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The Mine


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Seven days earlier...

“...And ever since it's been a nightmare.”
The miner, trembling, wiped cold sweat from his brow after he concluded his story to the two riders before him. Still in the saddle of her grey mare, Triskele shifted slightly as she wriggled her foot, resting in the stirrup. Her cold eyes gave nothing away as she shot her companion a look, pale lips pursed. Said companion, a Dunmer with dusky skin and an attire that seemed to consist out of grey rags and old leather, much favoured by moths, stirred slightly on top of his exceptionally scrawny garron as he returned her gaze. The nod between them could hardly be perceived, and then they both dismounted at once. The miner rubbed his hands together anxiously, looking between the two as they grabbed certain things from their saddlebags – pouches, some flasks, bolts, lockpicks, arrows, and more.
“That's...That's it? You don't want some rest first, or food? I could ask my wife to--”
The Dunmer interrupted the trembling man, the light of the rising moon reflecting upon his one black eye as he turned around. The other eye, for some reason, was hidden under grey cloth, wrapped around the Dark Elf's head, making the wild, black locks of his hair sprout from under and around the fabric wildly, as untamed as he was.
“Good man, do you want your workers to enter the mine tomorrow or not?”
“I—Well, yes.”
“Then we'll get on with it. Just pay us when we get out.”
The miner gaped after the two as they walked past him without further ado, into the dark shaft that led to the mine. The hinges of the iron gate rattled as the Elf pulled them open, and then a cold smack sounded through the night's quiet. Then the miner heard nothing further, save the pounding of his heart.

The two stood still at the first turn. Triskele strapped her bow from her back, running a hand along the taut string as her companion raised a small torch over their heads. Further down the mine, an eerie light seemed to shine on its own. Triskele perked a dark eyebrow with a smirk, and the Dunmer clacked his tongue.
“Well, there you have it.”
Triskele ignored his jesting demeanor, like she usually did, and drew an arrow from the quiver on her back as she stepped in front of him, in a crouch. Behind her, the Dunmer unsheathed his slender blade – it was by far his most prized possession, although that didn't mean much, in his case.
“The fools dug too deep, and now they've thumped 'em awake. Bad for them, good for us.”
Triskele took another step, not looking back at him as she mumbled her words.
“Will you be quiet?”
The Dunmer snorted, but abided all the same. Quiet as shadows the two made their way down the tunnels. After a while, they reached a steep and sudden descent, and it was the Dunmer who carefully stepped to the edge, leaning forward to look down. The ground had collapsed, now forming a pit in the middle of the tunnel. As he peeked down, the Elf sniffed. As to not break silence, he shot her a look that said it all. Triskele crouched down on hands and knees and shuffled over, looking over the edge as well. What she saw below, made her clench her jaw. The whisper she sent her friend's way did not overreach the gutteral, chilling sounds that could be heard from the darkness below – sighs, moans, groans and shuffling. The sound of death.
“There's at least ten.”
The Dunmer sighed, clenching his hand around the hilt of his slender sword as he squatted down on his ankles, ready to jump down. Triskele did the same.
“We don't get paid enough.”

In the east, the pale light of dawn touched the nightsky with gentle, rose-coloured rays. The miner rubbed his eyes, anxiously pacing back and forth in front of the mine's entrance. Prickling doubts and terrible guilt shot through him as the sun rose. He had sent two people into their deaths. And what was more bothersome – his problem was most likely far from fixed. Just as the miner turned around to walk the short distance to the village and confess to his workers the situation looked more grim than ever, the iron gate behind him squeaked and slammed shut, making the man cry out in shock.Wide-eyed, the miner saw the two companions ascend from the shaft. Both the Nord and the Dunmer looked tired, covered in scabs, bruises, cobwebs and bone dust. The black-haired female, who had only three arrows left in her quiver, stepped forward and tossed something in front of the miner – a particularly old and rusty helmet. As it fell at his feet with a thud, the miner cried out once more. A skull fell out of the helmet, a sickly green glow still emanating from the bone. The miner shuddered and gaped at the horror, before looking in the woman's cold, blue eyes.

“Next time, don't dig too deep.”



((As always, this one can be found back at Northern Lights, along with the rest of Triskele's stories.))
This post was last modified: February 7th 2013 05:44 PM by Triskele




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I have enjoyed your previous pieces and am glad to see a new entry to Triskele's Tales!

Overall I like the subtly of the language and the cohesive details of each piece, thought, and action that is found in this series. I also like how the writing is focused on the characters and their interactions rather than the fighting itself. It gives it a style that seems more personal and draws the reader in.


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(February 7th 2013 08:07 PM)Horizon Seeker Wrote:  I have enjoyed your previous pieces and am glad to see a new entry to Triskele's Tales!

Overall I like the subtly of the language and the cohesive details of each piece, thought, and action that is found in this series. I also like how the writing is focused on the characters and their interactions rather than the fighting itself. It gives it a style that seems more personal and draws the reader in.

Wow, thanks a lot for the kind words!

I always try to avoid writing overly detailed fight-scenes, mostly because of the stigma attached to them and because they tend to confuse and stray from the point. A suggestion is often enough to get someone's imagination going, I find :D

Thanks for reading ^^




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It's interesting you don't tell your character's tales from her POV. You either write as a third person narriator, or from a different character's POV.

Not saying it's bad, very much the contrary, just interesting. Kind of unusual.
It makes Triskele that much more mysterious, I suppose.


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(February 10th 2013 10:17 PM)Grimhild Urdenheimr Wrote:  It's interesting you don't tell your character's tales from her POV. You either write as a third person narriator, or from a different character's POV.

Not saying it's bad, very much the contrary, just interesting. Kind of unusual.
It makes Triskele that much more mysterious, I suppose.

So far only one story is purely from Tris's POV (The Pass), and in this last one it sort of jumps around. I do have more stories planned purely from her own POV :)

Thanks for reading ^^




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I read this a few days ago and it's good stuff, Tris. You already know what my favorite part is. I won't say it here. >_>


Please use the Help & Feedback section if you need help. This will help others that may have the same questions and you will receive a faster response.
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(February 11th 2013 04:13 PM)Tecca Wrote:  I read this a few days ago and it's good stuff, Tris. You already know what my favorite part is. I won't say it here. >_>

Ahahaha, perv.




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Congrats featured in the Tamriel Chronicle, That's how good you are.


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@Avidus, thanks a lot!




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Hey Triskele, congratulations on having your tales highlighted in the Chronicles! When they first began, one of the things that came to mind was that your stories could definitely make it up there. Glad to see it's been true!


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Thank you @Horizon Seeker! I have been so happy with the positive feedback people have been giving me and it's an honour that the stories are now being featured every week - the Tales started off as something small and I could never have imagined they'd do so well :)




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Congrats for getting your stories highlighted! ^^


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(May 22nd 2013 02:39 AM)Archmage Alator Wrote:  Congrats for getting your stories highlighted! ^^

Thank you!




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