“I have been no of yours for a long time now,” replied Calico, speaking as if it were an insult. “I came to let you know you cannot pass.” Calico was looking directly at Gaspar. “Under whose authority?” asked Juba. “You are an exiled son of a Chieftain…

Gaspar and Juba stayed the night as honored guest of King Ali. There was a feast with sugar almonds, honey mustard eggs, chilled strawberries — that Juba devoured, baked bread with whipped butter, and a roasted fowl dripping in its own juices. The wine was a strong Inder Kingdom vintage…

The Inder Kingdom throne room was far grander than that of Nayopolis. The floor was made of stone marble, which was hardly noticeable due to the lavish carpets spread throughout. The carpets were incredibly soft and thick, containing the symbol of King Ali’s tribe, a black and orange stripped tiger…

The next morning Gaspar, Juba and Ghannicus were riding three abreast in a wagon being pulled by two horses. The wagon was carrying peaches, plums, and pears. The castle walls were imposing. At least twelve feet high, with stones so slick, they were impossible to climb without a ladder. There…

It took the group three days to get to the Inder Kingdom. Their horses almost died from exhaustion after another pack of jackal-wolves caught their scent. This time they had daylight on their side and were able to outrun them, leaving the stallions spent. Once they got into the city…

The Apheasean nights were an unforgiving mistress. Gaspar, Juba, and Ghannicus were outside of the city gates, at the beginning of the Olive Pass. They dressed themselves as merchants to avoid suspicion from travelers — long burgundy coats to their knees trimmed with fox fur, a roped belt with a…

Calico despised the Alturas Castile hidden high in the Rocosa Mountains. The air was hard to breathe and was always wet and cold. He was forced to live in exile since his father was involved in a plot to kill King Lito when he was still a child back in…

Gaspar and Juba stood silently as they watched the training of new recruits taking place in the courtyard. Juba was still dressed in his robes but carried his spear with him, and a dagger on his left hip. He traded his slippers for leather riding boots and fashioned a heavy…

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