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Revolution is coming


Industrial, magical, political; the dual-moon planet of Neyush is on the precipice of change.

People of many different species, reeling from the effects of the Great War almost two centuries ago, are accelerating into a new age, fueled by innovative discoveries and forgotten secrets. The event that ended the war and decimated an entire people is referred to as The Blink.

No-one knows how or why it happened, though many have theories.

Little fish, big pond


The Blink also brought change to the Dozen.

Empty metaphysical Spheres of existence, or the homes of unknowable, ancient gods? Opportunities for life-enhancing magitech, or eldritch traps waiting to ensnare the curious? Aspects of reality as normal as time and gravity, or complex creations of the Drake herself?

Whatever the Dozen truly are, something is different now. Something changed with the Blink. Something is coming to Neyush.

Are the secrets behind the Dozen the key to saving it, or the catalyst for its doom?


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Shadow

She was alone when she was killed.

At least, as far as the other party-goers were concerned. She had stepped out onto the empty balcony for some air. No-one joined her, and there was no-one with her. They were multiple floors up in a vena mansion in Yenagun's Uppers, surrounded at the bottom by a smooth-cut courtyard wall.

And yet, she had been killed. Her partner had only followed her out after noticing a suspicious shadow join hers on the thin curtain, illuminated by the limelight and occasional firework from the other side.

His scream upon finding her — motionless, throat slit, blood staining her sky-blue dress and dripping to the ground below — had finally stopped the band from playing, as a faint cloud of sickly sulfur seeped into the ballroom to make a cocktail with the tobacco and gunpowder smoke.

She had been killed by a shadow.


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Author's Notes

Entry for Spooktober 2021. I managed one prompt, at least...


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31 Oct, 2021 17:36

Nice! Very short, but creepy. I'm working on my own article for "shadow". It's turning out a little long...

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AS Lindsey (Pan)
31 Oct, 2021 18:03

Thanks, that's the vibe I was hoping for :D   Good luck! I'll keep an eye out for yours.

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