58. Heaven’s Just a Block Away

Musical Score: Adam Ant, Shake Your Hips In late November, gray elves hold a 10-day festival for Corellon Larithian. Every spare corner — porches, street corners, bow windows, even vacant lots — becomes an impromptu shrine ablaze with votives, heaped with dried flowers and draped with crape paper cut in elaborate patterns. It’s traditional to […]

38. How to Keep the Game Going

Musical Score, Eurythmics, Regrets There’s a sudden ruckus. Four Drow guards enter, and in a swift, businesslike fashion, they cut the bonds holding Valykria and Valentine together and hogtie them both to poles. They hoist Valentine and take him away, leaving Valykria bound and alone in the cell. He’s carried rapidly down a series of […]

4. Further Training

Musical Score: Beastie Boys, High Plains Drifter The next day, a footman delivers an elaborately folded note from Aramil. “What the fuck is this?” Valentine asks, “an origami swan?” The footman shrugs. “His handwriting is terrible. Can you make this out?”  “He’d like a rapier lesson this afternoon, if convenient.” No valid excuse rises to […]

2. The Beholder

Musical Score: David Bowie, Starman (1972) The next morning, Valentine receives a dinner invitation from his cousin Sieia, Xardic’s wife and, apparently, one of his many living Shelawn relatives. It’s delivered by a servant who was told to wait for an answer. Valentine gives a verbal reply: “The invitation is for dinner tonight?” The servant […]

1. The Sun Has Its Own Scent

Blog Theme Song: Adam and the Ants, Kings of the Wild Frontier To: The Honorable Xardic Ceralac, Mayor of Liamelia From: Mindartis Amahir, Clan Leader of the Wood Elves of Xilomelia Dear Xardic, I hope this letter finds you, your family and your city well and prosperous. I’m writing to request aid and hospitality for the […]