Chapter 45 – A Pressing Need

“I’m going to enroll for the exams.” When Damien announced this in private quarters with Naelen and Lila, they both stared at him awkwardly. The three of them were in what seemed like a nice lounge, furnished with four sofas sitting in a square and a knee-table in the center. It must have been a…

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Chapter 44 – First Day

Damien could picture himself as a real student here. He thought of Captain Elias, his dangerous line of work as an agent of the Crown. The man had laid his life down every time he took a contract, but all for a greater purpose: Justice, protecting the innocent. Perhaps carrying Elias’ sword was now messing with Damien’s head, but he became eager in that moment to fill the gap that the captain had left behind. He wanted to train here, he wanted to be a fighter.

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Chapter Forty-One – Weak and Vulnerable

Damien woke up from a long rest later that evening. The agents had brought him back to the town where Relyntha had enslaved a large clan of nomads. According to Maya, the town was called Endynwater, recently built about four years ago. Before that, the nomads had settled in the valley with their portable camps–…

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Chapter Forty – The Cost of Justice

With a collective shove, the door gave way and the three agents stumbled over each other into what seemed like an empty room. Maya kept her guard up. She knew the target more than anyone. Officer Relyntha was a clever type. She perhaps had five different contingency plans in place, and had managed to slip…

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Chapter Thirty-Eight – Strangers

Somewhere between Gumberwood and the Carethian mountain pass 27 July – Year 465 “For the thousandth time, would you stop looking over your shoulder?” Damien rolled his eyes. “It’ll be fine.” “You keep saying that, but you know how much I trust it?” Naelen gripped the reins with one hand in order to form a…

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Chapter Thirty-seven – Out of Gumber

17 July The day was settling into a cool shade of twilight. Summer breathed upon the air in thick, humid layers. Naelen was in his room, packing enough of his belongings to make the long journey to the northern region of Careth. With him was Lanara, folding up her son’s clothes before he placed them…

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Chapter Thirty-six – A Significant Birthday

28 June “Nihilan, wake up.” Naelen opened his eyes and found Lanara smiling at him, holding a plate of freshly baked muffins. “Those are all for me?” he asked, wiping his sleepiness away. “Picked the huckleberries myself this morning.” After handing him the plate she kissed the top of his head and sifted her fingers…

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Chapter Thirty-five – So Flows the River

In the late evening, Damien opened his eyes almost as stubbornly as he had shut them. His body jolted him upright, sending panic through his limbs and spine. Something was wrong, he could feel it. Getting out of bed proved more difficult than needed. His feet were far too unsure of themselves to be prancing…

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Chapter Thirty-Four — The King’s Call

6 May Ashlyn opened her eyes slowly, squinting at the light bleeding through her window. Though her body felt worn and heavy, she pushed herself into a sit, rubbing her eyes as they adjusted. “Mother?” Her throat felt dry and weak, and calling out brought pain. “Mother?” she called again, holding her larynx. Moments later,…

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I Wrote this for You, Nerd (Worldbuilding part II)

Now that I have introduced the world of Lorianthil and its races, I would like to dive into our main story characters. Damien Perhaps one of the more important pieces of our story, Damien is a man who was raised in darkness. Orphaned as a baby, Damien spent most of his childhood at the mercy…

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