Mina gazed through the eastern gate into Mamban. This ancient, sacred city was a reminder of the last three days – Korius’ green-eyed directive, Illuminada’s description of Rhon Tai, Marcus’s insistance that the stone should be returned, L’had’s certainty that the city had ancient protections without the stone.

A city older than legends had to contain ghosts of its own, deeper and darker than the memories of man.  (more…)


Music: The Passing of the Grey Company from the Lord of the Rings, Return of the King soundtrack.

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Mina shut the door behind her.  Time to pack for the next leg of our journey with the Dragonsingers.

She couldn’t shake the feeling of sadness since interacting with the Enhathladi. Mina had done her best to disguise it with Torh and Illuminada.  Luckily, both of them were energetic, bright souls – allowing her to push back the ominous judgment by the stoic elves. Mina genuinely hoped to speak with Illuminada and Torh again. The Enhathladi – not as much.


Music: Samwise the Brave from The Two Towers soundtrack

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Is it possible that Lash is the most trustworthy…person…in this whole scenario?

Mina walked from the discussion with Nurianna and Bardas towards her room. A decision had been made – they were leaving for the Dragonsingers’ quest as soon as she was done being presented to the Dark Folk tomorrow.




“…this is why I will give my daughter Mina to Lash, king of the Dark Folk, to be his queen.”

Mina’s heart seemed to stall, yet her pulse raced in her throat.  Before she could stop herself, her glance bounced from Verya, to Lash, to Firliadeth, to Marcus – taking in their expressions.

In that moment, the echo of her mother’s voice hung like frost on broken glass – frozen and sharp, slicing Mina to the bone.

What do you find here?


Music: Rebecca by Craig Armstrong from the Plunkett & Macleane soundtrack

The day after Arthion’s Coming of Age, Mina felt confused and despondent.  Not only were all of her friends now moved on to their adventures, but their moving on only highlighted her inability to join them. And to complicate her already painful feelings of loneliness and inevitability, the odd last farewell with Arthion may have destroyed the strongest friendship she had.  

Or she’d thought she’d had.


Music:  The Ring from the Original Legend Soundtrack, National Philharmonic Orchestra

Arthion reached out his hand, and Mina grabbed it, hoisting herself up to the branch that was just out of her reach.  She dusted herself off and looked upward – there was still quite a ways to go.

“You going to make it?” Arthion smirked, leaning against the trunk.  They were far from Ilitheris now, possibly halfway to Ceridwe. They had run quite a distance, and then chose the tallest tree near them to climb. 


Music: The Forbidden Pool by Howard Shore from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Soundtrack.

Why am I so drawn to her? She was such a beautiful dancer, and I felt so alive and filled with joy.  There was something I was supposed to find through her, but what?

Mina lay in her bed, unreasonably irritated. Part of her knew that this anger was unusual, lacking sense. But something inside her irrationally stoked the fire.