Anecdote LVIII. Into the Fire

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January 27th, 2016 The sounds of cannon fire and shouting rang across the river as the sun was rising. Moloch’s army had arrived in the night as the Train passed, and had begun their assault on Corerrofin hours before sunup. Lask had left Stefin to oversee the battlefield, and returned to Avigdell. Falient had prepared his ship, and was ready to leave, but Lask needed to wait until sunrise for the final piece of magic. He stood with Barrett on the balcony as the sun appeared in the east, the two facing the light appearing over the falls. Barrett knelt more »

Anecdote LVII. Allies in Time

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January 18th, 2016 Lask engaged the time dial on his forearm with a final click, gold magic curling around his wrist and hand, engulfing the key as he slid it into the door. He glanced at Giemm, who nodded. Lask opened the door, peering around it with cautious eyes. The door opened into a dim chamber. Lask recognized the space of the huge master bedroom of Kotelvira, but the room was back in the Dark stronghold of Kotelgrym. The grey overcast of daylight filtered through the tattered curtains, and a thick buildup of soot blackened the mantle and nearby wall. more »

Anecdote LVI. To Wind a Careful Trap

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January 26th, 2017 Giemm ventured to the outpost of Cadurapi to check on the operations. In the past six months, Stefin had seized many of his old holdings, and begun to draw continually greater numbers to his side. Word was spreading on the Dark side of the Demon who befriended a Rose and retook his empire. Word spread, too, of the plentiful food, comfortable beds, and the luxuries of life most Dark beings had never experienced. It was easy to lure lesser Dark beings to the Light with nothing more than the promise of protection, kindness, and boarding… and, of more »

Anecdote LV. The Devil You Know

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On July 23rd, I found myself staring at an Emergency Room ceiling. It was my third visit of the year. Fortunately 2 out of 3 times this year have not been for my mind. The latest two were thanks to diverticulitis– so unexpected at my age, the doctors “didn’t think to look for it” for two weeks, and kept sending me home with “meh, viral infection.” While I’ve mostly recovered, lying in an ER room for hours with nothing to do but wait for test results tends to make the mind wander. Emergency Rooms are not happy places for me– more »

Anecdote LIV. Never Leave a Man Behind

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September 3rd, 2015 Lask landed on Falient’s ship, near the helm where the captain waited. “Time to go,” Lask said, voice grim. He had been observing the chaos from the watch tower. “The place is nearly overrun.” Falient gave an affirmative, and Lask went to where Quinn was helping Wyatt and Ivan double-check the supplies. Ivan was loading the machine with canisters of medicine and magic. It was no easy feat to keep a spirit alive after the vessel’s death, so Lask had called in an expert, one who had survived himself. “Ready?” asked Lask. Ivan nodded. “Everything’s here.” Falient more »

Anecdote LIII. Fall of the Unknown Soldier

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Lask watches people. It’s what he does. His life’s greatest work is the watchtower, and he spends long hours moving its lenses to observe both his friends and his enemies. His ability to peer through time and space is what has no doubt kept him and his family alive, and allowed him the necessary edge to win when it counts. While a few individuals have been trained to operate the tower for recon and safety, no one knows how to use it like Lask, and no one knows exactly what Lask sees. Regardless, it was obvious he watched Barrett. Perhaps more »

Anecdote LII. The First New Flight into Morning

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July 24th, 2015 Lask awoke to find himself beside Falient. Raising his head, he saw Wyatt curled around him, an arm thrown across Falient, hand just brushing Lask’s right wing. Lask smiled at the sight of them snuggled up beside him. His eyes glanced up to the nightstand, finding the vase of flowers. He gave a fond smile at them, and at the piece of pie next to the vase. Perhaps it would be breakfast in a little while. He turned his head, glancing over his shoulder to see the brilliant wingspan that covered him and draped off the bed. more »