The Shaded Dragon – Derek

The lodgings were not exactly high class, but at least they were dry and somewhat protective against the ice cold wind that stalked the city at night. Of course with Tess being sent there by the Bailiff meant she enjoyed the least amount of hospitality the owners could offer while still claiming favour; that is to say a floor instead of a bed, cold slop as opposed to the delights of a full roasted chicken and a spot as far away from the fire as possible. Still, it was not in her heart to complain.

The same could not be said for the diminutive man who had been sent to the lodging house with her. His name was Derek and to look at him was to gaze upon a man who was all hair and muscle. He was mean tempered and foul of mouth, but the more booze he consumed the more he seemed to calm. Tess did her best not to stare at the man, but he was her only real company and one could only stare at the cracks in the ceiling for so long. Continue reading “The Shaded Dragon – Derek”


The Shaded Dragon – Tess

It is hard to know where to begin with a place like The Shaded Dragon, for there are so many storied and personalities that call the place home. Do you start with the staff, the patients, the forces from without that exert control over the building? Do you start with the history or the now? To my mind we should start, as all good stories should, with a woman.

This particular woman is a little over twenty. Her clothes are ragged, her hair a mess and her skin covered in the grime only the poor and unwashed can ignore. Her name is Tess, and she stands in a long line awaiting her judgement. Continue reading “The Shaded Dragon – Tess”

The Shaded Dragon

In a world full of dragons, magicians both evil and good, machines of destruction, demons and battling gods and their demigod kin, one resource is coveted above all others; the hero. Those rare few individuals who are that heady mix of brave, fool and righteous. And while their muscles are strong, their magic’s potent and their minds sharp they are revered and utilised to bring balance to a chaotic world. But when their muscles turn to fat, their magic to a damp squib and their minds slip into a world different from the one they live in, they become a burden to society. Continue reading “The Shaded Dragon”