It's been quite a year. Please forgive the hiatus. Things indeed were crazy here for a while. Birth of a new son, a new job, and now a new apartment. But rest assured, I have been slowly working on "The Tale of Gash Bloodaxe" all of this time. Currently, I am in the midst of chapter 20. The end of the first draft is in sight and I estimate it to be a mere 5 chapters away! How exciting!
This will be a difficult chapter to write as it is filled with deep emotions. But by God's grace, I will have it completed swiftly.
Here is an excerpt from chapter 16: Dwarvenhome.
The two walked through a dark cavern whose edges were somewhere beyond the light shed by the torch held in the dwarf's hand. Such seemed the openness of the place that Gash expected to feel some sort of wind, yet the air was still, as if it had laid dormant for many years, yet lacking staleness, untouched by the ages. Gash followed the dwarf down a narrow, winding bridge to a landing where they were met by seven archways cut into the solid rock wall.
the dwarf stopped in the middle of the landing and turned to face Gash.
The dwarf, stone-faced and unreadable as ever, regarded carefully the half-orc that stood strong and tall before him. The firelight danced upon his unmoving face and upon Gash's scowling brow. Even without a knowledge of dwarves and their ways, Gash knew he was treading on forbidden ground. This dwarf had trusted him to bring him this far. He would not defile that trust by speaking or stepping out of turn so long as he was on dwarven ground. And so he remained silent, staring back at him, waiting for his instruction, and his sanction to proceed.
But the dwarf did not speak, but after a long moment, again turned back toward the archways.
“This way.” He said and headed for the one just to the right of center. Gash followed in silence.
The dwarf lead him in silence up a steep, winding path. The cavern twisted and turned. Gash noted there would be plenty of places from which one could place an ambush and he remained on guard, just in case. After some distance, the passageway opened up to another large chamber just as empty as the first. The dwarf led Gash across another narrow bridge, this one straight and flat. They passed a wide stairwell leading down into the darkness, and another on the other side leading upwards. They came to a third, much more narrow stairwell leading up. Onto this one they turned, climbing a long stairwell to yet another bridge leading to the left and to the right. They turned right and headed into another tunnel hewn out of the rock wall. After some winding they came again to another bridge in what Gash was convinced was the same chamber, though the bridge may have been different. The walked a little ways and took the first stairwell they came to which led them down.
I will attempt to do more regular updates from now on, now that things are a bit more settled. Much thanks to those of you who are still here. :)