The boy never needed, never wanted anything with his life. He is unlike "normal people." Not that he knew what his life, nor what his world really was. He couldn't see, he knew not of beauty, nor of atrocities. He couldn't hear, he knew not of spite, nor words of tongue. He needn't think much, for he knew no words or images to think with. He only knew desire, sensations, and pain. What would he do when he had the ability to see, hear, and do much more than "normal people"? Would he even understand it?
It is January 2nd, 2035. In New York, leaders of all the world's nations are assembling to agree on a plan to save the dying planet: Earth. Before they can agree on anything, disaster strikes. An electromagnetic storm destroys the global power grid, and cuts communications. Billions of people die. But as soon as the storm dies down, millions of mysterious, glowing cubes appear all over the globe. The cubes contain tools that will let humans colonize a new planet: a bigger, richer version of Earth. The newly formed Colonial Council, which answers to the United Nations, has one goal: to ease the crisis on Earth by transfers of goods and resources from the New World. Millions of new colonizers rush to the New World, united by a common purpose: to turn their dreams into reality. Some dream of getting rich by trading New World goods. Some dream of conquest, and building an empire. Some dream of peace, adoration, and love. Some will succeed, and others will fail. But fortune always favors the brave. Current update schedule: 2-7 chapters a week
In Ancient Greece everyone was a sucker for prophecies—even the gods themselves. So when Apollo’s Oracle foresaw the fall of Olympus by way of demigod, the entire pantheon was omnipotently quick to act. The fix? Turn the halfling into a full-pledged god, complete with benefits. Because if there’s any lesson learned in their epic history, prophecies and the dead are all kinds of stubborn, and turning someone into a monster has gorgoned out of fashion. And because mythology. And all the more reason why the nigh-omniscient lot might still be way in over their heads.
Having decided to bring out a Journal, the Editor racks his brains for a suitable name with which to christen his periodical. Friends are generally useless in an emergency of this kind; they suggest all kinds of impossible names; the following were some of the titles proposed in this instance: "Facts and Fancies," "The Cremorne," "The All Round," "The Monthly Courses," "The Devil's Own," and "Dugdale's Ghost"; the two first had certainly great attractions to our mind, but at last our own ideas have hit upon the modest little "Pearl," as more suitable, especially in the hope that when it comes under the snouts of the moral and hypocritical swine of the world, they may not trample it underfoot, and feel disposed to rend the publisher, but that a few will become subscribers on the quiet. To such better disposed piggy wiggys, I would say, for encouragement, that they have only to keep up appearances by regularly attending church, giving to charities, and always appearing deeply interested in moral philanthropy, to ensure a respectable and high moral character, and that if they only are clever enough never to be found out, they may, sub rosa, study and enjoy the philosophy of life till the end of their days, and earn a glorious and saintly epitaph on their tombstone, when at last the Devil pegs them out. Editor of the "Pearl."
The end times are coming, and something has to be done about it. The King has decided to go mad, The Lord Balthazar, and his envoys have taken it upon themselves to slaughter and slave the dwarves of the Iron foothills, and the dwarven painter Bornithl, the man who ended the war single-handedly has decided to never pick up the brush again. As his son runs away, and as the demon hordes move again, a sinister plan begins to brew, one that threatens to upset all of Volmund. _____ Also available on Royal Road, Reddit and more.
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