25. A Fate Worse Than Death

Musical Score, Bob Mold, Sunspots To: The Honorable Lucius Ceralac, Mayor of Liamelia From: Mindartis Amahir, Clan Leader of the Wood Elves of Xilomelia Dear Lucius, By now you will have received news via courier of the destruction of the Xialo settlement. Words cannot express my grief and outrage at this terrible crime. I, and […]

24. Xialo

Musical Score: Adam and the Ants, Nine Plan Failed In his rootless frustration and boredom, Valentine turns back to the archives. Perhaps if he knew more history and read more fluently, he could understand these people better. Except for a very small rare books room, the stacks of the Liamelia archive are open. Once Albertus […]

23. A Sense of Imminent Loss

Musical Score: Adam Ant, Ants Invasion, live in 2010 In the wake of the battle for Liamelia, Valentine feels that he is slipping away, releasing his hold on the city and its people, the family he thought he’d found. His grief finds some solace when he memorializes his 10 kills with another tattoo, but the […]

20. Blood for Blood

Musical Score: Marilyn Manson, Kiddie Grinder Once he lights the candle, Valentine says aloud, “Fuck it.” Before he can lose his nerve, he scrawls a note to Aramil: Cousin, I need your help tonight with an urgent matter. Please come as soon as you receive this. —Xάρων He summons a footman. “No reply — make […]

19. Flashing Eyes

Musical Score: The Boomtown Rats, Fall Down Ariadne is buried immediately, due to the fear of poison. At first, Valentine can’t grasp that she’s dead. At her funeral, he keeps thinking of little things he wants to tell her when he sees her again. Long before he declared himself, asked her to be his wife, […]

18. We See You, Charon

Musical Score: David Bowie, Cactus As they leave the juggler’s booth, Ariadne admits that she doesn’t feel well. She’s sunburned and faint from the heat. Sieia finds a place for her to sit in the shade of a tree, organizes Aramil to get water and cold compresses, and sends Valentine to find the coachman and […]

17. The Carnival

Musical Score: Download, Streaked Valentine and Ariadne are relaxing on a garden bench, waiting for Aramil to show up for a midmorning weapon lesson. Ariadne is reading a novel, and Valentine is lying with his head in her lap, taking in the bees’ trajectories as they shuttle to and fro with loads of pollen. Aramil […]

16. The Gallery

Musical Score: Marilyn Manson, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) It’s overcast as Valentine walks to the Shelawn townhouse the following morning. After yesterday’s performance, he’s determined to start teaching Aramil at least the basics of archery, so he’s carrying his longbow and quiver. As he strides through the sweetly green city squares, the wind […]