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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, are led into a room crammed full of cabinets and shelves, the mage takes out and lines up several vials, jars, and a cauldron, and asks what they have lost.
I skipped over a narrative explanation that, to avoid panicking the citizens, the mages are sending a team to recover the Shield on a scheduled caravan trip in four days–but the group can’t wait so long.
(The punctuation got pretty creative this time, sorry.)
“You don’t have to tell me,” the mage said into the silence, “but I do need to know a few things–such as, who will suffer the most personally, for its loss?” The mage turned, just as Auber and Reagan glanced guiltily at Shan.
“Hold this tightly,” a small, clear crystal appeared in the mage’s hand, passed to Shan, “and think of why you need to find this item.”
Before Shan could respond, the mage whisked away again. “Is this item living–like a person or animal–dead–like a piece of wood cut from a tree–or never lived–like metal?”
“Never lived,” Reagan said.
Three glass jars clicked onto the counter in front of the cabinets, and the mage asked, “Is this item magical or unmagical?”
“Magical,” Shan said, thinking of the missing magical battery that Jamie was currently replacing, trapped, until the spell pulled too much magic and burst the the apprentice mage’s heart.
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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.