Aisling’s ‘Weird News’ snippet. February 2019

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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Yellow Mould Bomb

‘I have some cleaning up for you to do today,’ Ganhook announced over breakfast yesterday. My stomach dropped. More work. For once, couldn’t he have waited until we’d finished eating before he dropped bad news. ‘A friend of mine’s mansion was mould bombed by a rival last night,’ Ganhook continued. ‘The city guards haven’t been informed. My friend is worried that if word gets…

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No Football Here

They’re not much into sports here. I guess they’ve enough to be dealing with without playing games. At the very least I’d have expected to see folks kicking a ball. We only discovered this last week when Aisling and I were kicking around her handball just outside the compound’s gate. The first kids gathered within minutes, and stood staring like they were watching some…

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A Visitor

In all the time we’ve been in Ganhook’s compound, I’ve never known any visitors to spend the night. True, there’s a steady stream of mages, politicians, military and guild personnel coming and going. None stay more than a few hours. And all behave in a strict, professional manner. That’s why I was so surprised when Aisling woke me early yesterday and said that a…

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Sewage Eaters Strike!

Although this website is a joint effort between Aisling and I, she was reluctant to post any content here until she was convinced my blog posts were up to a good literary standard. I guess she’s impressed now because she’s decided to post some stuff. She doesn’t want to do blog posts. Instead, she’s going to post news snippets from the City of Bones…

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Catwalk

To distract myself from thinking about the sugar beetle grub I’d eaten at breakfast, I took Stein Cat for his monthly walk yesterday morning. Stein Cat hates these walks. Considering he’s a highly successful magician’s assistant who runs a highly successful private detective agency on the side, I didn’t blame him for hissing at me when I roused him from beside the kitchen fire,…

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The Dunari Leprechaun

Disclaimer: I never believed in leprechauns before I came to Dunari. None exist here, but now I’m open-minded about what could be back home. Factoid: Legend has it that if you catch a leprechaun he must grant you three wishes. There’s always trickery involved, though. Your wishes come true, but never in the way you want them. *** I think Ganhook has some Leprechaun…

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Dunari Santa!

They’ve never heard of Christmas here. When I mentioned it to Shinytop, Stein Cat and Sparks, they became instantly curious. ‘It’s a curse word,’ Stein Cat said, claiming he’d heard every curse there ever was due to his dealings with the criminal underworld. As crazy as it sounded, he had a point. I’d once overheard Mum saying Christmas could be a curse when she…

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The Aqua Obscura

  Shinytop claimed yesterday to have entered the Aqua Obscura (Hidden Water) zone twice during his thieving days, the first time to steal, the second time for a bet. Considering it’s a highly secured inner city sea dock area, and trespassers face a mandatory twenty years in the Undersea Prison, we doubted his story. He kept insisting it was true. ‘That dock is packed…

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The Fortune Teller of Transpal

The morning after we’d finished our mud pool experiences, Ganhook announced that he wanted us to visit a fortune teller that someone had recommended to him. He gave us a gold coin each to go check her out. I weighted the coin in my hand. ‘Expensive.’ ‘The good ones always are.’ I imagined all the other things a gold coin could buy, chief of…

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