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Fiction Friday: Tales of the Dark Eras

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  • Fiction Friday: Tales of the Dark Eras

    Given our ongoing Kickstarter for Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2, we decided it would be prudent to take another look at Tales from the Dark Eras*which contains stories from many of the eras covered in the original*Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras. This week we look at*Bone and Gold, a story by Malcolm Sheppard set in Mage: The Awakening’s*Alexandrian period (330-320 BCE).

    War is groaning.

    We remember the screams of the fray, hurled spears and swift-stabbing swords, but a man can only exert his full strength for a few dozen breaths before he must shuffle back and fght with grimaces and shouts alone, until his vitality returns. As battles progress, soldiers take longer pauses between assaults. They pant beside horses under the relentless sun. The purr of exhaustion rattles from their lips. And of course, they weep. That is war’s true music, nothing so much as a hard day’s work by a thousand of the lowest slaves. Labor and terror.

    Today the groaning belonged to one side, populated by Greeks, Persians, Egyptians and others, bound to the service of our Warlord. With five ...


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