The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 22[Chapter 22]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 22 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
* THUD *
A dull tremor gently shook the floor, halfway stirring Hal out of his slumber. He lay in that murky miasma of half-sleep: barely even aware that he was no longer unconscious. It was almost impossible to wake any further on his own, and he lacked the willpower or energy to open his eyes.
“Hal.” He felt Miri's hand on his shoulder, shaking him awake. “Did you hear that?”
“Mmmm?” He rolled over, slowly forcing his eyelids to open. The room was dark and blurry to him, but Miri soon reached over to shake a glo-orb, and the needle of new light poked sharp pain into his skull. Hal winced, hoping his eyes would adjust quickly.
The room was well sound-proofed by design, so Hal couldn't hear very much of what was going on outside. He thought he heard the muffled sounds of commotion, like a violent argument was happening down on the floor down below.
* CLACK – CLACK – CLACK *
The distinct sound of springer fire pi
The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 19[Chapter 19]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 19 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“What happened back there was murder, plain and simple! How the hell do you justify killing someone in cold blood like that!?” After a sorrowful and silent ride back, Hal now found himself in a heated argument with his brother in the cozy top-floor office of the cathedral. Despite the comfortable setting, it felt like the argument could boil over at any moment. Vanir, Dubs and Miri all played spectator to the unfolding fight.
Marcus sighed, uncorking a bottle of fermentae and taking a sip before responding to Hal. “Hal, you're angry. I get it. I really do. But what was I supposed to do? Capture him? Risk more people discovering us? Start a whole big collection of captives to keep you and Miri company? I can't afford that, Hal. One slip up when we're this close, and everything falls apart.”
“God damn it, Marcus! He was my friend!” Hal couldn't restrain his outrage. “You could at least pretend to show remorse for all you've done!
The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 24[Chapter 24]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 24 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Is this what dying really feels like?
That question was the last thought to flow through Hal's mind, and it seemed stuck there in mid-stream, unable to move forward. There was never any pearly gate, no flash of light or recanting of his sins. There was just the question. The single question that waited an eternity for an answer.
A sound broke through the haze of timelessness.
There it was again, and suddenly Hal realized he was having thoughts. Why was he thinking about having thoughts?
Hal tried to open his eyes, to wake up, but he only partially succeeded. There was nothing to see, but he was clearly awake. He was thinking about being awake and how odd this felt.
Something was covering his eyes, and yet even so they felt fused shut somehow. Slowly the cold truth of realization condensed in his mind. His eyes were covered by bandages. He was lying down. He was alive.
Hal wanted to cry, but he couldn't. Why was he alive? Was t
The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 20[Chapter 20]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 20 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hal sucked air deep into his lungs, fighting off the clamor that seemed to be erupting from all around him. Though the walls, the floor, and the ceiling he could feel the pressure of the lives suddenly thrown into movement in reaction to the violence. No matter how hard he wished it, the bees' nest couldn't be unkicked.
The giant void ripped into the world by Vanir's singularity prevented Hal from continuing down the hallway, which was probably a good thing. The evil rec room was down that way. He could already begin to sense and see the IR heat shimmers of multiple people moving towards them from that direction. Miri ran to pick up Vanir's springer, but found the body of the weapon to be badly damaged from the deflected bullet. It wasn't useful as a gun anymore.
“No time for that Miri, let's go!” Hal grabbed her by the wrist and pulled her along with him as he scrambled back towards the stairwell leading upwards, to freedom. The sound of his own amplified and
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“Ah.” Miri bit her lip as they approached the entrance to the Passion Lounge. The pale pink light from the buzzing sign flickered in the night like a beacon. “I think I understand what you meant.” Her ears twitched for a moment, arching one eyebrow high as she gave him a look. “Spend time here often?”
“Hardly.” Hal wrapped his fingers around the handle to the heavy door. “But I know the people who run this place. We go way back.”
“How far back are we talking, here?”
He pulled open the door and it emitted the faintest of heavy creeks as it swung outward to let them into the foyer. The brothel's velvety but heavy aroma was quick to greet them. Miri coughed a bit on her first breath as they stepped into the building and left the cold of night behind.
“Welcome to the Passi-OH SPIRITS!” Cassi and Jonny were both standing behind the front counter, but neither were prepar
The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 25[Chapter 25]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 25 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hal balanced the chisel delicately between his fingers, sensing the subtle shifting of its weight as he adjusted to the perfect angle. With a patient but firm tap, he hammered the end with his mallet and chipped away the last few fragments of stone. A quick burst of air from his lips pushed aside the dust and laid bare the final cut of the “L”. He sighed in satisfaction as he used his fingers to trace out the letter and verify that indeed, all was as he imagined it.
After months stuck inside the hospital, getting outside was quite literally a breath of fresh air. The cool evening wind had a humid weight that lent a calm silence to his solemn task. Saying goodbye was never easy, but at least this time Hal could do it on his own terms.
He moved his hand over all the letters in turn, examining the sum total of his long efforts: 'MARCUS ANDREI ADHIL'. His brother's tombstone was finally complete.
“Hey.” Miri's voice emerged from behind his shoulder, and
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Vanir led Hal and Miri through a few hallways and down into the basement of the Cathedral. There, Hal encountered a sight that was somehow both expected yet surprisingly comical and irreverent: The basement was wide and open, littered with punching bags, free weights, training dummies and a rather long firing range along one whole side. One corner had an area with a modest-sized kitchen, complete with some counter space, a fridge, sink, and a few small round tables. Hal's tail blinked all four eyes simultaneously as he struggled to process the disconnect between what he expected and what he was seeing.
At one table sat Marcus, relaxed and impeccably dressed, as he read the morning paper and sipped at a hot mug of coffee or tea. A finished bowl of cereal sat just beyond easy reach, pushed aside to make room for the paper. “Good morning, brother.” Marcus smiled and raised his mug in greeting, folding the newspaper into a neat rectangle. It was almost an absurd si
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Hal zipped up his leather jacket, experimentally flexing his bad leg. His knee made a loud popping sound that solicited a grimace.
“Are you going to be ok?” Miri asked the question Hal wondered himself.
“I hope so.”
The two of them were now in the 'evil rec room' yet again, but this time the entire cathedral seemed to be buzzing with activity. The network of agents Marcus claimed to command seemed to be heeding his summons, trickling in by the hour, usually alone or in very small groups. All of them looked fairly hardened, as one might expect from an army of ex-convicts. Many of them seemed eager to act, and were kept busy arming themselves and preparing for the events to come. The air had a tension to it that was impossible to overlook.
Rather than sally forth right away, Marcus preferred to sit tight until later in the day, sending Vanir ahead of the rest of them. Though the university was over in Calypsa district, if they traveled by telepad, the
The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 12[Chapter 12]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 12 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Marcus led Hal out of his stateroom and into the dimly lit halls of the church. They slowly weaved their way through corridors and down staircases, heading seemingly deeper into the labyrinth that served as Marcus' new home. Hal's energy was spent, and he leaned heavily on his cane with each step, his head sagging with fatigue. His eyes, however, remained alert as they walked and he did his best to mentally map the route.
Marcus walked calmly and patiently, leading Hal by half a step. His footsteps carried little weight, and only the light taps of his own cane marked the time and distance spent. Those sharp yellow irises glanced sidelong at Hal. “It's fortunate that you are here, brother.” Marcus' voice broke the cadence. “I've been in a difficult position ever since Vanir brought Miri back with her.”
“What, is she too much for you to handle?” Hal half-smirked, but his dry wit lacked the normal keenness hidden behind the words.
The Wayward Astronomer: Ch1The Wayward Astronomer: Ch1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Halcyon Adhil stared up at the nighttime sky and marveled at the sheer explosion of color pouring down from the heavens. He could see the gamma ray bursts from supernovas, the fiery ultraviolet from a young main sequence, the smoldering infrared from an ancient red giant in the final stages of its existence. He was looking into the past as he looked up at the heavens, a silent witness to events that had transpired eons ago.
Hal blinked his orange reptilian eyes and squinted as a fierce gust of wind pelted his body with stinging glittering flecks of snow and rock. His tail turned away from the wind, coiling up tightly to conserve body heat. Among the DreamKeepers of Anduruna he certainly had not met any that looked much like him, a body with origins as ancient as the heavens themselves. Halcyon was a feathered reptile; a raptor. Neither dinosaur nor bird, he found himself on the terminus between two eras of evolution. His dark green scaly skin was almost entirely covered by jet black pl
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The Viscounts Folly
The Dawn found Nina wake and ready to go, she had been awake for several hours before sunrise, she just couldn't get used to a bed that didn't roll around even a little bit. She had made good use of her time tweaking the prefabbed resume to be just a little more realistic. What had been provided was too perfect; someone with little work history studying engineering would be more a numbers rather than a words kind of person.
Nina secured her contraband and checked to make sure nothing was out of place, before giving herself a once over in the mirror. She had trendy blouse under a short waist hugging jacket and a pair of pants that squeezed just a bit in the rear. A little bit of sex appeal has never hurt a girl’s c
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The Viscount’s Folly
It was nearly noon on Tuesday before a ping from Nina’s data scroll let her know a new message had arrived. With much trepidation Nina opened the file and read the contents. After a minute of suppressing the urge to jump around Nina replied that she would be on-site at two o’clock for her interview.
When Nina sat down across from Mr. Regal she immediately noticed he looked like hell. So she commented with; “If I may Sir you look like someone keel hauled you.”
Mr. Regal smiled wanly before replying; “Our foreman didn’t show up Monday night, so I was called in, been here ever since.”
“That’s rough Mr. Regal. I’m sure he’
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The Viscounts folly
Nina stood at the bow of “Drifter’s boat”; she used the term loosely as Drifter had acquired this boat just for this mission. Two of Nina’s crew, the sisters Silky and Velvet stood behind her. Drifter and the bobcats were busy doing all the work so Nina and her crew relaxed and watched the shore get slowly closer.
Nina felt bad that Raven had to stay behind but she wasn’t going to leave her ship guarded only by the word of a couple of pirate captains. Nina felt confident that the black fire wielding she-wolf could look after the Bander’s Revenge on her own. Besides Raven would not be alone for long, Pierre had promised at least two new crew members would be aboard waiting when Nina returned.
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The Viscounts Folly
“The Dive a most wretched place of scum and villainy, I must be cautious.” Nina said to herself. Nina hadn’t been back here since The Boss had worked out a deal with the Bander’s Revenge’s old captain Keets and a trade agreement with Pierre some four years ago. Nina had spent the negotiations at a separate table clinging to Marcien’s hand while Monty with his constantly drooling mug had leered at her. She hated herself for the scared little teenage girl she had been.
The Dive had the distinction of being the most disreputable joint in the history of the Dune Sea. Constructed over a natural stone basin that filled with fresh seawater every high tide, the moniker had come about when some drunken idiot had dived from the rafters, missed the pool and broke his neck on the floor. O
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The Viscount's Folly
In the Dreamworld lies the city of Anduruna, home to the race known as the Dreamkeepers. Far to the north-east, past the Dune Sea along the shores of the Alchera ocean sits the bandit haven No Toll Town. Once a staging area for the rebels during the Toll wars, it is now home to every pirate, outlaw, runaway and banished Dreamkeeper north of the great city.
One such runaway, a white fox by the name of Nina Machiavelli made her way through the back alleys and side streets, heading for the docks and her ship the Bander’s Revenge. Her blue eyes regaining focus as all the troubles running rampant in her head forced her buzz to quickly fade.
The trouble started six months ago when Nina’s navigator had gotten herself knocked up. Then when said navigator had confronted the father to be about it, the bastard had the decency t
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The Viscounts Folly
“Ah there she is.” Nina said, nudging Frankie in the ribs before raising her voice to shout; “over here Ann!”
Buttons took off from his perch on Nina’s shoulder and flew over into Ann’s arms as she approached.
“Hey guys.” Ann said. “This your brother?”
“Frankie, Ann, Ann, Frankie.” Nina replied.
“Nice to meet you;” said Frankie, playing the part of stranger meeting another for the first time.
Nina appreciated the panache her two contacts possessed and was hoping that what she had in mind would be within their abilities as well.
“So what’s this really all about Alma?” Ann asked with some added emphasis on Alma
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X's teleportation beam raced towards the Abel City Airport, landing upon the roof. The Azure Hunter materialized and looked around, finding a series of lifts up ahead that could take him up to a higher level where the main tower was perched. He jumped on, encountering blue and yellow flying Mechaniloids with a bottom mounted claw and a top mounted propeller, appropriately named Sky Claws, often used to transport cargo. Yet, upon noticing X, they attacked him, attempting to latch onto him to drop him down to the ground below. X managed to evade most of them, but one managed to grab hold of him, and began to hoist him into the air. He immediately retaliated, firing his buster upon it, destroying it before it could carry him very far, and grabbed hold of the ledge of the lift he was on, hoisting himself back up. Once he had secured his footing, he rode the lift up towards the tower, shooting down any Sky Claws that tried to make off with
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Ed on Arrival
In the basement of a house within a small cul-de-sac, in an unkempt room, a makeshift tent had been set up to serve as a fortune teller booth, made of a red shower curtain decorated with Christmas ornaments, with a small, round wooden table with a disco ball in the middle serving as a makeshift crystal ball contained within. "Salami, Baloney, and Pumpernickel Loaf," began a pink skinned, preteen boy who was rather short for his age with blue eyes and spiky navy hair with three long, tapering cowlicks streaking from his forehead, wearing wearing navy goggles with yellow lenses, a red tank top with a green Z with stroke on the right breast, light blue jeans with a white wallet chain protruding, and red sneakers, as well as a purple turban and black cape with red underlining as he weaved his hands across the makeshift crystal ball, "listen up you spirits of the netherwoods."
“Woo hoo~!” exclaimed a dark skinned preteen boy with grey e
Fur and FireThe Camera positioned itself, as the spot light focused on an anthro deer, and the show began.Fur and Fire in Short Stories More Like This
"All over the city of Arcadia, there are dozens of talented chefs with amazing skills in the kitchen." she said, as another spotlight went onto a Dalmatian Anthro.
"But only one can claim the title of Master Chef."
"Hello, I'm Aile Grove." the Deer greeted.
"And I'm Tommy Jarrison." the Dalmatian said.
"And once again, 4 chefs are here to duke out for the top in another episode of..." Aile gestured to Tommy.
"Fur and Fire!"
The lights went on, revealing the competitive kitchen in all it's glory, as the two hosts walked to the center.
"The Rules as always, go as such, four chefs, three rounds, five judges. Each chef has to make an amazing dish before time runs out, but it's not that easy! Is it, Tommy?" Aile asked.
"Not easy at all." Tommy said. "Each round uses certain ingredients, and you have to use all of the neccesary ingredients in your dish."
"When time runs out, your dishs will be prof
Top 10 Most Annoying BossesRyan: YO! DA! Wolf-Prince-Leon Here! I’m back again with a new Countdown, with one of THE best friends ever!Top 10 Most Annoying Bosses in Short Stories More Like This
Matty: D’aw, don’t flatter me. (/w\) I’m Kit-The-Wolfy, and I’m here with Ry to complain about shit.
Ryan: okay, if all of you might remember, the DA-Crew’s first big list was top 15 worst Final Bosses.
Matty: But simply final bosses cannot accurately describe how annoying the climax that is a boss battle can be.
Ryan: the List was about bosses being too hard, annoying, game ruining, and everything between, but today... we’re talking about one issue in particular.
Matty: The annoying ones.
Ryan: Yep, this is the top ten most annoying bosses in video games. The usual rules apply: only games we’ve played, and only one per franchise.
Matty: Who gives a shit if it’s more than one per franchise? Also, you guys might not find these bosses annoying. This is just personal opinions.
Ryan: And with that-
Matty: No need for a catch phra
Making Comics is awesome! What do you think?I recently read a Journal on FrontPage, "Tough Love: How to Make a Comic".Making Comics is awesome! What do you think? in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Nothing against the writer, i really appreciate the willingness to share some true advice by the writer, but i felt compelled to write my thoughts about it, as i feel it is misrepresenting what making comics actually is like, at least if that's what you want.
It also made me curious to hear more opinions on what making comics feels like for you!
This is a great opportunity to talk about this matter, would love to hear your opinions as well, so i encourage you to comment!
Doesn't matter whether you are already making a comic or have doubts about beginning one, let's talk about this!
This is a topic i really care about, since supporting beginners is something i love to do (as you can see by my tutorials/videotutorials) - there's nothing better than sharing your passion with people who are struggling but want to do the same thing you love!
Since some found it useful/inspiring, I'm sharing with you my reply, hoping
See your Inward EyeIn an ever-changing world,See your Inward Eye in Free Verse More Like This
faster and faster every day,
you may have lost your way,
overwhelmed by the events;
We are busy the whole day,
thinkin about the bills we have to pay,
thinkin about the things we'll never see,
or what others want us to be;
In our minds wandering,
no time to play,
no time to create,
we just keep frantically running;
But there's something inside you,
something that can make a grey sky turn blue,
something that can make a dull city breathe,
that can make you stop clenching your teeth;
And I here begin to wonder:
"Have you ever stopped to drink some tea,
Have you ever stopped to simply close your eyes and see?"
Sonic / Project Dimonze: Ch.4 Dimonze: Chapter 4 What am ISonic / Project Dimonze: Ch.4 in Short Stories More Like This
At Sonic's house, Tails yelled out, "Hey Sonic!! Would you like to go swimming at the lake with me!?"
Sonic stared at Tails for a moment and replied, "Sure, I would love to go swimming! It's hard for me to find people to go swimming with me, because I am so fast! Let me get my surf board. This time I am making sure I teach you how to go surfing!"
Tails smiled and ran out the door. Sonic quickly went into his closet as he yelled, "Hey! Don't leave me like that!" As soon as he grabbed his surf board, he dashed out the door to go after Tails.
When Sonic got to the lake Tails was already in the water, spinning his tails like a propeller; which gave him the ability to jet across the water. When he saw Sonic, he called out to him, "Come on Sonic! The water is great!"
Sonic put down his surf board in the sand, "I suppose I can show yo
Tails Doll Apocalypse: Ch 1A tired and battered Sonic stood before a metal version of himself who was sparking from severe damage. Despite Sonic’s state, he still gave a smug grin as he said, “You’re not looking so good. Wanna call it quits?” Metal’s eyes glowed a brighter red as he just mealy accelerated his torso engines to proceed to his next attack sequence, “Yeah, that’s what I thought!” said Sonic as he ran right at Metal head on and preformed his signature spin dash.Tails Doll Apocalypse: Ch 1 in Short Stories More Like This
Both Metal and Sonic collided in their spin dashes. They grinded each other, both refusing to back down. Eventually they ricocheted off each other and then they slammed one another again with more spin dashes.
Floating around above them was Dr. Eggman, watching them and scoffing at Sonic, “He heheheHAA ha!! You have no chance this time Sonic!! It’s just like fighting your own shadow. Just… more reliable than… Shadow! You kno
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Robert Stack: Today on Unsolved Video Game Mysteries we look at the mysteries of Banjo Tooie. What happened To Banjo's Sister Tooty, Why is the Flume of Doom inacessable and what is inside of it, Bottles Revenge and Stop n Swop part 2 today on Unsolved Video Game Mysteries
Case #1: Tooty Missing
In the first Banjo Kazooie the plot was to rescue Banjo's sister Tooty from the Witch Gruntilda. Where Tooty came from is also msterious but in Banjo Tooie Tooty is NOWHERE to be found except in a Milk Carton inside Guffo's Trashcan in Cloud Cuckoland; lookto the side of the carton and you'll find a picture of Tooty with the words Missing since Banjo Kazzooie. Now why is Tooty Missing Banjo Saved her afterall so why did Tooty dissapear in 2 years? Did Grunty clone Tooty and Banjo saved the Clone Tooty and Grunty did away with the real Tooty who knows plus Tooty is briefly mentioned in Nuts and bults owning a fruits shop.
Case #2: Gruntilda's Lair boulders
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Robert Stack: Today on Unsolved Video Game Mysteries we talk about a game that has given fans many unanswered questions Banjo Kazooie. This series has had more unsolved mysteries than any other video game in the world so let's cut to the chase with our first case involving it's original name Project Dream
Case #1: Project Dream
Project Dream was the original name for Banjo Kazooie. The game started as a SNES game using the same game engine as Donkey Kong Country 2 where the game would star a kid named Edison who get's into some things with a hoard of Pirates led by Captain Blackeye. However Rare scrapped the game and it's a shame the game looked really good for only one screenshot of it in exsistance looked better than Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario RPG combined. Soon the game's protagonist would be changed to a bunny but then when the game was moved to the N64 Rare finally made up their minds and we got the Backpack and yellow shorts wearing bear we a
From the Shadows Chapter 1Disclaimer: While not marked as mature, this story (this chapter included) will have some mild cursing and violence. If this offends you then don't read on.From the Shadows Chapter 1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 1 — First Day
The storm was violent, bitter and cold. It beat the city like a drum all through the night with pounding rain and howling winds. As the morning sun rose into the sky, the storm broke its siege on the city and dissipated to light rain. Despite power fluctuations all morning, the damage was minimal; at least that’s what Channel Fourteen News announced that morning.
To the resentment of most teenage and youthful dreamkeepers, schools remained open. Ceriben High was no exception. By eight in the morning Ceriben High was crowded with moody teenagers. The exterior stonework walls kept the school nice and cool during the late spring afternoons, but today the school was cold. Ceriben High, founded over fifty years ago, seemed archaic and out of date compared to its residential neighbors. The building stuck
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“Ozzie, can you come over here for a second?” Jess said from above.
She stood on top of the small rocky ridge next to a pool of water. Her brown hair glowed in the warm sunlight, giving her an angelic appearance. The air behind her was saturated with yellow light; the evaporated water particles reflected the hot sun’s fury in a radiating display of beauty. Her chin rested on her red shirt that glared like a fiery star amidst the encompassing sea of light around her. She was looking towards the ground, frowning as she struggled to clip her gold necklace around her neck.
Smiling, Ozzie set down his torn brown jacket along the pool’s edge and wiped the water droplets off his muzzle. He eagerly climbed up next to her, with his damp hands slipping more than once against the rock. As he stood behind her, he took the two ends of the necklace from her hands and clipped them together with a soft click.
Jess turned around and gave him a