A Spreading Darkness

CONTENTS

 

~ A Spreading Darkness: A Story of Demigods ~

“Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out til too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along.”

~Terry Pratchet

A note to the reader: From here on, some stories will happen concurrently with others. To denote this extra lines will surround the parallel stories.




The Memory of Water

Gunnar

Laurel

Guinee, Part 1

The Great Below

Guinee, Part 2

Ocean Breathes Salty

Now That It’s Over

A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

Harlan

Nate

Nevermore

Brendan

Games

Howl

nazis are bad

Achtung, Baby! Part 1

Achtung, Baby! Part 2

Achtung, Baby! Part 3

Achtung, Baby! Part 4

Achtung, Baby! Part 5

Achtung, Baby! Part 6

Achtung, Baby! Part 7

Achtung, Baby! Part 8

Return to “Castle” Wolfsheim

Gunnar

Laurel

Brendan

Insanity and Mexico

Momma Sed

Achtung, Baby! Part 9

With a Little Help from My Friends

Matters of Blood and Connection

Leaving Home Ain’t Easy

Run With the Wolves




The Problem with Puppet Strings…

Gunnar

Laurel

Brendan

(Wolf; Nibel; Hel) -heim.

No Man’s Land

O’ Feckin’ Hel, Part 1

A Mustang’s Saddle Bags

Queen Bitch

O’ Feckin’ Hel, Part 2

Short Lived Domestic Bliss

Dust in the Wind

Nevermore

the bird’s word

The Melting Ice

Laurel

Gunnar

Here It Goes Again

Private Places—But Not Quite Like That

Everybody Lives

Do You Know What I’m Seeing

Let Me Be Your Armor

Shit Is Fucked Up

Intelligence, Ignorance & Illusion

Brendan

Return to Mag Mell

Hachiman, Hades, Henchmen, Holy Shite!

Like a Bat Outta Hell!

Plans

Laurel

Nate

The Worst Day Since Yesterday

The Darkness




A Healthy Glow

Wherein Harlan, Kassandra & Nate must fix a nuclear reactor and Nate makes a mysterious deal.

Ghosts

Brendan

California Dreamin’ {again}

The Man from Moneygall

Bad Moon Rising

Laurel

Brendan

The Times They Are A’Changin’

Little Trouble in Big China

More Little Trouble in Big China

A funny thing happened on the way to the Mongolian Embassy…

Jumping Jack Frost

Sandstorm

Embassy Investigation

A Child of the Storm

Brendan

China Wrap Up, then Down Under and Back

Truth and Lies

Wherein the band goes their separate ways, but not before learning that Loki will face trial and he’s asked his son Harlan to defend him.




The Day of Golden Beginnings

The Day of Golden Beginnings

Laurel

Nevermore

Brendan

No Country for Old Men {or Birds}

Nevermore’s Response

American Side Trip

And If Ever Fate Should Choose to Smite You…

Who Wants to Live Forever?

Know Your Rights

Most of the Time

The Fragile

Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold This Body Down




The Weight of Ashes

Laurel

Life Before the Lobotomy

A Faulty Camera




The Time of Dragons

Laurel

Brendan

Where Dragons Rule

The Dragons Are Coming




Respite

Brendan

Fruits of My Research: Part 1

Fruits of My Research: Part 2

One’s Worth

Laurel

Magdalena, Part 1

Earmuffs

Magdalena, Part 2

Jeff Is an Ugly Name Anyways

When It All Goes Wrong Again




The Maze

Laurel

Nevermore

The Thing I Hate

Shake It Out

Tell ‘em, ’That’s Just My Battle Scar’




The Ragnarök Gambit

The band travels to Antarctica to put an end to Kane Taoka’s plans to raise Atlantis and jump-start Ragnarök by detonating nuclear explosives at the world’s southern pole. In the process they participate in the sealing of Mikaboshi within New Tartarus.



A Death in the Family

With the Overworld once more reconnected to the mortal plane, the long awaited trial of Loki begins. Before summary judgement the Mantiwok gods reveal themselves to be alive and carrying a grudge. An alliance of gods led my the Atzlánti and dedicated to the prevention of Ragnarök make a preemptive strike against the Aesir by killing Loki on the witness stand and disappearing.



Legacy

Harlan travels with his guide Bronwyn to the depths of Helheim. There he meets with his half-sister Hel and his half-brothers The Fenris Wolf and Jörmungandr to inherit that which Loki leaves behind.

Erosion

The Second Battle of Mag Mell transpires with ample warning from Ciara’s prophecies. Unknown to any is that the Titan avatars Caillech and Xiang Yao have used the deepest soils of Mag Mell to breed an army of Nemean Maggots for the glory of Crom Cruach. Before the rancid spores of corruption can spread to Tir na Marbh, Manannán mac Lir makes the ultimate sacrifice and plunges Mag Mell into Tartarus. Brendan O’Shea, Ciara, Brendan Gair, and Derrick Finnegan escape into Tir na Marbh and quest for an egress from a land of the dead.




Home

With the Aesir being targeted across all three levels of existence Laurel and Gunnar return to Mexico to retrieve their children and find them a safer home. Dorthen offers refuge within the caverns of Svartalfheim. To reach the home of the dwarves the Esparza clan along with Jack Cook, Harlan Grey, Bronwyn Kincaid and the quadriplegic torso of Marco Llanez venture through the nightmare-filled Primal Cavern. After a bit of political negotiation Dorthen reclaims the throne of Svartalfheim from Fafnir and bestows amnesty to all those who wish it from the war.

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