28. Twenty Questions

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. To while away the time in jail, Valentine and Aramil play a game they call 20 Questions, which really just consists of them asking each other things they wouldn’t normally ask. Aramil reclines on his cot; Valentine is kicked back with his […]

26. Welcome to the Company of Fugitives

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine’s mood is mild, tranquil by the time he reaches the Ceralac townhouse. A good thing, too. When Valentine enters, he hears Penelope wailing — wailing — and Xardic shouting. Footmen and maidservants are flitting up and down the stairs with basins […]

25. A Fate Worse Than Death

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. To: The Honorable Lucius Ceralac, Mayor of Liamelia From: Mindartis Amahir, Clan Leader of the Wood Elves of Xilomelia Dear Lucius, By now you will have received news via courier of the destruction of the Xialo settlement. Words cannot express my grief […]

24. Xialo

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. In his rootless frustration and boredom, Valentine turns back to the archives. Perhaps if he knew more history and read more fluently, he could understand these people better. Except for a very small rare books room, the stacks of the Liamelia archive […]

19. The Heir and the Penniless Adventurer

As he walks over to Shelawn House, Inglorion’s mood is defiant. He and Marcus have enjoyed cordial, if distant, relations as adults. They each acknowledge that the other is a decent, honorable fellow. That said, their habits, values, temperaments, and modes of life could hardly be more different. They share a father, and some family […]

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. […]

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, […]