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First published in issue 11 of Worlds Without Master. This story is made possible only through the support of the Patron Horde. Learn more about the Patron Horde and find more sword & sorcery fiction like “The Shape of the World” at www.WorldsWithoutMaster.com.

by Epidiah Ravachol

The schism began when Eyslre hammered a sheet of brass into a rough sphere upon which he painstakingly etched a map of the known world as recorded by Queen Sof in her once celebrated, but now obscure, Twenty-Three Hundred Forays into Realms Strange and Familiar Beneath the Shifting Sky. …


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First published in issue 10 of Worlds Without Master. This story is made possible only through the support of the Patron Horde. Learn more about the Patron Horde and find more sword & sorcery fiction like “High Upon the Table of the World” atwww.WorldsWithoutMaster.com.

by Epidiah Ravachol

Chapter 1: The Justice of Multheri

Two flightless birds of orange and purple plumage danced around each other atop a rope web strung by the citizens of Multheri over a narrow and deep chasm. Each unsure footfall — graceless under the weight of their riders — vibrated through the taut netting. Both riders clutched their fowl’s reins in their left hands and supported a glass-tipped lance with their right.

The birds were brothers and near identical to those that sat on the cliff edges. The contrast in the riders, however, was visible even to the spectators below. The plaintiff, garbed in rough leathers ill suited for her size, hunched against her bird, making as small a target of herself as possible. The defendant sat rigid in his resplendent armor, an heirloom dragged from his father’s halls for this ignoble event. Even their lances differed in length, the glass tip of hers only two-thirds that of his — both gifts of his father purchased from Master Selu Fyrmyor in the interest of a sure and fair trail. …

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