Scutatii: Joining the Ranks

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Fantasy Realm
An attempt at a fantasy adult novel, with a distinct byzantine flavor. The story tells the events of Ionna of Koln, a would be warrior in the Empire's army.

Feel free to critique my work, as I'm in desperate need to acquire know-how as to how to be a better writer. I believe I really suck at it, but I just can't keep my ideas in my mind!
UPDATE: I have researched as much as I could into Byzantine culture to add a specific flavor to the story. to provide such a flavor I had included the original words and had them translated as a foot note.
UPDATE 04/20 First and second and third chapter were corrected in a number of ways.
UPDATE 04/26 added fourth chapter
UPDATE 04/27 added a prologue with notes regarding my work. Some minor tweaks done to chapter 2 and 4
UPDATE 05/04 added the fifth chapter
UPDATE 05/29 various corrections to the fifth chapter
UPDATE 06/27 I am scrapping the work so far, The new idea is to make the story a lot more historical

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Submitted: April 27, 2017

NOTES: This novel is a work in progress, chapters may change and things might get corrected (even the story!). In order to be up to d... Read Chapter


Submitted: April 12, 2017

The sun was setting on the small village of Koln; spring was setting in and so the air was a bit chilly, the humidity... Read Chapter


Submitted: April 12, 2017

Ionna lay on her spot. Being as poor as they were she could only afford some hay stringed together in bundles as a mattress; she could no... Read Chapter


Submitted: April 18, 2017

After Ionna came the son of a farmer, Nepotian was his name. A scrawny sickly young man, Ionna thought that he was a safe “no-go”; af... Read Chapter


Submitted: April 26, 2017

The Pentekontarches came back from the hamlet with an extra 7 recruits. While Vigilius had arrived earlier with a cart carrying victuals.... Read Chapter


Submitted: May 04, 2017

At the break of Dawn, as usual, the recruits woke up to have their regular breakfast; some trachanas[1] with sour milk. While eating ... Read Chapter


Submitted: May 29, 2017

At dawn the Pentekontarches had finally given the order to leave the last town, and as it turned out, Philoxenus was correct, they were i... Read Chapter

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