When I started reading I had no notion of different “genres” among the stories I read. For many years my readings were limited by a) the books I had available at home and b) the books teachers required me to read.
If I think about the most iconic characters ever, I’m quite sure that Conan—mostly known by his moniker “The Barbarian”—must be among them and, furthermore, I dare to say that he is one of the most easily recognizable and everpresent in pop culture, even to this day.
If the undead creature could have shed tears, she would have. Instead, she opened her unblinking eyes as much as she could under the midday brilliance, and carefully observed the vista from above.
It was October 9th, 2017. As every Monday for some years now, I sat down in front of my trusty old computer—named “Narsil” because it’s as old and broken as its namesake—and started pounding the keys. I don’t remember it well, but I was probably working on some RPG related project. Then, I decided to watch—or actually listen to—some YouTube in the background. To my surprise, Matt Colville had uploaded a video entitled “The Climax of Critical Role, Season 1”. I pressed “Play” without any idea of what I was about to watch/listen to.
Surrounded by the mutilated bodies of young women—side by side with corpses who had been put to rest forcefully—stood two figures, ready to end one another.