EVE Online: Fragmented – Holoreels and the Box (Part 4)

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Minmatar Republic
Heimatar Region
Wiedadur Constellation
Rokofur System
Planet IX
Station: The Leisure Group Development Studio

Clouds twisted and rolled over the surface of the blue, oceanic planet outside the wide view port of the station. Energy from the system’s star heated the atmosphere and continued the unending cycle of storm building and release. Lightning danced among the swirling mists wrapped around the central low pressure of a powerful hurricane in view. A maelstrom that would find no land to hinder its way, wreaking havoc among the various types of colonies floating down on the surface that failed to prepare. Industrial or otherwise, none would be spared from the violence.

Light from the star flashed off a long, metallic blade as Jun ran a sharpening stone along its edge. The slow, rhythmic work focused his mind as the sound of the stone on the forged, folded metal filled his ears. His nostrils flared, breathing in the heavy scent of the applied oil. His dark colored eyes focused on the stone as he guided it. Strong, agile fingers manipulated the work with precision.

“I know. I know,” Jun said. His voice was low and rich in tone, unhurried in cadence, even sounded friendly to the listeners. Turning from the wide view port, he focused his eyes on the man sitting in a very comfortable recliner in the posh quarters. Placing the sharpening stone on a table to his left, he picked up a thick cloth and wiped his blade several times.

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EVE Online: Fragmented – Residual Cinders (Part 3)

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Amarr Empire
Devoid Region
Enka Constellation
Mili System
Planet X

Hearing the screech from Madam Lowis Va’nel, a venerable middle aged woman, the capsuleer slipped his hand into his pocket and activated a small device. It vibrated for a second in response. Stepping away to the side of the room, he watched as the red faced woman stormed down the second level stairs. Her eyes were blazing with fury having witnessed her second child’s family betrayal. Her three female attendants ran after her, and a couple of family guards followed.

Her wild emotions shook her entire frame, and tears filled her eyes as she focused on Dewn. Mirroring her son’s attire in style, she wore an elegant black and gold dress. Gold implements adorned her carefully sculpted blond hair, and a string of pearls spun together in gold, graced her neck. In every way, she was the perfect Amarrian family matriarch. Strong in spirit, mind, and body she walked right up to her son and slapped him across the face.

The blow was ferocious and caused Dewn to take a step back. “What have you done?” she screamed, following him. “I was told by my secretary you wanted to meet to discuss the colony on planet two, but instead I find you consorting with brutes! Filthy, unbelieving savages! What have you done to your sister?” She struck him across the face again.

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EVE Online: Fragmented – Fall and Rise (Part 2)

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Amarr Empire
Devoid Region
Enka Constellation
Mili System
Planet X

Waiting was its own torment, and Dewn Va’nel seethed with impatience. His office was extravagant and ornamented with gold. The second level loft was lined with book shelves, filled with volumes and curiosities from all over the empire. He spared no expense in his pursuits.

The large desk that dominated the room was coverered in electronic displays, archaic writing implements, papers, and a historical piece discovered during a recent archeological trip. The tall, domed ceiling was gilded and several artists illustrated past historical events in the open panels available. None of it was enough.

All of the plush couches and chairs in the room were empty save one. A tall, dark haired Amarrian sat comfortably, wearing his military style uniform. His highly polished boots reflected the light from the crackling fire in the hearth, and he took a sip from the glass of Mili’s finest wines. “I don’t normally indulge in such a beverage,” he said. “But, today I admit it is worth my attention.”

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EVE Online: Fragmented – Star of Blood (Part 1)

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Amarr Empire
Devoid Region
Semou Constellation
Sifilar System

Some called the Mehatoor to Mili run a fools gambit. Low security, pirate gangs, outlaws, organized crime, and systems torn asunder by state sworn capsuleer militias burning space with their continuous conflagration.  All together, it melted the journey into a dangerous and high risk corridor.

Numerous colonized worlds hewed out an existence in the midst of the turmoil. Out in the Enka constellation, the Amarrian Holders stubbornly clung to power for the glory of the Amarrian god and empire. The Va’nel family was old lineage and traced their ancestors to the home world. Strong, regal, and cunning they held their small holding together despite the adversity and chaos.

Rebellion or war, they would endure in deep faith, by the powerful weapons of the Amarr war machine, the strength of the Amarrian population, and upon the laboring backs of their slaves. Even if their neighboring Holders fell to lack of faith and personal failure, plunging their own territories into regression, weakness, and lawlessness, the Va’nels would stand firm.

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Spinnie the Spider

White tile stretched far in one direction and another as the small spider looked around.  He ventured from the tiny hole next to his intricate web looking for something to eat.  Hunger poked at him.  The large bathroom was barren with no prey.

“You better get back here!  It’s too dangerous!” Gnatty said.

Spinnie spun around and eyed the gnat flittering about the opening to his home.  Gnatty got caught in his web a while back, and his chatty, humorous nature touched the spider.  So he decided not to eat him.  He wasn’t even big enough for a snack anyway.

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Iron of the Innocent: Standing the Wall

Author’s Note: This additional scene takes place during  Chapter 24 of Mistress of Agony (Iron of the Innocent, Volume 2).  These characters do not appear in the novel.  Spoiler warning!  I recommend reading this after you read that chapter.  Click below being fully informed.

274 I.C.
Sacren
Solorn Kingdom
Solorn Province
City of Clendon

Characters: Evtaf, Linsei, and Mersius

Stone and mortar, the city wall was a heavy barrier against the danger beyond.  It was wide enough to walk and fight.  Its edifice tall enough to keep out the unwanted, and its parapets designed to protect those willing to die to keep it secure.

Three soldiers assigned on the east side for their duty shift stood their post.  The night felt tense, and the black, threatening clouds came closer.  One of the soldiers sniffed the air and rubbed his face.  Rain was coming, and the thought made him feel even more miserable.  He grumbled to himself.

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On Magic…

The concept of magic is mythological, ancient, and has developed up into our contemporary times.  No one really has an answer to the exact nature of magic or where the idea began in history.  It may simply be an answer to explain what some people did not understand long ago.  Human beings are quite creative with expansive imaginations, so someone, somewhere, came up with the idea at some point in the ancient past.  Their motivations, reasons, and purposes are unknown, lost in time.

Historically, the use of the concept has taken on many iterations in human society for better or worse.  In some cases to invoke fear in enemies (important to some in a brutal, dangerous world), to deceive (one reason for religious objections), gain prosperity (cha-ching!), to feel protected from the unknown/unseen, gain favor (or love!), or as a way for some people to feel empowered (I’m strong!).  Others have a desire to feel important by gaining some secret knowledge or ability that others do not have.  One example today driven by the prosperity motivation are illusionists.  They use illusion and slight of hand to entertain a paying audience.

In the end, we know that magic is simply not real.  Nope, not real at all.

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