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Nuno Teixeira

Joined October 2011 and calls NunoXEI.com home.

45 stories, 0 challenges, 60 comments, and 13 friends

Writer, artist, comic producer, internet lover.

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  1. The Origin of the Pestilence Swarm

    The worst of Greydon’s plague outbreaks occurred over one hundred years ago. The Lord Mayor ordered cats and dogs to be killed, for he feared they carried the taint sickness. Unfortunately, the true carriers were the black rats, who in turn were ...

  2. The Shi Ika Delicacy

    In the southern Yakozan peninsula, a group of reclusive fishermen make a living by rounding up shi ika. The shi ika is a type of squid aberration found just off the coast. The shi ika kai—death squid herders—are shunned by most because they...

  3. The Hayworth Horror

    The Hayworth farm had been in the family for three generations. Merle was the last of the line. He was murdered earlier today in his cornfield. Two thieves had snuck up on old Merle while he harvested corn. The first called out to Merle, just past the ...

  4. The Dead-Head Tree

    It was the strangest tree Victor had ever seen. The bark was heavily textured like coral, and it was dark—almost black as pitch. The fruit was the most provocative and disturbing feature. It drew him closer, one step at a time. He was afraid but ...

  5. Wallace of Whale Town

    “I’m from—hic—Whale Town!” the drunk yelled as he slammed his mug of ale on the stained wooden bar top. “You’ve ’ad enough, Wallace,” the bartender interrupted. “That’s yer las’ pi...

  6. Curse of the Medusa Graveyard

    “Does it hurt?” asked Leon. The boy touched his aunt’s skin. It was textured like a clay roof tile. Euthalia’s gave a stiff chuckle. “I can’t even feel your touch, little one.” “I want to be an explorer w...

  7. The Black Rain

    The people of Sangbolge were used to rain. If they got thirty days of sun a year, they were lucky. Today’s rain fall was just another day. Puddles gathered in the streets. They had a strange, dark hue and oily texture. Fisherman shouted out in ho...

  8. The Life Cycle of a Mircean Blow Fly

    Anton had been dead for twenty days now. His body was left in a shallow ditch in the woods. His killers didn’t even bother burying his corpse. The superstitious folk of Mircea are familiar with tales of restless dead. Ceremonies and customs were ...

  9. A Morsel for the Poor

    “A morsel for the poor?” Yilan Ruhu mumbled to the pedestrians walking by. They ignored him like usual. Deep down, he knew that to be a good thing. He was always hungry nowadays. He could feel his guts shifting inside him with displeasure. ...

  10. Daig of the Wicker Man

    “I’m innocent!” Daig shouted. The three druids ignored him and continued the wicker man ritual. The first druid lit his torch. “You’re as good as ash,” said a thief, while mooning the druids and laughing wildly. R...

  11. Worm Food

    Joey “the Slick” Lema and Mason “the Bull” Malleti had a gruesome task to do, but as mooks of the Carnosa family, it was their duty. Bull reached into the wagon, grabbed a black rubber bag, and pulled it towards him. With a heav...

  12. Weasel and Pinch

    Weasel dodged the fruit vendor’s grasp! He wove between pedestrians and jumped over toppled obstacles. He’d done this before. It’s how he survived in Cog Town after all. He snagged two apples and a loaf of bread from the market and fo...

  13. The Day of the Flaming Fire Lizards

    Jian Zhung watched the moon approaching the sun. Citizens across Zhongdi feared the day of the “feixing huo xi”… the flying fire lizards. Jian Zhung guided his cattle far from his barn and wheat fields. Eighteen months ago, his neighb...

  14. Prey and Predators

    Periodic howling came from the canopy, deep within the tropical rainforest of Congwana. A troop of umbrakins shadowed a prowling tiger below them. After the umbrakin had made its warning call, it leaped off its tree branch and swung away to a new vanta...

  15. Scraps

    The ravals rummaged through the corpses littering the battlefield. Whatever feud happened here had left enough bodies to feed them all comfortably. The raval is a breed of paravian: wingless bird-canines. They have toothed beaks, talons instead of paws...

  16. Moth to a Flame

    I walk across a landscape… barren and silent. The shadows creep across blasted rocks, and flesh-colored clouds entangle the sky above me. Before me, in the stillness of eternal night, stretches Odland, the Wasteland. In the distance, across the d...

  17. The Spirit of the Hunt

    Three nights ago, ten hunters were warned about Graybark Forest. Villagers claimed they were cursed and that hunting was not permitted in them. The hunters just laughed. Two nights prior, the hunters ventured into the Ugolan woods. One night prior, the...

  18. The Buzz of Bozza Bogs

    Within the peatlands of Tirnaland, there exists a place called the Bozza Bogs. Men have entered the Bozza perfectly sane, only to exit and commit murder. Others have gone into them and never returned. Those who make it out, with their wits mostly intac...

  19. There's a Nasty Bug Going Around

    “Your son has had this fever for how long?” the doctor asked. “It increased rapidly two days ago,” the father replied. “My time has been stretched thin lately…” the doctor said apologetically. “I’m ...

  20. Ready or Not

    It started with the goldfish. Margaret got home to find them floating at the top of the fishbowl, boated and dead. “Did you overfeed the fish, Damon,” she asked her son. “Reddy said they’d sleep happier with a full tummy,”...

  21. Bandits of the Scale Crags

    The Scale Crags were known for bandit activity. Geld was the guide to get you through them. His cost was high, but he got you to the coast two weeks earlier… and alive. Midway through the mountainous pass, raiders descended from above. Their scal...

  22. The Tonanuuk of the Arktikos

    The Arktikos is an inhospitable region. It means: “Near the bear.” Some southern Uropian cultures claim “Arktikos” is in reference to the prominent constellation of the Great Bear… northern Uropian cultures attribute the n...

  23. Nothing Worse Than a Tangled Net

    Something heavy dragged down the fishing net. Snagging a small dolphin off the coast of Andalus was common enough, the fishers just hated how time consuming it was to cut the beast free from the net. Usually, it was already drowned too. Soon there was ...

  24. The Hermit's Crop

    The old hermit had an addiction. He had acquired a new corpse from the village graveyard. He was near his cabin now, and he could see his garden. The hermit’s lips stretched into a thin, eager smile. He couldn’t wait to try the new batch. H...

  25. They Called it the Torch-Maker

    Ursul and Grendel held their axes at the ready. They weren’t afraid to challenge wandering fiends this deep into Galli’s woodlands. The two barbarians were renowned. Their fame came from finding new and useful substances in their kills: hid...

  26. Sovereign of the Bone Fields

    The land was barren. The soil had been saturated by the death of hundreds of thousands in the early years following the Great Cataclysm. The land came to be called: The Bone Fields. The majority of human death came from towns devastated by a battle so ...

  27. Yulie the Slick's Bounty

    Yulie the Slick was a wanted man in the Town of Razorock. Six rangers were on his tail. Yulie had climbed a cliff no horse could ride up. The rangers would have to come on foot. And that there, that was Yulie’s trick, see. That’s when he...

  28. The Airship of Raining Men (Mature)

  29. The Lady Ashford Mystery

    Fog clung to the pavement like some amorphous entity. The city was known for its gray skies. Flickering lamplights barely penetrated the night’s gloom. Due to a series of murders, many stayed indoors. Lady Ashford had no need to concern herself w...

  30. All in a Heart Beat

    Stacy looked at her sports watch. Her heart rate was steady. She wanted to beat her best time. She turned onto a new trail. It would extend her run, but she felt good about pushing her limits today. The sun was setting, and the wind was cool. The rustl...

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