Dragon+ 13: Against the Giants
For the Endeavor Issue of Dragon+ (Issue 13), I created several of the fiction pieces framing the various adventures from D&D Tales from the Yawning Portal. The following prefaced Against the Giants:
Various charms hung everywhere from the tiefling, tied around his wrists, his neck, and even one of his horns—small leather pouches filled with tokens, written prayers, the first coins he’d ever stolen. Like Garret’s stories, many of these charms were purposely false. Mere gaudy trinkets, meant to disguise the few true and potent relics.
“Pay up from last time or get out,” Durnan growled as the tiefling entered the tavern.
Garret held up his hands in acquiescence, slowly bringing them to one of the tiny pouches tied within his hair. How did the barkeep remember all his customers’ debts? the tiefling wondered. Some charm of his own, possibly . . .
Durnan likewise reached below the counter to some weapon stored there. On previous occasions, Garret had “accidentally” set off various items when asked to settle up—bags of tricks, iron flasks—then escaped in the commotion.
This time, though, Garret pulled out a gold coin and slid it across the bar. “Paid in full.”
The barkeep accepted the payment with disdain, the coin still covered in loose hairs.
“So, how did you fare against the giants?” The query came from one of the tavern regulars—Georgie Two Shoes, not yet too deep in his cups. All the regulars remembered when the tiefling had pledged to retake the hill giants’ steading, setting out with Chief Nosnra’s son, Ocras, in tow.
This particular piece continued the adventures of Garret, thief of no small ability, from Dragon+ Issue 11’s Return to the Steading. As with past Dragon+ fiction, I workshopped this piece with Adam Lee on the Dungeons & Dragons story team, then edited for this issue by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. My sincere thanks to them both!