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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 are led into a room crammed full of cabinets and shelves as the mage takes out and lines up several vials, jars, and a cauldron.




“Now, what have you lost?” The mage asked, turning to face the group settled on the three center chairs.

None of them had expected the question—just a potion they could pay for and leave with. The three of them exchanged worried glances, since they couldn’t very well tell the Stonespeller that they had lost the Shield.

The Shield of Namarr, a pale green stone bound in a complicated lattice of gold, powered a spell that repelled dangerous magical monsters—the wyrms from the cliffs to the north, the daggerfish out of the river to the east, and the many beasts that roamed the plains to the south and west.

With it gone, the shield-spells would eventually fail, and the monsters would make their way past the city walls. But if the people knew… if they fled, they would only find the hungry creatures out there, waiting for them. Safety was so far away—more than a two days travel by caravan, and even longer on foot.

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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.



About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

30 responses »

  1. Your imagination boggles my mind, Caitlin. This story so complex and compelling, has me intrigued.

    • caitlinstern says:

      We’re now in the bit that came after the story was ‘over.’ I wrote a little snippet, put it away, and this idea somehow formed and demanded attention.

      Now I have to figure out how they cross this landscape–and what the landscape looks like… There will be daggerfish, for sure, as soon as I decide what they are.

  2. Gemma Parkes says:

    Interesting and imaginative, i enjoyed it!

  3. Eleri Stone says:

    I really like the feeling you get that they’re in waaay over their heads.

    • caitlinstern says:

      Oh, yes. This is not a good idea they’re having–but the situation is pretty bad. The city can’t send out a troop of soldiers or anything, it’d start a panic.

  4. High stakes here, can’t wait to see what the mage says or does. Really enjoying the world you’ve built! Great snippet!

  5. burnsmillie says:

    Uh-oh! What are they going to tell him? I’m so looking forward to more : )

  6. Botanist says:

    Uh-oh! Don’t you just hate it when someone starts asking awkward questions? I take it he won’t be able to help them unless he knows what he’s looking for – what a dilemma!

    • caitlinstern says:

      Usually someone buying a potion to find something lost would be willing to say what that thing is. This isn’t the usual sort of purchase, though–for a lost dog, or a lost favorite pair of gloves, etc.

  7. Sarah W says:

    Talk about raising the stakes! More, more, more!

  8. Wow, those are quite the stakes! Great visual and wonderful imagination. Well done.

  9. Hmm. Wonder if the mage can be trusted?

  10. alexissduran says:

    I’m really enjoying this story. I wonder where the caravans go that is safe, or is that just an illusion? Very nice.

  11. Ooh I like this 🙂 Now you are building the conflict, and suspense. Can’t wait for more!

  12. Carrie-Anne says:

    I’m really enjoying this story and the fantasy world-building. It sounds like these friends are in for a lot more than they bargained.

  13. Oh dear, the dreaded unexpected question 🙂 With so much riding on them getting it back, what can they say to get what they want without any trouble? But of course there will be trouble, otherwise we wouldn’t have a story!

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