Choosing Death

  The Deadly Sun A few days pass and the distribution of the inhibitors is complete. Chiwan, the healing master, joins them in their work. Just as he guided the sisters when they left their cave, so he guides the sleepers. He joins me when I reassemble the masters, to answer their questions about life […]


  Alone Sakool approaches the emperor’s work room, nervous about the message he has to deliver. The advisor signals his presence, and indicates that he has an urgent need to speak with the emperor.

“Come in, Sakool.”

“You’ve been in isolation the last two days, Great father.” “I wasn’t sure you would see me.”

“Our […]

Songs of Change

  Home I hear the voices of my family around me, but the world spins wildly, even with my eyes closed. “He’s waking up,” says Tzina.

Finally, the dizziness clears, and I open my eyes. Dilasa jumps on my lap and hugs me. “Did the cubes help you escape from the dream, ina?” she asks.


Sounds of Healing

  NightGlows “It’s dark outside,” says Dilasa, “but Tshuan looks as bright as day on the ship’s view-screen.”

“The ship can see in the dark,” says Berek, “and it creates a daytime image for us.”

“Why are we approaching slowly?” asks Shazira. “We could be there already!”

“I can keep Ina’s body alive for now, […]

Childish Wisdom

  No Return Makish, Dilasa, and I stand naked in the transition chamber as it fills with warm seawater. The only sounds we hear are the movement of the water, and our breathing.

The three of us seem helpless as we stand here, but we can all bend the energy web to our will. Even […]

Maze of Time

  Danger I wake Shazira and the children, hours before first sun, to begin the trip home. The building is quiet, except for a few guards who greet us as we move through the halls.

Makish and Chiwan will stay here, for now, to watch over the sisters.

The outer doorway is sealed when we […]

Fields of War

  Barren Lands Chiwan is not home when I arrive, but I find a message waiting for me.

“Find me, Yagrin, before you release the old ones.”

How does he know? Did Shazira contact him?

I check the timestamp on the message, and discover that the message was recorded an hour before I left the […]

Golden Eyes

  Guild Circles Two days after moonwatch, Shazira sends me out of the Watchtower. “The guilds will never follow you, Yagrin, unless they know you.” “Go meet them.”

I spend two days in the city, in the marketplace, the parks, and the guild halls. I’ve spent time with the healers, teaching the thunder voice, but […]

Thunder Voice

  Stone The world feels broken today, as I wake, but what does it mean? Usually, I love greeting the sun, but now I have to push my way through it. I eat almost nothing for breakfast.

“Are you sick, Yagrin?” asks Shazira. “You barely eat, and your smile is gone.”

I scan my body […]

Healing the Watchtower

  The Curse of Moonwatch The full moon comes every six weeks, too soon for the guardians of the Watchtower.

The tower shines every night and drives away the Krale. The full moon saps the strength of the tower, leaves the sky unprotected, and gives birth to the night we call moonwatch. Two guardians, a […]