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Faith, Blood, and SteelRyel had found mother's body lifeless on the ground near the flap of the tent. His father, her murderer, was slouched in nearby chair in a deep, drunken slumber. It had always been like that with his father: wine induced rage followed by his passing out. This time the rage had been too great. This time his mother could not get away. She had been beaten to death. Ryel had returned from his work about the camp and had nearly tripped over his mother' body. He was looking down upon her bruised, broken face; the terror still in her eyes. Her black hair clotted with her own blood and her only dress in tatters. His father had beaten Ryel and his mother daily. Nothing they did, or did not do, had ever stopped that. Ryel felt no grief as he looked at his mother's body; her pain was over.Ryel turned his eyes to his father who was sleeping peacefully not three paces from his mother's body. Bearded and ugly he reeked of wine, sweatm and the whores he had spent the day consorting with. His face w
Bankers, Kings, and PrincesBankers, Kings, and PrincesTwo princes stand in a land that elects its kings; one left, one right.Distinction without difference.The choice only between a tyrant and slave-master.The people choosing the lesser evil.Moneylenders stand behind each prince; enthralling with silver and gold.Greed: the true king.One prince flatters the craftsman; the other the farmer.Friend turns on friend.Hands extended not to each other, but held out for coins.No longer one nation, but two classes.War and spectacles staged to frighten and distract.Bankers watch with glee-filled eyes and open palms.In the end the only change is to which prince we bow and tithe.The elected king controlled through whispers in the dark.The people make their choice; the only choice they are allowed.Nothing changes, darkness still rules.Seeking light they raise their voices and then their hands.What begging could not do; deeds may accomplish.A third choice is made with the power of numbers and the s
Free Plushie Patterns OnlineHere's a collection of links to sites outside of DeviantArt where you can find free plushie patterns. There are well over two hundred choices, so you're sure to find something you like.Remember, if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, try adapting one of the patterns. For example, a tiger can easily be turned into a lion, an elephant into a wooly mammoth, an elf into a goblin, or combine the upper half of a mermaid with the lower half of a pony to get a centaur.BEARSNight Garden Studios Jointed and Rag BearsBaby Bows BearScrappy BearSupriseDIY BearHug Me (EMS Bear