Chapter 1: Bad PublicityChapter 1: Bad Publicity1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hulda liked being in this part of the temple – the High Priestess' apartments were a tasteful sanctuary of ornate grey oaken paneling and lush carpets from the corner of each separate room to the next.
Recently, some dolt had trodden these with dirty boots, she noticed as she placed her books on the round table in the little study that served as an antechamber to the salon. Doing so, she accidentally knocked the inkwell over, and a tin vase as she jumped to try to keep the stuff from dripping on the carpet by cupping it in her hand. Fussing and turning, she tried to mop up the ink with a wad of her robes, praying to Selûne it was oak apple gall and not real iron gall ink.
She never got the iron gall stain out of her previous robes...
-”Hulda!” the voice of the High Priestess came from the adjacent room. “Is that you?”
Hulda nearly knocked the inkwell over a second time.
-”Yes Lady Meldrys! I've brought the books you requested,” she
Lynn d'Vadalis I - Call of SilverLynn d'Vadalis I - Call of Silver4 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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SHE WAS PERFECTLY AWARE THAT SHE WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE, but that had never prevented her from coming, her and Aideen. And most of the time, nobody found out about it. If they did, Artan d’Vadalis, her father and tierna of Merylsward, would pretend to grow angry, and uncle Kirrin would lecture them about the dangers of the wild. The effect of these sermons was to fan the girls’ appetite for adventure. Any punishment was merely making the game of not being found out more interesting.
Lynn was not too certain where ‘here’ was, either, except that it was deep within the forest of the Eldeen, and fairly close to the foothills of the fierce Icehorns. Wherever the thick canopy of the forest cleared, she could catch glimpses of its snow-covered peaks, bathed in the red light of the volcanoes, standing firm under the menacing clouds. Like the armies that, so people told
Free Souls- chapter 9Free Souls- chapter 91 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter nine: The blue of the sea
Lilith and Keeo got a cabin together, small and quite comfortable, but actually never got to spend some time together until they both overcame the sea-sickness. As expected, her first day on the next ship turned out to be awful and signed by nausea and bag mood, and although it lasted few time, it made her feel tired for the entire week. Keeo turned out to be even less fortunate: he passed the first three days almost always locked in the toilet, saddened and frustrated.
Lilith often heard him cursing in a couple of different languages, words he probably heard in the inns he’d worked in, and should have been unknown at his age. The girl tried to cheer him up and offered some help, and didn’t get angry when receiving irritated answers back, understanding his pain.
Waiting for the boy to feel better, the half drow spent some time outside, breathing the salty air of the sea, dancing and singing hoping to make some ot
Plus Size WomanI am a plus size woman.Plus Size Woman9 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
I have curves that would make the autobaun quiver with XTC.
I have never worn a size small.
I have heard every fat joke in the book, written in the stars and thought up in a drinken binge.
I have cried at how they cut to my heart when though I laugh on the outside.
I am a plus size woman.
I have a naughty eyes that make men stop and stare.
I ache when its damp because my joints are worn from carrying around extra weight.
I take pain killers to forget my pain.
But not from my body.
I am a plus size woman.
I am sexy with out trying because I know how to move to music and flaunt the things other girls don't have.
Like breasts and hips.
I can admit that even though I am plus size and the world views me as 'lesser' person, I know my self worth is worth more then the oils sands in Alberta, the diamond mines in Africa and the gold in Donald Trumps jewellery box.
I am a plus size woman.
I know I am beautiful even if you don't.
Skinny girls aren't as much fun in bed as I
Lynn d'Vadalis IV: Eldeen SpringLynn d'Vadalis IV: Eldeen Spring4 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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LYNN EYED HER OPPONENT CAREFULLY, her body in a defensive crouch. She had to beat him: they all relied on her. But her challenger was good. His eyes gleamed with fierce, predatory battle fever, terrifying in his shifter’s face. He did not intend to let his prey escape, and he had all the advantages on his side. He was older than her, stronger too, and more experienced, and he was equally determined to win this encounter.
His reddish fur stood up with the excitement of the combat, enhancing the red whirls of battle-paintings on his chest, and his sharpened teeth gleamed in the taunting smile. The young weretouched was enjoying himself, toying with her, and held his staff calmly in his strong hands, ready to move wherever she went. He was practiced, and would not make the error of using the pole like a club.
It all depended on her now. Her own eyes were gleaming with
Chapter 5: With Your Powers CombinedChapter 5: With Your Powers Combined1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
That evening, all patched up and better, Hulda carefully observed the two men opposite their little campfire in the woods.
Marek, personal bodyguard to the Evoker wizard who was named Zan, had a perpetual scowl that had Hulda wonder whether the man was born with it. His face, pensive as it was while he ran the whetstone along his black blade, was as a showcasing of sharp ends and edges – his nose was thin and straight aside from where it had once been broken, not far below the ridge of the stern brow which was accented by the hard line of his thin and sharp, dark eyebrows.
His lips were pointedly locked in a near-pout, making matters worse, but Hulda didn't think he was entirely unattractive: his chin was well-defined with a little dimple, and he had a jaw-line that looked sharp enough to cut yourself on. Besides, when he actually made eye-contact – by accident, Hulda guessed – she found that his eyes, framed by long, dark lashes, were a lovely hazel.
Not so in Zan, w
Runna's Shoe, Chapter 10: Bryn ShanderAfter being thoroughly washed up, his shirt included and drying himself with magic, Gaulingeir gave Odgeir a glass bottle containing a clear liquid that he promised would "cure him of his illness". The old barbarian eyed it suspiciously before removing the stopper and sniffing the content. He waited a full second before downing the content.Runna's Shoe, Chapter 10: Bryn Shander1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
To say Xeras was worried would be an understatement. This stranger had helped them, true, but the sight of so much magic used in one day unnerved her. That Gaulingeir tried to reassure her that he was keeping it to a minimum didn't help, either – more than one spell was a maximum for any Reghed barbarian. She voiced this very concern to him.
"I wish you good luck if you plan on sticking around Runna's group, then," he said with a shrug, "with both a druid and a sorceress as members. Iriaga is only at the beginning of her magical journey, and Loranys' peculiar heritage alone is bound to bring about some interesting scenarios." He paused as he g
Runna's Shoe, Chapter 12: VolvatingA large explosion shook the underground complex just as Carolina left her quarters. She'd sent a large group of warriors to guard Xeras' mother, but the smoke that drifted down the hall from the ritual chamber, which was situated a story up from the prison cells, made Carolina suspect that their attackers didn't know they had a captive. The wizard silently hoped it would remain so and ordered another group of warriors to guard her chambers. She turned around and managed to take two steps before a second explosion sounded, this time from her room. Panicking, she rushed back and was assaulted by smoke that she cleared with a wind tunnel spell she'd designed only a few days ago. Next she beheld the blonde witch from before as she jumped through a hole in the wall, her legs up and sticking out in front of her and her fingertips touching the tips of her boots. She flew in at a neck-breaking speed, went into a forward roll when she hit the floor and got back up on her feet with an almost inhRunna's Shoe, Chapter 12: Volvating1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Runna's Shoe, Chapter 4: SeparationRunna's Shoe, Chapter 4: Separation2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Oblivious to the greater schemes of the world, the band of travellers found Silvita to be the perfect host. They were fed the most delicious vegetables and fruits, accompanied by sweet bread and a fruity red wine. Iriaga had never tasted wine before, and so after just two glasses of it she was raving drunk. Silvita solved it by knocking her out and carrying her off to bed.
Despite being given such a warm reception, however, Xeras was eager to leave already the day after. Silvita convinced her they needed to re-supply in Mirabar, however, but even then the woman's impatience showed. She would snap at shopkeepers when they demanded she haggle and threatened the blacksmith with bodily harm if he didn't finish the new horse shoes and weapon repairs on time. Back in Silvita's house, she would pace back and forth, the creaking sound of the wooden floor having a terrible effect on the hungover sorceress. The pair snapped at each other in full after Iriaga asked her not to pace so much, and it
Chapter 2: Small ProblemsChapter 2: Small Problems1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hulda's skewer with the sausages had fallen into her little campfire, and she didn't think she had any left.
Only a day after she'd departed on her quest, rain and cold had her reconsider whether rushing out the door in fear of ink-stained Meldrys' reaction like that had been a good idea. She was short a pair of extra socks, her gloves were two left ones and with the sausages gone, all she had left now was dry crackers.
She didn't even like crackers all that much.
She hadn't seen Fundinn that day yet, either. The familiar probably sensed Hulda's bad mood and wisely kept his distance. Or perhaps he knew about the spoiled sausages – while technically a carrion bird himself, Fundinn had a deep-rooted fear of getting eaten. Instinctively, Hulda knew him to be close, however.
Falling pine-needles and angry squawking overhead confirmed this for her. It would appear that Fundinn had gotten himself in a scrap – not wanting to share his perch with a squirrel or woodpecker again, per
Free Souls- chapter 11Free Souls- chapter 1110 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter eleven: In the shadows
As soon as Lilith silently opened the door and entered in the shadows, she started imagining different scenarios: murderers, thieves on the ship, mutiny- but she didn’t imagine that. A dark, thin line was running through the corridor’s floor, its end not visible. From its smell, she had no doubt.
she murmured, nearly breathless. She turned back to glance at Keeo, near the door, thanks to her darkvision. . He heard her voice and looked for her, but couldn’t see anything- so she stepped out of the shadows for a fleeting moment, and waved at Keeo to invite him closer. After repeating the sentence, she took his hand to guide him in the darkness and reach the deck.
Apparently almost all the other travelers were sleeping in their cabins- she hoped they could awake and run, but the fear of finding some dead men, or even some assailants, scared her from opening the doors. “Who is making this? And why?
Lynn d'Vadalis II: Citadel of the Ghost GuardiansLynn d'Vadalis II: Citadel of the Ghost Guardians4 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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SHE DID NOT KNOW WHEN SHE HAD FALLEN ASLEEP, but she awoke to find herself bound to the back of a massive orc currently climbing a sheer cliff face. Her legs were tied on the orc’s belly, her arms firmly anchored under his armpits. Her first instinct was to escape her bindings, and her struggle alerted the orc.
He held on firmly to the rock, trying not to lose his grip under her flaying. “Stop that,” he told her in a reasonable voice, “or we fall. You not prisoner. You sleep, so we attach you to bring you over mountains. You hang on. I climb.”
That was all very well for him to say, but did nothing to ease her fear. The bonds chafed, and she had always been adverse to restrictions, struggling already against the cradle board as a babe. She did not realise someone had crudely fixed her clothes, but she did stop struggling out of simple fear to fall down the cliff fa
Free Souls- chapter 10Free Souls- chapter 101 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter ten: The mercenary and the shaman
In only one day Lilith couldn’t understand enough of the two men Keeo suggested as their new companions. They were always by themselves, and apparently they didn’t talk much to each other; the big man looked as a prisoner, or a slave, so she wondered if the warrior was honest and reliable.
<I don’t care if he doesn’t look honest or reliable> commented Keeo that evening, before getting to sleep. .
The next morning, when Lilith woke up, Keeo was already gone from the cabin. She couldn’t completely agree with his ethic, but then again, what could she possibly do all alone? It was her fifth day on the ship, which was her own number as General, ironically enough. “Maybe it’s a good sign” she thought letting go a sigh.
The half-elf promptly stood and after a poor breakfast she looked for the two men she had studied. That day they were walking on the deck, looking at the sea,
Lynn d'Vadalis X: One with the FlameLynn d'Vadalis X: One with the Flame4 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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ARCHBISHOP SOLGAR DARIZNU STARED AT THE SILVER FIRE that burned in the fireplace, from which he had the workers remove all the decorations that his predecessors had placed there in their misguided attempts at making the place more cheerful. Most of what was now known as the Tower of Judgement had been rather sumptuously decorated by the archbishop Giliani, and before him by archbishop Adrago. Dariznu had it all removed, and what could be salvaged had been sold to provide for the welfare of Thaliost. Of all the riches, the only thing that the archbishop had kept were the supplies of silverburn, which was used on most of the fires in the Tower. And, more infamously, on the pyres that, less frequently than rumours had it, but still too often, consumed those who betrayed the Faith by challenging its power, seeking to erode the defences that the Flame had built up against the evil that was threatening the wor
Runna's Shoe, Chapter 13: Off To See the MayorDespite Sana's insistence, the schedule was a bit rearranged after the sun rose. The local tailor was open before the bakery, and so the Thayan dragged the Reghed woman off to get some clothes first.Runna's Shoe, Chapter 13: Off To See the Mayor1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Just like at any tailor's, there were clothes made that customers had discarded or ended up not paying for, or just clothes made for the sake of making them, and a delighted wizard insisted they bring them all out. The same tailor was also willing to clean Xeras' clothes, moving on happily after accepting some gold coins from Sana.
The barbarian fixed the mage with an uneasy look. "I'm not sure I like the idea of becoming indebted to you."
"Nonsense," Sana shot back with a wave of her hand, "you're doing me a favour. No-one would want to do business with a Thayan without first having a local take a liking to her. This way, by displaying a bit of generosity, I create goodwill with other businesses and establish relations with people. By that reasoning, I consider your debt to me already rep
The Royal Guard (an Elder Scrolls story)The Royal Guard (an Elder Scrolls story)3 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
"When I became pregnant, Your Grace, I was sure-"
"When you became pregnant?" the Emperor's mother said. "What a nice way of putting it." She sniffed laughter and fingered her wine glass. "Go on, girl."
"When... when I became pregnant, Your Grace, I knew it must be your son's child. I've lain with no-one else since he passed through me village near Nibenay-"
"When he passed though my village," Candyce corrected the girl's grammar.
"Pardon, Your Grace, when he passed through your village."
Candyce sighed. "You have not even a passing acquaintaince with proper syntax, do you my love?" she said flatly. "Don't bother to answer. But do stop calling me Your Grace. I'm not a queen. My only title is The Lady of Topal Bay - and that's a mouthful I'd rather not hear you stumble through. 'My lady' will serve."
"That's not true, m'lady," her older guardsman leaned down. "You're also Duchess of Kvatch, if you remember."
"Am I?" Candyce Mede shrugged.
Iron Web 3 - Ties That BindIron Web 3 - Ties That Bind10 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
“Your talent knows no bounds, it seems,” Ginafae remarked as she once again stood in Kronoj’s chambers. Though her face did not show it, it was obvious she was impressed with the alchemist’s handiwork. The heavy bag of coin that Kronoj currently held in his hands was monetary representation of her satisfaction.
“You are too kind, Mistress,” he bowed deeply to her, as he had before, but a hint of a smile played on his lips. As he rose again, he added, “Matron Mother Waer’riina also has a message for you – one that she wished for me to deliver to you personally upon your soonest visit.”
“Oh?” One of Ginafae’s thin, snow-white brows arched as her interest was piqued, “Do continue, then.”
The alchemist inclined his head, “She wishes to pass on her warm regards to you, and she congratulates you on your recent…victories…over your sisters. She believes that this is a,” he p
Free Souls- chapter 7Free Souls- chapter 72 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter seven: New identity
When Lilith woke up the next morning, for some reason she finally felt she was back home. Her old house in Neverwinter was far from there and even her beloved ones were still miles away from her, but the sweet dreams of the previous night made her relax, and the awake had been refreshing, any tiredness now gone.
The half drowess stood out of the bed and slowly stepped downstairs where, to her surprise, Rownel was having his breakfast. It made her realize she'd slept for quite a long time, far more than how she was used to- but soon her surprise vanished, replaced by vivid curiosity. What was his big smile for?
<I think I got most of the measures right. But afterall I always did, back then> the gnome whispered, his smile getting even bigger. >.
The girl listened to his old voice speaking, feeling somewhat nostalgic already, even before hearing what he was going to hear next:
Free Souls- chapter 6Free Souls- chapter 62 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter six: On a new adventure
She crossed the square and reached the alley on the other side, keeping her look on the map. She easily reached the grandpa’s house, in the old district of the city. The house appeared slightly different from the ones she’d already seen, maybe a bit taller and clean from explosion signs. She smiled feeling extremely happy about it.
Lilith stepped forward carefully and knocked at the door, trying to hear sounds from the inside. A soft walk, and a gnome opened the door all of a sudden: he appeared very old, but still in good strength and health. His eyes were a little pale, but could see perfectly despite the age: he said. .
she answered, surprised. His voice was a little hoarse but at least, she thought, he didn’t call her a dark elf. she gently gave him the letter while saying so. He read it carefully, while she continued:
he growled back frustrated at the letter. .
Lilith shook her head quite confused by
Free Souls- chapter 12Free Souls- chapter 129 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter twelve: After the burst
The torrent of wood shards and the shock wave hit her briefly, and the impact with the water was hard, painful, but the worst of the explosion happened while she was in the water. She swam ferociously to the surface to catch some air, her lungs aching from the fall, and then looked in the night. The cold water was covering the warmth of the people beside her, but yet, she hoped. she called.
Rolling around in the water, something struck her head violently, almost making her lose consciousness. She held onto it, and soon found out it was the yawl, damaged on one side, but still good to go. While looking around once more, she saw Keeo’s bag floating on the water, and swam holding the yawl’s rope to take it closer, fearing he was gone.
Lilith grabbed the bag and tried to take it on the yawl, but something’s attached to it: Keeo was entirely under the water surface, keeping his goods on his head. As soon as he started
Runna's Shoe, Chapter 16: Into the WaterIt all started with a big bang. A loud bang, at that, far to the south-east. Cassius had already sent out a rider to investigate by the time the peculiar entourage of dragon, adventurers, Thayan wizard-pacifist in moderation and volva arrived. Sana had sent her knights to Thay upon Gaulingeir's request, her eyes still puffy from lack of sleep. Xeras had gone to the tailor to get her clothes and animal hides back and had changed into them, her greatsword strapped on her back once more. Surrounding Cassius were the other rulers of Ten-Towns, including a very stressed-looking Nim'har.Runna's Shoe, Chapter 16: Into the Water1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
"That direction is where Dougan's Hole is," the half-elf said, running his hand through his short-cropped hair, his eyes never leaving the horizon.
Frigga's eyes narrowed. "It can't be the barbarians, their encampment lies north-east of Bryn Shander, near Caer-Konig."
"Indeed," Cassius agreed, "we know the barbarians are going to mount attacks on Caer-Dineval and Targos first, to distract us on two fronts."
Runna's Shoe, Chapter 11: Truth and DeceptionBy the time Xeras, Odgar and Gaulingeir found Runna – mostly by following the trail of frightened people who'd jumped out of the way – the dwarf had found herself a spot at the bar at the inn named "Hooked Knucklehead". For some reason, none of them were surprised. The poor barkeep could barely keep up with Runna's orders, bringing out one stein after another and filling them with ale, beer and mead faster than Corria could launch arrows. When the dwarf finally seemed content with her collection, she looked back, pointed at Gaulingeir and announced loudly that he would cover the tab. Said man's smile died away on his lips, and between the patrons' laughter and mutterings of "typical dwarf" was an evil smile on Xeras' face. The woman walked straight up to the bar, ordered an amount of drinks that impressed even the dwarf and then repeated Runna's declaration that Gaulingeir would be paying. She was tired, worn down and in despair – alcohol was exactly what she nRunna's Shoe, Chapter 11: Truth and Deception1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Nawen's Tale - The BeginningNawen's Tale - The Beginning2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The city of Tes Nath'arra was a relatively large city of drow. Without the places one would expect to see in cities occupied by the dark elves like a temple of Lloth, a bustling marketplace, and taverns, the city also had its own docks, which always seemed to be surrounded by boats. Tes Natha'rra was a successful city, a home to nearly five thousand dark elves, excluding the army of best trained warriors, archers and wizards. Several lesser houses had settled in the city, but everyone, even those not native to the city, knew who held most of the power and influence - House Relve'fer; the first house and the original founders of the city.
House Relve'fer was an old house, dating back to the founding of the city itself, 379 DR, Year of Seven Stars. The matron of House Relve'fer, Valthiira was considered a vile and cruel woman, even by the drow standards. A high priestess of Lloth and a powerful cleric, Valthiira ruled her house with an iron fist and served the Spider Queen faithfully and
Chapter 13: O Pinky Where Art ThouChapter 13: O Pinky Where Art Thou8 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hulda and the two Untheri left the tent by its secret entrance again, and paused in the shadows for a bit until they were sure that no elf was near.
-”Let's go by the juniper bush again,” Zan suggested.
-”That's a detour,” Hulda objected, “and prickly."
-”Marek and I have been travelling for weeks in this country, and this one's the first juniper we've come across. I really need some of those berries in case I can catch ortolans. By the Planes I do love ortolans with juniper berries... A slow cook, careful seasoning, and a dry wine with -”
-”Then how come you didn't pick any of those berries a minute ago?” Hulda cut him short.
-”Well, I was trying to let escaping and not being seen by any elves prioritise on what is merely the most succulent dish a wandering gourmet cook can fashion,” the Evoker said, “but I failed miserably and now I must stock up. I suppose I can deal with a couple of elves if need be; I'm