Tales of the Hoard

The Bear and The Dragon

The Bear and The Dragon

01/03/2022 3:02pm 5 minute read Tales of the Hoard

Hallborn the Berserker had a choice. Either head east to slay the dragon that had been terrorizing the Kingdom of Perith, or to stay in the capital and be beheaded by the King.   When he thought about it, it really wasn’t much of a choice. When your raiding party is defeated and you’re held captive by a monarch, you don’t really get much of a choice.   So it was off to the East... Read more >>

The Bear & The Dragon, Part Two

The Bear & The Dragon, Part Two

01/03/2022 2:55pm 4 minute read Tales of the Hoard

Lasairfhíona and Hallborn told stories and spoke of themselves until the dawn started to creep over the horizon. The red-haired maiden looked up when a cockerel began to crow, bolted up, and barely said a word to Hallborn before she ran off into the line of trees.   “Oh, all right,” he muttered. “Yes, goodbye, nice talking to you too.”   But it was time, he thought, to go... Read more >>

Back Into the Dead Zone

Back Into the Dead Zone

12/20/2021 11:49am 4 minute read Tales of the Hoard

Rule number one for survival in the Dead Zone: look out for number one. Don’t care about anything or anyone except you.   I mean, it’s the apocalypse. You don’t want to be weighed down by… oh, a crying baby, for example.   Especially when the baby won’t stop crying. No matter how much I threaten the nursemaid with a gun, she can’t keep the baby from... Read more >>

In the Deadzone

In the Deadzone

12/16/2021 7:11pm 4 minute read Tales of the Hoard

What do you do when a feral catches your scent in the Dead Zone, while you’re trying to get into the underground safe haven to retrieve a bit of loot for Captain “Nutjob” Chuck?   Three options. Option 1: you run. And when you run you better believe that you have to run fast, and run hard, and pray to whatever deity you still believe in that you don’t trip on something,... Read more >>

The Ogre Awakes

The Ogre Awakes

11/29/2021 11:06am 4 minute read Tales of the Hoard

I’ll spare you the details of how Princess Xingxin journeyed through the land with her entourage. Just know that it wasn’t easy and there had been a few encounters with Pixiu and Nine-Tailed Foxes and that Her Majesty routed them all with great skill and aplomb.   Now the time had come. The Princess and her men stood outside the gates of the sleeping beast. They could hear it snoring in its... Read more >>

The Princess and The Ogre

The Princess and The Ogre

11/23/2021 9:56am 4 minute read Tales of the Hoard

Wise Woman Kang Kai of the Dragon Temple peered into the Orb of Prophecy over her half-moon glasses, its lenses betraying nothing of the darkness she saw gathering inside. “Oh my.” She had a voice like a rabbit being squeezed in a falcon’s claws.   “Well, what is it?” Consul Shanlong asked, checking the face of his pocket watch. It was nearing the hour of the Dog,... Read more >>

Maggie Peasebody (A Continuation)

Maggie Peasebody (A Continuation)

11/15/2021 7:36pm 4 minute read Tales of the Hoard

So ‘twere that Maggie Peasebody was married on the morrow, and all the folk of our village came to see the nuptials, which everyone agreed were beautiful ‘n’ charmin’ and all of the sort.   So pleased Maggie at her beautiful wedding that she had forgotten all about the hagstone and Robin’s warning until after she’d said “I Do” and the pastor had... Read more >>

The Tale of Maggie Peasebody

The Tale of Maggie Peasebody

11/10/2021 6:49pm 4 minute read Tales of the Hoard

Here's a story that's been passed down to me by your grandmother's grandmother's grandmother's— you get the picture.   Once upon a time when the world was young, the Fair Folk walked amongst the people as plain as you're sitting there at my feet. They lived in wee little cottages, drove their wee little carts, and sold their wee little crops and animals in the fair, just as you and I.  ... Read more >>

Some Wicked Treats 2

Some Wicked Treats 2

10/26/2021 10:08am 4 minute read Tales of the Hoard

“That’s right, you dumb witch, come get me!”   Cassie Johanson has guts. That’s what her dad used to say, especially when she was afraid. He’d named her after Butch Cassidy after all, and Casey at the bat, which meant she could keep a.) face down a pack of coyotes on her own and b.) keep swinging even when the outlook wasn’t brilliant.   Dad always told her: cling to the... Read more >>

Some Wicked Treats

Some Wicked Treats

10/20/2021 3:13pm 4 minute read Tales of the Hoard

Alexandra Cromwell has been trying to summon the Dark Lord for, oh, going on about a century now. The other witches from the coven laugh behind her back. They say, “Silly Alexandra, believing in fairy tales. Silly Alexandra, thinking she can summon the Goat of Mendes all by herself. Silly Alexandra.”   Eye of newt, horn of toad, egg of snake...   She drops the ingredients one by one... Read more >>