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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.
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.