The Children of Stron – part 40

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 39 Having decided to adopt Thorn’s suggested course of action without amendment, the squad struck out for Bristlehump just before dusk after a big feed put on for them by Mrs Dunn. Back up Main Street, four of Mason’s men were posted at the sheriff office’s … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 40

The Children of Stron – part 39

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 38 The squad bought Peep a fine little horse that the livery’s proprietor, Elliot, assured them would be as surefooted as a mule on the hilly forest trails they would likely be doing much of their riding on. With saddle and bridle, he charged them twenty … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 39

The Children of Stron – part 38

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 37 Mrs Dunn returned to the kitchen before very long with word that a sheriff’s deputy had been to investigate the murder scene and oversee the removal of the body. The victim had no money or purse on him, so robbery was declared the motive of … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 38

The Children of Stron – part 37

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 36 The church in Spitzer was built of solid stone, so the cells at its rear were quiet as a tomb. The three Pekot men were sharing a windowless cell that held four simple cots and footlockers, as well as a weapon and armor rack. They … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 37

The Children of Stron – part 36

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 35 After leaving the Sheriff’s office on Main Street, the squad immediately went to the church. There, they tethered their mounts in the street and went in the wide front doors. It was not a minute before Father Spencer Morrenthall, cleric of the militant Stronian order … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 36

The Children of Stron – part 35

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 34 The town of Spitzer in Spaggot Barony was situated in a valley nestled in the heavily forested hills of Bitina Kingdom's wild north country. To venture much further north would put one in the Moondark Hills: a no-go zone for good Stronian folk, said to … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 35

The Children of Stron – part 34

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 33 The shock of the realization that she had been identified for a special purpose by an angel or spirit of the Stronian Holy Host lay heavy upon Peep. She sat silently between Father Nate and Choke as the villagers celebrated Amia and Nester’s wedding around … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 34

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