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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 12: Back Entrance

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 12: Back Entrance

by Will Spero

Betrayal   At least I’m not dead was Selgrin’s first thought. The pounding of his head and the constant jostling made him wonder if it was indeed a blessing. He opened one eye. The first thing he saw was his own arm ending in a stump. Not surprising, he was back to being himself. Selgrin […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 11: Path of Thirty Blades

by Will Spero

Path of Thirty Blades   Etta placed a steaming hot rag that smelled of sage and rootgranite on Cahrin’s forehead. “It’s to shock the system back to its normal state,” she explained. Daen nodded in anxious silence. Cahrin lay unmoving on top of the residence’s only bed. Rags had been laid across her ankles and […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 10: Deception

by Will Spero

Deception   Dusk had settled and night was fast approaching when the trio emerged from a sewer grate near the once-popular Keg and Cot. Selgrin used to frequent the establishment some time ago. For whatever reason, it had closed, and the Council kept it for housing private guests—or in this case, a prisoner. Sel straightened […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 9: A Mutual Arrangement

by Will Spero

A Mutual Arrangement   Selgrin’s limbs stretched this way and that as the crowd fought over him. His body was lifted off the ground. One man yanked at a boot while another threatened to pull his precious curls from his head. “That’s enough,” called Ralscap loudly. “That’s enough, I say. I need them alive.” His […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 8: Forbidden Valley

by Will Spero

Forbidden Valley   It had been a day and a half since they had left Yridark, and Daen still had no idea where they were going. Armed guards had chased them from the city. Rest periods were short and infrequent, and moods were less than cheerful. Exhaustion compounded worry—and there was plenty to be worried […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 7: Descent into Darkness

by Will Spero

Descent into Darkness   Copius fought the urge to close his eyes as the giant bird took off. All of Korinth sprawled before him, yet a part of him wanted to block it out and just hang on until the ride was over. Giant wings swept the air, yet still they dropped precipitously downward. He […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 6: Man in the Charcoal Cloak

by Will Spero

Man in the Charcoal Cloak   Zeph couldn’t believe he’d let Daen talk him into this. “You’re leaning too far forward,” he whispered, brushing Daen back into the shadows with his arm. “I am trained in detecting those who are hidden, not the other way around.” “There’s not a lot to it. Just stick to […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 5: Council Decree

by Will Spero

Council Decree   As an Auburn monk in the Order of the One, Copius had been called a lot of things: fervent, dogmatic, a heretic, sometimes clumsy and naïve. But soon he expected to be named a hero. At the behest of the Council of the Alliance, Copius had been protecting a caravan heading to […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 4: Den of the Wretched

by Will Spero

Den of the Wretched   The place was seedy, even by Zeph’s standards. Teeming with the dregs of society, it was the type of place where they wouldn’t attract suspicion. Not that one would be careless discussing transgressions—you never knew who might be listening—but at least he wasn’t lulled by a false sense of security. […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 3: Grim Oath

by Will Spero

Grim Oath   “Norweegee,” called Cahrin. Where had the xaffel gone to now? It was just like him to disappear when it came time to clean. Master Ulfin had finished dinner and retired upstairs to his room. That meant no evening lesson for Cahrin, which was a welcome break. She had been training twelve hours […]

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