The Iron Assassin

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: House of Ghosts
Nearly 100 years’ ago mankind made the mistake of drilling to the Earth’s core and awakening the twisted iron monsters that slumbered below the surface. In an attempt to preserve humanity, they created a series of creatures designed to combat the metal that threatened to overtake their precious green world known as Trackers. What they didn’t plan for were the Trackers to rebel against the human’s who created them and succumb to their animalistic instincts. Now the tables are reversed as human beings find themselves on the bottom of the food chain. Nearly 100 years later Bren, an orphaned girl made up of mostly metal, searches the world for her mother’s promised land filled with green along with her savior Lady Ophelia. Can Bren finally find a place to call home amongst the humans? Or will she live her life as an outcast scorning the very existence of the human race? *Summary may be updated later*

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Curse of the Ironblood

Submitted: June 27, 2016

Hello, everyone! This is my newest attempt at fantasy and I really appreciate you all stopping by and reading it! If you enjoy it/ or hate it don't hesitate to let me know! Your criticism or approval helps me improve as a writer!! Thank you so much! Katherine Read Chapter

The Lady Ophelia

Submitted: July 25, 2016

Parts of this chapter are in a larger font. That was an accident and I can't figure out how to change it back. (My apologies!) The blue are edits that I am slowly making as I release new chapters. Thank you for reading!!! Read Chapter

A Brush With Death

Submitted: July 28, 2016

Ophelia clung pitifully to the iron ledge, her fingers bleeding from her tight grip on the metal. Her feet dangled above an ope... Read Chapter

The Angel of Mercy

Submitted: August 07, 2016

    Ophelia clung tightly to Felix’s back as he raced across the open sand, his green eyes glowing brightly... Read Chapter

The Prophecy

Submitted: August 11, 2016

Felix’s chest pounded painfully in fear as he raced across the sand trying in vain to escape the deadly onslaught of attacks the Tracke... Read Chapter

Into the Lions Den

Submitted: August 18, 2016

“Bren time to wake up!” Bren opened her eyes and yawned, she smiled at her Ma who leaned over her waving a warm cup of coffee over he... Read Chapter

The garden of Eve

Submitted: September 11, 2016

  The moment Bren laid eyes on the open gate that led into her village she knew that there was no way the three of them would le... Read Chapter

The Parade of Passing

Submitted: September 17, 2016

  Felix gingerly maneuvered Ophelia’s limp body through the doorway of Bren’s home. He bashed his head painfully against the... Read Chapter

The crown

Submitted: October 06, 2016

    Ophelia’s mouth exploded with pain as her teeth sliced painfully into her tongue. “Felix put me down!” Th... Read Chapter

Old man Sol

Submitted: October 18, 2016

This chapter alternates between Bren's point of view and her three-year-old self. If at any point you feel as though I need to clarify as to who is speaking or whose point of view it is please comment!! I'm not entirely happy with this chapter but I figured that with a little help from my lovely readers I could improve it! :) Thank you all!! Read Chapter

Bren's Promise

Submitted: October 31, 2016

Thanks for reading! :) As always I appreciate any feedback that you may have. Read Chapter

CH12

Submitted: November 11, 2016

“We need to go north, Faith! It would be suicide to stay here without the protection of a Tracker.” “No, Bell, told us to go ea... Read Chapter

The Dome

Submitted: November 22, 2016

“She’d be proud of you; you know?” Boris took a long swig of his bottle, the dying fire illuminated his flush cheeks and ... Read Chapter

CH14

Submitted: December 08, 2016

I plan on combining Chapter 13 & 14 but for right now I will publish them as seperate chapters. Bren,Ker,Felix, and Ophelia are headed across the desert to find Sol Bren's friend. Bren believes that Sol will know a way to reach Iron Haven faster. Read Chapter

CH 15

Submitted: December 19, 2016

    After explaining to a panicked Felix and exhausted Ophelia that Sol took pleasure in carving iron and while yes,&nb... Read Chapter

The Seer

Submitted: January 01, 2017

Ophelia’s eyes snapped open in a drowsy panic as she felt a strong hand cover her mouth.    “Ophelia! It'... Read Chapter

Flying wolves and dark visions

Submitted: January 17, 2017

  “What are those?”   Ophelia gazed up at the flying blue horse, it landed next to a black one and nuzzled her ... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

Submitted: February 02, 2017

* Bren, Felix, and Ophelia are on their way to the Capital (Iron Haven.) * At the end of the previous chapter Sol passed out from a vision. He and Ker at still at his home. Amor- Ophelia's Equo Ink- Bren's Equo Black Caviar- Felix's Equo Dorothy is the name of one of Sol's chickens. I am going to (eventually) name this chapter! Read Chapter

Ch 19 version 2

Submitted: March 03, 2017

Hi, everyone! First of all thank you so much for reading! This is Ch 19 version 2. I was working on editing a few of the earlier chapters when I realized what I have written and what I have published on Booksie don't exactly match. I will (eventually) merge the two chapters. This section adds a detailed description of the Moles It clarifies that Arthur is Ophelia's half brother (You will meet him soon!) I also edited the dialogue between Boss and Bren *I am editing Bren's description in the earlier chapters. She is Japanese which is why Rin comments on the shape of her eyes. There are not many Japanese living in Eryie. They are mainly located in Lasi maa and Rin has never been outside of the Outer Rim much less to the ports. (Eryie is the country name, and Iron Haven is its capital. Lasi maa is one of the four countries south of Eryie) Read Chapter

Bren's Choice

Submitted: February 07, 2017

“I don’t want to go in there.”   Bren frowned in annoyance at Felix’s sharp whisper. Ophelia shifted in an... Read Chapter

Chapter 20

Submitted: March 24, 2017

Hi, everyone!! Thank you for your continued support and patience as I slowly publish chapters. I promise that I'll name this chapter eventually. Thanks for reading!! :) Update: Bren is trapped in the tunnels with the Moles (three of them) Rin is one of Boss's followers Felix and Ophelia are climbing the side of the skyscraper to go and rescue her hopefully. Boss is insane in case you haven't figured that out yet...the cause of her insanity will be determined in Chapter 21 Sorry, Ker and Sol don't get a feature in this chapter. They will more than likely be in chapter 22 Read Chapter

Life Comes and Goes

Submitted: April 09, 2017

Hi, everyone! Thanks for reading! (And if you are new feel free to start from the beginning I hope you'll enjoy it. And thanks to my regulars!!) I actually named this chapter! (Not 100% happy with the name but it's the story that counts right?) :D As promised you will finally understand Boss's crazy streak...that's all that you are getting :P I don't want to ruin the story. Ker and Sol will get a short feature in the next chapter (short but eye opening) I promise that they are in other chapters I'm just working on putting together the pieces that I've already written. I've started inserting **** whenever there is a change of viewpoint. As always thank you for reading/commenting!! -Katherine Read Chapter

The Virus

Submitted: April 19, 2017

I briefly considered naming this chapter something along the lines of "tempers flare." Ch. 22 Sol and Ker are featured! A new creature is introduced Felix, Bren, and Ophelia discover something shocking You get a insight to what Felix's life has been like up to now As usual thanks for reading!! And feel free to comment or suggest a correction. Read Chapter

A Song For Charlee

Submitted: May 02, 2017

I decided to go ahead and publish chapter 23 as part of my one year on Booksie celebration! A Song For Charlee is one of my favorite chapters so far (I'm just excited that it is a chapter closer to showing you all what I have planned :D) and it is also longer than most. I'm focusing more on quality so I will not be releasing chapters as often. I am also updating previous chapter (just grammatical errors nothing big like a new character) In this Chapter: Felix and Ophelia left ahead of Bren You may or may not start seeing a trend in that tattoo... I realized that I have killed off a character every chapter (oops) but it accurately depicts the kind of world they live in Yes, Ophelia uses lantern oil. Their supply of oil is still around it's just a banned contraband (you'll find out why in a few chapters) Yes, Shifters have the ability to resist the virus. It has caused a lot of unrest and turmoil between the Shifters and humans. (and nearly a second war) but I'll talk about that more in a later chapter! As always don't hesitate to ask questions/ leave a comment/ or give suggestions! I love feedback!!! :) -Katherine Read Chapter

Iron Haven

Submitted: May 18, 2017

Hi everyone!! I know it has been a while, but here is chapter 24! (Better late than never, right?) In this chapter: You'll finally get to meet some of my favorite characters! Sol and Ker are headed back toward the Outer Rim and Bren's village Ophelia, Felix, and Bren head toward Iron Haven Fun fact: In an effort to preserve the planet the government mandated that all clothing be made from recycled plastic. It helped save trees and put to use the waste that littered Earth's surface (this was prewar on oil/mole/virus) When Felix references the "capital crazies always dressing nicely" it is because there is an overabundance of clothing (but as you can imagine a shortage on food) I'm going to try and leave a fact at the top of each chapter from now on! :) Thanks for reading, -Katherine Read Chapter

Death of a Queen

Submitted: June 04, 2017

Hello, to my readers! Chapter 25 is the end of "Part One" (I've decided that I'm going to split this into three parts (maybe, just experimenting)) As usual I had a hard time naming this chapter "Death of a Queen" is only temporary. If you have any suggestions feel free to comment them. In this Chapter: Bren has finally made it to Iron Haven, but her welcoming wasn't exactly comforting Felix reveals a piece of Ophelia's past Introduction of: Captain (Merida) Wilson - Captain of the King's guard Bianca Lao - a doctor in training Shay Truong - Bianca's teacher As always thank you for reading! Feel free to comment any edits/suggestions. Positive and negative feedback is wonderful! Fun fact: The three towers are curved because they are built into the surrounding cliff side. If you were to look down some of the top windows you would be looking straight down at the street below. Read Chapter

The Iron Slayer

Submitted: June 15, 2017

Hello, everyone and welcome to Chapter 26!!! Don't hesitate to comment any suggestions, and as always, thanks for reading! I know I say this every time.... but introducing some of my favorite characters! In this chapter: There are a lot of new characters. You meet (Half) Prince Arthur! Captain (Merida) Wilson makes more of an appearance You meet Master Ji-Min (Lao)! Two of my favorite side characters: Juan and Lewis Lord Avery Irwin And Lady (Sylvia) Maxwell Fun fact: Arthur's name was originally going to be Edwin the II but his mother changed her mind after he was born. Instead cursing her son with the same name as the madman that had a hand in creating their world. (Arthur is the first person in his family to be named after his ancestor Arthur.) The reason why she named him that will come to light in a few chapters down the road... Happy reading!! Read Chapter

The Flower Dance

Submitted: July 09, 2017

Hello everyone and welcome to chapter 27! Seeing as it's been a while between chapter 26, here's a quick recap: Bren has arrived in Iron Haven (capital of Eyrie) and is currently sneaking out of the city. The chapter opens with her flying over the outer walls where she meets a new main character and a few other side characters. Arthur (Prince Arthur is Ophelia's half brother) was last seen speaking to Captain Merida Wilson about Ophelia's late arrival and her suspicious guest's appearance. ************************************************************************************************** Characters in chapter: Bren Arthur (Prince Arthur) Holt (A voiceless boy age 18) Gracelyn (Age 7 voiceless by choice) Edna (In her 60's she can still speak but not without some pain) ************************************************************************************************** Fun fact: The voiceless community hold their weddings outside under the moonlight because the tradition stems from when they were prisoners/victims of the royal family's oppression. They would preform marriage ceremonies in prison believing that a marriage bonded two souls together and that should either of them die they would be able to find each other in the afterlife faster. They also wore red believing that it would decrease their chances of becoming a Shard. Read Chapter

A Scandal in Red

Submitted: July 24, 2017

In celebration of "Katherine had an amazing Monday at work and got an A- on her 12 page essay" here is chapter 28! As always feel free to comment what you think! ....Fun fact: The production of new clothing is pretty limited. Prior to the War on Fuel and the plastic ban most of the clothing produced was made of plastic creating long lasting and super durable outfits. (meaning that no more accidentally stretching that favorite shirt that you've had for 20+ years or mutilating grandma's ugly Christmas sweater.) During the war on fuel any and all production that did not go toward creating a sustainable fuel source was terminated. So, most of the clothing found in the Iron Assassin, are clothes that originally belonged to the generations 100 years prior. They do base anything and everything from books and photographs so there are some weird outfit combinations in here. (You've been warned) :D Read Chapter

Master of the Wind

Submitted: July 26, 2017

Hi, everyone! I know that I just posted chapter 28, but I figured I'd go ahead and post 29 (we're getting really really close to my favorite parts!) I wrote the next few chapters in segments, most while on long family road trips or between homework. So please feel free to let me know if something doesn't add up! It's hard being the "all knowing" author and not divulging too much....Fun fact! The War on Fuel was actually more of a hostile stand off. The population boom had drained most of the world's resources so fighting broke out among the countries. There was a mass expedition to Antarctica. The melting polar ice caps created the opportunity for the world to fight over the oil there. It was the last of it, and the location of the Moles first appearance. The War on Fuel where countries turned their backs against their allies turned into a fight for survival. Read Chapter

The Farms

Submitted: July 29, 2017

As promised, here's chapter 30! I finally get to introduce one of my favorite creatures, Ironpedes! They're more of a combination of an earthworm and a centipede this gives them their protective exterior along with the ability to eat iron and help improve the soil quality. The reason why humanity doesn't just use them to eat away all of the iron so that they can grow on the surface is because Ironpedes don't like sunlight. Or Moles for that matter. Gorm, one of the 5 countries, has a larger population of Ironpedes thanks to their mountainous terrain. This allows them to produce a larger quantity of food than the other five countries. Ironpedes are unable to survive in Nodin's cold temperature. They also do not eat Shards which is what makes up 96% of Lasi maa's land mass and Lichtenstein is only inhabited by a small human population crazy enough to try and live alongside of the Moles. Read Chapter

Origins of Home

Submitted: August 02, 2017

In celebration of my promotion here is chapter 31!! (I'll be editing chapters 29 and 30 directly after this)... While Bren's realization of what exactly Shards are is important, the memory that Krisita shows her is even more so. I did play around with a few name changes here, Daniel was originally named Juan but that is the same name as one of my favorite guards so I changed it. I'm not 100% happy with the name Daniel, so I am open for feedback and suggestions!! :D Happy reading. Read Chapter

The Mad Queen

Submitted: August 19, 2017

In celebration of the end of my summer semester, here is chapter 32! Introduction of a new character :D I won't say that she's my favorite (for once...) but she sure is interesting...you might even say deranged. Enjoy! Fun fact: Orabell, Morgan, and Lyra were all daughter's of dukes. They served King Henery until his sudden death (some speculate assassination) Orabell's father was the head of the Merchants. Morgan's father was the head of the World Council while Lyra's father was the current ship master. Both Lyra and Morgan's fathers wanted their daughter to marry the crown prince while Orabell was allowed to choose her own path in life. Read Chapter

World Map

Submitted: March 03, 2017

I will eventually upload a world map, but for right now I have listed the countries and their locations. I am also adding a character description/ family tree. This is for my benefit but mostly so that if anyone needs a refresher you don't have to go back and reread chapters as I edit and upload them. Read Chapter


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