Friday, December 7, 2012
The heroes had explored the area surrounding where the temple of had been. When they left they were confronted with a problem, there were pilgrims that had gathered. Most asked to accompany them on their journey to the Temple of Sanam, the Goddess of love and fertility. Her temple was the relatively close compared to the rest of the holy sites, at only a month’s travel. They allowed only the able bodied to travel with them. Alexander knew that those who accompanied them could face danger. It weighed heavy on him that they could be injured helping him on his quest for knowledge. He had to find a way to protect those under his care.
At the end of the days march Juniper and he trained the six pilgrims in self-defense. Without proper weapons they first practiced with stick as swords. This training was tested when on the seventh night a group of roaming thieves attacked what they thought would be an easy target. The fighting was fierce, only the heroes had proper weapons. The thieves matched their nine plus two. Alexander was protecting a badly hurt pilgrim from two thieves while Milo was fighting one to a standstill. Juniper had enchanted her sword to have the keenest of edges allowing her to slice through their armor with ease. The image of her was terrifying as she cut off a thieves arm and trailing blood in her blades wake. The thief fell to the ground screaming in agony holding the stump that was his arm. A quick jab through his heart ended his life. The cry of a pilgrim caught her attention. She saw a thief dragging away a female pilgrim trying to escape. His back was to her, as he was repositioned himself to hold her more securely. She took three steps to close the distance left a deep gash across his back. He let go of the woman and turned to her. His last sight was a glint of light from the fire off her blade as it separated his head from his shoulders. The thieves fled when their numbers were reduced by half. Her lust for blood was not quenched and she fell another thief that begged mercy. She had the misfortune of falling while she fled the camp with food. Juniper had severed and arm and leg before Alexander was able to stop her continuing to dismember the thief. The two heroes fought over her conduct as Milo attempted to save the girl. Ultimately the only merciful thing to do was to end her life. Alexander insisted on doing this feeling that this was his fault. That death weighted on his soul as much as the two pilgrims that perished during the night. All of the dead were giving a proper burial, somehow when the bodies were blessed the words seemed hollow and without meaning.
Now with the equipment from the thieves attack, Alexander was able to properly train the four remaining pilgrims. As heroes approached the holy site of Sanam they noticed that morality was weakening. Brothers were operating in the open and flaunting their talents in windows. The disturbing part was they all adorned the symbol of Sanam. Even though Sanam represented love she was never one for the strengthening of the emotional connection between lovers not open debauchery. People were paying homage to this false aspect the goddess. When the heroes reached the temple what they found was beyond anything. There were people in varying stages of undress and engaging in every sort of sexual act possible. Alexander was disgusted when he found the temple high priestess tangled in a pile of bodies. The only reason he knew it was her was because the only thing she wore was the torque of the high priestess.
“What has happened here” Alexander asked once she was untangles from the pile.
“This is the goddess will. We are to spread the joys that come from love.” She stepped close to Alexander placed one arm around his waist and the other was stroking his chest.
“Open lust has never been the goddess wishes. Why have her views changed so?” Alexander continued.
“Lust is a part of love. When you love someone you also lust for them. Her new message is nothing but a reflection of that.”
She was actively trying to free Alexander of his clothing. When he refused her she stepped back and held her arms out wide and twirled slowly in front of him. “Am I not desirable enough for you? I freely give myself to you, or do you desire something else? We can find you someone to love be they male or female. All are welcome to experience lust here. Everyone here is safe to explore what, and whoever they want.”
Juniper interposed herself between the priestess, and Alexander, “What if those explorations cause problems for people that are in love with each other”
The priestess moved to Juniper and placed her arms around Junipers neck and leaned to her ear and whispered into her ear. “My dear jealousy is not permitted here. It interferes with the free flow of passion. Please don’t make us have to discipline you for breaking our one rule.” As she moved away from Juniper she kissed her full on the mouth. The kiss caught her be surprise and overwhelmed her emotionally. Juniper was left transfixed by the freedom she felt.
Juniper snapped free from the spell the cast on her and stepped back weakly into Alexander, nearly falling. Alexander caught her before she was in fear of hitting the ground. The feeling of having his arms around her caused her to swoon. She turned to look into his eyes hoping to find the love she felt for him returned in his eyes. Instead want she felt was cold indifference.
“Why have you done this to me? What have we done to you and your flock?” Juniper said through clinched teeth.
“My child you’ve done nothing wrong all I’ve offered is to expand your mind. Please enjoy whoever you want. I need to return to my flock.” She gave each of the heroes a passionate kiss.
The heroes were left to wonder again what is going on in the heavens when the father and the protector of the gods is missing and the goddess of love is now the goddess of lust. They made their way out of the temple avoiding the piles of people blocking their way.
“We need to find the holy site of Aaryon. Maybe we can find some answers there. Everything is getting worse, when the gods change aspects things are in peril. I fear for what we’ll find there.” Alexander said once free of the temple. As they left the city Alexander took stock in the people with them. There were another nine pilgrims with them, one of them a halfling woman from the temple staff.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I found a great picture by a talented woman named Erika Harms. She agreed to let me use the picture and I'm very grateful for this. If you like her work I'm including a link to her website. The links are for my novella are on the left for Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. It is currently free on Smashwords
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Friday, September 28, 2012
I'll be running a free promo for my book until 7 Oct. If you are interested just follow the Link to Smashwords. There you can download the book in various formats. All I ask is if you like the book write a review.
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I extended the promo because I forgot to give the promo code. Happy reading.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I'll be running a free promo for my book this weekend, 29-30 Sep. If you are interested just follow the Link to Amazon. All I ask is if you like the book write a review.
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Friday, September 21, 2012
I don’t understand how people can read for enjoyment. Me the only thing I enjoy reading is the check I get for a job well done or a case file for my next hunt. This crap Kendrick sent me to brought flash backs to school for me. I get the morality of the story but I fall to see how useful it is to me. The first bit of information he gave me was useful because it gave me a few of the names that Tammy is hanging out with. This is good for me because I can collect on some paydays when I bring her down and it gives me some insight into the danger I’m facing when I finally catch up with her. I know that will be next to impossible with Todd as part of their group. This information is about a guy that died so long ago elves don’t even remember him.
Alexander Bader rose to answer the call of the masses. His singular mission was to find the reason for the gods abandoning us. Alexander set out with two close friends. The first a sage named Milo Greystep; he was a dwarf that knew as much about the land as he did about lore. The other Juniper Fay, She was a talented mage and warrior. She loved alexander and would follow him to the end of the world. Milo suggested visiting the holy site of Zotico, the father and protector of the gods. The journey would dangerous and take nearly a full season to complete.
The corruption of earth was spreading. It was small things at first with plants, more types of plants were becoming poisonous and some even started feeding on animals. The journey to the holy site of Zotico went through a dense forest where the friends came face to face with a plant that shoot barbed thorns with tendrils attacked to the plant. The plants had surprised them and shoot the thorns into Juniper. She was unable to retrieve her weapon because the plant was reeling her into an opening. Alexander was quick to action cutting her free. Milo pulled a vile from his belt and threw it at the plant. When it smashed open the contents burst into flames that consumed the plant. In the death throes of the plant loosed more thorns. One of them found purchase in Alexander’s wriest. The tendril connecting it to the plant dropped to the ground as the plant slumped over and erupted in a ball of fire. Alexander kept watch over the forest as Milo tended to Juniper’s wounds.
Once they cleared the forest they were little signs of life. The final track of the journey was a long climb up the mountain to the gods. It would take all of their strength and skills to survive to the top. The top of the mountain was so tall it was said that you could almost touch the heavens. The village at the base of the mountain was gone. They had hoped to acquire supplies from there before the climb. The tracks where there to show they had not strayed from the path, but the village was gone. As if they had packed everything including the building and left. This mystery would have to wait until they could accomplish their quest.
After spending a week gathering the required supplies they ventured up the mountain of the gods. On the third night stay they encountered a small herd of deer grazing in a valley. Not wanting to miss a chance to get some more supplies Alexander and Juniper decided to do some hunting. They made their way to the deer while Milo set up camp and prepared a fire. Working ever so closer to their prey the pair crawled forward inch by frigid inch. The deer were smaller than the deer from the plains but food was food. They were huddled together for warmth and protection. They numbered six in all. They were shifting to a firing position when the packed snow beneath Alexander gave way in a loud crack, alerting the deer to their presence. Instead of fleeing as deer normally do, they charged.
Juniper was momentarily stunned when she noticed the sharp fangs of a predator and the blood red eyes that seemed to pierce her very being. If it had not been for Alexander cry for help she might have been lost in their gaze. She was determined to protect Alexander regardless the consequences. She stood and case spell hurtling a bolt of lightning at the lead creature. It was struck full force on the flank killing it and causing it to slide away from them. Taking quick account of the situation Juniper realized she needed to buy Alexander time to free his leg. She loosed another spell this one caused three screaming missiles to impact the next closest creature. Two of them hit it in the flank, the third shattered its leg causing it to fall and tumble on the rocky ground, its limbs flailing about trying to gain purchase. The creature behind it was stunned briefly when it was kicked in the head. Her magic had drawn the attention of the remaining creatures. She was only able to cast one more spell before they would be on her. She fired flames from her fingers tips setting one on fire causing it to run away wildly in a panic. Another one just broke off the attack and ran for open ground. As the last of the fire flew from her fingers the last creature sank its teeth into her left leg and lifted its head causing her to loss her footing. It lost its bit on her as she fell to the ground. It rose to its hind legs in preparation to stomp her. She was able to roll into its back legs and draw her knife. When she rolled into its back legs she raised the knife into it’s under belly. It let out a horrific howl as she cut a long slice in it. The creature fell over dead leaving its entrails on her chest.
Juniper wasn’t able to enjoy her work. She looked for Alexander and found that he had drawn his sword and killed the creature that was stunned from the kick. It had recovered and charged him. Unable to move he let the creature impale itself on his sword. Without the dangerous creatures there freeing Alexander’s leg was a simple matter.
When they arrived at the site the temple was built nothing remained, not even a single stone remained to showed of the beautiful structure. The earth surrounding the area was barren and lifeless. The fate was worse than death, they were erased. What was happening in the heavens to allow this sort of devastation to take place?
Friday, August 31, 2012
Kendrick didn’t fail me; I had a reply in hours. It seems he was as desperate for cash as I was for information. I wish I knew where this guy gets his information from. He had an address and a picture from a gas station with a time stamp from that morning. The address was an apartment over a store in Mexican Town. Specs wanted this bitch dead and Kendrick still on the street. I guess I owe him for putting us on the hook for Tammy. So I watched an easy 20 grand walk away with a warning to lay low and get out of town. As I was getting up from the table I notice a card just sticking out from under his napkin. The front was a business card for some bankruptcy lawyer Eric Howler. The back was a different store was a web address and password written in block lettering. I’m so glad I decided to tell him about the bounty.
It was a hot day and the sounds of window air conditioners could fought to be heard over the sound of traffic from the street. I have an ear bud speaker so I can hear Specs. Sasha lives in an apartment over a Mexican restaurant, figures. I choose not to wear the mic for the radio, with the heat I’m not wearing a jacket and there is no place I can hide it that doesn’t alert everyone that something is going down. I set down in the restaurant and order some tacos while I waited for Specs to set up. Up to this point things are looking good. The food is okay, I’m sure I’ll pay for it later but I needed to kill time while I waited. I get the signal just as the check comes. I leave a tip and head around the corner to get to her place. There is a foul smell, like rotting meat coming from the dumpster. The stairs are in a hallway the temperature raised 10 degree in there. I could hear movement inside the apartment so I sent a text to Specs asking if he had. I got an affirmative in my ear so I knocked on the door. The movement stopped and Specs screams in my ear get out of there I’m blind. She pulled the shades. I crouch down drew my gun.
The door flew open and I put two rounds into nothing. I see light glinting off a blade as it swings down and sinks into my leg. The pain shoots though me. Specs is yelling something I can’t understand as the blade swings again. I managed to move mostly out of the way this time and blade only slices a shallow line on the outside of my arm. My roll was cut short as my back hit the wall. The knife struck the wall where my head would have been. She must have hit a wall stud because the knife stuck fast in the wall. I’ll never forget he look in her eyes as she grabbed for something behind her back. Her eyes were focused on me with complete hatred. I gained my senses and shot her three times in the chest. She only staggered back as I was showered wife ceramic fragment. This crazy lady was wearing chest armor. I kicked out with my good leg and landed a hit square in her chest, sending her backwards some more. It was enough to cause her to fall down the stairs. From my angle I could see her fall but, it sounded like she tumbled down. I crawled to the stairs and saw her at the bottom not moving. Her head was at a weird angle, she was dead. This whole time she didn’t say a word, I expected her to be screaming bloody murder but nothing. I had to rip up my shirt for a make shift bandage. When I got to the bottom of the stairs I could hear the police sirens approaching. I wasn’t going to get away clean bit I would still get my payday.
The papers say she had parts from eight different bodies in her apartment. This was one crazy lady.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
With the trail cold for Tammy I had to take a job to bring in some income. I let the 2 mages go with an agreement to hire them back when the trail went hot again. Specs was happy enough to be off the hunt for Tammy. This job sounded easy, find a couple of escapees. One Sasha McAlister a very scary individual, she would just as easily kill you as she would say hello. In a corrupt world it was nice to see something as pure as her. She killed for no higher reason, she didn’t make excuses, and she didn’t apologies for it. She was pure in her evil hatred of life. It was refreshing but twisted. The other was my hacker friend Kendrick. He gave me that code to find some information on Tammy. That information did serve me well. The bounty for Sasha was good $200,000.00 dead or alive. It seems that Sasha didn’t care who she killed as long as she killed them. Kendrick’s bounty was less $20,000.00 alive only. It seems that he was more of a blip on their radar than anything else.
I’m an opportunistic bastard; I’m seeing that I can get both of these bounties easily enough. I still have contact information for Kendrick. I figure I can contact him offer him some cold hard cash and he will jump for the chance. I think I’ll offer 20 grand to help me find the psycho. Who knows maybe I’ll just let him go if the information on her is good. I’m not too worried about her. She will be alone and I’ll have Specs. He loves a good clean kill himself. He may not be as pure as her, but he is a stone cold killer none the less.
The message is sent, Specs is cleaning his weapons waiting for the reply. Specs wants to see this woman’s head explode. Some days when I see him I can’t help but hope I never find myself in his sights. I know I’ll never see it coming but the thought still chills me.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
I talked to the vampires and told them to double and then add a zero to the end of the amount for the job. Before I left, my phone beep indicating the new amount for the job. The guy never even touched a keyboard, they were listening; I hate vampires. Specs wants to dump the job, but we’re now talking about a LOT more money. We can now afford a better building smasher. I don’t like flashy mages; Specs knows this. I see the appeal in them, but they are reckless and cowardly. Tammy is flashy but someone like her doesn’t get this old by being reckless.
The information from the link proved valuable. I found out that there are some other people working with Tammy, a gnome called Todd and an awakened call Samuel Oscar Smith. I’m sure there are a few others; that would explain the total destruction of the building. Something spooked them and they left in a hurry. My guess is the vampires found them. I’ll have to ask them next time I talk to them. I really should have Sally sniff for magical tracking and protect against it. I don’t like to be used like this. I also need to get someone to sniff for technical bugs. I could just be paranoid though, but you live long in this job without being a little paranoid.
Friday, August 10, 2012
I got a tip from an informant. Tammy was seen entering a building several times over the last few days. I love how specific people can be. Really what can I expect from a beggar? Unfortunately the information was as timely as it was specific. By the time we got there it was too late. I knew it was bad when I saw the blue flames rising above the building. Mark, the building smasher, said it was essential flame. The fire department was completely useless with this type of flame. The flame was magically purified and could only be extinguished by magic or when the energy used to create it was gone. It burned for another hour before it died suddenly. During that time one of the ladders from a ladder truck melted and ignited a neighboring building from the heat of the blaze.
Mark was able to get a close look at the building. The concrete foundation was molten from the heat of the fire. He quit when he got back. He didn’t want anything to do with a mage that powerful. I’m going to have to ask for more money. I hate vampires.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Good help is hard to find these days. Specs and I go way back in this business. Specs can shoot the wing off a dragonfly at 100 yards. His rifle is longer than he is tall, which isn’t saying much for a gnome. For the life of me I can’t figure out why he does just get the corrective surgery that would free him of his coke bottle glasses. We hire on extra people depending on the requirements. With Tammy we figured we needed some magical help. Specs wanted someone that could level a building; I wanted someone that could walk up to you and never be seen. So naturally we compromise and hired two mages. Specs is a little nervous taking on a hunt for the vampires because they can be a pain to deal with. I trust his judgment, but the money was too good to pass up. I managed to buy some information that pointed me to Detroit, Michigan. My source said she was going to meet someone there.
Arrived in a suburb of Detroit, why is it that that when you ask people, they say they’re from Detroit, but I haven't meet a single person who lives there. Found a computer cracker that goes by Lazareth. I don’t know what she said to him, but when I threaten to help him meet his Maker, he just laughed saying it was better than what that crazy woman said she’d do to him. I never saw a living person go that pale before. Whoever she is, her hold on him was nearly complete. He did give me something a web link and a code that expires on 12 Sep 2012.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The vampires don’t like to give much information when they issue jobs so when their notice says uses extreme caution you pay attention. The warrant read simply Wanted Dead Tammy Stone. Use extreme caution reward $200,000.00, call Department of Parks and Recreation Agent Gentry. It was only a few minutes before I had her rap sheet; Tammy was a very bad girl indeed. There are 42 dead vampires; most of them pure bloods and one coven elder. She is known to have "exceptional” magical ability, that’s vampire talk for really powerful. I can see I’m going to have to get a mage or two for this assignment. I have a shooter already but sometimes with these mage types they have a sixth sense about danger. I guess that’s why they live long enough to be dangerous.
Gods I love a good hunt.
Welcome to the Figth: Silent Wars
Welcome to the Figth: Silent Wars