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Dargonzine 26-5 Editorial

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DargonZine 26, Issue 5

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

I set myself into my new favorite "writing position" just prior to starting this creative session. It entails lying on my couch with my back against an armrest, my legs extended over the far cushions, and my lovely Series 9 laptop -- appropriately -- sitting in my lap as I type away. Waiting patiently between words is a glass of Tempranillo on the coffee table, just within reach, and the rest of the bottle is a tad beyond it in ...

Jacer and Ratche’s Grand Plan

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DargonZine 26, Issue 5

By: Joseph Carney | Archive, Stories

"It will work, I tell you!" Ratche rose from the table, walked to the open door and stood there looking outside. Sunlight streaming through the door flowed around him, illuminating tiny motes of dust floating in the air. "No one will know if we're careful. How could they?" It was the 28th of Ober. Jacer and Ratche were alone in the communal room they shared with the others who worked for the Rattler. Their jobs were to keep the streets of ...

The Life and Death of Gillem Stonecutter

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DargonZine 26, Issue 5

By: Liam Donahue | Archive, Stories

Gilvelle Marser stared in irritation at the man who sat across from him, wondering what his father would have thought of his situation. He was quite sure Tarell Marser had never had to deal with a role like this. Diplomat to the foreign stoneworkers was no job for Dargon's master architect, but Gilvelle had his orders from the duke. The strangeness of these stoneworkers, the Doravin, didn't help the situation. This one had just said something unintelligible. Gilvelle was anticipating ...

Dargonzine 26-4 Editorial

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DargonZine 26, Issue 4

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

It's been a productive couple of months for me, Dargon-wise. This tends to make me feel very good, and good feelings about Dargon create more enthusiasm for me to do more in Dargon. It's a nice circle. It can be difficult, however, to maintain the enthusiasm when creativity ebbs, so one method I use to kick start the old creative juices is to revisit ancient works that I never finished. We all have them: the aborted efforts ...

Harvest Ale

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DargonZine 26, Issue 4

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Stories

Lord Clifton Dargon, Duke of Dargon, Admiral of the North Seas, twisted in his bed covers and curled up into a ball. He pulled the furs tighter about him, fending off the cool seaside air. Footsteps echoed off the stone corridor walls outside his room, growing louder as they approached. He buried his head under a pillow, praying to whatever gods that listened that the approaching person would go away. The metal lock clicked heavily, and the loud squeak of ...

Sowing Seeds Part 1

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DargonZine 26, Issue 4

By: Keith English | Archive, Stories

Sweat cascaded down Aerimon Clyde's forehead, shoulders, chest, back, and arms as he held a wooden sword before him, the blade running parallel to his nose. His knuckles were bone-white as he was forced to maintain a death grip on the hilt of the blade to keep it from slipping from his grasp. Although he knew the blade was light, it felt like a boulder in his arms. He was being tested; the welts and blood that abounded across his ...

Dargonzine 26-3 Editorial

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DargonZine 26, Issue 3

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

Last issue, I told you the Dargon Summit was coming up, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. So let me tell you why. The Dargon Summit is our annual gathering of Project writers; it’s a writing and administrative retreat where we not only talk about the business of running the Project, but work on new story arcs, challenge stories, current works, do a plethora of research, and occasionally learn a thing or two. ...

Ol Tamboch Narhin, Thread 5: The Rigors of War

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DargonZine 26, Issue 3

By: Dafydd Cyhoeddwr | Archive, Stories

A country often has a characteristic for which it is known, such as Lederian wine, or Mandrakan marble. At times, opinions vary on the defining feature: Comarr is best known to some for it tobacco, to others for its cattle. Sometimes, though, the opinion is universal. Such it is with the Beinison Empire. The characteristic for which it is best known is war. Beinison is old, and it has been at war for a very long ...

Shadows of Dargon

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DargonZine 26, Issue 3

By: James Neale | Archive, Stories

Jem shifted slightly, moving his shoulders along the wall, so that his relaxed slouch allowed him to watch the man swagger down the street. He had felt the welling shock of hope, when he first glimpsed the man stalking through the crowd. He had thought it was Rauf, but it was not. Jem still hoped Rauf would walk back into his life, like he had that cold winter night five years ago. He knew Rauf was two years dead, but ...

For A Slice of Apple Pie

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DargonZine 26, Issue 2

By: Joseph Carney | Archive, Stories

The Ober night air was cool. A dense fog rose from the Coldwell filling the streets alongside the river. Despite the nasty conditions, the weather did nothing to stem the traffic along Coldwater Street. Ever since the collapse of the causeway, people crossing the Coldwell River had to pass through the streets of Old Town in the shadow of Dargon Keep on their way to the ferry beneath Coldwell Height. The ferry had dropped its passengers on the ...