This is a novelette I wrote for Privateer Press to coincide with the release of Iron Kingdoms Unleashed: Skorne Empire. It’s part of the Iron Kingdoms universe, which includes the award-winning tabletop miniature games WARMACHINE and HORDES.
This one is available as an e-book at:
Here’s the official description:
Among the skorne, death and glory are often the same thing.
At the command of Archdomina Makeda, the great Army of the Western Reaches pushes further into the uncharted lands in the west. The skorne who fight for the archdomina face enemies stranger than any they’ve seen, but with each foe comes a chance at glory and exaltation.
When three warriors are cut off from the main army after an ambush by a new and deadly enemy, they become the sole protectors of a most precious cargo: soul stones containing the vital essence of skorne who died bravely in combat. These survivors must overcome their differences in rank and the rigid skorne caste system, band together, and fight their way back to safety. But one among them harbors a terrible secret, one that may cost them their honor, their lives, and even their very souls.