Chapter 39 – Magic, Music, & Might

It was a bright, shining day in Queenshill. The capital of Luceneva, the city that started the nation, was a place of not constant but consistent motion, where its people lived their peaceful lives in well-worn routines, from the haughtiest courtier to the weariest worker. Yet today, there was a disruption in the city, aContinue reading “Chapter 39 – Magic, Music, & Might”

Interlude 6 – Back in the West

“‘Fortunately, through the efforts of the Gororan loyalists in tandem with foreign aid, the curse was broken and the coup was resolved’,” Gabriel recited, report in hand as they stood in front of the desk of the Pontiff, “In other words, Michael and their companion, or perhaps companions, handled the issue.” “I thought the ShogunContinue reading “Interlude 6 – Back in the West”

Chapter 32 – Tempting Fate

They wound up staying for another blasted week in Gorokiva. Things started just fine as they arrived at Shiomi. Sure, there was a surprisingly celebratory mood for a city that had just been ravaged by an invasion, but they did suppose it was only natural for mortals to be happy about their victories. The capitalContinue reading “Chapter 32 – Tempting Fate”

Interlude 3 – Downpour

Divine intervention was a rare thing. For good reason, or so the gods would say. The divine did not normally interfere with the mortal for a number of reasons. Some would say it was to avoid coddling the mortal, to let them live their lives without a heavenly hand holding them down. Others would sayContinue reading “Interlude 3 – Downpour”

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 25 – Disaster in the City of Thunder

Michael didn’t know much about naval affairs. They didn’t really care to know either. Boats were boats, ships were ships, the sea in the north was the Janea, the ocean in the west was the Lokalic, and they only really remembered that one because they’d actually gone to Lokaliva when that country existed. Who JaneaContinue reading “Chapter 25 – Disaster in the City of Thunder”

Chapter 24 – Restless Revelations

The banquet hall of the Akaboshi’s castle was far more bustling and busy than that of the Nakazono’s. Where that had one table set up for the lord and his guests to eat at, Lord Akaboshi had more of a feast hall going on, with the lord and his direct relatives–or at least the lord,Continue reading “Chapter 24 – Restless Revelations”

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”

Chapter 21- An Angel’s Weakness

“How long has it been since you’ve taken a bath?” Michael blinked, glancing at Noriko as the human laid flat on the futon she’d claimed as her bed. “What was that?”  “When did you last take a bath? Just wondering since, ever since we met, this gal hasn’t seen you take one.” “I don’t requireContinue reading “Chapter 21- An Angel’s Weakness”

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”