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 Silver3 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 911 months 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
Runna's Shoe, Chapter 2: The Coming DarknessXeras pulled on the reins at just the right time to keep the horse on track after rounding a corner, Runna sitting beside her. "My aunt's name is Silvita." Not long after the dwarf's admission about her missing shoe, the conversation had turned to Xeras and her son. Despite their best attempts to keep their business private, the blue woman had recognised Leolamin's symptoms as that of a disease that could prove deadly if left untreated. The dwarf's attention had turned on the two humans in full, and while Xeras kept some things private, she admitted that they were heading for Mirabar. Genuine concern had shone through on the strangers' faces and they'd offered to escort them.Runna's Shoe, Chapter 2: The Coming Darkness2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Normally, Xeras wouldn't accept such help. She'd always managed on her own, and just because they'd helped her against the orcs didn't mean they were friends. Xeras preferred to play it safe, and this group might attract more trouble than they were worth. It wasn't until Leolamin fainted from the combination of hi
Runna's Shoe, Chapter 3: First SignsEverything seemed perfectly normal. The herb garden was quite impressive, especially under the bright light of the sun, and the woman standing amidst it had aged quite gracefully. Her quiet demeanour as she approached the group and the friendly smile on her face gave nothing away. Iriaga felt inclined to step up and greet her, but Xeras' words about standing back still rang in her mind, so she did her best to reign in that impulse.Runna's Shoe, Chapter 3: First Signs1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Good thing she did, too. The second Xeras and her aunt stood close enough to each other, the older woman landed a punch to the barbarian's face that sent her flying. The half-nymph's face fell as she watched the two-hundred-and-thirty pound warrior crash into the ground, a feat the sorceress thought impossible, save perhaps to the dwarf in their party.
If Xeras was even remotely bothered by this, however, she didn't show it, getting back up on her feet and stepping up to her aunt. Iriaga thought she would try to calm the woman down, but instead she punched h
Runna's Shoe, Chapter 15: Out of the Frying PanShe was well provided for. No marid, not even her grandmother, could be accused of being inhospitable. The water mephits provided her with food from the Prime, the nixies pulled pranks to try to cheer her up and the undines tested her druidic abilities with water. Loranys appreciated their efforts, especially the last one, which she felt she at least got something productive out of. Some spells that she'd struggled with before came to her much easier, and during one swimming session within the palace, she learned how to slip through seaweed without getting tangled. In her time on the Moonshae Isles she'd heard of the druids there that could walk through bushes and trees without getting stuck or tearing themselves up. Loranys was delighted to know she could do it, too! Perhaps one day she'd even be able to change her form, though that might be too much to hope for.Runna's Shoe, Chapter 15: Out of the Frying Pan1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
The nixies noticed her cheerfulness and threw a party of music, laughter and dancing to celebrate. At one point she was eve
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
Free Souls- chapter 8Free Souls- chapter 82 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter eight: Unexpected companion
Lilith traveled from the gnome village to the next, small island, a day ahead from her starting point. She passed most of the time in her own cabin feeling sick, with nausea and head ache. The crew that had accompanied her from the village told her it was nearly impossible not suffering from sea-sickness: the captain suffered it even after several years spent on their ship, as well as sailors.
That wasn’t her first time on a ship, but as feared and expected, it happened again; luckily, she came to know that the second and longest part of the trip on boat would last a week, and hoped she could enjoy some of those days at least. She was well aware there weren’t much things to be done on there, but at least she could have investigated and taken a look at the sea.
That trip to find her child, however, would have been longer than expected. In one of the few moments of relief she heard about her location, and understood sh
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
Lynn d'Vadalis IV: Eldeen SpringLynn d'Vadalis IV: Eldeen Spring3 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
Dark Secrets Table1% Homunculus. You were not born but grown in an alchemist’s lab and lovingly raised as her child. Your features are slightly irregular or distorted, giving you an odd look and -2 to Charisma. You also absorb magic and subtract -1 per die from all magical damage, but you can never cast arcane spells and must make a Fortune save on 3D6 to use any magic item. Failure means you absorb 2D4 charges (exploding), ruin one-use items, and make permanent ones inert for the same duration in rounds.Dark Secrets Table1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
2% Berserker! If angered or fighting you must make a Wisdom save on 3D6 or go berserk for 4 rounds plus your Constitution modifier, resting for double that. Add 3 to Strength and Constitution and double movement, but -4 to Intelligence. You cannot do anything that requires reason, and keep fighting any enemies in sight until you make a Wisdom save on 3D6.
3-4% You betrayed a baron to his enemies for money and then framed a knight for his own lord’s death. The knight was hung while you escap
Lynn d'Vadalis VII: Requiem for a NationLynn d'Vadalis VII: Requiem for a Nation3 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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The Thrane platoon was breaking. In front of her, a young man, isolated from the formation, fell to the sword of one of the reanimated rotting corpses that Karrnath had put into its black-and-red armour, the blade plunging into the man’s chest to the very hilt. “Trust in the Flame!” she yelled over the din, putting a crazy, almost fanatical energy into the words.
All around her, people scrambling for their horses which they had abandoned to investigate the scene of horror that lay before them pulled together in a defensive circle. She too had dismounted from Fiontán before the ambush. The unicorn was more than capable of keeping the Karrnathi at bay, and Lynn focused on the men and women with her. They stood in the middle of a battlefield, thousands of dead of all nations lying around. Most had fallen without any wounds, and lay t
Chapter 10: No-one Expects The Eldreth Veluuthra!Chapter 10: No-one Expects The Eldreth Veluuthra!1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Crunching, whooshing sounds reached Hulda's ears – an elf with a cape of leaves strode through the town, throwing acorn-sized things through the windows of the Black Lions' houses. Behind him, adult oak and chestnut trees appeared, bursting through the roofs like mushrooms through dead foliage. The town was turning into a forest.
The elf leader, now wearing a dun vest and leggings and an eyepatch shaped like an ivy-leaf, turned the Black Lion chieftain on his back with a nudge of his boot.
-”Such a crude and destructive race you are... We tolerated you when you still foraged, and didn't take more from these ancient and noble woods than you needed. Now, for taking the trees to erect these... horrible constructions, and for killing each and every animal whose skin you could barter for petty baubles, the Eldreth Veluuthra condemns you.”
The elf raised his scimitar. “See now the Victorious Blade of the People -”
Hulda looked away when the weapon came down. She
Runna's Shoe, Chapter 9: Depths and Liquid WoeDozens of voices spoke, creating a grand cacophany of sounds. All around Loranys, from the ice floor to the coral throne, all manner of water spirits appeared. The druid stood completely still. Music began to play, and she looked back to see a veritable army of nixies sliding around on top of glasses with water. Some had more water in them than others, adding to the complexities of the composition. It was only an opening tune, and once it was done, male naiads appeared and began beating away at water drums. Undines seemingly materialised out of the ice walls and sung a song of the greatness of water, suitably enough in Aquan. Water mephits danced in the air and nereids joined the undines with a deeper pitch, further expanding upon the music's majesty. Frozen into the ice walls were thousands of white pearls, which was what gave the place its name – the Citadel of Ten Thousand Pearls. Loranys waited, for she had a nagging suspicion about what was next.Runna's Shoe, Chapter 9: Depths and Liquid Woe1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Sure enough, just as the und
The Royal Guard (an Elder Scrolls story)The Royal Guard (an Elder Scrolls story)2 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.
The Silver Dragons - Chapter 28The Silver DragonsThe Silver Dragons - Chapter 281 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
By Anders Soth
Chapter Twenty Eight – The world spins
Torl painfully rose to his feet as the skeleton advanced. The creature still moved with purpose but struggled to get closer as the rows of statues entangled it. Bereft of its sword the skeleton was less of a threat but its razor sharp claws and supernatural strength were still a deadly combination.
The half-elf noticed a statue of a kneeling, hunched over figure a few yards in front of his opponent. He took a deep breath then sprinted as fast as he could. Trusting his momentum Torl used the waist high statue as a step from which to launch himself high into the air. He brought both swords down onto the massive skeleton’s head cleaving it in two. The halves of the skull hit the ground and shattered to pieces extinguishing the glowing eyes yet the creature continued to move, albeit sluggishly.
Torl darted around his foe and hit the skeleton’s spine with a perfect do
Chronicles of Rhyl'lyn: When It Snows, It BlowsHe felt cold. The crunchy, wet stuff on the ground and all around him, as white as his hair, came with an unnatural chill that he hadn't expected. Durdyn had said the surface changed over the course of a year, unlike the constant darkness of the Underdark, and that he would do well to wear warm clothes if he decided to leave Ched Nasad this time of the year. He'd done so, going for the warmest spider silk cloak the Underdark had to offer, fingerless spider silk gloves that had been knitted by the most meticulous tailors and a rare, greasy substance to waterproof his boots. He'd even greased his short swords, as rumours had it the frost would sometimes make the blades stick, and he kept his hand crossbow hidden away in an enchanted pocket in his cloak.Chronicles of Rhyl'lyn: When It Snows, It Blows7 months ago in Humor More Like This
Getting fur from animals on the surface was practically impossible, and if he'd bought a scarf his matron mother would probably begin to suspect something. It had been easy enough to slip away – he was part of the regular Underdark
Free Souls- chapter 12Free Souls- chapter 128 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
BLOOD OF ASTERION: chapter 4BLOOD OF ASTERION: chapter 42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Noon came, and all of the camp's inhabitants, including the newcomers, had broken up their tents again and were on their way.
The main body of the horde would descend further into the valley, and travel alongside the stream there to make the going easier on the horses and wagons. Other, smaller groups quickly got ahead or wandered off into the surrounding pine forest to bring back game and firewood.
The route would take the horde to a lakeside village in under three days; Rana wasn't sure if the inhabitants had yet to flee the approaching threat or not. She'd been told by the Sisters that the villagers had been convinced to exchange their Earthmother shrine for one consecrated to the Stormlord, a year past. Forcibly, would be her best guess. She also didn't think a small village would be able to keep an armed force numbering in the hundreds, nearing a thousand, from taking all their food and livestock anyway, and whatever else took their fancy.
She studied the peaks that lay between th
Chapter 13: O Pinky Where Art ThouChapter 13: O Pinky Where Art Thou7 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
There Was No SunThe stench was overwhelming.There Was No Sun11 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
She crawled from underneath the pile of scorched bodies. Not daring to look at them Nawen made her way forward... only to collapse just a few inches away. Something was holding her and now she had to look back but as she did the corpses were gone. The entire scenery had changed. The gruesome, endless battlefield was now replaced with a rocky shore of a blood red sea. Slowly, she stood up and raised her head to look at the sky. There was never any sun in the sky, just as there were no clear water or soft grass where she was. Only blood, fear and pain.
The drow picked a make-shift weapon off the ground and headed north. The rocks covering the shore were as sharp as a razor and cut her bare feet, but she kept walking. She had no strength left to run, but she couldn't stop moving either. Stopping, even for a little while meant fighting more demons, or worse getting captured by them again. "I'm almost there. Just around that rock." She encouraged herself as a gi
Reasons Why I Dislike FeministsCurrently, the hashtag “Women Against Feminism” has been trending on social media, and it has created quite the on-line feminist backlash. Feminists have been left scratching their heads, wondering why women of all people would have a problem with feminism. Why would women be against people who claim to be “advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men”?Reasons Why I Dislike Feminists9 months ago in Editorial More Like This
If I had a dollar for every feminist who rebutted the phrase “I don’t like feminism” with “what do you have against equal rights for women?”, my wealth would rival that of Steve Jobs!
No, feminists, we do not have a problem with women wanting equal rights to men. Our problem is not with what feminists claim to stand for. Our problem is not with their positions. Our problem is with their words and actions.
You see, feminists, I don’t judge people based upon what they claim to stand for. If that were the case, I would take the word of R
Chapter 3: Local CuisineChapter 3: Local Cuisine1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hulda was sore and dirty when, after a good tenday's worth of travel, she hobbled into the one and only tavern of the crude, ramshackle town that was Beorunna's Well.
The locals, while not usually lacking in skill when it came to crafting things, had been nomadic up until only a couple of years ago and erecting buildings that would last longer than that still required some looking-into, according to Hulda. She even nervously eyed the ceiling of the drinking house as she entered, so she could estimate if it'd stay in place for the duration of her visit.
The place smelled of smoke from the huge hearth, and of hotchpotch bubbling in the pot hung over the flames. She ordered some, and got a fat clay tankard of honey-ale to go with it – unasked for, but apparently, mead went without saying here.
The barkeep, a Black Lion Uthgardt like nearly all of the inhabitants of Beorunna's Well, was a rugged man with woad patterns crawling up his arms, the muscles of which were thick and hard as