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”

Chapter 33 – Returning Favors

The Three Shades monastery was, as Noriko explained, the home of the Sanying Clan, a people originally coming from the mountains of Liorzula, down in the southern continent known as the Sun Lands. There was some deep history there regarding persecution, dark magic, and the charity of the Gororans to the clan, but Michael wasContinue reading “Chapter 33 – Returning Favors”

Chapter 30 – Call the Rain

“Ah, I was wondering what she’d become,” Kozloi said, watching as black smoke curled from Noriko’s hunched form, “That’s the empress’s sister, right? I didn’t recall the imperial family having a proper animal symbol, so I’m curious.” Michael stared. Noriko wasn’t screaming, not anymore, but there were still noises, pained ones, as her body twisted.Continue reading “Chapter 30 – Call the Rain”

Chapter 29 – Too Late

“Oh, but where are my manners?” the leviathan said with a playful smile. She placed a hand on her crimson chestplate, over her heart, and bowed, her sword acting as a cane where it was stabbed into the table she stood upon. “The people of this shallow land knew me as Yumin, wandering ronin andContinue reading “Chapter 29 – Too Late”

Chapter 28 – Easy Victories

Skyships were meant to be illegal in Gorokiva. The manufacturing, at the very least, was fully prohibited, largely because Shogun Kawajiri did not want the relatively new technology to upend his carefully crafted plans for his homeland’s advancement.  The ability to travel through the air, to more easily reach all across the country, was aContinue reading “Chapter 28 – Easy Victories”

Chapter 26 – The Dragon Brothers

It was bright. For some reason, that stuck out to Michael. All indications they’d had was that Arashino was a land of storms. An odd place to position the capital, perhaps, but still. It struck them as odd that it was so sunny out in a place where rain was held as sacred. They touchedContinue reading “Chapter 26 – The Dragon Brothers”

Chapter 23 – Demonic Developments

Michael didn’t know what to expect from getting arrested, mainly because they never thought they would ever get arrested.  It was an odd experience, being a lawbreaker, though they preferred to think they were handling their situation better than typical mortal lawbreakers. At the moment, they were sitting in the local jail, though not behindContinue reading “Chapter 23 – Demonic Developments”

Chapter 22 – Pursuit in the City of Water

Vivian was avoiding them.  Michael was willing to admit that they were not a perfect angel, and therefore they could miss things, but they were positive the paladin of light was avoiding them. Even now, back at Kyora–or, more accurately, the town’s outskirts–Vivian remained by the carriage, aiding Polina in unhitching the unicorns from saidContinue reading “Chapter 22 – Pursuit in the City of Water”

Interlude 2 – A Dragon’s Desires

Up. And down. Up. And down. Up. And down. Sweat glistened down skin and scales. The slow rhythm of rising and dropping, like the sun shining through the windows. Light glinted off the equipment inside, off of weights and chains and racks–not made for torture, but for improvement. “Most men would want a spotter,” theContinue reading “Interlude 2 – A Dragon’s Desires”

Chapter 20 – Meeting in the City of Fire

Michael wasn’t sure what to make of their current situation. Mostly because their current situation was bizarre, but also delicious. “Katsu, don’t let them sit that long, the meat will char.” “Charred meat’s fine.” “It’s dry is what it is. You lose all the flavor if you let it cook too long!” “Mm…tastes fine toContinue reading “Chapter 20 – Meeting in the City of Fire”