Stoneseed, Chapter 2Acier was the first to surface, followed by Clay: Avis reluctantly joined them a few moments later, his eyes shut.More Like This
'Avis?' Acier asked. 'You okay?'
'You okay?' Clay repeated.
'I don't like it up here,' Avis said quietly. 'There's too much everything.'
'Too much everything.'
'Too much everything?' Acier asked, glancing around. There was a broad pit behind them, boarded over for the most part but with an open space containing the ladder they'd just taken. Around them were the foothills of Deeproot; the terrain was still relatively level, but steep, chalky cliffs were visible perhaps half a kilometre behind them; above these was Deeproot's great vertical bulk, filling the skyline. Turning around, he eventually found the trade road, half-buried beneath some surprisingly thick foliage. Apparently not many people used this entrance to the catacombs.
'Too much everything,' Avis said. 'I don't like it out here-- in the catacombs it's quiet and dark and it doesn't smell of anything but dust. Bu
Stoneseed, Chapter 1The catacombs served as a reminder that as long as there had been any history at all, there had been Dwarven history: the oldest passages were said to be as old as time itself, and even the newest dated from the late Old Age (or perhaps the early New Age-- it was often difficult to tell).More Like This
The catacombs also served as a reminder that as long as there had been Dwarves, they had had skulls. The walls of this region-- a forgotten tomb, perhaps, or maybe simply the favoured haunt of someone with a particularly morbid hobby-- were lined with them, floor to ceiling, five and a half feet vertically and already a kilometre horizontally, with no immediate end in sight. There were branches in the unlit stone passageway, of course, but these contained little of interest, in comparison to what Acier Faussaire knew waited for him at the end of this particular passage.
'How much further?' he asked, pouring a little more willpower into the light his Sorcery had created and smiling a little with relief
The Road to UtopiaAvailable here in .docx and kindle-compatible .mobi format, The Road to Utopia is my first (and thus far only) science fiction novel.More Like This
Several generations after a nuclear war, humanity has rediscovered cyberspace, and pre-war media along with it. Humankind has largely developed into a pleasure-oriented society-- but when an object is found, created after the war by a society with no apparent means of producing it, the search for answers seems to lead only to more questions...