'If I do not belong here, then where?' Posk, 313 CY
‘And what does it mean to belong?’ Posk wondered out loud. ‘And what does one do, once one finds where they belong?’
War breaks upon the peaceful kingdom of Lenmer’el. The troll hordes are massing at the edge of the Broadwaters River. Uniting them for the first time in three hundred years is an ambitious new warlord who wields the Blackflame Sabre, a powerful troll artefact which was supposed to be hidden in the deepest vaults of the magical castle at Emerel. Now all he requires is the Spear of the Blood Lord and all troll fealty with it, and an army half a million strong will sweep across the great kingdom in less than a year, destroying all in their path.
And the first obstacle in that path is Kialessa and her closest friends…
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Points to ponder from the story
Until you risk presenting your sincere, vulnerable, and imperfect self to the judgment of an indifferent world, you will never find a place to belong.
Bon Sure’e, captain of the king’s guard, 313CY
Owning your story can be hard, but not nearly as difficult as spending your life running from it.
- Jindalessa, high shamaness and queen.
Despite what your hate filled eyes have been trained to see, young enchantress, we are not all keen to battle for glory. We are musicians, and scholars. We are herders, and sowers. We cultivate the land, and we want to watch our children grow old by the light of our own hearth fire.
High Shamaness Jindalessa, cited by Allastassia, castle records CY 313
Be yourself – everyone else is already taken.
Humdug, dwarf scholar.