Temporary delay

Had a couple of delays so the next couple of chapters will be up by Friday, with apologies. I’m pretty under the weather, sorry!

B -The Knight of Coins (pentacle)#atozchallenge

I guess I should start at the beginning. I’ve been working as a mercenary for a while now, and had just completed a long term contract with a wizard, who felt that he could spend some of the loot we’d…liberated on making things right in his homeland. After escorting him there, I headed to the next village, and sat down in the Inn, waiting for the guild board to post any unclaimed work.
Artis, the small town I’d entered seemed to run on that model anyway, but for the first three days, the guild board remained bare. More importantly, no one approached it, so on day four, dropping an extra silver coin on the stained, sticky bar top, and asked Joren, the barkeeper, what was going on.

“Ah miss,” he said, with a wink and a smile with one too many missing teeth, making it look a bit more like a grimace of pain. “The guild isn’t hiring out right now. We found that out of townies couldn’t handle our Herlarns, nor our Boonsars,”

A herlan huh? I thought to myself. Unless they’ve been allowed to grow and breed, Herlan’s aren’t too bad. Boonsars though. I thought they were gone from this world. Obviously not.
I offered a matching, sunny smile of my own, and looked down at my hand, casually collecting dark and light into a swirling ball.

“I’m from these parts, I guess you could say, so I’m more than a match for anything you’ve got,” I said. “My mother was a water hag from the swamps two towns over,”

“Yes miss, you’ve got the look of changelings from our part of the world, but nevertheless, the guild doesn’t…” he looked down, then up, and smiled. “The truth of the matter is, because of all of the issues, the guild left here. I post some jobs, but not often. And, as it happens, I do have one. But…” he paused, looking me up and down. “It’s not for magic wielder, nor a changeling. Not unless you’ve learned other things while travelling,” he added.

I smiled coyly, and pushed him a coin, with a knight on one side. It represented the 50 quests I’d undertaken, without using magic. The productivity of conserving my powers.

“Does this maybe answer your question?”
He nodded, and wordlessly tipped his head to a door off the main room.

Knight of Conis keyword
UPRIGHT: Hard work, productivity, routine, conservatism.


26 and the random – the cards

  1. AtoZ challenge 2021 announcement
  2. 26 and the random – the cards
  3. A – The Four of Cups #atozchallenge

My deck is the Elemental Power Deck (you can get details on the deck itself on my site at https://fiction.bykai.com/tarot-prompts).
For my draw, I shuffled but did not take any invented draws (I kept them all the correct way up), and each day, I’ll share the meaning of the card at the end of the part, and then collect them in a glossary when the project is complete.  These meanings may be the standard meanings, or they may be my understanding of them.  If you disagree with a meaning, by all means, let me know, but I am working to the meanings as I understand them to start with, and will not alter the story if my meaning differs dramatically from yours.

I’d already decided, as the set is coins, cups, wands and swords that I’d write a high fantasy novella of sorts, but I’m not sure if that’s all it’s going to be. (in my deck, coins/pentacles are interchangeable.  I’ve chosen coins over pentacles for numbered cards, pentacles for named (Page to King), so I could introduce magics as well as other fun.
I shuffled several times (every four cards), to be sure of a good mix, and the deck has already been shuffled daily for a week, so, the pattern it drew is not due to poor mixing 🙂

The 26 cards I drew are:

1. The 4 of Cups
2. The Knight of Coins (pentacle)
3. 10 of Coins
(week 1)
4. 9 of Coins
5. 8 of Wands
6. 7 of Wands
8. 5 of Wands
9. 4 of Wands
10. Queen of Cups
(week 2)
11. Knight of Cups
12. Page of Cups
13. Justice (major)
14. Wheel of Fortune (major)
15. 9 of Wands
16. 8 of Swords
17. The High Priestess (major)
(week 1)
18. The Lovers/Twins (major)
19. 8 of Cups
20. Emperor (major)
21. Empress (major)
22. 10 of Swords
23. 9 of Swords
24. Knight of Wands
(week 4)
25.Page of Wands
26. The Magician (major)

AtoZ challenge 2021 announcement

  1. AtoZ challenge 2021 announcement
  2. 26 and the random – the cards
  3. A – The Four of Cups #atozchallenge

Just a quick post cause everything is *all go* here but I’ll be drawing 26 tarot cards on the 28th or so of March, and they will form the backbone of a 26 part story, that should be mostly contiguous, but we’ll see.

I’m doing several AtoZ’s, this one is also mirroring on Wattpad 🙂