, but she had seen it all before. She knew right where they were—low to the ground where the images were at their strongest. S...

Tags: Katan Wadu Tigala Gatooli Lobo Jaku Duma

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: Lobo Lolan Chipry Torm Mila Zef Kaia Tigala

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 Kaia Tigala Raffa Lobo Lolan Chipry 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: Mila Zef Kaia Raffa Tigala Lolan Lobo 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: Marv Zef Kaia Tigala Lolan

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: Lolan Rodrigo Tigala Marv Nadira Zef

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: Tigala Sungura Srak Sillius Zef Kaia Tibil Rodrigo Lobo

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: Zef Lolan Rodrigo Tigala Marv Kaia

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 Marv Kaia Zef Lolan Tigala

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: Marv Kaia Tigala

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: Chipry Marv Kaia Crag Tigala

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: Crag Tigala Chipry Marv Kaia Abigail

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: Abigail Crag Tigala Chipry Marv Kaia

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: Kaia Abigail Crag Tigala Chipry Marv

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

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 Abigail Lolan Crag Tigala Chipry Marv

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: Marv Havik Zef Abigail Lolan Crag Tigala Chipry Kaia

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 Kaia Marv Zef Abigail Lolan Crag Tigala

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

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: Fenna Marv Kaia Amara Zef Abigail Talia Lolan Chipry Tigala

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: Chipry Tigala Marv Kaia Zef Abigail Crag Talia Lolan

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 Lolan Cairn Chipry Tigala Cavel Marv Kaia Zef Abigail Dunnel

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

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

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: Tigala Cavel Tallesia Zef Dunnel Talia Lolan

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: Lolan Marv Tigala Kaia Abigail Zef Talia

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 Lolan Tigala Rodrigo Wallace Kaia Seth Zef

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: Zef Lolan 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: Kaia Zef Lolan Tigala

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 Zef Lolan

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 Tigala Kaia 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 Lolan Tigala Kaia Zef

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: Zef Rodrigo Lolan 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 Zef Lolan

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: Tigala Kaia Raffa Zef Lolan

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: Lolan Tigala Kaia Raffa Zef

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: Zef Lolan Tigala Kaia 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: Zef Rodrigo Marv Lolan Abigail Tigala 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: Tigala Kaia Zef Tallesia Rodrigo Galia Lolan

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

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: Abigail Lolan Tigala Kaia Marv Zef Dunnel

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: Luvon Zef Lolan Leena Tigala Tallesia Kaia Galia

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: Kaia Dunnel Zef Sungura Lolan Tigala

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 Galia Tigala Luvon Kaia Zef Leena Lolan

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: Lolan Tallesia Dunnel Tigala Kaia Zef Sungura Rodrigo Raffa

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

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

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: Lolan Kricoo Tigala Kaia Zef Lobo

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