Conquest: The Sleeper (Part 2)

Barik and I, now supported by friendly soldiers, were able to push the Earthshakers and their guards further back, giving Eb and Verse enough room to join us on the far side of the stone bridge. Eb was able to counter or at least deflect the bulk...

The Showstoppers

Maybe the Boy Scouts had something with their "be prepared" motto—a little forethought went a long way into not having to deal with afterthoughts. Sometimes the universe had a special way of showing its serendipity to those not normally...

Conquest: The Sleeper

The Scarlet Chorus were delighted to see us return to Howling Rock, far angrier in countenance than when we left but now in possession of the powerful crystal that would let us invade the Earthshaker's camp. "At your word, we'll cut them all down,"...

Pink Mohawks and Mirror Shades

I have a great deal of respect for the minds behind the Shadowrun role-playing game, first released by FASA in 1989, and their commitment to giving their dystopian future a grim reality while leaving plenty of opportunities for levity and...

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Conquest: Repetition

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"Human is indeed Stonestalker," Red-Fang greeted us as we descended back into the runic hall, her voice wavering with awe. "Means human will help tribe rid ancestor's lands of Elder Teeth stealers. Will protect legacy and strength of Beastmen and Beastwomen, yes?" "I...

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Success from Rejection

It has been said that what defines an author isn't the actual publication of a book but rather being turned down for publication. How many people have an idea for a story they want to tell, compared to those who write it down? How do those numbers compare to the...

Conquest: Aurora Nights

A surprised Red-Fang watched us enter the runic hall at the base of the Spire. "Am impressed," she barked, noting our battle-torn and bloody clothing. "Martial prowess good. But what proof of inner strength do you have?" I can't tell whose angry growl was louder,...

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