26. A Grim and Unwelcome Reminder

Several detachments of gray elvish troops are deployed to the North Mountains, lending intrigue to Inglorion’s return trip. They appear to be engineering units with infantry attached, sent to destroy any underground structures they can find. Inglorion is no great woodsman, but gray elvish soldiers don’t even pretend to understand the environment. They travel only in […]

34. Thick as Thieves

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine wakes up early the following day, long before breakfast is served even in a country house. He springs up, washes his face and hands, dresses, and resolves to explore the grounds until the rest of the household is up and about. […]

32. The Road to Amakir

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. The sun does rise, as expected. Valentine wakes up just before dawn to a sense of quiet, animal satisfaction. The ground is unpleasantly hard and imperfectly cleared; it’s cold and a stiff breeze has kicked up; he’s in dire need of coffee. […]

30. One Thousand Sunsets

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. After a few weeks of negotiation and wrangling, Aramil signs a plea agreement that will result in his being banished. By the time it happens, he’s accepted that it’s his only choice, short of imprisonment or hanging. Though the charges are dire, […]

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 […]

9. Streams of Cool Air

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Claudius Shelawn. That afternoon the magistrate confirms that there’s a network of tunnels, some natural, some man-made. They were created during a gray elf civil war, and expanded by the smuggling trade 100 years ago, when tariffs were high. Armory records show that […]