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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 bought a finding-things-lost potion, and set out to track down a stolen magical stone–they have found a river they must cross, planning to go one at a time, with the first crosser bring a rope that can be tied around the others’ waists so they can be pulled to safety during a daggerfish attack.
Reagan forded the river, hands tight on the reins, eyes scanning the waters, which grew opaque with silt churned up by the horse’s hooves. Once safely across, on solid ground, the healer uncoiled the rope from a saddlebag, affixed a stone to one end, and with a few swings in the air to build up speed, threw the weighted end across the river.
The rock splashed in the shallows of the other side, but Shan scooped the rope up, and wrapped it around, tying a secure knot under the ribs as Reagan affixed the other end to the horse’s saddle.
Shan’s heart raced while riding into the muddy current, since anything could be hiding in that water, and Shan worried with each spray of water the horse’s hooves cast.
Near the end, the horse nickered and began swimming, the water grown too deep for the animal to find footing. Shan’s heart leapt, lodging painfully in the throat, until the horse’s hooves dug into the far bank, and the mare scrambled to dry land.
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NOTE: There’s a lot of “the horse” in here, because I’m having a hard time deciding on horse names.
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.