At the beginning of every month we we issue a writing challenge to all our friends and fans.
This was the stimulus for this months challenge!
I had trouble deciding what to write this month, ultimately I decided to try something a little more experimental; some people said they had liked that last month. So I attempted to make a diary.
Excerpt from the diary of Bjorn Gorgonson, a patrolmen of the interior before the great unification.
Jovis, 19th of Capricornus, 809th year, Veserix epoch
My partner and i had our photo taken this morning, just outside Tyrsted. The winter is kind to these people. Deer roam close to town. The cold hasn’t burst the trees. Towns folk were weary, but welcoming. They had messengers station, that’s who took our photo. Bodil gave them a Omark to send a copy to back home to his wives.
we pushed passed the town and it’s surrounds by late afternoon. Trees are thinning out on the horizon. We had a large meal for lunch, so we’re going to push on into the night a little. make camp near the edge of the greenery. looks like gravel seas and bolder forests ahead.
Veneris, 20th of Capricornus, 809th year, Veserix epoch
Can’t be fucked writing today. slept shit. Bodil’s ill. our bison Groji is being a stubborn prick about the gravel.
Saturni, 21st of Capricornus, 809th year, Veserix epoch
sore. tired. angry at rocks. almost clear of the gravel field.
Solis, 22nd of Capricornus, 809th year, Veserix epoch
About mid way through the day we cleared the gravel field. That was the hardest walking I’ve done since I joined the Thorhost. found an oasis. the water is warm, green is lush around for a few metres. Told Bodil we’re taking a half day.
when I was a kid I always wondered how the Valkin had made the oasis’ I thought it some ancient magic. I imagined them descending from the heavens and slamming long forgotten weapons into the ground, forcing geothermal water to rise up through the red permafrost of the ancient ground. The truth is probably far less fantastical.
The breech bolt on my rifle is frozen shut. it’ll take a lot of work to get it moving. Thorhost has to start giving us winterized gear! If they can build blizzard striders, why can’t they make a fucking breech bolt that doesn’t freeze shut?
Bodil managed to catch a logi eel for dinner. should be nicer than the canned mystery meat ration.
Going to take another day here. let Groji munch on the river grass.
Lunae, 23rd of Capricornus, 809th year, Veserix epoch
we did sword drills this morning while Groji feasted. Bodil kicked my arse. left him here today while I scouted ahead. went northeast to check the ground. lots of snow and boulders, but more or less easy ground. we’ll be in Raglokoverg by the end of Capri easy. swear you can see the lights from here at night.
Martis 24th of Capricornus, 809th year, Veserix epoch
Sleet is coming down heavy. making this entry in the morning. just in case. heading out. shouldn’t have taken that day.
spotted some movement at sunset. looked like 12-17 Jörmun riders, probably out riders for the Austrohost. they didn’t spot us. I don’t think the lights I saw were from Raglokverg.
We were woken in the predawn by the rumbling of a great machine. I hopped it was land ship(though they don’t travel this far east), or maybe a Blizzard Strider. it was neither. something smaller than both, it walked on 4 legs, it had the rough shape of a cat, with adornments to match. it’s mouth was a massive fixed canon, city crusher. no other serious armaments, though we did spot some machine guns on it’s haunches. Didn’t match the descriptions of anything in the field guide. Colours were that of the Sphinxhost. They had a 7 half tracks with them, carrying supplies. as well as a complete company of Austrohost cavaliers. a strange alliance.
Bodil raised a point while we were hiding in the snow; how did this enemy force make it past the garrison at Raglokverg?
Mercurii, 25th of Capricornus, 809th year, Veserix epoch
Raglokverg marches with the enemy host. the entire garrison has abandoned their post. we are going to try and make our way back to Tyrsted before the soldiers get their.
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