City of The Slushies | Chapter 22 | Quaraun The Insane (The PortCon Maine 2017 Novel)
While Quaraun and Unicorn argued over wither or not Unicorn should be allowed to eat the captured Elves, GhoulSpawn took to asking each of the Elves their names, making a list, and then alphabetizing it. It was found that there were exactly 101 Elves who gave their names to be:
Abahtaur Dewglitter Borela Shiverwarp
Adezi Cairnrat Braidroot Chillcraze The Uncatchable
Afado Songsnake Ddahd Snowgibber
Afely Earthbard Eige Warpfreeze
Ahaniliub Blackfollower Elmfury Chillspawn The Ghast
Alanupars Songfang Blazekill
Aralohd Rodfletcher Chillblink
Aselduin Streakjuggler Herbweed Ghastfreeze The Haunter
Ateries Gleamjester Angerspirit The Angry
Babalaat Bonewolf Hicya Evilflicker The Warped
Beregant Cairndash Madfreeze
Bivas Cairnspell Cursespring Hauntghast The Frigid
Blue Sunrise Alderthicket Goreflicker
Bubble Twirl Honeybraid Chillflicker The Evil
Cators Goldwarrior Twistspawn The Insane
Cedar Rocket Copseclaw Oozegibber The Skeletal
Cedartock Marrowleaf of Biontra
Cerednars Grintraveller Rageshiver The Evil
Copper Strike Mossshrub Freezespawn
Crystal Runner Maplewood Evilchill The Flash
Danattarh Dayzephyr Flaredream The Battler
Debovnez Stormfinder Gan Icefreeze
Delightful Neon Oddtrunk Furytear The Uncatchable
Dusenadl Ironstorm Evilfreeze
Edabail Shotpacer of Madcraze The Haunter
Ekire Bloodwound Veingrinder Foulfear
Elniub Silverfire Oldsprig Furyblink
Enesinien Battlefighter Evilshiver
Epdehr Highbranch Weedfury Ghoulcurse
Eroak Ratkiller Rowanvine Leafroot
Erokutuc Breakcarver Pinetooth Ripzap The Cold
Etciir Fightermolder Warpchill The Twisted
Eveon Moonbreaker of Conytedz
Fexikub Pearlfire Gorefreeze The Chiller
Foambloom Quicktimber Madfreeze The Berserk
Ganahhiir Brushjester Rotshiver The Cold
Gasanear Windstrike Madchill The Chiller
Heribanb Battlephoenix Snowflicker The Ripper
Hulheth Swampcutter Springfury The Worm-ridden
Ifinubat Silentdream Icebrood The Uncatchable
Ihilatuar Starhail Mindtrack The Quick
Ihisduhl Druidhider Murkmaw The Boss
Ileke Fighterbreaker Wildmane Ragechill The Violent
Inirida Hailseer Zapflicker
Ipnagr Lakecutter Zapcraze The Unstoppable
Irnitn Lowpanther Madsoul The Hateful
Jade Pepper of The Dark Blade
Jirarese Lapis Reader of The Fearful Sword
Kadte Longboar Madchill The Rotten
Kayofrur Vineclaw Winterwillow Snowspectre
Lanihnaen Gemjuggler Demonchill The Fallen
Lebifem Curseseer Brainwave
Lydi Grimtraveller Lakedream The Chiller
Lyro Doomsong Iceshiver The Decrepit
Madirbid Caveclaw Oceanmind The Drowner
Nabibhaor Battlearcher Armfrond The Bloody Dagger
Nacuner Songshooter Freezedemon The Ghoul
Nanahc Divemark Waterfang
Narahh Windbreaker The Hell-born
Nerunash Foxbrewer Bentchill The Insane
Nirdech Lancebreaker Freezeghoul The Damned
Nirlaog Starpotion Brownbeard of
Noratlean Breezehare Aquabrood
Olrif Longbreaker Ghostghoul Ghostspectre Riverbrain The Frigid
Opal Swirl Farberry Crazefreeze The Crazed
Orlad Snaketwister Evilgibber
Pearlshores Twistgreed The Cadaverous
Pteganyt Akira Flamesnarl of Eiha
Quacola ReelmHerbfrond Flametool
Quadept Glassbuds Ghoulsoul The Haunt
Quallohaco Toothpacer Bentfreeze The Decayed
Quarotin Markthief Hazeltalon Crazetwist
Qui'Arrowknots Eviltwist The Rotting
Quidamerus Redvine Ghoulspectre The Ghost
Quorock Fighter Riverspawn The Cold
Rarar Hopewanderer Marrowsprig Souldemon
Razka Demonruler Bentfreeze The Mouldering
Rena Ivoryrod Shroudblow Icefreeze The Ghost
Rezusihe Wisedemon Crazetwist The Frigid
Rhyme Sentry Mossash Crazerot
Riyonnas Ashsnake Evilbrood The Mouldering
Rock Shimmer Shockstone Iceghoul
Roti Cursejackal Seashiver The Frigid
Rugaih Dewstar Springlimb Oozegibber The Insane
Ruvebmad Pathhawk Icesoul The Hellish
Silver Shimmer Viletrack The Devourer
Spark Screw Smartbeast
Tanodgaib Reddruid Strangeleaf Shiverspawn The Demon
Taredohh Happybull Treeember The Quick
Tenoshiis Hammertracer The Hellish Executioner
Tileah Witvictor Shiverspectre The Evil
Tinarinu Gashdreamer Summershrub Seawave The Drowned
Utinpaar Watersinger The Vicious Serpent
Vadhahn Cloudshadow Shiverspirit
Wranohiiz Rodcurser Wandfury Waterdream The Drowned
Xarekexi Nightsinger The Howling Strumpet
Yratori Weaseltaker Snowdemon The Cold
Yratut Strongfighter Wisebramble Spirithaunt The Spectral
Zinak Redfighter The Bloody Knave
Zisp Rana Icerage of Losamon
GhoulSpawn read this list of names to Quaraun and Unicorn, but niether was listening to the Half-Elf, who sat down on the floor and began re-reading the list of names over and over again. After a while he stopped reading and looked up at the Elves. Then back down at the list.
"Quaraun?" GhoulSpawn called out, trying to get the Elf's attention.
He wasn't listening.
GhoulSpawn got up and went over to Quaraun and poked him.
"What?" Quaraun yelled.
"You might want to look at this."
"What is it?"
"The names of these Elves."
GhoulSpawn handed the list to Quaraun. Quaraun glanced at the list.
"You didn't read the names."
"Why would I?"
"I think you should."
Quaraun sighed and looked down at the list again, this time half pretending to read the names.
"What wrong wid names?" Unicorn asked looking at the list but not being able to read, saw nothing of importance.
"Do you not feel anything about this place?" GhoulSpawn asked. "Either of you?"
Quaraun looked up at GhoulSpawn and then back to the list. This time he started reading the names.
GhoulSpawn started pointing out the names and reading out loud only parts of them...
"Look... Shiverwarp, Chillcraze, Snowgibber, Warpfreeze, Chillspawn The Ghast, Chillblink, Ghastfreeze The Haunter..."
"They're Liches," Quaraun said.
"Why we no feel dat?"
"I don't know."
"That's why," GhoulSpawn said. "They responded to you. Why we couldn't fight them, but you rounded them up in seconds. You're a Necromancer with power over Liches."
"One hundred and one liches, all together? Why?"
"I think that's why the desert is frozen. That many frost liches in one area. They just froze the region. All the planets and trees died. Left nothing but a frozen desert behind."
"I think you're right. But, how do so many liches get in one place like this."
"I think this is some sort of prison. Not just this dungeon. I mean this whole place. This whole realm. It looks like a prison for liches, which would explain how you got here. He's a lich."
GhoulSpawn pointed to Unicorn.
"And it would explain," GhoulSpawn continued. "Why you arrived here with no memory and him with no powers. This place has some sort of hold over liches. These Elves, they don't know they are liches. They don't remember. Just like Unicorn. They arrived here with no memories."
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GhoulSpawn looked at the pale, ghostly Elves, while Quaraun read the list again.
"I think," GhoulSpawn said. "This also explains the slushies."
"How does this explain the slshies?" Quaraun asked.
"Think about it. Liches don't need to eat. But they do any ways out of old habits of the flesh. No one in this place eats anything but slushies. And what are slushies?"
"Frozen, flavored ice."
"Exactly. And you can't survive on eating nothing but flavoured ice. Did you notice the people... they are Humans but they all say they can remember Bazooloo from hundreds of years ago. Humans don't live that long. And there are no children in this place."
"Every one here is a Lich."
"Everyone except Bazooloo."
"Slush Master Bazooloo," Quaraun muttered to himself.
"Bazooloo is not what he says he is."
"He's a Thillid."
"All Thullids are psyion. He's a power hungry psyion."
"Then the Thullids are up to something."
"Bazooloo, must be a Necromancer."
"Bazooloo is a priest."
"A priest can become a Necromancer."
"But why hoard up liches? And why lock these up below the church while letting the others roam free?"
"These are insane. Twisted. Clearly they don't meet his purpose."
"I don't know."
"So, Unicorn is here because of something that draws liches to this place. And you're here because I somehow wished for you. How did I get here?" Quaraun asked.
"You're soul bound to Unicorn, aren't you?"
"You know that."
"You have half of his soul in you. He has half of your soul in him. That makes you half lich."
"I'm a lich?" Quaraun asked. "I never thought of it that way before. I'm a lich."
"I think we have to get out of here."
"That's what I've been saying."
"No... I mean... I think, Bazooloo is up to something and he's gonna try to use you for something evil. And you need to be out of here before he tried doing whatever it is he's gonna try and do."
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Volume 59: The City of the Slushies
Quaraun and Unicorn wake up in a frozen desert, with no knowledge of where they are and memory of how they got there.
Assuming that they have once again been sucked out of their own time and space by yet another of GhoulSpawn's unstable portals, the two wizards set off to find a way back home, and come across a strange isolated Human city, where a squid-headed priest controls all the water sources, forcing people to worship his god or die of thirst.
Slush Master Bazooloo of the 8 Arms has brainwashed the citizens to depend upon the magical properties of the life giving slushies. Generations have passed since the last Human saw a natural water source, and with Bazooloo handing out Slushies only to those he deems worthy of living, the citizens have divided off into sects, each controlled by their devotion to one flavour of slushie.
When Unicorn shows the people how to make their own slushies and introducing new never before seen flavors, disrupting the belief in the mythical 9th flavour, he is seen by some as the Slush God whose coming was foretold and by others as a heretic sent by the evil Slush Maid to destroy Bazooloo's reign.
We interrupt this novel to bring you: Twerking Dragons! (Twerking Dragons, coming soon to a City of Slush near you.)
These are not finalized chapters.
What you are seeing here is the unedited first draft as it is being written. The published version may be vastly different.
Expect what is seen here to change, be added to, and expanded upon during the editing and revision process.
Some parts may read awkward, as a simple sentence may be being used as a "place card" for an entire scene. The sentence will later be changed to a full scene in the published version.
Fire and Pearls by Brett Pierce
The premise of this story was created in a brainstorm session workshop at PortCon Maine 2017, in a panel called "Foundations of Worldbuilding" by Brett Pierce.
A group of about 60 people collaborated to create the basic structure on which this story was built.
Thank you to everyone who was part of this workshop and helped to create this portal world for Quaraun and Unicorn to visit!
I was in a 1-hour writing workshop last month and we were given the challenge to write a story based of a set of ideas that the group made together. The idea was to come up with a theocracy that was not evil and did not involve the worship of a deity.
In the end, we agreed to write this:
- A Fantasy set in an isolated city in a frozen desert, where the people worship slushies, and the leader is a slushie seller who has been elevated to god-statues by the people due to their belief that magic slushies are sacred objects. While the Slush Master himself rules his theocracy peacefully, the members themselves have divided off into sects, each sect worshiping a different flavour slushie and shunning anyone who worships any other flavour. 8 flavours exist, but a mythical 9th flavour is said to soon be coming to save humanity. People in the surrounding countries refuse to do business with them, believing them to be insane, resulting in their complete and total lack of any trade or merchants.
I don't know if anyone else in the group has actually gone on to write a story based off this idea or not, but me, I'm 7 chapters into writing a novel based off this idea. It's fun to write because it goes against a lot of the norms you see in a fantasy theocracy.
The world I'm dropping the story into is one I've already got several volumes published for.
The government system of the region is basically a group of wealthy, pompous bigot magic users (think, Ku Klux Klan, if they were Elf Wizards) who've declared every one who practices any form of magic (and you'd be surprised what they consider "magic" to be - like 1500s witch hunters they can "see" "magic" in everything, so long as it serves their purpose) without their permission, to be a traitor and must be executed. They started out as a wizarding guild, but then they killed off all the other guilds are are the only guild left (thus people refer to them simply as "The Guild"), they went on to over throw the government (a quasi-clanish-tribal-monarchy system) and declare themselves the law of the land.
I'm not sure what type of government you would call it - it's kind of like gangsters of the 1920s, where big bullies who can out bully the other bullies end up in power. Basically they are a gang style terrorist group that is slowly taking over all the governments.
They rule things similar to the Vogan in Hitchhiker's Guide, where they have documents and papers for everything and won't allow anyone to make a move without long lists of paperwork approvals and people who don't get the proper permits for something are executed. They are kind of terrorist/gangster/bureaucrats who are Elf wizards and basically want all none Elves dead ad all wizards who are not them dead because they don't want the competition.
So, tossing a wacky slushie worshiping theocracy into the mix... I don't know how the Guild is gonna react to that. They are used to overthrowing small "tribal" monarchies (not medieval style monarchies of kings in castles; rather I based them off the small clan kings of ancient pre-Celtic Scotland, which were very tribal). This'll be my first time writing them vs a theocracy and it ain't a traditional theocracy.
I have no plot, plan, or outline so no clue how this story is gonna end up going.
okay.... so according to this: https://www.pinterest.de/pin/305611524690656094/ (see image embedded below)
what I just described is a type of government known as a "Junta"
Junta: A group that takes control of the state after overthrowing the government by force.
Cool. Now I have a name for what type of government The Guild is.
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