The Queens of Silk and Apple

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Quill 169 Queens of Silk and Apple Image 1 Final AltThe kingdom was renowned for the quality of their spider silk thread and the many textiles that were made from it, gowns, cloaks, rope, and even armor.  The reason for the quality and abundance of the silk was a large, but benign, spider that lived only, it seemed, in the kingdom named for it, Tortanak.

Indeed, the kingdom established the Royal Spider Company, comprised of the most gifted of spiders who were employed spinning silk for the royal court.  Most spiders only made the silk threads.  It was human hands that weaved the thread into wondrous things.  But some spiders, like the royal spiders, could themselves weave their own silk into fine garb and tapestries.  They were treated with special dignity and offered many riches, though most only sought such humble gifts as a warm place to live and spin. Continue reading

The First Days of Moonlight

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Quill 168 First Days of Moonlight Image 1 Final Alt Lone“We’re fascinated by cats, aren’t we?  Cats on the internet.  Pictures, videos, memes.  Cats in our homes.  Ancient civilizations shaped statues of cats out of gold, ebony, and bronze.  They have been associated with magic, with evil.  They sometimes seem aloof and uncaring.  Sometimes charming and playful.  Sexy.  Dangerous.  Mysterious.” Continue reading