The Children of Stron – part 16

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 15 Riding into Strana again, this time from the west, the Mage Tower once more graced them with its grand beauty. This time, however, it seemed to Choke that it loomed more than before. The unknown that it represented now seemed more promising of peril than … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 16

The Children of Stron – part 15

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 14 Choke came out of the Double Horseshoes Freight office with his sword in one hand and what he hoped was a package that would satisfy Terrence in the other. The burlap and twine wrapped package was about the size of a cake box and seemed … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 15

The Children of Stron – part 14

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 13 Walking to the stable to pick up their horses and gear, the three Pekot lads took the time to polish their story and plan some basic moves for when things kicked off. They decided that since Pinch was the most socially gifted of them, he … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 14

The Children of Stron – part 13

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 12 Terrence was waiting for the lads in the street when they came out from the bar. He was talking with a small squad of city guardsmen. Like Leren the bartender and the girls in the bar, the guardsmen were making a show of being relaxed, … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 13

The Children of Stron – part 12

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 11 As exciting and lively as Bridgetown had been during the day, it was doubly so now, with what seemed to be even more people packed into its lanes and alleys. The glamoured signs and advertisements cast an otherworldly light over the chaotic goings on. Many … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 12

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

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