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Prelude: Tesdes

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July 14, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Tesdes was doing his best to be invisible, which, he was finding, was harder than it had been before. He had done a very good job of hiding in Kekla and Riensin’s rather bright shadows up until now.  But now, now it was getting trickier. He found himself in the …
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Prelude: Riensin

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July 12, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“And then what happened?” Kietsap was – well, not exactly jealous, more like irritated. Riensin knew why, although he didn’t know if his twin understood it.   “Well, then we talked to The Emperor’s Voice and Eyes, Elalekorra, and then Lirnilalie walked in.  It turns out she’s a Princess. Or …
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Prelude: Kekdela

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June 30, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“Do you remember?”  She had quizzed Riensin until he refused to talk to her. She had pestered Tesdes until he had picked up a charcoal and a slip of paper and drawn his memory ot the Voice of the Emperor, which, it seemed, was seven lines and a raised eyebrow. …
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Prelude: Saydrie

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June 28, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Saydrie went to pray. This was not unusual, of course; he was in a strange place, surrounded by strangers, and strange things kept happening to him.  It said in all three of the books of the Three that one should seek solace in one’s knowledge of the Three when one …
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Prelude: Tairiekie

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June 23, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Taikie was having trouble concentrating on her studies. To be entirely accurate, she was having trouble concentrating on her assigned studies. She would be in the middle of a piece on Textiles and she would look for the code woven into the strands of the fabric; she would be talking …
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Prelude: Enerenarie

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June 20, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

It wasn’t so much that her new job was vexing.  Enrie was honored to have been put in charge of the Imperial Bureaucrats searching the academy library, even if it left her little time for anything else. She enjoyed helping them find their way around the mess of the place, …
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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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