News from Ashlora Oct/2018

Thanks to the free mapping tool Inkarnate, I finally finished mapping the major landmarks in Ashlora. It was a fantastic world-building exercise and I found plenty of ideas to use in White Destiny. Before diving in... Before I go into details of the new map, I need to make a brief announcement. As you might have… Continue reading News from Ashlora Oct/2018

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Highlight: Summer 2018 anime season

My head is still spinning from all the time travel shenanigans this season. There aren't enough good titles to pick up this season; and to be frank, I could hardly find time to follow more than a handful anyway. Shingeki no Kyojin seems to be a lot milder these days and I'm inclined to think this… Continue reading Highlight: Summer 2018 anime season

Flash fiction: Transactions are final

A short Asian girl with a black blazer and white miniskirt brought her grocery on the checkout's conveyor belt. An old Chinese woman behind the counter said something in Cantonese but the girl appeared dumbfounded. "Chinese? No?" the woman asked in English. The girl shook her head. "Japanese", she answered. The woman nodded and began… Continue reading Flash fiction: Transactions are final

White Destiny 11: Like sleeping with another man

Katherine’s impression of Count Alexander D’Amore was devoid of ill intentions. She painted the picture of a handsome, well-dressed, and courteous noble. She was very much aware of the rumors; that he ran the back channels in West Rufus, that he had dirtied his hands in extortions and murders all over the kingdom, and that… Continue reading White Destiny 11: Like sleeping with another man

White Destiny 10: A fair maiden

In the air was the sizzling of blue steel in the white water, the crackles of red flame on dark charcoals, and the rumble of hammer hoisted above the ironsmith’s chestnut hair. Orange sparks flew every time the hammer struck hot irons on a black anvil. It had been half a moon since the meeting… Continue reading White Destiny 10: A fair maiden

White Destiny 9: More teeth than I

The bishop started his proposal by pointing out the passiveness in the agriculturist’s plan. Whether it was a shelter above ground or underground; the fact remained that Ironheart’s way of life would never be the same. Therefore, he proposed a bold plan to persuade Fazegaid—the dragon that set the Dark Forest ablaze and caused the… Continue reading White Destiny 9: More teeth than I

White Destiny 8: Grow you a meadow

The first councilor to present an idea was Granny Annabel. The agriculturist took inspiration from the greenhouse that came with her master title and proposed that a glass roof should be constructed over the entirety of Ironheart. The walls could serve as the base. The furnaces used in tampered steel production and some kilns in… Continue reading White Destiny 8: Grow you a meadow

White Destiny 7: A sin far too great

It was for the longest time the central platform had been vacated. Fifteen councilors in the Hall of Guidance, a vast hemispherical hall whose floor was made entirely from polished obsidian, and yet none volunteered to be on that stage at the moment. The baron had slumped into his throne and begun drumming his fingers… Continue reading White Destiny 7: A sin far too great

White Destiny 6: Kingdom in peril

Steve the ironsmith had been sleeping before every Silverflow Council meeting. Even though everyone in the council knew the only kind of vote he would cast was “I abstain”, his participation was still required. Half of the time, he would fall asleep during the meeting and someone in the council would start a vote to… Continue reading White Destiny 6: Kingdom in peril

News from Ashlora – Aug/2018

It's been a year since I last wrote something about Ashlora. Most of the contents I published last year are technical notes, which I don't imagine anybody but the people in my engineering class would read. I'm happy to report that I'm succeeding in real life but not in the field of literature as I… Continue reading News from Ashlora – Aug/2018