Fantasy Humor Historical Royal Occultist New

Scholar's Fire

By Josh Reynolds
Jul 14, 2020 · 6,327 words · 24 minutes

Reenactment of the 1666 Great fire of London

Photo by Rowan Freeman via Unsplash.

From the author: As the Great Fire threatens London, the Duke of Cumberland and his servant hunt down an errant alchemist and a fiery salamander.


The air was thick with smoke when John Cadmus arrived at the Boar’s Head. A red glow washed over the rooftops of Eastcheap, and ashes rained down over the street. Panicked crowds followed the wind and fled the flames.

More than once, Cadmus thought he would be forced to draw his rapier to cut himself a path to his destination as the tide of humanity ebbed and flowed around him. He considered letting the tide claim him, letting it pull him away from his work and his master. Letting himself...

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4 Comments
  • gmoring
    July 14, 4:37pm

    It is always a pleasure to meet a new Royal Occultist! Perhaps following upon John Dee in "A Tiger's Heart, A Player's Hide". Looking forward to more of Rupert and Cadmus. And the reference to Nostradamus' 666 was a nice touch. Might be interesting to intwine the Royal Occultist in other prophesies. An entertaining story Josh, thanks!

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    • JMReynolds
      July 14, 5:39pm

      Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  • varyar
    July 14, 7:05pm

    Great story! I like seeing a Royal Occultist with a bit of a harder edge than the ones we're more familiar with.

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    • JMReynolds
      July 15, 6:00pm

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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