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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 17: The Past, the Present, and Azren

by Will Spero

The Past, the Present, and Azren   It had been two days since their arrival at Duradune, and already Cahrin felt back to her old self. Well, almost. She glanced in the mirror. The color had returned to her face. Her energy was improving, and in her own unbiased assessment, she was in a very […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 16: Cavern of the Undead

by Will Spero

Cavern of the Undead   “Are you sure you told him that Zeph Greymoon is here?” Zeph asked the lord’s advisor for the third time. The advisor had a dull name, Trudor, and an irritating habit of twisting his black, pointy mustache between a thumb and index finger. They had been asked to wait in […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 15: Soothsayer

by Will Spero

Soothsayer   Daen was keeping a strict watch when the next assassin arrived. “Three days.” Zeph came into the light sporting a new-looking, though similarly styled, black leather jerkin and pants. A gash marked his brow, and his movements seemed stiff as a pole. “Three days for what?” inquired Daen. Is Tendrils of Darkness new […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 14: The Gems of Tazanjia

by Will Spero

The Gems of Tazanjia   “Sel,” Copius admonished. “It’s one thing to rescue him from Kynar,” said Selgrin, “but I’m not sleeping anywhere near him.” Less than ten strides away sat Raven, seemingly oblivious to their conversation. Lady Abigail put her hands on her hips. “You want to go back to the road and look […]

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 13: Servant of the Afflicted One

by Will Spero

Servant of the Afflicted One   Daen was drifting back to sleep when a faint thud interrupted the monotonous chirping of crickets. His hand tightened around the pommel of his axe. He detected a light scraping of steel—a weapon leaving its scabbard. He leapt up, twisting toward the sound, his arm already in a throwing […]

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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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