27 – Serpent’s Den

Ramon was not the only name he had. He’d been called a wolf, a dog, a mutt, a mongrel, even a coyote. He would balk at the idea of being called a hound though, for it implied domestication and ownership. He was his own master, though many would consider him feral for having such aContinue reading “27 – Serpent’s Den”

13 – Luckless

“You sure have some shit luck, don’t you, lady?” said the cheating prick sitting at the gambling table. Bonnie wasn’t having a great time. Her guns were still broken, which was only part of why she was annoyed. A larger part came from how she had been dragged along on another job. With the localContinue reading “13 – Luckless”

Chapter 45 – Patience Gets Us Nowhere

Michael wasn’t quite sure what to do now. The day was far from done, and yet, it felt like it should be. The tournament, the talk with Naomi, the encounter with Redridge…again, they couldn’t help but curse the linearity of time and just how meandering mortal life could be. It was no wonder mortals cameContinue reading “Chapter 45 – Patience Gets Us Nowhere”

Chapter 44 – Unyielding Rage

On the fields of the Mighty Melee, a grand battle was about to take place. “YOU SEE IT HERE, FOLKS! THE CHAMP OF THE JOUST GOING UP AGAINST A RETURNING RIVAL! IT’S THE NUMBER ONE HIMSELF, MORTHRU, GOING UP AGAINST NUMBER SIXTY-FIVE, YVONNE KALONJI!” The crowd cheered, much of their attention focused on the clearContinue reading “Chapter 44 – Unyielding Rage”

Chapter 43 – The Mighty Melee

Waking up with an elf drooling on their chest was an interesting experience for Michael. Not least because the elf in question was still wearing absolutely nothing as she snuggled up to them under the blankets.  In some ways, they had gotten used to Anaya. In others, they were fairly certain they were going toContinue reading “Chapter 43 – The Mighty Melee”

Chapter 40 – A Knight’s Lament

“Misha Redwing…gods below, that’s soooooo cute~!” Seeker giggled cheerfully as she studied the sign-up sheet, a wide smile splitting her cheeks as she lounged in her own special observation room. Fitting for the most VIP of VIPs that could possibly grace the gilded shithole of a kingdom her beloved nemesis seemed to be insisting onContinue reading “Chapter 40 – A Knight’s Lament”

Interlude 5 – The Annoying Knight Errant

Walking along the lonesome trail out of Rikfield, a lone, errant knight jauntily hummed to himself as he recalled the events that recently transpired, leaving behind the festivities that were growing in pitch. The clash of steel against undead flesh, the valiant strikes and mystic blasts, the roar of triumph as victory was achieved. SoContinue reading “Interlude 5 – The Annoying Knight Errant”

Chapter 35 – Thrillseeker

Michael slammed the door shut, dropping every bag in their arms as their hands erupted in flames– “Ah ah ha~!” the demon chided, wagging a gloved finger with a cheeky grin, her black teeth standing out against her purple flesh. A pair of golden eyes shone as she sat up, resting her hands on herContinue reading “Chapter 35 – Thrillseeker”

Chapter 34 – A New Journey

To the surprise of no one, least of all Michael, it turned out taking the motor carriage instead of normal transportation had some unintended side effects, the worst of which being that the stupid thing was–for some reason or another–a practical magnet for monsters of all types. The moment a large boar crashed into theContinue reading “Chapter 34 – A New Journey”

Interlude 4 – Gorokiva: Epilogue

“Former Daimyos of Mosa, Nobi, Hana, and Mera,” the Empress of Gorokiva began, sitting atop her throne as she looked down on the four traitorous lords within her sight, “Each and all of you stand accused of having engaged in plotting and attempting treason against this nation of Gorokiva. Each and all of you standContinue reading “Interlude 4 – Gorokiva: Epilogue”