The Compass Key Teaser: Allies Before the Storm Part 1 (Spoiler Warning)

By Kayla Matt

By Kayla Matt

A shriek of fury and pain cuts through the vast clearing, forcing the enchanted workers to freeze in terror. Muscular orcs, covered in sweat, flex their sore arms as they stand around the nearly constructed castle’s courtyards. Many of them cling to the ledges of the buildings they have been fixing, holding their breath in anticipation and fear. The lean, reptilian giltris hiss in the direction of the noise before returning to their work on the moat and defensive walls. Still, the lizardmen move cautiously and keep an eye on the eerie central tower of the castle. They shiver whenever a burst of putrid green light erupts from the tower’s windows and their master’s screams of agony whip the wind into a cutting frenzy. Even the gargoyles seem to shift nervously on their perches, as if they are about to come to life and flee into the bowels of the Caster Swamp.

The source of the noise would be ecstatic that he was instilling so much fear in his servants if not for the fact that he was in extreme pain. The lower half of the Lich’s body is nothing more than gnarled, barely formed bone. The bones continue to twist and fight to reform into legs while he writhes on the cold floor. Steam still wafts off the frayed edges of his cloak where Selenia’s barrier sliced through it. Another scream shatters all of the glass bottles and vials in his laboratory, causing potions to spill onto the stone floor. With a feeble wave of his rotting hand, the Lich freezes the potions to prevent them from mixing and possibly blowing the entire castle off the face of Windemere. The use of magic causes one of his fingers to crumble to dust before his smoldering, red eyes.

“You find yourself in this position far too often, Tyler,” states a female voice from behind him. A transparent figure walks through the sprawled necrocaster and crouches in front of him. Trinity stares at him with a look of concern, but he can see a glint of pleasure in her violet eyes. Her body suddenly fades away until only the shining gem in her forehead can be seen. It takes a few seconds for her to return with a frustrated expression on her face.

“I’m not in the mood for your teasing,” he snaps as he turns away from the chaos elf. “I need to heal before those champions arrive.”

“Go right ahead,” Trinity says, waving her hand toward his malformed legs. “I didn’t send my shade form here to stop you or tease you. Though, I’m having trouble maintaining it through your barriers. Do you think you could ease them up a little until I leave?”


About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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7 Responses to The Compass Key Teaser: Allies Before the Storm Part 1 (Spoiler Warning)

  1. elainecanham says:

    I’d just have trouble with the word enchanted which has connotations of pleasure. Mesmerised? Spellbound? Bewitched?


    • Maybe. Honestly, I’ve read a lot of books where enchanted is used to denote being mesmerized and sapped of free will.


      • elainecanham says:

        Yes, me too, in the stories of King Arthur, or Keats’s poems, or Shakespeare, and it works with old fashioned language, but your characters’ speech is quite modern, and therefore one tends to associate with it the modern connotation of pleasure. Only my opinion, mind.


      • Thanks. I’ll think about it. 🙂


      • Honestly, it’s already sitting in my Amazon Bookshelf ready for the Publish button. So if I don’t think of a better word before hitting it then I’ll have to wait until I have more ‘oopsies’ to fix. Resubmitting over one change can be a hassle.

        Not sure if mesmerized, spellbound, or bewitched works. That sounds a little too magically seductive and the Lich isn’t really that kind. That’s where part of the issue comes from here. I’ve been told I use magically too much as well, so magically enslaved might not work either.


      • elainecanham says:

        I see. Well, I was just being picky. Go on, push the button!


      • Tempted. Have to behave and wait for tonight so it doesn’t go live too early. Still a few marketing things I have to prep. 🙂


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