He wards himself to dampen his sense of smell, struggles to speak when overwhelmed, corrects other people’s grammar and spends his life in the company of an infuriating eldritch entity. Darius Liviu isn’t quite suited for the adventurous life in an allistic world, but the universe pushes him onto the road of heroes.
He’s awkward, suspicious and stubborn when it comes to holding people at arm’s length, and his stories are slightly-more-serious fantastical escapades involving marketplaces, rose-covered walls and an uncategorisable king who wants to save the world and attempt the terrifying: an intimate relationship.
A dragon in need of a human attendant finds providence in the arrival of a magician in need of a library, but more than phalanges and history binds Azhra and Darius in companionship.
Contains: A library in some disarray; a young magician on a quest; a dragon reflecting on hir past human attendants; and a mythology celebrating the similarities between dragons and autistics.
Setting: A few months before Certain Eldritch Artefacts.
Length: 4, 047 words / 12 PDF pages.
Stiff fingers, an aching knee and a headache are the smallest prices Darius pays for last night’s escapades when a furious Halima knocks on Akash’s door. Darius, groggy and slurring, needs to convince her to accept a restitution that doesn’t involve his arrest, but there’s nothing easy about forging compromise when Akash and Halima wield schemes of their own. And how does Darius keep all this secret from the belt…?
Contains: A trans, abrosexual, aromantic autistic wishing that he’d left his shirt on before bed; an alloromantic trans man and his former lover racing to manipulate the other; an aromantic genderqueer who keeps getting stuck in the middle of everyone else’s chaos; and a détente that makes nobody completely happy.
Setting: The morning after One Strange Man.
Length: 9, 973 words / 28 PDF pages.
When Efe and Aysun Kadri meet Master Ayako to discuss the hiring of a magically-talented mercenary guard, Efe doesn’t expect said mercenary to come with a laundry list of warnings.
Contains: A cis, allistic king ruminating on politics, Hamide Golzar and magic; his trans, allistic sister trying to navigate a brother and a lover who despise each other; and a non-binary, allistic employer who needs to learn better ways to discuss an autistic employee, even if he isn’t in the room to overhear it.
Setting: Days before The Adventurer King.
Length: 4, 794 words / 14 PDF pages.
When Efe Kadri writes to Faiza Hiba Khalil for advice on how to work with an autistic mercenary-magician, it startles him to discover why Faiza is less than appreciative of his efforts.
Contains: An ignorant-of-his-ableism allistic, cis king asking questions of a non-binary, autistic teacher of autistic students about autism.
Setting: Days before The Adventurer King, shortly after King’s Pawn.
Length: 2, 759 words / 20 PDF pages.