Yam is a Len whose nomadic people value truth and community above all else. He has decided that the only way to restore his family is to become indistinguishable from a god and retroactively make his father a prophet instead of a lying cult leader.
Cal is a street thief impersonating a young, wealthy noblewoman she found dead when attempting to burglarize a room. She only hopes to rob the rich mages and maybe pick up a trick or two before she inevitably has to skip town.
Lyssana was born with the wrong kind of abilities and exiled to a faraway island of elemental magic users. She has been called back by her wealthy family and placed in Istima for a purpose she has yet to learn.
This is a serialized web fiction about three students in Istima, the Six Court Academy; where the different branches of magic have come together in an ancient city-school floating between mountain peaks and above the storm sea. The engraving students learn to steal patents and defend their homework from untrustworthy professors. The Winter Court battle for their spots in the rankings. The healers-in-training stretch trip cords across the highest stairs so they can practice enough to earn an internship. And no one has a clue what is happening in the Night Court, but it involves self-induced psychosis, inter-dimensional summoning, and activites so normal that they feel nefarious in comparison.
Welcome to Istima. Study, survive, and hold your secrets close.
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Chapter 10: Double Proficiency at a Glance The morning rays hit her face sooner than she would have liked, and an audible groan left her as she pulled herself from the silken mound of blankets. This school would make her soft if she wasn’t careful. As she dug through her wardrobe and selected an orange … Continue reading Lyssana 10
~~~ Happy memorial day weekend, and thank you to all of those who served. Sincerely. Here is a bonus interlude to celebrate them and because so many of you (like three people) seemed to love (have feelings slightly better than ambivalence towards) Miller. He will have a short run and a mini arc. We have … Continue reading Interlude: Miller #2, A Bird Among Birds
You all have been amazing about boosting our story at TopWebFiction. It has multiplied our audience and our supporters by at least 10. So, uh, whoa. Thank you. Because of that and the feedback we’ve been getting from the comments, reddit, and our Patreon there will be a bonus chapter post next Friday. It is … Continue reading Yam 12