33. Valykria

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. The next few days of travel are uneventful. Though Aramil tries to take an interest in his surroundings, he’s subdued and sad as he reflects on the consequences of his actions. Valentine, on the other hand, is profoundly relieved to be freed […]

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 […]

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 — […]

3. A Side-Dish for a Roman Banquet

Soundtrack and Video: James Brown, Sex Machine He twines his fingers in her hair, leans in to kiss her. He finds this instant almost unbearably erotic: The first time he touches her with plainly seductive intent, the first time their lips meet, the moment he feels her incline towards him. Not mere verbal assent, but physical […]

2. Alexandra, King of the Gypsies

Soundtrack and Video: Eurythmics, Missionary Man Inglorion’s first errand is to visit a Gypsy camp just outside Liamelia’s city gates. The local Gypsies are the only allies the Theates have aboveground, and contact is informal and sporadic. Recently the alliance has consisted entirely of occasional visits between Inglorion and Krysztof, a quiet old cobbler with […]

40. Burn the Witch

Soundtrack: Arrested Development, Tennessee Perhaps because of his lingering sadness, Inglorion misses Sieia acutely. Almost without thinking, he walks over to the manor house after he’s done with Collatinus. It’s just after the dinner hour.  If the family dined at home, they should be settling in to tea. Inglorion doesn’t recognize the young footman who […]