58. Heaven’s Just a Block Away

Musical Score: Adam Ant, Shake Your Hips The last episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. In late November, gray elves hold a 10-day festival for Corellon Larithian. Every spare corner — porches, street corners, bow windows, even vacant lots — becomes an impromptu shrine ablaze with votives, heaped with […]

57. The So-Called Visible Spectrum

The penultimate episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Once the house is ready, Valentine invites Inglorion to stay in the guest suite until the heat is off, not really expecting him to accept. Inglorion cocks his head, considers. “It’s not out of the question. It might be better to […]

56. Valentine Comes Home

Today is November 1, All Souls Day. It’s been just over a year since Valentine emerged from the Underdark with a couple of rapiers, a brace of throwing daggers, and a hand crossbow and ammunition. A year ago this week, he was wandering in the woods, and narrowly avoided death from hunger and exposure. The […]

55. Animals, Not Angels

“Basically her family built a trap, and I walked right into it. They created this story about how I’m this violent, depraved, out-of-control monster. Her brother taunted me until I pounded the shit out of him — one of my army buddies had to pull me off of him — and then they created just […]

54. Honor and Responsibility

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Sieia told Valentine to meet with Marcus, and now it seems like it must be too late. He doesn’t need to seek approval for anything. The whole thing is bound to be awkward. And yet, when Marcus returns to Liamelia, he sends […]

53. What Did You Do to Your Hands?

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. He masters an impulse to flee the house, ride up into the mountains. Instead, he forces himself to go to Sieia’s sitting room. He finds her seated by the fire. “Did you see her? What happened?” “I did. I don’t know.” He […]

51. Threats and Promises

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine returns home, exhausted, only to find the household in an uproar. A letter has arrived from Valykria’s grandmother. Her family is still pressing her to return, promising that all will be forgiven. Even Sieia’s equanimity has been shattered. “Good God, Valentine, […]

49. Eyes as Dark as Any Shelawn Could Wish

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. A masked assassin bursts through the doorway. There are three more behind him, all armed with daggers. They must have been counting on some combination of surprise and weight of numbers to overcome their victims. Inglorion disarms his opponent with the first […]