Conquest: Misery

Conquest: Misery

We found our Scarlet Chorus keeper overlooking the main town courtyard from a high balcony, as if a royal looking over their kingdom. Her voice dripped with irritation and disdain. “Great, Voices’ new errand-boy.” Her companions chuckled mirthlessly....
Both Sides of the Coin

Both Sides of the Coin

Villagers never complain when the energy of living things is used to mend broken bones, heal cattle of illness, or save crops from waves of insects. They look upon the “miracles” and “blessings” with awe and wonder—sometimes even reverence—and...
DC: Sanitary

DC: Sanitary

Stepping out of the grime- and refuse-filled streets for a moment, it’s about time for me to ride in on my high horse and complain about something I just don’t understand about the DC catastrophe: blacklights. I completely get the idea that ultraviolet...
DC: Breaking Bonds

DC: Breaking Bonds

The outbreaks in New York and DC provide great examples of what can happen when societal norms break down and citizens take an “everyone for themselves” mentality. Civilization, I think, serves to save everyone from the “might makes right”...
Conquest: Azurites

Conquest: Azurites

While attempting to locate Misery the following morning, I came across a refuge begging for my attention. “Please, Fatebinder, I ask you to intercede on my behalf – we have rights under Kyros’ peace.” The Scarlet Chorus member who had been beating...
NW: Saving Grace

NW: Saving Grace

I have never understood the need for followers of any particular deity to erect large or grandiose churches and cathedrals to demonstrate their faith, or to fill those buildings with the type of wealth that could feed villages for generations. Across the city of...