Studies in Torture

Part of our training here involves torture; not giving it, taking it. Only the bad guys in Dunari ever use torture. Nevertheless, Ganhook insisted that we needed to be exposed to it to know what to expect if any bad guys ever catch us. That’s why he took us to the Fortress of the Five Heads yesterday morning. This is the hub of the…

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Shell Valley Bread Part 2

Getting up early this morning wasn’t a problem because I didn’t sleep a wink last night. My head tumbled with images of giant grasshoppers, giant corn, and a giant factory run by a woman who ‘had an eye’ for Ganhook. After breakfast, Ganhook gave us the security spell machine and the update ingredient bottles before leading us outside the compound and into the back…

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Shell Valley Bread Part 1

As far as we can make out, Ganhook lives a simple life. Apart from a glass of homemade brandy before bed, he eats the same as us, wears simple clothes, and doesn’t seem interested in gold or jewellery. The only thing he says he can’t live without is his morning loaf of Shell Valley Bread. Shaped like a sheaf of corn and baked from…

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The Spell Garden

Aisling and I are getting tired of Ganhook’s constant lessons. They take place six days a week in one of the smaller stone buildings constructed tight to the northern wall. With its big teachers’ desk, enormous blackboard, and lines of wooden and iron desks, the lesson hall resembles something out of a history book. Our lectures start off interesting, but soon get bogged down…

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An Interview with Ganhook’s Beard!

Ganhook’s Beard spoke to me last night. I wasn’t going to write about it, but it didn’t turn out well for me, and blogging about it is the easiest way to let Aisling know what happened without telling her face to face. I want to be far away when she finds out. I don’t want to hear her laugh. I was in Ganhook’s ‘relaxation’…

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