Piercing the Dark

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.


Our blades flashed in the dark, sparks of light from our lanterns flickering off our weapons. The things were all around us, attacking from the sides, the floor, even the ceiling. We stood back-to-back and warded them off -- one, two, sometimes even three at a time.

Until there were none left. Corpses lay all about us as we struggled to catch our breath. We had fought. We had won. But we had not escaped entirely unscathed ourselves. Such are the dangers of traveling these dark corridors.

We moved off a bit, choosing a side passage almost at random. We needed to leave the stench of death behind us and attend to our own wounds. We both resheathed our blades into our walking sticks, then sat, our backs to the tunnel wall.

I could see a long scratch along your left forearm. It was already growing dark with the venom of the thing that had caused it. I dug into my pack for a bezoar, but a familiar crunch from between your teeth told me you'd already pulled one out of your own. Of course you didn't need my help.


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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Yes! Back to back!

I love walking stick sheaths. I always envisioned a double ended, two bladed stick, one that separated in the middle and became two swords. Dual wield +2.

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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Yeah, it's an idea I kind of borrowed from Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. I've always loved the idea of mundane items harboring hidden weapons. Walking sticks seemed a natural fit for such an idea here. I didn't have room to fit the idea in a couple of sections ago, but it fell naturally into place here.

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