Happy Almost-Valentine’s Day! Here is a short story to warm your heart! …
This is a short story (or flash fiction) once again based in Mega Burg. I wanted to write something short over the weekend, and this idea popped up in my head. So, here you are, rats arguing over “science”.
Bells and Ribbons is a short story set in my original world of Mega Burg, a setting where rats managed to survive and thrive in a vast tunnel complex right beneath a fast food restaurant known as Mega Burger. While I am still in the progress of writing my novel about the rats of Mega Burg and how it came to be I wanted to take some time to give all of you a glimpse into this curious world. A world that the rats have to build from the base up, forging their own laws, rules and beliefs, and facing many dangers on their own.
The reason I wrote this particular story is because Valentine’s Day is approaching! So I thought I could pour some romance ahead of time.
Before you get any ideas, no, I am not closing down the site or quitting my writing career, it’s just the name of my comic. For a while I have been experimenting with 1-page comic scripts, to try and cram in as much story/emotions/thoughts as possible into a single page. This is my first such experiment.
The art is by Joel Saavedra (go check his DeviantArt)
What’s the comic about? I could tell you but that would defeat the purpose I feel. And in case it’s too hard to tell my script writing was just that bad!
In any case, enjoy. (Click the image for a super-duper high resolution image)
This short short could be called an “excerpt” from a novel I hope to one day write. Said novel would be the second part of the Armello Civil War. If you did not read the first part no worries, as the events described here are not really justified there. I wanted to leave enough of a hint as to why the Rabbit Clan is fighting the Bear Clan, without giving away too much of what the novel will be about.
Now, we are never told Barnaby or Hargrave’s actual ages, but in this tale I imagine Barnaby to be an apprentice-level engineer. So, somebody who is still young, in training, while Hargrave is already in his middle age, but before losing his leg. Like always with my fan-fiction and depiction of war… it’s a grim one.
But, I hope you will enjoy it regardless!
The exam period is over, and now I can return to my writing, although I do have a week of translation work ahead of me.
The plan, as I see it, is to continue work on Mega Burg (at least at a steady pace) and work on some more writing, such as short stories, when time permits.
I know, it’s not a revolution, from the way I might be describing it, but for the past two weeks I was unable to do almost anything but studying. With that out of the way my brain CPU is once again free.
So… stay tuned!
Spoiler and Warning: I consider this a very sad story, as well as a spoiler to the Tooth and Tail Campaign. If you are especially sensitive or wish to complete the campaign first I advise against reading.
While not a story I wanted to share some more of my creative deliberations on some critters that might or might not be suited for Armello. It is nothing too fancy, but in a world filled with magic I think we can go the extra mile and spice it up a bit.
This includes the Plagueling, but also a few other beings that I thought up (or based off of other mythological/fantasy creatures).
Due to the holiday period I could not focus on my novel all too much, so I decided to write something a tad different. The Plagueling. Now, Armello does not have an extensive Bestiary (it’s a board game after all) so I thought I would throw in a new creature into the mix, if people ever wish to use it for their own ideas.
Plaguelings are small humanoid “Imps”. Affiliated with the Corruption and Rot, they tend to take the form of goats or rats. They are spirits that either come to be when a plague is especially deadly, or when summoned by a warlock. Their bodies lack any internal organs, instead they are goo-like in being, held together only by their own magic. Plaguelings sole purpose is to spread disease and plagues. There are stories of the creatures running through the countryside, traveling from village to village with that aim in mind. When one village falls they head to another. The victims of their countless plagues usually die, but the few unlucky ones who remain alive become Shamblers. Shamblers are plague-ridden, much like the Plaguelings, but greatly weakened and frailer than they were once, when healthy. It even seems the Plaguelings can control the Shamblers, capable of giving them the simplest possible commands.
While the Plaguelings themselves are not tough or strong it is folly to try and fight one up close, since their own bodies are the weapon they so gladly use.
And now, time for a little tale. Enjoy!
While writing Mega Burg I needed to take a short break from writing about rats, so I decided to write about With Tooth and Tail. It’s a rather grim setting, that one. Most animals have agreed to eat meat, and only the Swine are seen as not meat-eaters. It’s a bit Animal Farm-esque. I wanted to blur this story with a bit of history, you might be familiar with some of the ideas present here. It is rather grim.
In any case, enjoy!