It has to be said that there is very little new under the sun. (Save of course for my work, never let it be said that I am derivative. Obviously there are many happy to follow in the rut left by better men, but for me, I seek always to push against the boundaries of … More Charming child.
Ventin Tollerspoon was fortunate in that he held an adequately remunerated position as a clerk in one of the minor counting houses of the city. The hours were not onerous, but he was held responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the work of those clerks under him. Thus he would check for errors before their … More Fiscally advantageous criticism.
It has to be said that one of my more regular tasks is the entertaining of convalescents. After all, when you think about it, whereas a lady is normally busy, with many tasks and obligations, when illness claims her, she has to lay all that by. But then, if she is wise, even when she … More Convalescence.
Never let it be said that I do not have a wide circle of acquaintance. There are times when I cannot walk across Port Naain without being accosted by persons of all walks of life, (only a small minority of them creditors, bailiffs, or similar riffraff). It seems that my proud boast that a great … More A little light rustling
Tiddal, Lord of Muchness Tower, was one of the old Partannese nobility. He was born, luckily for himself, in the more civilised part of Partann where it is not merely possible, but expected, for a son to follow his father into the Lordship of a territory. Not only that but whilst his lands were far … More The seventh concubine.
Garstang Shearwater was a freelance. By this I mean that whilst he was a man-at-arms, he wasn’t under contract to any of the great condottieri. He owned his own horse and arms, and signed his own contract with an employer. To be honest there aren’t many genuine freelances. A lot are actually jobbing brigands who … More A modest proposal
There are many issues which inconvenience a temple warden. To be fair, the biggest difficulties can be caused by members of the congregation. A shrine without worshippers (but with some other, more reliable, source of funding) would be a remarkably easy shrine to run. It would remain pristine and ever ready for inspection by even … More Sacrilege, despoliation, and desecration