Non Player Character (Chapter 10: The Bedroom Monster)

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Chapter Ten: The Bedroom Monster

Impossible though it had seemed when I first stood on Pauline’s doorstep, D&D became part of my routine. My days became more than a blur of tourists and canned lines while I waited to play ARO. Every Friday or Saturday at 7pm, I would inhabit Astara of the Silver Grove, who was gradually becoming accepted into the notorious Ninth Rain.… Read more

Non Player Character (Chapter 9: Late Notice)

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Chapter Nine: Late Notice

The next afternoon, as I headed to the kitchen to make up some lunch, I found Saanvi pacing by the front door. Her hair was unusually frazzled, and she was dressed for work in a rumpled worksuit. ‘I know it’s late notice,’ she said into her phone. ‘But I really … no … no, I understand.… Read more

Non Player Character (Chapter 8: Still Strangers)

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Chapter Eight: Still Strangers

‘And as blood gurgles from the courier’s mouth, he looks down to see an arrowhead protruding from his chest … and that’s where we’ll leave it tonight.’ Pauline’s lips quirked as everyone started talking at once.

‘Nooo!’ Arries put his hands on his face. ‘You can’t stop there! What does the note say?… Read more

Non Player Character (Chapter 7: Storytellers)

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Chapter Seven: Storytellers

‘All right.’ The hulking man in blood-spattered plate armour braced his foot against the still twitching body of the manticore. ‘We’ve killed your abomination — fine waste of a good man-eater, I’d say — so take us to the nearest city and we’ll be out of your weird, feather-filled hair.’

This was a bit rich coming from a man who appeared to never clean his armour, crusty as it was with blood and gore, but nonetheless I touched my hair self-consciously.… Read more

Non Player Character (Chapter 6: Point of Honour)

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Chapter Six: Point of Honour

After a week of chatting on and off on the chatroom with the others, I was standing on my dungeon master’s doorstep and still resisting the urge to run. I don’t know what it is about my brain that puts me in a constant state of fleeing for my life, but my heart was beating way too fast and my chest was tight and I was pretty sure I’d forgotten everyone’s names and also my own.… Read more

Non Player Character (Chapter 5: Missing Dialogue Options)

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Chapter Five: Missing Dialogue Options

‘Welcome to the Elfred Bevin Museum, commemorating Goosey’s most famous mayor, Elfred Hywel Ieuan Bevin. Please, allow me to guide you on a journey into Goosey’s past.’ I bared my teeth at the small huddle of poncho-wearing tourists waiting at reception. I hated this moment, when I had to introduce myself to the unsuspecting customers and give them the most boring tour of their lives.… Read more

Non Player Character (Chapter 4: No Destiny)

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Chapter Four: No Destiny

I was surprised how fun the game was. I felt completely immersed in spite of not completely knowing where they were in the story or one hundred percent understanding the rules. All the research and character planning I had done had helped a lot but I still felt a little out of my depth.… Read more

Non Player Character (Chapter 3: Astara of the Silver Grove)

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Chapter Three: Astara of the Silver Grove

I watched from the trees as the outsiders passed below. Their steps were heavy and laden in the bog; they were unable to handle the thick swamp muck. I wondered whether they would be eaten by the grove guardians. I wondered whether I should care. And yet I was concerned; not for their lives, but for the danger they brought.… Read more

Non Player Character (Chapter 2: Outside Looking In)

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Chapter Two: Outside Looking In

I backed up, bumping into the doorframe. Though I kept my gaze low, I could feel their eyes on me, like someone had turned several searchlights in my direction. ‘Nice to meet you,’ I mumbled, as I had been trained as a little girl, but what I wanted to say was, ‘There’s been some sort of mistake, I’m not supposed to mix with people.’

‘I suppose,’ said a woman sitting behind a dragon art screen.… Read more

Non Player Character (Chapter 1: The Ultimate Escapism)

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Chapter One: The Ultimate Escapism

I was standing on a stranger’s doorstep and wishing my feet were nailed to the ground. Even now, I could feel the build up of pressure in my chest, the restlessness growing in my legs making me jiggle slightly on the spot. I was a champion of accidental “ding-dong-ditch”. I would go somewhere new, ring the bell, and the next thing I knew I was sprinting to my car with my hood up and the sense that the wolves were on my heels.… Read more