CHAPTER 30 – NOT DEAD YET

CHAPTER 30 – NOT DEAD YET

There was a buzzing. It thrummed in his head, throbbing at his temples with a dull, tone-deaf ache. The buzzing didn’t come from anywhere because it was everywhere. It was inside him, rattling every bone in his body like the wings of bot fly until he was numb...

CHAPTER 29 – RETRIBUTION

CHAPTER 29 – RETRIBUTION

He looked back at the cacophony of light from which he traveled; squinting as he did, he could feel the muted warmth of tears slide down his weather beaten face. They weren’t tears of sorrow or joy, they were those of necessity, as are all things born of the wastes. He flicked a finger across his cheek as if he were shooing away a fly, then turned and continued on his way...

CHAPTER 28 – AT OUR GATES

CHAPTER 28 – AT OUR GATES

“This is for them then,” she murmured, holding the needle at eye level in a two handed grip... 

CHAPTER 27 – SPECTER OF THE WOLF

CHAPTER 27 – SPECTER OF THE WOLF

He walked into the throne room, indulging himself in the spectacle that had become of House Hrothgar. Gloomy at the best of times, the Wolf’s Den was more macabre than ever under its new leadership...

CHAPTER 26 – A SNAKE AMONG THE FOLD

CHAPTER 26 – A SNAKE AMONG THE FOLD

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“Hold it right ther’,” came a man’s booming voice, “yer surrounded.”

Johnny titled his head back and rested it on the supply crate behind him. He was surrounded...

CHAPTER 25 – WHEN YOU FIND 'EM, HANG 'EM

CHAPTER 25 – WHEN YOU FIND 'EM, HANG 'EM

“By the body of the man Judas.”

Johnny Cache tipped his hat back and nudged the hand of the corpse spread face-down before him. He had seen this countless times before; the gaunt complexion, the deathly pallor...

CHAPTER 23 – KEEP ON RUNNIN'

CHAPTER 23 – KEEP ON RUNNIN'

Solomon armed sweat from his brow. He limped along beside the hulking form of his companion and as he glanced up, he wished they could find some shade...

CHAPTER 22 – MEET ME ON THE OUTSIDE OF HELL'S REACH

CHAPTER 22 – MEET ME ON THE OUTSIDE OF HELL'S REACH

 

“Solomon, should I comply?”

Solomon looked at the barrel of the cell shooter trained on him, and then into the eyes of the man who held it, before he spoke. What he saw was enough to make up his mind...

CHAPTER 21 – UNLIKELY PAIR

CHAPTER 21 – UNLIKELY PAIR

Solomon consulted the faint glow of the data slate he held in his hand. Tiny letters scrawled out across its surface listed a myriad of mundane items: 16 meters of copper wire, 5 kilograms of rubber hose or scrap, 100 kilograms of techcrete (not mixed)…

CHAPTER 20 – CONFRONTING THE MOTHER

CHAPTER 20 – CONFRONTING THE MOTHER

Frankincense and gar hung heavy in the air, billowing out as if to greet her words. The atmosphere inside her mother’s chambers was thick, stale, and stunk of entropy...

CHAPTER 19 – BROKEN

CHAPTER 19 – BROKEN

Where… Where am I?

He tried to shift his weight, but couldn’t move. Pain coursed through his body like searing blood, and the air was thick with the weight of deep isolation...

CHAPTER 18 – TREPIDATION

CHAPTER 18 – TREPIDATION

Worgana had flown into a rage ever since the Emperor had spoken that word, and her world had shattered. Exile. Her brother Fenris was to be cast out of Jotune society and sent into the west – to wander and die alone...

CHAPTER 17 – JUDGEMENT

CHAPTER 17 – JUDGEMENT

The sound of her boot heels rang a hollow tune as she quickly made her way down the cavernous halls. She passed before the gaze of her forebears, an unending procession of bronze and marble busts, and colossal murals depicting their heroic deeds...

CHAPTER 15 – DELIVERANCE

CHAPTER 15 – DELIVERANCE

The soldiers around him ducked their heads instinctively. This drill had long become a dull routine; taking snap-shots from cover, hiding from incoming fire, then doing it all over again. It was as monotonous and automatic as taking a breath of air. It was for all of them except Fenris...

CHAPTER 14 – PRISONER

CHAPTER 14 – PRISONER

Synthien underground complex

Time unknown

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The flare lay where Helena had dropped it, hissing and spitting, emitting a hollow red glare. The sounds it made faded as Solomon stepped through the portal and left the maze of underground corridors behind.

 

CHAPTER 13 – RUNNING SCARED

CHAPTER 13 – RUNNING SCARED

Not yet, he willed, we’re almost there. And then Helena fell.

Oh gods no, was all Solomon had time to think before he saw the flames bearing down on them. In two – maybe three – heartbeats they would be incinerated, and only a few short paces from escape...

CHAPTER 12 – ABYSS

CHAPTER 12 – ABYSS

He had been right to move quickly. No sooner had Solomon crossed the threshold with Helena on his heels, than the portal lumbered shut. It didn’t close quickly, but clanged into place with a finality that stole away all hope - it wouldn’t budge. And when it closed, it brought utter darkness that swallowed the weak light had followed them in...