Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 50

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 50

The heavy duty pipes that linked the machinery had to be bolted on manually as the use of power tools constituted too great a hazard. Each of the three engines consisted of three separate modules: a power supply, a hydraulic pump, and a catapult with twisted steel torsion bars.  Connecting the modules involved a great deal of sweat and general cursing. Kiesche constructed the gear in situ on any available bit of flat surface so each installation was laid out differently. Heavy steel cables attached to pylons driven into crevices in the rocks by double-handed hammers locked down the catapult sections.

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Sanctuary – Snippet 04

Sanctuary – Snippet 04

For them, so far as Njekwa had been able to determine, the Godhead was more in the way of a disembodied universal power than anything she or her shamans would call a deity at all. The Kororo even went so far as to claim that all the goddesses and gods — even mighty Huwute herself! — were illusions. Figments of the imagination; names given to a mystery so vast that no mortal mind could ever grasp more than a shard at a time. And that shard was more likely to be distorted than true.

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 49

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 49

Chapter 16 – The Battle of Oxford

Allenson adjusted the mask over his face until it covered his mouth, eyes and nose. It supplied metallic air that tasted like an iron based tonic wine. A thick cable ran to a box strapped over his left hip that acted as an artificial lung. It filtered out undesirable vapors and pumped in nitrogen and oxygen. Exhaled air evacuated through a valve in front. Something in his humid warm breath reacted with the marsh vapors to create a white smoke that strung slowly into streamers in the light breeze.

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Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 26

Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 26

Chapter 26.

The echoing, many-layered murmur ahead of them was unmistakable; they had heard something similar on the day they had – with Xavier – confronted Bolthawk and Skyharrier. It was a crowd, perhaps a mob.

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Sanctuary – Snippet 03

Sanctuary – Snippet 03

As he moved toward the great pavilion in the distance, his palanquin followed in his wake. The four Liskash who bore that palanquin were lucky that Zilikazi was still young enough to be energetic and chose to demonstrate that vigor publicly on most occasions. The palanquin was already heavy due to its construction and ornamentation, even without someone riding in it.

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Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 25

Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 25

Chapter 25.

“Magewright Hiriista,” the Artan said, his delicate features taut with concern, “I implore you and your companions to give us aid.”

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 48

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 48

Hawthorn put his glass down and looked directly at the servant for the first time.

“Now you interest me. Let’s sit over there.”

Hawthorn pointed to a table in a quiet corner. He walked around the table to take the chair with his back to the wall.

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Sanctuary – Snippet 02

Sanctuary – Snippet 02

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The work was done, all their belongings back in their packs. Sebetwe straightened and gazed up the mountain. They still had a long way to go before they reached their destination. The trek up the slope would be arduous. The thin and cold air of the mountainside would sap their energy, making them more sluggish as the day passed.

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Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 24

Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 24

Chapter 24.

The misshapen creature – a deformed, monstrous hopclaw, he thought – shrank back as the moaning blade cut through the air. But Condor leapt completely over it, cutting off its escape. One clawed arm flew off, trailing blood. The other. The creature was screaming in terror and pain now, but Condor merely grinned and continued. Try to ambush me? Learn what you pay in pain!

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 47

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 47

“I thought the dons had locked away their private possessions to protect them from us coarse soldiery,” Allenson said, noting the college coat of arms decorating the china.

“Did they, sar?” Boswell asked. “The lock on the senior common room door must have been faulty because it opened with just a little push.”

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