Chapter 15 Part 1

“If one knows how an enemy thinks, one can often know what an enemy will do. Or, more often, what that enemy will not do.” -Caurus Etrenius, “A Treatise on the Nature of Conflict” “Hey, Griff!” I looked up, leaning back from the parapet. For the better part of the day I’d been on watch […]

Interlude: Day 7

The peal of a bell echoed out across the fields around Low Evering, muted and low but clear in the night’s stillness. Conroy, walking behind the wagon as it trundled its way out of town, hazarded a look over his shoulder, wondering for a moment if it was a signal or alarm before he remembered […]

Interlude: Day 6

The lamp was still lit. That’s what’s odd, Conroy thought; he’d retired to his room above the common room of the Jack and Jester an hour ago, as Mason and the last of the night’s patrons had left for their homes, but though every previous night the lamp that hung next to the inn’s sign […]

Chapter 14 Part 4

“What was that?” I asked Aler. “He thinks-” “I know,” Aler said, cutting me off, “I’ve tried talking him down, talking him out of it, but it’s no use, it only seems to make him angrier. He sat with Ran while Ran… while he got worse, and after it was over, he apparently decided it […]

Chapter 14 Part 3

Sir Hagan walked away down the stairs, leaving me alone with the fire for the moment. I stared into the flames, thinking about what he’d asked me. If he was as disappointed in my answer as he seemed to be, he’d obviously been looking for another one, but what had he hoped I’d say? That […]

Chapter 14 Part 2

The room was quiet after Bat left, except for the soft crackle of the fire in the hearth and the murmur of voices from downstairs. I tried to go back to sleep, following Bat’s advice, but my body had apparently had enough of sleeping for the time being, and my eyes seemed to pop open […]

Chapter 14 Part 1

“As in so many things, the cost of victory or the price of defeat may be very large or very small, and it may be impossible to know which until the battle is well behind you.” -General Perion Byrne, Lord Commander of the Concord Army  I drifted back into consciousness slowly, pulled back into the […]