48. Tereus Shelawn Was a Brute

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine is accosted by another Gypsy child who is not a child. She directs him to an address that turns out to be a hookah lounge not far from Hairy’s Tattoos.  When Valentine gives his name, an attendant — a lovely, dark […]

40. Charon Pallas Proioxis

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine is sworn to Lolth, and the ceremony is truly strange. The priestess administers a strong drug beforehand, so Valentine remains uncertain about what actually happened, and what was a hallucination. He remembers being covered in spiders, but surely that didn’t happen. […]

38. How to Keep the Game Going

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. There’s a sudden ruckus. Four Drow guards enter, and in a swift, businesslike fashion, they cut the bonds holding Valykria and Valentine together and hogtie them both to poles. They hoist Valentine and take him away, leaving Valykria bound and alone in […]

20. Blood for Blood

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Once he lights the candle, Valentine says aloud, “Fuck it.” Before he can lose his nerve, he scrawls a note to Aramil: Cousin, I need your help tonight with an urgent matter. Please come as soon as you receive this. —Xάρων He […]

19. Flashing Eyes

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Ariadne is buried immediately, due to the fear of poison. At first, Valentine can’t grasp that she’s dead. Long before he asked her to be his wife, she was his inner audience, the kind, sympathetic listener we all long to have. At […]

15. Epic Luck

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine has a secret now. Inglorion — Sieia’s half-brother, Valentine’s cousin — is a high-ranking, token-holding member of the Theates clan. At first, Valentine avoids discussing this with Sieia. There seems to be nothing to say, and conversation implies judgment, decision, action. […]

32. No More Than 108

Soundtrack: Venetian Snares, Aanguish Inglorion finds it difficult to fall into trance. The stone bench is hard; he’s distracted by the unfamiliar sensation of cold radiating from his tattoo; he hasn’t eaten since he came to the Underdark. His cell is remote and quiet, so there’s no one to ask about details of schedule. He’s […]

26. Already Dead

Soundtrack: Marilyn Manson, Angel with the Scabbed Wings (Dead to the World) Naturally, Inglorion seeks to console himself with sex. As always, Camilla is free and willing that very afternoon. He shows up and starts to kiss her with no preamble, as soon as she answers the door. He picks her up, carries her into […]