The Last Voyage of the Echidna

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“Queens growing old without growing wiser.  That’s not what we need.  That’s not what I seek to be.”

Those were the last words that Captain Navaso spoke before she went into exile, breaking from the Unified Colonies, along with 899 loyal members of her colony. Continue reading

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 Sovereign of Bevoneberg

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Sovereign of BevonebergShe was never seen.  Neither face nor form.  Some say it was because she was so beautiful that the queen and king feared she would inspire terrible and unrelenting envy.  Others said the opposite was true.  She was hideous, deformed.  She was never heard.  Neither wit nor word.  Some said there was no princess, and therefore, no suitable heir.  For the queen and king had had another child, but he was only a son. Continue reading