13. Lessons in Elvish

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine and Sieia are first down to breakfast. “I’ve found someone to tutor you in High Elvish script,” she says, while pouring out Valentine’s coffee. “I’m proud I thought of it. Albertus is the head archivist for Liamelia. You’ll like him — […]

12. Matters Between Men and Women

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine is delighted to discover that gray elves resemble the Drow in one important respect: engagements are long, and chaperonage is deliberately casual. Elves are not particularly fertile, so the risks are few, and the benefits are viewed with affectionate indulgence. Most […]

10. A Good Op

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine wakes up to a knock on the door, and the sound of Aramil’s voice. “Room service.” “Oh, fuck. What time is it?” “Just after seven.” “Then what are you doing up? Fuck. You might as well come in.” “I brought you […]

6. Tokens

The next morning, Valentine wakes to a note from Xardic: “Urgently need your help. Please come to my office as soon as you get this. I will meet with you when you arrive.” Instead of sending the man back with a reply, Valentine says, “He wants to see me immediately? Give me five minutes. I’ll […]

5. The Labyrinth

Aramil has left a message saying he’ll join Valentine in the stable yard to train. Valentine begins a series of strike drills, alternating bursts of punches with push-ups. Valentine finds it comforting to train. It’s the one time when he knows what’s expected of him, and feels competent to handle any challenge. In truth, he […]

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 […]