Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Slums (Adventure) - Gorg Chum Saga 8

Gorg Chum eyed his surroundings warily as he steered his small, one-man submarine through the dark channels of water.  He had lived on Shawm for all of his life but never once had he ventured this far into the slums.

Up until now he had never had a need.

His had been a privileged upbringing.  As a youth he had been given the finest education Shawm had to offer.  His birth mother was an important figure with good connections.  Gorg had slipped into the higher political levels as easily as he had slipped into the water as a fingerling.

Advocating jobs for the poorer classes and actually visiting said poorer classes were two entirely separate things in Gorg's mind.

The temperature in the submarine dropped as he plunged further and further into the deeper, less hospitable waters.  The general lack of sunshine made food and resources scarce in this area and, therefore, cheaper to live.

Gorg shivered as he adjusted the sub's heading toward the main stretch of caves and dwellings.  His shiver had nothing to do with the cold.  For the first time in his life he felt completely out of his league.  Deciding to swim smack in the middle of the resistance had seemed like a good idea from the comfort of his own office.  But now he wasn't so sure.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

First Steps (Adventure) - Gorg Chum Saga 7

Calen Natari had completed her assignment by finding proof of Imperium presence.  But her most useful contribution was the report Gorg made her turn in on her findings.  Apparently Calen had sniffed around one of the cantinas in the slums.  She indicated that the bartender running the shop seemed to be connected to some sort of resistance movement.

I will start there.

Shawm is almost entirely covered in water.  And, as such, the natives are rightfully confident that invasion would be extremely difficult for air-breathing invaders.  But therein lay the problem.  Gorg's people had no standing army.  A fatal mistake in a galaxy filled with unrest.

If Gorg could somehow make contact with this bartender and earn the man's trust that would be a start.  He needed to know how large the resistance was and if their goals might be in line with his own.

Gorg glanced down at his trademark government uniform.  I'm going to need a disguise, though.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Awakening: The Uxel Herum Saga (Extended Adventure)

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Book 5 of the Uxel Herum Saga

Everything Uxel Herum thought she knew about her past was a lie and her very identity has been put into question. Uxel must now face her final test in order to become a full-fledged tuner.  Running away is no longer an option.

This young adult science fiction novelette is approximately 11,600 words.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Considerations (Adventure) - Gorg Chum Saga 6

"Your argument is strong. But peace requires trust. If we start to prepare for war, it would surely incite the Imperium to do the same. No, we must do nothing."

That was the council's verdict. Gorg Chum was back in his office staring at nothing as he was wont to do when in deep thought.  

Zelencan rooms were not like what one might see on a plant with land-based creatures.  Zelenca were just as comfortable in the water as they were out.  The rooms they built on their native planet did not have what humans would call an "up" or "down."

Gorg floated about the room aimlessly.  The Imperium was here.  Calen Natari had proven as much.

No, we must do nothing...

The council's verdict bothered him.  Gorg was not one to do nothing.  He was a zelenca and part of the collective whole.  His very nature compelled him to follow their school of thought.

What the council decided was wrong.  

This fact was blindingly clear to Gorg.  And this feeling that he was right was stronger than his need to conform.  But such thoughts were dangerous.

I will have to commit treason.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ei Hand Cannon (Weapon)

Creators:  Telema on the planet Shofar

Power:  11
Range:  2
Accuracy:  3

Description:  The Ei hand cannon is the most powerful handheld weapon ever made in recorded history.  It is no wonder considering that its creators have an outer skin layer that is impervious to most other types of gunfire.  This weapon doesn't come cheap.  But with blasting power capable of blowing a hole through a solid metal wall, nothing gets in the way of the Ei.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Telema

Home Planet:  Shofar

Affiliation:  Rebellion

Description:  Such a unique planet requires a unique type of creature in order to survive on its surface.  The stubborn telema are the result of billions of years of vicious evolution.  The species has naturally armored skin that allows them to handle the dramatic changes in temperature and gravity.  Their outer armor layers also serve as a regulator for heat and cold loss.

In calling such a planet home the telema are a hardy species.  They require very little nourishment to survive, sleep only a few standard minutes at a time and their skin is impervious to most gunfire.  Their only real vulnerability seems to be a need to go into hibernation every few years even while living away from their homeworld.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Glory: The Uxel Herum Saga (Extended Adventure)

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Book 4 of the Uxel Herum Saga

Uxel Herum's plan to infiltrate the Imperium capital world quickly begins to go awry. While she initially hoped to act as a spy for the strozzi she is now little more than a glorified prisoner. Will she be able to complete her mission... alive?

This young adult science fiction novelette is approximately 10,100 words.