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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 ride across, one at a time, with a rope around their waist in case of daggerfish attack, and as Auber crosses last, something smacks into the horse.
Shan groaned, and heard Regan yelp.
White faced, Auber urged Nemesis forward, faster, out of the water to the safety of land. The gelding certainly tried, muscles straining, nostrils flared, neck stretched out, halving the distance to the shore in a few powerful strokes of his legs.
Something hit him again, throwing up a splash of water by his side. Water churned, with a flash of silver amidst the muddy blue-green froth. He screamed, more challenge than pain, though red threads billowed on the surface of the water.
“Hurry!” Shan shouted, knowing it wouldn’t help, but unable to resist, “Get ready to pull, Reagan!”
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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.