Spectacular Fan Art XXXVII: Bedyn Sigeweald

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night. Continue reading

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Book Two, Chapter Thirty-One: Lay the Blame on Luck

Author Note 1: Many thanks to Pyrelle for his contribution to this chapter and for allowing me to include some of his characters.  Apologies in advance for using a trope I normally despise.

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Spectacular Fan Art XXXVI: Andil (Patreon/Commission)

Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play

And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues strong
It’s always darkest before the dawn

And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I’m always dragging that horse around

Our love is pastured such a mournful sound
Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues strong
But it’s always darkest before the dawn

~Shake it Out, Florence and the Machine

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Under the Purple Sky, Chapter Three: Jordis the Sword-Maiden

I’m lonesome since I crossed the hill,
And o’er the moorland sedgy
Such heavy thoughts my heart do fill,
Since parting with my Betsey
I seek for one as fair and gay,
But find none to remind me
How sweet the hours I passed away,
With the girl I left behind me.…. Continue reading

Call Me N’Wah, Chapter Five: 6 Sun’s Dawn, 3E 427

6 Sun’s Dawn, 3E 427

My name is Hasphat Antabolis and having recovered this journal, I am maintaining a record on the unlikely and unfortunate occasion that it may need to be passed on to someone other than its owner, the Redguard Zylla, a new Apprentice in the Balmora Fighter’s Guild.

Zylla, should you see this, I have not read anything written prior to this entry.

Two days ago, Zylla, while on an assignment given by Eydis Fire-Eye, the guild’s Guardian and Master-at-Arms, contracted bone break fever. Her trainer, Fasile Charascel, and I both had misgivings concerning this quest, as Zylla had not yet shown proficiency with a weapon. But Eydis, feeling that this was an assignment that “any toddler could handle” sent her anyway.

She was sent to eliminate a rat infestation in the home of Drarayne Thelas. There were far more rats in the house than originally reported. While Zylla was able to kill them all, I believe her lack of skill may slowed her considerably, leading to several bites and contraction of the illness.

The disease normally presents with sore muscles and exhaustion and clears within a day with proper treatment. However, Zylla’s recovery is considerably slower and her symptoms far more profound, including a fever and severe bruising around the injuries. The restoration mage Tyermaillin has taken a personal interest in her recovery and is working with Sharn gra-Muzgob from the Mages Guild. They are using a concoction of chokeweed and willow anther. If her symptoms do not improve, I have offered to procure the rarer and more potent red lichen from Vivec City. I hope this will not be necessary.

More information will be provided, should the situation change.

Thank you,
Hasphat Antabolis, Imperial drillmaster, Fighter’s Guild Apprentice