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Behind the Die > TToN Chapter One: Rest, Spiderweb

Posted sylae on 18 October 2012 - 09:25 AM

Note: This was originally published here

A soft breeze works its way across my back as I stare out over the dimly-lit expanse of SW.

I stand upon the tile-roofed building referred to as General. Below, in the security of their quarters, the members of the forum...

Crystal Souls > Prologue, Part 1

Posted The Loquacious Lord Grimm on 28 October 2012 - 08:00 AM

This is the Prologue.
It tells of what came before.


She turns from the portal site swiftly, unconsciously straightening the mess that the teleportation ritual has made of her hair. While her research and scry-scouting has been thorough, and the magical precaution to push the adventurers through the enemy wards...

Tevildo's Blog > Thirst - a short story

Posted Tevildo on 03 January 2016 - 03:46 PM

"He says he was there for five hundred days."

"Five hundred days. Impossible. How?"

"No idea. He said he learned to breathe air."


"Crazy. I know. But you've seen the changes, you saw how his skin was
all red and rough when we brought him back."

"The crew did say his chest was...

Aʀᴀɴ௵ᴄᴀʏᴛᴀʀ > The Ermarian Network is getting 20% cooler

Posted Arancaytar on 22 September 2013 - 09:30 PM

As of September 22nd, the Ermarian Network is being prepared for a gradual move to a new home. After more than seven years of being served by DreamHost (who I've been very happy with, but whose shared hosting plan isn't sufficient anymore), I'm going to be renting a virtual server from CloudSoarer.

I'll be...

Crystal Souls > Prologue, Part 3

Posted The Loquacious Lord Grimm on 01 December 2012 - 02:02 PM

This is the Prologue.
It tells of what came before.


From his viewpoint high atop the Spire, Captain Vlish is able to see the first glimmering star emerge, if only through his periphery. His eyes, like the eyes of the eighteen soldiers under him, are fixed upon the gold-trimmed double doors that are the only...

One day, I'll have a techno band. > ALOM Chapter 1: The Third Reason

Posted Student of Trinity on 10 November 2012 - 07:57 AM

Oh, what was it this time? “Stazya, Stazya! Help!” One of the children had no doubt called another a Name. They had disturbed me all that morning, when I had really needed peace. And they were supposed to remember to call me Miss Morandau, now. I was Mistress of the House, for the next three days still. But the book I was reading was pitiful;...

One day, I'll have a techno band. > Scrivener

Posted Student of Trinity on 22 May 2014 - 07:37 AM

I worked on my novel for about a year and half using Apple's Pages app. It gave me no problems even as the story stretched well past 100,000 words. Pages is a general-purpose word processor and doesn't claim to be optimized for writing novels in particular, but it's robust and easy to use.

I liked that it wasn't anything more than that. I...

Tales from Lynaeus > Fionn's Story - Ch. 1

Posted springacres on 06 December 2013 - 07:48 PM

It was morning in the Contested Lands.  The young blademaster stretched, yawned, rolled stiffly off the pile of dried grass and blankets that had served him as a bed, and fumbled into his clothes.  A quick meal of last night's leftovers washed down with a mug of herbal tea, and he began to feel almost human again.

He stepped outside the abandoned...

One day, I'll have a techno band. > Wallace-Bechdel Test

Posted Student of Trinity on 17 March 2013 - 09:10 AM

The Bechdel test is named after Alison Bechdel, who introduced it in a comic strip in 1985, but Bechdel herself attributes the idea to her friend Liz Wallace. A work of fiction passes the test if it contains two female characters who have a conversation about something other than a man. It sounds like a pretty low bar to jump over, but apparently it's...

After the Gold Rush > January 6 (Down By the River)

Posted Actaeon on 06 January 2013 - 04:16 PM

As he steps over the police tape, he see her standing on the bank with her feet almost in the water. She does not look around at his approach, though his boots make a great deal of noise on the lose round rocks.

"What brings you out to the field, Liz?"

"The same...

After the Gold Rush > January 5 (The Maker)

Posted Actaeon on 05 January 2013 - 05:08 PM

Our dramatis personae can be encapsulated in a single photograph.

James Dalton, brother of the deceased, stands next to the gravestone with his hat against his heart. He cuts the figure of a movie star cowboy: a care worn face with a masculine jawline, eyes the same color as his faded blue jeans, a well...

After the Gold Rush > January 4 (The Dangling Conversation)

Posted Actaeon on 04 January 2013 - 05:53 PM

"You crazy son-of-a"

Elliot wakes to find a short, auburn young woman standing over him, fists on her hips.

"Morning Linda."

A frock coat makes a remarkably warm blanket, but as he pulls himself clumsily to his feet, his limbs cry out in numb protest. The woman offers no assistance, and continues to fix him...

After the Gold Rush > January 3 (Somewhere Down the Crazy River)

Posted Actaeon on 03 January 2013 - 09:01 PM

Observe Mr. Elliot Holt.

He is disembarking the California Zephyr on a brilliant but chilly January afternoon. As he steps down onto the platform, he pulls a pocket watch from the breast of his frock coat and checks the time- an action which draws several sidelong glances from his fellow travelers. A...

Crystal Souls > Forward

Posted The Loquacious Lord Grimm on 18 October 2012 - 02:00 PM

A little over ten years ago, I stumbled across a game on a shareware disc. That game was different than the rest: there were people to talk to, a world to discover, a war to fight on a person-to-person basis. Instead of playing a preformed character, I took control of a team, forced to be dynamic to be successful, and forced through circumstances beyond...

After the Gold Rush > January 1 (Patterns)

Posted Actaeon on 01 January 2013 - 03:47 PM

In dark room above a dark shop, a man wakes with a start. Down the street, someone has set off an illicit firework. Next door, sounds of revelry intrude upon the solitude of a cramped studio apartment. This is what woke him, but they are not what keeps him awake.

"Denver." He breaths the word like a curse.

As he sighs and...

One day, I'll have a techno band. > Newton to Atlas

Posted Student of Trinity on 10 November 2012 - 03:35 AM

The sonnet version:

He hangs in his balloon above the cliff
That is the titan’s ear to hear his call,
Sir Isaac shouting down his sermon: If
You throw it high enough it will not fall.
Awake at last for one last do or die,
Great Atlas shudders, straightens out his back,
And shoves...

One day, I'll have a techno band. > One day, I'll have a novel, and she's gonna be in it.

Posted Student of Trinity on 02 November 2012 - 03:38 PM

A Lady of Morandau

In the wide staging ground outside the gate, some sixty men and women are mounting horses and hitching wagons. No voice is raised, but every movement is brisk. They will all be gone in a few moments. The men wear dark coats and brimmed hats. It is late autumn and...

One day, I'll have a techno band. > Never do riddles

Posted Student of Trinity on 28 October 2012 - 12:07 AM

Solving a riddle is a D&D trope, or at least it used to be. It seems that every DM runs a game at some point where the players have to solve some bizarre word puzzle.

The IC problem with riddles is explaining why the heck the riddle is there to be solved. In a world of magic it's easy enough to accept that reciting the right word can open a gate or...

Crystal Souls > Prologue, Part 2

Posted The Loquacious Lord Grimm on 16 November 2012 - 01:00 PM

This is the Prologue.
It tells of what came before.


The Spire in Solaria is hailed as one of the great wonders of the modern world. Its porcelain walls rise a majestic ten stories above the rest of the Empire's capital, and can be seen from afar throughout much of he surrounding region. It is a fitting...

One day, I'll have a techno band. > Wanted for wargaming

Posted Student of Trinity on 23 October 2012 - 07:54 AM

"Wormy" was this awesome series that ran in Dragon magazine back in the 1980s, around the same time that Phil Foglio was getting started. Wormy was drawn by a guy named David Trampier, who also did a lot of the artwork for the first edition AD&D books. The title character is the pool-hustling dragon in the episode below. He's sort of like...