1. The Sun Has Its Own Scent

Episode 1 of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Claudius Shelawn. To: The Honorable Xardic Ceralac, Mayor of Liamelia From: Mindartis Amahir, Clan Leader of the Wood Elves of Xilomelia Dear Xardic, I hope this letter finds you, your family and your city well and prosperous. I’m writing to request aid and […]

Author’s Note

I’m taking a brief break from publishing episodes of The Magnificent Five. Over the next several weeks, you’ll see episodes from Man Raised by Spiders instead. Man Raised by Spiders is the coming-of-age story of Valentine Claudius Shelawn, who is the third member of The Magnificent Five, after Inglorion and Ajax. In these pages, he’s […]

15. Charon of the Xyrec Army

Soon thereafter, Inglorion returns to his flat in Amakir late one night. He’s discouraged, itching with the undefined misery that he feels in Artemisia’s presence. He didn’t feel comfortable leaving her with servants, but he couldn’t force himself to stay. She was drunk but not to the point of illness, and seemed inclined to rest. […]

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. […]

13. Curiously Disengaged

For the next few years, Inglorion’s visits to Rosalee are the most regular thing in his life, forming a heartbeat or cadence that both he and his daughter find comforting. Every other week, he spends three days in the Gypsy camp, just outside the city gates. This gives his life an odd 11/3 rhythm. Or, […]