Maybe “Ghost State” is real. Maybe it’s not. Fun game: how can you prove it, either way?
PS: I love the legend of the Unhallowed Hand. Essentially, supposedly the Irish would baptize some babies everywhere except one hand, so that whatever you did with that hand wouldn’t ‘count’ when they tallied up your sins at the Pearly Gates. I’m not exactly sure what the Host would do with the hand, though. I guess cut it off and send it down to Hell, which gives me an idea for a story all on its own.
‘Reasonable Realignment of Resources’ illustrates the great question of draconic-human interactions in medieval societies: why does the king particularly care if the burden of having a local dragon is merely that she eats a cow every week or so? He has plenty of cows. Of course, if the dragon is a wild beast otherwise, it’s still a problem. But if she can demonstrate language and self-restraint, well… there are opportunities, there.
I think that video games really have things to teach the fantasy genre, as “Several Options To Choose From” demonstrates. People shouldn’t allow themselves to get too hung up about the standard quest reward paradigm; it can lead to curious blind spots. Although I suppose one might find such an attitude oddly disarming…
OMBUDSMAN (The Fermi Resolution): a two-fisted tale of corporate responsibility and defenestrations! Complete with Scenes of Heroic Endeavor, for the Edification and Entertainment of the Managers and Workers of the Hershey Consortium.
New signup, so new entry in my pulp SF serial that I am not making my wife the engineer read because there’s just so many ways that she can tell me that physics doesn’t work like that. Anyway, here it is, available for everybody. And remember: when I hit $200/month, I’ll write a new installment every week!
There’s a really unpleasant world behind ‘For Science.’ I mean, a REALLY unpleasant world. The kind where ‘peace and safety of a new dark age’ is perfectly correct. I dunno if I’ll ever do a full write-up of it.