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Shield of Namarr is a sword-and-sorcerer type fantasy WIP, set in a kingdom that suffers from magically-created, vicious creatures. Three friends have gone to a mage’s house in order to purchase a potion, and as they are walking through the garden, a statue of a dragon moves.
“Oh, hello, Bell,” the mage said cheerfully, “haven’t seen you on guard duty in a while.”
“Sometimes I like a break from the gardening,” the dragon stretched and settling down on all four feet.
Auber spotted something moving deeper in the garden—a statue of a centaur half-hidden behind some bushes, peering at the group. When the centaur saw Auber, the statue ducked out of sight, backing up so a swishing white-stone tail emerged from the opposite side of the bushes. Smothering a giggle, Auber studied the rest of the statues, but none of the rest moved except for the manticore sleeping on the other side of the path, which winked.
Reagan loved to garden, and had fallen into a conversation with the mage and the dragon about the best kind of mulch to use for high sun exposed beds.
A loud throat clearing had no effect on them, or the bout of coughing the throat-clearing set off, so Shan finally decided to be rude and interrupt. “Excuse me?”
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Originally, Shield of Namarr was intended to be a very short snippet, but some things I wrote at the end raised some questions–which led to more story. I’m trying to decide whether I want to do some world-building and character development so I can keep writing, or drop it.
Shan, Auber, and Reagan visit a Stonespeller, a mage who works mostly in animated stone, to buy a potion that will help them recover a lost stone, the Shield of Namarr, which powers a shield that keeps magically-created, dangerous creatures from entering the city they live in. Failure to return the Shield quickly will have deadly consequences for their friend, Jamie, whose life-force is currently powering the shield-spell.