Sunday, December 19, 2010

Grammar Magic (lore)

Billobi sat alone in the attic, with a flickering candle as his only source of light. He reached down into the large, open trunk in front of him, and pulled out a small sheet of paper. Upon further inspection, he realised it was a fragment of youth, a reminder from a more naïve period of his life: it was from his school-days.

He dug deeper in the trunk and found the rest of the book from which the sheet came: a book of selected exercises to the course Grammar Magic. Skimming through it, vague memories of boring calculations and Hagberg models surfaced, but nothing more.

"Bill?" a warm voice from downstairs sounded. "Dear?"

"Up here", Billobi answered. "Attic."

"Just don't hit your head, dear. Again."

"I won't, Ana."

"My brother will be here any minute, just so you know."

"Yes, dear."

He returned to the small booklet, and read until he heard the front door open and close.

"Bill, dear? Thomas is here now."

"I'm coming, I'm coming."

He closed the book and returned it to the trunk, and managed to bump his head into the low ceiling before climbing down.

This little booklet is a piece of lore from the world of Rustfoot. If you ever went to the school of Badgerbrough to study magic - you have probably already read it!

It's licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Download it here (PDF, 110 Kb).


  1. That was amasing! It is so nice, as well, that you have written down and worked out the magic system. You executed it really well and it was interesting and fun to read through the course literature. Now I want to read the full book.

    I also liked the references that you had to your other works. It kind of bridges all the fantasy worlds together. But what do do I know! Horsehead might be the neighbouring village to Swampworm and north of Erfurt.

  2. Thank you Antetramsepants! It was a really fun thing to write (I didn't want it to end actually), and it felt nice to make Terrolf Svagström the author of the booklet (since, as you know, he isn't the best writer in the world of Traskemask...).

  3. Jens, that's superb! Love it! Now we need some exercises. I want to see if I can pass my exam. :)

  4. Thank you, Dr. Mr. Lang! Absolutely, there's nothing better than to start the new year with exams! I'll mail Terrolf Svagström right away...