NaNoWriMo2017

 

Is here.  I’m working on book #4 of the Aelfsward/Incidental Elf series.  This book starts as the companions leave the under realms and covers their journey to Shenaren and the trials they experience.  They must keep the dragon sword away from the Dark Lord Vakar and his demonic ally Brathius.

Hunted by dragons, dark ones, blood masters and more, they must stay ahead of the legions of dark ones that are conquering everything in their path as they pour out of the Skull Mountains.

With the loss of a companion this book is a little on the dark side.  They are not winning the battle as the legions of Vakar invade the surface kingdoms, putting everyone and everything to the torch.

By the end of the book I expect the companions to reach the Mage Council and the city of Shenaren and that is likely when the real shit will hit the proverbial fan.

The cover is a work in progress and is merely a place holder while I figure out what I want long term.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Aelfsward

The Incidental Elf Series begins with Incidental Elf:  Aelfsward.  It is followed by the Under Realms and then The Dragon’s Mouth..  Currently for National Novel Writer’s Month I am writing book #4:  Incidental Elf:  Fortress Basilisk.  Everything is of course a work in progress.  Edits are pending and none have been released yet.  Maybe some day.

I have the series planned out to about book #7.  It should be noted however, that I planned the book “The UnderRealms” to only be a single book, but that didn’t work out too well, so Book #7 might not be realistic.

Incidental Elf:  Aelfsward

Waking up naked on a rock in the middle of a natural pool is bad, not remembering your name or your past is even worse. The hungry looking cat the size of a bear on the shore watching you is not a comforting assurance that you bad day will end soon in a good way.

Sometimes, when a good soul is so tortured, world weary and seeking oblivion an ancient forest will take in that lost soul, love it, nurture it and heal it. Once healed these formerly broken souls become the most valiant defenders of the forest and the realms.

This is the story of Aelfsward, the incidental elf.

Book #2 is Incidental Elf:  The Under Realms

Aelfsward Book 2Pursued by a legion of dark ones and a demon with a grudge, Aelfsward leads his new companions into the Under Realms where they are reunited with some lost companions and become embroiled in the politics and wars of the Under Realms.

The undead and secret alliances seek to interfere with the companions journey.

 

 

 

 

 

Book #3 is Incidental Elf:  The Dragon’s Mouth

The Dragon's MouthWith the legions of Chakal closing in they must flee the dark elf city and escape to the underground wastelands.  With death ahead of them and an unpassable chasm in front of them the companions find new allies and new enemies.

With secret legions lying in wait to spring their ambush, the Dwarven kingdom of the Ruskan allied with dragons and the dark lord they may never see the light of day.

The cover is a work in progress.  So is the blurb.  The story is written though, just needs editing.

 

Book #4  Incidental Elf:  Fortress Basilisk

Currently being written.  Pursued by legions of dark ones the remaining companions finally see the light of day.  Now they must avoid the hordes, the dragons and the demon that is searching for them and escape to a besieged fortress, and that is the easy part.

Pretty much EVERYTHING is a work in progress on this one.  Maybe even the title.

Writing Military Science Fiction: Infantry

Writing Military Science Fiction:  Infantry is almost ready.  At this point it is waiting for review at Create Space.  Once that is done I will be ordering five proofs.  Of course the first proof goes to the daughter.  She always gets the first book for her collection (the advantage of being my very first paying customer).  The other four will be going out to reviewers.  Hopefully I can get feed back by the end of November and then, if there are not too many changes, released by middle of December, although that might be optimistic.

For an idea of the scale.  It will be printed on 8.5″ x 11″.  It is currently 270 pages long with over 140,000 words.  It is  the first of a series.  The page count MIGHT change depending on a review of the font and overall format, but the word count is unlikely to change significantly.

Other books in the series I’m working on are Writing Military Science Fiction:  Space – which will include a lot of information about space ships, space borne operations, Naval operations and so much more.  It will includes lists of weapons, ship types, technologies, sensors and more.

The third books is Writing Military Science Fiction:  Squadron – which will be vehicular combat, fighters, tanks, armored personnel carriers, vehicle systems, mechanized cavalry operations, star fighter squadron tactics, battle mechs and more.

To sign up for the mailing list go to http://www.milsf.com/mailing-list/

For an idea of some of the articles and information, check out my website http://www.milsf.com

Thank you and Semper Fi!

Below is the Table of Contents

Table of contents as follows;
1 INTRODUCTION 13
1.1 LINKS AND URLS 14
1.2 EVOLUTION OF WARFARE 15
1.3 NATURE OF WAR 18
1.4 LEVELS OF WAR 19
2 THE BIG PICTURE 21
2.1 DIMENSIONS OF WAR 21
2.2 ELEMENTS OF WAR 22
2.3 GENERATIONS OF WAR 23
2.4 STRATEGIC LEVEL 24
2.4.1 WHAT IS STRATEGY 24
2.4.2 TYPES OF WAR 24
2.4.2.1 ATTRITION 25
2.4.2.2 MANEUVER WARFARE 25
2.4.2.3 GUERRILLA WARFARE 26
2.4.2.4 TOTAL WAR 26
2.4.2.5 UNRESTRICTED WAR 27
2.5 OPERATIONAL LEVEL 27
2.5.1 OPERATIONAL 27
2.5.2 PRINCIPLES OF WAR 28
2.5.3 TYPES OF FORCE 30
2.6 TACTICAL LEVEL 31
2.7 INDIVIDUAL LEVEL 31
3 MILITARY ORGANIZATION 32
3.1 UNIT ORGANIZATION 32
3.1.1 CHAIN OF COMMAND 33
3.1.2 DETAILED UNIT ORGANIZATION 34
3.1.3 BUDDY TEAM 38
3.1.4 FIRETEAM 39
3.1.5 SQUAD 41
3.1.6 SECTION 42
3.1.7 PLATOON 42
3.1.8 TROOP 42
3.1.9 COMPANY\TROOP 43
3.1.10 FLIGHT 44
3.1.11 BATTERY 44
3.1.12 BATTALION\COHORT 44
3.1.13 SQUADRON 46
3.1.14 WING 46
3.1.15 MEU 46
3.1.16 MAGTF 46
3.1.17 REGIMENT 47
3.1.18 BRIGADE 48
3.1.19 MEB 48
3.1.20 DIVISION\LEGION 48
3.1.21 MEF 49
3.1.22 CORPS 49
3.1.23 FIELD ARMY 49
3.1.24 ARMY GROUP 50
3.1.25 FRONT 50
3.1.26 LOGISTICS 50
3.1.27 INTELLIGENCE 51
3.1.28 COMMUNICATION 52
3.1.29 ORDERS 55
3.1.30 LINKS 56
3.2 MARINES, ARMY OR NAVY 57
3.2.1 MARINES OR NAVAL INFANTRY 57
3.2.2 ARMY OR LEGION 58
3.2.3 FOREIGN LEGION 58
3.3 DESIGNING ARMED FORCES 58
3.3.1 BOOT CAMP AND TRAINING 63
3.4 SPECIAL OPERATIONS 64
3.4.1 Navy SEALS 64
3.4.2 Navy UDT 64
3.4.3 Army Special Forces 64
3.4.4 Delta Force 65
3.4.5 Army Rangers 65
3.4.6 Marine FAST 65
3.4.7 Marine Raiders\MARSOC 65
3.4.8 Marine Recon 65
3.4.9 PJ’s 65
3.4.10 Spetznas 65
3.4.11 SAS 66
3.5 CO-ED COMBAT UNITS 66
3.6 POLITICAL CONTROL 67
3.6.1 COMMISSAR 67
3.6.2 COMPETING BRANCHES 68
3.6.3 ELITE UNITS 68
3.6.4 SPECIAL GROUPS 68
3.7 RANKS, BILLETS, MOS AND ORGANIZATIONS 68
3.7.1 RANKS OVERVIEW 68
3.7.2 RANKS – ENLISTED 70
3.7.3 RANKS – WARRANT 73
3.7.4 RANKS – OFFICER 74
3.7.5 BILLETS 78
3.7.6 MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY 81
3.8 UNIT TYPE 83
3.8.1 Light Infantry 83
3.8.2 Medium Infantry 84
3.8.3 Heavy Infantry 84
3.8.4 Field Artillery 84
3.8.5 Mechanized 84
3.8.6 Armored 84
3.8.7 Cavalry 85
3.8.8 Special Forces 85
3.8.9 Air Defense Artillery 85
3.8.10 Signals 85
3.8.11 Paramilitary 85
3.8.12 Unconventional Warfare 85
3.8.13 Guerrilla 86
3.8.14 Reconnaissance 86
3.8.15 Military Police 86
3.8.16 Pathfinders 86
3.8.17 Rangers 86
3.8.18 Scout 86
3.8.19 SWAT 87
3.8.20 Shock Troops 87
3.8.21 Grenadiers 87
3.8.22 Border Guards 87
3.8.23 Guard 87
3.8.24 Counter Terrorist 87
3.8.25 Aviation 87
3.8.26 Quartermaster 88
3.8.27 Engineers 88
3.8.28 Transportation 88
3.8.29 Intelligence (Military) 88
3.8.30 Chemical 88
3.8.31 Adjutant General 88
3.8.32 Chaplain 88
3.8.33 Finance 88
3.8.34 Medical 89
3.8.35 Ordnance 89
3.8.36 Commissar Cadre 89
3.9 LOGISTICS – TOOTH TO TAIL 89
4 TACTICS 90
4.1 INFANTRY 90
4.1.1 THE INVIDUAL 90
4.1.2 WHY INFANTRY? 93
4.1.3 FUTURE OF THE INFANTRY 95
4.1.3.1 Camouflage 96
4.1.3.2 Sensors 96
4.1.3.3 NBC Defense 97
4.1.3.4 Armor 97
4.1.3.5 Battle Suits 98
4.1.3.6 Helmets 99
4.1.3.7 Weapons 100
4.1.3.8 Power Supply 100
4.1.3.9 Size 100
4.1.3.10 Sustainability 100
4.1.3.11 The Individual 101
4.1.4 MARTIAL ARTS 102
4.1.5 SPECIAL UNITS 103
4.1.6 FIREFIGHT DYNAMICS 105
4.2 INFANTRY TACTICS 111
4.2.1 INFANTRY TACTICS – OVERVIEW 111
4.2.2 TACTICS – INDIVIDUAL 112
4.2.2.1 -FIREFIGHT 112
4.2.2.2 NOT GETTING SHOT 114
4.2.2.3 TACTICS – PATROL 116
4.2.3 TACTICS – BATTLE TEAM 118
4.2.3.1 Firefight 118
4.2.3.2 On Patrol 119
4.2.3.3 Silent Sentry Take out 119
4.2.3.4 Defense 120
4.2.4 TACTICS – FIRETEAM 120
4.2.4.1 The Firefight 121
4.2.4.2 On Patrol 121
4.2.4.3 Formations 122
4.2.4.4 The Defense 124
4.2.4.5 Urban Combat 125
4.2.5 TACTICS – SQUAD\SECTION 125
4.2.5.1 Firefight 126
4.2.5.2 Patrol 127
4.2.5.3 The Defense 127
4.2.5.4 Formations 128
4.2.5.5 Urban Combat 128
4.2.5.6 The Future 129
4.2.6 TACTICS – SQUAD REINFORCED 129
4.2.7 TACTICS – SQUAD MECHANIZED 130
4.2.8 TACTICS – PLATOON 131
4.2.8.1 The Firefight 131
4.2.8.2 Platoon Basics 132
4.2.9 TACTICS – COMPANY 134
4.2.10 TACTICS – OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS 135
4.2.11 TACTICS – DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS 139
4.2.12 TACTICS – SNIPERS 141
4.2.12.1 The Future 143
4.2.13 TACTICS – PATROLLING 144
4.2.13.1 RECON 145
4.2.13.2 AMBUSH PATROL 145
4.2.13.3 CONTACT 147
4.2.13.4 ECONOMY OF FORCE 148
4.2.13.5 SECURITY 148
4.2.13.6 SEARCH AND ATTACK 148
4.2.13.7 PLANNING 148
4.2.13.8 ORGANIZATION 149
4.2.13.9 The Future of Patrolling 151
4.2.14 TACTICS -URBAN COMBAT 153
4.2.15 SPECIAL OPERATIONS 155
4.2.16 SPACE ASSAULT 159
4.2.17 TACTICS – RATES OF FIRE 162
4.2.18 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 165
4.2.19 FORCE MULTIPLIERS 165
4.3 DRILL AND CEREMONY 167
4.4 FORMATIONS 168
5 THE WARRIOR 170
5.1 PSYCHOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY 170
5.1.1 ON KILLING 170
5.1.2 FIGHT, FLIGHT, POSTURE OR SUBMIT 171
5.1.3 TO KILL OR NOT TO KILL 172
5.1.4 BATTLE FATIGUE 173
5.1.5 MANIFESTATIONS OF PSYCHIATRIC CASUALTIES 174
5.1.6 COMBAT STRESS 175
5.1.7 PTSD 176
5.1.8 THE CONDITIONS 177
5.1.9 ARROGANCE 177
5.1.10 TECHNOLOGICAL PSYCHOSIS 178
5.1.11 ADRENALINE 178
5.2 DRUGS 179
5.2.1 Drug Types 179
5.2.2 PSYCHIC Drugs 180
5.2.3 Side effects 181
5.3 SLANG 182
5.4 DAY TO DAY 183
5.5 MARCHING 185
5.6 LIMITS OF THE HUMAN BODY 186
5.7 PHYSICAL EXERCISE, MARCHING and CADENCES 187
5.7.1 PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST (PFT) 187
5.7.1.1 USMC FITNESS TEST 187
5.7.1.2 US ARMY FITNESS TEST 188
5.7.1.3 FRENCH FITNESS TEST 188
5.7.1.4 BRITISH ROYAL MARINES FITNESS TEST 188
5.7.1.5 NAVY SEAL PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST 188
5.7.2 CADENCES 189
5.8 DISCIPLINE 189
5.9 PERSONALITIES 190
5.9.1 PETTY TYRANTS 190
5.9.2 LEADER TYPES 190
5.9.3 TRAITS OF A LEADER 191
5.9.4 OTHER PERSONALITY TRAITS 192
5.10 MILITARY ETIQUETTE 193
5.10.1 ARRIVING AT A UNIT 193
5.10.2 CHANGE OF COMMAND 193
5.10.3 BOARDING/DEPARTING A SHIP 194
5.10.4 SALUTING 194
5.10.5 COLORS 195
5.10.6 FORMS OF ADDRESS 196
5.10.7 MILITARY ATTITUDE AND CUSTOMS 196
5.10.8 MILITARY COURTESIES 197
5.11 HURRY UP AND WAIT 198
6 WEAPONS AND TECHNOLOGY 200
6.1 TECHNOLOGIES 200
6.1.1 COMMUNICATION TYPES 200
6.1.1.1 ELECTRONICS – EMP AND HERF 201
6.1.1.2 RADAR 203
6.1.1.3 JAMMING 203
6.1.1.4 BATTLEFIELD COMPUTERS 204
6.1.2 DRONES AND ROBOTS 205
6.1.3 NANOTECHNOLOGY 207
6.1.4 WEAPONRY OVERVIEW 207
6.1.4.1 SMALL ARM CLASSIFICATIONS 209
6.1.4.2 WEAPON TYPES 211
6.1.4.3 WEAPON MUNITIONS 213
6.1.4.4 WEAPON SETTINGS 216
6.1.4.5 WEAPON ENGAGEMENT RANGES 217
6.1.4.5.1 Standard Infantry Ranges 217
6.1.4.5.2 Sniper Engagement Ranges 217
6.1.4.6 WEAPON RANGES 217
6.1.4.7 WEAPON TRICKS 219
6.1.5 SENSORS 220
6.1.6 ARMOR 222
5.1.6.1 ARMOR TYPES 222
6.1.6.1 FORCE FIELDS 223
6.1.6.2 ARMOR ADD ONS 223
6.1.7 CYBERWARFARE 224
6.1.7.1 TEMPEST 225
6.1.7.2 ADMIN HACKING TARGETS 226
6.1.7.3 COMBAT HACKING TARGETS 227
6.1.8 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 227
6.1.9 PSIONICS 228
6.1.10 CYBERNETICS 229
6.1.11 BIOTECH 231
6.2 WEAPON SYSTEMS 233
6.2.1 WEAPONS 233
6.2.2 COMBINED ARMS 233
6.2.3 SUPPORTING ARMS 234
6.2.4 DANGER CLOSE 236
6.2.5 MORTARS 236
6.2.5.1 Basic Tactics 238
6.2.5.2 Direct Fire Tactics 239
6.2.5.3 Example Fire Mission: 239
6.2.5.4 The Future of Mortars 240
6.2.6 ROCKET LAUNCHERS 241
6.2.6.1 Armor Kill Teams 242
6.2.6.2 Bunker Busting 243
6.2.7 MACHINE GUNS 243
6.2.7.1 MACHINE GUN TYPES 245
6.2.7.1.1 Submachine Guns and Machine Pistols 245
6.2.7.1.2 Light Machine Guns 245
6.2.7.1.3 Medium Machine Gun 246
6.2.7.1.4 Heavy Machine Guns 246
6.2.7.2 MACHINE GUN TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES 247
6.2.7.2.1 COVERING FIRE 247
6.2.7.2.2 Patrol 247
6.2.7.2.3 Defense 247
6.2.7.2.4 Effects 248
6.2.7.2.5 Night Fire 248
6.2.7.2.6 Manning 248
6.2.7.2.7 Anti-tank 248
6.2.7.2.8 Machine Gun Squads 249
6.2.7.3 MACHINE GUN TERMINOLOGY 249
6.2.8 HAND GRENADES 250
6.2.9 GRENADE LAUNCHERS 252
6.2.9.1 RPG 253
6.2.9.2 Rifle Grenades 254
6.2.9.3 Rifle Grenades type 2 254
6.2.9.4 Rate of Fire 254
6.2.10 MISSILE LAUNCHERS 255
6.3 LISTS 255
6.3.1 MISSION COMPLICATIONS 255
6.3.2 INSERTION/EXTRACTION 257
6.3.3 MISSION TYPES 259
6.3.4 MISSION TARGETS 261
6.3.5 TYPES OF TERRAIN 264
6.3.6 PLANNING THE WAR THEATER 265
6.3.7 STANDARD GEAR 267
7 RECOMMENDED BOOKS 269
8 IN CLOSING 270

NaNoWriMo

It is coming.   Time to prepare!

Writing Military Science Fiction

So here I go again.  Starting to work on Writing Military Science Fiction:  Infantry for them moment.  Well.  Until November when National Novel Writer’s Month begins, then I will begin working on Incidental Elf:  Fortress Basilisk which is book #4 of the IE series.

Writing Military Science Fiction is cool in that I have rank structures for many different military forces, from American to Chinese to Soviet to French to British.  Ranks, unit organization and more.  It will have the physical and psychological impact of combat (what happens when adrenaline hits the system), how long it takes to march somewhere, the limits of the physical body, the day to day life of a soldier/Marine, and lots more.

It will also be a resource book listing different cybernetic abilities, biotech, weapon types and so much more.  Should be over 100K in words easy.  A typical novel is about 100K.

But on November 1st National Novel Writer’s month begins.  The goal is to write 50K words of a novel in the month of November.  I’ve done it for several years and never failed.  Books I have completed are one book in the Incidental Elf, two books in the Conglomerate Trilogy, and one other Science Fiction book.  Info is here   https://nanowrimo.org/participants/warcat/novels 

Now.  Enough blathering on.  Time to get writing.

New Empires

New Empires is ready.  I could spend the rest of my life trying to polish the series but I think it is time to finish it and move on to other things.  The Darkness was released on the 2nd and New Empires will be released on October 1st, 2017.  Really, all I’m waiting on is the proof of New Empires before the print version is available.  It is available for pre-order until then.  http://amzn.to/2wBPwgj

I’ve also gone through my books and settings trying to make sure everything is consistent.  In addition to finalizing the Conglomerate Series I think my next project will be The Airsoft Bible series.  Time to revamp it and release book #3 Book of Tactics which will be individual user tactics and techniques.  Still much to be done there.  I’ve redone Book of Comm but it is mostly cosmetic and removing some old information.

New Empires: The Conglomerate Trilogy (Volume 3)

 

The Darkness

Finally.  The Darkness will be released on September 2nd, 2017.  It has been a while.  Part of the hold up has been I believed it would be best if I finished book #3 before releasing book #2.  I am now done with New Empires which is the final book in the trilogy and it feels good.

The Darkness: The Conglomerate Trilogy (Volume 2)
Trying to avoid spoilers, in Book #2 the Conglomerate begins to collapse as Luke and Leonessa get attacked and hunted in some dark systems.

Book #3 New Empires picks up right after a battle in the Bronkaw’s home system, as the Caliphate, New Alamo and Jupiter Alliance all begin to clash while the Conglomerate continues to fall apart.

The Darkness by William S. Frisbee Jr

The Return

“The Return” has just been relaunched. I have updated the cover and it has undergone more editing. I am preparing to release the sequel which is “The Darkness” and it will be available on August 2nd, 2017. Also by that time I expect to have the printed versions of the books available. I have already ordered proof’s for review. Book #3 “New Empires” Is also completed and just needs some rewrites/edits before it can be released. Right now I am anticipating releasing it in October maybe. One primary goal of the relaunch has been to ‘re-brand’ the covers so they are consistent, hopefully catch they eye and are superior.  The full covers also feature the primary ship.  In The Return it is the Leonis Ultio, in the Darkness it is the Proud Infidel and in book #3 it is the battleship Tigress.  The Return is available now at http://amzn.to/2uybpfw

The Darkness

The Darkness is an interesting book in my opinion because there really is too much to put in one book. The Conglomerate begins to slide into war as the stagnation and rot is poked by external forces, lurking at the edge of the Conglomerate. Humanity, soon to be a key player in this war, is too busy bickering with itself to realize the bigger danger. New Alamo, Athena, the Jupiter Alliance, the Xu’an Dynasty and the Caliphate are all mobilizing and preparing to fight each other, completely ignoring other threats. Of course book #2 ends as the threat is revealed and the shit is really starting to roll down hill. Nobody sees the big picture, just their little slice and they think they are the center of the maelstrom.  The Darkness is available at http://amzn.to/2uxhc4G

New Empires

Book #3 is the fall of the Conglomerate and the end of an epoch. Luke is the cornerstone and the tipping point at which the human race will be enslaved or freed.

After I finish book #3 I plan on getting out Book #1 of my Writing Military Science Fiction series. Lots of work to be done.

Thank you and Semper Fi.

Below are the covers for the new books. Book #3 may still undergo some small changes though but #1 and #2 are undergoing final review.

Thank you for reading the post.  I hope you enjoy the books.

Semper Fi

-Bill

Long time no see

Wow.  It has been a while since I wrote anything.  A lot has been going on.  Book #2 for Aelfsward is finished.  Book #3 is finished.  A new book “Phoenix Warriors” is mostly finished (at least past the 50K mark required for NaNoWriMo).

Now I’m concentrating on editing Book #2 of the Conglomerate series.  I have written almost 70% of book #3 titled “New Empires”.  I would like to have book #3 finished when I release book #2 because of the way #2 ends.  Major battle but there are a lot of loose ends just not enough room in book #2 to tie them up.  Hence, like Book #2 picking up immediately after Book #1, Book #3 picks up after book #2.

When I write I generally have an idea where I want to end up.  Sometimes getting there is the challenge.  While the journey never changes the destination, sometimes the line between A and B is not very exciting, which is not good writing.

To be honest I will be glad when I can put #3 down and be done with it.  The series was fun but I would like to move on. . . just have to finish it first.

Aelfsward: The Under Realms

So I have started the initial edit of Aelfsward:  Under Realms.  I have my work cut out for me.  This is Chapter 1 so far.  Suggestions?  Thank you.

Warning:  Potential Spoiler Alert for book #1

Aelfsward:  Under Realms

By William S. Frisbee

The darkness tried to suffocate me, closing in, threatening me as I stood in a small, shrinking pool of light.  My feet disappeared into the shadows.

A soft whisper came from the emptiness.

“I will devour your soul.”

There were eyes upon me and the whispering in the darkness made little sense.  Clenching my fists I would not go down easy.  My pants would not protect me from claws or razor-sharp teeth, but I had fists and teeth of my own.

A shiver ran down my spine.

Unarmed and unarmored, the surrounding darkness was not empty, and the light was dying.  My heart hammered in my chest and there wasn’t enough air to breath.  A coldness reached into me and made my bones ache.

“I will destroy your forest, it will be burned to the ground along with everything in it,” a familiar voice whispered.  “You have stolen what is mine.”

I moved my head around, trying to find where the voice came from.  It seemed to come from everywhere.

“But I will not kill you,” the speaker said.  “No.  That would be a mercy.  Nor will I let you devolve into insanity.”

The whispering in the darkness grew in volume as more whisperers joined the chorus.

“I know your crimes,” the voice told me, amused.  “I will help you remember them.  Every single one.  I will let you relive them as they shred your soul with their evil.”

“All talk and no play,” I said to the shadows.  I failed to keep the fear and indecision out of my voice and the darkness laughed at me.

There is no rush,” the voice whispered in my ear, like a sultry lover.  “You will have all of eternity to suffer.  You did not kill me, that is impossible, but you have angered me.  That is also a lesser crime.  I will return to your pathetic little world and when I do, your forest will burn.”

A hand with razor-sharp claws slashed out of the shadows to rake my chest, disappearing back into the darkness before I could get a look at it, but results remained.  The cuts on upper body were oozing blood and stung.  My attacker had struck at me from the front and I had been helpless.

“I will not kill all your friends,” the voice said.  “No.  They will become my slaves and suffer for your crimes.  They will be violated in every way imaginable, just as I will violate your soul and everything you hold dear.  Your forest will be destroyed for protecting you.  That is within my power.”

The blood on my chest slid down to my stomach and lower.

In the darkness a pair of eyes opened.  White milky, sightless orbs, that locked upon me.

More eyes opened.  In seconds I was surrounded by blind eyes, staring at me.

“You are alone,” the voice said.  “There is no one to save you.  I will find you.  The forest cannot hide you or what is mine.”

I turned around.  Looking in every direction, those deathly eyes stared at me.  There were too many to count.  I recognized those eyes as belonging to manes.  Slave soldiers from the depths of hell.  Long claws and sharp teeth seemed to gleam in the shadows and I had nothing more than my hands and bare skin.

“You are not alone,” a voice whispered in my ears.  A woman’s voice.  It filled me with warmth.  A long slender hand came to rest on my shoulder, a familiar hand.  Behind me a flame sprung to life and the surrounding manes backed up as the light from the fire revealed space around me.

Something large growled, but I found it comforting.  That growl warned others that I was not alone and I was not prey.

“I am not alone Brathius,” I yelled at the darkness.  My hand closed about the familiar hilt of my sword.  “I will not submit and I will defeat you again.”

The demon laughed.  I looked for him around me, looking for eyes that were different, some place to direct my attack but then I was falling.  Brathius had black eyes with a pupil of molten fire in the center and I couldn’t spot them.  The lifeless eyes of the manes faded into the darkness.

“Show yourself!” I yelled at Brathius.  “Coward!”

I struggled and awoke as I leapt to my feet, my hand clutching my sword, preparing to draw it from its sheath.

“Show yourself!” I yelled again and looked around me at my companions, they were now awake, pulled from their own slumber to stare at me as they grabbed their own weapons.

“It was a dream beloved,” Starlily whispered at me, holding my arm.  Her voice still filled me with warmth and I could hear just a trace of fear.  Chuff looked at me from the doorway to my home.  His eyes held knowledge and understanding.

The light from the dying cooking fire flickered in my cave, making the carving of cats, trees and waterfalls covering my walls look alive.

Forcing myself to relax I nodded.

“I’m sorry,” I said to my companions who relaxed.  A chill went down my spine.  I gripped my sword tightly to try and keep my hands from shaking.

Gothar, the over muscled dwarf leaned his axe against the wall and pulled his blanked over him.  Bren lay down and covered himself again with his cloak as Starlily pulled me back down to our sleeping area, holding me close.  I was weak for letting a bad dream do this to me.  I was in my home.

Out of the corner of my eye I saw Lady Windsong following me with her eyes, her expression unreadable in the shadows.

“It was just a dream,” Starlily said, but I knew better.  My chest was not oozing blood but I could trace where the blood should be flowing, it still stung.

I stared at the demon cursed dragon sword leaning against the wall near Bren and Nightbreeze.  It didn’t belong here.  Like the goblin dagger from so long ago, it defiled this place.

Shaking my head, I lay back down, trying to ignore the feeling that the sword was watching me, waiting.