Table of Contents

This blog is a series of fantasy novels in serial form. If you’d like to start at the beginning and work your way through, this post provides a handy list of all the chapters in sequence.

The first volume, Man Raised by Spiders, tells the story of Inglorion’s younger cousin Valentine, who was taken captive during the Xialo Massacre. After a daring and unprecedented escape from slavery in the Underdark, he’s entirely unequipped to live in a peaceful, genteel high elvish city.

  1. The Sun Has Its Own Scent
  2. Theates
  3. The Island
  4. Further Training
  5. The Labyrinth
  6. Tokens
  7. Who Sent You?
  8. Death Is Close
  9. Streams of Cool Air
  10. A Good Op
  11. I Couldn’t Turn Back If I Wanted To
  12. Matters Between Men and Women
  13. Lessons in Elvish
  14. Inglorion Returns
  15. Epic Luck
  16. The Gallery
  17. The Carnival
  18. We See You, Charon
  19. Flashing Eyes
  20. Blood for Blood
  21. You Can’t Be First, But You Could Be Next
  22. Valentine in the Battle for Liamelia
  23. A Sense of Imminent Loss
  24. Xialo
  25. A Fate Worse Than Death
  26. Welcome to the Company of Fugitives
  27. The First Rule of Thug Life
  28. Twenty Questions
  29. Valentine Claudius Shelawn Was Born a Citizen of Liamelia
  30. One Thousand Sunsets
  31. Aramil Augustus Is Banished
  32. The Road to Amakir
  33. Valykria
  34. Thick as Thieves
  35. Cactus Always Looks Smooth from a Distance
  36. Θ {target} {action} Θ
  37. No Secrets
  38. How to Keep the Game Going
  39. It Solves the Problem
  40. Charon Pallas Proioxis
  41. Throat Hit
  42. How Valentine Married the Gunner’s Daughter
  43. There Can Be No Real Objection
  44. Desire
  45. This Lesson Is Free
  46. The Weight of the Past
  47. Eralon Amakir, Esq. Gets a Beating
  48. Tereus Shelawn Was a Brute
  49. Eyes As Dark As Any Shelawn Could Wish
  50. Inglorion Atropos Androktasiai, Marquis Theates
  51. Threats and Promises
  52. I Love You. I Lost My Temper. I Made Mistakes.
  53. What Did You Do to Your Hands?
  54. Honor and Responsibility
  55. Animals, Not Angels
  56. Valentine Comes Home
  57. The So-Called Visible Spectrum
  58. Heaven’s Just a Block Away

The next volume, The Biography of Inglorion Atropos Androktasiai, follows Inglorion’s rise from his birth as a half-Drow bastard and servant, to being crowned Marquis Theates, heir to a dukedom in the Underdark.

  1. Early Years
  2. Sieia
  3. Rough Trade
  4. Weapons Training, Skirt Chasing and Pious Devotion
  5. The Things She Overhears
  6. A Thoroughly Nightmarish Evening
  7. Beneath, Something Worse Is Waiting
  8. I Don’t Want to Be There
  9. Krysztof, Cobbler King of the Gypsies
  10. The Flight from Liamelia
  11. The Adventuring Life
  12. A Considerable Heiress
  13. Fine Dresses and Suitors; a Home and a Husband
  14. The Purpose and Mainstay of His Short Life
  15. Dreaming of His Fine Eyes
  16. What a Blessing Widows Are!
  17. The Little Drow Elf Can Kick Your Ass
  18. Sentimental Matters
  19. Rare, Like Violets
  20. An Awkward Episode
  21. That Cruel and Masterful Man
  22. His Desperate Longing to Be Good
  23. The Habit of Taking Beautiful Things
  24. If You Knew How Much I Am Suffering, You Would Forgive Me
  25. Beautiful, Brilliant, Half-Mad and Entirely Reckless
  26. Already Dead
  27. A Partial and Uncertain Gift
  28. What He’s Been Looking for All Along
  29. Why Did You Come Here?
  30. Philomela Procne Arachne, Duchess Theates
  31. The Gods Made Us As We Are
  32. No More Than 108
  33. Ajax
  34. The Wild Card
  35. The First Trial: Batshit Crazy
  36. The Dignity and Nobility of Helpless Passion
  37. The Second Trial: How He Became This Way
  38. Funny and Shameful by Turns
  39. Androktasiai
  40. Burn the Witch
  41. Sheltering the Flame
  42. Proper Channels
  43. The Kingdom of This World Is Become the Kingdom of Our Lord
  44. I Didn’t Know Such Kindness Existed
  45. Patterned Motions and Cries
  46. The Third Trial: Personalized Moral Injury
  47. And So You Shall
  48. An Unenviable Domestic Situation
  49. The Usual High Cost of Blood and Treasure
  50. Ceremony, Vision, Illusion
  51. A Fucking Pity and a Waste
  52. The Museum of Aboveground Curiosities
  53. The Full Treatment
  54. Faith and Terror Shining in His Eyes
  55. Zero Minus One
  56. Trigger Point
  57. Giant, Clanking Brass Balls
  58. The Last Trial: Kicking the Hornet’s Nest
  59. Not Yet Wise or Predictable
  60. The Coronation of Inglorion Atropos Androktasiai, Marquis Theates

In The Magnificent Five, Inglorion grasps at the chance to earn Liamelian citizenship, accepting a letter of marque that allows — and obliges — him to stop shipments of slaves headed for the Underdark.

  1. The Magnificent Five
  2. Alexandra, King of the Gypsies
  3. A Side-Dish for a Roman Banquet
  4. Bathed in the Scent of Violets, Indulging in Reverie
  5. It Seems As If Everything Must Be Forgiven
  6. Like Wanting a Unicorn
  7. The Magnificent Five: Ajax
  8. A Charming Young Whelp and Adventurer
  9. Private Joy and Common Sorrow
  10. A Familiar Routine of Flirtation and Seduction
  11. Rosalee, the Gypsy Princess
  12. Cupid Spouts Latin to an Infant with a Soaked Diaper
  13. Curiously Disengaged
  14. All God and Gophers
  15. Charon of the Xyrec Army
  16. It Happens When She Can’t Get Things Right
  17. Incidents May Occur
  18. Rude and Inquisitive Elves
  19. The Heir and the Penniless Adventurer
  20. How to Be an Adult and a Gentleman
  21. Hot Punch, a Plate of Biscuits and a Briefing
  22. You’re Too Valuable to Die
  23. You’ve Been Forgotten
  24. You’re Just a Little Thing
  25. Persephone Eats Six Seeds
  26. A Grim and Unwelcome Reminder
  27. The Magnificent Five: Valentine Claudius Shelawn
  28. Allowing the Aftertaste of Jaded Sorrow to Fade
  29. How Like Your Father You Are
  30. Listening for a Miss
  31. Event Horizon
  32. Ignorance and Blindness
  33. Shoot Me up Already
  34. Even Victory is Bitter
  35. Lashed to an Iron Wheel
  36. The Sea Sprite Bar and Grill
  37. The Magnificent Five: Aramil Augustus
  38. Developing Actual Liking
  39. The Spinsters’ Chaise Lounge Incident and a Masculine Demand
  40. This Insupportable Loneliness
  41. How It Feels to Be Handsome and Charming
  42. An Unsettling Preview of a Mysterious Adult State
  43. Love Is Love
  44. This Is What He Does Not Want to Feel
  45. The Next Chapter for the Marquis of the Underdark
  46. Greta X
  47. The Magnificent Five: Lucius Scaevola D’Arcy
  48. A Half-Naked Warrior, Shining and Defiant
  49. Lying Chastely in the Arms of a Beautiful Young Man
  50. Madame Etoile
  51. I Couldn’t Stay Away
  52. Leaving His First Love Behind
  53. More Mysterious Than the Average Elf
  54. The Safety Is Removed
  55. Inglorion Falls in Love with Virginia
  56. An Extraordinary Woman
  57. No Man of Honor
  58. The Household Returns to Its Natural State
  59. Princely Paris, the Outlaw, the Adulterer
  60. The City Barracks
  61. The Letter of Marque
  62. The Others Should Follow, and Will
  63. An Impulse, Visceral and Piercing
  64. Effervescent, Honey-Flavored Hope
  65. His Lordship Used to Model When He Was Young and Needed the Money
  66. You’re the Only One Who Doesn’t See Your Scars
  67. Laying Down Pipe
  68. The Iliad, Naturally
  69. Risk Assessment
  70. Never Good or Careful
  71. The Magnificent Five Continue God’s Work
  72. Valentine’s Crime
  73. Bonne Nuit, Mon Enfant
  74. The First Mass Funeral, the Second Set of Graves
  75. It Is Bad Here
  76. I Couldn’t Stay Away
  77. So Shitty, So Hard
  78. Bad Alternatives, Unpleasant Consequences
  79. The Cruel Spur of Passion and Restlessness
  80. Inglorion Proposes
  81. Virginia Replies
  82. The 39 Articles
  83. Man and the Reason for Living
  84. With My Body, I Thee Worship
  85. A Plea for Guidance
  86. Doing God’s Work by Digging Privies
  87. The Patron Saint of Bastards
  88. Press on — Keep Going — Don’t Stop
  89. A Close-Run Thing
  90. Kneeling by the Altar
  91. The Magnificent Five: Conclusion

The Last Days of Tereus Shelawn tells the story of Inglorion’s troubled and charismatic father, Tereus Shelawn, an admired military leader and, later, convicted war criminal.

  1. The Last Days of Tereus Shelawn
  2. The Greatest Errors of His Career
  3. Of Course It’s Been Terrible
  4. Unhappy and Uncertain
  5. Part of the Flesh Itself
  6. One Episode in Decades of Combat
  7. He Will Not Submit to Boredom Tonight
  8. The Smooth, Hard Surface of His Indifference
  9. Particularly Brutal
  10. Going Headlong to the Devil
  11. Foreshocks
  12. The Few Positive Duties of Fatherhood
  13. Free Fall
  14. Xialo
  15. Nothing as Dramatic as Sieges and Plague
  16. I Wish You Could Forgive Me
  17. Struggling to Unite Thought and Feeling
  18. The Carnal Pleasure of Work
  19. The Golden Evening Rushed In
  20. His Scent and the Imprint of His Lips and Palms
  21. Lost Children Returning Home
  22. Forgive Me, Love Me, Let Me Love You
  23. Reckless Greed
  24. The Furies Settle in the Rafters
  25. Collateral Damage
  26. Sympathy and Longing

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