The Children of Stron – part 30

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 29 When Thorn had finished treating Pinch’s broken leg, he and Amia dragged him over to Choke, Knuckle, Dugger, and the mule. Then they took stock of their situation. The Rollingrock Creek had done a real number on both Knuckle and Pinch. Knuckle had smashed face-first … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 30

The Children of Stron – part 29

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 28 The squad made it all the way down the steep slope from the lookout post without incident. At the bottom, Amia looked fresh and in no way upset at having just been menaced by Thorn with a knife. Knuckle, on the other hand, was not … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 29

The Children of Stron – part 28

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 27 When the bandit camp woman, Amia, reached the squad at the lookout cabin, she immediately fell back on her knees in front of Choke. “Oh, thank ye, sir! Sire! Thank ye! I’ll do whatever ye want of me, sir! Just don’t leave us behind!” Amia … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 28

The Children of Stron – part 27

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 26 Peep was in the longhouse for just a minute before returning with Horsecock’s head. She held it by the hair in her left hand, with her shortsword still in her right. The severed head dribbled a trail of blood behind her, but she was surprisingly … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 27

The Children of Stron – part 26

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 25 Goldy the bandit’s hideout was just as Peep had described. It was enclosed by a tall, spruce log fence that had the look of a palisade without being substantial enough to offer the proper protection of one. There was no defensive ditch with a raised … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 26

The Children of Stron – part 25

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 24 The promontory the squad now occupied at the lookout post was the start of a forested shelf that ran up to the ridgeline in a gentle slope over about a kilometer and a half. There was a well-worn trail from the lookout cabin through the … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 25

The Children of Stron – part 24

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 23 The squad spent most of the next day working their way through the dense forest of the Splitrock valley, mostly on game trails. As they did, Thorn increasingly relied on Peep for guidance. In the late afternoon they reached the crest of a rise from … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 24

The Children of Stron – part 23

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 22 The party worked their way down from the ridge on what was little more than a game trail. The grade was quite steep but rarely treacherous. The trail wound its way through the dense forest and the occasional rocky clearing. It was just after they … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 23

The Children of Stron – part 22

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 21 With the scout and manhunter, Thorn, now firmly in control, Choke and the others left the tower to do as they had been told. Choke got himself cleaned up outside in a water trough by a well before the gaoler, Billy, stitched up the back … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 22

The Children of Stron – part 21

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 20 Sitting in the middle of the street, disarmed and surrounded by soldiers, Choke, Knuckle, Pinch, and Peep waited for the sheriff to come and decide their fate. The barkeep and owner of the Busted Unicorn had made an emphatic, if disorganized, case to the soldiers … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 21