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Chapter 12 – Introductions

This entry is part 17 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

Beneath the city, on the underside of the Crystalline Castle, lie the inverted structures of buildings and silos. The fundamental workings of the city take place there: food storage, limited power generation, policy-making, and transportation. The function of these last two resides in the most noticeable buildings—the Council Chambers and…

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Chapter 11 – The Trio of Wubbatub

This entry is part 16 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

“What’re you hungry for, kid?” “Whatever’s warm and ready,” Fred answered. He didn’t really care; he had nothing better to do than to eat his dinner. “And some kinkerry juice.” The waitress nodded and slipped into the kitchen. She returned bearing a steaming plate and a glass filled with red…

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Chapter 10 – Another Breakfast for Lunch

This entry is part 15 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

Ani busied herself with the clean-up of her breakfast preparations as the other Cria gathered around the door to listen to the conversation between their Empress and Strin. The whispering between the Cria never stopped. The formation of women hugging the door fluctuated continually—Kali went to whisper something to Rina;…

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Chapter 9 – Her Majesty’s Breakfast

This entry is part 14 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

The trip to the Aerie’s pinnacle was uneventful. The magically engineered lift rose smoothly, and Strin could see the shadow of buildings drop beneath him through the misty glass. The sun seemed to gather intensity as it passed through the Aerie; Strin felt like a silhouette thrown against a canvas…

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Chapter 8 – Questions and Outrages

This entry is part 13 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

“So, let’s go over this one more time. We were transported while sleeping—not that we know how—without being given proper clothes. Then we were nearly killed by a strange machine, which may or may not be controlled by even smaller machines, and then we wandered endlessly through a bunch of…

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Chapter 7 – The Empress and Her Crystalline Castle

This entry is part 12 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

Amid the dense, untamed forests that clothe the foothills of the Grenhki Mountains, wedged in the valley cut by the River Bann, sits the Crystalline Castle. But it does not merely sit—it exudes a presence of royalty and righteousness; it shines with the same light as the green leaves in…

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Chapter 6 – Rippling Time

This entry is part 11 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

The door led into a featureless tunnel of the same purple glass. Light shone evenly from the walls so that there was neither shadow nor sense of depth. After a few minutes, Fred ceased talking and fell back, allowing Strin to lead. Fred glanced behind every so often, but he…

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Chapter 5 – What Luck?

This entry is part 10 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

The eyes stopped tracking Strin. The neck slumped. The tentacles drooped and laid their tips on the ground. The revolutions of the upper body slowed; the pivoting abdomen spun lazily to a stop. Strin hopped off the slowing main body and landed easily on the ground beside a tangle of…

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Chapter 4 – A Sea of Energy

This entry is part 9 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

A single, yellow-gray tentacle stretched into the ambient light. Another followed. One by one they entered as the machine rolled in; they encircled its body. The low-grade synth-flesh rubbed against the hidden mechanics of the tentacles, creaking tightly. The machine lumbered forward, its treads turning laboriously and rumbling low, and…

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Chapter 3 – The Translucent Cyborg

This entry is part 8 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

Strin was looking at something behind Fred. Fred spun, prepared for anything, and nearly fell as his foot hit the base of a stalagmite. But he caught himself on the same stalagmite—all was well. The glass was smooth against his skin, and slick. Looking up, he saw a wavering illusion…

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Chapter 2 – Of Dreams and Tea Parties

This entry is part 7 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

One thing was certain: Strin and Fred stood in a cavern of glass wearing nothing but their nightclothes. Where they were exactly—whether in some exotic prison, subterranean chamber, strange dream, or foreign land—and why—neither knew. Strin had no clues except his memories of the night before, and those did not…

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Chapter 1 – To Wake

This entry is part 6 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

It began, as things of importance usually do, in an unassuming way— Strin Telnok woke up. Strin was a Horizon man, but he did not wake on the Horizon. He currently had a bed in a small inn on the edge of the city named the Crystalline Castle. The strange…

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