Chapter 10

Lo’ranan made his way on foot through the southern section of Xiphos. The going was slower than he would have liked – instead of weaving through the milling populace he had to allow for men and women to make way for his cart to pass by. Eventually he passed through the gate and, seeing Anastasia […]

Chapter 9

No sooner had Lo’ranan lost sight of Anastasia through the people on the street than one of the town prefects emerged from Dr. Keith’s and approached him. “Lo’ranan,” he began with the tell-tale voice of one trying to disguise concern. “I was having breakfast with the physician when you brought Trago – a good showing […]

Chapter 8

Lo’ranan turned away from the door and was surprised to see Anastasia walking toward him from the attached apothecary. She called out, but in front of the building a crowd had gathered to inquire about Trago, and her voice was drowned out by the noise. He jogged to meet her and, still not being able […]

Chapter 7

The path towards Xiphos flew by quickly under hoof and wheel as Lo’ranan approached the open Western gate. The guard was awake today, and nodded at Lo’ranan as he approached. Lo’ranan slowed the cart, not wanting to enter town at full speed and risk adding to the number of injured if anyone should cross his […]

Chapter 6

Early the next morning Lo’ranan awoke. Sar was still asleep at the table as he slipped out of his room, grabbed a crust of bread and some cheese for breakfast, took his ax from its place by the door, and left. Outside he gathered the horses and hitched them to the cart. He drew some […]

Chapter 5

Lo’ranan arrived home about half an hour later, when the light of the day was just starting to wane. He unhitched the horses from the cart one-by-one, and led them into the corral that sat about twenty meters from the house. He fed and watered the three, taking special care to rub Quinlan down before […]

Chapter 4

Lo’ranan left Xiphos through the south gate an hour later. It was late afternoon. As the town receded behind him he continued south as the road became rocky and uneven. At length he saw a white-haired figure from behind, sitting on a rock with a crook in hand and looking out over a flock of […]

Chapter 3

Up ahead, the town of Xiphos was in view. Its stone walls rose up two stories in height, completely encircling the town proper, which was one and a half kilometers from one side to the other. Four gates – one at each cardinal direction – were the main entrances and exits for the town, and Lo’ranan […]

Chapter 2

Lo’ranan’s course towards the town of Xiphos took him past the Skeine Inn and Tavern.  The busy season had clearly begun, as the thaw of winter had given way to warmer traveling weather for merchants and businessmen. While individuals and small groups of travelers routinely made use of the inn, the large caravans that came […]

Chapter 1

Lo’ranan was alone. He smiled. He swung the ax again at the base of the tree, squinting his eyes against the wood and bark that flew outward from each impact. The tree shuddered and tipped, crashing to the ground. 9 strokes, Lo’ranan thought to himself. A personal best. After wiping his brow to clear the […]