Category: Fiction

Flash Fiction and Short Stories set in my worlds, as well as guest stories as they appear.

Gnomes and Experiments

“Now you’ve done it.” Tomas’s voice shrieks through my eardrums like a fire-blade. The worry-widge Human is right, though. I have, indeed, done it. Professor Kalmar will likely suspend us both pending a behavioral review.

“Never mind that. It worked!” Victory sends me bouncing around the rim of this massive bowl filled with white fire. Even on my highest jump, I barely reach Tomas’s chest. He drops a heavy hand onto my head to stop my glory dance.

“Next time, I’ll listen when Gear tells me not to partner with a Gnome for an Experimental trimester. I’m calling the Outrunners.”

“Aww, you’re no fun, Tomtom.” I shove his hand away. “We made Aether Fire, and that doesn’t excite you at all?”

“Not when it comes with the idea of lock-up time or suspension.” I try to grab the phone, but his arms are just too long. He makes the call, and now we wait for the authorities.

Dueling Mannequins

You know that scene where Cass nearly got shanked? Well, thank Max and Miri, the two delightful mannequins pictured above. These are basically Shay’s assistants, models, and all-around handy people.

I’m not quite sure where this post is going, so have another picture. I am getting my act together, I swear.

Character Sneak Peak

The end of last week saw me pinned to the bed with a two-day migraine. To make up for my absence, here’s a character sneak peak for you. Liiræa’s watched the neighborhood crumble for reasons yet to be revealed. Grew up here, in fact, and quite loves the bookstore. She knows part of why it’s happening. She can feel it.

It’s not just her, either. A lot of folks in the neighborhood can feel the encroachment of troubled Arcanum. Most of them don’t know what it is. The question is: does she?

Shay and I figured this would be a good way to pass the time. It’s also giving us some new insight into things. It’s pretty cool.

Concept Art: Just What IS Ace?

Ace is Drakern, descended of the Old Dragons of Vermillion. Just Dragons. Not a drop of Godschild–or humanoid– blood in his veins. Getting his design right was quite the adventure, too.

See, I had this idea in my head. The one you see above, from Dragon Hoard Books 9. I knew all the biology, the ins and outs of the wings, the tail, the legs, the whole form.

Yes, I’m nerdy, and I confess a certain inspiration from Disney’s Gargoyles as a kid, but I digress.

Back in September 2016, when Shay and I first started talking about this mad idea of a comic, I tried hard to put it into words, and the first result came out looking like the alien from Enemy Mine.

Ace is displeased with the first sketch. 😛

That’s the incredible thing about collaboration. Once two minds really start to mesh and blend, art reaches a depth of possibility that just isn’t there with one mind alone.

As you can see with the evolution of Ace’s character design below.

I just realized how odd Ace’s legs look in this pic.

    

Well, that’s all we’ve got for you this Saturday! Next week, we’ll show you Cass with short, curly hair! I won’t lie, they look pretty odd. 😛

I’ve got a bit on the Origin of Drakern scheduled on Monday’s Patron feed. Feel free to check it out next week!

Dragon Hoard Books: A Friendly Warning

Wow it’s been a rough two weeks. I – Raidon – have finally found a nice little cafe that sells my favorite carbonated juice, and Shay did not die in the first two (or was it three?) weeks as a fast-food slave.

It’s about time we checked in with the bookstore. Here it is, only a week late. Go give Shay some love for finishing this just a week late. In the meantime, keeping consistent with the content will get easier with time. Also, remember, if you want to see comics a day early, check us out on Patreon. Meanwhile, Shay is stubbornly insisting the project move forward, despite hand cramps of doom.

And of course, behind the scenes, I’m working to get this comic into a cohesive script form. If you like getting updates on that part, feel free to keep up with my Author Page, or just send me a friend request on Facebook. If we’ve got no mutual acquaintances, don’t forget to include a message.

If all goes well, we’ll have a comic next week, too. 😛

 

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Dragon Hoard Books: Taking Out The Trash

Props, Cass. We’ll see how long you last.

In other news, I’m typing this on my phone, so Raidon out.

 

Want to help us out with production and become part of the Hoard? Check out our Patreon page and become a contributor!


 

 

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Dragon Hoard Books: Clash of Blades…Almost

I wouldn’t stick around for this job. That’s just me, though.

Shay’s done an EXCELLENT job with the illustrations, and they just keep getting better.

Cass, well done not getting TOO cut up. Though I’m not convinced this thief is that skilled.

If you enjoy what you’re seeing, we’d love it if you’d support us on Patreon. Spare change helps, and you get virtual hugs!

 

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Dragon Hoard Books: Not Your Average Work Day

There are a couple of things you need to know about this issue: Firstly, this issue was drawn with a different art program, and one that I’ve only just begun to use, so this one may be slightly better quality, but as things go forward it’ll most likely get better! Secondly, if you thought that the workday couldn’t get any more boring, you’re about to wish it would be.


Raidon here. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m LOVING the Krita stuff Shay’s experimenting with. Also… how often does this place get robbed?

Once again, we are on Patreon, although I confess, I’ve fallen behind on that as I’m currently without internet, so…Sorry about that. Love you all, and see you next week!

 

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Dragon Hoard Books: Starting The Job

I hope Ace didn’t hear that comment. Argus must be either very brave or very stupid to call someone Ace’s size a lizard, even if he does look like one.

Side note: Yes, I, Raidon, am mostly without internet. This doesn’t mean you won’t get your comics. Shay and I are working to figure this out. If you have spare change you could drop in the Patreon, that would help, as part of the issue is paying for internet at the moment.

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Dragon Hoard Books: The Interview

Today’s issue is a bit different. When I sent Shay the script, well, turns out it ran long. Also, with two pages of comic, we’re halfway to lucky 13 on page count! So, bonus page.

I don’t know about you, but I agree with Cass. This manager? ‘makes a face’

Let’s just hope it’s the lighting. Remember, Dragon Hoard Books is on Patreon, and we’re getting more active. I’ll especially be getting more active now that I’ve finally settled into the new place a bit.

In the meantime, feel free to bug Shay about how they like the new art program they’re planning to unveil in a few weeks.

 

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