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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 part of the group grows distracted talking about gardening, so Shan has to interrupt.
“Oh, sorry,” the mage flushed and starting fussing with the pointy black hat with three blue-jay feathers stuck in its brim, perched precariously atop a riot of black curls. “I love plants, so I created my guards more to help me with the yard than to prevent intruders, though they’re very good at that.”
“Nearly ate a thief last week,” the dragon confirmed.
“Bluebell!” The mage shook a finger at the dragon, “My statues don’t eat people, they have no stomachs, so they—hey, why don’t we go inside? You needed a potion for finding something you lost, right?” Stepping around the three of them, the mage led the way. “Follow 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.