Rust, Blood, and Flame

Jim Stitzel

I dabble a little in a lot of things — writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I’m a full-time code-wrangler with far, far too much to do.


Malika paced steadily deeper into the woods, sword out to the side. Pale blue flames, barely visible, licked along the blade's length. Near the base, just above the hilt, the only space not utterly consumed by rust, was etched a single word. Truth. It was not, Malika knew, the name of the sword. Rather, it was what the sword most desired, a craving that mirrored her own insatiable hunger.

Around her the noises of the forest continued - the howls and roars of large predators and the heavy footfalls of unseen leviathans. Malika made no effort at concealment. Indeed, she wanted to be seen, to be noticed by the creatures around her.

"Come to me," she breathed. "Attack me. I am weak. I am food for your jaws. Destroy me."

As if in answer, a large feline face lunged out of the brush in front of her. Malika deftly stepped to one side, bringing the sword up swiftly as the cat shot past her. The smell of blood, seared flesh, and singed fur filled the air as the cat fell dead a dozen paces away, evenly cloven in two.


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HSAR

HSAR

Excellent descriptions. I love weapons with stories - heroes (and heroines) come and go all too easily.

  • #1554 Posted 2 years ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Thanks. I have a small arc in mind for this particular weapon. The heroine, too, really. But right now it's the weapon that has my focus.

  • #1555 Posted 2 years ago
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HSAR

HSAR

I'm putting together something for mine, though perhaps "exploring the possibilities" is a better way of phrasing it.

  • #1556 Posted 2 years ago
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Mighty-Joe Young LOA

Mighty-Joe Young LOA

Hey you know that richard rhall (MSP) has the same inscription on his "sword of truth". Just a suggestion but perhaps you could use veritas which is the latin word for truth and as long as you don't explain it won't sound like plagarism. Or borrowing, though i am sure it is probably independent evolution.

  • #1627 Posted 2 years ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Yeah, I knew there was a little cross-over there when I wrote this section, but I'm ok with it because this sword behaves wildly differently from the Sword of Truth.

  • #1659 Posted 2 years ago
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HSAR

HSAR

All art is theft, anyway. I've always taken it as given that us writers produce works that are essentially chopped-together bits of things we've experienced that have inspired us.

  • #1660 Posted 2 years ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

I read once that all stories are basically stolen. The trick is in forgetting who you stole them from. There's always going to be overlap in art and fiction. :)

  • #1662 Posted 2 years ago
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Mighty-Joe Young LOA

Mighty-Joe Young LOA

Just go ahead and expose us guys. See if i tell yall any secrets.lol

  • #1664 Posted 2 years ago
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