The thing about people was that they tended to lack the imagination to conjure a legend from nothing. Every legend had a source, no matter how small or, in this case, how large. The sprawling city before Jalis came as no surprise, but time had a way of exaggerating history’s finer details.
She glanced back to the north, and for a moment an undercurrent of loneliness washed over her. Being so far from civilisation, and in the presence of such antiquity, stirred an unexpected longing to revisit her own past. But that desire was dulled by the melancholic atmosphere emanating from Lachyla. With a sigh, she followed her friends towards the Blighted City.
Excerpt from, and corresponding artwork for, The Blighted City.
Featured characters: Jalis, Oriken, Dagra.
Art by Kabir Shah