The air is dry and unusually warm. Clouds of dust rise from the trail upon each step. “Only the vultures dare that far into the hills”, he recalls hearing in the village while drinking with the unshaven brutes the night before. “You´ll get yourself killed up there, lad!” But a promise is a promise. Even though given to a tavern wench begging on her knees in the calm of a dark bedroom.
He lifts his head and feels the wind through the visor of the helm. He can still remember the soft scent of the wench as she sobbed beside him. But now there is a stench of rotting meat in the air and faint barking sounds can be heard coming from the rocky terrace above. Something is lurking there. Beyond that old mud-brick wall. Something uncivilized and unclean. A wild dog perhaps, or a scabby wolf with a broken tail-bone. Whatever it may be, the missing child is up there.
Or what’s left of her, anyway.
Suddenly, a cracking sound from the left. In the corner of his eye he sees seven grimy apparitions charging down the slope, weapons in hand. They approach drooling and barking, like beasts in heat. The dog-people of which that old fool with an eye-patch was raving about back in the village. He realizes that venturing this far into the wilderness may indeed have been a mistake.
But a promise is a promise.
He draws his steel and turns to face them. Continue reading “The Shrine of Ni Ussa Mah”
“So you think you’re a pretty skilled knight-of-the-post huh? I can see you can probably handle a basic lock, or even a trap or two. Those slender fingers seem pretty dextrous…
But tell me, have you ever opened a Twice-Locked-Thrice-Cocked-Knock-Shocker? No? Didn’t thinks so! That’s how I lost my fingers!”
Continue reading “The Doors”
“The figure before you is covered in singed furs and bones. Bare muscles twitch below the weather beaten drapery of practicality and ‘necessity’. A wolf’s head covers their face, with the grimacing fangs shadowing the obviously scarred face.
‘Ale. Now.’ ,the apparition demands in a grim tone.
‘Please?’, they add with a sudden glint of civility.
‘I can sing you a song, if that’s what it takes. I just really need that drink, after fighting those dire wolves, naked and barehanded…’, “ Continue reading “The Barbarian, from the North”
“The femur in your hand is a little long, but otherwise mundane.
Still, you think there must be a reason why that disheveled street artist tried to play it angrily at you before you slit her throat.” Continue reading “*TOOT TOOT*”
“You say you’re heading out to the caves up in the mountains?
Well, I’ve got just what you need: climbing spikes, rope, hooks, shovels, pick axes, crowbars, compasses, chalk, perfume and…
…what do you mean you won’t need perfume in the caves? Haven’t you heard of the stinkgoblins?” Continue reading “Equipment, improved”
A simple seed is all it takes.
To connect with the future, to create anew.
Too bad you’ll end up reaping what you sow, maybe. Unless you get cut down early in a shower of blood and sparks. And maybe even then, you might end up with a leafy future.” Continue reading “Friggseth, the Seed in the Earth”