Sunday, November 17, 2013

Page 360 -- XLII.

They acquire a few comforts of their previous lives. Food, clothing, books and baubles. And a few weapons. Knives, mainly, not much better than the wood and stone shanks Loren has already fashioned for them, but they are appreciated.

Another year passes. They occasionally loot newspapers. Vaeland has been at war all these years. No longer civil. Now the country is caught in a different fight. It is the battleground for Intar and Dozer. Warnings of immortal soldiers afoot. People of terrifying strength. The young forest bandits soon see for themselves.

The young man is eighteen when they try to rob the wrong vehicle.

It is only an old man, they think. All by himself. Easy.

Mira feigns injuries and waves him down. When he stops, the rest of them descend upon him. Loren goes in for the kill. He is stopped by a monstrous creature, appearing as if from nowhere. It is humanoid, perhaps, yet still a thing like nothing they have ever seen. Black scales cover its body instead of flesh.

They make to turn and flee, but four more people arrive, blocking their paths and pinning them down.

“It is okay,” says the old man. “They are but children. Not the prey we were looking for.”

And the monster speaks. “What shall we do with them?” Its voice is low and vibrating.

The old man looks over the young bandits. “You are homeless, no?”

No one dares answer.

“They can come with us,” the old man says.

Loren is braver than anyone else when he asks, “Who are you?”

The old man eyes him. “My name is Dozer.”

Chapter Forty-Two: ‘Thy forgotten history...’
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The Abolish encampment is full of frightening people. The monster’s name, they soon learn, is Gohvis. And he is not a monster, but a man. All the same, even the scary people seem scared of him.

“There is no need to do this yourself,” says Gohvis. “This is why we have initiators.”

“Yes, but I want to,” says Dozer. “I find these children amusing.”


  1. Please vote for TZK at topwebfiction here. It's quite helpful for introducing new people to the story.

    Thanks, all. Hope everyone is enjoying.

  2. It sounds like the children are about to be intentionally killed in order to be turned into servants for Abolish aligned reapers.

  3. *gives cookie*

  4. Dozer aligned abolish are the ones that "know how to have a good time" right? Or is that morgunov?
    Also is ghovis an aberration puppet or a mutation servant?

  5. That's the Morgunovs.

  6. I do have RSS feeds, but they only go back 25 pages, so they're not super useful. But yeah, I suppose I should make a tab with the RSS links.

    If you want a feed which updates every time a new page is posted, then you can use any of these:

    But if you want a feed that updates every time a chapter is completed, then pick one of these:

    In my opinion, the second is more useful, because of the 25-page limit. Not sure if I can adjust that, but eh.

    There are probably some other feed links for TZK out there, as well. I'm pretty sure some folks are using netvibes.

  7. Typo:
    "Loren goes in [the] for the kill."

  8. Fixed, thank you.

  9. Yeah, you're right, the chapter update works better, because as far as I can tell the other feed is all out of order and shows updates everytime someone posts a comment on a page. But thank you for posting them anyway.

  10. Holy shit, Dozer...

    And he's an old man...I'm telling ya, Dozer is actually Damian

  11. A mutator, finally! This is really getting interesting

  12. Idk if you have something like this planned but maybe some power like pressure unless you think it would be too similar to another power

  13. So... I just learned how to use RSS feeds, and I'm not seeing one anywhere on here, do you not have one or am I just being retarded? and that was the most spelling errors I have ever made in one sentence, so I fixed it.