Raydorn: The War in the Black (Chapter 24)

“Barbarians slaughter, citizens pay for executioners.” – Malum Chun, 448 A.C.A. There’s nothing quite so uncomfortable as being hungover in the morning. Knock! Knock! Except maybe being hungover in the afternoon. Andy could tell you. “Get up! We’re here!” Malum yelled as he banged on the door to the captain’s room again. Andy lifted her […]

Raydorn: The War in the Black (Chapter 22)

“Fire destroys in a day what took the water and the wind a hundred years to grow.” – Dynastan Aiguo, 223 A.C.A. “Baa!” The screeching wail of an animal was followed by the drying taste of grass in her mouth.  “Baaa! Baaa!” Then came the screeching of another animal beside her, screaming as it was […]

Raydorn: The War in the Black (Chapter 21)

“The lesson is don’t go into the ocean during a storm, and then you won’t need Lapis.” – Astrid, First Disciple of Lapis, 448 A.C.A. “But we just got back!” Lucy complained.  “But this is one of our own that we need to save,” Quintus told her, trying to coax her from her tantrum.  She […]

Raydorn: The War in the Black (Chapter 19)

“I’ve met old men who’ve lived longer than anyone else and haven’t learned a thing. Don’t sell ignorance short.” – Astrid, First Disciple of Lapis, 448 A.C.A. “Was it a mistake to leave the kids with Malum?” Quintus asked Astrid. Oh brother, she thought to herself. ‘He has an honest concern,’ Lapis reminded her. If […]

Raydorn: The War in the Black (Chapter 17)

“Fire is not just destruction, it is the signifier of a chemical reaction. Fire is what we get when we exert so much power that something changes on the molecular level. That is fire. Fire is change.” – The Pennies, 448 A.C.A. Smoke and ash seems to follow me everywhere, Malum thought to himself as […]

Raydorn: The War in the Black (Chapter 15)

“Sight is possibly the most overrated of the senses. The sound of music, the scent of a rose, the touch of fire, and the taste of slow-cooked mermaid each more than make up for the worst their senses have to offer. There is nothing so beautiful that it makes up for the sight of a […]

Raydorn: The War in the Black (Chapter 14)

“Freedom was supposed to be fun. Freedom from the family, from punishment, from judgment, it was all supposed to be fun. Turns out, when you leave home they never stop judging you, and it’s always about something that has next to nothing to do with you.” – Andelyn Stella, 448 A.C.A. “Harry’s alive,” Jack told […]

Raydorn: The War in the Black (Chapter 13)

“Whoever thinks blood being thicker than water is a good thing, is a dumbass.” – Harris Thorn, Lord of House Thorn, 443 A.C.A. “I know this sounds rude, but I’m going to speak to my brother alone, so leave you two,” the wine-drinking Diana Starshield said with a flick of her hand. She can pretend […]

Raydorn: The War in the Black (Chapter 12)

“This is when the shark shows its face, when you take the one thing all things care about… the appetite we all share.” – Andelyn Stella, 448 A.C.A. The sound of crashing waves might be calming for some, but definitely not for Andelyn Stella. Despite living near the sea most of her life, she was […]

Raydorn: The War in the Black (Chapter 11)

“Behold the strongest of swords, our seat of gold.” – Lady Sarema Starshield, 3 A.C.A., the Motto of House Starshield Lucilla asked Jack, “How long has it been since you’ve been back?”  As he looked at his old home beset by early dusk, Jack answered, “A few years.”  Malum asked Jack, “How long before someone […]