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A Broken Kingdom

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Fantasy Realm
After fighting a diseased ancient silver dragon, Oskar must solve a mystery that leads him halfway across the world in pursuit of answers.


This story is based on a character from a tabletop roleplaying game. I realized that I'd spent quite a lot of time planning out his backstory, and decided to go ahead and write some of it down. Then I wrote more, and more, and realized that I had a lot more than any sane RPG player should write about their character...


If you like this story, check my profile for A Broken Companion. I publish chapters with a bit more exposition than I can easily fit into the main story, such as details about spells, tracking stats, and counting the number of times Oskar goes into a RAGE!

I'll be crossposting this on RoyalRoad.com in the near future! Look me up there as well. Username: jadechey.

Table of Contents

A Dragon

Submitted: February 28, 2018


Oskar and his companions flee an ancient silver dragon chasing them through the forest. However, the dragon is insane, and terrifyingly good at tracking adventurers through the dark woods. Oskar
must make a last stand to give his injured friends time to escape.
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A Bloodrager

Submitted: April 23, 2018


Oskar has convinced his companions to flee, and alone, he faces the dragon! Can one man take down such an incredible force of nature?
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Breakfast

Submitted: April 08, 2018


The dragon is dead, wounds have been bandaged, and our heroes have passed the night in peace. Now, it's time for a breakfast of exposition where we get to know our heroes a bit better.
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Second Breakfast

Submitted: April 10, 2018


Rando's nosy questions are the perfect opportunity for me to squeeze in some backstory on Oskar, the Dwarven nations, and how these people know each other.
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Surgery

Submitted: April 10, 2018


Did Oskar catch the disease from the dragon? Will Amnestria be scarred for life? Can Rando keep his hands to himself? Let's see...
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The Clearing

Submitted: April 29, 2018


Why did our heroes go after this dragon in the first place? Whatever happened to the group's potion supply? Where is that pesky dragon's treasure hoard? Why do Oskar and Marent keep watch so
assiduously?
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Lair

Submitted: April 30, 2018


How exactly does magic work? Will Oskar and Rando ever get along? Time for spelunking!
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Questions and Cave-ins

Submitted: April 30, 2018


The Lyre is saved, the party is rich, and Oskar has new books to read. Score! In return for saving Oskar's life, Rando is now allowed to pry into Oskar's past. Let's take a look at one of the
events that shaped our protagonist into the man he is today...
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Cave-ins and Questions

Submitted: May 05, 2018


With these awkward beginnings, an epic romance is born. squee!! The group enters the cave, and encounters the minotaur. Then things get dark, literally and figuratively.
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The Cave

Submitted: May 05, 2018


Poor Oskar :( In the next couple chapters I hope to accurately convey the physical and mental trauma I've subjected this poor guy to.
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Rage

Submitted: May 06, 2018


These chapters took me almost 12 hours to write, in a single afternoon/evening. They've gone through revisions and edits since then, of course, but for the most part, it was all done in one
coffee-and-mania-fueled epic writing session.
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Taken

Submitted: June 02, 2018


This chapter was hard to put together. I had to take what I knew about this event and piece it together enough so that I could write about it. Bear in mind that since this book is based on an
ongoing D&D campaign, I actually don't know what happened here. Maybe I'll find out one day.


Now. Let's get this plot started.
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Taken 2

Submitted: June 02, 2018


Again, I pieced this scene together from what Oskar and Amnestria were able to find out in game.


Here we meet Tarbor Aristone, my favorite NPC! His sister, who we probably won't meet (sorry Kenneth), is not nearly as awesome as Tarbor.
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Politics and Plotting

Submitted: June 19, 2018


This flashback takes place two years after Oskar's time in the cave. Our heroes meet a Duke and make a deal, and Amnestria embarrasses herself.
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Shopping

Submitted: June 19, 2018


Here we meet Tarbor as a younger man as the boys go shopping, Marent reveals an interesting bit of information, and Oskar is subject to indignities no dwarf should ever experience...
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Ballroom Dancing

Submitted: June 19, 2018


Ah, the chapter I often describe as being about 'Amnestria's tits and Oskar's first kiss'...
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Research and Gossip

Submitted: June 19, 2018


The Hammer of the Last King of the Dwarves is a pretty important hammer. I can't believe it took me this long to bring it up...and I can't believe Amnestria was willing to wait more than 24 hours
to demand answers from Oskar ;)
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Vorum

Submitted: June 21, 2018


There has been a startling lack of dwarves in a book about the broken dwarven kingdom...well, here we visit Vorum, the capitol city of the province of Khom Daruhl (one of the four remaining dwarven
nations)... and Oskar and Marent's home. Facing the in-laws is one thing, but telling them that their son is missing is another entirely. Poor Oskar... :(
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Two Out Of Three

Submitted: July 03, 2018


Another flashback, this one is about the boys' first real date. We also learn about dwarven courtship rituals and the tradition of Shunning.
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Stars

Submitted: July 03, 2018


Thank the gods for Amnestria, or the guys probably wouldn't have gotten together until Oskar was ready for dentures...
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Whiskey

Submitted: June 02, 2018


This chapter is transitional, containing foreshadowing and set up for future chapters, mostly.
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Ravendiana

Submitted: July 11, 2018


It's very much a big deal when a dwarf feels comfortable enough with you to express any emotion. Smiles, laughter, hugs, are all viewed as intimate gestures that are reserved strictly for family
and the closest of friends.
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Toradin

Submitted: July 11, 2018


Kids are great, aren't they? Especially teenagers.
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A Happy Engagement

Submitted: August 01, 2018


One of the saddest chapters I've written. Thankfully, things get better after this!
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A Royal Appointment

Submitted: August 01, 2018


Here we meet the oft-mentioned Prince Orgumir of Vorum! Let's see if he lives up to expectations. We also meet Orgumir's Court Mage, a lovely, kind, generous woman who wants nothing more than to
help Oskar in his time of need...
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Bardic Knowledge

Submitted: August 01, 2018


Rando's back! Due to the demands of my fanbase, I wrote in another chapter with our erstwhile bard.


T.E. Jackson and Shaowlight120, this one's for you ;)
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Preparations

Submitted: August 01, 2018


Amnestria comes back to Vorum, finally!
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Enchantment

Submitted: August 01, 2018


Oskar gets some upgrades, and Marent's BFF lends a hand.
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Capture

Submitted: August 05, 2018


Flashback time! In case it wasn't entirely clear: About ten years or so ago Oskar went through yet another traumatic experience, requiring Father Durral's intervention to be properly healed. it was
much, much worse than the cave-in. Here we go, and bear in mind that I cut this down a bit from the original version, to keep it a bit closer to PG-13.
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Escape

Submitted: August 05, 2018


Amnestria has successfully located the guys, but now she needs to get them to safety.
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A Quiet Campfire

Submitted: August 05, 2018


They've escaped! Thank the gods that they have a ranger with them that can hide their backtrail. Now, let's take a closer look and see how the guys are doing.
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Bedside Manner

Submitted: August 11, 2018


So, who's wondering what exactly happened to Oskar and Marent that night?
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A Tale Concluded

Submitted: August 11, 2018


Sadly (or thankfully) there's so much that Oskar can't remember, so we'll never know all the details...
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Homecoming

Submitted: August 11, 2018


Back to Vorum - ever notice that the party always arrives at the gates near dusk? I wonder why...
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Whiskey and Dentistry

Submitted: August 13, 2018


Oskar's a fun drunk. He gets giggly and talkative, the more so when he's dealing with anxiety. Note: The dog Amnestria describes is based on my dog, River, who loves to play with the frogs that
live in a tree near our house, just a few feet away from her favorite bush.
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Mom and Da

Submitted: August 13, 2018


We meet Oskar's parents! Oh, and Durral explains the ritual to everyone.
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The Ritual

Submitted: August 19, 2018


It's time to witness as Oskar experiences immense measures of pain. I didn't make you watch as he sustained the initial injuries, but you gotta be there for this.
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Recovery

Submitted: August 19, 2018


The Ritual is concluded, and Oskar is whole again. Marent can breathe a sigh of relief, and (hopefully) take a bath.
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Awakening

Submitted: August 25, 2018


Oskar wakes up with a hangover, and immediately starts drinking.
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Haircuts and Breakfast Ale

Submitted: August 26, 2018


Reunited and it feels so good...
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Recovery

Submitted: August 27, 2018


Let's get Oskar on his feet again now, aye?
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An Impatient Patient

Submitted: September 23, 2018


Oskar's all better now, right?
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Leavetaking

Submitted: September 23, 2018


Dammit Oskar, knock it off!
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Home Again

Submitted: September 23, 2018


So I decided to skip the three months of Oskar's trip with his parents. It was emotional, and heart-wrenching, and tearful. Oskar had PTSD issues to resolve, and made a friend on the journey that
helped him deal with his demons and lay them to rest.


But, that's a novella in and of itself, so...
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Coming Home

Submitted: September 24, 2018


Time to take a ride in the countryside, with the promise of a surprise at the end!
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To Sleep, At Last

Submitted: October 02, 2018


A tour of the new place sounds fun, aye?
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