You did it again! We have reached 200K milestone and unlocked ex-cardinal de Richelieu.
To celebrate it we have new short story by Michał Paradowski
He still wasn’t sure how to call his… curse? Sickness? Affliction? So far he managed to keep the inner beast at bay, not letting it overcome him. He rarely fed and only on haima taken from captured enemies. His own network of loyal servants, agents, and spies worked like well-oiled machinery, well established in courts and main cities throughout Europe. He was hiding in the shadows, puppet master pulling the strings of all the schemes put in motion so many years ago.
Of course he studied others of his ‘kind’, managed to collect large dossiers for many of them. They were odd folks, spread throughout many different countries. Some were already the stuff of legends, stories about them whispered during long winter evenings, whenever people were amusing themselves with scary stories. An old prince, once bane of the Turks, now just an old man brooding in his castle hidden in the middle of nowhere. A mad duchess, so addicted to haima that she supposedly even bathed in it. A French girl from Brittany, still looking like on the day the Ancient one decided to transform her. But he was cautious, didn’t approach any of them – not yet.
At the moment his presence was needed in Vienna, where so many of the plots and machinations would find their conclusions. He couldn’t rely on his servants alone, he had to be here, like a spider in the middle of the web, to ensure that all goes according to the plans. There was a war waged in the shadows now, with so much of the precious haima being spilled on the narrow streets every night. Good time for someone like him, good time indeed…
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