16. The Gallery

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. It’s overcast as Valentine walks to the Shelawn townhouse the following morning. After yesterday’s performance, he’s determined to start teaching Aramil at least the basics of archery, so he’s carrying his longbow and quiver. As he strides through the sweetly green city […]

18. Rude and Inquisitive Elves

When Inglorion enters the city, the atmosphere has shifted from the last time he was there. Additional guards are posted at the gates, and though they recognize him, they question him closely about his business and how long he plans to stay. “I’m here to visit family — Marcus Shelawn and Sieia Ceralac,” he says. […]

16. It Happens When She Can’t Get Things Right

“Thank God you’re here,” says Alexandra almost sharply when he opens the door of the caravan. “She’s been awful, distraught. I can’t do anything with her.” Inglorion sets down his bags, takes off his sword belt and quiver, and crouches down next to mother and daughter. Alexandra is hovering over Rosalee, and looks almost frantic […]

14. All God and Gophers

When they wake the following morning, Inglorion makes them a breakfast of fruit and goat cheese, and dresses Rosalie in the best of her three dresses for the trip into town. He has to put her shoes on numerous times because she keeps removing and throwing them across the room, followed by her balled-up socks. […]

11. Rosalee, The Gypsy Princess

Inglorion receives a brief note from Alexandra requesting that he visit the King of the Gypsies at his earliest convenience to discuss personal business. The letters they’ve exchanged have been limited to general news items. They don’t share an intelligence cypher, and neither one of them is inclined towards sentimental correspondence. Nonetheless, he excuses himself […]

10. A Familiar Routine of Flirtation and Seduction

For just over a year, Inglorion sets a personal record for sexual fidelity. He does not fuck women other than Artemisia, or even flirt with them. Over time, however, events conspire to draw him back into his old ways. He has legitimate reasons for dissatisfaction, if not for infidelity. Perhaps because their relationship has been formalized, […]

9. Private Joy and Common Sorrow

During this time, Inglorion settles into a respectable merchant area in Amakir, and sets up an intelligence operation from scratch. Ajax handles all the logistics and record-keeping, including arranging a courier system from the heart of Amakir to the nearest Drow egress point, and all the way down to Inglorion’s household in the Theates district […]

6. Like Wanting a Unicorn

Soundtrack: Adam Ant, 20th Century Boy (T-Rex Cover) The world is slow to return, but eventually Inglorion finds himself lying on his back, playing with Artemisia’s hair. She’s curled up on his chest. Presently she gets a washcloth, sponges them both off. She snuggles up to him again, says, “So that’s what it’s like to […]

5. It Seems As If Everything Must Be Forgiven

Soundtrack: Adam Ant, Try this for Sighs Inglorion dresses with care for his appointment with Artemisia. Given the opportunity, he would make himself late striving for effortless elegance. However, there’s only so much he can do. Men’s clothing has begun its centuries’-long decent from the powdered wigs, embroidered silk waistcoats and high-heeled, jeweled shoes of […]