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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’ve found a river, ride across one at a time, with a rope around their waist in case of daggerfish attack, and as Auber crosses last, something attacks the horse, and Auber ends up in the river.
The rope hauled Auber sideways, against the current, making swimming difficult. But it went quickly, so the water-logged fighter tried to be grateful as rope dug painfully into throbbing ribs, and the daggerfish made another attack. Auber fended the chimera off with a foot, dealing another glancing blow that slowed but didn’t dissuade the fish.
Gratitude faded as the rope caught a snag, a branch barely jutting from the river, and Auber jerked to a halt. The daggerfish bumped the gelding, who had stopped swimming as soon as rider parted from saddle, jaws snapping audibly as it tried to get a chunk of Nemesis.
Whinnying, Nemesis lashed out with his front hoof, and for a moment, to the two watching on the shore it seemed like he might have hit Auber. Reagan’s horse picked up speed, and the rope pulled taut, vibrating from the strain, before the the branch snapped. With a rush, Auber was hauled unceremoniously, rear first, onto the shore churned to mud by the horses’ hooves.
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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.