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March – 1025 YD
The restoration of Pends would become legend, and the man who inspired trees to mature in a season, revived withered herds and flocks, and taught broken soil to hold water won himself the heart of the region.
__As the noblewomen turned their eye toward Vilsonius, Galluel guided him toward the young Duchess of Seaton. His quiet courtship of her was admired by the ladies of Court; news of their betrothal spread quickly, and within eighteen months of being dispatched to Pends his place in the peerage was secured.
Winter – 1023 YD
The Custodian of the Throne of Miggest took up her sceptre and held it upright before her.
__‘In the name of Miggest, King of the Black Dragons, I initiate you into the covenant of his rule. You will guard his lands and safeguard his people. You will protect the faithful from torment and shield them from disaster.’
__The man who knelt before her lowered his head. ‘I will be as a wolf to his young.’ Continue reading “Chapter Five: Custodia Galluel §1”
Along their journey north, Régan had dictated a dozen letters summoning her closest allies in the Court. Her assistant, Brennan, had been instructed to polish and dispatch them. Upon receiving her father’s message she went directly to the servant’s quarters and ordered a maid to retrieve Brennan.
__He appeared within moments. ‘Come,’ she commanded, and lead him to her rooms.
Continue reading “Chapter Four: §5”
December – 1022 YD
Kesia reached to knock at Kengar’s door, a little out of breath, and the sun barely above the trees; a note under her door had informed of her uncle’s return. Her knuckles almost touched the wood when shrill shouting came from the rear of the house.
‘Don’t you walk away from me!’ Tàvae shouted. ‘For months I have tried—’
‘Get inside!’ ordered Kengar.
Alarmed, Kesia skirted the house.
‘Can you not hear me? Do you not—’
‘I said get inside!’
‘You came outside to begin with, now you order me in?’ Continue reading “Chapter Four: Homecoming §1”
The Celts knew an ancient land which lay on a higher Plane far across the seas. Through a vast network of stone circles, they colonised this place, trading what goods the others sought or lacked. And stories came that strange creatures dwelt in the mountains, creatures long gone from the lower Plane. Shy creatures living well beyond human reach.
There were seven forces of nature known to these colonies: darkness, light, water, growth, wind, consciousness, and fire. These were forces they had known in the old world, and accepted; what lived in the mountains they knew not, and feared. But the monsters were curious and gentle, and gradually made themselves known. Continue reading “Prologue”