Fear of the Wild

  Cruelty and Purpose The emperor calls me in to see him. “Congratulations, Neyima.” “Disu has made incredible progress in his fighting skills, and he told me that he has agreed to the Madar val.”

“Yes, great father.”

“I have a few questions for you.” “I want to understand the training that you’ve been giving […]

Far From Home

  Ancient Wars Months have gone by. When I left the Veezal, I went back to the star where the captured probe was last seen. Since then, I’ve searched through many of the inhabited worlds along this arm of the galaxy. The worlds here are unsophisticated technologically, and know little of energy ways. Many have […]

Dark Pathways

  Fear of Travelers The day of the tests is here. Shazira and I dance the greeting early, finishing by first light.

“I need to feel the sky,” I tell her. “Then, we’ll spend the morning together.”

I rise high in the sky, close my physical eyes, and open all of myself to the world […]

Blue Lightning, Black Stones

  Doubt The rain surrounds me as I fly, but doesn’t touch me. I reach Balshown before first light, and we dance the greeting together.

“The guild will waste my morning,” he says, as he prepares breakfast. “Come back for a few hours in the late afternoon.”

“What do they want with you?”

He turns […]