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The baskak slipped on the bench, pulling some covers and furs over his body, then tucked her in as well, and Ani looked at him from the corner of her eye. She did not want to show she was observing him, and also she had no strength to lift her head. He stretched on his […]

The baskak suddenly pushed away from her and slid on the floor, on his knees, between her legs. Ani rose on her elbows and stared at him. He had bunched up her skirt by then and was untying the second stocking’s ribbons that held it to her garter belt. He then rolled it down and […]

Ani as much as fell into the Long House, her knees shaking, vision blurred, stomach as if repeatedly slashed across with dull blade. She made two steps in and slumped ungracefully on the nearest bench. “Well, good evening, honourable healer!” The merry voice of the dead baskak came from the opposite wall. “At least I […]

The baskak named Bozhidar promised Ani to take her to the Pearl Islands on his ship and even offered to talk to the Chief Healer on her part. She agreed grudgingly. She was hoping to have her place saved for her for when she were to be back from her trip to the Islands, but […]

“Do you believe in magic, Todric?” Ani asked the healer, and he lifted tired eyes off his plate. His usually pale skin on the narrow, exhausted face had an ashen tone to it. They were eating in the common room, the time was close to dawn, and Ani would bet he felt no taste just […]

“You want me to travel to the Pearl Islands…” Ani repeated slowly. “That is weeks of travel, and now, with the war just having ended, it will require a lot of expenses. The Leagued Fleet is scarce, most of your compatriots have left the port already. I have just paid my rent, I have no […]

This time Ani found herself in front of the Long House, outside, bearskin covering the entrance from inside. She looked around. She stood on a tall cliff, over a dark grey sea, the likes of which she had never seen in her life. Nothing was on the cliff but the Long House, a prolonged wooden […]

Blota

Blota, the Marsh Hag Living in the bogs and marshes of the forests surrounding the shores of Rodhina, Blota is a malicious and treacherous creature. Some say it can take a form of a kind looking old woman, asking unsuspecting travellers for help and luring them to their death into the rancid, dark waters of […]

Yekho-Lekho

Yekho-Lekho, the Dark One from the Woods It lives in the darkness, in the woods behind the home shores of Rodhina, and it is the one who creeps from tree to a tree, holding on to the thick branches with its clawed hands and its only leg. It is watching from the top of the trees, […]

“And who would you be, little bird?” The dead King looked her over, and she jerked her chin up. “I am Ani, a healer from the Vales at the foot of the Golden Mountains.” “Ani? Like a bird?” The King smirked, and turning around he confidently marched to a bench by the furthest wall of the […]