68. The Iliad, of Course

Inglorion has several frivolous ideas about how he’d like to be portrayed — or, at least, ideas that he can’t explain, like posing in a corset — but he keeps thinking that, damn it, he wants Lawrence to draw him in a library with a copy of the Iliad. It’s far from an unusual desire. […]

34. Even Victory Is Bitter

Soundtrack and Video: Skinny Puppy, “Spasmolytic,” 1980s concert footage The Drow line up. Tisiphone gives them their shots, and instructs them to pair up with the prisoners. Within minutes, a weird energy spreads among the soldiers. They’re twitching, their nostrils are flaring, their sweat smells sharp and pungent. One woman clenches and unclenches her fists, while […]

30. Listening for a Miss

Life in the Underdark as Marquis Theates sounds exotic, but at times it resembles the life of a mid-level manager in corporate America, seen through infrared vision. Over the next few days, Inglorion attends a lot of meetings and briefings, and holds some. He writes and reads reports, resumes his usual alliances and vendettas. All […]

29. How Like Your Father You Are

Though the throne room is grand — high-ceilinged and ornate — it gives a curious sense of intimacy. A whisper in any corner can be heard throughout with uncanny clarity. Inglorion walks down the aisle, between the rows of empty stone benches. As usual, Philomela sits on a low stone dais. Before her, there is […]

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, […]

47. Eralon Amakir, Esq. Gets a Beating

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine continues to drive their marriage plans forward. His thwarted desire finds expression in absolute, swift conformance to what he believes to be Valykria’s wishes. He tells himself again and again that he placed Valykria in danger by taking her to the […]