A story about the universe of Elemental Combat.

Chapter 15

Tao returned to the inn only to find his room empty.  Zhi had wandered off somewhere, no doubt drunk, his tinker's pack left strewn next to his bed.  Fu was curled up in a tight ball on Tao's pillow, her feet gently twitching as she dreamed.  Tao didn't bother to move her and [...]

By | June 20th, 2017|Lore|0 Comments

Chapter 14

The ground rushed to meet Tao as he fell face first from the second floor.  He whipped his hands in front of him to brace for the impact.  He should've screamed – he should've panicked – but in the mere seconds between his fall and his crash, Tao's mind went blank.  Absolutely blank. [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Lore|0 Comments

Chapter 13

Nestled in the Wuling Mountains, bookended by two massive stone gateways, was River Rock – a string of old buildings that lined a small, stone road.  Lanterns hung from the gabled roofs, painting the street below in their gentle light.  Women and men, dressed in cheongsams and changshans, milled about in the night [...]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Lore|0 Comments

Chapter 12

"Your left!" Zhi shouted. Tao had a moment to react.  He saw the the rock hurdling towards him.  He tried to gather his Qi – to visualize his defense – but he was too late.  The rock connected with his arm and sent him flying like a rag doll.  Tao tasted blood and [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Lore|0 Comments

Chapter 11

Zhi spent the entire day burying the three men. Tao simply stood and watched as Zhi dug into the earth with his bare hands, shoveling away the dirt for each shallow grave. His skin glistened with sweat, his ragged breathing carrying through the mist. But never once did he complain, or slow his [...]

By | April 3rd, 2017|Lore|0 Comments

Chapter 09 & 10

- 09 - There was an odd sense of deja-vu in the moment. Tao looked at the beer at his foot, Zhi making another horrible concoction over the fire. Fu slept comfortably at his feet, her warm fur pressed closely to him. Tao felt the ridge on his tongue where hours ago an [...]

By | March 27th, 2017|Lore|0 Comments

Chapter 08

"You mean killed, right?" asked Tao. Zhi held Tao's gaze for a moment before breaking into a large yawn. "Killed, murdered – we buried him all the same. Even the Master Sage isn't all powerful. In the end, he's mortal just like everyone else. So there's your dragon for you, kid. Dead. Now [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|Lore|0 Comments

Chapter 07

"I don't know. It was like I was slowly walking into a dream or something. First I'm here – or there, on the steps, I mean. Then all of the sudden I'm five years old again and running through the streets of Beijing. Yeah, and then out of nowhere, I was falling a [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|Lore|0 Comments

Chapter 06

Tao stared at his bowl. The broth was practically water, bits of random plants and animals drifting on its surface. Fu gave Tao a small whimper, a similar bowl of soup lying untouched in front of her. "Here," the man said, tossing Tao a can. Tao looked at it before quirking an eyebrow [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|Lore|0 Comments

Chapter 05

The steps seemed to go on forever, winding their way deeper and deeper into the forest below. Tao walked with his good arm outstretched, a flame dancing in his open palm for light. But no matter how large or how bright Tao made the flames grow, the light was never enough to pierce [...]

By | February 27th, 2017|Lore|0 Comments