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

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

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

The Children of Stron – part 4

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 3 The next day, Choke was standing at attention in front of Brother Willem. They were in the school library, the institution’s most impressive room with its large collection of several dozen books. As abbot of the school, Brother Willem also served as librarian and book-keeper, … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 4

The Children of Stron – part 3

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 2 It was almost a two-day ride back to the Pekot school. The weather was pleasant when they set out, but turned cold and misty by the evening. Sir Gareth’s quartermaster had rewarded them with a some copper coins when they turned in the bandits’ weapons … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 3

The Children of Stron – part 2

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 With the bandits all taken care of, the juniors of Pekot school gathered in the meadow to stand around and stare at the gutshot fellow. Knuckle had made short and horrifying work of the last two bandits in the river with his greatsword, and all the others had … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 2

The Children of Stron – part 1

Table of Contents (spoilers) The four lads from the Pekot orphanage and boarding school were not happy. They had been dispatched by the Brothers of the Holy Stone, who ran the school, to help the local authorities root out bandits from the hills of the frontier. It was not this mission that had upset them. … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 1