Category: Freedom

Freedom Part One

Kaine and Runt stood at the dock for a long time, taking in the sight of the ship. Smaller than most of the merchant galleys and warships that filled the rest of the harbor, she exuded an ominous, dangerous aura that made both of them nervous. She was built for speed, that much was certain,…
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Freedom Part Two

Entry from the Journal of Kaine: My companions and I have signed on as crew to Captain Terrapin’s ship, Freedom. The sense of foreboding that I felt before boarding the ship dissipated as soon as we were welcomed on board. Indeed, The captain and crew have been nothing but warm and friendly to us. There…
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Freedom Part Three

A sudden explosion jarred Kaine from his thoughts, and propelled him out of bed. It was the middle of the night, and he had been getting his first good night of rest since coming on board Freedom nearly three weeks ago. He had just gotten his “sea legs”, and had spent the past two days…
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Freedom Part Four

Trick was in trouble. This, in itself, wasn’t news. Trick was almost always in trouble of one kind or another, but this time was different. He couldn’t get himself out of this one, and that was news. A seasoned thief, Trick never met a lock he couldn’t pick, a room he couldn’t enter, or a…
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Freedom Part Five

Sophia groaned, and sat up sleepily. Her eyes immediately fell on Runt’s unconscious body next to her. “Runt!” She grabbed him by his horns, pulling his face to hers. “Runt!” Kaine reached over and took her by the arm. “He’s ok! He’s hurt, but he’s alive. His wounds are healing, as are all of ours.…
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Freedom Part Six

The captain entered the room, and walked to the cage. “Ah. Good. You’re awake. Come with me, Kaine.” He waved his hand, and the cage moved down to settle beside the altar. The iron latticework next to Kaine moved apart, forming a small opening. Kaine slipped through, and it closed behind him. “Come, Kaine. Let’s…
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Freedom Part Seven

The captain walked over to the altar, stood behind it, and began to chant. As he chanted, the rest of the crew filed into the room, and knelt in orderly rows before the altar. As each one knelt, they began to chant with the captain. The liquid metal inside the altar began to boil, and…
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Freedom Part Eight

Sophia had been praying steadily since the captain had taken Kaine away. Her prayers were frantic, and simple: please let this work please let this work please let this work…over and over again. She knew she was the weak spot in their plan. The others had no special connection with the gods, but she was…
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Freedom Part Nine

Kaine and the others retreated to the captain’s quarters to have a private discussion. Sophia had returned to her human form, but both Trick and Nightshade kept looking at her suspiciously. Runt was standing behind her, with one arm draped over her shoulder. Kaine was pacing back and forth, staring at her with wild, accusatory…
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