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Love Meme: Riensin and Tairiekie

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February 16, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

The meme is here: Give me the names of two characters and I will tell you why character A loves character B.  Here is clare_dragonfly‘s second prompt: Riensin and Tairiekie. Riensin knew he was handsome. He didn’t take it as any particular virtue of his — he had the same face as …
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MARKED is Back!

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February 13, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

MARKED, the serial I am writing collaboratively with Cal, has returned from its unexpected hiatus! As an apology for the break, there are two new pieces up on the MARKED Patreon, free for everyone to read: Rune Detective, a short story written by Cal, in the MARKED setting but with …
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Edally is on Hiatus!

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February 1, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Edally Academy: the Missing Treaty is over, and Edally Academy is on hiatus. Saydrie’s story will begin in late April-Mid May.  Tentatively titled The Broken Bargain, it should answer some of the questions opened by The Angry Aetherist and The Missing Treaty (which: feel free to leave any questions here, in case I miss some!) …
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Epilogue: At the Races

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January 30, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

It seemed that being in the favor of the Emperor, at least for the moment, had a few immediate benefits. One of those was being in charge of the imperial bureaucrats as they searched the Library. Enrie had never been in charge of people before and she found it very …
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Chapter 59C – Hold Your Head High

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January 27, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Enrie’s heart was pounding so loudly she was certain his guards could hear it. Her throat was dry and her palms were sweaty.  And the Emperor — who was, in a way, technically her grand-uncle, although she was fairly certain the tree was not nearly that direct — was smiling …
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Chapter 59B: The Emperor’s Voice

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January 25, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

The guards were in very plain uniforms with no insignia, their colors a non-explanatory mix of red, blue, and green. Their weapons explained enough, however; each of them was visibly carrying a long polearm or a gladius and a firearm.  Something about their comportment suggested to Enrie that they did not need …
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Chapter 59A: An Alarming Call

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January 23, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

They’d been back at school for two weeks.  Enrie was entirely caught up on all her classes, and Taikie was back into reading ahead by at least a week.  Their Instructors had either forgiven them, or, in the case of those more nosy than fretful about academics, had stopped asking …
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Chapter 58C: A Breath of Normalcy

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January 20, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

  “Hello there.  It has been a while, hasn’t it?  Almost an eon.”  Gianci had spent almost all of his time in the days since they returned placating his teammates and roommates, all of whom had been irked with him.  Enrie had only seen him in passing in the lounge …
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Chapter 58B: The Role and the Name

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January 18, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

It felt strange to be back in school.  Their Instructors had all been told — well, something, at least — by House Monitor Libkazaarie — which meant that Instructor Pelnyen looked at them sideways but everyone else seemed to accept their absence with decent grace.   There were projects to …
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Chapter 58A: The Archive and the Treaty

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January 16, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

The address Elelakorra had given them turned out to be the floor below the first floor of a four-story stone building just outside the royal quarter.  The entrance in the front of the building led to a very attractive stone staircase, down to a room with narrow but tall windows and …
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Chapter 57C: Safe Roads and a Clear Sky

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January 13, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“You really have had an interesting first year at school so far,” Elelakorra chuckled. “Oh, no, this is nothing.  Taikie got hit over the head with a pipe by someone —” Enrie caught herself and coughed “— misusing aether, someone who turned out to be a murderer.   For this, all …
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Chapter 57B: Old School Friends and New

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January 11, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Elelakorra’s gaze moved to Libkazaarie and stayed there for a moment.  “My protection includes you, of course.  It has been a while, hasn’t it?” Libkazarrie cleared her throat uncomfortably. “It has. Honored Voice.” “None of that, Librie.” Elelakorra hopped up to sit on her desk and swung her legs over …
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Chapter 57A: Fear and Protection

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January 9, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Enrie cleared her throat to give herself a moment to think.  Elelakorra had changed directions, tone of voice, and expression in a heartbeat.  Now she was gentle-older-cousin again. “I believe, cousin, ah, Elora, you were just finishing up reading the treaty – the copy of the treaty, of course.”  Enrie …
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Chapter 56c: Copies

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January 6, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Lirnilalie stared at Enrie blankly for a minute.  “You’re telling me that Ilonilarrona had me chasing after a copy?   A modern copy, at that?  All of this talk about the Treaty and what it could do, and it’s nothing but a copy?  Nobody would believe anything based on this, nobody …
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Chapter 56b: How Does This End?

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January 4, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Lirnilalie was staring at her intently, and, more disturbingly, so was Elelakorra. Enrie felt like she was missing something, some capitulation of Lirnilalie’s she hadn’t quite followed.  But she understood this part, at least.  She raised her chin and looked Lirnilalie in the eye and smiled. “I appreciate the offer, …
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Chapter 56A: ‘Til the World Burns

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January 2, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Lirnilalie shifted her weight, leaning forward over the desk.  “You don’t honestly think those guards worry me, do you, cousin?  They’re not going to do anything to me.” “I believe your self-confidence is getting in the way of your memory, cousin. The guards have taken you away before, and they …
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Holiday Story: Tienaabaa’s Festival

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December 30, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Happy Tienaabaa’s festival to all!  May it find you motivated to creativity and to thought.  If you are wondering, Bitrani and Calenyena spell Tienaabaa’s name differently (Tienebrah); the Bitrani pronounce that initial T-i-e-n as tee-en while the Calenyena say “Tie”. ❄️ It was nearly time for the festival, and the snow had already …
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Holiday Guest Story: Cold Weather Festival

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December 28, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Written by Rix Scaedu for the cold weather holiday! Pamdi was making bookmarks for the holiday.  They were perhaps not very good bookmarks, but Pamdi had bought the best cardstock, paints and brushes she could afford so the deficits of the finished product were hers and not the materials she …
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Chapter 55c: The Diplomatic Body

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December 26, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Elelakorra watched Lirnilalie with a steady and unflinching gaze, despite the fact that the latter looked as if she was on fire.  “I heard a traitor and an embarrassment speak.  It would hardly be the first time, Lyirnilalie.”  Elelakorra’s eyes drifted down to the sparking, burning mess of Lirnilalie’s torso …
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Chapter 55b: Lying

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December 23, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“Reading the situation?”  Lirnilalie raised her eyebrows incredulously.  “You think that’s what you’re doing here?” The door behind them opened.  Tevordor stood there with four armed guards.  Elelakorra waved them in and gestured them to stay where they were. She nodded almost imperceptibly to Enrie.  A cue to continue?  If …
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