Anecdote XXX. The Fallen Emperor Flees

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March 20th, 2014 Malstefin’s massive feet slipped on the loose gravel, but he caught himself on an outcropping of rock as he scrambled up the ridge. The shrieks of the pursuing Runners echoed behind him. He had always been swift, but never had he needed to run for his life. He pushed himself to the brink of collapsing, racing northward toward his only chance at life. His chest swelled in gasping breaths, throat dry and ragged from dust. He had covered hundreds of miles in the night and the day following. As the second night descended, he entered the last more »

Anecdote XXVIII. Deals with Demons

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March 14th, 2014 • Outside Kotelgrym Falient watched the red demon emerge from the castillo and stride toward the trees. Malstefin tried to look at ease, but Falient noted the telltale tension in his shoulders, and the way his tail was poised behind him. When Falient was sure Malstefin was alone, he left his hiding place in the tree and leapt down behind him. Malstefin was not startled, and turned to face him. The Demon glanced around, pausing a moment in silent, then shifted into his human form, as he said, “So it is just you. I wondered if you more »

Anecdote XXIV. Falient’s World Changes

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August 12th, 2013 • Kotherak Falient reported to the west side of Kotherak, to the square dark grey building where most of his quarries ended up. All the Demons who worked for Daleroth were required to participate in the breeding projects. Falient had put it off for months, thinking he would have moved on to other work by now, but Daleroth paid well, and Daleroth was growing impatient. He had told Falient to go see Cronvor, or Falient would be locked up like the prisoners he returned with. Falient trudged out to Cronvor’s building, kicking a loose stone ahead of more »

Anecdote XV. An Audience with the Emperor

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October 11th, 1858 • Kotelgrym The road to Kotelgrym was lined with the signs of conquest. For three miles before the stronghold, spikes were placed along either side of the tamped dirt, bearing the tattered flags of thousands who had fallen to the Red Devil of Spain.  Even as powerful a Demon as Velserka felt a certain sense of unease creep up her spine as she traveled toward the dark walls. She recognized many of the banners, had done business with many of these fallen Demons. She had yet to do business with the one who had conquered them. Kotelgrym more »

Anecdote XII. Giemm Gets a Real Job

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November 28th, 1654 • Kotelgrym “Chevo’sssss messsssenger isssss here, ssssenierro,” hissed the guard. Giemm waited outside the door, carrying a large wooden crate. He had run from Chevo’s stronghold with it strapped to the back of his Runner shape, but his bird form was easier to maneuver indoors. He had lugged the crate into Kotelgrym and all the way up to the upper floor. The Serpent guard who escorted him had laughed at him getting winded. Even now, Giemm could feel his arms burning from the weight, but tried to keep a stoic face.  He heard Malstefin answer, and the more »