The first short story I wrote, How NOT To Rescue A Damsel In Distress, featured a young army recruit named Larian. I penned the story as a lark, but after a while I realized I liked the guy, so I decided to write more stories about him.
Bandits stabbed Larian’s father and kidnapped his girl. Confident in his freshly-learned swordsmanship, Larian set out to track them down, avenge his father, and rescue his first damsel in distress.
Things did not exactly go as planned.
Larian Elesir, a young recruit in the Citizens’ Army (and the main character from How NOT To Rescue A Damsel In Distress), arrives at his first post. Eager to join the war effort, he is nonetheless nervous in his new environment and worried about setting a foot wrong. During his first day in camp, his new companions put him through his paces as they both learn who he is and teach him the basics he’ll need to survive in his job in the army.
Intelligence told High Command that the Mar Tabban, arch-enemies of the Citizens’ Army, had moved into the territory garrisoned by Larian’s Regiment. In response, the Regimental Commander sent the scouts of B Company, Larian’s unit, out to locate the enemy intruders. On his first operational assignment with his unit, the scouts of B Company, Larian must overcome inexperience and his own fear and uncertainty to get the information his Regiment needs to emerge victorious.
Larian’s comrade-in-arms and friend, Jiles, received a family heirloom in the mail: a pendant from his deceased grandfather. Then he lost it during a night of liberty in Mirasol, a town near their Company’s camp.
Larian agrees to help Jiles find his lost heirloom. Their search brings them into the heart of Mirasol’s underworld, where they encounter dangers they did not expect during a simple night of liberty.