Shinytop Part 2

It’s been over a week since we returned from Dayshop Alley. The moment we were behind the compound’s walls, Shinytop requested to be left in the armoury. We were all still pretty fired up, so we didn’t have a problem dumping him down there. As the days went by, though, and our anger and frustration ebbed, I started to wonder how he was getting…

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Shinytop Part 1

We had a rare day off today. When Shinytop heard we were planning to visit a local market, he said. ‘I can bring you somewhere much more interesting.’ We knew that that really meant he wanted to go somewhere interesting, and he wanted us to bring him. ‘What place? I asked. ‘Dayshop Alley. Not many know about it. If you have unique things to…

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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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Dinner at the Marrow Pot

I’ve been wondering all week whether to write about our visit to The Marrow Pot. After all, half my online friends—especially the really older ones—are always posting pictures about the latest wonderful (not) dinner, desert, soup or cake they’ve eaten. That’s so Boooor . . . . . . ing. And I want to be original. But here goes anyway. Ganhook says The Marrow…

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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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Aisling’s ‘Weird News’ snippet. June 2020

Story taken from the City of Bones Newsletter The Talking Cats of Downsell Wharf Finally, through interviews, leaked documents and eye-witness accounts, the true story of what occurred at Ramsey’s Dried Fish warehouse can now be revealed. On the evening of the 15th, Guards were summoned to investigate a disturbance at the warehouse, 76 Downsel Wharf. When they arrived they heard what one guard…

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Bouldergeist

Bouldergeist [Bowl-dar-geyst]  Plural: Bouldergeists. Advanced spirit weapon consisting of an unstable and vengeful spirit imprisoned in a medium sized (maximum weight 200kg) shardstone boulder. Production of this siege breaking weapon was solely licensed to the Exploration Guild’s Spirit and Dark Arts weapons division. Banned since the siege of Portroy.   ***   You’re never too far from a scream in the City of Bones….

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Blue Fire Poo

The Storm Exploration Guild is one of the largest and most powerful guilds in Dunari. Its job is to detect any Spirit Storm activity and take the appropriate actions if the slightest wisp of trouble emerges from the unknown lands. It does this through a vast network of scouts, early warning stations, weather monitoring creatures, remote machines and lots of other stuff that is…

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Toothache 2: Mad Dentist

Despite the fire in my jaw, when I went to Gutwretch Street two days ago I walked slow. In fact, I almost turned back as I approached the first crazy buildings. They should rename the place The Street of Agony and Sorrow. People wandered everywhere, moaning, limping, holding their jaws and clutching their bellies. A bawling young girl had wrapped herself around a tree,…

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Toothache 1: The Tooth Worm

I awoke at 03:22 this morning with such a furious throbbing in my jaw I thought I was under attack. Yelling, I lashed out, but quickly realised there was no intruder, only the most dreadful toothache, a monster that gnawed through my jaw as if burrowing a way out. Stars danced on front of my eyes. Even when I lit the lantern, those stars…

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