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Xionus-SurpriseThree months pass by, a quiet time. Brokha has been occupied with a new discovery, some primitive race of mammalian beings, not unlike hummanity a few centuries back. The only big event in my life (other than my occasional flights) was Lance's wedding.
Even as I drift through the sky lazily, I think back to that day fondly.
He requested to have a cermony based on human customs, and his mate humored him. For reasons I don't understand the Doc made me his best man. I was quite surprised. He had a cake commissioned, and went through with the whole thing.
Returning home I still remembered how he fumbled his lines.
Time seems to be slipping by lately, my adventurous romps through the unknown have slowed. The past several weeks Brokha has been diligently translating this races language, and I have been providing her with the only thing I can. Companionship.
I have decided to work with Lance on discovering the limit human psionics have. Unfortunately, the limit is still unknown, and many of t
PHOCT- FLEET SCOOP issue 1*In your hands is a strange magazine. The cover depicts a pale skinned man posing for the camera, he has slightly tilted his sun-glasses to reveal milky white irises with corrupted flesh surrounding both eyes. The title "FLEET SCOOP" is emblazoned across the top in bold letters.
The main draw is the subtitle beneath the man on the cover "Lunch with Loki, an interview with the Trickster extraordinaire."
Other interesting stories advertised are a list of edible plants and small critters for the newcomers, and a fairly attention grabbing feature labeled "Dating Gorgons. Get rid of the paper bag, give her some shades!"
Skimming through the advertisements for underworld attractions and pubs, you reach the cover story.*
There is a small tavern I have frequented since my death about two months ago. A little place carved into the very walls of the waiting room, The Dionysus Club. That is where I met up with the mischievous Loki.
As we sat down at the bar, he reminisced about the time he got hi
Arcadia-SolutionCold blue eyes pierce my soul. "Liar."
I take a few steps back, "Easy now Lana... You don't want to do anything stupid now do you?" I hope somebody inside hears me... I prepare to cripple my ears should she start singing.
Her arm snaps out faster than my eyes can register, jerking me to the roof with tremendous strength. "You came back to toy with me. Masquerading as an anti-human bigot you forgot one thing. You have the stomach to receive help from the two youths in human form. So why did you do it?"
She grabs my neck with her foot, surprisingly powerful for a bird foot. Of course, she is a bird of prey... Trying to pry myself free I continue. "I wasn't toying with you! And that's the truth. I just wanted to make sure that you were okay..."
Her grip loosens for a split second, then tightens to the point of constriction. "You're still harassing me! Why would you care if I was alive or dead?!"
Getting harder to breath. I trudge on anyway. "I don't like the thought of anyone getting hurt
PHOCT- Daniel Hedacher's DeathTonight marks the death of Daniel Hedacher. A man with strong morals, but an appetite for extreme punishment. Unbeknownst to him, a force beyond human comprehension compels him to enter the dilapidated, stinking apartment building by the construction site. it's a wonder the place hasn't been demolished.
The same entity guiding him also aids in his stealth. For such a large man to move without a sound perplexes even himself. Definitely not his normal operation.
His quarry tonight was none other than the Brooklyn Butcher. Authorities lost him in a high-speed chase, assuming he fled to Jersey. Instead he worked his way to Manhattan, setting up shop in this hellhole of a building.
The Butcher has exactly one thing in common with Daniel, a.k.a. The Malefactor. Both are serial killers with victims reaching into the double digits. But that's it. The Butcher kills any and all he feels he can get away with.
Daniel kills the real malefactors. Rapists. Murderers. Terrorists. His conviction justif
Insulting PoemSleeping upon a pillow of sand,
Hearkening back to a peaceful time,
All wander aimlessly,
Mercy cruelly taken away,
Everyone is out for blood.
Contest Entry-Love EternalPlacing my hand upon the rotted wood I feel a twinge of uncertainty. A moldy sign covers the mouth to this cavern, "WARNING: Closed due to cave in." A lie. The townsfolk believe this place to be haunted.
It's not, of course. I have been coming back to this sign for the past three days. I know what really happened here, and I am the only man who even remembers what this cave used to be like. Bracing myself I rip the sign away and deliver a solid kick to the barricade. It collapses with a wet crunch.
Reaching into my pocket I produce my Luminos, a small brass sphere dotted with several glass portholes. Giving it a twist, the radium core illuminates, casting a sickly green glow around the cave mouth. Tossing it up in the air kick starts the magnetic repulsor, allowing it to orbit my head freely.
I wipe away a single tear as I step into the cave. The Luminos was Tatyana's invention. It was her project that led to this moment.
We had been married
The Crimson KeepLying within a vast emptiness, far away from human thought or action, lie the towers. Grand monoliths of undeterminable origin, all resting in this cosmic void. Every so often, a tower will choose a master to control it... The power they grant to those in command is limited, but simple dominion of said power elevates even a simple mortal to near godlike status, at a cost.
The towers host will become... attuned... to their tower. Little does hummanity know that these large spires are the very lynchpins of existance itself, should one take all the towers for themselves... they would become a true god. And so help the human race should a tower fall. If destroyed, every aspect of the tower will cease to function. Oceans would dry up, time would halt it's flow, even death itself would fade from existance.
There are rumors floating about the current Keepers. The Crimson Keep has finally summoned a master to wield its power. One who is blessed with the red towers strength will gift
Arcadia-LinasAs we approach the base of the mountain, Linas in full view, I pull the twins aside to fill them in on my plan.
"Lucas, Sarah... When we are in town, could you refer to me as Daniel Hedacher?"
Surprisingly Lucas responds first. "Why? Mom says your name is Donovan."
"Lets just say I have someone here I don't quite want to know who I am. I have this nifty trick up my sleeve... "
My scalp tingles as the hair on my head recedes, pulling itself in into my skull, arms itching as feathers creep out of my flesh.The twins stare in awe as my hands grow scaly and take on a mottled yellow coloration. My bones hollow out as muscle tissue grows lean and thin. I drop from about one hundred fifty pounds, down to about ninety-five. Though thinned out, My arms are strong enough and the feathers just as sturdy to achieve flight. I've done this before.
Sarah seems interested, letting out a soft, "Wow."
The ache starts to fill my body as I take it further, altering my features. My nose breaks, taking an od
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