A life in trade

There is a lot to be said for a life in trade, it can be one of comfortable prosperity allowing the merchant in question considerable disposable income from which he or she can fund the finest of all arts, poetry. One such merchant was Yondal Halthorn. He started as a butcher’s boy and rose to … More A life in trade

Just a note

I defy anybody to say anything unkind about Mistress Jasmi. I remember one man frantically cramming small valuable possessions into a saddlebag as he prepared to flee south into Partann and all he said was, “It’s that damned notebook.”Mistress Jasmi is what is sometimes known as ‘an army brat.’ Her father was a man-at-arms in … More Just a note

The Redemption Of Philian Twirlbatton And The Founding Of The Port Naain Society For The Promotion Of Virtue And The Elimination Of Vice.

I confess to having a low threshold when it comes to tolerating sanctimonious hypocrisy. I suppose the fact that it is now, alas, ubiquitous, means that I am so constantly exposed to it, I barely notice it any more. So if it is not directed at me, I now no longer see it. I suspect … More The Redemption Of Philian Twirlbatton And The Founding Of The Port Naain Society For The Promotion Of Virtue And The Elimination Of Vice.

Having a ball

Port Naain has many quaint customs, and few quainter than the foam runners of the Three Mills Beck. It is not often they get to practice their esoteric sport but if they do, it is worth watching. You might notice that on a river with eddies and whirls, you can get foam on the water. … More Having a ball

Properly brought up

Madam Celeria Haren had been properly brought up. She had, in her youth, attended Dame Ralash’s school for ‘young maidens of humble family up to the age of thirteen.’ Thus and so, this is how she had entered my life. She was a generation older than my lady wife, but when Shena had decided to … More Properly brought up

Expendable?

There’s a lot to be said in favour of being gifted. But on the other hand I’ve know those without any obvious gifts make their way in the world. Take Honsi. Frankly he struggled to count to ten and nobody, after five minutes acquaintance, would waste their time trying to teach him to read. But … More Expendable?