Panofus spoke the last words of the spell and flicked his raised fingers in the proper precise configurations.  As he did, another sudden quake struck the tower.  And the room filled with gasps and cries of fear.

One of the children in the group of unpracticed mages standing before Panofus pulled away from the old woman who was holding him.

“What about you?” the child asked just as he began to fade from view. Continue reading

Death and The Healer


Death and The HealerOnce, long ago in an almost forgotten age, there lived a healer of great skill and great compassion.  Her name was Gwenmir, but she was known as the healer Wen.  The healer Wen became well-loved in her village for her skill at easing pain and healing wounds so severe that it seemed she would snatch people from the clutches of death at the last moment.  She stitched up flesh with the skill of a fine tailor.  She cooled fevers with herbs and special tinctures.  She mended broken and even shattered bones with potions from the inside and splints from outside.  News of her arrival raised hopes and lifted spirits.  The sight of her face was said to be like the sight of sunlight after a dark and fearful night. Continue reading