Species Profile: Nervist

Like with Slubes and Darmenzi, with Wandering Fortunes comes a host of new species to be added to the website. The most recent chapter introduced a plethora of them, but this profile is of a species that introduced in the previous chapter, the imposing bird with a bad reputation, nervists.
As usual, with it being the middle of the month, the next chapter will be going up on Patreon for $3+ patrons today! If you can’t give that much, though, $1 gets you access to a weekly update where I post excerpts of what I’ve worked on over the week. Next update is tomorrow, probably with an excerpt from chapter 11.

Now up, Wandering Fortunes chapter 7: The Obsidian City

Chapter 7 of Wandering Fortunes is now up. The Obsidian City, New Zhopolis, finally appears! Big city! Tall buildings! Dim lights!  Innumerable residents! Numerable but still a pretty high number of species! Subways, districts, roads, vehicles, orators, scam artists, grumps, racism, and jerks, jerks, jerks!

Wait, somewhere along the line that took a turn for the worse. Will the big city turn out to be all that it promises to be? Or will it turn out to be more than that and it turned out we just didn’t hear its promises right the first time?

As always, I post these chapters early for $3+ patrons on Patreon, so this chapter has been available for a couple weeks now and patrons will be able to see more of Alden and his friends’ adventures in The Big City in just a couple weeks. Even if you give just one dollar though you still get to see things early, as I post weekly updates that include a snippet of work much further ahead. You can take a look at a bit of chapter ten already!

Wandering Fortunes chapter 6: Friends of a Feather, and the story cover!

Yes! We finally have the cover for Wandering Fortunes, and it looks amazing! First, the new chapter can be read here. And for the cover…

Drawn by my talented friend Daimyo-Koikoi, we have our protagonists here, plus a couple shadows… And, of course, Top is being mischievous.

I can finally replace that drawing of Top I’d been using as a placeholder. Also as a reminder, my Patreon has chapters go up early for patrons. Chapter 7 will go up in mid-June. They even got to see the cover early!

New version of “Tough as Blades” short story

Some time ago I took to the short story I posted here years ago and edited it rather significantly, using the knowledge I’d gained from having an editor go over Slubes. Although it’s not entirely something new for this month, there are new scenes, including one that show how Master Hydra met Crawmaster, and all the old scenes have been thoroughly edited to be much better. “Tough as Blades“, the story whose title was the result of me forgetting that the actual phrase is tough as nails and that nails and blades don’t really have all that much in common??

One more month of 2016. On January 1st, Wandering Fortunes begins. A new world. New characters. New species. New nonsense. New beach ball. Around mid-December (the 16th or a few days after) I’m going to post some information to start diving into the new setting and everything of Wandering Fortunes. We saw Mintop over two books. Now we’ll see two planets over one book.

Of course, if you want to see this story start half a month early, you can become a patron over at Patreon!

Darmenzi Chapter 19: Dragged into Darkness

Here we go, Chapter 19 of Darmenzi, Dragged into Darkness, is up. It’s the first half of the climax. Destination: moon. Destination: destruction. It is the chapter where everything is ruined! Can our heroes stop a disastrous plan? Will they even be given a chance? Can Chee keep her temper checked? Will the orbs have the power to stop Darmenzi? Read on for the first half of the answers!

Also, Duth and Wally have a pleasant chat with the villain. Well, not really.

Want to see the ending before anyone else? It’s totally possible with my Patreon. I post chapters half a month early for patrons, and I include weekly updates on how slow work is now that I’m working the dayjob again. But work is being done. Just not during the day.

3D Puzzles

Over the weekend I put together the first two 3D puzzles I’ve ever done. Take a look! (My mom added the stickers.)

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Chapter 3 of Darmenzi available

Go read it! It features a sad blob and mentions mysteries of histories. Spent a little while figuring out the new Patreon post editor; for a moment, I thought I’d have to deal with the image for the post being gigantic.

In other news, Slubes is off to the editor, so if I can’t say with certainty that the final product will be out before the end of the year, then… sheesh. Also, I’ll have something special up here around the middle of the month. Which means… I need to actually get that written. See you then!

Location Profile: Flaeneath and Species Profile: Phial

It’s been a while since one of these, huh? Over two months since a location profile. I was saving this one for last because, really, all the other profiles I’ve done so far are more important. Yes, even the wild animals one.

Flaeneath and Phial!

Species Profile: Wild Animals of Mintop

Today’s entry is a little different. Okay, it might be a lottle different. Whereas before we focused on each sentient species in turn, today we’ll be looking at the wild animals of Mintop that appear in Slubes.

Carpple

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Carpple are large freshwater fish with heads, fins, and scales akin to Earth carp, while their bodies are more akin to Earth cattle. They were domesticated some thousands of years ago as a source of meat. Their average lifespan is about 25 years.

Carpple come in a range of skin patterns and have horns on their heads similar to that of Earth cattle. Along with being a source of meat, carpple excrete a natural oil that can be used both as a fuel and as an additive to foods. They are found domesticated primarily on the islands Hackney and Interp.

Chicken

Wild chickens can be found on the island Hackney. They’re generally similar to wild chickens on Earth or Red Junglefowl.

Herf

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Herfs are large saltwater fish with heads, fins, and scales akin to Earth carp and strong, sturdy backs and manes akin to Earth horses. They were domesticated some thousands of years ago and ridden by people across the sea and used to ferry some boats. Their average lifespan is about 25 years.

Loogel

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Loogels appear as a variant of Earth snow geese; their bodies are covered with white plumage, and they have thick, orange beaks. They are plump, and their short, orange legs are often blocked from view. Females have short, gray necks, whereas the males have incredibly long necks three times as long as their bodies and covered with rings of rainbow colors. Loogels’ average lifespan is about 20 years, up to 30 years in captivity.

Loogels are seen primarily around Interp; they aren’t the best fliers, despite a wingspan twice their body’s width, so they don’t usually fly too far from the island, but they can rest on the water if they need to.  Newborns tend to learn to fly around a few months and leave their parents a few weeks after. Males’ necks begin to grow extensively by their third year, and at age five they have a full neck of colorful loops and are ready to mate.

When mating season comes around, loogels usually gather around the north of Interp. Males will stretch out their necks to show off their neck loops to try and attract a mate, and can often be seen nuzzling females and holding their long necks around them. Loogels usually lay two or three eggs at a time.

Snake

Some types of snakes found on Mintop are similar to Earth snakes. One snake unique to Mintop is the cylacra, a type of snake similar to cobras on Earth but with the “hood” made up of the head and flattened horizontally, giving them a wide, flat head in the shape of a disc. They can spit out poison to wound their prey, but against bigger creatures it doesn’t do much beyond a burning sensation, and they tend to avoid things bigger than them.

Species Profile: Ostrich

Still November… I assume! ‘Cause it’s the past! Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Ostriches on Mintop generally look the same as those on Earth, except their bodies are straighter and taller. They also have slightly shorter necks and legs. Many ostriches lead a sedentary lifestyle. Their average lifespan is about 60 years, though the healthier and more active ostriches have been known to live over 80.

Read more on Mintop ostriches