Dawn of the Iconoclast: Inquisitor (10)

Avatar Author: RicoLaser Another Ficlets refugee. Collaborated on the unfinished, late, lamented (at least by me) Lake Derry Murders story with a fine writer whose name I'm ashamed to say escapes me right now. I live in Los Angeles and I'm an ... Read Bio

Traian could not believe his eyes, nor his betraying hands, so recently fouled with the blood of his boyhood friend, as they gripped the hem of Sq’Aborm the Guardian’s robe, brought it to his lips, kissed it.

Tradition is blood, and then a kiss. His father’s words.

The giant towered above, a full eight feet if he was an inch, broadsword dangling loosely in his huge hand. If he gave the wrong response, he knew the Guardian would be faithful. As he had been faithful.

“It is done, in the name of the gods that walk as men do?” The man in a monster’s body asked, in a voice so deep it nearly drowned the words.

Traian’s own part, so well-practiced that he dreamed it: “It is done, and I shall never lay eyes on my friend in this life again.”

He looked up, and saw what he believed might be compassion behind the great wet grey orbs that passed for the giant’s eyes.

“You will see him in the next,” Sq’Aborm intoned, completing the inquisition.

The giant swung the great wooden doors wide, and Traian entered the Pit.

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  1. Avatar Jae

    Another notable entry. Some thoughts:

    Traian’s emotions are superbly crafted, interwoven with references to the past and ritualistic acts that further delve into the details of the Magnuroc.

    While the inclusion of a giant is acceptable, let’s avoid straying too far into the fantastic. Sq’Aborm actually reminds me of the statue of Rodrian. Perhaps a connection can be made.

  2. Avatar RicoLaser

    Thanks. :)

    I was a little worried about the inclusion of a “giant” – its not intended to be literal. He’s just a monstrously tall man, not a giant out of fairy tales.