Abalem is a realm much like any other, with politics, trade issues and royal family dynamics to contend with. And the occasional demon to keep life from getting too boring. This is the story of its royal family, of its many guilds, of magic that doesn't quite work, and the occasional monster--both human and otherwise. … Continue reading Spire
Due to a death in my family, there will be no chapter today. I will resume posting chapters May 7.
(Click for links to previous chapters.) The trader is thrilled. His trip has been enlivened by actually seeing the Wielder on a quest. Tarver reassures him we are merely on a routine visit to several cities. The trader, Mylo, nods his understanding while putting a finger over his lips in silent promise that he won’t … Continue reading Spire: Chapter 49
(Click here for links to previous Chapters.) Riding down a muddy road gets old really fast, and more than old after five days. We had camped around inns twice, getting warm meals they didn’t have to cook for everyone and rooms for me and Taver. The priests refused to leave their squadrons and Alan, barely … Continue reading Spire: Chapter 48
(Click here for links to previous chapters.) We eat breakfast early, Mother and Father joining us this morning, the staff protectively building a little three sided room around as with screens trying to shield Mother from the worst of the drafts. When you live in a castle drafts are just the way of life in … Continue reading Spire: Chapter 47
(Click here for links to previous chapters.) My Ladies have gone mad; they want to pack ball gowns and jewels. They might not know where I am going, but they know I’m going with an army battalion and that should give them a clue. I chase them out and pack myself. All I need is … Continue reading Spire: Chapter 46
(Click here for links to previous chapters.) Snow melts, turning city streets into rivers, roads into mud, and dispositions sour. Father and Mother debate for days about arresting Orsin, hoping the mysterious letter from Afred will provide evidence of his guilt. Neither are willing to take the gamble. I start for the stable, intending to … Continue reading Spire: Chapter 45
(Click here for links to previous chapters.) Chapter Forty-four “Why are you up here?” Alan’s question doesn’t surprise me, I heard the rustling of someone filtering through the guards on the steps below. I am surprised it isn’t Mynar; he is usually the only one who follows me to my favorite tower. “Watching,” I answer … Continue reading Spire: Chapter 44