Chapter 12 Part 3

The knights took seats around the table, and Bat and I set about serving them. The wine we’d received from the Concord quartermasters was a dark, almost-black red, sweet and bitter in equal measure even after we’d mixed it with hot water from the kettle. Sir Bliss and another pair of knights arrived just as […]

Chapter 12 Part 2

“Mason!” Sir Bliss was walking toward us down the column. “We’re making camp, you’re wanted up front. And after you’ve finished getting Sir Hagan’s things set up, stay at his tent. Says it’s time for a strategy meeting.” “Got it, Sir.” I looked at Ran as I gently lowered my pack onto its side. “Looks […]

Chapter 12 Part 1

“You might hate the enemy and everything he stands for, sure, but at the level of the battlefield you and he understand each other: you’re trying to kill him because he’s trying to kill you because you’re trying to kill him, and so on. The cold, on the other hand, seems to want to kill […]

Chapter 11 Part 4

Heads turned to face us. General Byrne raised an eyebrow. “Sir Hagan?” “My men and I will reopen the Mendoscori Pass.” Sir Hagan gestured to us. “It was one of a few options I’d been considering suggesting after the meeting, one of a few ways we could best contribute. Now, it seems the obvious best […]

Chapter 11 Part 3

General Byrne clasped one of Piet’s hands in his own. “The Guild has done the Concord a great service here today.” He looked back down the line of markers toward the cart. “Is this the largest aura you can produce?” “Very nearly,” Piet said. “The size of the field expands with the strength of the […]

Chapter 11 Part 2

The moment the wire touched the rod, the dull pain behind my jaw doubled and began to throb. Bat and Sir Hagan both raised their hands to their chins, and I saw Sir Bliss visibly grimace. As I turned my head, I could feel the throb shifting, as though there was a thin thread tied […]

Chapter 11 Part 1

It is certainly possible that, in time, the Fae Conflict will be remembered more as a golden age than a dark time, more for the knowledge we gained than the men we lost. -Caurus Etrenius, “Philosophy, Magic, and War” The Philosophers’ Guild sat on a low hill, within the city walls but well away from […]

Chapter 10 Part 4

Members of the other delegations stood up, and began speaking to their people in what I presumed were their native languages. Sir Hagan did the same. “All right. There’s plenty to do, and only an hour to do it in.” “What’s happening?” Sir Lloyd asked him. “Is the meeting over? Do we have marching orders?” […]

Chapter 10 Part 3

General Byrne was looking down at the table, studying a map that lay in front of him, but he raised his head shortly after Bat and I returned. “So, the situation is the same everywhere,” he said in Euphenti. “Despite everything, we fall back. Even where we hold the field, where we win the battle, […]

Chapter 10 Part 2

“Honestly, lad,” Bat said softly, as he put slices of some kind of bird onto a pair of pewter plates in his hand, “I’m almost glad we had that whole terrible panic this morning. Means at least something exciting happened today. Maybe you can hold that Byrne fellow at knife point again before supper.” I […]