Sesskia’s Diary, part 172

22 Nevrine List of what I still need to do: Work out who knows which pouvrin to make our training more efficient. The goal is for every mage to learn the fire and mind-moving pouvrin. They’ll have to be the foundation of our defense (offense?) even though it means we lack flexibility. I just don’t…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 172

Sesskia’s Diary, part 171

21 Nevrine, continued We talked some more about what he needed, and I told him something of what Castaviran mages are capable of, pretending I’d learned it in my exploration of the enemy camp, though I’m still not sure what battle mages can do that’s different from ordinary mages. Lightning, I suppose, and the fog…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 171

Sesskia’s Diary, part 170

21 Nevrine, continued “Enough,” the King said. “Commander General, Sesskia has my full confidence. You will work together to make our army stronger so it can defend this city. Sesskia, how are the mages coming along?” “Well enough, Honored,” I said. “They’re all learning offensive magics to turn against the enemy.” “Good, good,” the King…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 170

Happy Wintersmeet!

It’s the winter solstice today, and in my world of Tremontane, solstice is celebrated as Wintersmeet–a time for gathering with family and friends and feeling your family bond come alive. Whether dancing the night away in the palace or sharing a quiet meal, Wintersmeet is a joyous time. Here’s an excerpt from Agent of the…Continue reading Happy Wintersmeet!

Sesskia’s Diary, part 169

21 Nevrine I think I like General Tarallan. He’s not what I expected, after meeting Crossar. For one thing, he’s young to be Commander General of the entire Balaenic Army—I don’t think he’s more than forty. He’s got the fair coloring of a northwesterner, light blond hair and pale eyes that I think are gray…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 169

Sesskia’s Diary, part 168

20 Nevrine (continued) Again, I didn’t even stop to think about the potential dangers. I just went insubstantial and let him run right through me, which made him stumble and go to his knees. Then I was terrified I’d killed him, and that fear turned into anger. Fury. Here was this man who had so…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 168

Sesskia’s Diary, part 167

20 Nevrine I could have killed Norsselen today. That’s not metaphor. It still makes me sick when I think about it. And the thing is, I had that same feeling of rightness I did facing down those Castaviran villagers who were attacking Nanissa’s village, as if I could see the right thing and make everyone…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 167

Sesskia’s Diary, part 166

19 Nevrine Norsselen is becoming a problem. I’ve had more and more of his mages (the ones in his group, not the ones who follow him) come to me asking me to take over their group. It’s about to come to a confrontation, and I don’t see any way around it. I wish I could…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 166

Sesskia’s Diary, part 165

18 Nevrine Another new mage showed up today. Jeddan and I amuse ourselves by trying to predict which faction the new people will attach themselves to. Most of the factions are just groups of like-minded people, the kind you get in any large group where you’re looking for people who share your interests so you…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 165

Sesskia’s Diary, part 164

17 Nevrine Bad news. A couple of mages from Norsselen’s group approached me to complain. He’s been “teaching” by way of spouting meaningless but inspirational-sounding platitudes that boil down to “if you practice magic hard enough, you’ll be given more of it.” Basically what he was telling them before, only now (according to the mages)…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 164