Fantasy mecha Military Fantasy

Watch the Flank (Sundering War 1)

By Thomas Parrott
Sep 1, 2020 · 4,627 words · 17 minutes

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Art by Juan Ochoa.  

From the author: Bond-Pilot Leyna Raskin has the mundane task of watching the flank of her regiment's march to Fort Rigour. But war is full of the unexpected, and simple duties can get complicated fast...


Watch the Flank

by Thomas Parrott

(Thank you to Jennie R. and Daniel S. for editorial notes)

It was late afternoon on a crisp autumn day. The sky was clear and sunlight slanted down between the trunks of the trees. The leaves had turned, painting the forest in brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Raw magic crystalised from the saturated air, dusting the leaves with tiny aether crystals. Bond-Pilot Leyna Raskin stayed resolutely facing the setting sun for a moment more. As long as she...

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7 Comments
  • Ridge Fairy
    September 1, 9:36pm

    More, please!

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  • Southern Hummingbird
    September 6, 4:55pm

    Great story, looking forward to the next one.

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    • Tom
      September 28, 9:58pm

      Thank you! Hard at work on it.

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  • MaddieMoons
    September 10, 12:53pm

    This was really cool! I wasn't sure what a creche was. But I especially loved the way that these where proper fantasy mecha! Usually they're just exactly like a scifi mech, but with the word "magic" in front of everything. Using axes and especially javelins, the way they were used to channel the element, or the even more mystical powers of the Faer was a really unique (and quite clever) take.

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    • Tom
      September 28, 9:59pm

      Just basically the cockpit. And thank you so much! I worked very hard to take the Real Robot genre and blend it with fantasy tropes. I'm glad it hit you right!

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  • Almiriad
    September 29, 8:35am

    It was a nice read ! I like the integration between fantasy and technology (at least in my mind ;) ) Now I want to know more about this world, when is the rest coming ?

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    • Tom
      September 29, 4:24pm

      In the fullness of time, hopefully! Next month will be dedicated to showcasing a different world, and eventually $5 and up subscribers will get to vote on which one they want to see developed further. :)

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