The City of The Bells (Vol 1)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: The Imaginarium
Imagine if you will, a mission spearheaded by a small group of beings, that spans over 1,500 years.

Next, imagine that, regardless of whether they succeed or fail, the course of events in five universes will change forever.

Then imagine that, in order to prevent the enemy from discovering the plan, most of the memories of those undertaking the mission have been temporarily blocked.

Finally, try to imagine that the commander of the mission is a young girl who has barely entered adolescence and why the mission begins in a sparsely inhabited area of northern Italy at the end of the seventh century A.D.


Please join me for the journey.

Table of Contents

Prologue - Chapter 1

Submitted: April 12, 2018


May 08. Revised the beginning of chapter 1.
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History of The City

Submitted: April 19, 2018

  "Well boy, it's like this.  As near as can be told, about 720 years ago a great battle was almost fought here.  It w... Read Chapter

Chapters 3-4

Submitted: April 26, 2018


Nearing the end of basic world building. Just one more chapter after this before we begin the main story.
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Chapter 5

Submitted: May 03, 2018

At approximately the same time, Aldus was finally waking up.  His head was still not all there, but he was feeling at least somewhat... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

Submitted: May 07, 2018


Two years later....
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Wheels Within Wheels

Submitted: May 10, 2018

Although Paolo had developed a certain skittishness whenever he saw Sara in places where he usually wouldn't, he felt no such thing at sc... Read Chapter

Chapter 8

Submitted: May 14, 2018

What with there being well over 1,000,000 ducats wagered on the results of the exams each year, there were at least a tiny number of peop... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

Submitted: May 17, 2018

Over the next three days, Sara and Paolo collected their winnings.  Each time, they waited until someone else had claimed a much lar... Read Chapter

Chapter 10

Submitted: May 21, 2018

On Friday, as it was a semi-formal dinner, the only ones present in the dining room were the two sets of parents and the two oldest child... Read Chapter

Chapter 11

Submitted: May 24, 2018

Hiroshi took a slow, deep breath then even more slowly exhaled.  It had proven to be a most enlightening and interesting day.  ... Read Chapter

The World Shifts

Submitted: May 28, 2018

Saturday, May 24, in The Year 721 After the Founding Shortly after breakfast the next morning, Robert appeared at Paolo's door.&nb... Read Chapter

Chapter 13

Submitted: May 31, 2018


I probably should have made this part of the previous chapter. Which would you prefer? Leave it separate or merge it with chapter 12?
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Chapter 14

Submitted: June 04, 2018

Sunday May 25th in The Year 721 After the Founding Paolo began the next day with a certain determination.  Since he had no id... Read Chapter

Chapter 15

Submitted: June 07, 2018

Breakfast at the Donetti's was the usual subdued chaos.  This was mostly because the youngest children were wide-awake, full of ener... Read Chapter

chapter 16

Submitted: June 11, 2018

Paolo threw himself down on his bed.  His mind was, to use a ridiculously overused term, "whirling."  He'd always thought that ... Read Chapter

The Founding

Submitted: June 14, 2018

The Day of The Founding Emil awoke to the sound of rain hitting the canvas of what his lord, Baron Childers, called a tent.  ... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

Submitted: June 18, 2018

To a casual observer it would have seemed as if Father Elias Townsend was indifferent to the sounds emanating from the waters behind him.... Read Chapter

Chapter 19

Submitted: June 21, 2018

"That's enough for now.  The rest of the story is mostly what you were taught in school.  Take some deep breaths and focus your... Read Chapter

Interlude and Chapter 20

Submitted: June 25, 2018

INTERLUDE Professor Ptica drew herself to her full height, "Well, I suppose I should answer your question now rather than later.  ... Read Chapter

Chapter 21

Submitted: June 28, 2018

The same "day," around midnight.  Location: Unknown "All right, I know you're there...somewhere.  Show yourself and expl... Read Chapter

Chapter 22

Submitted: July 02, 2018

Eugenia Donetti observed the goings on over the next three weeks with rapt attention, not that anyone would have noticed.  Even at 1... Read Chapter

Chapter 23

Submitted: July 05, 2018

Later that evening, Eugenia positioned herself in her mother's study with her field wrapped around her.  After her mother had sat do... Read Chapter

Chapter 24

Submitted: July 09, 2018

The next two weeks were extremely busy.  As soon as spring break ended, Eugenia felt that she was flying through the days.  Her... Read Chapter

Chapter 25

Submitted: July 12, 2018

At Paolo's and Sara's homes, things proceeded with much less difficulty. Sara's younger sibs were obviously upset to see their bel... Read Chapter

Chapter 26

Submitted: July 16, 2018

Two weeks after the wedding, things finally calmed down enough that Miranda and Blair had caught up with the work they'd had to put aside... Read Chapter

Chapter 27

Submitted: July 19, 2018

As she progressed the newlyweds' training, Miranda found that Sara had a particularly interesting skill.  She couldn't manage Eugeni... Read Chapter

Chapter 28

Submitted: July 23, 2018

One night Sara and Paolo were in bed, and, as they usually did, they were reviewing their day before they fell asleep.  They were on... Read Chapter

Chapter 29

Submitted: July 26, 2018

The Year 50 After The Founding Damn!  For some reason I had a rather nasty headache.  I lifted my head and looked around... Read Chapter

Chapter 30

Submitted: July 30, 2018

As we got closer to "home" we unconsciously matched our paces to each other and were managing a rather sedate walk by the time we entered... Read Chapter

Chapter 31

Submitted: August 02, 2018

When Lily was asleep and cuddled up to my chest, I was still wide awake and staring at the ceiling.  My mind drifted off to the firs... Read Chapter

Chapter 32

Submitted: August 06, 2018

Life proceeded as life does, and it seemed like only a few weeks had passed, but I'd somehow become 11 and Lily was now nine.  It wa... Read Chapter

Interlude and Chapter 33

Submitted: August 06, 2018

INTERLUDE The being who was currently called "Lady Blue," and who was also known as Mistress Moon, and who knows how many other hundred... Read Chapter

Chapter 34

Submitted: August 13, 2018

July 12, In The Year 47 After the Founding When she was about 18, the Duke had called Raven to a very private audience.  Only... Read Chapter

Chapter 35

Submitted: August 16, 2018

July 23, In The Year 47 After the Founding Spring planting was long over, and harvest time wouldn't be for almost three months yet, w... Read Chapter

Chapter 36

Submitted: August 20, 2018

Rachel seated Raven on a stool in the middle of the room and bustled around her, collecting herbs from various containers.  She plac... Read Chapter

Chapter 37

Submitted: August 23, 2018

The next day Raven sought out the Duke and Abigail.  "I've thought it over, and I've decided.  I'll serve you, and the town, as... Read Chapter

Chapter 38

Submitted: August 27, 2018

For the next two years, things were essentially calm, and the year 49 AF had arrived.  The town had expanded enough that some folks ... Read Chapter

Chapter 39

Submitted: August 30, 2018

The Year 50 After the Founding One afternoon in late March, Raven arrived.  She was soaking wet from a spring squall that had... Read Chapter

Chapter 40

Submitted: September 03, 2018

The year 54 After the Founding Lily plopped the twins into Johann's lap then spun back to the stove to continue the process of man... Read Chapter

Chapter 41

Submitted: September 06, 2018

The Year 56 After the Founding It had been discovered by the time he was 13 that Johann had an exceptional aptitude for staff work... Read Chapter

Chapter 42

Submitted: September 10, 2018

The Year 57 After the Founding It was early summer when Raven crawled back into town.  It was late enough that, even though d... Read Chapter

Chapter 43

Submitted: September 13, 2018

The morning light on Raven's face woke her.  She tried to sit up and stretch, but she found her left arm caught under something.&nbs... Read Chapter

Chapter 44

Submitted: September 17, 2018

Raven never did leave town to go on a mission again, though by the time of her death it was in truth finally large enough to be called a ... Read Chapter

Chapter 45

Submitted: September 20, 2018


End of the first major story arc.
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Chapter 46

Submitted: September 20, 2018


Beginning of the second story arc.
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Chapter 47

Submitted: September 24, 2018

December 03 in The Year 721 After the Founding "Mother, I've finally decided on my first choice for my secondary school." "... Read Chapter

Chapter 48

Submitted: September 27, 2018

Thursday June 12th in The Year 722 After the Founding Annapurna Abbot was one of the three Homeroom teachers for the new students ... Read Chapter

Chapter 49

Submitted: September 30, 2018

September 2nd in The Year 722 After the Founding Akane brushed a tiny speck of lint off of Jason's shoulder.  "There we are.&... Read Chapter

Chapter 50

Submitted: October 04, 2018

Monday, November 16th in The Year 722 After the Founding Blair and Miranda had finished their usual weekly business meeting and we... Read Chapter

Chapter 51

Submitted: October 08, 2018

Genie didn't remember going home, or even entering her room.  Her shock was far too great for such mundane things to affect her cons... Read Chapter

Chapter 52

Submitted: October 11, 2018

During lunch the trio sat as usual, with Jason flanked by the twins, who were having a private conversation.  There was something th... Read Chapter

Chapter 53

Submitted: October 15, 2018

Ptica shuffled her papers together, stuck them in her briefcase, then addressed the class:  "Well, that's it for Applied Sociology V... Read Chapter

Comments/Commentary/Class Supplements

Submitted: October 17, 2018


This part consists of comments on some topics, a glossary, some definitions of terms (and names) and some extracts from Professor Ptica's classes on subjects that are important to residents of The
CIty, but are not necessary to understand the story.
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