Chapter 14: Horse Riders

Chapter 14- Horse Riders - Systa

Ulf watched Melrakki as she slept. He noticed the shadows under her eyes and the blankets tightly pulled around her. Dawn had long since passed, but for the first time in years, she had not woken up before him. Ulf did not wake her. Instead he carefully moved his half of the blanket over her… Read More…

Chapter 13: The Salt Monastaries

Chapter Illustration

It was cold. The sun had only just risen high enough to peak over the edge of the mountains and the early morning mist still clung to the slopes. Astrid could barely see ahead more than a couple of feet, but she was untroubled by the lack of visibility. She always wondered how elves and… Read More…

Chapter 12: Elder

Chapter 12-Elder

“Damned brojóta burðr bitch!” Three hundred and seventy nine, Halvard thought. I wonder how many more times he’s going to use that word before we reach Einn. He had already decided that as soon as they reached Einn he would leave as fast as he possibly could. Any doubts he may have had about the… Read More…

Chapter 11: The Leshy

Chapter 11 - The Leshy

Jarl had barely spoken since Halvard had left, and it was starting to make Astrid nervous. While she normally appreciated any silence on the road, this silence made her feel on edge. She could almost hear the cogs turn in Jarl’s head as he mulled what had happened over and over again. Knud had tried… Read More…

Chapter 10: Little Fox

Outsider- Chapter 10- Little Fox Illustration

Ulf peered down at the map Melrakki had drawn on the coarse paper spread out across the low table. Garðarr, Ótama and Systa were seated around it with several of their respective captains behind them. Melrakki had both hands pressed against her stomach and a scowl on her face as the baby kicked and squirmed… Read More…

Chapter 9: The Angu Pass

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“I take it back. The ponies are useful,” Halvard wheezed as he led his pony on the narrow path. Ahead of him Jarl burst out laughing, his laugher echoing loudly around the canyon. “Why do we have to walk?” Halvard shouted up at Astrid who walked ahead of them, Knud right behind her, followed by Jarl, and lastly, by Halvard. “Until… Read More…

Chapter 8: Hunt

Chapter 8 Illustration - Hunt

“I still think this is foolish!” Ótama warned Ulf as he mounted Bál. “If I was planning to kill you I would do it now, in the hunt. Why are you giving them another chance?” Ulf shook his head. “They won’t try anything. Bál will see to that.” The dragon horse snorted loudly as if… Read More…

Chapter 7: The West Gate

At The West Gate

“Is she here yet?” “No, Knud, can you please stop jumping around!” Jarl muttered tiredly. The day before had been long and hard. It had barely been possible to find the supplies they would need for the road ahead, as the markets and inns were down to their last scraps. More than one of the… Read More…

Chapter 6: The Road to Einn

Chapter Six The Road to Einn

“Is he asleep yet?” Jarl yawned, one of his arms around Knud who sat in front of him, and the other on the pony’s reins. Halvard leaned forward from his own pony to look at Knud and nodded. “Yes.” “Thank Nida!” “I should take him,” Halvard suggested, but Jarl shook his head. “I don’t want… Read More…

Chapter 5: Awe and Terror

Outsider - Ulf Chapter 5

It was cold outside the tent and the air was crisp and clear. Last night’s thunderstorm had finally washed away the thick, heavy atmosphere that had plagued the area around Lake Krewa for weeks now. The air was so clean it almost hurt to inhale it. Each ice-cold breath Ulf exhaled billowed from his mouth… Read More…