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*** I was out of town last weekend, and couldn’t get to other people’s blogs as I planned, but I’ll be participating fully this week, for sure***
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, 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 questions to assemble potion ingredients (Shan was handed a crystal to hold and think of the lost item).
“Here, please,” the mage scooped up the cauldron in both hands, and held it out to Shan.
Hastily, Shan dropped the now-hot crystal, which hit the bottom of the metal container with a soft thunk.
“Let me see,” Reagan grabbed Shan’s hand, “Does it hurt?”
“No,” Shan pulled back the hand, which smarted painfully.
“Why didn’t you warn–” Reagan turned to the mage, and paused, eyes wide with disbelief. Half of the neat line of vials and jars had disappeared into their respective cabinets or shelves, the mage currently measuring a fine pink powder with a tiny silver scoop, and transferring it to the cauldron a few grains at a time, stirring with a silver whisk.
When the ingredients of the last vial, a dried leaf, crumbled into the cauldron, the mage picked it up again. Carefully, moving as slowly as if the small cauldron were a heavy stone, the Stonespeller shuffled out of the room, down the halfway, and out of sight.
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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 currently working on some world-building and character development so I can figure out where the story goes next.
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.