Yaroslav Barsukov’s story “Tower of Mud and Straw I: The Duchy” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 September 2020.
I saw the novella in a dream. I was my own hero, banished from the capital to a province which sheltered a magical race. An exile that turned out to be something more.
Another thing was, I wanted to write a story about architects and artisans. I briefly toyed with the idea of an architect main character, but my knowledge in this area is non-existent and my laziness is great. So there you go—we’ve got Shea who is sent to oversee the construction of the biggest defensive tower in history.
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