ShadesShades21 hours ago in Profiles More Like This
Throughout recorded history Shades have always coincided with the appearance of a dragon. They are a cursed people, appearing in the aftermath of the catastrophe, grim reminders of the disaster. Any woman who is with child at the time of a dragon attack is susceptible to exposing their unborn child to the corrupting influence of the dragon. If this happens, the child will be transformed into a shade, and bear the mark of the imprinting dragon for the rest of their lives.
Shades are born with poor constitutions and appear sickly and pale compared to their counterparts. Upon reaching puberty, a shade will start to show more apparent signs of their dragon origin. Bones begin to protrude from their skin to form a sort of Chitin-like protection. The exact design of these protrusions will reflect the dragon it is linked to. Many Shades will carve these protruding bones into weapons or decorative ornamentation.
Mid-summer MoonMid-summer Moon6 hours ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
On a beautiful night with a big full moon,
in the mid-summer warm month of June.
The village had settled but no one could sleep,
although they'd all tried counting sheep.
Some tossed and turned and some read books,
some just listened to the babbling brook.
The moon lit up the sky so bright.
Nobody´s going to sleep tonight.
Even the birds were wide awake,
"Oh please be quiet for goodness sake!"
They preened their feathers and flew around
with tweets and hoots and a dawn chorus of sound.
It was no use, the moon's just too strong,
pulling people up from where they belong.
So robbed of sleep, the night like day
they pottered about, all yawning away.
As the moon moved on behind the hills,
now everywhere dark and wonderfully still.
Lights went out and everyone said
" Thank goodness, now we can go to bed."
written by Suzanne karbach