56. Valentine Comes Home

Musical Score: Iron and Wine, Such Great Heights Today is November 1, All Souls Day. It’s been just over a year since Valentine emerged from the Underdark with a couple of rapiers, a brace of throwing daggers, a hand crossbow and ammunition, and clothing of Drow manufacture. A year ago this week, he was wandering […]

33. Valykria

Musical Score: Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire The next few days of travel are uneventful. Though Aramil tries to take an interest in his surroundings, he’s subdued and sad as he reflects on the consequences of his actions. Valentine, on the other hand, is profoundly relieved to be freed of constant scrutiny and opportunities for […]

31. Aramil Augustus Is Banished

Musical Score, Johnny Cash, Rusty Cage The ceremony of banishment is simple, and quickly done. Marcus, in his role as head of the Shelawn family, leads Aramil to a guard house attached to the city gate. The magistrate is waiting there in full robes and wig, along with Xardic, and seven ancient elves — the […]

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 […]

15. Epic Luck

Musical Score: Adam and the Ants, Making History Valentine has a kind of secret now. Inglorion — Sieia’s half-brother, Valentine’s cousin — is a high-ranking, token-holding member of the Beholder clan. At first, Valentine avoids discussing this with Sieia. There seems to be nothing to say, and conversation implies judgment, decision, action. Sieia seems hold […]

14. Inglorion Returns

Musical Score: David Bowie, Station to Station When Valentine returns to the townhouse, a footman intercepts him and leads him to Sieia’s withdrawing room. Apparently she’s decided to send footmen with verbal instructions instead of notes. He’s grateful for her delicacy — it saves him the trouble of questioning the messenger and dissembling.  It’s gloomy […]