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Synopsis: Differel and PiratesCopyright (C) 2011 by Kevin L. O'Brien
On her third night in the Dreamlands, Sir Differel and Victor are sailing on the Bay of Propontis south of the islands of Diaplo and Chryse in a sailing dinghy with a seaman named Jacopo. Above them her Wakiya, Eleanor d'Aquitaine, keeps pace. Jacopo was a former pirate who had his tongue cut out and was marooned by his colleagues because they feared he would turn them in. Though they were wrong, Victor rescued him and he turned state's evidence against them anyways. He now acts as an informant, keeping Victor apprised of shadowy goings on in the Mark.
Ostensibly they are out on a tour of the Mark so Differel can get acquainted with it, but really they are acting as a stalking horse. There have been numerous disappearances of fishermen and pleasure craft over the course of several months. Commodore Acacallis Mwinu, commander of the Punicae naval citadel on Imia, believes it is the work of pirates funded by Leng Men, but her naval patrols have fail
Story: Toxic Celebutante MiniCopyright (C) 2011 by Kevin L. O'Brien
The Adventure of the Toxic Celebutante
Eile and Sunny ran as fast as they could push their way through the dense jungle foliage. Behind them, Eile could hear the cries and screams of dozens of pygmy creatures in pursuit.
Panting, Eile asked, "Tell me again: why are we running from these guys?!"
"Because they've got poison blowguns!" Sunny replied.
"Oh, yeah," Eile conceded. She ducked as a dart flew past her ear and another ricocheted off a shoulder guard.
They burst out of the trees into a clearing, picking up speed over the open ground. They sped through a group of ruins, then headed for the opposite end, but skidded to a halt as pygmies poured out the jungle ahead of them. They pivoted and raced off in a different direction, only to be cut off by another group. They changed direction twice more, but each time were intercepted by a horde of shrieking, gibbering creatures.
"Cripes, we're surrounded!" Eile cried, searching for a way out.
Dreamworld DirectoryAgricola See Georg Bauer
Alhacen An Islamic scholar residing in city-state of Siwah in the Stoney Desert
al-Ja'far The Grand Wazir of the city-state of Qahroe in the Liranian Desert
Anáildubh A legendary dragon who harried the Six Kingdoms and the Oukranos River valley until a mighty wizard subdued and imprisoned him in a cavern on the slopes of Mt. Thorin in the Thorineach Hills
Anglid A dwarf that serves as a general workman at the Inn of the Quixotic Muse in the town of Ulthar in the Six Kingdoms; friend to Gimpel and Graym
Aquiness, Marcus Arelius The curator of the Mouseion of Karchedon and the second most important scholar in the island nation of Punica
Arollo the Ranger A warrior-adventurer employed by Burgomaster Kranon of the town of Ulthar in the Six Kingdoms; lover to Laylina the serving girl of the Inn of the Quixotic Muse, friend to Fynris the Hunter, and brother to Rahniel the Bard
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You Were Not An Aquarium BoySea-glass became your bones,
brine your blood, and seashells
melded into your skin.
You were not quite an ocean
when you said "This is your sign to love me."
My body was like a building;
tall, cold, almost unbreakable.
I was metallic and sharp,
towering over your waters.
I remember taking your hand in mine,
conch and coral shells scrubbing
my skyscraper wrists, and laughing
about how one day you would
submerge every last bit of me.
Your lips, riddled with argonauts,
found my cheek and I cringed
at the coarseness.
You asked if they bothered me
and I finally told you "I
think I love you."
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