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The Fall of Sturmcala

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The Fall of Sturmcala

Unearthly music accompanies their shifting ranks through the trees. I watch as they somersault over bushes and vault between branches before landing to resume their rhythmic approach. Their movements pull the low mist into fantastical shapes about them. Canmer, my intelligence officer, swears. “They dance the Nehardin! Commander Thorne-Regnault, witness this. There will be none left before this day ends. They intend to make us rue the day we came to this planet with this, their last stand.” I’ve stood proud as Groume Knights in their powered armour laid waste to everything that opposes them on a battlefield. I’ve even

Peternal

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Peternal

The fist aimed at my head connects. I hear his knuckles break. Before he can scream, I chop him across the throat and toss him off the walkway. His landing will raise some alarms, but it’s twenty floors down and I’m about to get everyone’s attention anyway. Completing my approach without any more guardsmen pouncing on me, I find the reinforced door is secured with multiple access controls. If I had the time, I could open it without leaving a mark. As I don’t, I slap a five-kilo pack of explosive against the centre of it, then leap backwards. My line swings me high and clear. The explosion tears the door and wall apart.

In Splendour Betrayed

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In Splendour Betrayed

The room is dimly lit by four great fireplaces, each set at cardinal points. Outside the tall lattice windows, a storm howls, its keening baffled by noise suppressors embedded in the windowsills. Inside, the room resounds to someone soloing their soul out on an electric guitar. This room, once spartan, is cluttered with several lifetime’s worth of goods and chattels. The only clear space is in front of the southern fireplace, where a trio of huge wooden chairs – mere degrees from being thrones – are arranged facing a low table set before the fire. A door opens by the western fireplace. In the leftmost chair, a figure raises

Bruises and Nectar

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Bruises and Nectar

A flickering light spasmodically turns the twisted wreckage into a black and white sketch of a chaotic mess. The illumination comes from a workspace lamp, it’s shade torn away during the bombardment that ruined this flagship. There’s a glint in shadows. A half-empty bottle of ‘With a Bullet’ bourbon emerges to be placed carefully next to the battered lamp. A grimy hand, protruding from what were once pristine officer’s whites, retracts into the darkness. “Hello, little beast. Who sent you?” Teriela Masson, the owner of the arm, leans forward and steadies the lamp. The drone swings to get a better view

Little Evolutions

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Little Evolutions

The breeze from the windows is lethargic, like everything else in the oppressive heat and humidity. Tutor Phenedras shakes his head in resignation and puts down the cane he’s been using to point out the finer points of ‘Machiavellian Strategies as Applied to Urban Populations within Technological Civilisations’. He’s even working from Ducann’s original text, but it’s difficult to convey his enthusiasm while sweltering in his robes. All he has to do now is find an elegant excuse to declare an early recess. Something hurtles through the highest window. With a clatter of metal-edged wings, a Pickaxe Head Drake

Dark Chambers of My Heart

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Dark Chambers of My Heart

The fan on the ceiling turns slowly, another kitsch feature of this fake colonial era hospital. I do not know when hospitals started to compete for trade, but the ‘healing ambience’ vogue has been out of control – and good taste – for a while. A symptom of a diseased society: choosing to be treated in a replica of a Field Hospital from the Crimea or the whitewashed walls of a Rehab Centre in Da Nang, or any one of thirty or so other styles. Offering appearances, not authenticity, in every case. No-one wants anything less than the very latest in medical care during their treatment. “Good morning, Mister Clarke.

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Life and Gofundme

Life and Gofundme

Life has been crazy lately. Pandemic. Work opening, re-closing, re-opening, possibly re-closing again. I have been working on various projects throughout the pandemic and quarantine. I know I keep promising pictures. They're mostly taken at this point, just need some editing to make them pretty. And well...I just haven't had the energy to go through photos and get the ones I like best edited. I haven't had the energy to do a lot of things lately. So at this point I'm just going to promise eventually because all that's all I can really commit to. Buddy of mine has been going through some shit in life, to the point where he's had to get the court system involved. He's not well off and can't afford a lawyer, hell, none of us really can right now. I'm putting this here in the chance that if you can't donate, than at least please share to your various social medias. He's an up and coming photographer who could use some help. Posted with permission, here's his art instragram

Catching up!

Catching up!

So last night, before posting about my shiny new laptop, I realized that I COULD check on Deviant Art more often. So I, of course, had to make a journal about it, like I'm some kind of very important social media influencer (HA!). So I made my post and got distracted with something else about the shiny new thing. And then I went "HEY! Deviant Art! I can look at stuff!" Because OF COURSE you can look at stuff. *face palm* So I started with catching up on everything; journals, status updates, and artwork postings. Holy crap! Over 3,000 things in my Watch to catch up on. 2,819 alone from my friend @SkyfireDragon. I have managed to go through all the Status Updates and Journals and SOME of the Deviations art postings. I'm pretty impressed with what I have managed to go through/read today. I keep feeling like I'm forgetting something every time I go to close my laptop. Something I haven't downloaded or some file that I need. Its a niggling irritant. Hopefully I figure it out before it

New Computer!

New Computer!

So after much frustration, many years, and a pandemic induced quarantine at which I've been unemployed for the last three months, I finally broke down and bought (go go unemployment) my very first laptop! In theory, I should be able to be online more. Possibly some updates if people haven't totally given up on me still existing. I will attempt to catch up after at least a year since I was last on. But I finally have my own computer! Anywho...still not dead! I hope everyone is safe and well.

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Hi Susan ! Thanks so much for the fave on Passages ! It's one of my personal favorite pieces, so that makes your liking it even more special. :) Again, many thx ! :hug:

Hellooooo and thank you once again for Favouriting my work! Would you maybe like to come and...

'Ask The Djinn' stamp

... a question?

Have a nice day :heart:

Thanks so much for all your recent faves!

I've always liked seeing your work! You are very welcome!

Happy Birthday, Susan! Dragon Bullet - Green Cake
Thank you for Favouriting! I think the number of questions you may ask the Djinn is now up to TWO (if I recall correctly).
Cheers, and have a good one!
Hello again and thank you for Favouriting my latest! Here's the Djinn again, in case you want to ask her a question.
Have a nice day, and catch you about!