Chapter 21: Malachite Rising

CWs: drug use (opiates), violence, body/eye horror, psychosis, manhandling of a disabled person (reasonable in context), self-harm, injury to hands …but the wicked sorceror could find no purchase, for every blow he landed upon the princess’s form left her untouched. “What is this trickery?” he howled, unable to leave so much as a bruise upon … Continue reading Chapter 21: Malachite Rising

Chapter 20: Lunar Shadows

CWs: violence, racism/anti-indigeneity, starvation (referenced/implied), drug use (opiates this time, whew), body horror And O, I have seen the lotus-eatersdrinking laudanum and winewith voices loud and hollowwith nothing left inside—O, thy tempting nature railsagainst the strength of every souldo not eat the fruits of Lethekeep your virtue whole.Prohibitionist and anti-alcohol activist Andrew Matthesohn Wilkes, 1919, … Continue reading Chapter 20: Lunar Shadows

Chapter 18: Nightshade Pupils

CW: implied-but-clear transmisogyny/homophobia, bullying, violence, implied sexual assault, ableism, racism/colorism/anti-indigeneity (sort of ticks all the boxes) The last polio epidemic to sweep Elessa was from 1896-1898. To the horror of manor families, proletariat and disenfranchised alike, however, the Judge showed a shocking lack of interest in slowing its spread. Rather than using the emergency powers … Continue reading Chapter 18: Nightshade Pupils

Chapter 16: Aeolian Twilight

CW: war, death (incl. parental death), injury shé-l-atìrin', eth’drital’ba, sha-dæl’ʤibez ì’hum sho-kélis’ziþunuz meleǩ’ shua-zhenadjaz, benadjez bą^ sheǩ^tesætézenuval’rązot, avol’rązot, vel’rąz^ - isha suǩa sharal?æʤa en’djaǩajot, eshną nedbą tek en’djeǩ’ djukal’.The candle and the picture-frame, the shoes upon the floorThe empty eyes of our boys, the girls who cry no moreWe sing, we play, we tell our … Continue reading Chapter 16: Aeolian Twilight