Welcome to my fictional world of short stories where human life meets fantasy all thanks to a little potion called the nepenthe. The recipe for this potion is known only among the tribe of Thyatira. Those who take it open up a link between realms where not only do many fantastic creatures exist but also the angels and demons! Those who take the nepenthe temporarily evolve to an alternate form more true to themselves than their current incarnation and that form can then be practiced at will.
I will continue to update the summaries here as more of the story is revealed. This will make it easier to understand the broader part of the story of which you may only be reading parts of – unless you love this story so much that you are reading all of them!
If you like a story and want to read more of that character, you can use the category cloud in the sidebar to find their other posts. If the name of the character is not mentioned, look at the category tags in that post to find out who it is.
Character Summaries – So far revealed –
The Boy – Categorized under Zephaniah – This is a young tribal boy from Thyatira who has high hopes of working his way into rulership over the Nexus – a specific area in which Hell touches Earth. His nepenthe induced form is a wolf-demon.
Emerald – the mermaid – With long awaited dreams of being able to walk on land, she befriends The Boy who helps her escape from his tribe and in doing so takes the nepenthe to alter her form. Her alternate form is human.
Jack – A player who struggles to keep a relationship, looses the job he hates, and decides to go mercenary.
Anya – The only character written in first person, Anya is a mysteriously independent woman who has left her home life in pursuit of greater purpose.
Catori – An advanced necromancer who is companions with the ghost of her deceased love, Dee. Her village has been invaded and slaughtered by barbarians, she has been held captive and with Dees help learns a mass rising spell.
Dee – A ghost who sticks around on the human plain to be with Catori. He spends much of his time snooping into other peoples business and can be quite useful in difficult situations.
Other useful Category Notes:
Clicking on “the nepenthe” will bring up the combined results of the “Fiction” and “Art” (as related to the nepenthe) categories.
Everything under “Harley” is not of The Nepenthe but of my own life – see About page if interested.
Flash-fiction is something I’ve been experimenting with in order to enter in some writing challenges. The goal of these is to write a story within 100 words. These entries have their own category for those who don’t like to read much at a time, but are also categorized under “Fiction” so that there’s no need to jump back and forth.