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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 Auber, crossing last, is attacked, ends up in the river, and is pulled to safety.
I skipped over Reagan rushing to the rescue, first-aid kit in hand.
“I’m fine,” Auber brushed away Regan’s reaching hands, stood, and swayed, nearly falling.
“You’re not,” Reagan argued, but Auber waved the healer away, wobbling toward the river, stopped with feet wide for stability, and whistled.
Nemesis whickered, head turning towards his rider.
Auber whistled again.
Shan jogged closer to the river several feet away from Nemesis, and chucked a few rocks into the water. A daggerfish leapt from the disturbed area, snapping its jaws. A long, muscular, sharp-toothed fish, with tough scales like armor, and a row of spikes running along its spine from nose to tail, a daggerfish could draw blood just by brushing past a swimmer, and this one seemed especially angry.
Shan threw more pebbles as the daggerfish continue to jump out of the river heading back to the gelding, hitting the fish once with a lucky throw and slowing it just long enough for Nemesis, no longer under attack, to surge out of the river.
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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.