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 wealthy young noblewoman she found dead when attempting to burglarize a room. She only hopes to rob the rich mages blind 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.
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Cal nearly missed class the next day. She didn’t have the money to afford a clock, magical or otherwise. Instead, she relied on the noise of the street to wake her up. But after the job last night, she was so exhausted that she only woke up when the sun was high enough to hit … Continue reading Cal 7
Chapter 6: Playing with Fire The sun was hidden behind large flurries that swirled in the chill breeze. Despite the intruder from the previous day, Lyssana had left the balcony doors open. She would not allow her enemies to believe they had scared her, though in truth she was frightened; but it meant she awoke … Continue reading Lyssana 6
1.06 Yam’s next meeting was with the Night Court. He entered their territory deprived of sleep and sustaining himself with black tea he had left to steep for so long that its taste was a near physical assault on his mouth. However, once he walked through the gate to the Night Court, Yam quickly realized … Continue reading Yam 6