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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 to purchase a potion, and while the mage is cooking it, a fawn statue carries in a tray of refreshments, which makes Reagan worry about what other fierce statues may be in the house.


Auber leaned over, and lifted the cover, revealing a neat pile of fruit and cheese, and ate one of each, “Tasty.”

Regan yelped, “What if that was enchanted?”

Auber paused, pitcher in hand, then, without answering, poured water into each cup, and took a long drink from one. “We haven’t even paid yet, why would the Stonespeller harm us?”

“But— ” Reagan tried to stand, remembered the tray just in time, and slumped in the seat, defeated.

Shan took a few sips from the closest cup, cradling it and staring into the water as if it might hold something important. All that stood out on the bottom was a faint swirl from the potter’s fingers impressed into the clay, though. “How do you think…”

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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.

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.

22 responses »

  1. Devilish ending. Something in the water besides the potter’s prints? Super eight, Caitlin. Very engaging.

  2. historysleuth1 says:

    I’m enjoying this story, and Regan is right! Way to leave us hanging. 🙂
    History Sleuth – Milk Carton Murders

  3. Gemma Parkes says:

    Nice exchange, maybe Shan’s just wondering how the cup was made, a little distracted? Or maybe there’s something there?

    • caitlinstern says:

      I’m going to have to tweak those sentences, I think.

      Shan is thinking, hoping they’re going to be successful, and staring into the cup like it might say something about the future.

      There isn’t anything actually in the cup, other than some water. 😉

  4. Great 8! Way to leave us hanging;).

  5. Botanist says:

    Great interplay between caution and practicality!

    • caitlinstern says:

      There’s one in every group, right? Who charges forward, while the worrier is shouting ‘wait!’

      Reagan is training to be a healer, and could probably list a few odorless, tasteless, clear poisons–in the defense of caution.

  6. I’m trying to remember if the stonespeller said not to touch anything.

    • caitlinstern says:

      Yep. There’s a line I cut to make the 8 sentences about providing refreshments, though. The mage meant ‘don’t go messing with the spell ingredients.’

      Is it not clear? I could change it to “don’t touch anything on the walls,” or something.

  7. Sarah W says:

    Reagan seems like the cautious type—good thing for a healer to be, I guess!

    Enchanted cheese . . . snerk. 🙂

    • caitlinstern says:

      Now you have me thinking of those cheese cracker commercials, where a guy in a lab coat is asking a cheese wheel questions…

      And I’ve always thought the idea of your food talking to you is a bit disturbing.

      I blame you for this! 😛

  8. I REALLY enjoy this story and the world you’ve built for it. I need more!!! Great 8, love the way you left us wondering….

  9. alexissduran says:

    Very nice. I think eating anything in a mage’s house is probably a mistake. Makes me worry that they’re in way over their heads.

    • caitlinstern says:

      Well, it could be.

      But the mage is performing a service, and sells potions all the time. Probably, none of these people are turned into newts, because word would get around.

  10. kimberlyrogerscfwriter says:

    This is interesting. I haven’t red the other entries but I’m already connecting with the characters. I want to know more. 🙂

  11. burnsmillie says:

    Fantastic eight. This gave me a smile : )

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