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Chapter XIV

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

“The second in command, Captain Latris I think it is, dropped by to see the Third Cohort’s captain this afternoon,” Jaret said as the two of them walked towards the pub in the evening.  “Spent a while yelling at Captain Heles, complaining about the latrines.” He glanced over at Jaret as they walked down the […]

Chapter XIII

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

After the meeting with his new patrol, he shifted his gear from the caravan and spent some time getting his tent set up in the officer’s section of the cavalry cohort billet. The lieutenants’ tents were arrayed in a line along the front of the area, closest to the picket lines for the horses and […]

Chapter XII

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

The caravan’s stop at Parm let him get rid of the irritating priest, who said something about joining the temple of Kaisa there, and then they were back on the road. Another couple of weeks passed in relative peace as they rolled across the northern plains to Vallum, and from there up to Banner, the […]

Chapter XI

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

“You’ll have to hand over your cargo,” the farmer said nervously, standing on the other side of a log studded with wooden stakes that had been drawn across the road. “We won’t let you go any farther, and we could use whatever’s in those wagons.” It seemed the farmer was trying to be polite. He […]

Chapter X

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

“Lieutenant!” the Priestess of Anya called to him, walking over to where he was standing with Jaret beside the wagons. He sighed to himself, but tried to hide it from her. It didn’t pay to tick off your only healer. The woman had better eyes than half his scouts, and she wouldn’t stop following him […]

Chapter IX

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The next week of the caravan trip passed in relative peace, and the supply train arrived in Cilis with only a few burn marks and one guard to bury as a memory of the attack. They’d buried what was left of the archers in the field, stripped their weapons and gear, and left them there […]

Chapter VIII

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

“Lieutenant, two things came for you yesterday afternoon.” Captain Felim nodded in brief welcome as Allen entered the supply office. He held up a large brown paper envelope and a smaller, white envelope and passed both to Allen as he passed by the captain’s desk on the way to his own. “You’re popular it seems.” […]

Chapter VII

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

The next evening as dusk wore on with fading shadows, Allen walked with Kilin toward the house his family kept in the city. The two of them had dressed simply in their uniforms, forgoing excess ornament with the appeal to military formality. Their blades hung by their sides, both as part of their uniforms and […]

Chapter VI

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Jaella’s father shook Allen’s hand as he studied the lieutenant. “You have my thanks, but words mean little compared to my daughter’s safety.” The two men stood in the courtyard before the Ielior townhouse. It pressed near against the outer wall of Aciel’s center ring that was dominated by the palace, set off from the […]

Chapter V

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

A goddess. Allen was preoccupied with his thoughts as he left the College. His mind was filled with questions. What was her name? Who was she? What did it mean to bear her mark, and was he supposed to be the champion of this goddess? What responsibilities were involved? Did he want those responsibilities? Whatever […]