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Morgus, Episode 008, Green Rabbit Bottle, part 1

By Kenneth Shumaker

Episode 008, ‘Green Rabbit Bottle’

Wrote, May 24, 2017

Published on Virily: Part 1, November 12, 2017

Morgus 

Our serial series is set in Kenneth Shumaker’s medieval fantasy realm of Quantos. We find Apprentice Mage Morgus is out from the Mage’s University and on his one-year walk-about before he returns for his journeyman certification test on Autumn 50 of Pine, during the reign of King Regeanus III in the royal city of Mount Oryn’s South State District 13. Our intrepid hero, with a checkered past, is an attractive thirty-three-year-old human Jalnoric male with a bold personality and is determined to survive his walk-about year at any cost, even if it means snuggling in and working with nobility.

Previously in Morgus episode E007 ‘Green Tomato Cow’ on Autumn 84 Unicorn:

Having found a new friend, Morgus acquires for her brother an apprenticeship, having to fund the apprenticeship application himself.

We continue now with Morgus episode E008 ‘Green Rabbit Bottle’ on:

Autumn 87 Unicorn

Returning home late yesterday, Morgus studies the chamberlain rules tome for a couple of hours in the brilliant yellow light of the still burning ‘continuous light’ of the common hooded-lantern. Getting to bed late, tired, he sleeps as haggard as a river scragg, not getting much sleep. Waking an hour before gods-rise; they sit in the manor’s Imvor chapel listening intently to Hez preach a resolute talk on the god Imvor’s many reverent blessings of light and fire.

Soon after the sermon, Morgus pulls Hez gently aside, firmly asking, “How much coal and iron do you need?”

Quickly estimating the combined work that he has been commisioned to do for both Morgus and Ada, Hez replies as bold as a Goren hawk striking its prey. “A hundred pounds worth of iron ingots will get me by when added to what I have. But I need at least eight-hundred pounds of good clean coal.”

Sincerely considering this, Morgus squints slightly, and then frowns with a deep furrow of his brow as he asks, “How much will it cost?”

Boldly again, Hez states, “The iron ingots are generally a Dyns a pound and are usually sold in ten-pound ingots. The coal is sold can be shipped by the wagon load, and it sells for a Dyns per pound.”

Responding quickly, Morgus says, “I’ll give you a hundred-twenty Flairs, and you go order your supplies. Fair enough?”

Looking at Morgus quizzically, Hez asks, “You’ll trust me with that much coin?”

Shrugging nonchalantly in a tired gentleman’s fashion, Morgus replies, “I found you once out of curiosity … if I need to find you, I’ll find you.”

Nervously smiling, Hez nods smartly. “Yes, okay.”

Later in the evening, Morgus is rising from the staff dining table after talking with the priests, when Elmar arrives rushing in frantically to the staff room, calling out, “Wight in the courtyard … already killed the dairy cow … it’s headed toward the manor!”

Rapidly jumping up, Morgus motions for Hez, Loura, and Hon to join him. The four follow Elmar as they quickly head outside into the courtyard. There, they find the wight haphazardly trying to locate the manor in the darkness, with its eyes glowing day-bright with Morgus’ ‘continuous light’ spell still glowing in its eyes.

The walking-dead creature soon smells the humans, and in a hurry, it starts heading straight toward the four humans and elf.

Sensing its anger and lust for its prey’s lives, Morgus desperately calls forth an unmemorized spell, expended an enormous amount of destructive power. With fingers splayed wide, thumbs touching, Morgus calls out, “Usten” and a flat fan of a 120o arcing sheet of flaring yellow flames bursts forth catching the wight as it rushes toward Hez. Immediately its rags of dirty torn clothing are ignited, bursting into plumes of multicoloured flames.

Seeing the determined creature continue onward, Hez expends an equal amount of prayer power in an attempt at ‘holding’ the creature.

Amazed by the determination of the walking-dead creature, Loura and Hon watch as it continues onward and they quickly combine forces in prayer in an attempt to turn the wight.

This is the end of this episode 008, part 1 of Morgus, written by, Kenneth Shumaker

©2017 by Kenneth Shumaker with Inevitable Unicorn Press

www.inupress.ca, www.owerton.ca, inupress@inupress.ca, ken@inupress.ca

To be continued in part 2 Morgus episode 008 ‘Green Rabbit Bottle’ …

 

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Written by Kenneth Shumaker

With a love of fantasy and science fiction, I took first to writing science fiction. Then after years of role-playing gaming, I started writing fantasy soon crossing over into sci-fi fantasy. Writing primarily in these three and becoming traditionally published I saw how other writers struggled as well, so I took to helping by writing discussion papers and other non-fiction articles. After years of writing and a few years of being traditionally published I started my own publishing imprint and publish other authors further expanding available reading material.

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