Chapter 12

Max’s good mood lasted the rest of the journey through the forest to the river, helped immensely by the Keg of Wonders, which kept him continuously buzzed. Eventually, they broke free of the dense foliage, Max gazed upon the land beyond, and instantly fell in love. The wide, gentle slope down to the river was…

Chapter 11

The air was cool and fresh. Birds tweeted in the trees. The scent of wet earth wafted from the ground, mixing with sap and leaves. All was still. Suddenly, there was a whoosh of displaced air as something powerful sped through the thick forest. It darted and wove. It pushed itself hard, revealing in the…

Chapter 10

— Ping! — You have become a slave owner. New options are available in your relationship menu. The elves were in an exceedingly good mood. They clapped each other on the back and joked among themselves as they packed up their camp. Apparently, now that their business was done, they planned to move on. A…

Chapter 9

— Whoosh — Forest Nymph Alignment: Life Race type: Uncommon Status: Slave Forest Nymphs are one of the more unusual avatars of nature in Isolation. Mostly choosing to live separate from the petty politics of the rest of the world, they cloister themselves in the Northern Forests of the Emerald Plateau. On those rare occasions…

Chapter 8

The next few minutes were an exercise in frustration. Of all the possibilities that now lay open to them, Max certainly didn’t want to just randomly travel through the forest until they stumbled on something interesting. They could be at it for weeks! He tried calling out to the Trial for a quest like he…

Chapter 7

Luckily for Max, his shirt, suit jacket, and spear had been dumped just off to the side. His tie wasn’t anywhere to be seen, so presumably the spider nymph still had it. He couldn’t help feeling annoyed at that. He’d liked that tie! He could just see himself wearing it again if he ever, ever…

Chapter 6

Prompt alerts flashed gently in the corner of Max’s vision, but he ignored them. He was far too comfortable for that right now. His suit jacket and shirt hung from a nearby broken candelabra. He lay on his back among the silk sheets, with the spider nymph gently resting her head on his chest. Parts…

Chapter 5

Max still wasn’t all that sure about who he was or what he stood for. He’d arrived in Isolation without his memories, without knowing what the hell was going on, and without trousers. Despite all that though, he had just discovered an important fact about himself. The presence of a beautiful woman turned his brain…

Chapter 4

Max’s eyes snapped open. He flailed around wildly with a scream before his brain reasserted control over his nervous system and communicated the message that he wasn’t impaled on spikes. That didn’t stop the huge surge of adrenaline coursing through him, nor the deep labored breaths his lungs insisting they needed. He had been killed.…

Chapter 3

— Ding! — You have triumphed in battle. Congratulations. You have faced down your first foe in mortal combat and survived. The birds of the Abandoned Rookery were once messengers for an empire that spanned from the Emerald Forest to the None-Shall Pass. They are probably the most harmless foes you will ever face in…