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Dargonzine 28-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 28, Issue 1

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

It's been a very busy few months for me. Everyone is busy, I know. When are we supposed to find time to write? Well, arguably, we're supposed to prioritize the things we love, and I have recently gone back to the sport of fencing after a 12 year hiatus. That has been extraordinarily good for me -- sadly, limited to one night a week. But I've also been incredibly bogged down in work and trying ...

Ol Tamboch Narhin, Thread 8: The Skipping Stone

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DargonZine 28, Issue 1

By: Dafydd Cyhoeddwr | Archive, Stories

Circles, loops, spirals, cycles -- all of nature seems to love this shape, from the circle of the seasons to the very cycle of life itself. Curving, bending, swooping all seem more nature-like, more natural, if you will, than the straight, level lines of roads, and the hard barriers of walls. Of course, there isn't anything inherently unnatural about linearity or flatness: mountain cliffs are flat, and tree trunks grow straight up, after all. Perhaps the perception comes, ...

Cursed 1

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DargonZine 28, Issue 1

By: Keith English, and Joseph Carney | Archive, Stories

Blue waves of saltwater rose from the Valenfaer Ocean and then sprinted up Dargon's beach to surround the ankles of two young boys. The sun reflected off the rollicking surface in flashes of bright light. The boys ran along the beach, weaving in and out of the surf and away from the ominous cave at their backs. Perry had just finished telling Dom of the terrible things that the Death Rattler delved into within that dark cave. The boys had ...

Dargonzine 27-4 Editorial

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DargonZine 27, Issue 4

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

Writing editorials is a bit like writing stories for Dargon, but with a lot less peer review, and I don't have to conform to any set pattern, historical information, or what have you. It's freeing, really. But while they sometimes fly off the page, there are other times when writing the editorial is like drilling out my own cavities, and purposely not using Novocain. Not fun. So, in the instance that the editorial is not striking ...

Fleeing Fears

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DargonZine 27, Issue 4

By: Liam Donahue, and Joseph Carney | Archive, Stories

"Blackspot!" The word rang in Padron's ears. A plague! Ol's balls, another plague! He had to run, he -- A hand grasped his shoulder, hard. "Look out, you! Do you want to get run down?" A heavyset guard in an ill-fitting uniform jerked Padron out of the way of a horse. Padron did not know the man's name. The rider stopped his horse right in the middle of the group of guards. Padron looked up to see the uniform of a Town Guard ...

Insecurities

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DargonZine 27, Issue 4

By: Jon Evans, and Dafydd Cyhoeddwr | Archive, Stories

Birds hailed the morning with their musical language as the Ober sun crested the distant mountains and set the city of Dargon alight with dawn's glow. I led my finely-dressed guests Ril Alnik, captain of the merchant ship Sorilyar, and his wife Sefshon into the warehouse that contained my private vault. The Fifth I shipping house was already busy with my men scurrying about, taking notes on sheets of vellum and hauling goods to various storage areas within the compound ...

Dargonzine 27-3 Editorial

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DargonZine 27, Issue 3

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

Last issue, I was racing to get my Editorial in before Liam yelled at me. This issue, I'm two weeks behind the calendar, but he somehow has been nice enough not to ding me too much. Must be under a bit of pressure himself. The big news around the country, and much of the world, recently has been about the reemergence of Ebola, particularly here in the United States of America. The rage of conservatives and liberals are, ...

Ol Tamboch Narhin, Thread 7

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DargonZine 27, Issue 3

By: Dafydd Cyhoeddwr | Archive, Stories

Baranur and Beinison have long been enemies. Political differences, ideological divergences, territorial imperatives: all have had a part in their continued conflict. Both nations are strong now, and even despite the fact that Baranur does not exist in a constant state of war-readiness, the more northern kingdom was able to defeat the empire in their last clash in 1013 and 1014. Some 120 years ago, though, when the two nations previously came to open war, it was a ...

Dargonzine 27-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 27, Issue 2

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

It's that time of the quarter, again, and I'm expected to write another Editorial.  (In truth, Liam will be sending me a scolding reminder e-mail any mene now, but I'm hoping I hit "Send" before he does.) (He actually had 12 hours to spare - L.) But where to start?  We have a vast amount of possible topics, not least of which is my recent tradition of featuring specific Dargon authors each month.  However, what with the impending Independence Day ...

What Cannot Be Tempered

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DargonZine 27, Issue 2

By: Victor Cardoso, and Pam Atchley | Archive, Stories

Caeris, the mage, couldn't sleep. He lay quietly in the state between wakefulness and dreaming, tucked under the voluminous covers of a beautiful but overly lavish four-poster bed. The new High Mage, Alrik Vidor, had sent notice ahead and procured the night's lodging in Kenna for his students, the second of whom was to join Caeris shortly. The prior High Mage Marcellon had been incapacitated after the war, and it was presently unknown when, or if he would recover fully. ...