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The Saovine Convoy: Chapter 7 (Witcher 2 fic)The Saovine Convoy: Chapter 7 (Witcher 2 fic) by RavenGaleSpencer
The dark skies that had warned of rain all day finally burst, and the downpour snuffed out the remaining embers of the ruined Murivel. Saskia surveyed the aftermath of the fight. Remnants of smoke stirred up around the recouping combatants. Her eyes found their way to Iorveth, battered but adequately intact at the other side of the monstrosity's corpse.
He'd done it. He'd come through for her once more, just like in his grand intervention during the Siege of Vergen, and in helping to restore her free will. He'd upheld his word and defended the team—even the runaway Tarn and Lionel—from a monster's wrath, again calming her fears of more wasted lives. Only this time it had come at a risk to himself.
Saskia noticed Faye standing a fathom away from the elven brigand, inching towards him in concern. "You're bleeding," the sorceress said earnestly.
"Where?" Iorveth asked.
Faye pressed her palm to the left side of her neck in indication. Iorveth mirr
The Saovine Convoy: Chapter 6 (Witcher 2 fic)The Saovine Convoy: Chapter 6 (Witcher 2 fic) by RavenGaleSpencer
Contrary to Saskia's beliefs, Iorveth had not slept so peacefully that night. Instead, he had occupied himself with thoughts of this "Lily." True, the sorceress may be of no concern to them. But after weathering Eilhart's treachery, Letho's betrayal and Roche's aggression, he resolved to stay cautious. That meant never assuming a potential threat (least of all a sorceress) was of no concern to him.
In between light dozes, he had spent a portion of the night scouring the pages of Eilhart's spellbook for mentions of the word lily, aided by moonlight. He knew the book contained potions and poisons, making little mention of noted magic practitioners. But the bandit Horace seemed to think "Lily" was only an alias…likely not a randomly chosen one. Iorveth wondered if the book would turn up any references to lilies being used in magic spells.
There were a sparse few. He discovered one variety of lilies was used by common witches in air-freshening brews, whi
The Saovine Convoy: Chapter 5 (Witcher 2 fic)The Saovine Convoy: Chapter 5 (Witcher 2 fic) by RavenGaleSpencer
Saskia tallied up her company in her head. …And, that's everyone. Good. No one's lost.
By now Tarn, Lionel and the other humans had gathered the horses. Some of the poor creatures had Grapeshot shrapnel wounds, and one had stepped in a snare in the ruckus. Faye sat wearily on her knees with an assortment of cloth and herbs around her. She imbued the cloths with the herbs and handed one off to Lark, who cleaned and promptly bandaged her mount's injuries. Others soon replicated this process.
Everyone was equally confused by what just happened. Voices clamored throughout the convoy.
"Those bandits had a spellcaster."
"But why? Didn't they say Murivel was collecting bounties on sorceresses? Why would mages hunt other mages?"
"That mage didn't cast a single spell before high-tailin' it. Maybe whoever it was had more loyalty to coin than to fellow wand-wavers. That'd explain keepin' quiet."
"Mages are a devious lot. Maybe that one meant
The Saovine Convoy: Chapter 4 (Witcher 2 fic)The Saovine Convoy: Chapter 4 (Witcher 2 fic) by RavenGaleSpencer
"Ploughin' drowners!" growled Zoltan on the upper bank of the Pontar. "Ye'd think one death would be enough fer these rotten pricks!" He swung a sword at the amphibious, animate corpses that swarmed the riverbank.
"Then shut it and oblige 'em another, why don't ye?!" Yarpen retorted, axe in hand to fend off the drowners.
"Back to the depths with you, beast!" Lark cursed, drawing on her longbow and piercing a drowner through the decrepit skull. She beamed as she hit her mark.
Heeding his word to Saskia, Iorveth stood on the sidelines of the fray, ready to intervene should the monsters overpower the combatants. It seemed this would not be necessary. A few simple drowners were little threat to a party of this size—least of all to a band of elven and dwarven warriors whose bones itched for a good fight. Their battle cries rang with pent-up enthusiasm, and their weapons fell quickly on the necrophage aggressors. He let them have their fun for now
So 2014 is already upon us! It seems like only yesterday when it was the turn of the New Year for 2013...
I hope everyone had some fantastic celebrations with either friends or family in order to bring in the new year, I myself celebrated with a party and my entire local family at our own house, hosting a family party for New Year's Eve is simply a tradition of nearly a decade! I might have had several cans and a strong whiskey too much to drink, but I always do for such celebrations!
Anyway, 2014 looks to be a good year, I'm searching for a new job as we speak, have got a couple of adventures planned for later in the year (including a journey over to Norway), hopefully I'm going to pass my driving test finally too! As I now have enough money to try the damn thing, and then not to mention the likely numerous nights out and cinema visits with friends that'll take place!
Further to that I'll be trying to expand my reach in the world of design, with a year long digital illustration course starting in September, some design voluntary work, and some independent and personal drawing projects to spice things up a bit! And perhaps most importantly, I have agreed to collaborate with some skilled friends (who are former RARE games testers/developers) on a indie game first person shooter project, of which I have already began forwarding basic design ideas for! I've also started drawing up concept art of levels and weapon designs, which you should hopefully see soon. It's an ambitious project, but certainly looks like a good creative past time to focus on throughout the year!
Anyway, the year is full of potential, and I plan to gain as much from it all as possible! I hope you've all got your own exciting plans for the twelve months ahead, and I look forward to hearing about them as always! As there is now little else to say, Happy New Year 2014 everyone!