Blood and Ash: The Ghost Corps

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The Ghost Corps is the most feared mercenary band in service to the Murgen Empire. The Towers War has been raging for eleven years and the fate of sorcerers is still undetermined. Will they finally obtain freedom or will the Empire reclaim their slaves? The Corps will decide.

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Preface and Prologue

Submitted: August 15, 2017

Preface Welcome to Agerta, a place not for the faint of heart, or will. Might makes right in all the known world and what could be mo... Read Chapter

Rock Pass

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Chapter 1: Rock Pass The morning was cold enough to see one’s breath, but by mid?afternoon it’d be uncomfortably muggy—standard... Read Chapter

Nathan

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Chapter 2: Nathan Sergeant Nathan entered the Lady’s Fountain and immediately received a cheery welcome from the bartender. “... Read Chapter

The Whore

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Chapter 3: The Whore The dagger, with one side serrated and a spike point, came in low and fast. But even faster was the sidestep the... Read Chapter

Cassandra

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Chapter 4: Cassandra The woman with hair colored crimson like blood was no stranger to screams or death or, especially as a whore, ge... Read Chapter

Barthus

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Chapter 5: Barthus Commander Barthus, the Leader of the Ghost Corps Mercenary Band, tied his horse to the Lady’s Fountain’s hitch... Read Chapter

Bed Fellows

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Chapter 6: Bed Fellows Barthus lay in a dead man’s bed, staring at the ceiling, exhausted and immensely satisfied. In fact, the Lea... Read Chapter

Teach

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Chapter 7: Teach Cassandra scanned the tavern’s main room before starting down the stairs. As expected, no one was there, but she s... Read Chapter

Alexander

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Chapter 8: Alexander Captain Alexander and his two lieutenants were in the middle of fighting the fires that always seemed to happen ... Read Chapter

Tea Time

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Chapter 9: Tea Time With tears falling from her swollen eyes, Karen stared down at the floor as she hung from the rafters of her own ... Read Chapter

Pet

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Chapter 10: Pet Before seeing Barthus Nathan stopped by a horse trough to clean himself up, and after passing the goody good Dagger D... Read Chapter

A Bath

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Chapter 11: A Bath There were two kinds of jobs that Teach hated. The first was getting any order he considered pointless, stupid or ... Read Chapter

Preparations

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Chapter 12: Preparations Barthus was waiting behind the bar when Alexander returned with the other officers. All of them except for W... Read Chapter

Recruitment

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Chapter 13: Recruitment “Corporal Yorrik, where’s Teach?” Lieutenant Quinn said, coming out of the Lady’s Fountain. “He... Read Chapter

Hurry Up

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Chapter 14: Hurry Up The Dagger Dog’s had no luck with finding new recruits, unlike the other squads sent out, and returned to the ... Read Chapter

Assembly

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Chapter 15: Assembly Teach and Cassandra emerged from the Lady’s Fountain to a waiting Ghost Corps and all eyes turned to them. Bas... Read Chapter

Initiation

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Chapter 16: Initiation The Corps was made up of tradition, and certain traditions, like the one all members had to undergo in order t... Read Chapter

Decisions

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Chapter 17: Decisions Eight of the nine sergeants present gathered in front of the recruits and began to quietly talk out who would h... Read Chapter

Kill

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Chapter 18: Kill The responsibility for preparing the woman for combat had been silently thrust upon Teach, seeing how every other sq... Read Chapter

Death Laughs At Us All

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Chapter 19: Death Laughs at Us All It was time for Cassandra to make her point. She was tired of the show she’d crafted, but was al... Read Chapter

Victory

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Chapter 20: Victory “Cassandra...Cassandra...” the voice called to her. “Cassandra!” Reluctantly, she went towards it, op... Read Chapter

Maggot

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Part II Chapter 21: Maggot Even before the blood soaked skeleton appeared, Cassandra knew it was a dream. Where she stood only re... Read Chapter

Training

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Chapter 22: Training “Cassandra,” the familiar voice said from the darkness. “Cassandra, wake up.” The darkness rocked her si... Read Chapter

Trespasser

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Chapter 23: Trespasser Cassandra was as asleep and back in the place she’d been a couple of weeks ago. Just like the previous time ... Read Chapter

A Bitter Brew

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Chapter 25: A Bitter Brew Amanda stood up and pushed the curly black locks out of her freckled face with a huff. Her ice blue eyes st... Read Chapter

Crossing Lines

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Chapter 26: Crossing Lines Every nine out of ten days the Ghost Corps marched from mid?morning to sun down. The officers lead, follow... Read Chapter

Monsters In Shadow

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Chapter 27: Monsters in Shadow “You killed me,” the voice spoke in her mind and Cassandra wasn’t in camp anymore, but back at t... Read Chapter

Recovery

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Chapter 28: Recovery When Teach woke up inside his tent, it was from a dream of seeing Cassandra’s face and hearing her shout his n... Read Chapter

Trial

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Chapter 29: Trial Cassandra finished giving her testimony and during it she hadn’t shown the slightest emotion, let alone cried or ... Read Chapter

Strategy and Tactics

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Chapter 30: Strategy and Tactics Another week had gone by since Teach tried to get out of bed and it’d likely be another before his... Read Chapter

Stuck

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Chapter 31: Stuck Nearly two weeks had passed as the Corps steadily plodded towards Ferrum, but not much changed during the march. By... Read Chapter

Duel

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Chapter 32: Duel When the commander upturned the massive table and all its contents, saying Barthus was upset would be an understatem... Read Chapter

Castle City

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Part III Chapter 33: Castle City It was far too early to deal with such racket—especially after having such a long yet enjoyabl... Read Chapter

Karina

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Chapter 34: Karina Cassandra winced with pain as she left the bed, feeling sourer than the remaining taste in her mouth. The corpsman... Read Chapter

Making Arrangements

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Chapter 35: Making Arrangements “So I take it, we have a deal then?” Barthus asked from inside the Imperial army’s command tent... Read Chapter

Lunch

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Chapter 36: Lunch Captain Alexander, once known as Charles Starling, walked into his tent and threw his helmet without looking. It bo... Read Chapter

The Quiet Child

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Chapter 37: The Quiet Child To an unknowing observer, the scene looked like any other day in the keep as a pretty but dumb maid sat i... Read Chapter

Terms

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Chapter 38: Terms The alarm bells for the castle city started ringing loudly, interrupting the noblemen’s meeting and the Duke’s ... Read Chapter

Dusk

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Chapter 39: Dusk It’d been an hour since the Violators had returned with both the verbal message from Ferrox and the two noble host... Read Chapter

A Mother's Dilemma

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Chapter 40: A Mother’s Dilemma When Andrew walked into the torture chamber—the same one he’d been in earlier that day and many ... Read Chapter

Shit

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Chapter 41: Shit Nathan finally found what he’d been looking for and pulled the chain out of the filth. After ten or so feet were c... Read Chapter

Dog

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Chapter 42: Dog Ferrox’s assassin, along with cunt wife, had been waiting for him and the first thing he saw was Andrew sitting on ... Read Chapter

The Corps' Way

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Chapter 43: The Corps’ Way “Ten lashes, take him away,” Alexander said, barely able to keep from yawning. He wore an Imperi... Read Chapter

Show's Over

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Chapter 44: Show's over The spectacular play had ended and everyone enjoyed the climaxes, Cecilia multiple times and Andrew twice, th... Read Chapter

Sisters

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Chapter 45: Sisters As instructed by the Duchess, Karina had put Gilbert to bed within minutes after the enraged noblewoman stormed o... Read Chapter

Investment

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Chapter 46: Investment “Asshole,” Yorrik said under his breath as he wiped his wet hand on his trousers. Sure, they had to be car... Read Chapter

Unintended Consequences

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Chapter 47: Unintended Consequences “You killed me,” came from behind and Cassandra froze. Though she hadn’t been moving in... Read Chapter

Raised Sword

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Chapter 48: Raised Sword It was late, almost midnight, and Sergeant Joseph was very tired—a result from getting severely soused the... Read Chapter

Falling Sword

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Chapter 49: Falling Sword Alexander, Captain of First Company and the one to lead the vanguard in the plan to take Ferrum, stood next... Read Chapter

Deathblow

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Chapter 50: Deathblow If someone, like those fighting for their lives in the gatehouse, had approached either of Ferrum’s main entr... Read Chapter

Occupation

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Part IV Chapter 51: Occupation The four corpsmen of the Ferrum Infiltration Team recovered, as did the fifty or so of their broth... Read Chapter

Payback

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Chapter 52: Payback Every day since their leave had started Teach and Cassandra talked with each other daily and once the serrin had ... Read Chapter

Past Life

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Chapter 53: Past Life It was midmorning, an hour after Teach had been poisoned, when the serrin started to stir. His eyes fluttered o... Read Chapter

Last Chance

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Chapter 54: Last Chance “What do you mean nothing can be done?!” Barthus said upward into the frightened face—that of the sorce... Read Chapter

Confessions

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Chapter 55: Confessions It’d been hours since the failed potion incident and desperate mistep, but Cassandra still sat in the same ... Read Chapter

Glossary

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Glossary Imperial   Agerta – The known world by Imperial standards.   Gold City – Capital of the Munger... Read Chapter

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