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  • Light and Life

    This was the moment. Orthael reached out and connected with Varenniel's presence as if clasping the forearm of an old friend before drawing them into an embrace. The High Angel's power was a steady and comforting warmth, assuring him that the Flame had al…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Darkness Descending

    The darkness ahead grew, looming over Malika like a physical presence. She couldn't see it, but she knew it was there all the same. She rushed toward to it blindly, cutting down any and all of the Lesser Dead who dared cross her path. Morduth burned hot w…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Alone Together

    Apparently, the principal had told Lumen to find Toria, she learned later. Lumen was more than happy to eagerly sign all sorts of things at Toria. It was strange.

    Toria mostly just listened as Lumen talked about some of the places she'd been, and things s…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Not a Whisper

    Toria walked into the classroom and sat down at her desk with her usual grace. No one so much as glanced at her. That was fine. She didn't mind. She just sat quietly with all the others as the teacher talked. She took notes, and made tiny doodles in the m…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Reserve and Resolve

    Orthael was quite content with the part of supporting swordsman. He stayed on her weaker side, ensuring that she could focus her attention on cutting a way through the Lesser Dead. Claws rang against steel; he used his shield more and more, less as a laye…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • By All Rights

    Empress Melinda the IV ignored the cries of the man being dragged away by two guards. So few people accepted their notice of execution with any sense of dignity these days. She should know, she had sent hundreds of men, women, and the occasional child, to…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • No Safety in Sleep

    “This is what you don't see.” Janine unpaused the recording and upped the contrast and tint until everything on the screen became spiky darkness.

    Before I could say anything to contradict her, she pushed a button and bright colors appeared next to my he…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Grim Fury

    Malika pushed forward into the village, her blade a blur of blue, flaming fury. It took several moments for the Lesser Dead to notice her, but as she cut them down, they flocked to her in greater numbers.

    They never had a chance.

    Each and every deathles…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Grim Destruction

    Malika took the creature's arms in two quick strokes, toying with the monster in an almost vindictive manner. Then she followed it up with a blindingly fast sweep, lopping the deathless' head from its shoulders, banishing it back to Ashmar. She could affo…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Heart Block

    The flow of energy was too much - for her and for me. It overwhelmed both our systems, the absence of her heart chakra causing a torrential disregulation of energy. The block that had been there had been torn away the moment I nudged it into place. It w…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Duty and Death

    Orthael had seen more than enough of the Dead for one lifetime by the time he had left the paladins for the quiet contemplation of a vicarage. It had been a blessing and joy to focus his mind anew on the sacred duties of sermon and visitation.

    For a mom…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Fighting Medusa's Cousin, or Something

    All was dark in his field of vision, but he could not open his eyes. This creature was akin to Medusa and would turn him to goo if he looked at her. Something flared outside his eyelids, creating a red glow to his left. He smelled the sulfur of a struck m…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Grim Determination

    Moments later, Malika stepped from the forest and stopped at the top of the hill looking down over her village. She could see fires burned throughout the town, set not by the deathless' attack but rather remnants of household hearths and ovens left unatte…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Slaughter and Sacrifice

    They approached the other side of the clearing and it was Orthael's turn to rein in a jolt of shock. Shrouded in his sole focus on the Fire, he had held only a loose grip on the details of a martial engagement. Instinct and Judgement, rather than consciou…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Grim Satisfaction

    Malika felt no joy at the destruction she had wrought, only a grim satisfaction. She had spent enough of her anger to bring it back under control, and in the process she had cleared much of the surrounding forest of the evil that had once lived here. It w…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Weight and Depth

    Judgement shifted in his slackening grip, causing Orthael to clench his fist with a hundred battles' worth of instinct and experience. The point dipped, causing golden droplets of fire to drip down to briefly illuminate the forest floor before disappearin…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Grim Focus

    Malika pushed forward with single-minded focus. She would complete her task, with Orthael's help or without it. It mattered not to her which way the work at hand was done.

    She passed through the clearing where moments before she had just performed her ba…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Heartless Resolution

    "Fine." I said, throwing a hand up. "But I hope you know you're late for work now."

    I blinked from physical to energy vision. Her body dissociated into colorful veins, except for the block which was a searing white. Everything looked proper, but the glar…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • That Which is Given

    As silently as the High Angel before it, Judgement whispered echoes of its past to Orthael. There had been many who had made similar vows in a time long before, when the Dead had arisen in such numbers that the darkness had very much threatened to overwhe…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Grim Purpose

    Malika stalked away, caring little if the Orthael followed. She had no care for her own life anymore. Everything she had ever known and cared about had been stripped from her in a single night. She cared only for her grim purpose now -- retribution upon t…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Resolve and Passion

    A parishioner had requested aid against the Dead. The task of returning the dead to rest was so far beyond import that it lay somewhere in the realm of the sacrosanct. Orthael inclined his head in acquiescence and summoned Judgement into his grip, though …

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Cold Fire, Hot Fury

    At last Malika leaned away from the stranger, shrugging off his embrace like a cloak. She wanted her pain, needed it in order to do what must be done. She reached down and plucked Morduth from the ground where it had fallen.

    Mistress, are you alright?…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • An Accidental Homicide

    Dear Diary,

    I killed a man today. At least, I think I did. I was alone in the room one minute, and the next there was a man in front of me. I'm not sure who was more surprised -- him or me. I know I was pretty shocked, but by his expression, so was h…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Burden's Release

    "Who be you," Malika whispered once more, her head leaning still against the stranger's chest. "Orthael you may be. Paladin you may be. But you be not like the others who would have come before, the others who would have seen me yet not seen me. They be c…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Aspects of Divinity

    There was a silent explosion of glittering light that swept through the forest in a radiant blast.

    Orthael was thrown aside, tumbling away in a dreadful kinematic arc. Orthael swayed but held on, enfolding the girl under ghostly wings of supernatural glo…

    Posted 8 months ago