The Dragon GiriTales of the Shattered Sword
by P. Thomas Ramirez
The Dragon Giri
Once there was a village. It sat in a valley surrounded by great cliffs. At the top of the cliffs, a dragon named Giri rested. Its enormous body coiled around the valley's full perimeter, protecting it from dangers beyond.
One day, a samurai fell into the valley from the heavens. This was unfortunate for he had many duties to complete for his lord in the sky and stumbling off a cloud during battle was no way for a samurai to be interrupted by his calling.
The Samurai asked the local lord if they knew a way out of the valley. He was told that only the dragon giro can allow anyone in or out for he was their great protector. The samurai thanked the lord of the valley and made his way up the treacherous cliffs. When he reached the summit, he still treaded several miles along the smooth scales before making it to the dragon's head. Once there, the samurai greeted the dragon face to face. He asked of it, "Great Dragon who prot
An Origin StoryTales of the Shattered Sword
P. Thomas Ramirez
The Kind God, The Curious Goddess and The Lord of Fire and Stone: An Origin Story
There was once a goddess who was curious. There was also once a god who, in his kindness, indulged her wishes. Together, they wandered the heavens in search of things new and novel. At one particular time, their wanderings led them to cross paths with another god, one that lorded over fire and stone.
This god was grizzled with burns and scars. Alone, he toiled upon a great forge, crafting objects glorious and beautiful torn from the skin of his own flesh. The Lord of Fire and Stone suffered much but reveled in his work. When the Kind God and the Curious Goddess greeted him, they were met with enthusiasm and hospitality. The three shared tea and exchanged stories of travel and anecdotes of art and craft.
Their meeting done, the Kind God and the Curious Goddess parted from the Lord of Fire and Stone, but not before gifting the Kind god with his masterpiece,