BO'H - Chapter 02 - An AgreementI was eleven, maybe 12 years old. My mother and father were quarreling again over the latest in a long line of his hare-brained schemes to bring the family name into the limelight and do something no one had ever done before. His idea this time? Ascend to the top of Mount Holdsbine, the largest, most desolate, most dangerous peak in all of Mordrekain. Not by climbing it, though. That had failed even the most experienced teams too many times to count. No, he would reach the peak of the most feared mountain in the air by balloon!BO'H - Chapter 02 - An Agreement3 weeks ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It had been a foolish notion, especially at the time when sophisticated airships were all but unheard of and even regular balloon travel was fraught with hazards, but I was young and foolish, and the notion of an adventure of that magnitude filled my adolescent mind with wonder.
“It’s a fool’s errand, Slate!” My mother had cried. “And you plan to go alone?!”
Slate, my father, as well as the greatest role model a young dwarf
The Harbinger's Revenge - Part 1The company had spent far, far too long searching for Alvin and Illiann. The Harbinger was planning something, they knew she was, they could feel it in their bones – a sort of dark, creeping feeling emanating from their gut as they went about their daily business. Mariel sighed and rubbed her face, staring at the map spread across her desk. At least Neveran was no longer posing an issue…she wondered if he had fallen victim to the Void after the removal of the crystal from his neck.The Harbinger's Revenge - Part 12 weeks ago in Short Stories More Like This
The attacks were random on all three counts. Illian, the Harbinger, Alvin…none of them connected – at least, not in a way she could see. Towns leveled, assassinations, the like…but they all seemed indiscriminate. Given the Harbinger’s love for chaos, she could understand why the attacks were the way they were. Still…something felt off. Something deep in her gut told her there was more to this than she realized.
She raised her head as a panicked rapping sound came fro
Sy in the West #4 - The HeronThe HeronSy in the West #4 - The Heron1 week ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
During the past year, Kin Do Tara had become a regular part of palace life. Averit would often see him and his brother walking together and talking of military matters. Avirkas was beginning to look more like a prince, he had realised. He walked with confidence, knowing that he would be followed. He was popular with the men of the palace, treating even the least servant with respect and patience. Of his studies, Averit learned little. Sometimes Tara would invite him to lessons that discussed military logistics and war taxes, and in those lessons Avirkas seemed to grasp the most obvious points fairly easily. More complicated points went past him and Tara had to often go back and explain his reasoning again, but the old Amvaradan warrior seemed not to mind.
Averit himself continued to administer to Bastion with the help of Bokiras and Sigismund. The town was growing slowly and had remained blessedly peaceful over the last ye
SA3: Sonic's Story-Chpt. 7 ReliefChapter 7: ReliefSA3: Sonic's Story-Chpt. 7 Relief1 week ago in General Fiction More Like This
“Silver made it!” Tails’ voice shouted over the radio.
“Great!” Sonic replied. “But Eggman’s ship is still falling!”
“C’mon, Sonic!” Blaze commanded. “We have to hurry! Silver and Elise need our help!”
“I’ll call you back, Tails!” Sonic quickly said before putting the communicator away and setting off in a mad-dash with Blaze following close behind.
They both watched the ship with sickening anxiety as it continued to sputter out smoke and lose more altitude by the second. They raced across the old ruins, trying to keep the failing aircraft within their visual range.
However, as Sonic sprinted toward it, another thought crossed his mind:
“Once we reach it, what are we going to do?”
BO'H - Chapter 05 - The RevealFrom just a bit below my shoulder downward, my hand looked like a log at the tail-end of a campfire’s life cycle. The surface was blackened, but deep cracks in the flesh leaked an inner light, almost like the surface of a cooling pool of lava. Fire played across my arm’s surface, venting up through the cracks and twisting around towards my fingers in strange patterns before dying out.BO'H - Chapter 05 - The Reveal1 week ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Nora continued to stare, transfixed by the sight of what would be a horrifying injury on any other arm. “That’s… that’s much more than a brand, Mr. O’Hammond.” She gulped. “Does it… hurt?”
I flexed my hand, it creaked a bit like old wood and shed a bit of ash. “Hurt like an absolute mother when I got it, but not so much anymore. S’a bit numb, if anything.” I tried to sound very casual. Jumping straight from shock to concern for my well-being was a good sign that Nora was willing to come to terms with the reality of my disf
BO'H - Chapter 06 - Landfall in Sur'DhanzaSur’Dhanza is an explorer’s dream. A land of incredibly extreme climates, the center of the landmass is home to a gargantuan range of mountain. No, you didn’t misread that and it isn’t a mistake the editors missed. Somehow - and many suspect divine intervention - the stony ridge that splits the continent apart features none of the traditional peaks and valleys of your normal mountain range. Instead, it has a central funnel - which suggests a volcanic activity I have yet to witness in action - that branches into tall, thin blades of stone, as it were. They completely separate portions of the continent from each other, even extending out into the ocean. Combined with the draining force of the Tear to pull the sea’s currents eternally to the west, these mountain sheets caught the winds on the far side and drove them up and over, crushing the vast majority of the moisture out of any stray clouds in the process.BO'H - Chapter 06 - Landfall in Sur'Dhanza4 days ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As a result of this strange mountain formation an
BO'H - Chapter 01 - Unsavory TypesIt had been a good day, all things considered. My royalty checks had finally reached me, my engineer back at the docks had finally finished installing a new set of gasbags on the airship, and best of all, my contacts had finally gotten back to me with a new lead. Something that they claimed could put my money worries behind me for a long, long time. The smile under my beard could not possibly have gotten any wider. And so, I did what any normal man would do on such a delightful evening: I found the nearest pub and bought everybody a round.BO'H - Chapter 01 - Unsavory Types3 weeks ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I’m Flint, but a lot of folks know me as Blast O’Hammond, dwarven globetrotter, tomb raider, and adventurer extraordinaire! Or at least, I like to pretend they do, particularly when I can get a roomful of rowdy drunks to cheer for me as their next flagon is filled for them. I’m famous enough amongst the bookworms and the museum curators and the historical societies, of course, but respect from those type is never quite the same as a
BO'H - Chapter 03 - Skipping TownA little over a week after I had agreed to Nora’s plan, the two of us arrived at the airship dock. The sun had just begun to rise over the chimneys of the surrounding homes, and between the smoke from those and the reflections of the dawning light off of the stained glass that permeated this district, it was turning out to be a beautiful morning. If it weren’t for the prospect of a new adventure, it almost would have felt like a shame to leave!BO'H - Chapter 03 - Skipping Town2 weeks ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Walking beside me, Nora seemed dressed more for a casual night on the town than a trek into a potentially dangerous ruin. We were still a long way off from that, of course, and to her credit, she’d done her research on what to bring for a trip like this. A few sturdy outfits, some spare food in case the supplies I’d packed on my ship ran out, a moderate amount of rope, all wrapped tightly in a bedroll. I suppose I should have expected as much, knowing Nora. After all, the woman spent most of her time poring over my expedi
The Air DocksThe Air DocksThe Air Docks1 week ago in Settings More Like This
The midday sun hung above the city, bathing it in light and heat. It illuminated the tall buildings and the tiny airships that flew to and fro. Jeffrey could feel the heat as he sat on the edge of the docking platform overlooking the city. He could see the tiny specks of people swarming below like ants. The faint shouts of merchants in the marketplace reached his ears.
The sounds of the city were quickly drowned out by the sound of an airship’s propellers beating the air as it slowly flew towards the platform. Jeffrey looked up to see this airship. It was one of the smaller ones, about the size of a city block. Its hull seemed old yet well-polished and it bore the standard blue and red colors of the Empire. But something wasn’t right. Jeffrey could feel it in his bones.
He grabbed his sword and got up, signaling his fellow troops to prepare for an attack. They looked confused but obeyed. Jeffrey’s long-time friend and comrade, Lieutenant Ma
BO'H - Chapter 04 - Crossing the TearThe ship lurched as it was caught in a massive updraft of hot air and mist. I was used to the motion by now, as were most of my crew, but it had apparently been enough to wake Nora from her short nap.BO'H - Chapter 04 - Crossing the Tear2 weeks ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"What was that bump just there?" She asked worriedly from the door of her quarters. "Did we hit something?"
"Ha! No, lass. If we'd taken a hit you'd know it without a doubt." I locked the helm in place and motioned for her to join me at the side of the deck. "We've just started crossing one of the greatest natural boundaries on Teicna's surface, is all!"
"Which is...?" She approached the railing and looked out at the land beneath us. "Oh! We're actually going to cross that huge ravine?" She seemed excited. I sometimes had to remind myself that not everyone made regular trips to the other side of the world. Some even seemed to forget that it existed!
"Malephesh' Tear." I nodded. "Gateway to the eastern hemisphere and, if the stories are to be believed, a testament to the hubris of the gods
Short Story - Harsh SkiesThe skies above the great city of Escana were full of dark clouds, threatening to pour down on the hustle and bustle bellow at any moment. The clouds grumbled at each other as if discussing when the torrent should begin, disagreeing violently with forks of lightning every so often.Short Story - Harsh Skies1 month ago in Short Stories More Like This
Just bellow the clouds, a mess of airships flew around each other going there separate ways. Most were traders or smugglers ferrying goods from place to place in the hopes of making a minuscule profit on their haul. They docked and undocked around the pier tower, some would have to circle the tower and wait for a pier to become available, for the traders not a moment could be wasted. Get in, do your business and leave again. Especially so for those looking to avoid prying eyes.
Mealr watched the airships from above the clouds, peering through the gaps. He liked to think to himself that he was the reason for their anger. There was nothing the clouds could do to him while he soared above them. He was untouchab