Category: Fiction

Short pieces – character interviews, world-building exercises, short stories – that may, or may not, be related to the works in progress.

Interview with Killian

This interview is a with a character who appears in Revenant. It was based on a story called Rebel that hasn't been released yet. This was an attempt on my part to follow the more traditional interview format rather than the (slightly confused) story style that I used in the

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Tarsithian Communiqués

I have, over the years, done quite a bit of in-world writing. A lot of the stuff that has appeared here over the last however many months was written as though it was in-world. Doing my development that way helps me both to give depth to the world and to

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On the Nature of Magic

Many things have been called magic over the aeons, some of them even were. Many things that were magic were mislabeled as ‘acts of god’, ‘acts of nature’, or explained away as hallucinations, ignorance or gullibility. It is, therefore, very difficult to judge the truth of magic by looking at

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On The Occult Disciplines

Ge’thyrimancy relies almost wholly upon Talent with lore coming an important second and ritual coming an almost inconsequential third. A’thyrimancy, like Ge’thyrimancy, depends mostly on Talent and lore, though ritual, as an aid to concentration and focus is important. Chi’thyrimancy, on the other hand, depends fairly equally upon ritual and

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Reaper Hawk: Story Elements

Telepathy Telepathy allows the telepath or spellcaster to read a person’s surface thoughts with relative ease. The limits to this is that it only gives them what the target is thinking at the moment of contact and maintaining contact for long periods is very difficult. Magic takes energy, and it

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The Battle Pit

Reiver Two Swords stood alone on the sands of the Battle Pit of Dnur.  About him lay the bodies of forty-nine fighters, many of their spirits sent to the feast in Dath's hall by Reiver's hand.  Yet Reiver still stood, blades in hand.  After two years of captivity he had

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Book of the Heavens

Note attached to the outside of the original manuscript It is with a heavy heart that I put pen to paper in order to write this account. The heaviness is not due to any reluctance in the telling, for I believe that this account should have been shared long ago,

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Interview With Pin Wei

The inside of the tavern was low, dark, and smelled faintly of apples and hard liquor. There was an unexpectedly pleasant aroma of roasting duck coming from the kitchen. There was a fire burning in the hearth, but it was mostly coals and produced barely enough warmth to keep the

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The Fall

I was sitting in a tavern at a corner table, a pot of tea at my elbow, writing up my notes from my interview with the new royal family of Sehm. No one there knew who I was, or so I had assumed, but someone, somewhere, knew me, and knew

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Interview with Ysmelda

Sehm is much as Reaper described it, an insignificant city trying too hard to appear important. There appear to have been a few changes since the regime change though, for one thing, the poor-quarter has shrunk to a few back alleys populated only by drunks. The old shop where Var’s

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