Raiders - Chapter 2 Part 2Raiders - Chapter 2 Part 2
The leather worker turned to the sound of his door bell announcing the entry of a customer and saw no one, "Down here good sir, I have a task requiring the services of craftsman, no need to look at me like that, I've money to pay," the truncated customer said from down near the floor.
The craftsman looked down to see a genuinely legless beggar girl in ragged clothes holding aloft a small gold coin to prove her ability to buy his services, "Stolen most likely," he opined disdainfully.
"Not so, a generous man, name of Simon, advanced me this coin instructing that I get something to aid in getting around and he fully expects me to comply else he will advance no further charity my way. From you I need the services of your skills not the acid of your tongue else I will fine another more kindly disposed to fulfil my needs," the beggar girl replied without trace of humility or contrition.
"I'm satisfied the money was fair come by, what is it you
Raiders - Chapter 2 Part 1Raiders - Chapter 2 Part 1
Step, step, step, one foot in front of the other, walking, endlessly walking, life had become one long endless trek, she could barely remember life before walking. Somewhere ahead was an end to the trek but their goal had ceased to have meaning for the girl as she trudged endlessly alongside her father in their endless flight from the marauding Raiders who had invaded their land, taken their home, killed her mother and younger brother.
Her feet had been aching abominably some time earlier but now they were just numb, feeling like soggy bags of water at the far ends of her legs. Her head no longer ached, now it just felt fuzzy, her thinking clouded, blurry, her whole life reduced to this endless walking, one foot in front of the other, step, step, step. From time to time her father murmured words of encouragement but they had long since ceased to have meaning. Somewhere in her muddled, fuzzy mind resided a small worry, she was getting sick,
Raiders - Prologue and Chapter1
The world is ever changing, ever in a state of flux and so too is it with man. Ever does man struggle with his fellow man, ever seeking advantage, power, wealth, glory and every so often someone of greater ambition or greed seeks to dominate his fellow man, to rule the world. Ever it has been thus, the constant ebb and flow of power struggles generally driven by the desire of a few to seek dominion over their fellow man.
The reasons are many, power, greed, ambition, ideology, religion, glory and even fear. Empires have risen and fallen, becoming so extensive they eventually crumble under the enormous burden of managing and maintaining them but there is dire prophesy of a time when one man will seek to rule over all and he will be very different to all empire builders who have gone before for he is a dark and very powerful wizard.
Most people pay little heed to such dire prophesies but there are a few who ever watch for harbingers of the Dark Wizard for he heralds a time of cha
The Healer - Chapter 19 Pt 2
The Healer - Chapter 19 Part 2
19 - Blackwood Pt 2
The patron in the suit of pockets approached the bar for a refill, "Many taverns have I frequented in my travels but few have had such attractive table coverings as yours," the ragged stranger commented, pointing to the comatose warrior woman.
"Aye, she's a comely wench 'tis true but a warrior she claims to be and well I believe it. She certainly drinks like one," the bartender replied filling the tankard.
"Warrior woman? Then it would be best to leave her in peace and keep the peace."
"You must be older than you appear, you speak with the wisdom of the long married."
"I had a mate once, a good woman," the stranger replied wistfully.
His eyes had gone flint hard, so hard they sent a shiver of apprehension down the barkeeper's spine. For a moment this little man radiated an aura of extreme danger, of a capability for extreme violence. The barkeeper said nothing to this but the question was plain to read on his face.
The Healer - Chapter 19 Pt 1
The Healer - Chapter 19 Part 1
19 - Blackwood
The woman came through the door like a soldier on his first day back from a month in the field, marched up to the bar, thumped the wooden serving bench and demanded, "Mead, the finest you've got and it had better not be pig swill either," as she slammed a few silver coins down on the counter.
This was a little unusual, few unaccompanied women came into the tavern to drink for a start, especially at this time of the day, but this one was very different to anyone else the barkeep had ever served. She wore a leather kilt that reached only down to mid thigh rather than the ankle length dresses that were the norm, dressed as a warrior rather than a young woman. The barkeep couldn't help but notice that she had very strong, shapely legs attached to a rather broad and equally shapely rear end. In keeping with the leather kilt she wore a leather jerkin held together at the waist with a strong silk sash. Her breasts were very generously sized with a
The Healer - Chapter 18
The Healer - Chapter 18
18 Simon the Ambitious
Simon had been born into poverty, he didn't like it. His father was a drunkard, much of the reason for the poverty. Simon hated the situation of his life with a passion so he determined to one day escape the misery and stigma of being poor. At fourteen Simon's mother died, the only reason he had for staying home, Simon gathered up his few belongings and left determined to improve his situation. First was needed a source of income other than thievery, there was too much risk for too little reward in petty theft and no chance of advancing to serious theft. This would have attracted the ire of local "professional" criminals and that was something that tended to be fatal. Fortunately Simon was a reasonably tall lad with a quick mind and sharp intellect, very unlike his father. He signed up for service with the army, passing himself off as sixteen without problem.
Army life suited Simon, work hard, keep your nose clean and you avoided mu
A Dragon FliesA Dragon Flies
The immense Raider army had been defeated in the monumental Battle of Koromel when T'vere, The Healer, destroyed the enigmatic Leader of the Raiders in a duel of magic. In destroying the Leader T'vere discovered something disturbing, the Leader was not the Leader, he was a puppet of someone far more powerful who had been manipulating people and events from the background, unknown, hidden for near two hundred years Lyonis, The Dark Wizard, creator and true leader of the Raiders.
This created a new problem, no one knew where Lyonis hid, no human anyway. Graak the Warum did. Looking like a cross between human and beast the Warum were fearsome looking creatures. They weren't a cross between man and beast but highly altered humans, created by Chenakar the Mad to be the greatest warriors in existence but they had turned out to be fractious, aggressive, strong willed and unaffected by magic, and just as disinclined to follow Chenakar as humans, they killed and ate him. F
The Healer - Chapter 17 Pt 2
The Healer - Chapter 17 - Lookout Rock Part 2
E'llena arrived late on the fourth day after L'lita had been injured. T'vere had still not slept. The arrival of the ancient E'llena and her retinue of twelve guardians caused a considerable stir at Lookout Rock. E'llena called on Shali and enquired about L'lita and the Healer before visiting the injured girl herself. T'vere was aware that someone new had entered, he could clearly sense the immense aura of calm, confidence and command about this person but paid little attention otherwise.
"How goes it Healer?" E'llena asked in a commanding tone.
"Well enough, L'lita is improving, slowly, but she is improving."
"And you, Healer?"
"Me? Not to bad."
"Bullshit," the ancient woman stated flatly.
"I will do whatever it takes to save L'lita," T'vere replied calmly, resenting the intrusion.
"Whatever it takes? Whatever it takes could kill you or leave you a burnt out husk," E'llena said with distaste.
"If that is what it takes then so be
The Healer - Chapter 17 Pt 1
The Healer - Chapter 17 - Lookout Rock - Part 1
17 Lookout Rock
The incursion into the Forest by a scouting party was of serious concern. The only survivor had informed the Forest people that it was a scouting party to gather information and, if anyone was encountered, to initiate contact for the purpose of negotiating for Forest land or trade. Simon had designs on the vast forested region to extend his holdings and power. The scouting party was made up of ex soldiers in the employ of Simon, employed by Simon but far from loyal to Simon. On encountering a Forest Guardian patrol they saw the rather pretty female guardians as far more valuable in the flesh markets than Simon's salary and made the fatal mistake of trying to take them by force.
There were many people living within the Forest, many were in temporary camps, semi nomadic in nature, with many small scattered communities too small to really qualify as a village. There were many sizeable, permanent villages scattered thro