The Children of Stron – part 11

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 10 Standing at the third-floor entrance to one of the Mage Tower’s many elevator lifts, Choke was yet again disturbed by something that his guide, Petar, did not even seem to notice. As with the elevator entrance on the first floor, there was no door or … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 11

The Children of Stron – part 10

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 9 Mannis paid their tab at The Scorched Apprentice, which was not light, and tipped their waitress handsomely. Their lunch had cost him as much as the last two nights at the inns combined. Mannis waved off their thanks dismissively. “Just thank Mr Maythorn for his … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 10

On Magic in Fantasy – 1

What is the genre of fantasy without magic? That is hard to say, actually. I suppose it all comes down to one’s personal preferences.Certainly, it is quite possible to tell a fantasy story with next to no magic, such as Tolkien did. For being the author that basically created the genre as we know it, … Continue reading On Magic in Fantasy – 1

The Children of Stron – part 9

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 8 The city of Strana was situated overtop the confluence of two rivers, the Olga and Merrywater, which continued on as the Olga to join the Great Mother River about a hundred kilometers downstream to the west. The Mage Tower rose right out of the water … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 9

The Children of Stron – part 8

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 7 Mannis and Dungar, bastards of Count Vallent, and the three other Pekot lads reached the roadhouse with their two damsels just before dusk. The roadhouse, called the Raven’s Roost, was deep in the hills at the intersection of two roads and multiple smaller trails. It … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 8

The Children of Stron – part 7

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 6 Down in the next valley, the five young men rode for the whole morning before stopping for lunch at a little tavern. Following this, they left the track they had been on and rode across the valley on a decent road through a little town. … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 7

The Children of Stron – part 6

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 5 The next morning, the school awoke as usual before dawn. The four graduates packed up their belongings and got properly armored before going to morning mass and then breakfast. Mannis did not put in an appearance. After Brother Brian had healed his nose the day … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 6

On Fantasy – 3

Read part 1 Read part 2In the previous piece I introduced how fantasy roleplaying games began to shape my creativity and imagination in childhood. There is much more to say on this.It is a common marketing trope of roleplaying games that their only limit is your imagination. This, of course, is not true. Roleplaying games … Continue reading On Fantasy – 3

The Children of Stron – part 5

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 4 A week after Choke’s interview with Brother Willem, the Pekot school juniors were leading a squad of a dozen younger pupils on an overnight patrol of the surrounding countryside. All in their mid-teens, the younger lads were armored in leather armor and armed with roundshields … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 5