55. Animals, Not Angels

Musical Score, Adam Ant, Rough Stuff “Basically her family built a trap, and I walked right into it. They created this story about how I’m this violent, depraved, out-of-control monster. Her brother taunted me until I pounded the shit out of him — one of my army buddies had to pull me off of him […]

51. Threats and Promises

Musical Score: Husker Du, She Floated Away Valentine returns home, exhausted, only to find the household in an uproar. A letter has arrived from Valykria’s grandmother. Her family is still pressing her to return, promising that all will be forgiven. Even Sieia’s equanimity has been shattered. “Good God, Valentine, where have you been? She’s holed […]

49. Eyes as Dark as Any Shelawn Could Wish

Musical Score, OhGr, porE Bonus Track, Download, Streaked A masked assassin bursts through the doorway. There are three more behind him, all armed with daggers. They must have been counting on some combination of surprise and weight of numbers to overcome their victims. Inglorion disarms his opponent with the first strike, sending a dagger skittering […]

48. Tereus Shelawn Was a Brute

Musical Score, Ohgr, Shhh Valentine is accosted by another Gypsy child that is not a child. It directs him to an address that turns out to be a hookah lounge not far from Hairy’s Tattoos.  When Valentine gives his name, an attendant — a lovely, dark half-elf girl — leads him to a private room […]

45. This Lesson Is Free

Musical Score: David Bowie, The Width of a Circle A gypsy child walks up to Valentine on the street, tugs on his sleeve. “Sir, a word with you.” “What, child?” “Listen carefully.” He bends down, fixes his gaze on her face. “This evening you will travel one mile down the highway. Secure your mount in […]

40. Charon Pallas Proioxis

Musical Score: Download, The Eyes of Stanley Pain Valentine is sworn to Lolth, and the ceremony is truly strange. The priestess administers a strong drug beforehand, so Valentine remains uncertain about what actually happened, and what was a hallucination. He remembers being covered in spiders, but surely that didn’t happen. He knows that a beholder […]

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 […]

10. A Good Op

Musical Score: The Crystal Method, Ph.D. Valentine wakes up to a knock on the door, and the sound of Aramil’s voice. “Room service.” “Oh, fuck. What time is it?” “Just after seven.” “Then what are you doing up? Fuck. You might as well come in.” “I brought you coffee.”  Valentine accepts the hot mug from […]