Tales of Blue Rose: Heartsong (Short Fiction, Three Electronic Formats)
A short story from the World of Aldea
Author: Lindsay Smith
Editing: Jaym Gates
Graphic Design: Hal Mangold & Kara Hamilton
Interior Art: Hal Mangold
14 pages, three formats: PDF, ePub, mobi (Amazon Kindle)
An agent of the Silence finds himself at a moral crossroads when he meets a rhy-bonded Jarzoni priest-adept.
About Lindsay Smith
Lindsay Smith is the author of several YA novels, including Sekret and A Darkly Beating Heart, and is the showrunner for Serial Box's The Witch Who Came In From the Cold. Her work has appeared on Tor.com, in the short story anthologies A Tyranny of Petticoats and the forthcoming Toil and Trouble, and in the comics anthology Strange Romance, Volume 3. She and her husband share their home in Washington, DC with a Sheltie and an embarrassing number of board games, and can almost always be found planning new roleplaying campaigns.
I first came across the Blue Rose setting at GenCon this year and immediately fell in love with the system. I loved the egalitarian, inclusive society of Aldis that still offered up plenty of danger, mysticism, and drama and—my personal favorite—horrifying undead monstrosities. (Plus, you can have a psychically bonded animal companion!) Immediately I was dreaming up new stories to tell in this universe. I wanted to pay homage to the rich background of Blue Rose for veteran players, while showing newcomers the wealth of storytelling possibilities for their own campaigns. The mere fact that Nisaba Press exists—an entire publishing wing dedicated to exploring stories in the Green Ronin settings' worlds—is so fantastic, and really shows their commitment to building rich and immersive experiences. I'm so thrilled to be a part of that adventure!