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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, and pulled safety, the gelding following.

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Deprived of its prey, the daggerfish splashed into the shallow water at the river’s edge, landing just short of Nemesis’ hooves. It thrashed itself free of the silty mud, and swam away,  a faint silver flash under the surface.

Nemesis trotted over to Auber, and lowered his head while the fighter fussed over him, muttering over every shallow cut and scrape.

“Your horse is fine, but look at your leg!” Reagan pushed Auber to drier and cleaner ground, “sit on that rock, and let me see.”

“But—” Auber twisted toward the gelding, still worried.

“Nemesis isn’t hurt–sit!”

Because it was true, Auber subsided, grumbling.

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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.

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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.

29 responses »

  1. What a magical world and such rich dialogue. Wonderful 8. I look forward to more.

  2. Gemma Parkes says:

    Phew, glad they got away from that fish! Hopefully Auber won’t be too badly injured!

  3. Frank Fisher says:

    Glad they escaped. Auber’s injury sounds serious; he better Reagan attend to it.

  4. Gorgeous first two lines of description. Wonderful snippet, Caitlin.

  5. Love a man more concerned about his horse than himself.
    Tweeted.

  6. K. (@ScrivK) says:

    Great description in that first paragraph, and I must admit I’m glad to see that Nemesis is going to be ok. 🙂 Good 8!

  7. Daryl Devore says:

    The first line is so catching. Fantastic.

  8. Sarah W says:

    I guess Auber isn’t so bad, if he values his horse’s well being over his own. Still kind of a putz, though. 🙂

  9. Cara Bristol says:

    Ooh, daggerfish! The name says it all. “Nice” creation.

  10. Someone DOES have to look after Auber! Still happy the horse survived, still scared to death of the daggerfish…great excerpt!

  11. Christina Ochs says:

    Glad the daggerfish are gone for now at least and that Nemesis is okay. This week’s snippet was a relief after the crazy tension you’ve put us through over the past few weeks!

  12. Elsa Holland says:

    Nice 8! I like the characterization ~ Auber caring more for the horse than his injury. Makes you want to trust him.

  13. Great snippet….I am really enjoying your world

  14. Alexis Duran says:

    Great imagery, and I like Auber better now that he’s more worried about his horse then himself. Those evil fish are awesome. Wonder if they taste good?

  15. Yay, Nemesis made it!!! Of course I’m glad Auber made it was well;). Great visuals. I love this story.

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