The Children of Stron – part 33

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 32 It took Father Nate some time to collect himself after Peep’s terrifying baptism. Peep remained unconscious on the floor under the suspended Wheel altar. Thorn, Choke, Knuckle, Pinch, Amia, and Dugger sat in the pews and waited quietly for the Father’s guidance. “Well, then,” Father … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 33

The Children of Stron – part 32

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 31 With Knuckle and Pinch laid up and resting in the Burnthistle garrison barracks, Thorn, Peep, Choke, Amia, and Dugger spent a fun and lively night in the tavern with the local smallfolk. The tavernkeeper built up a good fire in the huge hearth so that … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 32

The Children of Stron – part 31

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 30 It took Thorn over an hour to return with the soldiers. Thorn was mounted and leading the Pekot boys’ horses on a long lead. Behind him was a squad of eight footsoldiers with roundshields and spears. The soldiers brought with them a narrow mule cart. … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 31

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