Chapter 9: An Old Friend

After helping the frightened captives from the twisted metal cage, Heath pointed them towards the mouth of the cave.  “Go wait outside,” he said, handing a torch to a wide-eyed man with sunken eyes. “We’ll be right behind you, but get out of here. Go!” They scrambled, barely heeding his words as they rushed fromContinue reading “Chapter 9: An Old Friend”

Chapter 8: Nightmares Among Us

The ride back to the war camp of the Bound Legion took less time than the ride from it. The group joined up with the legion an hours ride to the south after Mars received word via arcane messaging and Adrie spotted trails of smoke from their camp on the horizon. Blahgrut was more thanContinue reading “Chapter 8: Nightmares Among Us”

Chapter 7: Hillhold

The riders left at dawn, heading east. The bulk of the war camp was empty, the remaining scouts relaying to the group that the legion had mobilized and begun their forced march on Hillhold. The vanguard had deployed the day before as soon as they received confirmation from the warlord, and another legion en routeContinue reading “Chapter 7: Hillhold”

Chapter 6: A Meeting with a Warlord

The reverberating sound of the heavy doors slamming open drew everyone’s attention as Nambu strode into the long hall, a piece of parchment clasped in his hand. The other members of Guild #237 looked up from their places at the table, Heath among them.  “Good morning everyone,” Nambu said as he approached the table.  “YouContinue reading “Chapter 6: A Meeting with a Warlord”

Chapter 5: New Allies and Learned Trust

The next week brought no sign nor word of Adrian.  After returning from the tunnels of Drechton, Heath put the word out that Adrian had fled the city, but that he still had a remaining interest and unfinished business with the man. From his mercenary compatriots, to his lowlife contacts, Heath made it known thatContinue reading “Chapter 5: New Allies and Learned Trust”

Chapter 4: The Tunnels of Drechton

 Heath dropped down into the tunnel, his boots impacting softly on the dirt ground. The stream of light from above illuminated him, but the tunnel quickly vanished into blackness. Around him, the faces of the others looked back at him with a stoic seriousness that hadn’t been there before.  Nambu shifted in place, the shadowsContinue reading “Chapter 4: The Tunnels of Drechton”

Chapter 3: Elusive Prey

Heath hunched over his table, a plate of crispy potatoes and eggs piled on a plate before him with a mug of dark coffee. The Black Crow Tavern was largely empty, though there were always a few regulars who knew about Mo’s hearty breakfasts. The shutters over the windows were already propped open, and aContinue reading “Chapter 3: Elusive Prey”

Chapter 2: A Question of Honor

Heath was furious. He walked with slow, forced breaths as he turned north, away from the group. Pulling his hood up, his mind tormented him. As he followed the winding path, no words of protest followed him from the members of Guild #237. He didn’t expect any, nor did he hope for it. The walkContinue reading “Chapter 2: A Question of Honor”

Chapter 1: A New Job

“Ranger!” The thickly accented voice cut through Heath’s moment of peace, driving a spike of pain into his mind. Well, maybe not quite a moment of peace. Regardless, his typical dark mood made worse by drink was usually enough to get folk to leave him alone. Why can’t a man be left to his ownContinue reading “Chapter 1: A New Job”