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Dargonzine 30-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 30, Issue 1

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

Some folks say that variety is the spice of life, and if so, then it’s a variety of beliefs that create the spice of drama. After all, if everyone believed the same things, then everyone would get along, mostly, and there would be less conflict. And without conflict, there is no story to tell. Conflict isn’t just saying A versus B, however – in literature, you have to build believability behind the conflict, and put into perspective ...

Death Blooms Part 3

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DargonZine 30, Issue 1

By: Keith English | Archive, Stories

Betrayed and crestfallen, I turn my vengeance to a broader scope. I have been prodded by vile fingers too often and too much. If I need to die to bring pain to Helena, Jayko, and all the rest, I'll do so gladly. There isn't a person in Makdiar who is free from the taint of evil. I'd cut it all out if I could. Iniquity will die, but it will suffer so very much before I let it.   ***   Kalen shifted uncomfortably ...

A Tale of Dark Revenge

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DargonZine 30, Issue 1

By: Joseph Carney | Archive, Stories

The deep silence of the darkest time of night filled the temple. Its main doors leading to the Street of Temples in Magnus stood open, allowing fresh night air to enter. Darkness shrouded the ceiling high above the altar. Flickering candles lit the sanctuary, highlighting shadows behind the altar veil. Pungent incense drifted in the air. A bowl made of beaten gold holding coins, gems, pieces of jewelry and other items, sat atop a marble pedestal before the altar. Somewhere within ...

Dargonzine 29-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 29, Issue 2

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

Writing is challenging. This is not a task to be taken lightly, and certainly not one to go into expecting an immediate level of satisfaction. I can pump out one thousand words a day, but do I feel good about them? Am I satisfied with the quality of the work I've done? Will I ever be? It's as much a battle of writing words on a page as it is of one's ego, because even ...

Death Blooms Part 2

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DargonZine 29, Issue 2

By: Keith English | Archive, Stories

I've carved the hellish pieces out of wicked men until they begged for death. Certainly, I was meant for this. Had I the ability, I'd catch all of them. I'd go back and get the ones before me and I'd flay the evil from their bodies. I feel just and right in dismantling their bodies and minds. But I do not do it for some bastard god. Saren would be in my chair next if I could put him there. ...

A View From Above: Fishing

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DargonZine 29, Issue 2

By: Jim Owens | Archive, Stories

"Kami." Kami woke and opened his eyes, his slight movement causing his hammock to sway. It was dark inside the hut, and from all around he could hear the sound of his family sleeping. No light of dawn intruded through the doorway, but Kami knew it was time to start the day. He paused just a moment, wondering whose voice had awakened him. There was no one near, no one else awake yet. Kami did not believe in spirits, so it ...

Dargonzine 29-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 29, Issue 1

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

It's only the beginning of May, and it's been a hell of a year -- and not in a good way. Both major US political parties are in an uproar, the coming election in the States looks like it might be Trump vs Clinton which is likely interpreted by outside parties as an entertaining clash between a Reality TV Star and the First Cuckquean (look it up) of America. What could be considered a bigger tragedy, however, are ...

Death Blooms Part 1

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DargonZine 29, Issue 1

By: Keith English | Archive, Stories

Filth, in every color, size, and dress comes through those doors. They pass thresholds of the Guard and proceed down to the dungeons to wallow in their own shit and squalor. I disgust them because they know my legacy; it has been short thus far, but loud. I disdain them for they are unfit to enjoy life. They deserved those damp, odiferous, confining cells from the day they even thought to commit their evils. Now, I'm not sure if they ...

Drunken Treasure – A Sea Story

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DargonZine 29, Issue 1

By: Joseph Carney | Archive, Stories

Two ships sat abreast, gently rising and falling on the waves of the Valenfaer Ocean a few leagues to the north-east of Dargon. One was a small fishing boat, the other a three-masted schooner. A red pennant flew from the main mast of the larger vessel telling everyone who saw it she was a pirate ship. Two heads broke the surface of the ocean about three hundred feet away from the ships. "Where did ship come from?" Danae asked. Her voice sounded ...

Dargonzine 28-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 28, Issue 2

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

So, round about this time every year, I have an Editorial that covers the annual Dargon Summit. This year is no different. That being said, I don't want to bore you with the same old, same old. Is it one of the great bonding experiences of being a Dargon author? Yes. Had attendance (sadly) dropped off? Yes. Am I eager to get more folks wrapped into next year's Summit? Of course. ...